Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 25% The Woman in the Window (2021) Storytelling issues eventually arrive to diminish the viewing experience, but when Wright gets wound up, he constructs some workable suspense to support most of the feature. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
C- 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The film's execution is missing some major momentum, and the primitiveness of the writing manages to undermine several of Sheridan's ideas for screen tension. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
A- 94% Riders of Justice (2021) "Riders of Justice" is filled with unexpected moments and sensational performances, and it's the rare picture interested in the psychology of revenge, not just hard-edged acts of violence. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
D+ 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) It's really just the same old "Saw," offering a tired tale of suffering and trapping, lacking any inventiveness capable of making the viewing experience exciting again. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B+ 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) It's assured moviemaking with a compelling crisis to examine, but it's not for those who demand a steady run of tension. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B+ 88% High Ground (2021) Johnson provides a vivid understanding of nature and confusion with the endeavor, overseeing a talented cast that captures moral dilemmas and harsh realities when dealing with the terror of colonialism. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 88% The Djinn (2021) Early hints of a ripping tale featuring kid heroism are eventually muted to deal with the unrelenting cruelty of life, confusing tonality, but not diminishing an impressive display of low-budget filmmaking. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B- 100% The Get Together (2020) Has the advantage of being short, keeping the picture on its feet, but Bakke shows some strain trying to turn a short film experience into a feature-length psychological study. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C 61% Profile (2021) Maintaining a colder distance to the topic doesn't appeal to Bekmambetov for very long, soon trying to bend verisimilitude to inspire suspense cinema, turning a real-world nightmare into a cartoon. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 90% Oxygen (2021) A buried alive-style picture with a high-tech spin. And Aja's right there, working to keep the whole thing visually varied enough to hold attention. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
B+ 67% Wrath of Man (2021) Provides an intriguing level of darkness, and Ritchie has a way of bringing out the best in Statham, wisely playing up his mastery of silent intimidation. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
B+ 65% Silo (2021) An original take on a disaster move, also exploring layers of community connection in rural America, giving the crisis a powerful emotional push at times. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
C 29% Above Suspicion (2021) It's not quite the disaster one might expect it to be, but this is far from Noyce's finest hour. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B- 100% Paper Spiders (2021) The basic concept of domestic and psychological hardship remains, and performances largely articulate the struggle for safety and tenderness involved in such a harrowing caretaker battle. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B 83% Benny Loves You (2021) A Troma Entertainment-esque viewing experience that's limited in scope but enjoyably macabre as Benny, the plush monster of the movie, unleashes his cute version of hell. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
D+ No Score Yet Locked In (2021) Takes the leisurely route to violence, with banal conversations, not games of survival, dominating the viewing experience. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B- 79% The Water Man (2021) Oyelowo intends to find the heart of such a crisis, and he almost gets there, but the endeavor isn't quite as imaginative or gripping as the first act promises. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
B- 100% The Paper Tigers (2021) There's greatness in "The Paper Tigers," but it takes some work to reach it. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
C 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Berman and Pulcini can't keep up with the story, but they find some areas of ruinous human behavior that are far more interesting than any ghosts. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
C- 46% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Sheridan and Staples aim for more of a blockbuster mood for "Without Remorse," delivering a weak tale of vengeance to support extended action sequences. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B+ 93% The Outside Story (2020) Doesn't get heavy, but it provides moments of sensitivity to give it weight, and it's just as enjoyable as a tour of a neighborhood coming to life once one of its residents starts paying attention to the details. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
C 51% Four Good Days (2021) Melodramatic scenes throttle the intended power of the material, keeping a well-intentioned movie struggling to remain authentic with real-world horrors. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B 64% Eat Wheaties! (2021) Abramovitch finds a weird rhythm for his odd movie, dealing with something slightly menacing in a bright way, also guiding Tony Hale to one of his best screen performances. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B- 100% Golden Arm (2020) It's an amusing effort with plenty of arm-wrestling action, but structure isn't welcome, making the whole thing fatiguing long before it ends. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B- 19% The Virtuoso (2021) Students of thriller cinema are sure to be way ahead of Wolf, but the trip to the resolution is passably engaging, with the feature keeping icy and twisty enough to satisfy. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
C 78% Percy vs Goliath (2020) "Percy Vs Goliath" doesn't soar as underdog cinema, as Johnson keeps the feature muted to preserve its integrity, but there's some educational value in the movie. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B- 93% Limbo (2021) Finds its footing during scenes of psychological exploration that don't require comedy or stagy filmmaking. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) An entertaining picture once it gets past mountains of exposition, delivering heavy fighting between strange combatants, and bodies are appropriately destroyed in a myriad of ways. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
B- 77% Stowaway (2021) The film trades unsettling tension for formulaic suspense, suddenly turning the effort into nearly every astronaut crisis movie that's come before it. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
A- 91% Together Together (2021) Beckwith creates an intimate but approachable odyssey of connection during a special experience, working with a terrific cast to bring it to life. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
A- 95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Carries tremendous power as an emotional reminder of such a triumphant run, also working beautifully as a reunion with old faces and as an introduction to key behind-the-scenes figures helping to bring inclusion to the masses. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
B 97% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) Rianda and Rowe show difficulty sustaining such storytelling velocity, getting lost in the manic energy of the effort, but there are moments of cartoon clarity that keep the movie together. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
B 80% Murder Bury Win (2020) Highly amusing at times, offering committed performances and periodic darkness to keep the whole endeavor enjoyable. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
D 58% Wildcat (2021) It's a supremely dull offering, but for those electing to watch the film, keep in mind the final cut isn't anything like the movie the studio trying to promote. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
D+ 43% Here Are the Young Men (2021) Macken is working uphill with this material, struggling to make sense of motivations and subplots, and his taste in casting leaves much to be desired. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
C 84% Boys from County Hell (2020) The trip to a payoff is unexpectedly slow, and Baugh struggles with tonality. - BrianOrndorf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
C 31% Trigger Point (2021) Pepper's hard focus eliminates any personality, making the endeavor glum, with only a few lively elements to keep it passably engaging. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
B+ 85% Jakob's Wife (2021) There's always Fessenden and Crampton to keep things interesting, provided with a rare opportunity to play scenes of marital tension, bursting sexuality, and black comedy. They nail it. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
B- 23% The Rookies (2021) As eye candy with a manic spirit, it just might do the trick, especially for viewers coming to the movie with lowered expectations for dramatic satisfaction. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
F 5% Vanquish (2021) The feature is a complete bore, marching from one dim-witted scene to the next, almost coming across as an attempt from Gallo to win a wager for the world's most inert movie. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
B- 78% For the Sake of Vicious (2021) "For the Love of Vicious" isn't quite the twisted revenge story it initially promises to be, but for those with patience, it delivers a wild payoff. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
C 76% In The Earth (2021) Wheatley's back to his usual helming habits with his latest effort, trying to summon a brain-bleeder with moments of extreme violence, laboring to transform the world around us into a blistering cinematic threat. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
B 61% The Banishing (2020) Smith also has the benefit of a talented cast doing a fine job capturing the Hammer Films atmosphere of the endeavor, giving the drama some needed authority to sustain audience interest. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
C- 21% Thunder Force (2021) Falcone always prefers that mushy middle ground where nothing reaches its comedic potential or comes alive as a superhero extravaganza. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
B- 26% Voyagers (2021) Maintains a successful introduction that supports the viewing event, with Burger launching interesting ideas on the human experience before he feels the need to meet marketplace demands. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
D+ 29% The Unholy (2021) It's an impossibly dull feature at times, with the helmer unwilling to get crazier with his central idea, allowing the endeavor to enjoy a grander sense of threat. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
D+ 19% Every Breath You Take (2021) A sluggish take on dangerous mistakes and mental chess, also lacking a level of sexuality that usually fuels cheap thrills. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
B 65% The Tunnel (Tunnelen) (2019) "The Tunnel" isn't chaotic, but it's suspenseful, with Oie carefully escalating the central crisis, paying attention to personal relationships, not visual effects, along the way. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
D 69% Honeydew (2021) I'm sure "Honeydew" will have its intended effect on viewers who relish A24-style spookiness, but such appreciation requires a lot of patience that Milburn doesn't earn. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
C- No Score Yet Hollow Point (2019) It's an offering of vigilante cinema, but certainly not gonzo enough to make a lasting impression. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021