Brian Thompson

Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Young Folks
Publications: The Young Folks

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8.0/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) Wickedly smart, morbidly funny, and Disney's most entertaining release of 2019 by a mile, Ready or Not is genre cinema at its finest. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
5/10 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Predictable and bland, The Angry Birds Movie 2 certainly hits the benchmark it sets for itself, even if that's a bar so low you could almost trip over it. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
7/10 64% Them That Follow (2019) With fully realized characters, awards-caliber performances, and palpable grinding tension, [Britt] Poulton and [Dan Madison] Savage's debut, while far from perfect, is sure to be a jumping-off point for a pointed philosophical discussion. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
8/10 95% Ray & Liz (2019) Brought to life by the gorgeous visual experimentation of cinematographer Daniel Landin and anchored by the matriarchal fury of Ella Smith's unassailable performance, Ray & Liz is a captivating depiction of genuine tragedy. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Words of Love always feels more like an abstract art piece than a true biography. In doing so, the film becomes a loving testament to the sacred bond between two passing ships. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/10 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is certainly aimed at teens to be an introduction to the genre; however, it lacks the tongue-in-cheek playfulness of Goosebumps or The House with a Clock in Its Walls. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
8/10 93% Wild Rose (2019) With heart and soul to spare, Wild Rose is an inspired take on the true cost of ambition. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/10 32% Shaft (2019) Retro in all the worst ways imaginable, Shaft fails to clear even the embarrassingly low bar it sets for itself. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
9/10 97% Booksmart (2019) Fueled by big laughs and steadfast emotional intensity, Booksmart genuinely feels lived in. Olivia Wilde has afforded teen girls (particularly the witty, academic types) a mouthpiece in a spectacular way. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
8/10 95% Shadow (2019) Shadow is undoubtedly a striking technical feat, thanks in large part to its immersive sound design. But it is also a grand showcase of the director's adept ability to weave intricate themes into even the most savage assaults. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
7/10 34% Poms (2019) It's difficult not to allow yourself to be tickled by this refreshing tale of senior citizens gleefully refusing to act their age, and reclaiming their autonomy in the process. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
7/10 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The Biggest Little Farm is a welcome burst of positivity. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
6/10 66% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow has an unshakeable paint-by-numbers quality. We are repeatedly told that our hero is turbulent and groundbreaking, but the film attempting to tell the hero's life's story shies away from taking any tangible risks. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
8/10 81% Long Shot (2019) No one would accuse Long Shot of being a flawless film, but it's an absolute blast to watch while boasting an enormous amount of heart. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
7/10 62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It may be rough around the edges and downright inaccessible at times, but it is undoubtedly the culmination of a dream that some higher power never wanted to see the light of day. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 83% Dogman (2019) Dogman continuously blurs the line between dream and reality, painting a grim world that could at any moment be revealed to be a facade. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
8/10 65% Peterloo (2019) This is a jarring reminder that democracy was and continues to be a hard fought battle. There's a real wave of anger flowing through this film's veins, and yet Leigh is able to channel it into a package that's both cohesive and accessible. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
8/10 91% A Vigilante (2019) A delicate and clever study of lasting scars both inside and out. Skillfully straddling the line between mourning and hope, A Vigilante delivers a precious commodity we too rarely see at the movies: sincerity. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
5/10 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) When The Hummingbird Project abandons the pursuit of poking fun at its ridiculous premise because it genuinely believes itself to be delivering a profound sermon on the nature of human greed, it quickly runs out of gas. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 79% Juanita (2019) An ideal get for Netflix, Juanita is a cozy romp that goes down easy and is best experienced on the couch, a glass of wine in tow. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 94% Transit (2019) A simple and understated tale, Transit sneaks up on its viewers. They may not even realize how wholly invested they are in its emotional labor until they've already peeled back layers of humanity to examine the insistent damage of injustice. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
7/10 70% The Changeover (2019) At its core, there's a tale as old as time itself, and, what's more, one that equates adolescent turbulence to something that can be both deeply unsettling and reassuringly magical. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/10 38% Donnybrook (2019) Donnybrook isn't without its highlights - from its searing performance made even more impressive by their limited material to its gorgeous and grim cinematography - however, it simply feels bleak simply for the sake of bleakness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/10 43% The Prodigy (2019) The Prodigy never seems to work, even on its own terms. But that's difficult to say, namely because it's nearly impossible to pin down for certain what those terms are. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 89% Braid (2019) This is the chilling inauguration of a filmmaker with enough promise and poise to continue turn heads for years to come. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/10 34% King of Thieves (2019) To borrow the brand of crude, hand-holding humor that the film so readily indulges in, King of Thieves is too flaccid to get the job done. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4/10 54% Ashes in the Snow (2019) In a tale that is at once overexplained and undercooked, there's almost no trace of recognizable humanity. So even when we are shown truly disturbing images, we are so far removed from them that they are stripped of any real emotive weight. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
7/10 81% Buffalo Boys (2019) Preoccupied with pure, unabashed enjoyment, a decision that leads to its chief triumphs. It may not lead to any grand revelation about colonialism, but it certainly is a wild and electrifying journey. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
7/10 89% The Vanishing (2019) What truly elevates The Vanishing above many of its ilk is its heartfelt desire to chart the morality of both its gruesome violence and destructive hypermasculinity. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
8/10 67% Vice (2018) Vice is so much more than the easy gag it promised to be; it's a challenging conversation piece that nimbly speculates about the intentions of one of U.S. history's most sinister figures, and it refuses to ever settle for simple solutions. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
7/10 90% The Second Time Around (2018) This heartwarming tale keeps its narrative sweet and simple as it explores a brand of love that rarely makes its way to the silver screen. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
8/10 62% Tyrel (2018) As with many of Silva's previous films, Tyrel is so personal in its execution that it feels like eavesdropping. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
9/10 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) In its informed use of hallucinatory indigenous folktales, Birds of Passage spans a rich emotional spectrum as it places the familiar would-be drug lord narrative underneath an anthropological microscope. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/10 23% Nobody's Fool (2018) Ostensibly, this is the tale of someone learning to find beauty and grace in life's imperfections, but the filmmaker consistently gets too distracted by low-hanging jokes to deservedly convince us why that's a commendable goal. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
8/10 88% What They Had (2018) While What They Had flirts with - and even embraces - many of the clichés we've come to expect from a dysfunctional family indie drama, there is an awareness to this tale that elevates the film above the serviceable duds we've been reluctantly fed. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
8/10 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) One of Beautiful Boy's chief tools in emotional direction is its enthralling soundtrack. The film is often scored like a horror movie, and for Nic and David, it is. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/10 27% Night School (2018) It drags as it lingers on specific jokes for entirely too long, but there's an undeniable level of joy to the pair of Haddish and Hart that shows promise in spite of the dull, ramshackle extended sitcom pilot they are wading knee deep in. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
9/10 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) At a scant 83 minutes, the film's most egregious sin is that there isn't more of it. Roger Mitchell could easily have made a full-length series out of this wistful gossip sesh amongst a quartet of lifelong friends who just so happen to be living legends. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
8/10 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) The film's motivations are in the right place, and Moore appears to be genuinely speaking from the heart, searching for long-term solutions rather than simply wallowing in pessimism. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
8/10 85% A Simple Favor (2018) Chic, sexy, and just the right amount of sleazy, A Simple Favor is a stunning thrill ride, a viciously engrossing experience that has become so rare in studio filmmaking. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
8/10 90% Four Hands (Die Vierhändige) (2018) Although the plot can sometimes veer into the preposterous and the script's twists and turns aren't nearly as unpredictable as Kienle would like to believe, Four Hands works as an entertaining exercise in genre filmmaking. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
7/10 53% MDMA (Cardinal X) (2018) Wang doesn't attempt to garner any undeserved sympathy for her younger self or over-explain her erratic behavior. She simply lays out the facts (as best she can relay them) and affords the viewer the ability to pass judgment. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
6/10 46% Cold Skin (2018) Handsomely shot and clever in isolated beats, Cold Skin is the rare monster movie that leads with its ideology, even if it eventually tips its hand prematurely. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
8/10 88% Let Me Fall (2018) Let Me Fall is a devastating portrait of sex, drugs, and psychological decay, fashioning chilling imagery that each viewer is sure to carry with them long after the credits roll. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
1/10 12% Peppermint (2018) A mishmash of misplaced scruples and corny, flash burst TV editing, it's a wonder that Peppermint was ever given a theatrical release. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
8/10 94% Blindspotting (2018) The result is a powerful film that the viewer will carry with them long after the credits roll, and a staunch reminder of how much conscious work we must all do to overcome the implicit bias of our surroundings. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
5/10 56% The Bookshop (2018) Sweet and meager, perhaps the film would make for pleasant addition to a rainy afternoon, but it fundamentally feels like a sentimental series of missed opportunities. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
8/10 92% Searching (2018) Thematically relevant and persistently moving the form forward, Searching is an emotional roller coaster, taking a familiar premise and invigorating it along with biting commentary on viral video culture. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
9/10 93% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is a quiet, lyrical movie, approached with the attentive eye of a documentarian. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
8/10 90% Skate Kitchen (2018) A stimulating ride that is sure to please young women who spend their days at the skatepark and encourage others to give it a shot. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018