Britt Hayes

Britt Hayes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Britt Hayes has been working as a film critic and journalist for 10 years. She lives in Austin, Texas and her work has been featured in Birth.Movies.Death., ScreenCrush, and more.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) The Broken Circle Breakdown is emotionally raw and captivating. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
85% Alleluia (2015) Combined with a wild performance from Lola Dueñas, Alleluia is a fierce and uncomfortably sexual film, as intoxicating as the ill-advised love between its two leads. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
73% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) The film veers into wildly compelling -- and unsettling -- territory. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
9/10 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Beyond its rich thematic subtext (which is, I admit, occasionally a bit heavy-handed), Kubo and the Two Strings borrows familiar motifs to create an entirely new mythology - one that's worthy of the word epic. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
5/10 44% The Lords of Salem (2013) Like Zombie the musician, Zombie the director is all style and no substance. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/10 39% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) It's unfortunate that the director who gave us one of the best horror films of the year with The Conjuring is the same guy delivering the terribly underwhelming Insidious Chapter 2 less than two months later. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Kriegerin (Combat Girls) (2012) Combat Girls explores growth and maturation, but it also details the ways in which a strong woman exists in a staunchly misogynist culture and how she begins to remove herself from it. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
6/10 67% Scenic Route (2013) Overall, Scenic Route is a thoughtful piece about friendship and adulthood, though it becomes repetitive in both action, theme, and the occasionally insufferable demeanor of its leads. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web tries to give us the female version of James Bond; instead, it gives us a gender-swapped version of the worst 007 movie in recent memory. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B+ 58% The Grinch (2018) Despite its familiarity, the new version is effective and heartwarming, particularly as it emphasizes the concept of empathy. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
A 91% Widows (2018) There's nothing more powerful in Widows than the small, wordless moments between characters - and how they communicate so much by saying nothing at all. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
D+ 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Perhaps the shortest straw was drawn by Ezra Miller, whose talents are far too great for the measly part he's given. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 15% Robin Hood (2018) Is Robin Hood a "great" movie? Nope, but it is a great time at the movies, and sometimes that's all you need. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is filled with thoughtful themes about friendship, overcoming insecurity, and growing up. But it's also just kind of... filled. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
D 26% Mortal Engines (2018) It's the sort of inelegant, poorly edited mish-mash of digital nonsense that makes your eyes glaze over. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 96% Roma (2018) As it stands, it's a beautiful film that's so preoccupied with creating a realistic, immersive world of sights and sounds that it forgets to make its central character an actual person. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B- 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns is a timely movie that finds hope in the darkest and foggiest of times, even if it's not exactly perfect in every way. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C- 66% Vice (2018) But however enjoyable it is to watch all of these well-known actors play these real-life people, Vice can't help but feel like a more expensive, feature-length version of an SNL cold opening - only slightly less silly. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
85% Tully (2018) Jason Reitman is never as good as when he's collaborating with screenwriter Diablo Cody; bonus points if the film in question stars Charlize Theron, as Tully does. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
40% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) With all the great horror of 2018, it'll be easy to overlook this surprisingly satisfying gem, which features an all-timer of a slasher sequence that takes place in a swimming pool, set to Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
A- 37% Glass (2019) While some may find Shyamalan's aesthetic and tonal choices to be too heavy-handed, others will appreciate Glass as the clever, campy work of a die-hard cinephile - maybe even a kindred spirit. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
D- 21% Serenity (2019) It forces your face to contort into shapes you didn't even know it could make in response to the hilarious awfulness of it all. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C 23% Miss Bala (2019) Aside from a few stylistic choices and an engaging performance from Rodriguez, Miss Bala is a paint-by-numbers crime drama that lacks any real poignancy or cutting commentary. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C+ 45% The Prodigy (2019) The Prodigy feels more like an absurd fantasy film than a horror flick. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
C+ 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) For as much as there is to enjoy in Alita, there's just as much that's tedious and kind of underwhelming - especially from a filmmaker who built his name on taking risks and turning scraps into treasure. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
A- 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's not only awesome, but it's pretty amazing that it even exists. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
96% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) A Woman Under the Influence essentially ends with a shrug, its cynical ending a statement of pointlessness and hopelessness and the futility of railing against an imposed social structure. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/10 77% Mid90s (2018) For as much as it looks the part, Mid90s never feels real - because its characters just don't seem to feel much of anything at all. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
10/10 65% Suspiria (2018) It's not a film one considers, but excavates, continually finding additional symbols and meaning within the deceptively simple setting. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/10 81% Overlord (2018) As a piece of moral commentary cloaked in a sci-fi gimmick, Overlord is uninspired. As an action thriller, it's just aggressively boring. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
6/10 78% Apostle (2018) A solid mystery-thriller, but save for predictably engaging performances from Stevens and Sheen, it's largely unremarkable. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
10/10 89% Hereditary (2018) Few films have explored the persistent, seemingly inescapable terror of mental illness with such alarming precision. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter is a major disappointment, but, as proven by two phenomenal seasons of Vice Principals, Hill is still more than capable of delivering the goods. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
9/10 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Isle of Dogs is the epitome of a heart-warming adventure; a funny, fantastic and thought-provoking tale set in a world where one man's trash is another man's best friend. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
8/10 83% Blockers (2018) Blockers finally gives young women the teen sex comedy they deserve - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) The cinematic equivalent of a pop-culture mashup tee. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Disquieting as hell. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
8/10 90% Gerald's Game (2017) ... Gerald's Game isn't exclusively a story about trauma, but one of survival. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
10/10 92% Revenge (2018) An astonishing, subversive take on tired clichés. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
5/10 87% Wheelman (2017) A unique perspective wasted on a film that fails to deliver any actual excitement. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
9/10 85% The Square (2017) As thought-provoking as it is hilarious. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
8/10 92% Thelma (2017) This gorgeous genre film from Norway, with its themes of suppressed sexuality, will undoubtedly resonate with members of LGBTQ communities around the world. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
9/10 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) One of the most disturbing cinematic experiences of the year. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
8/10 85% It (2017) Really good. Scary good, even. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
9/10 87% It Comes At Night (2017) For those who acutely empathize with the ravages of grief, Shults has delivered a film more horrific than any boogeyman or ghoul in recent memory. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/10 15% The Circle (2017) Black Mirror for Dummies. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
7/10 86% Win It All (2017) Win It All is a largely enjoyable exercise in the concept of acting as reacting, as most of the film's plot (and humor) is driven by the ways people respond to Eddie and his predicament. - ScreenCrush EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
73% Nothing Bad Can Happen (2014) Nothing Bad Can Happen is one of the smartest, most heartbreaking films of the year. Gebbe has meticulously crafted a film that knows exactly what it is, what it needs to say, and what it wants from its audience. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
92% In a World... (2013) In a World... is far from perfect and doesn't quite have the laser-focus of a more seasoned writer and director, but even the most awkward and fumbling moments of the film are a joy to watch and experience. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
60% The Equalizer (2014) Unfortunately, Fuqua's film is tonally discordant, vacillating between gloriously ridiculous and mind-numbing; sometimes it's just plain dull. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017