Brian McTavish

Brian McTavish

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Kansas City Star
Total Reviews:
58

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) " Clocking in at a mere yet mighty 92 minutes, this superior sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four skillfully crams loads of action, humor and even (gasp!) character development into its short but sweet flight of comic-book inspired fantasy." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2.5/4 69% Blades of Glory (2007) " Ferrell's best laugh-out-loud vehicle since Anchorman." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 30, 2007
2/4 26% Stomp the Yard (2007) " Some viewers may feel as if they're sharing in the struggle and splendor that leads to a national step-dancing tournament. But the more you've seen this sort of inspirational tale before, the less likely you are to be interested in its parade of clich├ęs." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 12, 2007
2/4 16% Eragon (2006) " Any hint of narrative complexity or character development is wiped out by the film's slavishly straightforward storyline, and its special effects that might be state-of-the-art but never show anything we haven't seen before. " — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 15, 2006
1/4 25% School for Scoundrels (2006) " There has to be something intrinsically lovable about a hapless character to draw in an audience. That's what Heder did as misfit-outsider Napoleon Dynamite. And it's just not happening here." — Kansas City Star
Posted Sep 29, 2006
3/4 73% Nanny McPhee (2006) " Don't expect to leave the theater singing -- Nanny McPhee isn't a musical -- but you'll be grinning. You may not even care if your snaggletooth is showing." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 27, 2006
1.5/4 46% Hoodwinked (2005) " Everything appears generic and overly simplified, like something you would expect on Nickelodeon -- and that's probably not giving Nickelodeon enough credit." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 13, 2006
1.5/4 6% Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) " There is no hilarity, just a couple of veteran funnymen going through the hellishly predictable motions in this unimaginative and unnecessary sequel." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 21, 2005
1.5/4 41% Where the Truth Lies (2005) " Take away the kinky sex -- the reason for no MPAA rating -- and there's even less to be interested in." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 11, 2005
2/4 36% Saw II (2005) " A greater number of humans in peril doesn't mean better terror in Saw II. It just means more hammy acting, smashing, yelling, begging, burning, cutting and stabbing." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 28, 2005
1.5/4 19% Doom (2005) " Doom borrows gimmicks from other sci-fi/horror movies -- and not very well -- without creating enough of its own to do the trick." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 21, 2005
2/4 22% Two For the Money (2005) " Like any winning streak, it can't last. And neither did my interest, mostly because the movie kept telling me something I already knew: Gambling addiction is sad." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 7, 2005
23% John Q (2002) " No doubt the star and everyone else involved had their hearts in the right place. Where their heads were is anyone's guess." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 15, 2002
28% Not Another Teen Movie (2001) " Perhaps the most tasteless comedy ever aimed at a multiplex. At least until the sequel." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 15, 2001
41% Vanilla Sky (2001) " It's both fascinating and frustrating." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 15, 2001
14% Black Knight (2001) " Despite a few decently manic moments from its goofball star, Black Knight is a royal waste of time." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 23, 2001
66% Spy Game (2001) " Watching [Redford] so winningly wrap himself around an interesting role made me feel as if he'd never left his peak leading-man stature of more than a generation ago." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 22, 2001
51% Shallow Hal (2001) " A comedy that struggles to be both naughty and nice and is effectively neither." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 10, 2001
23% Domestic Disturbance (2001) " Although it's formulaic to the hilt, Domestic Disturbance ratchets up the tension like a fine whine." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 2, 2001
14% The One (2001) " Confusing plot holes, cut-out characters and cretinous dialogue undercut the visual feast." — Kansas City Star
Posted Nov 1, 2001
19% On the Line (2001) " A piece of far-fetched fluff." — Kansas City Star
Posted Oct 25, 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 (2001) " Give the audience what it wants." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 2, 2001
47% The Princess Diaries (2001) " Maybe if there was more of Mia and Clarisse knocking about Frisco together and less of Mia and her continual high-school tribulations, The Princess Diaries as a whole would feel just as special." — Kansas City Star
Posted Aug 2, 2001
45% Planet of the Apes (2001) " A nonstop pleasure for the eye." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 26, 2001
54% Cats & Dogs (2001) " A piece of formulaic fluff that will no doubt draw lots of families to the multiplex this Fourth of July holiday." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jul 5, 2001
63% Crazy/ Beautiful (2001) " Kirsten Dunst ... nails her performance as a spoiled 17-year-old screw-up whose dimple-faced charm and youthful exuberance bely a bent for intoxicated self-destruction." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 29, 2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) " Aims too low too often for anybody's good." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 22, 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) " Despite its flaws, this amoral little movie rises to mediocre." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jun 1, 2001
33% Angel Eyes (2001) " The movie's ad campaign would have you believe that the couple's relationship is potentially dangerous. It's not, but it's pretty hard to swallow." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 18, 2001
47% The Mummy Returns (2001) " Guaranteed to bring out the wide-eyed, popcorn-munching, let's-go-see-it-again kid in you." — Kansas City Star
Posted May 3, 2001
14% Driven (2001) " An amazingly dull movie despite the high number of spectacular car crashes and sexy people on display." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 27, 2001
32% Along Came a Spider (2001) " No matter how many all-too-remarkable twists and turns it puts us through, it still feels too routine." — Kansas City Star
Posted Apr 6, 2001
43% Someone Like You (2001) " Expertly cast and wittily written." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 30, 2001
9% Say It Isn't So (2001) " A scattershot shock comedy that bounces between romantic cliche and new-millennium risque to the point of irritation and, all too quickly, boredom." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 23, 2001
19% Blow Dry (2001) " If Blow Dry doesn't succeed with flying curlers, it still has much to offer those who possess a patient sense of humor." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 8, 2001
23% See Spot Run (2001) " Not only is See Spot Run tasteless, it's devoid of originality." — Kansas City Star
Posted Mar 1, 2001
10% Head Over Heels (2001) " Isn't so much a story as it is a bunch of situations that boil down to crude jokes and even cruder sight gags." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 16, 2001
18% Saving Silverman (Evil Woman) (2001) " The nagging problem with the movie isn't how dumb or crude it is (which it is) but how cruel it seems." — Kansas City Star
Posted Feb 12, 2001
12% Double Take (2001) " Run-of-the-mill." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 12, 2001
85% The Emperor's New Groove (2000) " It's got consistently witty writing, engaging characters, inspired voice acting, jazzy animation and a strong message of brotherly love all wrapped up in a family-friendly bow." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 15, 2000
10% Dungeons & Dragons (2000) " Viewed strictly as the B-movie it is, D&D is actually more enjoyable as traditional narrative entertainment than the technically dazzling yet dramatically sterile Episode I." — Kansas City Star
Posted Dec 8, 2000
10% The Watcher (2000) " Mind you, it's not a bad serial killer movie. Just routine." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
7% Lost Souls (2000) " These devils can't even make a good movie." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Meet the Parents (2000) " An adult-oriented comedy that, while hardly reserved, rests its very funny foundation on well-conceived characterization, lively dialogue and good acting." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
24% Loser (2000) " A formula picture targeted to the dating crowd." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
31% 102 Dalmatians (2000) " Seems more about propping up the Dalmatians merchandising franchise than telling even a remotely interesting tale." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
16% Idle Hands (1999) " Funnier than it is scary, and not very funny at that." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
20% Duets (2000) " The whole thing comes off as a poor man's Robert Altman film, with too many characters who never really get to grow and overlapping story lines that never really mesh." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
33% Final Destination (2000) " I'll take this any day over Scream 3." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
40% Pay It Forward (2000) " Good acting combined with the audience's desire to see good done is enough to warrant a conservative recommendation for Pay It Forward." — Kansas City Star
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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