Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Creative Loafing
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
2089
Total QuickRatings:
76

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 37% The November Man (2014) " Warmed-over spy vs. spy material." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1.5/4 40% Life After Beth (2014) " When it comes to the overstuffed annals of undead cinema from A (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies) to Z (Zombies on Broadway), this anemic effort rests near the bottom of the heap." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The sordid sagas on display here are by and large a feeble bunch, further hampered by atrocious continuity errors that suggest Rodriguez and Miller didn't even have any recollections of making a Sin City flick before this one." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/4 69% What If (2014) " Up until its cop-out denouement, What If manages to feel fresh even in spite of its well-worn elements." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/4 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Allen has created movie magic on many occasions, but in this instance, the man behind the curtain has gone noticeably MIA." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/4 39% If I Stay (2014) " Early summer found The Fault in Our Stars producing the tears in our eyes, but late summer can only offer the heaviness in our eyelids in the form of If I Stay." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/4 32% The Giver (2014) " As a book, The Giver will doubtless continue to thrill school kids, but the film version won't be enjoying a comparable shelf life." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 16, 2014
2/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Aren't there any more Planet Hollywoods for these guys to run into the ground?" — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3.5/4 89% Calvary (2014) " Thanks to writer-director John Michael McDonagh's powerhouse script and Brendan Gleeson's superb central performance, Calvary earns its sour stripes -- it's a bruising beauty of a film." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 16, 2014
2/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " Welcome to what's basically The Weather Channel: The Movie." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 9, 2014
2.5/4 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " If towering works like Babette's Feast and Eat Drink Man Woman register as the James Deen and Jenna Jameson equivalents, then this latest example of "food porn" comes across more like the category's Ron Jeremy." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 9, 2014
1.5/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The major problem with this latest TMNT product -- well, aside from its impersonal nature, mediocre performances, sloppy script and unseemly visual style -- rests with the title characters themselves." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 9, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " It's the movie's rollicking good cheer that ultimately might help endear it to folks who otherwise wouldn't know the Guardians' Rocket Raccoon from The Beatles' Rocky Raccoon." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
2.5/4 78% Get On Up (2014) " Chadwick Boseman is so formidable that, were the film itself just a bit better, he would eventually be basking in the same sort of year-end accolades that greeted Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles and Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash. Who knows, he may yet." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " A work that easily breaks free of the shackles of "just a gimmick" and emerges as a superb motion picture in its own right." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
3/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " May not be in the same class as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold or The Constant Gardener, but it earns its keep by featuring yet another excellent turn by the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
1.5/4 61% Hercules (2014) " Best to skip this arid endeavor and instead watch Joel and the Bots tackle Hercules Against the Moon Men on MST3K." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
1.5/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Hilarity ensues. Or not." — Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 2, 2014
2/4 65% Lucy (2014) " A valiant if ultimately futile attempt to graft a brainy mind-bender onto a traditional action film template, Luc Besson's Lucy frequently comes across as The Tree of Life as directed by Michael Bay." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Given the premise, the movie doesn't push the envelope as much as it could and perhaps should, but blame the MPAA and the studio system more than the scripters." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 19, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Director Matt Reeves does an exemplary job of working on the nerves, ensuring that audience members feel tense, tingly, taut and basically every which way but loose." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 19, 2014
2/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " What's next? A found-footage animated feature? A found-footage porn flick? A found-footage State of the Union address?" — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 6, 2014
1.5/4 24% Tammy (2014) " The cast tries hard, but you can practically see the flop sweat pouring off brows." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/4 83% Begin Again (2014) " With its cornball narrative and unlikely developments, Begin Again is about as grounded in reality as How to Train Your Dragon 2. Yet the picture is so warmhearted and generous of spirit that it's easy to overlook its contrivances." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Preferable to syphilis." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Jersey Boys contains enough pleasant ingredients to warrant a mild recommendation, but it's clearly at its best when Clint curtails the characters' kvetching and simply lets the music play." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 89% Obvious Child (2014) " As a character, Donna Stern proves to be a mirror reflection of the movie surrounding her: intelligent, spirited, honest and more than a little awkward." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The existential angst feels tapped out." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Let's just say that the prospect of a 23 Jump Street seems more like a favor than a threat." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 14, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The film isn't afraid to occasionally saunter over to the dark side. How dark? Let's just say there's a late-breaking development here that will result in some moviegoers tagging it as this film's Vader-flavored "I am your father" moment." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 14, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " It hooks us with its mix of strong dialogue, restrained direction and powerhouse performances." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Endlessly entertaining and ceaselessly innovative." — Creative Loafing
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " Any weaknesses melt in the wake of Jolie's excellent work as the title figure." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 31, 2014
1.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane is content to act like a monkey flinging its own poop at everyone in close proximity, and most of the material, unshackled from anything of import, is either stretched beyond the breaking point or witless in the first place." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 31, 2014
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It's that kind of movie: knowledgeable, emotional, and packed with incident and excitement." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 24, 2014
3/4 89% Locke (2014) " Locke runs an efficient 85 minutes, and it's a testament to Knight's skills that we feel we learn a lot about the characters in what out of necessity are pretty broad brushstrokes." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 17, 2014
2/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Million Dollar Arm, you had me at Jerry Maguire." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 17, 2014
2.5/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " It's shocking to note how little screen time Godzilla receives, and when he finally enters into a battle royale with the Mutos, it almost feels like the picture has been handed over to an extra." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 17, 2014
3/4 83% Belle (2014) " Gugu Mbatha-Raw holds the screen with her impassioned portrayal." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 17, 2014
3/4 —— Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1986) " The piece's social jabs are so unassuming that it's easy to simply accept this as a ribald comedy with dark undertones. But the criticism can indeed be located (and endorsed)." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 13, 2014
3/4 100% Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954) " As Dunn and Crazy Mike, the leaders of the riot, Neville Brand and Leo Gordon convincingly bleed into their roles." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 13, 2014
3.5/4 91% The Women (1939) " Much of the dialogue is comic gold, with several risque quips somehow making it past the censors ("He could crack a coconut with those knees ... if he could get them together!")." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 13, 2014
2.5/4 64% Wild At Heart (1990) " I enjoyed it more back in 1990, though I'd be hard-pressed to recall exactly why -- viewing it now, it's only a marginally satisfying experience, with some potent set-pieces diluted by an almost juvenile predilection on Lynch's part." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 13, 2014
3.5/4 88% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) " One year after scandalizing Hollywood with his bilious classic Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder was up to his old tricks with Ace in the Hole, which did to journalism -- and to the average American -- what his previous picture had done to Tinseltown." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 13, 2014
2.5/4 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " This initially promising picture finds itself fading well before the end." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 10, 2014
2.5/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " Like the beer at a college kegger, Neighbors flows smoothly for much of the time, only spurting and gasping in those moments when it's been tapped dry." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 10, 2014
3.5/4 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " A bloodsucker saga that's every bit as unique as Let the Right One In." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 10, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a slight improvement over its predecessor, but not enough that we can feel excited about the future of this franchise. ... As the Rhino, the usually reliable Paul Giamatti makes one long for the days of Topher Grace's Venom." — Creative Loafing
Posted May 3, 2014
2.5/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Scatological humor aside, there are enough bright elements in The Other Woman that allow the film to occasionally rise above the mire, and chief among them is Leslie Mann." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 26, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The evidence presented in this film does suggest that, at the very least, Jodorowsky would have made a hallucinatory, one-of-a-kind epic that, for better or worse, would still be heavily discussed to this day." — Creative Loafing
Posted Apr 26, 2014
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