Brian Lloyd

Brian Lloyd
Tomatometer-approved critic
Brian Lloyd is the Movies Editor for and has been serving in that role for the past four years. He is also the film critic for The Last Word on Today FM, one of Ireland's most popular drivetime radio programmes, and is a regular contributor to Ireland AM, Ireland's morning breakfast show on Virgin Media One.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Another pointless cash-in sequel. Did it even need a sequel in the first place? - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3.5/5 78% In The Earth (2021) It's by no means a pleasant experience going through it, but you come out the other side of it with a few scenes and shots lodged in your gut for days after. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
1/5 28% Awake (2021) 'Awake' will put you to sleep. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) Emma Thompson will most likely require some amount of reconstructive surgery on her jaw from the amount of scenery she chew throughout this movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
2.5/5 68% Monster (2019) Though it has a talented cast, a decent script with a relevant story to tell, 'Monster' is far too heavy-handed with its direction and lacks some of the source text's subtlety, opting for more obvious choices than considered ones. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
1.5/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Although it lacks Bruce Willis and it's not decidedly cheap-looking, 'Without Remorse' fits the bill of a bland, straight-to-VOD actioner. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
0.5/5 26% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) For Irish people taking it in, 'Wild Mountain Thyme' is simply yet another insult. It's another cocktail shot named after something that killed people regularly on this island not too long ago. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2021
2.5/5 76% Stowaway (2021) The ensemble cast all give solid, if conventional performances, yet there's a few gaping inconsistencies in the story that doesn't really help their position. Not only that, if you're trying to out-guess the story halfway through, you're in trouble. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3.5/5 88% Run (2020) Although it riffs on Stephen King's 'Misery' a great deal, 'Run' has enough genre thrills and chills going for it to make itself more than just a simple cover version. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) You'll come away from this utterly shaken and moved by it all. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
3/5 76% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Had we seen this in a cinema, there's a good chance this would probably be a three-and-a-half or even a four star review. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2.5/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) So if every whim and every indulgence has been granted, does that mean it's a good movie? If you're one of Zack Snyder's die-hard followers, then yes. For everyone else? Not really. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
2/5 45% The Little Things (2021) Netflix can knock these kind of crime dramas off the conveyor belt with ease and with far less starpower attached, so how is it that three Oscar winners came to make something this uneventful? That's the real mystery here. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
3/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) While 'Raya and The Last Dragon' might be a little too familiar, there's a good intent behind it. The art styles and the diverse voice cast give representation to characters, voices, and places that have been absent from animated movies until now. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3.5/5 85% The Racer (2020) 'The Racer' makes no qualms about how brutal and how unglamorous the sport of cycling is. If anything, it revels in it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) It is a forceful, raw account of brutal injustice, violent revolution, and the cost of betrayal in lives left unfulfilled and promises broken. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) It can't be said that 'Malcolm & Marie' is an enjoyable movie, but it's definitely one that sticks with you. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) 'Wonder Woman 1984' is an effective comic-book movie that leans heavily on wholesomeness and optimism, leaving out any kind of moral ambiguity or nuance for bright colours and popcorn-friendly action and adventure. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
95% Soul (2020) 'Soul' is a splashy riff and a meandering tune that's unmistakably original. It may go off notes once or twice, but you won't be able to stop yourself from enjoying it right through. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
82% Mank (2020) As like the titular character, 'Mank' is smug and self-satisfied, yet you're never not entertained and enthralled by it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7' is an exhilarating piece of courtroom drama, and the starry cast makes the weighty script fly off the screen. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 83% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Excellent! (guitar solo) - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Thea Sharrock's direction is light and gentle, and wrings every drop of sentiment out of Mike White's script for something that may not necessarily be everyone's best work, but is more than sufficient at passing 95 minutes in a pleasant manner. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
2.5 / 5 70% Tenet (2020) When you come right down to it, 'Tenet' is a mess. A gloriously shot, exquisitely staged mess with a thrilling final act - but still a mess. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) In normal circumstances, 'Unhinged' would probably fall between the cracks, but as a broadly entertaining new movie when they're at a premium, it's more than worth the recommendation. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
1.5/5 40% Irresistible (2020) You're expecting so much from it, but it fails to deliver on every count - not unlike political promises. Not only that, it suffers from being not terribly funny in the first place. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Although it does somewhat overstep the mark on some points and has some issues with pacing and length, 'Da 5 Bloods' is an evocative, striking historical drama that earnestly attempts to confront the demons of war and the legacies they leave behind. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) 'Extraction' isn't a terrible movie, but it's not just terribly great either. The action is sharply done and it pulls along at a brisk pace, but it's when things slow down that you begin to notice it's running on fumes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
1/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) 'Bloodshot' misses the mark so badly that it's not even worth the time or effort to think of another pun to wrap this whole thing up. Avoid. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 57% The Hunt (2020) 'The Hunt' isn't based in reality, but it's making fun of it in a way that's desperately needed. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 83% The Way Back (2020) 'Finding The Way Back' is an honest, open-hearted story about redemption and renewal, whether it be told through sports or broken down fathers, and with a powerful, awards-worthy performance from Affleck. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
4/5 91% Jihad Jane (2019) Truly bizarre, 'Jihad Jane' is a fascinating examination of the lost souls of the internet age, and the dark alleys they often find themselves in. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
1/5 14% Dolittle (2020) Dolittle? Just don't. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
4 / 5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) 'Queen & Slim' is an affecting, visually compelling journey with two strong lead performances. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The female-assassin trope is well-trodden, and in recent years, the likes of 'Killing Eve' have given it a fresh perspective. 'The Rhythm Section' has that behind and in front of the camera, but on the page and in the script, it's something of a letdown. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) y equal measure, 'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood' is affecting, human, and honest. How rare it is for dramas with real-life characters, at this time of year, to be that way. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3.5/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Sure, it's borrowing from 'Fast and Furious' and it's so blatantly attempting to set itself up for another trilogy, but when were action movies of this ilk ever subtle? As strange as it is to say, 'Bad Boys For Life' is a solidly made action movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) An incredible, desperately weird, frightening masterpiece. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) 'Uncut Gems' houses what could be Adam Sandler's greatest on-screen performance. Glittering with promise, 'Uncut Gems' is a diamond-sharp crime thriller. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) The panic that festers throughout '1917' comes in small increments, but it's how Deakins' camera tracks them at every turn as it pulls back little by little to reveal the true scale of the horror and the shock of World War I. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
3/5 67% The Last Right (2021) Sweet and earnest in all the right places, The Last Right rolls through with just enough fuel to get it to the end. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) For those who embrace it, 'The Rise of Skywalker' is an earnest attempt to conclude a story that some never wanted to end. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
36% 6 Underground (2019) '6 Underground' deserves to be buried alive. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
3.5/5 95% Citizen K (2019) It doesn't offer any answers, nor does it give comfort to those who don't like the way the world is headed - but it does at least give you some kind of context to why it's happening. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) A charm all of its own and a heart as big as The Rock's biceps... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) For all of the unlikeliness of it, 'Le Mans '66 (Ford v Ferrari)' is one of the most exciting and entertaining movies of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 95% The Irishman (2019) If this is to be Scorsese's final chapter on crime in America, it's by far his most introspective. It may not be what you'd expect from all of the pieces involved, but it is a fascinating and entertaining experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4 / 5 94% Western Stars (2019) Even if you're not taken by Springsteen's music, it's still a richly made concert movie and there is an authenticity in it that's compelling. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Truly one of the funniest movies of the year. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) While this is a fine effort and it's not without some interesting moments, it's not enough to be anything more than an unnecessary epilogue. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019