Bill Brownstein

Bill Brownstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 95% of the time.

Bill Brownstein's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 73%

Mean Dreams (2016)

"Seemingly an homage of sorts to Terrence Malick's 1973 classic Badlands, Mean Dreams takes viewers on a high-octane and jolting ride, with suspense that's pretty much unrelenting, despite a plot that is spare and quite the stretch in parts." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 21, 2016
3.5/5 90%

Sleeping Giant (2015)

"Look for Cividino's star to rise rapidly in the future." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 88%

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"Budreau, while taking certain liberties with Baker's history, manages to mesh elements both tragic and whimsical in a compelling portrait of the artist as an almost-beaten man." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 10, 2016
No Score Yet

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015)

"This is the harrowing story of the attempted honour killing - by her own family - of a young woman who chose love over an arranged marriage." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet

Patrick's Day (2015)

"Terry McMahon avoids the usual stereotypes in dealing with mental illness and brings a certain dignity to sufferers who aren't generally afforded such treatment on screen. Credit must also go to Dunford, Walker and Fox for not holding back on any level." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 68%

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"While rarely dull, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is forever changing direction." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 3, 2016
4/5 78%

Where to Invade Next (2016)

"Moore points out that many of the progressive human-rights values adopted by the countries he has invaded have roots in America. He suggests that perhaps it's time to retrieve/embrace them again. " ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3.5/5 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"The movie has its moments of great whimsy, but also heartfelt, moving sequences wherein the two unlikely principals try to connect with one another." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 18, 2016
1/5 23%

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"Simply put, Zoolander No. 2 is a disaster. It is witless. It is forced. Worst of all, it lacks a key component: story." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 12, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet

Ninth Floor (2015)

"The events, leading up to and following the occupation, have been vividly and incisively captured in this National Film Board of Canada documentary by Mina Shum." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 97%

45 Years (2015)

"Rampling and Courtenay don't even have to raise their voices to command attention. It's all nuance, in their eyes and subtle body movements and in their micro snippets of dialogue. " ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 60%

Sisters (2015)

"Anyone expecting Fey or Poehler to reprise their more cerebral sitcom roles on, respectively, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation should be aware that they go all salty here. And why not?" ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Dec 23, 2015
4/5 84%

Victoria (2015)

"The result is an audacious and gripping thriller about an ill-fated bank heist, and it keeps building momentum." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/5 91%

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"No question, there is a certain jingoistic edge to this espionage thriller. But, no question, this one will also keep viewers on the edge of their seats." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Oct 15, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet

Chameleon (2015)

"It all makes for some intense and riveting viewing, albeit heavy-handed at times." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3.5/5 69%

Wolf Totem (2015)

"At the film's core is a quirky love story between the student and the orphan wolf cub he finds and raises." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4/5 89%

Meru (2015)

"Ultra-riveting documentary Meru will leave you spinning and sweating." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 9, 2015
1.5/5 45%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"A Walk in the Woods -- based on travel writer Bill Bryson's book -- could have been more accurately titled Grumpy Old Men try to go Wild. But even that makes this movie sound more promising than it is." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 2, 2015
4/5 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"Credit Heller for keeping proceedings in perspective and for delivering one of the most candid accounts of the teen odyssey." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 83%

Testament Of Youth (2015)

"Testament of Youth... is a powerful story of the lunacy of war and its devastating consequences, but also one that refuses to dwell in despair and seeks to impart a message of hope - no matter how futile that dream has become." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jul 21, 2015
4.5/5 85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"Anyone who doubts fact can be way stranger than fiction will see otherwise after catching Moselle's debut documentary feature, The Wolfpack." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 25, 2015

Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015)

"What a baffling, albeit fascinating, world Giger inhabited." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 5, 2015
4/5 89%

A Borrowed Identity (2015)

"A tender, occasionally whimsical tale of love and friendship, set amid the over-boiling cauldron that is the Middle East conflict." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet

Corbo (2014)

"Hard as it is to relive that era, credit writer/director Mathieu Denis for digging up a story long relegated to the dustpan of history -- but hopefully never repeated." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"We've seen video accounts of this horrific tsunami, but little prepares viewers for its realistic re-enactment in The Impossible. And little prepares the film's principals for the terror that ensues." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 7, 2015

Song Of The Sea (2014)

"Irish illustrator/filmmaker Tomm Moore, also the director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature The Secret of the Kells, brings yet more magic to the screen here." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 5, 2015

Miss Julie (2014)

"A compelling clash of upstairs/downstairs class values, this is one of the rare examples of filmed theatre that is able to move well beyond the usual static frontiers of that genre." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/5 95%

The Wonders (2015)

"Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders is a coming-of-age epic unlike any other to have surfaced on screen." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/5 96%

What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

"As zom-coms go, though, this one brings a unique bite to proceedings." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2.5/5 51%

The Interview (2014)

"For those of us cynics anticipating the abominable, The Interview could come as quite the letdown. It has its moments. But make no mistake: this is adolescent, frat-house humour. Think Animal House meets Rambo." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"An absolutely compelling piece about the commitment of longtime partners, who just happen to be gay." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 4, 2015
3.5/5 51%

The Calling (2014)

"An engrossing psycho-thriller." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3.5/5 97%

Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950)

"The plotting is simplistic and predictable. The acting and tough-guy/gal dialogue are rather comical at times. Yet the film hit home then, and it still hits home today." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/5 72%

Bettie Page Reveals All (2013)

"Revealing it is on so many levels. It is also stunning, an exquisite amalgam of vintage film footage and photos from Page's glory days and interviews with Page and friends, family members and experts in the field of voyeurism." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Mar 6, 2014
4/5 83%

Our Man in Tehran (2015)

"This story [of Ken Taylor] is painstakingly recounted in Our Man in Tehran, the compelling Canadian documentary." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/5 89%

Rush (2013)

"Even those who know how it all transpires will be on the edge of their seats as the track battle mounts to a heart-pounding climax." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 92%

Our Nixon (2013)

"What proves most fascinating is that the three White House cinematographers appear to have been as deluded as their boss." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2.5/5 40%

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams (2013)

"There is probably much more and much less to the life and times of Stevie Nicks than what is presented in this picture. But it will take someone else to bring that story to the screen." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jun 14, 2013
4/5 62%

Love, Marilyn (2012)

"Garbus is able to re-stitch Monroe's life in a most compelling and original manner." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 15, 2013
3.5/5 89%

Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)

"A whimsical and even occasionally profound documentary about the origins of this time-honoured Jewish tune." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted May 2, 2013
3.5/5 79%

42 (2013)

"Rousing, inspirational and understandably earnest." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Apr 11, 2013
0/5 15%

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013)

"Do we sympathize with Swann? Not remotely. Do we find his friends interesting? Not at all." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2013
1.5/5 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Hallström has made a deal with the devil. Worse. Hallström has made a deal with Hallmark -- metaphorically speaking -- with his latest film, Safe Haven." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/5 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"A whimsical, charming love story." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Feb 5, 2013
1/5 41%

Parker (2013)

"Much gunplay and bloodletting ensues. The body count is high. Intrigue is low." ‐ Montreal Gazette
Posted Jan 24, 2013

The Yards (2000)

"Spins a compellingly nasty tale about deceit and corruption." ‐ Ottawa Citizen
Posted Apr 11, 2001