Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Matt Brunson'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
2.5/4 55% Paper Towns (2015) "With characters who are often as intricate and three-dimensional as an origami figure but a script that remains hopelessly paper-thin, Paper Towns is a disappointment coming on the heels of last summer's lovely weepie, The Fault in Our Stars. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 25, 2015
1.5/4 18% Pixels (2015) "Often playing like Ghostbusters if it had been made by Billy Bob Thornton's Slingblade character, Pixels is sloppy in virtually every department. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 25, 2015
3.5/4 41% Vanilla Sky (2001) "This isn't a typically dumbed-down rehash and, as such, it dissatisfied the rank and file of multiplex moviegoers but earned the appreciation of adventurous film fans. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 87% Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi) (1969) "Truffaut playfully employs various filmmaking techniques throughout the picture. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Killers (1946) "Robert Siodmak directs this for maximum shadowy impact, aided by a crackerjack script from Anthony Veiller (and an uncredited John Huston) and stellar performances from a concrete-solid cast. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
2.5/4 76% The Killers (1964) "This color version of Hemingway's yarn is every bit as fatalistic as its black-and-white predecessor but nowhere near as impressive. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
1/4 20% Howling II - Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985) "Second only to 1941's The Wolf Man as the greatest werewolf flick ever made, 1981's The Howling remains a high-water mark in lycanthrope cinema. That's why the very existence of this wretched movie is so depressing. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 88% The Black Stallion (1979) "The first half of the picture, set on the desert island, is magnificent, lightly invoking the eerie stillness and spiritual ambience of Australian efforts like Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock. The second part is far more conventional. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
2.5/4 42% Old Gringo (1989) "Truthfully, it isn't as bad as its reputation, registering less as an out-and-out disaster and more as a missed opportunity. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet A Month in the Country (1987) "A Month in the Country is a movie of morsel-sized pleasures, yet there's a sizable joy to be had in catching Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh at the start of their long and impressive careers. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 60% The Best of Everything (1959) "The Best of Everything earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Song (the title tune, warbled by Johnny Mathis) and Best Color Costume Design, though the real achievement is the splendiferous Cinemascope lensing by William C. Mellor. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3.5/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "A Christopher Guest-styled mockumentary about vampires sounds only a little less obvious and opportunistic than a "found-footage" feature about vampires, yet Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have managed to create a savvy satire that works beautifully. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 22, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "After the overkill of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's nice to see Marvel return to a comparatively small-scale effort -- in more ways than one. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 18, 2015
3/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Its length is felt toward the end, when it seems like it's going to be dragged out as interminably as a Peter Jackson Middle-earth saga. But any hemming and hawing is negated by the majority of the picture, which serves as a coming-out party for Schumer. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 18, 2015
3.5/4 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Honors the Arthur Conan Doyle legacy as much as the engrossing BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch -- and certainly more than those daft action romps featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Indiana Holmes. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 18, 2015
3/4 97% Amy (2015) "One of the central tragedies dissected in Amy is that Winehouse loved two vile, reprehensible men -- her father and her husband -- to such a degree that she allowed them to continually use her and abuse her. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 11, 2015
3/4 83% The Young Lions (1958) "What's most impressive about Dean Martin's turn is that while his co-stars are Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, the era's most celebrated Method performers and among the cream of the Hollywood crop, he easily holds his own against this esteemed pair. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Night of the Generals (1967) "An ambitious if errant undertaking. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3/4 50% The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) "Less an exercise in stark horror and moody ambience -- the defining traits of the classic 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls, starring Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau -- and more a straightforward adventure yarn with a sci-fi bent. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
1.5/4 13% Fled (1996) "My fondest memory involving Fled isn't in the film; it was the moment on Siskel & Ebert when Roger Ebert stated, 'I guess it sort of holds your attention while it's happening. I mean, something is moving on the screen, so you look to see what it is.' " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
1.5/4 0% The Thing with Two Heads (1972) "Since the picture never takes itself seriously (I mean, how could it?), it often falls into the so-bad-it's-good-to-watch territory, with some intentionally amusing dialogue keeping it lively. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3/4 83% State of Grace (1990) "It's (mob) business as usual, elevated by some deft plotting and sharp dialogue from scripter Dennis McIntyre and forceful turns by all the principals, particularly Gary Oldman as a twitchy live wire who's fiercely loyal to friends and family. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3.5/4 86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) "A new kind of picture even for its era ... Jack Nicholson's performance still stands as one of his greatest. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2.5/4 83% The Fisher King (1991) "There are two terrific performances at the center of The Fisher King, and neither belongs to Robin Williams. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3/4 78% Dog Soldiers (2002) "Neil Marshall's The Descent ranks as one of the best horror films of modern times, but the British writer-director already had another grade-A monster movie under his belt before his breakthrough feature. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2/4 75% Absolute Beginners (1986) "'Absolute Beginners' ranks as one of David Bowie's greatest songs, and it's just a shame the frustrating movie of the same name doesn't come close to matching its glory. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3.5/4 93% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) "An explosive sequel. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2.5/4 70% Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines (2003) "Some interesting plot developments and a smashing (in both senses of the word) chase scene can't quite erase the familiarity of it all, but this is still a valiant effort by all concerned. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2/4 26% Conan the Destroyer (1984) "This sequel was roundly trashed, but it's no worse than its predecessor, since its campy components at least take the edge off the tedious proceedings. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
2/4 70% Conan the Barbarian (1982) "Following the release of the dreadful 2011 reboot, the original has been labeled a "classic," but let's not kid ourselves. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's sexy, it's stylish, it's well-paced, and it's unexpectedly pro-women, treating the female characters as respectfully as the male strippers do and reminding moviegoers that carnal pleasures aren't reserved only for the hot young thangs among us. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
1.5/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "It's a toss-up as to what reigns as the most risible element, from Arnie's Terminator being called the decidedly nonthreatening "Pops" to the casting of Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, whose chirpy demeanor makes this often feel like Teen Beach Terminator. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 4, 2015
3/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 may not match its predecessor but does contain enough of a comic kick to make it a worthwhile diversion. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2.5/4 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "This well-acted, well-written but self-consciously hip seriocomedy could use more of Earl and the dying girl; instead, it's all about Me, Me, Me. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 27, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "In the immortal words of the great Mark Twain, reports of Pixar's death have been greatly exaggerated. ... Inside Out immediately establishes itself as one of the best animated films ever crafted by the studio. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 20, 2015
1.5/4 0% Tentacles (1977) "It's pretty rancid, although it's the perfect party picture to screen in the background as your guests get suitably soused. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 16, 2015
1.5/4 25% Reptilicus (1963) "Awkward dubbing of foreign actors, special effects that look like they cost a buck fifty, laughably earnest dialogue, wince-inducing comic relief from a dim-witted character -- if ever a film was made that deserved to be showcased on MST3K, it's this one. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 16, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "By the time the story hits some unlikely Kumbaya notes, we fully expect Barney (of purple reign fame) to appear on the scene and lead humans and dinosaurs alike in a campfire sing-along. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 94% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) "A confident feature angel-kissed with an enviable cast (extending well beyond just Danner) and an often lovely script. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 86% The Rose (1979) "Bette Midler's turn as the self-destructive yet sympathetic Rose is a tour de force, and there are nice contributions from Frederic Forrest and, in one powerhouse scene, Harry Dean Stanton. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3.5/4 82% A Man for All Seasons (1966) "The notion that politics and religion make the worst bedfellows has never gone out of fashion -- the current pack of right-wing hyenas in Congress attest to that -- and this drama offers a peek at this oil-and-vinegar mix from a historical perspective. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 97% Limelight (1952) "This somewhat autobiographical piece goes heavy on the melodrama and employs humor in short bursts. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 29% Frogs (1972) "An imaginative premise, a solid cast (Sam Elliot, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke) and a few surprisingly fresh characterizations lift this out of the mire. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1/4 24% The Food of the Gods (1976) "Yes, this is one of the greats -- and by greats, I mean so unspeakably awful that it needs to be witnessed at least once in a lifetime. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet Jaws of Satan (1989) "While the alternate title King Cobra is more direct, Jaws of Satan is more honest, since this often plays like a mentally challenged version of the Steven Spielberg smash. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/4 0% Empire of the Ants (1977) "You'll be rooting for the ants. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 74% American Buffalo (1996) "Mamet's strafing dialogue still hits its marks, but director Michael Corrente never manages to turn this into anything more than a static filmed play. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2/4 60% The Last Unicorn (1982) "Would the act of giving The Last Unicorn an average rating be tantamount to kicking a puppy? " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 97% Ninotchka (1939) "The prospect of seeing the usually oh-so-serious Greta Garbo nyukking it up proved irresistible to the moviegoing public of 1939. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1997) "Laughton is excellent as the misshapen bellringer, cowering in the presence of that patron saint of today's Men's Rights Activists, the misogynistic hypocrite Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke). " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 11, 2015
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