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
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/10 47% 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 88% 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 45% 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 79% 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 87% 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 66% 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 64% 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 93% 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 25% 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 28% 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 81% 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 86% 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 48% 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 86% 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 55% 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 91% 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 91% 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 89% 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
8/10 75% Never Goin' Back (2018) Even through its wacky circumstances, the film captures the myriad cocktail of teenage emotion with a expressly sympathetic and keenly observant eye. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
7/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The Spy Who Dumped Me offers viewers everything they could want from a summer popcorn flick. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
7/10 100% Rock Rubber 45s (2018) As a filmmaker, Bobbito García continues to flaunt his superb abilities as a trend-setter. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
7/10 45% Generation Wealth (2018) Generation Wealth dives beneath the surface in its - pointed, albeit frequently shallow - examination of the superficiality of overindulgence, becoming a group therapy session we could all benefit from witnessing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
6/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Even as the breezy romp that it aims to be, the film only works in isolated beats. When it eventually makes its way to streaming services, fans can skip around to their favorite songs and ignore the needlessly melodramatic bits in between. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/10 29% Shock and Awe (2018) This isn't a subtle movie, and it feels the compulsory need to walk its viewers through even the most basic ideological building blocks. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
3/10 22% Bleeding Steel (2018) Through its bonkers setup alone, Bleeding Steel feels like a cocaine-fueled fever dream. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
5/10 63% Rock In The Red Zone (2015) Unfortunately, Rock in the Red Zone could have benefited from a significantly more focused hand. It gets easily distracted and periodically forgets altogether about the band at its center. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
5/10 44% The Yellow Birds (2018) The Yellow Birds does make the most of a murky river or a smoldering battleground, but there is little depth behind its reliable imagery. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
6/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Here, the door is flung wide open, leaving almost nothing to the imagination. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
3/10 49% Superfly (2018) An insufferably goofy piece of storytelling, yet it lacks any of its predecessor's campy charm. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
7/10 88% Zoo (2018) Although the film has much to learn in the ways of subtlety and restraint, Zoo has effectively turned the ghastly backdrop of World War II into a fitting setting for a heartwarming, family-friendly film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
7/10 91% Hal (2018) Hal is a loving tribute to a filmmaker who rarely gets the attention he deserves. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
7/10 83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Pope Francis - A Man of His Word places its focus on the man himself, rather than the spiritual domain he presides over. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
5/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) Even if we give On Chesil Beach the thematic benefit of the doubt that is a brilliant exercise in extreme subtlety, Cooke seriously botches the landing. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
89% Bodied (2018) With spastic camera movements, violent smash cuts, and extreme close-ups, Bodied is dripping with vibrant visual style. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
8/10 92% Revenge (2018) Finding beauty in brutality, Revenge takes risks, and not only in its grotesque subject matter. The film has unmatched aesthetic ambitions, as waves of vibrant, hyper-stylized sounds and colors elevate the relentless bloodbath. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
8/10 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The film is an impressive tonal balancing act that gives equal attention to both its rapid, frantic thriller and its intimate, opaque character study. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 100% Liyana (2018) Though Liyana often feels more like an exercise in storytelling than a complete narrative, it is heartwarming to see the kids light up as they work together to create art out of their hardship. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
8/10 93% Support the Girls (2018) Who would have thought that such an effective working-class satire would also have some of the most clever body humor we've seen this year? - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
7/10 94% RBG (2018) Filled with pomp and energy, RBG is a crowd-pleaser. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
5/10 93% Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story (2018) It's at times a heart-warming tale and it certainly comes from a place of ethical accountability, but Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story barely skims the surface of its subject matter. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
8/10 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It operates on a different level, one that values the transformation over any kind of tangible reward. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018