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
64% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play is exactly the sort of entertaining and strangely fun schlock you'd expect from a reboot of a movie about a killer doll. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
71% The Last Unicorn (1982) While there's plenty in The Last Unicorn that appeals to fantasy nerds and stoner kids and little girls with dreams of lonely, enchanted unicorns, what makes this movie more special than anything Pixar or Disney ever imagined is fearlessness. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Unfortunately, Brightburn barely manages to rise above that concept, turning it into more of a gimmick than anything else. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart casually recontextualizes the coming-of-age story for the modern era, giving us a clever comedy that feels poignant and current and, well, smart. - Austin Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) Much of the film feels torn between salaciousness and seriousness, and the scenes that deal in the latter are surprisingly poignant. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Succeeds in some areas where the 1989 version failed while ultimately failing to deliver an ending that resonates as deeply as its source material. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) We've seen all of this before, and we've seen it executed so much better than this. Not even Cardellini's well-established acting chops can save La Llorona from its tedium. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
59% The Mountain (2019) Almost too enigmatic, to the point where one wonders if there is a point at all. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
78% Good Boys (2019) Takes a very simple comedic concept and turns it into something surprisingly sweet. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) His transformation from scrawny, white belt wimp into a karate-chopping yellow belt is breathtakingly hilarious. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde has immediately established herself as an expert director. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
94% Us (2019) In a sense, the flaws of Us make it even better - more dimensional, more chilling, more relatable. More like us. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
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
83% 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 45% 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+ 59% 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 27% 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- 79% 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
86% 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
39% 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- 20% 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 22% 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+ 43% 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+ 61% 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- 69% 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
93% 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 81% 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 66% 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 80% 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