Brent Simon

Brent Simon

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brent Simon is a three-term president of LAFCA, a contributor to Screen International and Magill?s Cinema Annual, and film editor of H Magazine. He cannot abide a world without U2 and pizza.
Favorites:
Movies without Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey and Eric Schaeffer
Publications:
Entertainment Today , FilmStew.com , H Magazine , IGN Movies , Los Angeles CityBeat , Los Angeles Daily News , Now Playing Magazine , Paste Magazine , ReelzChannel.com , Screen International , Screendaily , Shared Darkness , Shockya.com
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1859
Total QuickRatings:
11
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1859
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
D 34% Hell Baby (2013) " A slog through improv run amok -- a film that seems allergic toward anything that might be construed as a legitimate throughline, lest that somehow be interpreted as 'selling out,' and not subversive enough." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 17, 2013
B+ 85% Hawking (2013) " Smartly crafted. An engaging, inspirational portrait of as unlikely an iconic figure as the last half-century has produced." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 16, 2013
D+ —— Mara (2013) " The story here is yawningly thin and the acting immature and not fully formed at best, which immediately and effectively undercuts any attempted stabs at chilly, orchestrated atmosphere." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 15, 2013
F —— Everyone Must Die! (2013) " Nothing in the way of performance, execution or imagination to distinguish it from the attempted giallo homage you and your stoner pals put together over the course of three summer weekends in 2007." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 15, 2013
C 40% American Made Movie (2013) " Mildly engaging for armchair politicos, but generally more successful as only a diagnostic statement of basic socioeconomic condition than a groundbreaking work in and of itself." — Shockya.com
Posted Sep 14, 2013
B 89% Informant (2013) " It suffers from a slow start, but blossoms into a rather fascinating piece of nonfiction psychological portraiture." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 14, 2013
C- 45% And While We Were Here (2013) " Imagine a boring, gender-swapped, totally arty and pretentious version of the travelogue-mini-film-within-a-film focusing on Kip Pardue's character from The Rules of Attraction, except strung out on Benadryl instead of methamphetamine." — Shockya.com
Posted Sep 14, 2013
C- 32% A Teacher (2013) " Despite a deeply invested lead performance, A Teacher gives off strong vapors of phoniness; it's an exercise in lazy minimalism." — Shared Darkness
Posted Sep 14, 2013
D —— TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer (2013) " An amiable documentary that mistakes merely malingering around old people for evocative, homespun nostalgia, TV Man delivers more yawns than laughs, intrigue or identification." — Shockya.com
Posted Sep 12, 2013
38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Insidious: Chapter 2 returns all of the major players in service of a story that feels at once convoluted and undernourished." — Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2013
B 100% Best Kept Secret (2013) " An engaging documentary that flirts with heartbreak and despair while also showcasing the better angels of human nature." — Shockya.com
Posted Sep 8, 2013
C 13% The Lifeguard (2013) " With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again; The Lifeguard just proves that sometimes it's not the best course of action." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B+ 85% Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013) " A delightful documentary that dances along the edge between intellectual think-piece and ring-a-ding, Ocean's-style criminal lifestyle celebration." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 24, 2013
C+ 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " A true crime period piece that somewhat interestingly eschews a lot of investigatory grind in favor of moral certitude and throwback, cat-and-mouse tension." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 23, 2013
C- 54% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) " There's a spark here, but as beautiful as a lot of the captured spectacle is, the film doesn't truly catch fire for the layperson." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B 62% Scenic Route (2013) " Lined with a certain bruised grace... a spare, streamlined, desert-set psychological thriller that doubles as a study in masculine relationship drift." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B+ 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " A unique, intimately scaled and enormously affecting dissection of patriarchal culture, anchored by a wonderful performance from Golshifteh Farahani." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 23, 2013
C+ 50% Standing Up (2013) " A nicely captured if fairly straightforward coming-of-age film about transcending adolescent summer camp bullying." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B- 80% We the Parents (2013) " A fascinating look at the new frontier of America's public education crisis -- a timely, relevant snapshot of a cause in active motion." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B- 71% The United States Of Autism (2013) " A unique road trip documentary that, in attempting to throw a spotlight on the wide range of autistic spectrum disorder, broadens horizons in an invaluable way." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 22, 2013
B- 27% Jobs (2013) " A serviceable little amuse-bouche [which] trades readily on the tremendous native interest that attaches itself to and drives this story, given the significant role Apple products play in so many modern lives." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Starts out strongly but loses steam after a half-hour, cycling through a catalogue of tween-stamped CGI mayhem en route to a conclusion less thrilling than shrug-inducing." — Screen International
Posted Aug 21, 2013
B 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Imparts glancing lessons about the uncertainty of love and the almost necessary dance of responsibility and care-taking involved." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 17, 2013
A- 92% In a World... (2013) " So alive, identifiably clumsy and deliciously complicated -- so of the real world -- as to put a smile on viewers' faces." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 17, 2013
A+ 96% The Social Network (2010) " Fincher keeps the movie's tech-y elements on the periphery, focusing instead on the time-honored dramatic elements of isolation, determination, avarice and betrayal." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 17, 2013
C+ 52% Clear History (2013) " There's enough here to still merit a curious click, but Clear History may not be what hardcore David acolytes most crave. " — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 15, 2013
C 52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " Too scattered and bereft of focus to connect with viewers outside of the most sympathetic and devoted habitu├ęs of old-school comedy." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 14, 2013
C- 80% Europa Report (2013) " A solidly cast, interesting budget concept is absolutely wrecked by terrible editing and needless voiceover that is at first wearying and then just ire-provoking." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 13, 2013
B+ 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Deeper meaning rises sneakily to the surface in the offbeat, austere Prince Avalanche, writer-director David Gordon Green's re-imagined, loose adaptation of a 2011 Icelandic film." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 13, 2013
B+ 94% Drug War (2013) " Breaking Bad fans, foreign film cineastes and gangster flick aficionados should all find something worthwhile in Johnnie To's taut, impeccably staged film, an involving, atmospheric cops-and-criminals import." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 13, 2013
B 55% I Give It a Year (2013) " A fun, amusing, will-they-or-won't-they confection -- a love rhombus wherein a hastily married couple grapples with mutually wandering eyes." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 10, 2013
C 46% Off Label (2013) " Acute moments of heartbreak punctuate Off Label, a collage-type snapshot of runaway pharma-culture which otherwise struggles to find a topic sentence or cultivate a cogent point-of-view." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 9, 2013
B- 82% Jug Face (2013) " A rising tide of dread and desperation marks Jug Face, a low-budget, independent slice of Southern Gothic characterized by a solid technical package." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 9, 2013
A- 92% Casting By (2013) " Informative and enormously entertaining in equal measure, Casting By throws a warm, deserving spotlight on casting directors, charting the overlooked profession's inception and growth." — Shared Darkness
Posted Aug 7, 2013
B- 70% Cockneys vs Zombies (2013) " A satisfying, enormously likable genre cocktail, Cockneys vs. Zombies not only delivers upon its title promise, but does so with wit and fleet-of-foot aplomb." — Shockya.com
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2/5 26% Planes (2013) " All but the youngest viewers may leave feeling they've overpaid for this flight." — Screen International
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " This predictably plotted but nonetheless fun and engaging offering harks back to matinee serials of yore, where moderated, all-ages peril and derring-do were the name of the game." — Screen International
Posted Aug 6, 2013
C- 52% The To Do List (2013) " Nothing about this lackluster comedy's potentially rich conceit is handled in an emotionally honest or resonant manner." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jul 26, 2013
C 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " A highly improvised, Chilean-set travelogue that unfolds in long, shaggy, straggling stretches seemingly meant to mimic and induce the frazzled vexation of its protagonist." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 26, 2013
D 0% Stranded (2013) " Rote, declamatory representations of paranoia, fear, delusion and counter-attack get cycled through in this movie, whose title just describes how viewers will feel in its 88-minute grasp." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 26, 2013
C- 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " A shadow-drenched, fever-dream rumination on vague notions of loyalty and honor that labors so hard to wrap up its narrative in abstruse metaphor it ends up saying almost nothing of consequence at all." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jul 26, 2013
B- 62% Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp (2013) " The question of how deep a scumbag's amends must run hangs uneasily over the entire movie, which awkwardly straddles the line between amiable hagiography and a more discerning sociological study." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 24, 2013
C+ 44% Under the Bed (2013) " Unfolds with a nuance and relative level of sophistication that belies its generic title, before eventually succumbing to a haphazard, poorly explained explosion of gore." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 21, 2013
B- 90% Storm Surfers 3D (2013) " Filmic evidence of both mankind's folly and its boundless capacity for thrill-seeking still connected to the natural world." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 21, 2013
B 93% The Hunt (2013) " An uncommonly thoughtful, and thought-provoking, entry in the social-issue drama subgenre, anchored by Mikkelsen's gripping performance." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jul 21, 2013
C- 22% Copperhead (2013) " A work every bit as turgid and baldly sentimental as the centerpiece lecture at a convention of historical reenactors." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
A 98% Blackfish (2013) " In some ways a whistleblowers' tale, in other ways a murder mystery. Either way, a deeply affecting indictment of the aquatic theme parks that build tricks-and-splashes family shows around captured and bred orcas." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 19, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " An examination of existential crisis and self-delusion that is nimble, glancingly funny and yet also marked by sly, unstressed depths." — Screen International
Posted Jul 17, 2013
C- 31% Beneath (2014) " Beautifully shot, but marked by a screenplay that mistakes and substitutes volume for well staked-out, compelling interpersonal disagreement." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 16, 2013
B+ 67% Downloaded (2013) " Downloaded provides a robustly engaging overview of Napster's renegade birth and premature death rattle." — Shared Darkness
Posted Jul 16, 2013
B 86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " An engaging and rather scary nonfiction look at the death-by-papercut of online privacy." — Shockya.com
Posted Jul 16, 2013
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