Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Brian Orndorf's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet Massage Parlor Murders (1973) Massage Parlor Murders isn't much of a movie, but it's a heck of a viewing experience, packing in enough violence, vague confrontations, and nudity to satisfy those in the mood for gratuitous, no-budget entertainment.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
D+ 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Action is replaced with world-building, keeping the fourth sequel to the 2003 original more about course-correction than promised combat. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
B 84% Silence (2017) It's accomplished work, as to be expected, but it's also a moviegoing test of patience only reserved for Scorsese's most devout fans. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
B 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Underneath convention is an inspection of tremendous intelligence finding its place in the world, with the production valuing education and problem solving, which doesn't come across the screen nearly enough. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
A 81% Patriots Day (2017) Vividly crafted, suspenseful, and respectful to those involved in violence and law enforcement, the feature is easily Berg's best work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Bayona has a gifted cast, and he's ready to get lost in this corner of the world, building a fantasy that's reinforced with decidedly credible emotion.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 96% Paterson (2016) It's a distinct Jarmuschian effort, but I doubt few would want his work any other way. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 84% Julieta (2016) Typically gorgeous work from the helmer.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
B+ 80% Beyond the Gates (2016) Doing something with video store memories, "Beyond the Gates" has the right ideas when it comes to shadowy evil and VHS ephemera, creating a very entertaining and mildly spooky B-movie version of "Jumanji."‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
C- 38% A Kind of Murder (2016) "A Kind of Murder" has a handful of production achievements worth noting, but the rest is frustratingly forgettable. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
D+ 31% The Hollow Point (2016) Lopez-Gallego spends more time polishing his weapons than he does strengthening editing and building characterization. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
A- 90% Jackie (2016) Portman's body language, a profound interior burn, is brilliant.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B- 18% Assassin's Creed (2016) Incredibly flawed, but there's something to the confident execution of the feature that gives it a cinematic presence and passable respect for console origins.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
D 31% Passengers (2016) A picture that bizarrely tries to transform absolute horror and cold-blooded murder into the date night event of 2016. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
D+ 39% Why Him? (2016) There's a more detailed, relatable picture in there somewhere, but Hamburg doesn't have any interest in finding it. He's too busy dreaming up ways to keep Bryan Cranston struggling on a toilet.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 93% Fences (2016) Intimacy is a challenge for "Fences," but the acting is expectedly dynamic, with raw nerve work from the leads carrying the feature through a few rough patches of storytelling.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
B+ 89% Elle (2016) It's a strange feature, but one doesn't want Verhoeven any other way, and he delivers a unique viewing experience as the story touches on some truly disturbing events.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
C 73% Sing (2016) Isn't anything special, checking off a to-do list of animated antics with a large cast of characters, with performance sequences breaking up a slow slide into banality.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A- 98% Moonlight (2016) It's a special feature, rich with character and perspective, and it showcases what Jenkins is capable of, especially with difficult tales of lives lived in a constant state of fear. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Another example of Lonergan's gift with storytelling and timing, taking a slow but engrossing journey into the ways of grief and responsibility, and doing so with an expert handling of humor, heart, and paralyzing pain.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
F 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) This is an awful picture, graceless and insincere, doing more to manipulate than illuminate, while wasting the time of actors who really should be elsewhere, spending time on more meaningful films.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B+ 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Some movies are worth a look just to see Catherine Deneuve romance a gorilla.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B- 93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle's vision to too candied to dismiss, but this extravagance demands more judicious editing, keeping the picture tight and tender. Its current slackness only emphasizes troubling casting faults and dramatic limitations.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
C 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) "Nocturnal Animals" is more of an exercise in manipulation than a piercing story of paralyzed hearts, eventually dissolving into a movie of moments instead of a cohesive arc of illness. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
D+ 24% Solace (2016) A frustratingly flat effort, and one carried along by an Anthony Hopkins performance where the actor's lights are visibly switched off, creating a dramatic gap where urgency usually resides.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
B 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) It's an experiment that mostly works, but there are moments when it's clear that the task of finding new areas of "Star Wars" to play with is a bit too much for director Gareth Edwards to handle. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
C 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) So concerned with telling a coherent, emotionally resonate story, it often forgets to have fun with itself, eventually losing focus on chaos to adhere to convention.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2016
B- 42% Friend Request (2017) It isn't terrible, which is as close to praise as I'm willing to get.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
A- 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Outstandingly detailed, creating a richly human take on an oft-told tale of sudden liberation.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
B+ 66% Frank & Lola (2016) It's not a major offering of uneasiness, but its toxic charms soon become riveting.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
B 39% All We Had (2016) It's an episodic picture, and perhaps a premise seen one too many times, but Holmes finds a way to soften cliché and make the feature feel lived-in and emotionally true. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
C- No Score Yet Kill Ratio (2016) I'm sure Hopper is going to make a fine B-movie champion one day, with "Kill Ratio" hopefully a career anomaly than a first shot fired.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
C- 36% Sugar Mountain (2016) Early promise for a ripe inspection of brotherly unrest is quickly dismissed by limited actors and a helmer who never seems to know what he's doing. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
D 32% Abattoir (2016) In Bousman's hands, the feature slowly fizzles before it dies completely, making a trip to the depths of Hell about as exciting as making a mortgage payment.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
D 15% Incarnate (2016) "Incarnate" is a Thanksgiving turkey put out for display a week late.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 75% SiREN (2016) Keeps levels of sex and violence high enough to forgive stretches of padding needed to beef up material that originated as a 15 minute blast of shaky cam and screaming. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B- 27% Nerdland (2016) Tests of skill and the implementation of bad ideas are amusing, offering satisfying timing and unpredictable results, getting "Nerdland" up to speed with a broad sense of humor‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
B+ 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Gruesome and macabre, but it's also powerful work, following through on a vision for psychosis with welcome brevity and a weirdly compelling, periodically loathsome fondness for the unpleasant.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
C- 11% Man Down (2016) Montiel isn't heartless, but this complicated and urgent issue deserves a more thoughtful approach than the flaccid mystery he presents.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
C 11% Run the Tide (2016) "Tide" doesn't connect emotionally or spiritually, spending too much time on formula when these brittle characters deserve a chance to explore raw intensity and the messy process of forgiveness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
D 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) It opens with suicide attempts and ends with an assortment of "tea bagging" photos, keeping "Bad Santa 2" low to the ground, and yet it somehow still falls below expectations.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
B 62% Allied (2016) A strong picture in design and escalation, earning its transformation into an askew love story with a chilling but appropriate conclusion.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 89% Loving (2016) "Loving" has its missteps, but it's a typically strong effort from an increasingly reliable filmmaker.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
A- 96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) It's eye-opening work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
B+ 95% Moana (2016) Pure eye candy, but there's a journey here that holds attention, offering cultural flair, lively characterizations, and a charming way with myth and family. It's a charmer.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
B 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) "Rules Don't Apply" is messy work, but it's also distinctive, carrying the unmistakable Beatty energy that once beguiled audiences everywhere. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
C- 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's too bad few people will actually experience "Long Halftime Walk" in its native format. Stripped of gimmicks, and the movie is substantially dulled, exposing a feeble story at the heart of all the technical wizardry. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
C+ 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) While big screen spectacle is appealing, the material just isn't as deeply felt as previous Wizarding World adventures, making it appear as more of a business decision than rip-roaring new beginning.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
A- 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) It's a wonderful picture, alive and achingly human, with writer/director Craig absolutely nailing the pains of teendom, focusing on awkwardness, busting as many clichés as she can.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
C 71% Bleed For This (2016) It's not a film about a man's struggle with potential paralysis, but when the rest of the feature plays so blandly and predictably, perhaps it should've been.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016