Matt Brennan

Matt Brennan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 43% of the time.

Matt Brennan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): L.A. Weekly, Slant Magazine

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 7 "I pleaded for more "multilayered texture" to "lighten the mood," and as if part of some cruel trick, tonight's episode of Orphan Black obliges with an hour of paper-thin comic contrivances, all topped with a generous sprinkling of mawkish sentiment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
93% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 6 "The narrative relies too heavily on [Sarah's] sickly visions to convey the pertinent information-and, far more frustrating, as part of a last-ditch effort to humanize Paul before killing him off. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 5 "The final act of "Scarred by Many Past Frustrations," which, as it happens, is an appropriate description for viewers who've struggled to connect with Orphan Black this season, is nothing less than a salve. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2015
92% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 4 "Until proven otherwise, each new twist must be treated as a cheap cliffhanger, rather than a concerted effort to push the plot toward a satisfying conclusion. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 Episode 3 "As if the series didn't have enough narrative clutter to fight through, Orphan Black continues to reintroduce these phantom limbs from seasons past, seemingly desperate to bail out the sinking ship. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2015
.5/4 31% Cas & Dylan (2015) "The film simply mucks up its earnest take on the buddy movie with undercooked characters and on-the-nose writing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015
2/4 62% The Water Diviner (2015) "In straining for the profound, the film ultimately loses its way in a veritable no-man's land of ill-conceived stylistic choices and narrative switchbacks. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2015
4/4 100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "Veep has become a vulgar, merciless satire of the emptiness of power itself, as funny as a knife in the side. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/4 52% Woman in Gold (2015) "The film evades all but the most careful commonplaces about the relationship between the viewer and the work of art at its center. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2015
3.5/4 42% Effie Gray (2015) "It spins the narrative of one of the Victorian art world's most mysterious marriages into a study of life lived and life merely examined, a fecund fairy tale in reverse. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2015
93% The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The series marshals the full complement of documentary techniques... to recreate the "life and deaths" of its subject while maintaining a certain cautious detachment. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Mar 13, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Credit for the success of this gambit falls largely to Schaal, who manages to transform the rather shrill rule-follower, harping on proper grammar and traffic laws, into engaging, funny company. " ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2.5/4 92% Bates Motel: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "The series is set to double down on the madcap delights that made it one of last year's most improved series. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2015
2/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "The film mostly skirts any connection to musical theater as though it were faintly embarrassed. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2015
2.5/4 81% Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Part surreal invention and part frat-house juvenilia, the series is that rare species of Hollywood entertainment: the unknown quantity. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
80% Downton Abbey: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "It turns out that time has passed Downton Abbey by in more ways than one. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet Downton Abbey on Masterpiece: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "It turns out that time has passed Downton Abbey by in more ways than one. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2014
100% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 12 "The potent, elegiac hour with which the series concluded its brilliant fourth season is a "Long Time Coming" indeed. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 22, 2014
85% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 11 "The episode, absent the pronounced attention to action-adventure set pieces that marked "There's Something Else Going On" and "13 Hours in Islamabad," forges its tension from the intimate, rather than the international. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
100% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 10 "Homeland has once again assumed its place as television's sharpest appraisal of the War on Terror, a grim, even despairing examination of chickens coming home to roost. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
100% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 9 "The s--- hits the fan in the riveting "There's Something Else Going On," an hour of looming catastrophe that counts among Homeland's finest. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
100% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 8 ""Halfway to a Donut" is the most focused episode of Homeland so far this season, and its straightforward narrative seems a necessary respite from the psychological fireworks of "Redux." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
80% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 7 "Unforeseen consequences run through Homeland in provocative ways, and "Redux," despite coming across as a somewhat manipulative departure from this season's committed realism, focuses on several iterations of history's long game. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 6 ""From A to B and Back Again" is vintage Homeland, spiraling toward the conceit the series has always used to frame its chase down the rabbit hole of American foreign policy: that way madness lies. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 5 "With the same terse, fragmented structure as "Iron in the Fire," tonight's episode of Homeland ably frames its accelerating narrative as a clash between competing intelligence agencies, one that threatens to ensnare unsuspecting innocents. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
73% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 4 "Cunningly arranged as a collage of pithy scenes, tonight's episode of Homeland transforms the laborious setup of "Shalwar Kameez" into a precipitous cascade of new developments. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
90% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 1 ""The Drone Queen" is focused and remarkably temperate, establishing the state of play for a new threat with precise, unfettered strokes. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2014
73% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 3 ""Shalwar Kameez" is a story in three smiles: one knowing, one exhilarated, and one conspiratorial. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2014
83% Homeland: Season 4 Episode 2 "The episode skillfully constructs a mirroring effect in which Carrie faces the consequences of her personal and professional decisions, the thematic echoes between them amplifying both. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2014
1.5/4 72% Big Eyes (2014) "In style as in content, it offers neither the granular detail of more subtle period pieces nor enough of Tim Burton's spirited eccentricity to register as anything other than what one character derides as "that representational jazz." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2014
2/4 26% State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The series holds out the promise of a solid, if unspectacular, network procedural, but it's ultimately as banal and imprecise as its title. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2.5/4 95% The Game: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Game struggles to stake out new territory, but it emerges as an absorbing portrait of internecine squabbles during an ostensible Cold War thaw. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 95% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The show's impressionistic mystery emerges fully formed, as though it had been waiting to be discovered all along. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2014
3/4 86% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "A sudsy primetime potboiler rooted in a belief that the experience of adulthood can be just as sexy as the bloom of youth. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
2.5/4 66% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "If you hold your nose through the paeans to patriotic private security contractors, Madam Secretary is a surprisingly effective portrait of the gendered scripts we're expected to follow at home and at work. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "The series grapples with familial and societal forces in the service of an ensemble that counts among television's most engaging. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Normal Heart (2014) "Flawed but terrifically moving, The Normal Heart is a boldly corporeal expression of gay political consciousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 23, 2014
1/4 30% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The sole redeeming quality of Rosemary's Baby may be this subconscious running commentary on its own pointlessness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2014
.5/4 58% Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The series otherwise dulls the satirical bite of its predecessor with stock characters and a standard episodic arc. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
1/4 0% Californication: Season 7 (TV, 2014) "The long, slow death of Californication is the final season's unintended subtext. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "When it directs its crazed energy at imagining all the ways Norman Bates and his mother will end up losing, Bates Motel sings. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2014
92% Children of Men (2006) Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 10, 2011
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Bright Lights Film Journal
Posted Nov 10, 2011
No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe (2008) "Rarely has a film killed off its own best instincts with more vigor. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 16, 2008
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