Brian Truitt

Brian Truitt
Brian Truitt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): USA Today
Publications: USA Today

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 59% The Lion King (2019) Director Jon Favreau's visually wowing update stuns the senses with photorealistic animals and an immersive African landscape, all courtesy of game-changing, incredible visual effects. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/4 82% Midsommar (2019) While not as unpredictable or unforgettable an effort as "Hereditary," Aster's follow-up is similarly hard to shake as you ponder its metaphors and meanings. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) [D]irector Jon Watts' sequel isn't as tightly focused or effortlessly charming as 2017's "Homecoming," yet it continues Holland's amazing Spidey run and introduces Jake Gyllenhaal in his top-notch first comic-book role. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Just like Pixar's previous animated hits, "Toy Story 4" aims to leave you a weeping mess. This chapter at least piles on the emotional deluge at the end after plenty of adventures, laughs and one nutty road trip. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) "Late Night" doesn't go for cheap laughs, but instead wields incisive barbs to successfully make its point. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The movie feels small for something with such humongous, universe-shattering stakes - and not in a good way. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/4 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) While it delivers on the sheer brutal beauty of a beast-on-beast tussle, it's a colossal misstep in several ways, from ludicrous dialogue to thin characters to ridiculous plot turns. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 90% Rocketman (2019) As much as "Rocketman" reminds of just how many outstanding songs Elton John has recorded, it also digs into the pain and emotion that lie within those toe-tapping treasures. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 57% Aladdin (2019) While there's a certain charm missing from the revamp, Smith goes way over the top to make up for it. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) The worst thing you can say about the brilliantly zany teen comedy "Booksmart" is you only get an hour and 45 minutes with its quirky student body. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's almost a karmic answer to everything else in the action-movie genre, where there's usually a distinct lack of responsibility in the wanton violence: In the "Wick"-verse, a bloody action usually leads to much more trouble later. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Your feelings about "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" probably hinge on if you can tell a Squirtle from a Bulbasaur. No? Then you might not care one Jigglypuff. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) Forget about those real-life presidential types: Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are a winning ticket that'll actually make you feel good about politics, at least for two romantic and occasionally raunchy hours. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If the Marvel superhero movies on the whole are your favorite band's individual albums, "Avengers: Endgame" is the triple-disc greatest-hits package with the really awesome cover and a slew of familiar, comforting gems inside. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/4 18% Hellboy (2019) "Hellboy" is kind of all over the place, with two hours' worth of adventures (and misadventures) that never gel cohesively and momentum-killing flashback origin stories for pretty much every main character. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 46% Dumbo (2019) When [Dumbo] soars, so does the movie, and letting Burton be Burton lends needed freshness to a tale that could use it. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/4 55% The Beach Bum (2019) It isn't good and it isn't bad - it is, to borrow a fitting adjective, alright. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/4 91% Shazam! (2019) Supes and Bats will never die, but in Shazam, a character who's been around for seven decades and is only now breaking through into the mainstream, youngsters have a new family-friendly hero to call their own. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) Peele is this generation's Hitchcock, for sure, but also a true American original with introspective themes in hand and suspense to spare. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) If you dig shoot-'em-up sequences, "Triple Frontier" has plenty and they're often the default. Yet what it does well - though not enough - is introduce the complicated motivations of characters and what's led them to this somewhat impossible mission. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Minds a fine line between in-depth character study and offbeat romantic comedy. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Although Larson's heroine is still a work in progress, "Captain Marvel" lays a solid foundation to follow her wherever she flies next. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 71% Climax (2019) "Climax" strives (and mostly succeeds) to be the nuttiest, trippiest dance party you'll ever attend. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The results are what one might expect from two nerd gods of filmmaking: a visually stunning computer-generated heroine, impressive futuristic world-building, and some seriously neat action scenes. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Equals the zaniness of the fantastic first "Lego Movie" by giving most of its overflowing cast something to do, adding extra emotional layers with a live-action familial component, and doubling and tripling down on catchy songs. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/4 22% Miss Bala (2019) With the perfect cinematic vehicle, Gina Rodriguez could be Hollywood's next A-list action heroine. "Miss Bala," unfortunately, is not it. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/4 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) "The Kid Who Would Be King" revitalizes the Arthurian legend for a new generation of film fans, with a family-friendly story as sharp as Excalibur's blade. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
2/4 38% Glass (2019) It's a letdown, despite a good amount of emotional richness and occasional glimpses of greatness. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) Kidman is the main draw here. In a modern noir about people unable to escape the darkness of their past, she's scary good as a tortured woman desperate for redemption yet too often finding herself on a path of destruction. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3.5/4 66% Vice (2018) It's a strange little amalgamation that totally works. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The scenes come alive even more thanks to Nicholas Britell's gorgeous score, laden with sweeping strings and brass melodies. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) While narratively no match for the classic Disney musical, the new "Mary" adds new songs and multitalented charisma machine Lin-Manuel Miranda to the mix for one undoubtedly comforting nostalgia-fest. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Even with its flaws and struggles with originality, Aquaman is reminiscent of the early Marvel movies in its storytelling, best when taking wild swings instead of being an earnest superhero jam. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2.5/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) The storytelling execution is just not totally there, a flat tire on the highway to being the next big thing. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 82% Ben is Back (2018) Starts like emotional gangbusters, loses its way a bit, yet finds a way home balancing gut-wrenching episodes and hopeful feelings. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Two crazy-good actresses and a modern political resonance rule in the 16th-century period drama "Mary Queen of Scots," even if the film doesn't go all in on historical accuracy. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 96% Roma (2018) An intriguing study in human dynamics and an exploration of how important certain people are who come into our lives during a formative time. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's a slightly insane, hilariously daring and often touching mashup of everything that makes super-flicks so darn popular with the introduction of a Spider-Man who's ready-made for today's generation of kids. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) Although "Creed 2" doesn't have the same rousing magic as the last chapter, it offers intriguing parallel plots of fathers and sons trying to find redemption after loss. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The film gamely tackles class and gender themes, as well as partisan politics, in its tale of women behaving badly and men being nitwits. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) It helps to be in the mood for a period Nazi zombie shoot-'em-up but it's very successful at being a bit of fun and bloody counterprogramming. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) You'll LOL, you'll cry-emoji, you'll never look at a pop-up ad the same way again. And while the new "Ralph" falls short of the original's brilliance, any adventure with the big oaf and his glitchy BFF is #winning. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) It's the master class put on by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali that powers this moving and often hilarious work and gives it mass appeal. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) After watching what filmmaker Steve McQueen does with the heist drama in "Widows," give him free rein to take on whatever other tried-and-true (and somewhat rote) Hollywood genre he wants to transform into a piece of high art. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) As much as the new sequel bridges gaps to various "Potter" lineages and personalities, it also ties into real-world history in intriguing fashion. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Makes for an entertaining dose of international intrigue. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
2/4 60% The Front Runner (2018) You've heard of an October surprise. This is a November disappointment. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) Even centered on something born of such hatred, the film still places love and redemption at its core. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/4 66% Suspiria (2018) "Suspiria" is bound to alienate some. Actually, probably many. However, those with a penchant for the new wave of psychological horror and a healthy respect for B-movie camp will love this thing to the crazy last dance. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Bohemian Rhapsody" the song is a sonic masterpiece and "Bohemian Rhapsody" the movie is just a conventional rock flick, one all too ordinary for a man and a band that exemplified the extraordinary. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018