Brad Wheeler

Brad Wheeler
Brad Wheeler's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail
Biography:
Globe and Mail contributor.
Publications: Globe and Mail

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A satisfying adventure story with allegorical manifest-destiny allusions, The Hidden World reminds us that if butterflies were the size of horses, humans would surely ride them. And wouldn't that be an awful thing? - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Trouble in the Garden (2018) The best thing you can say about Trouble in the Garden is that it's well-intentioned. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Into Invisible Light (2018) The softly romantic drama Into Invisible Light is thoughtful, a touch pretentious and extremely well-acted. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 80% Wonders of the Sea 3D (2019) A combination of state-of-the-art cinematography and old-fashioned documentary storytelling, this gorgeous film is 3D visually, but frustratingly two-dimensional otherwise. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 72% Chef Flynn (2018) The film doesn't quite come together. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/4 71% SuperGrid (2018) A satisfying enough, bullet-strewn B-movie set in postapocalyptic Western Canada. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake isn't your standard catastrophe drama, even if it does leave viewers shaking in their boots. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/4 25% Love Jacked (2018) The only thing jacked here is the hour and a half wasted watching this film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Show tunes meet Shaun of the Dead in the delightfully gruesome Scottish horror-musical Anna and the Apocalypse. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 67% The Go-Getters (2018) Abrams and Piri have scant on-screen charisma. And, even if they did, their dialogue together is nothing more than foul-mouthed insults - unimaginative ones at that. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2.5/4 No Score Yet Henchmen (2016) Zippy (if slightly confusing)... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 50% Clara (2018) The well-acted Clara lacks clarity, and there's nothing worse than an out-of-focus telescope. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
88% In Search of Greatness (2018) An eloquent and inventive look at self-expression in sports and to those athletes... who succeed at the highest levels not by dint of sheer physical prowess, but by ingenuity and creativity. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 89% Studio 54 (2018) [A] lively, contextual but much-too-laudatory documentary... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 85% Knuckleball (2018) Ironside... excellently exudes an old-man smell and no-nonsense-allowed temperament. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/4 89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) [An] unpolished but ultimately intriguing film... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) I love what savvy director David Lowery does with the camera, panning here and there, picking up stray sights and happenings. Top-rate stuff. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/4 81% What Keeps You Alive (2018) That being said, the victory of What Keeps You Alive is not its heart-thumping (and a little too long) second act, but the question of survival versus vengeance the film raises. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2.5/4 76% Bad Reputation (2018) Bad Reputation roars through Jett's 60 years like one of her songs, snarling and unsubtle. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A fantastical adventure, dandy ode to weirdos, and accessible anti-war allegory for all ages, especially 10-year-old boys. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Vivid, punchy... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2.5/4 81% Quincy (2018) Tireless, ultra-talented and exceedingly charismatic, he emerges as a survivor in a film that spends too much time on his accolades and not enough on deciphering what makes this treasure of an octogenarian tick. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/4 88% What They Had (2018) An excellent cast (including Michael Shannon and Hillary Swank) hit the right notes in an evenly wrought family drama that rings true. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 100% Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) What we have with Barry Avrich's inspiring and eloquent documentary Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz is the American Dream meeting mankind's nightmare. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet The Most Beautiful Couple (2018) A German thriller about rape and revenge keeps its cool, even if the characters occasionally don't. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3.5/4 89% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical messages while never being less than a joy to watch. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/4 90% Giant Little Ones (2019) [A] tender but untimid drama. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) Stewart believed people would rally to the shark cause if only they knew the gravity of the situation. The film is now made, the word is out and Stewart more than did his part. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 100% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) [An] unassuming and melodious film. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/4 92% Searching (2018) The suspense is satisfactory; the pace is well-sustained. What really clicks, though, is the message: We leave digital bread crumbs everywhere we go, and if our secrets are not safe, neither are we. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Open-hearted and sure to resonate with more than a few viewers, Juliet, Naked roms and coms in the most charmingly honest ways. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2.5/4 83% Cardinals (2017) Not everything works here - the characters' behavior and reactions don't always ring true - but Cardinals mostly succeeds as an efficient, tight-lipped film that does a lot with a little. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
3.5/4 92% Nico, 1988 (2018) "I'm selective about my audience," says the singer. "I don't need everybody to like me." With a dour, sophisticated film that won't be to everyone's taste, writer-director Nicchiarelli seems to have taken those words to heart. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/4 80% Alpha (2018) Seeing Alpha on as big and splashy a screen as possible is advisable, preferably with children who can handle occasional scenes of intense peril. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 61% Dog Days (2018) Satisfies on a sentimental level, which is all that it ever was meant to do. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 79% Cielo (2017) McAlpine's work is subtle and sublime; its queries more like answers. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1.5/4 46% The Meg (2018) The makers of The Meg may have gone to school on Spielberg, but the big-budget deep-sea thriller is nothing but bloodless summer filler. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Isn't a life story or a deep-dive character study. Rather it is a heartfelt mediation on the creative process, with elegantly presented ideas on nature, music, mortality and things out of tune. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/4 52% Our House (2018) Better to leave the past behind is the message director Scott Burns himself ignores. Trying to improve on a rough-cut original, he fails to account for the ghost in the machine. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
2.5/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) I'm not sure audiences are getting what they deserve with this plodding, so-so action-thriller, but they'll get what they'll pay for... - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) As much as Burnham can be applauded, it's impossible not to clap even harder for the pitch-perfect acting of newcomer Elsie Fisher, a marvel in the lead role of an apparently unremarkable 13-year-old. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
3.5/4 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) Grim stuff, gloriously so. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
1/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper itself defies gravity - and plain sense, and humour, and self-awareness, and most things even a dumb, hot-buttered blockbuster would have even a little of. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/4 78% The King (2018) Provocative and at times unwieldy, The King is something of a stoned CNN Special Report on wheels. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
1.5/4 60% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Fangs for nothing, Hotel Transylvania 3: Your vampire isn't biting, and neither am I. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
0.5/5 No Score Yet North Mountain (2015) A dead-on-arrival film that starts slow but goes south quickly. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/4 64% Uncle Drew (2018) Pepsi is one of film's producers, but painkiller Aleve gets better product placement. Spare some for the arthritic plot, please. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3.5/4 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The result is a love letter to a cardigan-wearing humanist often mocked...and an examination of a man who realized children raised on television were being bombarded daily with unpleasant images. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3.5/4 No Score Yet Metamorphosis (2018) The film is graceful visually and beautifully harrowing; its worry for a planet and hope for humanity is reasoned and well-explained. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/4 12% Birthmarked (2018) When its mildly interesting 88 minutes are done, one is left to wonder only if the film could have been a lot better in someone else's hands - perhaps those belonging to Wes Anderson. - Globe and Mail EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018