Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , L.A. Weekly , Seattle Weekly , Village Voice
Total Reviews:
68

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " That Ilo Ilo is set 10 years before the global financial crisis gives it a small, sad, prophetic power." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
78% Land Ho! (2014) " One of my favorite films so far this year." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
84% Rich Hill (2014) " To address poverty, much less wage war on it, first you've got to describe it. And that is what this small, admirable film does so well." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Aug 19, 2014
87% The Discoverers (2014) " T he Discoverers feels like a lot of indies you've seen before, only milder and more forgiving." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2014
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " This is a band you would pay to see on tour." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Nov 27, 2013
71% The Institute (2013) " You're unsure if he's a Werner Erhard-style huckster or a Silicon Alley tub-thumper about to do a product launch. That uncertainty mirrors the players' nervous yet giddy involvement." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Oct 17, 2013
53% The Muslims Are Coming (2013) " It's all very admirable, but you may find yourself nodding in agreement more than doubled with laughter." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Sep 26, 2013
94% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " This is a shaggy, enjoyable, homebrewed sci-fi tale where the costumes and plot resemble one of those lo-fi "sweded" remakes in Be Kind Rewind." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2013
77% Somm (2013) " By the time we get to Dallas for the big exam, we're so invested in these four funny, personable fellows that failure would be shattering for us too." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2013
67% I am Secretly an Important Man (2010) " Important Man sets Bernstein's nasal verse to elegant streetscape montages of the city then and now." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Mar 6, 2013
28% Struck by Lightning (2013) " Struck by Lightning means well, but its gentle dissection of high school cliques brings nothing new to the genre ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 9, 2013
44% Walk Away Renee (2012) " Hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 27, 2012
63% Café de Flore (2012) " This mushy, mystical French-Canadian melodrama tries to make parallel a pair of love stories: one between preteens with Down syndrome in 1969 Paris, and the second between a Quebecois DJ and his new amour some 40 years later." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2012
28% Backwards (2012) " Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle." — Seattle Weekly
Posted Oct 10, 2012
93% Indie Game: The Movie (2012) " An insightful new geek documentary, well directed by first-timers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky." — Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012
78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " Jeff is a surprisingly mutable, ultimately poignant day-in-the-life drama about a slacker who genuinely wants to stand tall." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 13, 2012
—— Ice Castles (2010) (2010) Village Voice
Posted Feb 15, 2012
67% On the Ice (2012) " On the Ice is a marvel of concentrated, classical storytelling." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 14, 2012
—— Greyfriars Bobby (2005) Village Voice
Posted Jan 25, 2012
32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " With his pickled shark's smile, Harris is a welcome presence left with regrettably little to do." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2012
55% How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (2012) " It's essentially an infomercial for the company he unsuccessfully tried to sell before the 2008 crash." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2012
79% The Grey (2012) " I was told there would be more wolf-punching." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 24, 2012
85% Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2012) " It's silly and excessive, but Fullmetal Alchemist occasionally strikes a note of adolescent truth, as when Ed wishes for "some way to get our bodies back."" — Village Voice
Posted Jan 17, 2012
56% Seducing Charlie Barker (2011) " In adapting her recent play The Scene, Theresa Rebeck can't find a consistent tone for her material or players." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2011
80% Pianomania (2011) " Directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis fail to plumb their subject's frustrations or any other insightful biographical details." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2011
32% All Good Things (2010) Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2011
35% The Thing (2011) " John Carpenter should approve of this reasonably respectful and tough-minded prequel to his 1982 The Thing." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2011
84% Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2011) " Strikes an enjoyable tone of congenial gore." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 27, 2011
80% The Whale (2011) " While they fluff up the conflict between the "no touching" feds and Luna-besotted locals, all parties are simply too polite, decent, and Canadian for any real drama." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 20, 2011
44% Yellowbrickroad (2011) " The film is caught in the fatal demographic desert between the Scream and Baghead crowds -- neither funny nor quirky enough to sustain interest during its long march." — Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2011
11% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) " Apart from its deficiencies as fiction, whatever its philosophical limitations (the rich and able should only help themselves in Rand's "Objectivism"), the book proves proudly indigestible on film. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 20, 2011
37% I Am (2011) " Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky are among the boldface-name philosophers he interviews, but their voices are soon drowned out by a torrent of pseudoscience from experts at places like the Institute of HeartMath and the Institute of Noetic Sciences." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2011
60% Everything Strange and New (2011) " The film conveys the intimate sense of reading a diary and provides no more consolation than we feel in writing in our own." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 22, 2011
71% Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2011) " The laser blasts and shimmering force fields in these contests are less violent than the repressed feelings of sensitive Shinji." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 27, 2011
53% The Mechanic (2011) " The Company Men with guns, but no families or pensions. All they have is their job, and retirement literally equals death." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 27, 2011
86% Unstoppable (2010) " It's like a mashup of classic commercials for Ford pickup trucks." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 9, 2010
60% A Marine Story (2010) " Relentlessly clumsy and predictable, A Marine Story is set in late 2008, just as a new political breeze is blowing. But its abrupt, wishful postscript is still just a fairy tale." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2010
55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) " Mao's Last Dancer means well, but it stumbles between genres." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2010
76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) " Everest looks suitably majestic in this IMAX documentary, though five different expeditions on the peak are awkwardly cobbled into one dubious narrative." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2010
11% Killers (2010) " If you count the number of hairstyles Katherine Heigl wears in this dreary romcom-with-guns, the tally is likely to be four or five. Ashton Kutcher's facial expressions, one. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 10, 2010
74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " Allusions are made to recent European arms deals in the Balkans and Afghanistan, but Micmacs is more fantasia than violent revenge tale. And its pleasing curlicues -- like a bouquet of spoons -- linger long after the predictable outcome." — Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2010
5% Multiple Sarcasms (2010) " A vanity production by Branch, previously a studio branding consultant, it's the kind of odious, self-validating wish fulfillment that actually makes you appreciate the more generous self-absorption of Henry Jaglom films." — Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2010
13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) " On the soundtrack, Jerry Reed sings "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." Viewers will know exactly the same feeling." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 18, 2010
53% Mystery Team (2009) " Just because you're a hit on YouTube doesn't mean you should be making movies." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 11, 2010
74% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum) (2009) " Besson explains the plot three times more than necessary." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2010
60% San suk si gin (The Shinjuku Incident) (2009) " Shinjuku Incident forgoes flashy action scenes in favor of old-fashioned moralism. Warner Bros. could have made it in the 1930s, and that's a compliment." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2010
84% North Face (Nordwand) (2010) " Climbers who know the famous tale needn't be warned of spoilers: Shot on location, the film is slow, realistic, and excruciating in its latter stages." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 26, 2010
21% Leap Year (2010) " Adams and Goode are both appealing, but you can write Leap Year's opposites-attract itinerary yourself." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2010
26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " Shouldn't throwing stars be silent? If they're gonna sound like gunshots, why not just use guns?" — Village Voice
Posted Nov 25, 2009
21% Planet 51 (2009) " Planet 51 mainly succeeds at reminding you of all the better movies that inspired it." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2009
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