Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Brent McKnight's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): PopMatters,, Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5.4/10 30%

Criminal (2016)

"The pace plods along, always on the verge of an action set piece but never quite delivering." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/5 52%

Risen (2016)

"Not perfect by any means, Risen should be a welcome addition for viewers with an affinity for both Christianity and cinema, and has the potential to reach a broad, more mainstream audience." ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/5 49%

How To Be Single (2016)

"A fun enough momentary distraction, though one with relatively little meat or lasting substance." ‐
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/5 12%

The Choice (2016)

"This is the cinematic equivalent of a box of chocolates and a peck on the cheek, empty calories and not much more, but if that's what you're in the market for, it delivers well enough." ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2016
5.9/10 63%

The Finest Hours (2016)

"Giant waves flinging various vessels around willy-nilly, a crew racing to the rescue, another struggling to stay afloat long enough for them to arrive: All of this works. But whenever the movie does anything else...?" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1/5 7%

Fifty Shades of Black (2016)

"I wasn't the only one in the theater. There were five people, total. Two walked out fifteen minutes in. Another left fifteen minutes after that. When I walked out, a dude saw what movie I was leaving of and laughed at me. That about sums it up." ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2016
4/10 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"The whole film amounts to one tossed-off idea after another." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2016
4/10 10%

The Forest (2016)

"The Forest is plodding and uninspired, not particularly frightening and, worst of all, boring." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2016
3/5 31%

Anesthesia (2016)

"If you look too close, you'll see a mess of ideas and themes, random connections, and jagged edges, but if you step back, these splotches form a pleasing enough picture." ‐
Posted Jan 7, 2016
3.7/10 9%

Point Break (2015)

"Despite a number of high-octane action sequences, nothing in Point Break is particularly thrilling. It's a Mountain Dew commercial stretched out to almost two hours." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 29, 2015
4/5 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"Macbeth has never been as bloody, brutal, or ferocious as in director Justin Kurzel's new translation, which is saying something. " ‐
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 65%

Krampus (2015)

"Though there's nothing particularly scary, especially for even a moderately seasoned horror fan, there are a handful of eerie practical special effects, and while you're in the middle, it's fun." ‐
Posted Dec 3, 2015

Turbo Kid (2015)

"Turbo Kid has the makings of a perfect midnight movie, and will be a nostalgic blast in the face for those of us old enough to remember, or at least those who have developed an affinity for, the cheap Mad Max knock offs of the early 1980s." ‐
Posted Dec 1, 2015
5.4/10 44%

The 33 (2015)

"It's a tremendous story of perseverance in the face of immeasurable odds. Told as it is, however -- as incredible as the events are, and given that much more weight for actually happening -- the film plays like an investigative news report." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3.5/10 45%

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

"If you aren't a stoned teenage boy, then consider sitting out Christopher "Son of Michael" Landon's new film. This isn't for you." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2.5/5 29%

Burnt (2015)

"There are too many fumbles, too many missteps, and the most interesting bits of the film are swept off the cutting board and into the trash." ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2015
6/10 16%

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

"If The Last Witch Hunter was an artifact of the 1970s, it would be a bona fide cult classic among certain segments of horror fanatics." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2015
4.1/10 34%

The Green Inferno (2015)

"It is simply content to stand next to its ilk, doing exactly what they already did, unwilling to defend its existence past indulging one of filmmaking's most indulgent filmmakers." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2015
2/5 11%

Pay the Ghost (2015)

"Weird enough to keep it moderately entertaining at times, but only barely." ‐
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3.5/5 74%

The Keeping Room (2015)

"A unique, enthralling movie from start to finish." ‐
Posted Sep 24, 2015
6/10 48%

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

"It can be cheesy and trite and predictable at times, but the sheer breakneck pace and frenetic energy of these Trials are more than enough to whip the movie along the rails of a well-done, generic, teen-centric action flick." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2015
4.9/10 13%

Sinister 2 (2015)

"Sinister 2 is what its predecessor could have been in the wrong hands: It takes imagery and devices that you've seen before, and makes them feel even more worn down, even more tired, than anything you could have imagined on your own." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 77%

People Places Things (2015)

"So rote, so expected and unsurprising, that it never distinguishes itself from the pack of similarly themed dramatic indie comedies." ‐
Posted Aug 14, 2015
4/10 25%

Dark Places (2015)

"Dark Places borders on a caricature of the tense thriller." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
7.9/10 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the latest in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise, sets its hooks quickly and hurtles you forward." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2015
2.5/5 44%

Irrational Man (2015)

"There are moments where Woody Allen's Irrational Man is compelling and energetic, where the characters find their groove, and the clumsy philosophy fits, but that only makes the rest of the movie that much more frustrating to watch. " ‐
Posted Jul 30, 2015
5.4/10 61%

Southpaw (2015)

"Gyllenhall's raw performance is the film's sole highlight, but even the actor, who underwent yet another profound physical transformation for the role, can only support so much on his broad shoulders." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/5 52%

Boulevard (2015)

"A relentlessly dour, mopey character study with little to set it apart." ‐
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1.5/10 16%

The Gallows (2015)

"Please don't go see The Gallows. Please. As someone who passionately, deeply loves movies, especially horror movies, and laments that not nearly enough genre offerings actually land a theatrical release: I beg of you, please don't go see The Gallows." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2015
5.5/10 46%

Ted 2 (2015)

"Any charm in having such content delivered by a talking teddy bear has officially worn off by now. None of this is really even all that shocking -- just bland." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2015
6/10 83%

Eden (2015)

"Hansen-Love renders these two decades of French house as an ambitious, realistic look at a specific era in the evolution of both her main character and a musical genre." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2015
5.9/10 58%

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

"For a genre all-too-often relegated to the direct-to-video market, a fan can't help but hope that the big theatrical release treatment will yield a better and more original entry than Insidious: Chapter 3." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
7/10 85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"The Wolfpack is part spectacle -- witness an odd family struggling to function -- and part manifestation of a unique perspective on the world." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
6.2/10 48%

San Andreas (2015)

"Like 2012 jacked up on both steroids and meth, there are no surprises to be had, no shades of grey, only the epic, the over the top and, at its brain-bursting best, the rollicking escape of a popcorn disaster flick." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 29, 2015
7.3/10 73%

Time Lapse (2015)

"A relatively contained three-hander, the main leads all deliver strong performances that are engaging and add to the tension." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 13, 2015
5.2/10 7%

Hot Pursuit (2015)

"While there are some hilarious scenes, and leads Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have a strong chemistry, Hot Pursuit is never much more than a moderately entertaining distraction." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
8.5/10 75%

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"The impressive thing about Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is how writer/director Joss Whedon takes a narrative that is absolutely packed with superheroes and their backstories and all the action in between, and never lets it all feel like it's too much." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 1, 2015
5.6/10 62%

Unfriended (2015)

"More of an interesting formal experiment than a successful narrative." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2015
8.5/10 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"Watching Furious 7... one gets the distinct impression that, when faced with a creative choice, the filmmakers asked themselves, "What's the most insane, over-the-top thing we can do here?"" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2015
5.4/10 28%

Insurgent (2015)

"The performances are fine. Everyone is solid, though they're not asked to do too much." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2015
6.8/10 60%

Run All Night (2015)

"Run All Night is a solidly hard-boiled crime picture infused with true moments of bravado, and we should enjoy Neeson's continued late-career action renaissance while it lasts." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4.5/10 11%

Unfinished Business (2015)

"When Unfinished Business loses itself to its own madness, there is the sense that its inherent weirdness is on the verge of coalescing into something big, brilliant and spectacular. But that never happens." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
9.1/10 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Nightcrawler circles around a bit before finding a rhythm and getting to the real meat, and is almost procedural in the way Lou gets into the trade. But once the momentum picks up, it doesn't stop." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2015
5.8/10 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"Unbroken is exactly the movie you expect to see -- which is a shame, because Zamperini's account is so incredible." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 24, 2014
9.1/10 95%

Nightcrawler (2014)

"Once the momentum picks up, it doesn't stop." ‐ PopMatters
Posted Nov 6, 2014
7.8/10 82%

The Book of Life (2014)

"The Book of Life carves out a stunning visual niche and a fantastic world full of memorable characters that provides a different perspective than the typical animated feature." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
5.8/10 67%

Space Station 76 (2014)

"There's a lot to admire around the edges, but Plotnick's film isn't quite an out-of-this-world experience based on its own merits." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
4.5/10 71%

Take Me to the River (2014)

"While those sessions result in full songs, some of the most memorable, iconic tunes in music history, this film never coalesces into something greater than a collection of mildly interesting pieces." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2014
7.3/10 65%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"The maze itself is dangerous and mysterious, but still alluring and a draw, and a big part of this is how Ball films it." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2014
7.3/10 86%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Funny, touching, and heartfelt, this is a fantastic vehicle for its stars, and a moving portrait of the various things family can mean." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2014
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