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
2/4 19% Dolittle (2020) While his Welsh accent is a little all over the place, Downey takes naturally to the wild style and quirky persona of a dude who talks to animals, though most everything else about "Dolittle" just doesn't measure up to its A-list star. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 75% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A retro affair tailor-made for those who adored the action movies of the 1990s. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) Even if often predictable, Cretton's engaging drama overcomes its shortcomings with watchable empathy and grace. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2.5/4 20% Cats (2019) A bunch of well-known celebrities get turned into singing, scenery-chewing digital kitties in the utterly absurd yet oddly charming movie musical version of the Broadway hit. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) After paying homage to everything that came before, this "Star Wars" ending is a too-safe landing of a massive pop-culture starship, and a spectacular finale that misses a chance to forge something special. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) The film proves once again that war is hell, but the aftermath can be just as visceral and thoughtful. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 68% Bombshell (2019) While uneven at times, the film is similarly sharp and savvy as director Jay Roach's other political fare, "Game Change" and "Recount." - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) [Johnson] brilliantly reinvented crime noir with a high-school bent in his 2006 directorial debut "Brick," and "Knives Out" marries the problem-solving of Sherlock and Columbo with the nuttiness of "Clue." - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) Hopkins and Pryce have sensational chemistry and are rather heavenly inhabiting their character arcs, which power this pious take on "Frost/Nixon." - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) A tremendously resonant, sometimes heartbreaking and always entertaining hoot. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
51% 21 Bridges (2019) Boseman stands out per usual and also finds a way to elevate the material - in this case, a fairly standard cop movie. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 77% Frozen II (2019) While a joyful noise is being made unto the fjord yeti again and the sisters still rule, "Frozen 2" doesn't have the same pizzazz as the original. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/4 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) No matter if you're not into speedy vehicles and sports movies: Mangold's film is a testament to taking on The Man - in this case, a Detroit auto powerhouse - and having a buddy's back even when he hits you with a loaf of Wonder Bread. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/4 95% Marriage Story (2019) Like the "Saving Private Ryan" of divorce dramedies... - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/4 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) "Dark Fate" ultimately blows up any chance for innovative storytelling with rehashed plot points and reheated signature moments. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's nothing to go channeling your inner Jack Nicholson and chopping through doors. But Flanagan's "Doctor Sleep" respects both King's and Kubrick's visions while letting a rising horror master go his own way, too. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/4 96% The Irishman (2019) Since 1973's "Mean Streets," Scorsese has proven over and over to be a master of the gangster film, and "The Irishman" has everything a crime lover would want, from violence and tension to an intriguing mundaneness. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As much as it makes you laugh, Waititi's must-watch effort is a warm hug of a movie that just so happens to have a lot of important things to say. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jolie's magnetism, plus the way she toes the line between being a fairy version of Batman and a menacing mistress of not-quite-evil-but-pretty-close, is why these "Maleficent" movies work. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) The movie shoots for the moon with an intriguing dual-role conceit but wildly misses the mark. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3.5/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) "Parasite" attaches to you and doesn't let go. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) "Lucy" comes from such an oddball scandal, yet it rockets past the inherent weirdness at its core and settles for banality. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) "Joker" is on the surface the origin of a supervillain but more subtly an exploration of empathy and the personal impact of a society devoid of it. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) It might be a little too early to start engraving golden men, but Zellweger proves as vital as ever in her most essential role. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/4 84% Ad Astra (2019) Pitt is undoubtedly luminous as the brightest star of "Ad Astra," an engaging and even hopeful exploration about the consistency of human feelings, no matter where you are in the galaxy. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) "The Goldfinch" tries hard to be a masterwork like the painting that shares its title but ends up feeling more like a forgery. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks feels so right in the role from the beginning. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3.5/4 87% Hustlers (2019) An enjoyable, empowering extravaganza of physical humor, clever scriptwriting, exquisite fashion and scantily clad underdogs. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Dolemite is like six "SNL" personas in one, and they're all a hoot. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/4 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Skarsgard finds new ways to totally freak you out, even in a surprisingly human fashion. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) It'll remind you of the importance of chasing dreams and loving yourself as well as others. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/4 23% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" blunders a real chance to cook up something fresh and is undone by derivative dialogue and a muddled plot that trips on the line between black comedy and brutal crime drama. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) "Hobbs & Shaw" checks all the boxes for the rousing, over-the-top ludicrousness you'd expect from a cinematic universe where there's never been an abundance of believability. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) With an obsessive sense of detail, the result is an L.A. where fiction and reality blur together to form a magnificent locale only Tarantino could concoct. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/4 53% 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 83% 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 91% 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 97% 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 42% 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 89% 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 69% 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 17% 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 47% 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