Brett Michel

Brett Michel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Brett Michel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 78%

Brave (2012)

"After the successive triumphs of the past decade, it's hard to accept anything less than transcendence from the animation studio." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 21, 2012
1/4 18%

For Greater Glory (2012)

"[It] seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself. I saw the movie a month ago, and I'm not entirely convinced that it's ended yet." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 31, 2012
1/4 30%

Girl In Progress (2012)

"As rites of passage go, Girl in Progress is a step backward for the genre." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 16, 2012
3.5/4 93%

First Position (2012)

"These kids are proud of their tights." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 10, 2012
2.5/4 78%

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)

"Filled with Indian (and British) clichés, it is nonetheless a pleasant diversion that doesn't involve special effects or 3D glasses." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 3, 2012
B 88%

Titanic (1997)

"Spoiler alert! The ship still sinks." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Apr 13, 2012
0.5/4 38%

Blue Like Jazz (2012)

"This micro-budgeted indie tries to appeal to everyone by not offending anyone... except those who like movies." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 12, 2012
D 7%

Losing Control (2012)

"Losing Control a film experiment gone wrong" ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Apr 6, 2012
3/4 99%

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

"I can't recall being this hungry exiting a theater." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 5, 2012
3.5/4 No Score Yet

Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam) (2011)

"You might be surprised at who bends, breaks, or in some cases upholds morals in this dramatic comedy of human greed." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 13, 2012
1.5/4 0%

A Thousand Words (2012)

"Maybe Murphy should give future scripts a less cursory perusal." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 13, 2012
1.5/4 31%

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds (2012)

"Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 2, 2012
2.5/4 38%

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)

"John C. Reilly shows up as choleric man-child Taquito, and the funny begins to kick in." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 28, 2012
D 11%

Gone (2012)

"Is director Heitor Dhalia's non-thrilling new thriller a condemnation of police ineptitude or his own?" ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Feb 24, 2012
3/4 85%

Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012)

"Schoenaerts makes the transformation convincing, recalling the similarly damaged individual that Tom Hardy played in Bronson." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 21, 2012
1/4 26%

This Means War (2012)

"Quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 16, 2012
2.5/4 56%

The Viral Factor (2012)

"Yes, standard stuff, but Chou and Tse have the chops for this brand of socky." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 17, 2012
1/4 46%

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012)

"Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 17, 2012
2.5/4 25%

The Divide (2012)

"Too bad [Gens] lacks Rod Serling's genius for delicious irony." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 10, 2012
D 6%

The Devil Inside (2012)

""The Vatican doesn't endorse this film or its completion," are the first words to appear on the blank screen that begins this film. Having sat through it, I don't endorse it, either." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Jan 6, 2012
2/4 66%

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"Minus the corn, it's almost good." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3/4 94%

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Bird chose to accept the right mission for his leap to live action..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 20, 2011
2/4 60%

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

"The sequel lacks some of the fun of the first, despite the fact that - or maybe because - it adds more explosive action." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/4 21%

The Sitter (2011)

"It ain't PC, but with Hill's timing and Bender's Kardashian act, it's a stoner's delight." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 13, 2011

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011)

"Childish." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Dec 7, 2011
0/4 3%

Jack and Jill (2011)

"Unpleasant even by Sandler's usual standards, it's easily the star's worst film. And it co-stars Al Pacino. (It's his worst film, too.)" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 15, 2011
2/4 53%

Janie Jones (2011)

"Not particularly memorable." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 8, 2011
B+ 84%

Puss in Boots (2011)

"The resulting spinoff, simply titled Puss in Boots, is breezily entertaining -- even to a dog person." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Oct 27, 2011
2.5/4 82%

The Way (2011)

"[A] treacly inspirational drama..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/4 80%

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011)

"Tsui plays as fast and loose with historical fact as stunt director and frequent collaborator Sammo Hung does with the movie's exhilarating action sequences, which feature the usual wire work and set-extending CG trickery." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 21, 2011
A- 99%

The Interrupters (2011)

"Like Hoop Dreams, the movie doesn't really have an ending, but it doesn't have a beginning, either. It simply observes a year in the life of a city, and a community that's made it their mission to deal with a difficult situation." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3/4 84%

Contagion (2011)

"For patient viewers, prepare to let this film infect your nerves." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 13, 2011
0.5/4 11%

Creature (2011)

"Not even House of 1000 Corpses' Sid Haig hamming it up as a hillbilly patriarch can pull this out of the New Orleans swamp it's set in." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 13, 2011
D- 24%

Apollo 18 (2011)

"Even as horror films go, this one is terrible indeed, lacking in the one element it would need to succeed on the most basic of terms: scares." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Sep 8, 2011
C- 18%

Shark Night 3D (2011)

"Of the 350 different species of shark, 46 of them are swimming freely through this Louisiana lake, which I suppose makes sense, since it's made up of salt water. Uh-huh." ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2.5/4 82%

Warrior (2011)

"Alas, although the acting's uniformly strong, and the film has kitchen-sink grit to spare, it errs more on the side of 1995's Rocky IV than John Avildsen's '76 original..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 6, 2011
3/4 90%

Attack the Block (2011)

"Even though Cornish is a noted comedian in England, the focus here falls squarely on the action. Sure, there are a few laughs, but they're born of the characters and their situation, as their 'hood is transformed into an extraterrestrial war zone." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 16, 2011
B+ 76%

Mei loi ging chaat (Future X-Cops) (2010)

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Posted Aug 12, 2011
1.5/4 22%

The Smurfs (2011)

""I hated this much less than I expected," complains Grouchy near the end. Cranky (this critic) disagrees." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 27, 2011
B+ 70%

Friends With Benefits (2011)

"Friends benefits from likable Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis" ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3/4 90%

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

"If you don't mind paying full price for something so brief, you'll be delighted to find a musically driven film the whole family can enjoy." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 19, 2011
B+ 76%

Rejoice & Shout (2011)

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Posted Jul 13, 2011
2/4 85%

A Better Life (2011)

"White guilt drives this misguided retooling of The Bicycle Thief..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2/4 68%

Horrible Bosses (2011)

"The characters in Horrible Bosses are defined by their quirks, which are spelled out in boldface." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2/4 65%

Just Like Us (2011)

"Of course Arabs aren't a bunch of terrorists - but this movie bombs more often than not." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 5, 2011
2/4 36%

Larry Crowne (2011)

"A lighter-than-air trifle..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 5, 2011
1.5/4 44%

Bad Teacher (2011)

"Both Bad Santa and the Bad Lieutenants (Keitel and Cage) were really bad, but they were entertaining. Cameron Diaz's Bad Teacher, Elizabeth, is neither." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 28, 2011
0.5/4 26%

Green Lantern (2011)

"A parlor game could be made out of how many times the word "fear" is uttered in Martin Campbell's superhero franchise non-starter." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 21, 2011
2.5/4 82%

Super 8 (2011)

"A fitfully entertaining, loving tribute, but little more." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 9, 2011
1/4 32%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"A total bore, without a memorable action sequence, the film miscalculates from the start..." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 25, 2011