Brian Costello

Brian Costello
Brian Costello's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Common Sense Media
Publications: Common Sense Media

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 60% Injustice (2021) The acting is solid, and the animation isn't of the highest quality, but it works for the story. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
3/5 91% The Trip (2021) This is a gruesomely graphic and pitch-black comedy-horror-thriller loaded with entertaining plot twists great and small. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2021
4/5 100% Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020) This is an incredibly epic and richly-detailed tearjerker of an anime drama. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet The Amityville Moon (2021) It's just a really bad movie; there's nothing more to say about it. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The Cleaner (2021) The Cleaner reveals once again that solid acting, relatable characters, and a good story can do so much more on a limited budget than a blockbuster movie with a weak story and cliched characters. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
3/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021) This is a very good, if graphic, contribution to the Batman canon that's ultimately best enjoyed by superfans. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
3/5 86% The Swarm (La Nuée) (2020) This is a French horror movie with brilliant execution and a thoughtful message that's slightly marred by stale horror movie tropes and predictability. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
1/5 60% A Dark Foe (2021) A Dark Foe is an extremely graphic tale with a nonsensical and incoherent storyline. It's full of excruciating scenes of melodrama delivered by incompetent actors. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
2/5 25% Night of the Animated Dead (2021) Night of the Animated Dead is more graphically violent than the original, but aside from this and a minimalist (either due to style or economy) animation style, there's nothing much different from this and the 1968 Night of the Living Dead. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
4/5 63% Bingo Hell (2021) Bingo Hell shows that with a strong story, something deeper to communicate, and excellent acting, a movie's relatively low budget means nothing. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light (2021) This movie is bombastic, confusing, and best for fans of the show. The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light takes the "kitchen sink" approach to storytelling in anime to extremes. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
3/5 71% Black as Night (2021) This is an earnest, if clunky, coming-of-age vampire movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
2/5 63% The Manor (2021) The thoughtful commentary on the treatment of senior citizens is outweighed by horror movie cliches and a disappointing ending. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
4/5 60% Madres (2021) Those looking for straightforward, apolitical blood-and-guts horror are better off looking elsewhere, but for those looking for a story that moves beyond what often feels like an exhausted genre will find much to enjoy in Madres. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
3/5 67% No One Gets Out Alive (2021) No One Gets Out Alive is at its best when it depicts the all-too-real nightmare of women who are undocumented immigrants trying to survive in contemporary America. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2021
2/5 67% The Influencer (2021) This is a dark satire that never quite lands as it careens back and forth between comedy and social commentary. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
4/5 67% Rhyme & Reason (1997) This is an interesting capsule of a time and place that's still relevant in both good and bad ways. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
3/5 23% Intrusion (2021) This is an entertaining, if not exactly groundbreaking, thriller from the "This Dream Home Is Not What It Seems" file. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet House Party 3 (1994) It's a dated '90s movie, but not the good kind of dated '90s movie. Some of the musical interludes are fun, but they don't overcome everything else that's wrong with this sequel that probably never should have been made. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
2/5 50% Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms (2021) This movie is as violent and bloody as the video game franchise on which it's based and is therefore best for fans of the video games and movies. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
3/5 100% The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) The overarching themes of the movie are moral ambiguity and reckoning with one's past, and the story can be enjoyed on its own terms for those unfamiliar with this universe. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet Habit (2021) This dark comedy is likely to offend faith-based viewers, and it quickly grows tiresome for everyone else. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
4/5 67% It Takes Three (Rhino) (2021) It Takes Three is an all-too-familiar story with all-too-familiar teen character types, but clever writing and inspired acting keep it entertaining throughout. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
2/5 13% Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman (2021) It's not a bad movie from a technical standpoint. But it doesn't really contribute anything new to a story told too many times about a sociopath who doesn't deserve so much of 'the Hollywood treatment,' or any of it, really. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2021
3/5 27% House Party 2 (1991) It's a surprisingly thoughtful movie, one that strikes an effective balance between over-the-top comedy and these more serious messages. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 75% Oslo (2021) This is a fascinating look at a unique moment in history, showing how empathy and face-to-face discussion between even the bitterest of rivals can reveal shared humanity. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
3/5 90% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) It's all as over-the-top and gratuitous and campy as the previous two movies, but it's enjoyable at times. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 50% A Classic Horror Story (2021) In a genre known more for heart skips and adrenaline, this is surprisingly thought-provoking. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
3/5 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021) It's engaging enough, and creates enough cliffhanging suspense to want to see what happens in the sequel, even for those who aren't fully versed in the DC Universe. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 80% How I Became a Superhero (2021) While the story itself has its fair share of originality, some of the tropes are way past the point of exhaustion. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/5 80% Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021) This isn't a stand-alone sequel, one in which the viewer can truly enjoy if they're not immersed in the long-term story arc of these characters, arcs that go way beyond this movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/5 30% Dynasty Warriors (2021) This is a bombastic, over-stylized, self indulgent movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/5 63% The 8th Night (2021) This movie is derivative at times, original at other times. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
3/5 88% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) This is the rare example of a sequel that's better than the original. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/5 83% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) The self awareness in what's being parodied loses any humor it may have had within the first half hour. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 100% The Legend of the Underground (2021) This is a gut-wrenching, powerful, and inspiring documentary on being true to oneself despite persecution from others. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/5 35% America: The Motion Picture (2021) This movie is bombastic, absurd, over the top, obnoxious, and often hilarious (for older teens and adults only, that is). - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
2/5 48% False Positive (2021) It's a slow-burn suspense paired with satirical commentary on how women and pregnancy are treated in society. But any tension that False Positive creates doesn't really pay off... - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
4/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) If this is Neeson's last action movie, it's a terrific way to bow out, as The Ice Road is as thrilling as it is fun. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
5/5 100% Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (2021) A powerful documentary, one that shows how the past informs the present, and how confronting and learning from the past, no matter how difficult that may be, provides the opportunity and hope for a better future. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
2/5 10% Welcome Home (The Getaway) (2018) This is a thriller that starts off with some promise, but soon lapses into predictability. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3/5 55% Flashback (2020) This is a surprisingly solid psychological thriller about, among other things, time, memory, loss, and trying to make your own way in the world on your own terms. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Xtreme (2021) This is a bombastically violent but thoroughly enjoyable revenge fantasy action movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti (2016) This is a ludicrous family adventure movie with unintentionally hilarious dialogue. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
4/5 79% Small Town Crime (2018) It's the kind of movie that pays heed to the conventions of noir stories while still carving out a space all its own. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet 2149: The Aftermath (2021) It's a movie that should provoke discussion among older teens and parents about technology and its use and misuse, and how it has the power to both connect and disconnect people. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Nail Bomber: Manhunt (2021) This is a disturbingly relevant story of hatred and xenophobia leading to the horrific nail bombing attacks against communities of color and the gay community in 1999 London. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 50% American Fighter (2021) The cheesy action movie cliches don't quite prevent this from being an enjoyable action movie. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
4/5 100% Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie (2019) This is a feel-good documentary about two best "bros" with Down Syndrome who, with the help of their family and community, make a zombie movie with lots of blood and gore. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The Legend of Hei (Luo Xiaohei Zhan Ji) (2019) This is a story about right versus wrong, coexistence, and deforestation that's as thoughtful as it is cute. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021