Brian Webster Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Brian Webster

Brian Webster
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87/100 84% Rachel Getting Married (2008) Jonathan Demme has struck a brilliant balance here, delivering a film that looks, sounds and feels painfully honest, while making it entertaining as well as deeply truthful.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 2, 2009
59/100 21% The Lodger (2009) Burdened by a cliche-ridden burnt-out-cop movie screenplay and over-the-top performances that don't mesh, this is a thriller that doesn't thrill as much as it irritates.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Mar 2, 2009
90/100 88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) Reminds us of how truly brilliant filmmaking needs none of the technology and bombast Hollywood has come to depend on.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 26, 2009
75/100 74% Primal Fear (1996) Exhibits many of the genre's common weaknesses, but the fine acting of Edward Norton, Laura Linney and Richard Gere enables us to forgive them.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 25, 2009
73/100 77% The French Connection II (1975) If you take away comparisons with the original, it's a reasonably solid, if flawed, crime thriller; but it does shrink into the shadow cast by its vastly superior predecessor.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 23, 2009
80/100 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) I am no great fan of sequels, and am especially suspicious of movies that try to cross-over between adult and child audiences. But this one won me over early on.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 22, 2009
91/100 98% The French Connection (1971) Fascinates us in an almost perverse way, gripping us with its tension, thrilling us with its action, and troubling us with its dystopic view of American society circa 1971.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 20, 2009
75/100 76% Top Secret! (1984) Memorable both for its spoofing of a wacky combination of Elvis movies, spy movies and Second World War intrigue films and for the fact that it's Val Kilmer's film debut.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 18, 2009
77/100 88% Frozen River (2008) While it's no crowd-pleaser, Frozen River is powerfully honest stripped-down filmmaking.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 16, 2009
60/100 59% Quarantine (2008) We are saddled with the limitations of the 'found' film premise - seemingly endless screaming and scrabbling around in the dark, filmed from just a single angle.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 16, 2009
68/100 55% Body of Lies (2008) For those of us who want movies to be about something and not just empty action with minimal shallow 'moral of the story' tacked on, Body of Lies is a disappointment.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 15, 2009
72/100 59% Flash of Genius (2008) It's as if the filmmakers are too nervous about making a mistake, so consistently take the safe path, draining the movie of colour and leaving us sympathetic but uninspired.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 15, 2009
72/100 62% Changeling (2008) The story's impact is reduced by the filmmakers' decision to make everyone who is part of 'the system' not just complicit in the conspiracy, but also lacking humanity.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 13, 2009
64/100 59% Friday the 13th (1980) How do you sum up a movie that's really quite awful yet helped define a filmmaking era?‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 13, 2009
67/100 37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) The makings of an uncompromising, razor sharp satire were gathered together here. That the resulting movie slips off track as much as it does is particularly disappointing.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 12, 2009
83/100 No Score Yet Even if you share my substantial concerns over what it says about American society today, you'll find it difficult to dislike this razor sharp, wry and troubling show.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 11, 2009
81/100 89% The Visitor (2008) The astonishing sensitivity with which Richard Jenkins approaches his role is nicely complimented by the performances of other cast members.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 10, 2009
63/100 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) Even if you are rooting for this film to succeed, you find yourself sitting through the tear-jerking part of the movie without feeling terribly wrapped up in it.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 10, 2009
73/100 No Score Yet Secret of the Magic Gourd (2009) It's refreshing to see images that are uncommon in mainstream kids movies, especially when this Chinese creativity is so full of colour and vitality.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 10, 2009
81/100 87% Our Man in Havana (1959) This is a quirky, often quite sardonic little film that starts off as a mild and witty comedy before shifting gears and becoming almost James Bond-like.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 3, 2009
66/100 57% Five (1951) Interesting in many ways, like its director (Arch Oboler), Five falls short of really hitting home.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 1, 2009
82/100 75% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Filled with likeable characters, smart dialogue and cool indie music, it's good natured, hilarious and an outstanding romantic comedy that makes you wish you could be there.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 31, 2009
75/100 61% Pretty Woman (1990) Against all odds, the presence of the incomparable Julia Roberts makes this a damn enjoyable career-defining film for Garry Marshall, and a guilty pleasure for movie lovers.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 31, 2009
65/100 44% Blindness (2008) It's as if director Fernando Meirelles got so wrapped up in the desolation of his story that he neglected to do anything meaningful with it.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 30, 2009
66/100 44% Oliver & Company (1988) More notable for what it isn't than what it is, it's one of the gangly middle children of the Disney animation family, not quite sure how to fit in, or even if it's valued.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 30, 2009
62/100 33% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Ask ten people who've seen this movie what the title's "miracle" is referring to, and you'll get a couple of different guesses and a whole lot of blank stares and shrugs.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 28, 2009
44/100 20% Meet Dave (2008) If you think Eddie Murphy lost his mojo about 20 years ago and has been lacking clear comedic judgment ever since, then you've got to see this for confirmation. Or maybe not.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 27, 2009
65/100 14% Mirrors (2008) When we should be feeling fascinated by the unfolding mystery and creeped out by things acting up nastily, we instead find ourselves thinking too much and asking questions.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 27, 2009
85/100 68% Revolutionary Road (2008) This is a movie by and for the actors, especially for Kate Winslet, whose prodigious talents are well used throughout this bleak, troubling and powerful drama.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 26, 2009
84/100 100% Mary Poppins (1964) Arguably, it already seemed dated by the early 1970s, within a decade of its 1964 release. Yet still, somehow, the substantial charms of Mary Poppins live on.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 23, 2009
44/100 5% College (2008) If you hear someone deriding Superbad for being unoriginal or derivative, sit them in front of College. If they can't tell the difference, they're a lost cause.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 22, 2009
66/100 45% Lakeview Terrace (2008) As a thriller, it's passable, but at what point do we say to director Neil LaBute, "Enough already with the misogynistic themes"?‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 21, 2009
64/100 No Score Yet Open Season 2 (2008) Now and again, the humour is quite effective and the spoof of RV road warriors hits the mark, but more often, the jokes are higher on energy than they are on laugh generation.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 20, 2009
63/100 No Score Yet Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008) While it's been a long time since I trashed the original Stargate movie, I must say that this latest incarnation leaves me about equally cold.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 20, 2009
74/100 70% The Wackness (2008) Dumb title? Certainly. Perfectly proportioned? Nope. True-to-life? Certainly not. An enjoyably quirky indie comedy? You bet.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 19, 2009
61/100 33% Gospel Hill (2008) It's hard to say harsh things about a movie as earnest and well intentioned as Gospel Hill. But we've got to do what we've got to do, now, don't we?‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 19, 2009
66/100 22% The Pink Panther (2006) I hope nobody misunderstands when I say: Steve Martin, you are no Peter Sellers. And while I'm at it; Shawn Levy, you are no Blake Edwards.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 16, 2009
75/100 31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) A handful of TV series have moved from lengthy small screen runs to the big screen; few can match The X-Files in consistent quality and ability to engage its audience.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 14, 2009
74/100 53% City of Ember (2008) In addition to being fascinating and exciting, City of Ember invites its young viewers to constantly ask questions and never give up.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 13, 2009
61/100 34% Space Chimps (2008) It's likely that few people will ever even notice the success it might have been or the unremarkable failure it turned out to be.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 12, 2009
63/100 6% Babylon A.D. (2008) With bland protagonists and power figures unpleasant enough for us to want them out of our sight more than we want them defeated, it doesn't do much to hold our interest.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 12, 2009
85/100 80% Gran Torino (2009) An ideal platform for writer/ director Clint Eastwood to show the world that, at 78 years of age, he's at the top of his game.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 11, 2009
71/100 63% Brideshead Revisited (2008) Certainly passable, but less than spectacular, Brideshead Revisited is an authentic and decent adaptation of a well-known novel, but nothing more.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 7, 2009
84/100 62% Valkyrie (2008) Tom Cruise's ego-driven "Look at me; aren't I heroic?" performance detracts, but it's just too compelling and the other performances too pitch-perfect for this to ruin things.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 7, 2009
66/100 39% Swing Vote (2008) Goes for cheap laughs with its politics, but wins back at least some respect when it presents its central characters as real people and their issues as immune to instant cure.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 6, 2009
87/100 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) A fascinating tall tale until the incredible Tilda Swinton appears, vulnerable, full of regrets and compelling us to start thinking, but from then on, this is a tour de force.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 6, 2009
72/100 54% MirrorMask (2005) The story is interesting, in a twisted fairytale sort of way, but the novelty of this dream world does eventually wear off, and we're left checking our watches.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 5, 2009
75/100 60% The Express (2008) While there's nothing remarkable about the way director Gary Fleder has brought The Express to the screen, this is a solid film that does justice to Davis' legacy.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 3, 2009
57/100 38% Days of Thunder (1990) The story is predictably pedestrian, the conflict laughable and the dialogue too lifeless to be laughable, but closer to that than convincing or compelling.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 3, 2009
83/100 88% Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) It's like getting two movies for the price of one %u2013 light romantic comedy and a relatively effective human drama at the same time.‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jan 1, 2009