Brian Truitt

Brian Truitt
Brian Truitt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): USA Today
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 27% Voyagers (2021) Even with ace performers and heady thoughts, "Voyagers" is a clever trip that, like its crew, unfortunately goes primal at the wrong time. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
2.5/4 82% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk's presence does give the film a conflicted and darkly comic center. Let's hope more machine-gun antics are in his future. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) [T]he follow-up is a toothless, fleetingly funny revisit with some moments of greatness yet too much of the same old story to feel fresh. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) With Kelly Marie Tran voicing the sharp-tongued title character and Awkwafina... the film wrestles with tonal inconsistencies but features fantastic action scenes to go with a touching underlying narrative about the power of trust. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/4 98% The Father (2021) While the drama goes to some disturbing places (including incidents of elder abuse), at its core it is very much about love and the power of empathy. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
2.5/4 54% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" makes as strong a case for Holiday being a civil-rights pioneer as its stunning star does for potential Oscar glory. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 80% I Care a Lot (2021) Blakeson puts such a colorful, over-the-top sheen on it, plus lets Pike and Dinklage loose on each other, that you can't help but be entertained by the criminal carnage and extreme shenanigans. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 98% Minari (2020) "Minari" works because it feels so personal as you root for a fragmented family weathering resentment and heartbreak in an uplifting and very universal tale. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) What maybe was supposed to be a Millennial "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is instead a bunch of a meandering self-centered monologues and seething conversations that lean hateful, angry and ultimately empty. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) What makes "Judas" stand out is an emphasis on the personal aspects of a true revolutionary who tried to empower others for the greater good while unknowingly facing subterfuge from within. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/4 46% The Little Things (2021) "The Little Things" is like a 1990s crime thriller that's been sitting on a shelf for 20 or so years. Honestly, it probably should have stayed there. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/4 95% Soul (2020) An entertaining, exuberant effort about our existence with comedic shenanigans, deep thoughts and wondrous imagination. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/4 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Even when you think "Promising Young Woman" is over, Fennell isn't done putting its characters - or her audience - through their paces. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
4/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) King's vibrant, fabulous and downright essential work revisits four lions of representation in their heyday, and as it turns out, they still have a lot to tell us. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
3.5/4 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) "Pieces of a Woman" has an unmistakably visceral quality that pervades the drama, even as tonal inconsistencies... slightly diminish its power. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Returns Gal Gadot as the Amazon princess with the bulletproof bracelets, introduces a couple worthy foes, and is a pretty fun time even if the extremely busy "1984" almost wears out its welcome at a hefty two and a half hours. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/4 88% News of the World (2020) Tom Hanks is America's Dad in present day and he makes for a pretty good father figure in the Old West, too. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/4 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) It rockily bounces between survival thriller and familiar space drama until the story lines finally mesh. Still, Clooney manages to stick the emotionally wrenching landing without all the parts falling off. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/4 55% The Prom (2020) Instead of being preachy about acceptance and loving each other no matter our differences - though it does boast of one foot-stomping gospel hoedown in a mall - "The Prom" lets its infectious jubilance and lovable irreverence do the job. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
3.5/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Rollicking and heartbreaking in equal measure, the period musical drama "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" plays all the right notes... - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3.5/4 97% Sound of Metal (2020) The film is profound, frightening, uplifting and, yes, actually breathtaking at times, and you're not likely to take your hearing for granted anytime soon afterward. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/4 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Without a truly distinguishing "Hillbilly" charm, it's simply a middling dysfunctional family drama with A-list actresses. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3.5/4 83% Mank (2020) [A] wonderful throwback about a flawed figure who took on a hostile era in Hollywood with choice words and major chutzpah. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The absolute commitment to the over-the-top Borat persona continues to be admirable. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/4 39% Rebecca (2020) A dreamy homage to old-school Hollywood as well as a haunting, female-driven psychological thriller with deep mystery and satisfying twists - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/4 53% Hubie Halloween (2020) Hardcore Sandman fans will find plenty to adore in "Hubie," which is akin to a mini Baby Ruth candy bar in a trick-or-treat bag: sweet, gooey, nutty and satisfying enough. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3.5/4 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The filmmaker crafts an entertaining, immersive and ultimately optimistic spectacle that never forgets, especially at its ending, that humanity should always trump the system. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/4 91% Enola Holmes (2020) The game is pleasantly afoot yet again, with a new super-sleuth worthy of her forebears. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 72% Mulan (2020) While it's definitely a different experience than its predecessor, and maybe not for all little ones, you can't knock its fantasy style or inspiring adventure. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2.5/4 70% Tenet (2020) Both utterly dazzling and increasingly bewildering. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/4 28% Antebellum (2020) The movie itself overcomes its imperfections with a higher cause to its horror. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Puts a big stupid grin on your face, yet also brings a certain dignity and depth to these two ride-or-die best friends now in middle age. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) It's cute and heartfelt at times, though the adventure by director Thea Sharrock ("Me Before You") can't decide between being a fun-filled romp or an animal-rights drama. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
2/4 72% An American Pickle (2020) [American Pickle] is, suffice it to say, not a big dill, even with double the Rogen in dual roles. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/4 79% Greyhound (2020) "Greyhound" satisfies as both a snazzy war picture and a showcase for its star. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
2.5/4 80% The Old Guard (2020) Even with its drawbacks, "The Old Guard" weaves some new ideas into a familiar genre and is worth taking a flier on for action-movie lovers. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) So is it worth all the hype? Oh, yes. And then some. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/4 40% Irresistible (2020) Fortunately, Stewart's latest movie, "Irresistible," proves the comedian's nuanced relevance hasn't yet gone to pasture. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
2.5/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) It's a fairly entertaining yet familiar narrative that'll give tweens and teens a change of pace from bingeing "High School Musical" and "Descendants" flicks this summer. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3.5/4 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The first serious best-picture contender of 2020. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Davidson is who he is - and sometimes is forced to apologize for it. You won't be sorry seeing his performance in "King of Staten Island," a testament to the distinguished actor he could be. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
2.5/4 47% Scoob! (2020) After a super-fun opening, it's all "Ruh-roh" from there. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3/4 40% Capone (2020) Hardy is half of why "Capone" works. The other is Trank... - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) While not quite as subversive and refreshing as the first "Trolls," "World Tour" offers endless cuteness, an impressive voice cast and just enough depth for grownups and children alike to chew on. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
3/4 57% The Hunt (2020) "The Hunt" is definitely controversial, but it's an equal-opportunity offender that forgoes partisanship to poke bloody, gory fun at everybody. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/4 83% The Way Back (2020) Ben Affleck shoots, often scores and most importantly slam dunks a seriously gripping role in his new basketball drama "The Way Back." - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) [I]t's an "Invisible Man" much more than a maniacal guy in gauze, for the better. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/4 88% Onward (2020) Is it fun? Yep. Does it have big stars? Sure, a pair of them in Marvel superheroes Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Will it make you cry? Oh, heck yeah. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
2/4 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) If you've heard of the uncanny valley for digital humans, this is the uncanny doghouse. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
2/4 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) The film is fine, familiar fare for gamers and children: Sonic sprints, Carrey mugs, but the creative juices run out quickly. - USA Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020