Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 39% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) It's fun in fits, but those bright spots of macabre events and monster happenings are few and far between.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
B+ 88% First Man (2018) "First Man" is intense, with visceral highs and emotional lows, and it pushes the helmer out of his comfort zone, resulting the best feature he's made to date.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford is clearly enjoying a chance to play a mature rascal. And he does so beautifully in this modest but magnetic offering.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 94% Private Life (2018) It's good to have Jenkins back, and it's helpful that when she makes a film, it's always keenly observed and emotionally precise.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B+ 78% 22 July (2018) Shows caution with the thin-ice viewing event, hoping to shed light on issues in Europe by transforming headline news into an achingly personal story of grief and survival. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 79% Sadie (2018) "Sadie" isn't sinister, but it's disturbing, ultimately succeeding when its most human, which is a constant priority for the production.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B- 100% All Square (2018) It's not a forceful picture, lacking urgency at times when trauma enters the story, but it's solid work with divine cinematic inspiration.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
D+ 67% Stella's Last Weekend (2018) Feels insincere, with too much corrosive behavior clouding the themes of the film and the needs of the characters.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
D+ No Score Yet Better Start Running (2018) It's difficult to find specific faults with the picture's construction when so much of it doesn't work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 31% Venom (2018) The feature does just fine existing in its own world of impish behavior and premiere Hardy freak-outs. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
C- 27% Ride (2018) "Ride" is a one-act play trying to be a big screen pulse-pounder, but there's not enough here to fill what's already a scant run time of 76 minutes. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
C- 38% Cruise (2018) Coming after "Big Fan," it's a disappointment, finding the helmer getting caught in cliché he managed to avoid before. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B- 68% Hold the Dark (2018) It's not as tight, defined, and powerful as possible, but "Hold the Dark" stays on target for a good portion of the time.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
D+ 71% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) "El Royale" is indulgent and occasionally tedious, in desperate need of another editorial pass to electrify shady antics, with Goddard getting lost in his own tepid details.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 92% Hal (2018) With "Hal," Scott captures the essence of the artist, creating an active, enlightening documentary in the process. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
A- 91% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) The production manages to maintain control of outrageousness, keeping extremes sly and silliness within reach, skillfully finding moments of pure joy.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
D+ 43% Hell Fest (2018) Tries to get in some weirdness and ambiguity to fuel sequels, but all effort should've been put into this movie, which doesn't have scale or scares to enchant during the competitive Halloween season.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
59% Willard (1971) It's brave work, and the role seems tailor-made for the actor, who's enjoyed an entire career playing easily winded jerks, with Willard's descent into authority and panic vividly captured.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Handsomely mounted and profoundly felt at times, becoming an "Actors Studio: The Movie" take on music world misery.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
D+ 28% Night School (2018) "Night School" is too slapdash to catch fire, lacking discipline to do something besides the expected with the cast and plot.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B 30% Little Women (2018) It has ideal charm and, most important of all, sincerity, offering the faithful a heartfelt update that respects Alcott's prime message of familial love while inoffensively trying to modernize the saga for a more contemporary teen audience.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B- 63% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) While Morano fumbles the landing, the helmer does create spaces, emotional and geographical, worth exploring. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B- No Score Yet The Padre (2018) "The Padre" isn't a sharp genre creation, but there's a compelling feel for the culture and desperation, dusted with just a little bit of humor to ease appreciation.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
C 58% Summer '03 (2018) Captures the endless summer vibe with ease, only struggling when it comes time to address the severity of bad decisions, with Gleeson giving in to hysterics too easily.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
C 74% Smallfoot (2018) A laborious film that's too caught up in exposition to have much fun with itself, with an uneven balance of mischief and metaphor.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
C 17% Little Italy (2018) Petrie's an impossibly bland filmmaker, and "Little Italy" is another offering from his creative kitchen that has no discernable flavor.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
C 89% All About Nina (2018) Parts of it make sense, shows consideration, but too much of it runs solely on autopilot.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
F 0% Maximum Impact (2018) Tosses cliches and characters into a blender, making B-movie paste that's impossible to make sense of, much less enjoy. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
44% Grizzly (1976) "Grizzly" finds its own footing after introductions are made, doing a fine job transitioning the shark role to an enormous bear, while star Christopher George does his best to keep panic in the air. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
A- 100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) As delicious as its sounds, breezing through easy banter that's been in play for decades.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
A- 87% Love, Gilda (2018) Dapolito communicates a richly emotional experience for her subject, delivering a portrait of Radner that's vividly human.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
F 11% Life Itself (2018) "Life Itself" makes the crazy creative decision to be completely unlikable. Downright odious at times.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roth's not prepared in full, creating a feature that's tonally off-balance, making delight with the dark side a chore to experience. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B+ 83% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Isn't going to satisfy those in need of hospital corners from their dramedies, but the few familiar with Holofcener's world view are going to find plenty to enjoy here. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
D+ 64% Lizzie (2018) Moments that should take seconds carry on for what feels like years, making the eventual slide to the ax murders painfully boring. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
D+ 0% American Dresser (2018) Scattered and ill-conceived.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C 85% A Simple Favor (2018) More RuPaulian than Hitchcockian.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C 59% Slice (2018) I'm sure it was a fine screenplay at one point, but in its finished form, the picture is a jumble of ideas that never gels. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C- 59% Bel Canto (2018) Accurately recreates the feeling of being held against one's will. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
C- 13% The Basement (2018) Not an effective scare zone, best enjoyed as a chance to watch a few actors hustle to showcase their stuff, handed ample screen time to work through a range of bizarre encounters.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B+ 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) "Litter" has the cute stuff, it's also quite the education on a little-known process that takes puppies and turns them into heroes.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
D+ 59% White Boy Rick (2018) A rambling, sluggish understanding of psychological drive, bordering on becoming a distasteful hagiography.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B- 71% Final Score (2018) Bautista proves himself quite capable in the battered hero role, giving "Final Score" the boost in charisma and power it needs.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B+ 43% Destination Wedding (2018) Simple and speedy, watching Ryder and Reeves rise to the challenge of characterization, having a ball with a consistently amusing, periodically hilarious effort that brings out the best in the leads. ‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
D 33% The Predator (2018) An unwieldy, unexciting feature that doesn't top what's come before, with Black the unlikely architect of the brand name's demise.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 94% Mandy (2018) "Mandy" is specialized work, but it's a doozy, cutting through the cosmic cream with nightmare realms, monstrous encounters, and a path of revenge that literally tears people apart.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
D- 10% Peppermint (2018) Garner tries to act as an angel of death in a bad wig, only to face the real enemy: a production team that has no idea what they're doing, even though they've done all of this before.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
C 26% The Nun (2018) Perhaps Valak was best left as a haunting painting and occasional nightmare fuel.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
B 65% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) It's a bit unsteady at times, but the picture has heart and patience with adolescent needs.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
D 0% Reprisal (2018) Dopey and dull.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018