Brett Buckalew

Brett Buckalew

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Brett Buckalew's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune,,

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 75%

The Road (2009)

"Emotionally affecting enough to please fans and the uninitiated alike, even if it falls short of its source material's profound beauty." ‐
Posted Nov 23, 2009

Elegy (2008)

"In the early scenes of the two lovers discovering each other's bodies and personal quirks, Coixet coaxes work from Kingsley and Cruz that is remarkably intimate." ‐
Posted Aug 8, 2008

The Fall (2006)

"The best movie of the year so far by a wide mile." ‐
Posted May 12, 2008

Redbelt (2008)

"The journey has its charms, but the destination calls to mind Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"" ‐
Posted May 2, 2008

Stop-Loss (2008)

"Much of Stop-Loss' first act feels like the cast of Hee-Haw auditioning for a Best Years of Our Lives remake." ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2008

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

"A mildly engaging holiday season diversion that will evaporate from many viewers' memories at a speed so rapid it may put Santa's sleigh to shame." ‐
Posted Dec 21, 2007

Southland Tales (2007)

"Reminiscent of the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, with its mix of sci-fi mythology, absurdist humor and political outrage." ‐
Posted Nov 14, 2007

Trade (2007)

"Treats sex slavery with roughly the same amount of tact and complexity with which the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Hard Target treated homelessness." ‐
Posted Oct 2, 2007
1.5/5 28%

Next (2007)

"Next spurs unintended laughs." ‐
Posted Sep 28, 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

"In its nakedly revealed tremors of fear and insecurity, Affleck's tour de force is reminiscent of the similarly raw work of the late, great John Cazale." ‐
Posted Sep 20, 2007

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

"Roman Polanski has a confounding two-scene cameo as a customs official who gives Carter and Lee a full cavity search. (Har har.)" ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2007

La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007)

"Doesn't quite keep up with the grand showmanship and emotional complexity of the performance at its center, but has a few impressive tricks up its sleeve." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2007

Once (2007)

"You leave the theatre feeling like you're walking on air. And isn't that all you can ask of any musical?" ‐
Posted May 24, 2007

Angel-A (2005)

"Luc Besson's characteristic flair for visual expression here manifests itself in the most subdued way imaginable." ‐
Posted May 22, 2007

Paris Je T'aime (2007)

"Alexander Payne strikes the same balance of snarky humor and sneaky empathy that has made his body of work so distinct in contemporary American cinema." ‐
Posted May 22, 2007
2/5 29%

Lucky You (2007)

"All but the most die-hard Texas Hold 'Em fans will be fighting the urge to snooze." ‐
Posted May 3, 2007

In the Land of Women (2007)

"Only slightly less clumsy overall than Against the Ropes, but at least it plays to co-star Meg Ryan's ability to suggest volumes of repressed emotion." ‐
Posted Apr 24, 2007

Fracture (2007)

"The smart conclusion contains a pair of twists that are actually plausible (rare these days), and, all in all, Fracture is supremely solid stuff." ‐
Posted Apr 20, 2007

Disturbia (2007)

"Like those gleeful, inner-child-pleasing pulp-horror rides that Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante perfected a couple decades ago." ‐
Posted Apr 13, 2007

The Lookout (2007)

"Gary is the kind of guy who can actually score with the pick-up line, 'Damn! And I thought I was good-looking!'" ‐
Posted Mar 30, 2007

The Last Mimzy (2007)

"Roger Waters' song is ultimately the work of a sell-out desperately trying to sound like a profound hippie prophet. As it happens, so is The Last Mimzy." ‐
Posted Mar 26, 2007

Avenue Montaigne (2006)

"Not a fully great film, but damn near close; witty, charming, and ultimately rather touching." ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2007

The Number 23 (2007)

"The titular novel is written by an anonymous scribe who goes by the moniker Topsy Kretts (Get it? Like "Top Secrets"? Yeah, I didn't laugh either.)" ‐
Posted Feb 23, 2007

Catch and Release (2007)

"If it was Brad Pitt carrying the coffee and Halle Berry saying she's not serious about him to a buddy, this movie would make over $100 million." ‐
Posted Jan 25, 2007

Children of Men (2006)

"A sublime visionary achievement that not only outdoes Cuarón's previous high-water mark, Y Tu Mamá También, but also manages to rank with other dystopian masterworks." ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2007

Notes on a Scandal (2006)

"In making the leap this holiday season from a Dame to a Broad, Judi Dench has chosen to apply her inestimable talents to a tried and true fork in the thespian road." ‐
Posted Dec 28, 2006

Rocky Balboa (2006)

"While Stallone is appropriately fiery in key scenes, it's his way with the character's tossed-off pearls of wisdom and one-liners that makes him especially endearing." ‐
Posted Dec 20, 2006

Home of the Brave (2006)

"The idea of a Very Important Drama featuring rapper 50 Cent and vapid TV starlet Jessica Biel in major roles seems more like a gag straight out of Get Shorty." ‐
Posted Dec 15, 2006

The Holiday (2006)

"There's good news for Jude Law fans. With The Holiday, the actor has taken a sad career song and started to make it better." ‐
Posted Dec 8, 2006

Candy (2006)

"Ledger's first film since the one-two punch of Brokeback and Casanova reinforces the almost always accurate admonition "Just say no to drug addiction films."" ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2006

Apocalypto (2006)

"On screen, Gibson was a Lethal purveyor of hot dogging lunacy. Behind the camera, he has now subverted that Riggs energy more masterfully than ever before." ‐
Posted Dec 7, 2006

The History Boys (2006)

"The closest mirror image of Republican Mark Foley is Mr. Hector, an unconventional educator with a fondness for groping his students' while giving them motorcycle rides." ‐
Posted Nov 22, 2006

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

"While fans of the HBO-born duo are already giving this a Thunderous "A," for the rest of us it's ultimately a Tendencious "B."" ‐
Posted Nov 21, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

"Will Ferrell is a more than worthy heir to Lemmon, Hanks, Brazil's Jonathan Pryce and Something Wild's Jeff Daniels." ‐
Posted Nov 10, 2006

The Prestige (2006)

"Like Memento, Nolan's Prestige is an ever-shifting hall of mirrors so masterfully executed that its emotional hollowness actually manages to be beside the point." ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2006

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"An easy film to admire, but an impossible one to love." ‐
Posted Oct 20, 2006

Tideland (2006)

"Terry Gilliam's first collaboration with Jeff Bridges yielded The Fisher King. This time around, it amounts to something a whole lot fishier." ‐
Posted Oct 18, 2006

Infamous (2006)

"Daniel Craig's performance is of young-Brando intensity, and a Supporting Actor nomination would be this movie's most credible shot at duplicating Capote's Oscar glory." ‐
Posted Oct 13, 2006

Man of the Year (2006)

"Even though it's only two-thirds of a solid comedy, it doesn't take a high-priced pollster to figure out that this is a far better ratio than a lot of other recent yukfests." ‐
Posted Oct 12, 2006

Jackass: Number Two (2006)

"The laughs here are so big - I'm talking doubled-over, fall-out-of-your-seat big - that they are meant to be shared in a theatre full of similarly helpless viewers." ‐
Posted Sep 24, 2006

All The King's Men (2006)

"Stranger still, the usually brilliant Mark Ruffalo is spacey and awkward, as if the marijuana-addled scientist he played in Eternal Sunshine has taken over the role." ‐
Posted Sep 21, 2006

The Last Kiss (2006)

"We're supposed to scratch our chins and ponder the faux wisdom of lines of dialogue like, "relationships: they either work or they don't." Who knew?" ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2006

Idlewild (2006)

"Imbues tried-and-true movie musical archetypes with sly but never campy contemporary flourishes, in a way that would make Baz Luhrmann proud." ‐
Posted Aug 25, 2006

Trust the Man (2006)

"Captures, with both accuracy and fleeting optimism, those domestic arguments that end in either irritataed silence or half-hearted, good-enough-for-now reconciliation." ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2006

You, Me and Dupree (2006)

"A braver, more female-empowering movie would have Molly come to her senses and realize that Dupree, hygiene and career problems aside, is twice the catch that Carl is." ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2006

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

"Hilarious digressions like these are bound to induce chuckles even among viewers who, as Bill Clinton would say, have never inhaled." ‐
Posted Jul 7, 2006

Wordplay (2006)

"Less interested in reinventing the non-fiction wheel than in providing a rousing, addictively brainy good time." ‐
Posted Jun 20, 2006

Nacho Libre (2006)

"Creating hermetic worlds in a manner so reminiscent of Wes Anderson that the Rushmore auteur should consider suing, Hess shows little affection for his characters." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2006

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

"Each film throws two or three okay action scenes into an otherwise wobbly blend of macho posturing, philosophically windy chitchat and moldy archetypes." ‐
Posted Jun 15, 2006

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

"This is an Altman show, through-and-through. Fans will be elated to discover that everything that makes him such a singular filmmaking voice is present and accounted for." ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2006
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