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

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 95% 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
73% 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 94% 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 60% 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 86% 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 90% 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 37% 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 73% 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 78% 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 81% 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 59% 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
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" feels worn and lived in - in a good way - with a world of musty vintage tomes and bar-room desperation given emotional life through McCarthy and a super supporting turn from Richard E. Grant. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) While the sometimes confusing non-linear narrative keeps the whole package from coming together, the first-rate acting more than makes up for it in the film based on the true experiences of David and Nic Sheff. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/4 87% First Man (2018) Foy is key to Gosling's performance working and a linchpin for the movie's overall success. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) "Hate" brings up vital discussions for a society wrestling with a lack of empathy, understanding and tolerance. They're raising their voices with a cinematic megaphone, and it's our turn to listen. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
4/4 89% A Star Is Born (2018) With their phenomenal "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper upend expectations and spectacularly freshen up a stock Hollywood story. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2.5/4 28% Night School (2018) Mostly predictable (though with a few pleasant swerves) and boasting a narrative that could be a lot tighter, "Night School" surprises by being an unexpectedly empathetic look at learning disabilities. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) If this is truly it in a cinema life well-lived, "Old Man" couldn't be a more perfect adieu... - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Black has turned himself into a family-friendly joy who's really fun to watch, and Blanchett complements him as both friend and paternal figure for Lewis. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
1.5/4 13% Life Itself (2018) A stuffed turkey that wastes most of its noteworthy ingredients... - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 79% Halloween (2018) A new coat of paint, even on a storied house of horrors such as "Halloween," can do wonders. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) "White Boy Rick" works better as a working-class father/son drama than a cautionary tale about the American judicial system, though it never comes together satisfactorily as either. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 32% The Predator (2018) Every insightful storytelling choice is met with a head-scratching one. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 26% The Nun (2018) A mix of slow-burn religious mystery and old-school adventure that egregiously fails to utilize its greatest hit: Bonnie Aarons' terrifyingly freaky villainess of the cloth. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
1.5/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Hardcore puppet sex and four-letter words that would make Big Bird blush sound like a googly-eyed good time until you're faced with 90 unfunny minutes of it. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
3.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A shining, redefining example of what the romantic-comedy genre can do best: It's breezy and hilarious yet offers enough heartfelt gravitas to give the feel-good date movie needed emotional heft. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3.5/4 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) "BlacKkKlansman" is a sobering, affecting commentary on right now, yet it's also a thrilling celebration of real brotherhood - and not one of hate. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
2.5/4 72% Christopher Robin (2018) There's no end to the schmaltz in Winnie the Pooh's honey pot, yet Disney's live-action Christopher Robin also tosses in enough charm and tomfoolery for a sufficiently delightful hang with the iconic bear. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) With its combination of spycraft, intrigue and insane physicality, "Fallout" again proves "Mission: Impossible" is the gold standard for international action-adventure and that Cruise is this generation's James Bond. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018