Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Brian Orndorf'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
B 62% The Water Diviner (2015) ""The Water Diviner" can't help itself with unnecessarily romantic pursuits, but fringe interests fail to implode this sturdily constructed film. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C+ 85% While We're Young (2015) "Much like Baumbauch's filmography, it's frustratingly uneven. Razor sharp at times, but mostly scattered and unclear, out to comment on a generational divide without much of a game plan to guide the feature. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C- 33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) "Wins points for ambition, but doesn't survive Ahmed's stiff execution. It's dark but never profound, while the rest of the effort struggles to achieve consistency, leaving laughs and emotion in short supply. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C 17% Helicopter Mom (2015) "Director Salome Breziner is too permissive with her star, but "Helicopter Mom" retains some heart and meaning as it struggles to breathe. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
A- 80% Long Weekend (1979) "Eggleston orchestrates an unforgettable downward spiral of sanity, with villainy agreeably dimensional and the great outdoors ruined forever. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 19, 2015
C 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "More Robert Rodriguez than Quentin Tarantino, Amirpour's effort has select moments of striking beauty and originality, but as a whole, the endeavor is more obsessed with obsession than building a steady nightmare. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
D 6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "Even with six years of preparation, the sequel feels slapdash, too reliant on James to bring the funny, and he's clearly struggling throughout this awkward return engagement. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
C 24% Child 44 (2015) "What began as a novel by Tom Rob Smith probably should've stayed there, but for those with especially iron-like constitutions, "Child 44" does provide some terrific performances and a full sense of Soviet immersion. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
B 61% Unfriended (2015) "We need these teens to click clearly diseased links and bicker with one another while a ghost eggs them on. It's ridiculous, but when executed this competently, the absurd becomes riveting. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B+ 94% Monkey Kingdom (2015) ""Monkey Kingdom" isn't going to be mistaken for science, but it's extremely entertaining. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B 49% True Story (2015) ""True Story" introduces itself as a tale of murder, but it's special work when dissecting the death of integrity. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 33% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Offers a decent amount of thrills and sun-caked frustrations. Get up and leave before the final ten minutes, and the movie provides a compelling ride into disaster. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B+ 77% Alex of Venice (2015) "Messina channels a history of performance into his direction, showing patience with timing and respect for intimate discoveries. It's promising work from the actor, leaving hope that he'll continue his journey behind the camera. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
C 83% Queen and Country (2015) "It's not hopeless, but it's surprisingly slack, unfocused work from Boorman, who aims for a scattered tonality that reflects the madness of the moment, but mostly loses his way. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
C 33% The Road Within (2015) "Competently acted, offering moments of behavioral clarity that are truly something to see, but it's not a complete depiction of need, frequently resorting to distraction instead of tackling problems head-on. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
D 17% The Squeeze (2015) "There's a game of conscience being played alongside golf, yet "The Squeeze" never achieves urgency. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 16, 2015
C- 88% Fortitude: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's the writing that ultimately does the show in, only delivering a halfhearted pass at a snowbound disaster, often caught trying to manipulate and inflate instead of smartly portioning and executing its lukewarm concept of environmental malevolence. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
C 31% Desert Dancer (2015) "Unsurprisingly, dancing is the highlight of "Desert Dancer," but it hardly receives the attention it deserves. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
C+ 30% Cut Bank (2015) "Admirers of small-town gamesmanship when it comes to murder will likely be the most entertained, but even the most patient with Matt Shakman's movie might find their attention wandering away while the film struggles to sustain suspense. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
C 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) ""Kill Me Three Times" has the right idea, but it's missing some crucial levels of escalation, often caught playing cute when it should be downright evil. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "Perhaps "The Hunting Ground" is more valued as activism than journalism. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B- 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Hardly obvious but awfully careful, the feature plays an unexpectedly straightforward game of hesitancy, allowing lead Juliette Binoche the freedom to attack the role with startling vulnerability. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
D 29% The Longest Ride (2015) "It's a paint-by-numbers affair with an absurdly manipulative third act, barely managing to bring the heat with its mismatched co-stars. Perhaps the Sparks-faithful won't mind, but they certainly deserve better. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B- 29% Lost River (2015) "Gosling isn't making "Lost River" to be loved. He's purging demons here, scratching film appreciation itches, demanding a type of adventurous moviegoer who can digest the random and celebrate the insane. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B+ 89% Belle & Sebastian (2013) "It's nearly impossible to screw up a tale of friendship like this, with "Belle and Sebastian" hitting all the highlights of harmony and valor. Cute dog close-ups help too. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 81% Ned Rifle (2015) ""Ned Rifle" is a secure return to form for Hartley, and the best feature he's made in the last 20 years. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
D 16% Last Knights (2015) "It's a drag, clichéd and tedious, but hey, at least Owen and Freeman can make their rent this month. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
D No Score Yet Superfast (2015) " It seems unlikely that "Fast and the Furious" admirers will find anything humorous about "Superfast," especially considering how Diesel and Co. have already beaten Friedberg and Seltzer to the punch with it comes to self-parody. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
D 14% Electric Slide (2015) ""Electric Slide" becomes a vacuous, numbed viewing experience that's more interested in the positioning of lights than the decay of its characters. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
C 42% Effie Gray (2015) "Fanning is miscast, offering a flat performance that finds Effie searching the world with dead eyes. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
A- 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "A frequently stunning examination of frustration and indignity. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B 97% An Honest Liar (2015) " Entertaining work, and supplies a welcome introduction to The Amazing Randi. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B- 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "Despite surges in exaggeration, "Woman in Gold" captures the spirit of Altmann's quest with efficiency, making for a satisfactory drama with deeply felt performances. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B+ 96% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) ""Going Clear" proves to a be a valuable starting point in the discussion and confrontation of a religion that appears more interested in the width of wallets than the depths of souls. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
C 82% Furious 7 (2015) "It turns out 2011's "Fast Five" wasn't a turning point for the series, just a wildly entertaining fluke. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Apr 1, 2015
B 80% Gone with the Pope (2010) "Finds unmistakable personality in the midst of a potential mess, making what should've been a disposable curiosity into a formidable continuation of the "Massacre Mafia Style" aesthetic. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 29, 2015
B+ No Score Yet The Public Domain "A wonderfully open-hearted understanding of the ties that bind, featuring charming performances and a screenplay interested in the strange interactions of life. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
C- 46% Home (2015) "The feature doesn't connect in a significant way, reduced to a series of skits, poo-poo, pee-pee jokes, and commercials for the soundtrack. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 26, 2015
D 29% Get Hard (2015) "It's hard to believe the man who co-wrote "Tropic Thunder" and "Idiocracy" could be responsible for a movie this dreadful. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 26, 2015
B- 96% It Follows (2015) "Accomplished work, always interesting to watch, but it doesn't quite live up to its potential, finding Mitchell scrambling to reclaim suspense lost to budgetary and thespian limitation. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
D 19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "A wildly unpleasant and uneven picture, working to diminish the pieces of this cinematic universe, not expand it like a righteous sequel should. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
B- 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Despite its stasis, the feature is an original vision, best suited for those with high tolerance for art-house adventuring and an appreciation for the mischief the Coen Brothers conjured in their seminal 1996 hit, "Fargo." " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
C+ 18% Serena (2015) ""Serena" fails, but it's most certainly a noble failure. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
B- 66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "Coarse work, attempting to rile up viewers with troubling scenes of destruction and dismissal, but it's also convincingly acted, with accessible emotions keeping the material fascinating. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
B+ 86% Backcountry (2015) "Exceptionally put together and sharply paced, acquiring a unique level of efficiency for the genre, while reviving man vs. nature formula with a stimulating rush of human vulnerability. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 25, 2015
D+ 22% Tracers (2015) "Lautner's here to move at top speed, leap over walls, and make pained faces when the going gets tough for Cam. Anything more than that is beyond his skill level. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B- No Score Yet To Write Love on Her Arms (Renee) (2015) "Dennings is quite effective, creating a plausible depiction of ruination without slipping into a showy performance, emphasizing hysterics. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B 77% Deli Man (2015) "The history and heartbeat of delicatessens is a strange subject for a documentary, but "Deli Man" turns out to be a charismatic and informative journey into Jewish and foodie culture. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B+ 48% Miss Julie (2014) "Thrillingly raw and ghoulish, making the most out of minimal cinematic ingredients with rare emphasis on pure human explosion. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B+ 91% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "Inviting and informative, giving needed dimension to blockbuster singles and masterful performers. Utilizing a sensational soundtrack is merely icing on the cake. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
B- 66% Zombeavers (2015) "Rubin provides a reasonable sense of mayhem with his tiny, undead stars, only missing a true daredevil instinct when it comes to assembling a jokey nightmare. " ‐ Blu-ray.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
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