Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D 20% Rim of the World (2019) Lame improvisations and generic young teen rebellion beats. It's definitely bright and colorful, but the movie has no sincerity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 58% Brightburn (2019) The Gunns are mostly in this for the gore, cooking up a series of banal stalking sequences, while the overall movie feels half-baked at best. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 80% Funny Story (2019) It radiates film festival catnip, but the picture stands on its own, paying attention to wounded people and their habitual interest in making mistakes. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B 85% Avengement (2019) Adkins is the foundation here, delivering perhaps the best performance of his career. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 58% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) Tense and twisty, and it doesn't mess around with melodrama, with Carion most interested in feral responses to an unthinkable situation. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 52% Charlie Says (2019) The feature arrives with impressive ambition, but "Charlie Says" doesn't sustain its curiosity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 84% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Passon keeps the feature tight and visually textured, and Kruger tries to respect Jackson's work, making sure to translate the original story without destroying its unusual fragility. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
D+ 58% Aladdin (2019) "Dumbo" was a dreary misfire, but "Aladdin" is just a bad idea, as little in the real world can touch what drawings could do in '92. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde isn't interested in lazy humor, always trying to find the weirdness and the richness of the pairing as it experiences an endless night of life-changing risks. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B- 88% Rocketman (2019) Two pictures are contained here: Egerton's lived-in universe of glammy woe and Fletcher's pedestrian take on musical theater. The one with passion is most memorable. The one with the hits dominates the run time. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
B+ 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Plenty of eye-opening moments featuring blunt force trauma, and while Stahelski has some difficulty knowing when to cry uncle, he's more than ready to showcase an exquisite display of stunt work. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B+ 100% Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019) A stylized, PG-13 extravaganza that's peppered with enjoyable characters and major showdowns, giving fans the breezy, bruising sit they've been waiting for. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B+ 67% All Creatures Here Below (2019) Dastmalchian isn't afraid to go to dark spaces with the material, but his attention to character behavior cuts through any bleakness. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C No Score Yet The Professor (2019) Most of the emotion doesn't track as clearly as it should, periodically inspiring Depp to manufacture his own version of the movie with expected exaggeration. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) A tired melodrama, playing like a Tyler Perry movie, but with dogs. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
D+ 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Fletcher heads to extreme manipulation to squeeze some suspense out of what's a surprisingly uneventful film. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B- 10% A Violent Separation (2019) "A Violent Separation" doesn't come together tightly, but there's cinematic clarity at times, especially during its more procedural moments. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
B+ 69% Wine Country (2019) Poehler has strong timing and a big goofball spirit, and she has the best friends for this type of sunbaked, day-drunk escapism. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C- 34% Poms (2019) It's bland stuff and, sadly, that seems to be the point. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
D 15% The Hustle (2019) Pure, uninspired recycling. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) While its initial lightheartedness whiffs, "Detective Pikachu" finds its groove, unleashing some proper excitement while exploring this new take on "Pokemon" with welcome intensity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
A- 97% Working Woman (2019) tremendously powerful and frightening, skipping hysterics to cut to the core of the hot button issue. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B 50% Tolkien (2019) Hoult's always there to prioritize John's feelings, supplying a rich read of frustration as the writer comes into contact with his ultimate inspiration. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B- 43% The Professor and the Madman (2019) There's something interesting in the central crisis of language, with the production capturing the fever of research and breakthroughs. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B+ 82% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Kightlinger uses the stillness of his locations to mine some real heartbreak, finding interesting drama along the way. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B- 81% Long Shot (2019) "Long Shot" takes its time, embracing predictability, making it slightly exhausting but engaging overall, with little efforts to keep things human saving the viewing experience. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
D 30% The Intruder (2019) A hackneyed effort from two filmmakers who haven't learned from their past mistakes. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B- 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron is perfectly matched to the charms and impatience of the monster, submitting an impressively nuanced performance that often single-handedly carries the feature. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Informative and uplifting, spending time with a heroic person who seems genuinely motivated to contribute something positive to society. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B- 90% Room for Rent (2019) Doesn't ride off the rails like the best psychological thrillers, but it has Shaye, and she's excellent here. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
C 56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The truth should reside somewhere between the two movies, but it's becoming clear that Knoop and Albert don't like each other, retreating to separate cinematic representations to cash in on a crime. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) "I Trapped the Devil" takes its sweet time to get where it's going, but the reward is a chance to see an obviously talented director take his first step with an eerie endeavor. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
D- No Score Yet Drunk Parents (2019) Wolf's a dreadful screenwriter and an abysmal director, and while I'm sure he's a nice enough guy, "Drunk Parents" is an additional stain on an already blackened resume. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B+ 75% Family (2019) Heartfelt and finely observed. However, in the end, the helmer wants laughs, and she gets a whole bunch of them with this small-scale but charming feature. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
B 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) As a continuation of the risk-taking Thanos saga, the feature isn't quite as daring as expected. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
D No Score Yet The Unwanted (2015) Amateurish execution, with stiff performances trying to make sense of a confused screenplay. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
B 89% Missing Link (2019) "Missing Link" is a charmer and features the company's exquisite attention to frame detail, but it can't shake the traditional coldness of Laika's output. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C 50% Stuck (2019) Berry does connect on a few levels of characterization and performance. There's just not enough raw feeling to support the journey. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B- 65% Peterloo (2019) Leigh's political message and historical concern are present, but that run time is always there to undercut urgency. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C+ 20% Crypto (2019) There's solid work in areas of Crypto, but it doesn't hold together, fearful that its area of expertise might not be enough to hold the average moviegoer's attention. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 96% Little Woods (2019) It's an accomplished picture, even when manipulations begin to take command of the screenplay in the third act. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B- 29% Red Joan (2019) "Red Joan" will be cat nip for older art-house crowds who enjoy their global conflict reduced to areas of romantic indecision, blended with some mild espionage action. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
D+ 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) There's no discipline here, just a helmer standing in front of a wall papered with possible ideas and the occasional blindfolded dart throw to inspire plot movement. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
D 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) After 20 minutes with "The Curse of La Llorona," it becomes painfully clear the production isn't going to color outside the lines, only out to protect "The Conjuring" gravy train. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
D+ 16% Hellboy (2019) There's plenty of hellraising, but Marshall lets it all spiral out of control, layering chaos over chaos, which renders the feature numbing when it should be rousing. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 50% Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1981) The concept of "Fabulous" is crystal clear, but the execution of the film is a disorganized splatter of motivations, studio-mandated recutting, and half-realized subplots. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ 85% Her Smell (2019) Demands an audience with enough strength to remain in the vortex of a nervous breakdown for 135 minutes, and those with the proper preparation are rewarded with a raw, often thrilling display of behavioral excess. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
D+ 45% Little (2019) Uncomfortably scattershot and ill-defined when it comes to an actual sense of humor. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C- 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The picture ultimately plays like a private exorcism, becoming a film for single target audience: Gilliam and his multiple personalities. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B- 85% Ladies in Black (2018) "Ladies in Black" doesn't aim to overwhelm, and it achieves most of the small goals it sets for itself, doing period Australia with interest in character desires and future plans. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019