Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 47% 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+ 59% 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+ 70% 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- 32% 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 16% The Hustle (2019) Pure, uninspired recycling. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B 65% 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- 46% 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- 88% 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 57% 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 72% 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 94% 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+ 56% 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
C No Score Yet Division 19 (2019) The feature isn't interested in a visceral display of revolutionary interests, remaining talky with lukewarm dramatics. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B 83% The Brink (2019) "The Brink" is far more approachable than it initially seems, securing a depiction of Bannon that's both expected and previously unthinkable. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D- 13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) There's no need for "The Haunting of Sharon Tate," which is nonsensical and exploitative. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 63% Unicorn Store (2019) It's a promising offering of contorted whimsy from Larson, who clearly shows skill behind the camera and interest in creating strange little worlds. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Hopelessly one-dimensional, with Bissell making a terrible television movie about a volatile showdown between combustible personalities. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 44% The Chaperone (2019) McGovern's a good reason to stick with the film as it periodically threatens to break down entirely. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D+ 57% Pet Sematary (2019) While the '89 effort had its issues, the '19 take is uncomfortably flat and unadventurous. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ 61% The Public (2019) It's smart work and edifying, with Estevez finding an original topic to explore with compassion and engrossing drama. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
D 54% The Beach Bum (2019) Never scores a laugh or offers a morsel of soulful insight. It's a lame "Saturday Night Live" sketch that goes on forever. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
A- 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler doesn't compromise here, crafting yet another endeavor that's capable with payoff and better with attitude. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019