Brett Buckalew

Brett Buckalew

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 75% The Road (2009) " Emotionally affecting enough to please fans and the uninitiated alike, even if it falls short of its source material's profound beauty." —
Posted Nov 23, 2009
75% Elegy (2008) " In the early scenes of the two lovers discovering each other's bodies and personal quirks, Coixet coaxes work from Kingsley and Cruz that is remarkably intimate." —
Posted Aug 8, 2008
78% Crazy Love (2007)
Posted Jun 24, 2008
76% Black Book (Zwartboek) (2007)
Posted Jun 24, 2008
59% The Fall (2006) " The best movie of the year so far by a wide mile." —
Posted May 12, 2008
67% Redbelt (2008) " The journey has its charms, but the destination calls to mind Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"" —
Posted May 2, 2008
65% Stop-Loss (2008) " Much of Stop-Loss' first act feels like the cast of Hee-Haw auditioning for a Best Years of Our Lives remake." —
Posted Mar 31, 2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) " A mildly engaging holiday season diversion that will evaporate from many viewers' memories at a speed so rapid it may put Santa's sleigh to shame." —
Posted Dec 21, 2007
36% Southland Tales (2007) " Reminiscent of the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, with its mix of sci-fi mythology, absurdist humor and political outrage." —
Posted Nov 14, 2007
29% Trade (2007) " Treats sex slavery with roughly the same amount of tact and complexity with which the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Hard Target treated homelessness." —
Posted Oct 2, 2007
1.5/5 28% Next (2007) " Next spurs unintended laughs." —
Posted Sep 29, 2007
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " In its nakedly revealed tremors of fear and insecurity, Affleck's tour de force is reminiscent of the similarly raw work of the late, great John Cazale." —
Posted Sep 20, 2007
18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " Roman Polanski has a confounding two-scene cameo as a customs official who gives Carter and Lee a full cavity search. (Har har.)" —
Posted Aug 10, 2007
74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) " Doesn't quite keep up with the grand showmanship and emotional complexity of the performance at its center, but has a few impressive tricks up its sleeve." —
Posted Jun 15, 2007
97% Once (2007) " You leave the theatre feeling like you're walking on air. And isn't that all you can ask of any musical?" —
Posted May 24, 2007
44% Angel-A (2005) " Luc Besson's characteristic flair for visual expression here manifests itself in the most subdued way imaginable." —
Posted May 22, 2007
86% Paris Je T'aime (2007) " Alexander Payne strikes the same balance of snarky humor and sneaky empathy that has made his body of work so distinct in contemporary American cinema." —
Posted May 22, 2007
2/5 29% Lucky You (2007) " All but the most die-hard Texas Hold 'Em fans will be fighting the urge to snooze." —
Posted May 3, 2007
43% In the Land of Women (2007) " Only slightly less clumsy overall than Against the Ropes, but at least it plays to co-star Meg Ryan's ability to suggest volumes of repressed emotion." —
Posted Apr 24, 2007
72% Fracture (2007) " The smart conclusion contains a pair of twists that are actually plausible (rare these days), and, all in all, Fracture is supremely solid stuff." —
Posted Apr 20, 2007
68% Disturbia (2007) " Like those gleeful, inner-child-pleasing pulp-horror rides that Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante perfected a couple decades ago." —
Posted Apr 13, 2007
87% The Lookout (2007) " Gary is the kind of guy who can actually score with the pick-up line, 'Damn! And I thought I was good-looking!'" —
Posted Mar 30, 2007
53% The Last Mimzy (2007) " Roger Waters' song is ultimately the work of a sell-out desperately trying to sound like a profound hippie prophet. As it happens, so is The Last Mimzy." —
Posted Mar 26, 2007
74% Avenue Montaigne (Fauteuils d'orchestre) (Orchestra Seats) (2006) " Not a fully great film, but damn near close; witty, charming, and ultimately rather touching." —
Posted Mar 3, 2007
8% The Number 23 (2007) " The titular novel is written by an anonymous scribe who goes by the moniker Topsy Kretts (Get it? Like "Top Secrets"? Yeah, I didn't laugh either.)" —
Posted Feb 23, 2007
21% Catch and Release (2007) " If it was Brad Pitt carrying the coffee and Halle Berry saying she's not serious about him to a buddy, this movie would make over $100 million." —
Posted Jan 25, 2007
93% Children of Men (2006) " A sublime visionary achievement that not only outdoes Cuarón's previous high-water mark, Y Tu Mamá También, but also manages to rank with other dystopian masterworks." —
Posted Jan 3, 2007
87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) " In making the leap this holiday season from a Dame to a Broad, Judi Dench has chosen to apply her inestimable talents to a tried and true fork in the thespian road." —
Posted Dec 28, 2006
76% Rocky Balboa (2006) " While Stallone is appropriately fiery in key scenes, it's his way with the character's tossed-off pearls of wisdom and one-liners that makes him especially endearing." —
Posted Dec 20, 2006
23% Home of the Brave (2006) " The idea of a Very Important Drama featuring rapper 50 Cent and vapid TV starlet Jessica Biel in major roles seems more like a gag straight out of Get Shorty." —
Posted Dec 15, 2006
47% The Holiday (2006) " There's good news for Jude Law fans. With The Holiday, the actor has taken a sad career song and started to make it better." —
Posted Dec 8, 2006
49% Candy (2006) " Ledger's first film since the one-two punch of Brokeback and Casanova reinforces the almost always accurate admonition "Just say no to drug addiction films."" —
Posted Dec 7, 2006
65% Apocalypto (2006) " On screen, Gibson was a Lethal purveyor of hot dogging lunacy. Behind the camera, he has now subverted that Riggs energy more masterfully than ever before." —
Posted Dec 7, 2006
65% The History Boys (2006) " The closest mirror image of Republican Mark Foley is Mr. Hector, an unconventional educator with a fondness for groping his students' while giving them motorcycle rides." —
Posted Nov 22, 2006
54% Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006) " While fans of the HBO-born duo are already giving this a Thunderous "A," for the rest of us it's ultimately a Tendencious "B."" —
Posted Nov 21, 2006
72% Stranger Than Fiction (2006) " Will Ferrell is a more than worthy heir to Lemmon, Hanks, Brazil's Jonathan Pryce and Something Wild's Jeff Daniels." —
Posted Nov 10, 2006
76% The Prestige (2006) " Like Memento, Nolan's Prestige is an ever-shifting hall of mirrors so masterfully executed that its emotional hollowness actually manages to be beside the point." —
Posted Oct 20, 2006
73% Flags of Our Fathers (2006) " An easy film to admire, but an impossible one to love." —
Posted Oct 20, 2006
29% Tideland (2006) " Terry Gilliam's first collaboration with Jeff Bridges yielded The Fisher King. This time around, it amounts to something a whole lot fishier." —
Posted Oct 18, 2006
73% Infamous (2006) " Daniel Craig's performance is of young-Brando intensity, and a Supporting Actor nomination would be this movie's most credible shot at duplicating Capote's Oscar glory." —
Posted Oct 13, 2006
21% Man of the Year (2006) " Even though it's only two-thirds of a solid comedy, it doesn't take a high-priced pollster to figure out that this is a far better ratio than a lot of other recent yukfests." —
Posted Oct 12, 2006
63% Jackass: Number Two (2006) " The laughs here are so big - I'm talking doubled-over, fall-out-of-your-seat big - that they are meant to be shared in a theatre full of similarly helpless viewers." —
Posted Sep 24, 2006
11% All The King's Men (2006) " Stranger still, the usually brilliant Mark Ruffalo is spacey and awkward, as if the marijuana-addled scientist he played in Eternal Sunshine has taken over the role." —
Posted Sep 21, 2006
46% The Last Kiss (2006) " We're supposed to scratch our chins and ponder the faux wisdom of lines of dialogue like, "relationships: they either work or they don't." Who knew?" —
Posted Sep 15, 2006
48% Idlewild (2006) " Imbues tried-and-true movie musical archetypes with sly but never campy contemporary flourishes, in a way that would make Baz Luhrmann proud." —
Posted Aug 25, 2006
27% Trust the Man (2006) " Captures, with both accuracy and fleeting optimism, those domestic arguments that end in either irritataed silence or half-hearted, good-enough-for-now reconciliation." —
Posted Aug 24, 2006
21% You, Me and Dupree (2006) " A braver, more female-empowering movie would have Molly come to her senses and realize that Dupree, hygiene and career problems aside, is twice the catch that Carl is." —
Posted Jul 14, 2006
69% A Scanner Darkly (2006) " Hilarious digressions like these are bound to induce chuckles even among viewers who, as Bill Clinton would say, have never inhaled." —
Posted Jul 7, 2006
95% Wordplay (2006) " Less interested in reinventing the non-fiction wheel than in providing a rousing, addictively brainy good time." —
Posted Jun 20, 2006
40% Nacho Libre (2006) " Creating hermetic worlds in a manner so reminiscent of Wes Anderson that the Rushmore auteur should consider suing, Hess shows little affection for his characters." —
Posted Jun 15, 2006
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