Brett Buckalew

Brett Buckalew

Agrees with the Tomatometer 64% of the time.

Brett Buckalew's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, FilmStew.com, Hollywood.com

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Showing 51 - 100 of 135
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jun 15, 2006
37% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) "Each film throws two or three okay action scenes into an otherwise wobbly blend of macho posturing, philosophically windy chitchat and moldy archetypes. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jun 15, 2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion (2006) "This is an Altman show, through-and-through. Fans will be elated to discover that everything that makes him such a singular filmmaking voice is present and accounted for. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jun 9, 2006
33% The Break-Up (2006) "He likes Social Distortion, she likes Alanis Morrissette. And quite frankly, either "Ball and Chain" or "Isn't it Ironic" are both better takes on the modern relationship. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jun 1, 2006
93% An Inconvenient Truth (2006) "It's as a piece of entertainment that the movie scores its most surprising victory, taking the audience on a dizzying emotional and intellectual journey. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 26, 2006
52% Down in the Valley (2006) "For all Jacobson's allusions to John Ford archetypes, Badlands and Taxi Driver, he has essentially made a spiritual cousin to The Purple Rose of Cairo. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 22, 2006
37% Keeping Up With The Steins (2006) "If one were to compile a list of pop culture references that were barely funny three years ago, there would be a near-exact match with the gags tossed off here. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 12, 2006
33% Poseidon (2006) "As quick, character-defining sketches go, Richard Dreyfuss' recently dumped gay architect hits the very bottom of the disaster flick barrel. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 12, 2006
86% The Proposition (2005) "If there remains any doubt that the MPAA's Ratings Board grants screen violence more leeway than sex, The Proposition effectively quashes such uncertainty. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 5, 2006
70% Mission: Impossible III (2006) "While M:I:III is the least successful series entry from a film-style standpoint, it is the most consistently suspenseful and action-packed, which counts for something. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 4, 2006
23% RV (2006) "In a time when the majority of bad movies out there bore you with their plainness, this one deserves a shred of credit for failing on its own grotesque terms. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 28, 2006
33% The Sentinel (2006) "A paint-by-numbers thriller so derivative that you can't help but think about how much you'd rather be watching the numerous movies it apes. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 24, 2006
41% American Dreamz (2006) "Beyond the About a Cad subplot featuring Hugh Grant, this one is about as entertaining as your typical post-Weekend Update skit on SNL. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 21, 2006
67% On a Clear Day (2006) "Finding similarity in a child overcoming a handicap and a former laborer trying to get his groove back is a notion far more insane than choosing to swim the English Channel. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 10, 2006
72% Friends With Money (2006) "Writer-director Nicole Holofcener has brains to spare, even if she can't always figure out how to put them to good use. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 10, 2006
44% Take the Lead (2006) "In refusing to sugarcoat the harsh realities of an impoverished region, the filmmakers make the ultimate message of hope that much more genuine and stirring. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 6, 2006
86% Slither (2006) "I didn't have a date by my side, but I know a Bruised Forearm Movie when I see one, and I'm happy to report that Slither is the genuine article. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Mar 31, 2006
86% Inside Man (2006) "If the idea of Denzel Washington playing such a weirdo isn't in itself enough to convince you to see this film, then frankly I don't want to know you. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Mar 23, 2006
61% Find Me Guilty (2006) "The joy of this star turn isn't in the cosmetic adjustments Diesel has made to play Jackie. It's in the boundless energy and humor he brings to the courtroom shenanigans " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Mar 16, 2006
55% 16 Blocks (2006) "The results on a movie set can be great when Richard Donner yells 'Action!' But on this one, it feels more like, 'Lights, camera, ostentation!' " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Mar 1, 2006
58% Night Watch (2006) "In the film's most entertaining bit of sleight-of-hand, an errant screw travels from the hull of a flying airplane into the coffee cup of a woman down on the ground. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Feb 17, 2006
22% The Pink Panther (2006) "Here's all you need to know: Clouseau now surfs the Internet under the e-mail handle "Doctor Knockers," and has to take Viagra before getting comfy in the sack. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Feb 9, 2006
19% Firewall (2006) "We are treated to Ford's magnetic and understated inner buzz of panic, and his panache with purposefully silly, growled-out catchphrases like, "I'm gonna find my dog!" " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Feb 8, 2006
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) "As someone who can always be counted on to play a dark, squirmingly funny strain of arrogance and self-delusion, Steve Coogan is like a British Larry David. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jan 27, 2006
10% Annapolis (2006) "As a naval take on the boot-camp movie, it's so bland and homogenized that it makes last year's decidedly so-so Jarhead look audacious in comparison. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jan 27, 2006
32% Tristan & Isolde (2006) "Franco lays on mannered tics, like a slurred vocal delivery reminiscent of Benicio del Toro's mush-mouthed hood from The Usual Suspects. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jan 12, 2006
51% The Producers (2005) "Ferrell hasn't been this enjoyably nuts since Old School, proving that his real talent is as an ensemble player rather than a marquee star. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jan 3, 2006
82% The World's Fastest Indian (2005) "If you're looking for a solidly built, well-paced entertainment that puts a grin on your face, World's Fastest more than adequately fits the bill. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Dec 9, 2005
76% Transamerica (2006) "Boosted by plenty of choice dialogue, including a queer analysis of The Return of the King that sidesteps post-Tarantino cuteness. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Dec 2, 2005
57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005) "Murphy has played two deliciously perverse villains this year, and it's a measure of how amazing he is as Kitten that I never once thought of those earlier antagonists. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Nov 18, 2005
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) "Once Potter ditches scenes that feel taken from Beverly Hills 90210 meets Scooby-Doo, I will approach the series with more than just guarded optimism. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Nov 17, 2005
10% Pulse (2006) "What really separates it from the pack is its thematically rich exploration of how communications technology can unwittingly bring about a sort of cultural death. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Nov 16, 2005
61% Jarhead (2005) "We don't know, but we've been told... Mendes' new film is far from gold. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Nov 3, 2005
50% Prime (2005) "Greenberg comes off as dull, which is ironic considering he excelled on Unscripted as a struggling actor who lands a big role opposite Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 27, 2005
58% The Weather Man (2005) "Inhabited by a courageously schlumpy Nicolas Cage, this strange and audacious character study becomes even more of a gleefully misanthropic blast. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 26, 2005
61% Shopgirl (2005) "Danes, who has seemed too artificially precocious in most of her work before this, delivers her most intelligent, genuinely grown-up performance to date. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 21, 2005
41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) "Nailing comedian Lanny Morris' sleazy come-ons and barely veiled air of pained regret, Bacon has rarely been better. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 14, 2005
28% Elizabethtown (2005) "The blandest, most emotionally inexpressive performance yet from the least distinguished member of The Lord of the Rings' ensemble cast. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 12, 2005
22% Two for the Money (2005) "At least when Pacino does one for the money, he doesn't look nearly as miserable as De Niro does in similar cinematic circumstances. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Oct 7, 2005
82% Serenity (2005) "As joyless, lurching, and filled with dull exposition as the TV show was giddy, fleet-footed, and packed with lively conversation. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Sep 30, 2005
60% Oliver Twist (2005) "Any parents thinking of bringing their young kids to this very-hard-PG-13 downer have hereby been warned. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Sep 22, 2005
56% Just Like Heaven (2005) "Somehow, the film thrives on the opposites-attract tension of throwing together the angular blonde goddess with the unconventionally attractive king of indie downers. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Sep 16, 2005
51% Transporter 2 (2005) "The scene involving a bomb planted on the bottom of Martin's Audi A8 is bound to provoke an astonished gasp of disbelief from even the most action-movie-averse viewer. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Sep 2, 2005
38% The Brothers Grimm (2005) "Heath Ledger gets better with every role, and the chance to inhabit a socially maladjusted introvert like Jacob has resulted in his most winning portrayal to date. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Aug 25, 2005
32% Pretty Persuasion (2005) "It's both the joy and folly of Pretty Persuasion that it attempts to skewer Beverly Hills, underage schoolgirls, post-9/11 America, TV news media sensationalism and more. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Aug 18, 2005
38% The Skeleton Key (2005) "Director Ian Softley seems shamelessly more interested in getting Kate Hudson into gratuitous shower scenes than into the nuances of her character. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Aug 12, 2005
13% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) "With a hideously fake tan and an eerie smile, Simpson recites her lines with a chipper hollowness that makes it seem like she has just barely memorized them. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Aug 5, 2005
75% Wedding Crashers (2005) "The scene at a crowded dinner table is bound to become the most widely referenced sex gag since Cameron Diaz discovered a new kind of hair gel in There's Something About Mary. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jul 15, 2005
55% Lords of Dogtown (2005) "I couldn't help but think of the episode of The Simpsons where the Itchy & Scratchy canine sidekick so self-consciously 'in-your-face' comes off as tame instead. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Jun 3, 2005
25% Mindhunters (2005) "How much fun you have depends on whether or not you can warm up to the idea of Agatha Christie done in the wildly overbaked style of Deep Blue Sea. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted May 15, 2005
29% Madison (2005) "Unembarrassed with its rah-rah populism, the movie is definitely anti-cynicism, and often quite enjoyable in its sincerity. " ‐ FilmStew.com
Posted Apr 22, 2005
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