Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Creative Loafing
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1978
Total QuickRatings:
76

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Showing 1 - 50 of 1978
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The hoary storyline of a cop posing as a criminal in order to infiltrate a powerful mob family has been used on countless occasions, but that's because it's both irresistible and intense. The Raid 2 does it justice." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 63% Draft Day (2014) " An engaging affair ... But I suspect those who know absolutely nothing about football will have better luck understanding the Esperanto in Incubus than the gridiron shenanigans on display in this new release." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 —— Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen and Binoche expertly punch across the passion of their characters." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 75% Le Chef (The Chef) (Comme un chef) " In the world of culinary cinema, if Babette's Feast is a 10-oz. filet mignon and Eat Drink Man Woman is a 4-lb. lobster, then this French import registers as a delectable bonbon, small and insignificant but nevertheless sweet and satisfying." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It imports so many cast members from The Avengers that it almost feels like the Age of Ultron is already upon us. Yet it's a credit to the scripters that their stage feels crowded but not cluttered, as every character is allowed opportunities to shine." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 5, 2014
2.5/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " Bad Words is clearly jockeying to be another Bad Santa, but because it frequently pulls back from going too far, it lacks that picture's killer instinct." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 30, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " A muscular and meditative work." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 30, 2014
2.5/4 73% Enemy (2014) " Ambiguous to a fault, it's at least unique and challenging, and in a season largely dominated by imbecilic efforts like Need for Speed and Pompeii -- films that go out of their way to kill precious brain cells -- that certainly counts for something." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 23, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " To its credit, Muppets Most Wanted corrects the two major flaws found in its otherwise superior predecessor." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 23, 2014
2.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " While the movie's not quite accomplished enough to leave us breathlessly awaiting the next chapter (as did the last Hunger Games flick), it also doesn't leave us wanting to avoid the sequel at all costs." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 23, 2014
3.5/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The best film of Wes Anderson's career." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 23, 2014
1.5/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " An increasingly idiotic picture that could easily have been titled Dumb and Dumber had that moniker not been snapped up nearly two decades ago." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 16, 2014
2/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " One can't help but lament that Jenison is missing the heart of the art -- he SEES but he doesn't FEEL." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 16, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The gore appears storyboarded to death, with much of the bloodletting presented in studied slow motion. It's a dull, deadening approach, the type that can probably only be truly appreciated by 15-year-old boys and serial killers." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 8, 2014
3/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " This film isn't straight-up fisticuffs and firearms, as it also contains an old-fashioned mystery in the whodunnit vein. Hence, it's more Murder on the Orient Express and less Snakes on a Plane." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 1, 2014
3/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Clearly, The Wind Rises isn't a film about war but a valentine to the creative spirit." — Creative Loafing
Posted Mar 1, 2014
1.5/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " I'm not sure "Juno's tit!" is the best way to evoke period authenticity, but "By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!" was already taken by Will Ferrell." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 22, 2014
2.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Anyone who has enjoyed past films that subscribe to the "magical realism" concept, or even those who miss the grand romantic gestures often seen in movies from Hollywood's Golden Age, should love at least half of the picture. That would be the first half." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 15, 2014
3.5/4 94% The Past (2013) " The last film from Faradi, 2011's A Separation, deservedly took home the Oscar, and this new piece is admirably its equal." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 15, 2014
1.5/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " There are basically two ways to approach RoboCop, a movie I wouldn't buy for a dollar even on picture-perfect Blu-ray." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 15, 2014
3/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " With a 100-minute run time, The LEGO Movie often does feel like too much of a good thing; I was satiated more than once. But it would be curmudgeonly not to enjoy many of the gags that the film has to offer." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men serves up a terrific premise for a movie ... It's also the sort of picture that one wishes were better, as the number of missed opportunities seemingly equals the number of unexploded landmines at the war's close." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 8, 2014
2/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " With four fresh and funny pictures under his belt, it's proving to be extremely difficult to accept the fact that Jason Reitman is the one behind the colorless, humorless and utterly predictable Labor Day." — Creative Loafing
Posted Feb 1, 2014
1.5/4 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Clear and present slumber. While the prospect of watching The Wolf of Wall Street's Jordan Belfort being taken out is enough to make one salivate, it's not compensation enough for the drudgery that defines this film's every move." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 25, 2014
2/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " If you can't stand The Heat, then stay out of the multiplexes showing Ride Along." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 25, 2014
4/4 92% The Killing Fields (1984) " One of the great films from what proved to be a great year for cinema, The Killing Fields hasn't lost any of its power over the ensuing 30 years." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 15, 2014
3/4 100% Jane Eyre (1944) " Stevenson would go on to become Disney's most bankable director (Mary Poppins, The Love Bug, etc.), but don't expect any spoonfuls of sugar here: Jane Eyre is a dark, foreboding film." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 15, 2014
3.5/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 offers the most concrete proof yet that Brie Larson will be with us long-term." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " The best film of 2013. ... As with many works from great filmmakers, how much you invest in the movie may determine how much you derive from it." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 11, 2014
3/4 94% Her (2014) " Her pushes some interesting notions and sports some lovely dialogue ... Still, the film contains enough niggling details to prevent me from jumping on the Best of 2013 bandwagon." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 11, 2014
3/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is battling against plenty of top talent attempting to usurp her throne. In the end, one of them manages to pull off the coup." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 11, 2014
2.5/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Employing only the most minimal of brushstrokes to differentiate the men, Berg doesn't seem particularly interested in them as individuals, meaning that instead of their real-life monikers, the credits might as well read "Navy SEAL 1," "Navy SEAL 2," etc." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jan 11, 2014
2.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " While this is the weakest of the five collaborations between Scorsese and DiCaprio, that's not putting any of the blame on the actor's shoulders. He's sensational." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 28, 2013
2/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " A movie that may be about life and love and hopes and dreams but feels like it was written by a computer program." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 28, 2013
1.5/4 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Muhammad Ali may have had the ability to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, but Grudge Match can do no more than stumble around like a cockroach that's taken a direct hit from a can of Raid." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 28, 2013
4/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Deliriously alive on screen, with an energy that's often electrifying, it's a movie that in its best moments recalls Scorsese's gangster classic GoodFellas, with a bit of Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights thrown in to sweeten the pot." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 21, 2013
2.5/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The most entertaining segments find the author contending with all the California dreamin'. ... But it's easier to believe Hanks saving Private Ryan than saving Mr. Banks." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John! A sequel that's better than the original? I don't know how to put this, but that's kind of a big deal." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 21, 2013
2.5/4 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " While never dull, The Armstrong Lie is too long at 122 minutes, with much of the material feeling repetitive and far from illuminating." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The primary cast newcomers, Luke Evans and Evangeline Lilly, smoothly integrate themselves into Jackson's fantasy vision, although the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas isn't the thrill many might be expecting." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 14, 2013
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Less a movie involving a specific state and more a film evoking a specific state of mind." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 7, 2013
2/4 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Hudson's singing and Whitaker's acting compensate somewhat, but for a truly inventive and uplifting African-American piece set in New York during the Yuletide season, skip Black Nativity and watch Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" music video instead." — Creative Loafing
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 89% Frozen (2013) " This Disney delight dares to crinkle the studio's patented formula a tad by presenting audiences with not one but two female leads." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 30, 2013
2.5/4 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Writer-director John Krokidas and co-scripter Austin Bunn have crafted an interesting if patchy film that at least fares better than the woeful On the Road in allowing these iconic figures to come alive on screen." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 23, 2013
1.5/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Flaccid as a comedy and even more limp as a heart-warmer." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3.5/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Leto hasn't had a role this meaty since Requiem for a Dream 13 years ago, although there's no question that this is McConaughey's movie. The actor's been on fire lately, with choice roles in Mud, Magic Mike and more, but this represents a new career best." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 23, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " One of the aspects that makes Catching Fire stronger than its predecessor is that it possesses a more palpable sense of danger." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 23, 2013
2.5/4 83% Willow Creek " Johnson and Gilmore have an easygoing rapport ... But once their characters venture deep into the woods, the film has nowhere to go but down the same narrative path as almost every found-footage tale since The Blair Witch Project began the craze in 1999." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 68% Love & Air Sex (2014) " The Graduate gave us "plastics"; Citizen Kane offered "Rosebud"; Die Hard contributed "Yippee ki-yay, mother fucker." The Bounceback's contribution to cinematic vernacular? "Air sex."" — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 59% Hank And Asha (2014) " A rueful look at how new-world technology can only go so far in facilitating meaningful connections between like-minded souls." — Creative Loafing
Posted Nov 15, 2013
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