Russ Breimeier

Russ Breimeier

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Russ remembers Star Wars as the first movie he ever saw at the age of four(Dad took him out for popcorn during the scary parts). From an early age, his parents encouraged him to read the reviews of critics like Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert to help decide what movie the family would see for the weekend. It's only natural that Russ would grow up a self-proclaimed media junkie and eventually end up reviewing films. Russ' favorites include the sweeping blockbusters of the last 25 years (Indiana Jones, Star Wars), and he also enjoys looking for modern parables and Christian themes within movies. In addition to writing film reviews, Russ is managing editor of Christian Music Today, ChristianityToday.com's online music magazine.
Publications:
Christianity Today
Total Reviews:
108

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The Avengers will surely rank among the best superhero movies, if not summer blockbusters, of all time." — Christianity Today
Posted May 10, 2012
3.5/4 67% Snowmen (2011) " Funny, engaging, thought-provoking, meaningful, and one of the best family movies I've seen in a long time." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 24, 2011
2.5/4 82% Dolphin Tale (2011) " Dolphin Tale has its heart in the right place and tells its story well enough for its core audience. Moralistic and sweet, there's plenty here for kids and parents to enjoy." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3.5/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Back in the first movie, Mr. Ollivander told a young Harry that we should expect great things from him. With the cinematic conclusion ten years later, he's been proven right." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
1.5/4 14% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) " Even the great Robert Duvall can't save this triple bogey of a movie." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3.5/4 77% Thor (2011) " What could have been a stiff and overwrought production turns out to be one of the more well-rounded and enjoyable superhero movies in recent memory." — Christianity Today
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " A sucker punch is a cheap distraction for someone to gain the edge to knock the opponent senseless. That sums this up: What looks good initially will ultimately leave you flat." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 25, 2011
1.5/4 40% The 5th Quarter (2011) " The 5th Quarter confuses sympathy for empathy. This story deserves better than this amateurish production." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3/4 37% I Am (2011) " I Am is less about Shadyac's radical lifestyle change than it is an exploration of humanity's shortcomings and wasted potential for good. " — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 25, 2011
3/4 88% Rango (2011) " Some good bits about the nature of heroism, but not enough to elevate Rango to the ranks of Pixar. Still, when viewed as a silly comedy-adventure, it's enjoyable." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 4, 2011
2/4 51% Tron Legacy (2010) " For a movie showcasing flashy action, the pacing is pokey, weighed down by dull flashbacks and clich├ęd discussions about embracing the "digital frontier," blah, blah, blah. " — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 17, 2010
2.5/4 49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) " The film is merely okay, and that's disappointing. With such strong source material and the future of the franchise uncertain, this Voyage should have been better." — Christianity Today
Posted Dec 9, 2010
3/4 71% Red (2010) " A fun spin on the spy genre with the seasoned veterans showing up the more inexperienced greenhorns. chances are you'll be seeing RED once the positive word of mouth hits." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 15, 2010
2/4 41% The Expendables (2010) " It's fun to see this aging cast together on screen, but the movie is junk. The one-liners aren't funny, the dialogue is tedious, and the action itself is prosaic and repetitive." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 24, 2010
2/4 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " I miss the days when big-budget movies actually delivered on memorable thrills and characters. Prince of Persia has neither, only a lazy script enhanced by computer-generated visuals." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 11, 2010
2.5/4 44% A Shine of Rainbows (2010) " A nice, wholesome movie with a positive story about learning to be loved and to love others. Unfortunately, it's also too dull and treacly for most tastes." — Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2010
3.5/4 86% Hubble 3D (2010) " Hubble 3D doesn't weigh in heavily on theories of Big Bangs, evolution, or creation. Instead, it lets the visual data speak for itself." — Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2010
1.5/4 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) " The CGI extravaganza can't overcome all the other flaws: sloppy exposition, terrible dialogue, heavy-handed acting, and not a single likable character in the bunch." — Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2010
3/4 98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " A rousing adventure for families, but it's the animation that truly makes the film fly higher than others in the genre." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 26, 2010
3/4 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " Hollywood has released a mainstream action movie about the Bible. If Eli sparks discussion about faith and the vitality of God's Word, that's cause for acclaim." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/4 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) " A touching story inspired by true events. A timely subject. Two high-profile actors in Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford. Sadly, it all adds up to an extraordinary bore." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
0/4 20% Legion (2010) " Legion has the audacity to set itself up for sequels without giving the audience enough compelling reason to care about this first installment." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 5, 2010
2/4 21% Planet 51 (2009) " It's hard not to compare, but Pixar's classy and imaginative films set the bar high, while movies like this aim too low." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 30, 2009
0/4 5% Old Dogs (2009) " Why do once great actors attach themselves to a dog of a picture like this? Surely they still have standards? Alas, their judgment seems to be fading . . ." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 30, 2009
2/4 25% Fame (2009) " Remember the theme song? "I feel it coming together/People will see me and cry . . . Fame/I'm gonna live forever/Baby, remember my name." Sadly, none of that applies to this hollow, impersonal movie." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
3/4 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) " More than anything, Astro Boy is simply fun to watch." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
3.5/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " Not to say it's a major cinematic achievement, but it does entertain, and uniquely so." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
1.5/4 35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) " There are bound to be some 10-year-olds who will shout a hearty "Yo Joe!" (the G.I. Joe battle cry). The rest of us will more likely be crying, "Say it ain't so, Joe!"" — Christianity Today
Posted Aug 18, 2009
1/4 26% Land of the Lost (2009) " If you hated the show, you'll hate this even more. If you loved it, prepare to find your precious childhood memories drenched (literally) in dinosaur pee." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
2.5/4 38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) " Lacks the brain and heart of better comic book movies (like Iron Man and The Dark Knight). Wolverine's once sharp claws are wearing dull in this one." — Christianity Today
Posted May 1, 2009
1/4 27% Fast & Furious (2009) " It's fast and furious, but it's also noisy and dumb%u2014and inferior to the original in every way. Remember to use your turn signal when moving into the pass lane." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 3, 2009
2.5/4 17% The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) " For the most part, The Haunting feels like what would happen if a real family faced unreal circumstances in their home, and that's no simple feat in the horror genre." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 27, 2009
.5/4 16% Max Payne (2008) " Simply terrible. An insult to gamers and action fans. Frankly, it doesn't even deserve notoriety as one of the year's worst; it deserves to be forgotten." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/4 19% Righteous Kill (2008) " As far as De Niro-Pacino interaction, I'll take five minutes of Heat to a hundred minutes of Righteous Kill any day." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 12, 2008
2.5/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " Kids will enjoy it, fans will tolerate it, geeks will feel obligated to love it, and cynics will note that at least Jar Jar doesn't make an appearance." — Christianity Today
Posted Aug 15, 2008
2/4 54% Mamma Mia! (2008) " Mamma Mia! leaves me sending out an S.O.S., with much of the blame falling to the filmmakers. It's more akin to a music video than a musical, and a sloppy one at that." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2/4 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) " The finale's slugfest plays out like the WWF gone CGI -- characters bash each other, things go boom, and (how typical) a lot of it is too quickly paced to follow." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 13, 2008
1.5/4 39% Speed Racer (2008) " A flashy mess that proves some things are better left to nostalgia than adaptation." — Christianity Today
Posted May 9, 2008
3.5/4 93% Iron Man (2008) " Downey absolutely owns this role. He's pitch perfect as Stark, infusing the character with more personality and comedic one-liners than there ever were in the comics." — Christianity Today
Posted May 1, 2008
3/4 52% Leatherheads (2008) " It juggles too many elements--sports, romance, slapstick, Capra-esque cinema--and doesn't do justice to any of them. But the film is brimming with nostalgia and charm." — Christianity Today
Posted Apr 4, 2008
2/4 36% 21 (2008) " 21 should have followed Sin City's cardinal rule: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." — Christianity Today
Posted Mar 28, 2008
3/4 35% Vantage Point (2008) " A genuine crowd-pleaser overall, brisk and suspenseful%u2014more or less everything it promises to be." — Christianity Today
Posted Feb 22, 2008
2/4 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) " Talk about mixed movie messages -- I fear the more important part of the movie gets buried in the bloodshed. You could say that Rambo shoots himself in the foot." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 25, 2008
3.5/4 40% The Bucket List (2007) " Strikes a nice balance between comedy and drama, favoring humor and poignant conversations over weepy developments." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 12% Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2) (2007) " Taking a cue from the Requiem of the title, it may be time to put these Aliens and Predators to rest once and for all." — Christianity Today
Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 21% Fred Claus (2007) " A generally fun movie as long as your expectations are low enough. But considering the talent of the cast and filmmakers, Fred Claus should be better (and funnier) than this." — Christianity Today
Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 36% Sleuth (2007) " In spite of its strengths for the first two-thirds, you're better off tracking down the original Sleuth than this one." — Christianity Today
Posted Oct 12, 2007
2.5/4 51% The Kingdom (2007) " Sometimes fun, sometimes powerful, but ultimately flawed. It promises action, but only delivers a little, decrying it while delighting in it." — Christianity Today
Posted Sep 29, 2007
3.5/4 90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " With its broad range of slapstick and satire, The Simpsons Movie is one of the most successful television-to cinema transplants I've ever seen." — Christianity Today
Posted Jul 26, 2007
3.5/4 55% Mr. Brooks (2007) " The film demonstrates the complexity of human nature and its faculties -- our sinful side is never far removed from our capacity to think and feel." — Christianity Today
Posted Jun 1, 2007
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