Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Brian Gibson's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2013) "Silence abounds; the wordless sequences are stunning. There are a few schmaltzy, sloppy-sappy moments, but the attention to Romantic-poetry detail is sublime. Rarely has maternity, or maturity, been shown with such poetic force on-screen. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Speedy and stunning enough in its crystalline computer-animation, and then there's almost always Baymax's comic look or flatly inquiring voice. The super-team shtick and "cool!"-ness of technology are stated over and over, but aerial sequences take off. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
88% Coherence (2014) "At its unstable core, it's about our inner fears of fracturing--splitting into strange selves or unstable identities. Toys cleverly with its cast's generic-ness. An inspired riff on stuck-here-together horror; not a locked-room but unlocked-house mystery. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) "A bombast-and-crisis megamovie, rocket-fuelled by gobbledygeek. The pummelling of plot turns and ratcheting of emotion-wrenches rarely relent. Forgets that we mere humans don't yet possess infinite patience for hyper-epic hokum. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "St. Vincent has Murray play a Character--in big, heavily scripted letters glowing from a marquee in flickering, sickly neon on a scuzzy strip in a dingy block of town. Never has the courage to be as scruffy and unsentimental as its title character. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "As complicity, solicitude and self-interest blur and shimmer in the sun, the Highsmith-ian triangle of danger, deceit and desire tightens into a noose. A crisp, elegant throwback to a classic era of character-driven thrillers. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
7% Ouija (2014) "There's nary a whiff of interesting individuality to any of the spirit-haunted teens here. Scares are heavily stage-managed. 'Ouija' must rhyme with 'squeegee' because you'll want to scrub your mind clean of this splatting damn spot of a flick. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
82% The Book of Life (2014) "Best when it dives deep into Mexican myth and legend. But when, too often, it gets Hollywooden--sexy-girl figures, love-story moments, pop songs--this afterlife odyssey blends and blands out much of its foreign flavour. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) "Vlad's a super-monster. The plot gets jittery. Vlad's relationship with his sweet, fair, lovely wife remains sweetly, fairly, lovingly vapid. And into the 15th-century setting is tossed the modern trope of the father who'll do anything for his family. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) "An almost-committed-incest! alarm nearly jolts proceedings into a movie weirdly watch-able for the wrong reason. But that story's vying with a handful of others--family grief, father-son estrangement, hometown return, courtroom showdown--for top billing. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
29% Annabelle (2014) "Clichéd lines and predictable encounters, always signalled by the score, mount. The flick becomes more and more like the Child's Play (Chucky) franchise meets Rosemary's Dolly meets late-period Mad Men. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "A little thin storywise, but it more than makes up with its scintillating stop-motion style--textured and handcraft-like, it resembles a blend of claymation, Gilliamesque grotesquerie and pop-up book effects--and a strong cup of English eccentricity. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "Gilliam is reworking past preoccupations and the romance is pretty stale, but the mix of elements in this pop-eyed, Euro-corporate world keeps the film engaging. What also sustains The Zero Theorem is its lingering on solitude. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
65% The Rover (2014) "The atmosphere usually gets airless as the action doesn't rove so much as drift and slow-zoom from moody moment to straggly episode. Any sharp-eyed insights into these godforsaken characters or their fallen society are few and far-between. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "Pretends to put the fun in dysfunctional-family dramedy when it's not dispensing little bromides in hard-to-swallow bulls**t pablum form. It's all the most sanitized, safe, shticky way to show kidults' lives getting complicated. Sickeningly self-involved. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
No Score Yet The Consequences of Love (Le Conseguenze dell'amore) (2005) "Sorrentino wins all bets we'll buy his film's more existential, literary, romantic ambitions because of the sheer ecstasy--the great beauty--of his style. Style becomes substance--the cuts and angles create narrative, the screen's surface opens up depths. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Mixes bland dialogue, formulaic sports-movie plot points, and vague Christian teachings with some disturbingly naïve racial overtones. The story risks inducing concussion as it pounds and thumps its message home, over and over. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Nov 17, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) "Given to snarling fits of action, poetic ponderings, and idiosyncratic rumblings. No action-thriller but a dystopian, steampunky class parable for a world careening towards eco-disaster . . . and so the film goes, jarring or lulling or gloriously gonzo. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
34% The November Man (2014) "Codename: The Spy Who Staggered Up From The Dead. This dismal little affair slops into cynicism and uncaring brutality (to women). Clichés abound; hi-tech's whipped out whenever convenient; chases and showdowns seem genre-formulaic and rote. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
50% Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014) "A stone-faced look at the most confounding, fascinating and controversial edifice still being built today, Stefan Haupt's documentary tours Antonio Gaudí's colossal cathedral but never offers the spirit or thrill this weird wonder deserves. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
20% Swearnet: The Movie (2014) "As the story devolves into disagreements, histrionics, and bloody punch-ups, the writing gets lazier and stupider--'You took a load in the face for me?' Ah, but what a load of unfunny, True North s**t we have to eyeball until this movie runs out of steam. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "No snappy lines; melodrama and vicious violence prevail. Less a pastiche of noir than a hyper-sado-macho parody. There's a scuzzy sense of pointlessness throughout as this noir caricature-slicked franchise goes through its animotions. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
18% Let's Be Cops (2014) "Pendulums between addle-brained frathouse cops-on-charade shtick and blandly sober let's-pretend-we're-not-in-some-bad-movieland-fantasy. You'll suffer from PTSD (Post-Terrible Story Disorder) and wish you'd worn a s**tproof vest. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "An A-team of B-stars in a vanity project on steroids. The grand finale has all the air of the old boys' club on a giant playground that's just there to be shot up and fought in and tank-rolled over and bazooka-ed and blown up and 'copter-escaped from. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Sep 5, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "This sequel masks the tragically personal--loss, grief, guilt--beneath sparking screwball romance. Swings a fine line between comic-book lightness and ever-approaching tragedy ... when time runs out, even for the most wise-cracking young hero. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) "At least this comedy goes well beyond the bunch of creative revenge ploys that these next-door nemeses wreak on each other. Neighbors isn't straight-As, bring-down-the-house smart-funny, but it's no drop-out, sprawling, lame block party of a flick either. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
74% Godzilla (2014) "This reboot, for some un-godzilla-y reason, doesn't want to admit it's a creature-feature B-movie. Serious actors seriously try to make their running-down-a-corridor or obsession-with-a-contaminated-site or stares-at-a-monster very dramatic and believable " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "The period details and zeitgeist echoes--along with one bravura sequence--make this another entertaining entry, though this rebooted, revised and repopulated franchise is starting to see diminishing returns. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
14% Blended (2014) "Blessedly written by someone who's not Sandler--and it's almost passable, even palatable ... until the movie throws in vagina-size jokes. And passes off tomboys as weird non-men. And goes to "Africa." " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "There are a million moments in which to contemplate your own demise while watching the smug self-indulgence and cheap, overelaborated non-comedy of this vanity project. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
49% Maleficent (2014) "Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just? " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "This hypothetical hype-fest is alternately gonzo and tedious, though Jodorowsky can be an engaging self-promoter. There are some nice touches but it's all a bit much: too much of a muchness; too much hypo-hype; too much obsessing over what will never be. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "More story than testosterone, more time-jump-cuts than spacey filler, and more war-as-hell than war-as-cool. Leaves you pondering if we're 'masters of our fate' or just action-figures going through the emotions in some supreme player's idea of a war game. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "Speaks truth to cancer, only to wade into the puddles of tears it jerks, then bathe there by hyper-eulogizing itself; it even reduces the Anne Frank house to a metaphor for Hazel's struggle and foreplay for the star-crossed lovers' loss of virginity. Ugh. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) "Blathers on like an unoriginal stand-up's meandering riff on 'Remember when you used to have sex all the time?' Pathetically prudish in its avoidance of frontal nudity and its finale, where Annie and Jay watch their tape, cringing and wincing all the way " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "In its social-warfare parable, The Purge: Anarchy crassly reflects a recognizable 21st-century America--where could-be neighbours would rather be me-first, shooting-sprees are practically sanctioned by the state, and $ often comes before community. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) "This rotor movie's rote in places, too talky, and overstuffed with characters. Worst of all, one 'copter is a stereotypical Native; second-worst is Dipper, the main female character, a dippy, clingy, quasi-stalker type. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
88% When I Walk (2013) "So much of this documentary is like a smattering of poor selfies and vlog entries--context-less, background-less and persistently, frustratingly short on details--that it remains less memorable than your average Hollywood disability biopic. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
53% Jersey Boys (2014) "At first, it looks so smart that it's easy to miss the emptiness behind the sharp design and snappy patter. In the end, it's a collection of scenes sticking to a simplistic adage: 'You can take the boys out of Jersey but not Jersey out of the boys.' " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) "Pretends to be a post-racial couples' night gone wild, but it's chock-filled with retrograde gender stereotypes-when the camera's not ogling Vegas. Also offers lazy mocking of foreign accents and a homophobic 'joke' about a short-haired woman in a cell. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) "From its stereotypes and endlessly quipping tinpot has-been-bro-heroes to its brazen product placement, pandering to the Chinese market, and incessant bombast, this flick's the nadir of 21st-century F/X blockbusters--no weight or wonder, just clanking off " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) "Despite Bertolucci's keen eye, Antinori's wolfish face, Falco's impressive work (watch her mischievous smile turn into a lean, hungry, vengeful stare in a bravura scene), and a few striking moments, a strong sense of going-through-the-motions persists. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
80% Reality (2013) "In this echo chamber of fame-for-fame's-sake, real life imitates reel life. There's a lurid, Felliniesque sheen to Garrone's floating camerawork; this is reality tweaked, dialed up to 10.1. And there's a cheeky, sideways satire of Roman Catholicism. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Addicted to pat lines and clichéd scenes of individual heroism or sentimental nonsense, from the usual battle between alpha males to the Florence Nightingale stereotype of an often weepy but sweet and soothing woman (Keri Russell) cooing over a baby ape. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) "A Spielbergian adventure flick targeted at tweens who tweet, this is an intermittently interesting tale about three kids who, mainly, discover that technology is even more really, really awesome and cool than any of us earthlings ever thought. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) "Falls into that narrow crevice between cringe comedy and working-class drama. Then, deep underground, long out of the range of humour, it flails where no one can hear it, drawing scenes out into shapeless, squalid things. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
79% 112 Weddings "Deftly rips the veil off a day that mainstream culture still sappily proclaims is about 'soulmates' ... when we all know it's about one managed moment, full of statement and purpose and signifying an awful lot, in a life we can't possibly plan for. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Aug 6, 2014
50% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) "Jags and lags, offering no buzz at all to its trips into road-movie, bromance and stoner-comedy territory. It's all a rather genial, homegrown failure at a scheming-and-conning crop of a comedy. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
61% Draft Day (2014) "The longer this picks-pic runs its plays, the safer and more sanitized it seems, until this romanticizing ad is like a crazed safety, covering way more of the backfield (backroom drama, office romance, family drama, etc.) than ever becomes interesting. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
48% Rio 2 (2014) "There are moments, mainly from the menagerie of menacers, but, flying mostly on feather-light plots, this avian animation just isn't flockin' hilarious. " ‐ Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Posted Jul 2, 2014
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