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
3/4 41% No Escape (2015) "Maybe it's because of personal experience that I've always been a sucker for political thrillers set in foreign lands... This isn't nearly as complex as films like The Killing Fields, Under Fire, Missing and Salvador. But it works on a gut level. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 29, 2015
1.5/4 59% The People Under The Stairs (1991) "Or The Script Under the Coffee Cup... As with most Craven images, this one suffers from lackluster performances, a clumsy screenplay, a campy tone, and a noticeable lack of suspense. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2.5/4 80% The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) "Giant mollusks as monsters? It sounds like perfect MST3K fodder, but the truth is that The Monster That Challenged the World is a fairly nifty '50s treat, with an intelligent script and decent effects (more so given its low budget). " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2.5/4 32% Hackers (1995) "Cutting-edge ideas can't quite compensate for a banal storyline. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 25, 2015
3.5/4 81% The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) "A lush period drama that also manages to criticize outmoded patriarchal standards. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 25, 2015
2.5/4 49% American Ultra (2015) "American Ultra won't be mistaken as the ne plus ultra of secret agent capers, but it mostly handles its assignment with ease. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 22, 2015
1/4 7% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "Hitman: Agent 47 takes such pleasure in reveling in its own banality that it often feels like its makers pilfered $35 million from studio coffers merely to proudly state that they punk'd everyone who actually wastes money to see this. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 22, 2015
3/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "A worthwhile endeavor, with Ritchie toning down the spastic shooting style that all but destroyed his Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 15, 2015
3/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Shaun the Sheep Movie lacks the go-for-broke genius of the Wallace and Gromit works, but that's not so say it isn't consistently inventive and entertaining. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 15, 2015
3/4 89% The World of Henry Orient (1964) "A memorable picture in which youthful exuberance believably gives way to the bracing pain of parental betrayal and dashed expectations. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
4/4 96% Places in the Heart (1984) "Even in a year that included the formidable likes of Amadeus, Stop Making Sense and The Terminator, this was the best picture of 1984. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3/4 100% My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) "The odious Margaret Thatcher and her crippling policies made sizable targets for many British filmmakers during the 1980s and beyond, and few hit the bulls-eye as squarely as screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Stephen Frears with this indie hit. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
1.5/4 19% Life Stinks (1991) "Even comic geniuses are allowed an off-day -- or off-movie, as the case may be -- and Mel Brooks strikes out with this sizable flop. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 60% I, Madman (1989) "Nifty and draggy in equal measure, this finally goes off the rails but has a fun time getting there. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3.5/4 78% Night and the City (1950) "Few filled the role of the sweaty anti-hero better than Richard Widmark, and he's in notable form here. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3/4 96% The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) "All three stars are superb, but it's Pfeiffer's smart and sexy performance that quickly became a thing of legend. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Madhouse (The Madhouse of Dr. Fear)(Deathday)(The Revenge of Dr. Death) (1974) "Madhouse is far more silly than suspenseful, and the identity of the killer is never once in doubt, but as a vehicle for Price -- and as a behind-the-scenes peek at filmmaking -- it's worth a late-night watch. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Curse of the Crimson Altar (1970) "Better direction would have benefited a film that nevertheless offers modest thrills for genre devotees. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
1.5/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "There's a climactic battle, of course, but it's rather anemic, generating about as much suspense as found on any given episode of Fraggle Rock. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "A middling seriocomedy that works better when its emotions are raw than when its scenarios are rigged. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/4 40% Irrational Man (2015) "This is a sharp hook for a motion picture, provided the movie manages to rise above the level of merely coming across as a didactic rant. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2.5/4 93% National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) "It's a pleasant diversion with a few memorable bits and a likable cast, but true comic invention is hard to locate in the meandering screenplay by the late John Hughes. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 1, 2015
4/4 91% National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) "Endlessly quotable, populated by endearing and unique characters, and blessed with a great score that mixes Elmer Bernstein's orchestral maneuvers with catchy oldies, this riotous comedy has lost none of its appeal over the years. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 1, 2015
3/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "This isn't the best of the M:I films, as it fails to match the stylized sleekness of the first, the character dynamics of III or the needle-to-the-heart adrenaline charge of Ghost Protocol. But here's a franchise that manages to retain its freshness. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 1, 2015
2.5/4 26% Vacation (2015) "Sweep the warm and fuzzy nostalgia aside, and the '83 model and this new one are comparable, mixing R-rated laughs with a semi-sincere message about the bonds that hold a family together. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 1, 2015
2.5/4 67% Sunset Edge (2015) "The movie is being pushed by its makers as "Hitchcockian," but that's hardly the case. If anything, the film's natural look, isolated setting and supernaturally tinged tale bring to mind The Blair Witch Project far more than any Hitchcock endeavor. " ‐ Creative Loafing
Posted Aug 1, 2015
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 17% 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 84% 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
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