Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A relatively light picture that's limited in scope but eager to frighten a younger audience, with the R-rating awarded to the film more of a decoration than a warning. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
C- 62% Child's Play (2019) While it starts with something, "Child's Play" ends with nothing, running out ideas far too quickly, keeping Chucky's reign of terror more tedious than wonderfully gonzo. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B+ 76% Swinging Safari (2019) A runaway train viewing experience that's pure '70s and frequently hilarious. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B+ 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) A measured understanding of sacrifice and helplessness, braiding multiple perspectives into a riveting picture. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
C 25% Daughter of the Wolf (2019) There's not enough fury to inspire excitement, while passes at a primal connection between humans and the beasts of the wild is fairly ridiculous. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
B- 46% Murder Mystery (2019) It's not the slam-dunk project it initially appears to be, but it's intermittently entertaining. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
C No Score Yet Clinton Road (2019) "Clinton Road" shows some effort, but there's a lot of padding to work through to get anywhere in the feature, which throttles pace and limits frights. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Individual odysseys are engaging and voicework is downright heavenly. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
D+ 31% Shaft (2019) It's all one big joke, and Story has already made this film multiple times before, and never with any kind of creative success. His streak continues here. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C 44% Hampstead (2019) Flavorless stuff, forgettable as soon as it ends. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B- 38% Being Frank (2019) Gaffigan makes his moments count, lifting "Being Frank" when it periodically becomes a drag. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 76% Halston (2019) Engrossing, with the tale of Halston's ascent and business decisions filled with strange characters and unexpected turns of fate. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 82% American Woman (2019) While it's not a cheery endeavor, the picture rewards patience with a living, breathing understanding of perseverance. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B+ 90% I Am Mother (2019) A suspenseful thriller with a few mysteries to solve, playing into genre expectations without softening the whole endeavor in the name of entertainment. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
C 22% Men in Black International (2019) It really zigs when it should've zagged. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
B- 53% The Dead Don't Die (2019) While some ideas die on impact, the feature has a compelling appreciation for weirdness and eeriness, and it's a pretty grisly undead rising event as well. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) This is the 10th "X-Men" production and arguably the worst, with little left in the creative tank to fuel another round of mutant uprising. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B+ 91% Always Be My Maybe (2019) Hilarious, sweet in spots, and offers up the charms and timing of Wong and Park, who clearly can handle themselves in leading roles. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
D+ 39% Katie Says Goodbye (2019) An unrewarding slide into hopelessness, asking the audience to endure painful acts of violence and humiliation in the name of characterization that's never truly there. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 56% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) An improvement over the previous picture, which is a good thing, but this madcap overview of animals and their idiosyncrasies (and bathroom habits) isn't exactly the finest example of animated storytelling. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C 63% Changeland (2019) Really a travelogue, and one that's not nearly as profound about the ways of a broken heart as Green would like to believe. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Ferocious, action-packed continuation that dials up the noise and the property destruction to give fans the viewing experience they want. And in this feature, titans unleashed is always preferable to humans talking. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
B 55% Ma (2019) Spencer makes it her personal mission to become a cult nightmare figure for genre fanatics, delivering a wonderfully unhinged performance that Tate returns to whenever he runs into storytelling trouble. - FilmJerk.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
C 79% Late Night (2019) Thompson is enjoyably ragged and impatient, but the feature doesn't reach many of its goals, often going vanilla when Kaling seems ready to provide necessary poison. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B- 32% Domino (2019) A good reminder that De Palma is still capable of producing nail-biting filmmaking, providing enough suspense to savor as the rest of the picture gets lost in half-baked feelings and allegiances. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) "Meeting Gorbachev" takes it easy on Mikhail Gorbachev, but that's the idea, with Herzog most interested in identifying accomplishments and mourning a lost vision for sanity in an increasingly hostile world. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
D+ No Score Yet The Poison Rose (2019) The production wants the audience to know it understands the basics of classic noir, but it shows limited interest in becoming one. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
C 73% The Perfection (2019) Grows tiring in a hurry, with small grotesqueries more effective than the gonzo avenues the production is a lip-licking hurry to explore. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
D 30% 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 56% 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 83% 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 86% 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+ 55% 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- 54% 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+ 86% 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+ 57% 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- 89% 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+ 90% 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+ 72% 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 10% 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+ 67% 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 67% 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