Jules Brenner

Jules Brenner

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Jules Brenner's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 34%

Labor Day (2014)

"This playing of unimaginable course changes and decision-making during a weekend in the crosshairs of life or death, of the need for meaningful contact, is a spellbinding piece of literary art. " ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 29, 2013
4/5 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"For a good time, come see this adorable, sexy, deviously antic piece of cockeyed comedy. You want nominations?" ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 25, 2013
2/5 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"In reality, this guy would be in jail stripes before you can say, "Martha Stewart."" ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"This brew of story elements as cooked up by screenwriters Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith teaches us something about the obstacles between literature and movie making." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4.5/5 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Noxious atmosphere of dark destinies." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 89%

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

"You don't need the first weekend's grosses to predict a boxoffice inferno." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3.5/5 81%

Don Jon (2013)

"It gets harder and harder to support this passion for porn." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 94%

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

"A dark ode to the new singers of one of the oldest, most seminal musical forms on the planet; when some thrived, and others used the art to cope with their demons of loss and ambivalence." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"What you thought would be a generic high-school romance turns into an edgy character drama with dark, uncompromising undertones." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 13, 2013
4/5 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"This isn't just a characterization of a man going through a transition to the issue of mortality, but it's also a transformative performance by an actor rising in depth." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 9, 2013
4/5 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

"The greatest strength of this movie is the feature that's bound to limit its boxoffice potential. Despite plenty of action and knockout effects and design, the central focus is the mental dynamics of a teenager selected by an establishment officer." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 8, 2013
5/5 96%

Gravity (2013)

"A rendering of space in all its magisterial and exotic grandeur -- not only from what we've seen in footage and stills, but in the context of human presence, devastation, utter loneliness and salvation." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 7, 2013
5/5 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Once again, never a dull moment with Tom Hanks. And, once again, a history lesson through thrilling drama. I went home appreciating all that's been done here." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3.5/5 43%

Closed Circuit (2013)

"Part of the film's problem is that the emotional core of the story comes with its own case of closed-circuitry. But, don't get me wrong -- it's not a total miss." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 11, 2013
3/5 51%

Thérèse (2013)

"It's like watching a slow-burning fuse approach a bomb of psychotic suppression. You don't know what kind of destruction will result, or its consequences, but you sense its inevitability." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 26, 2013
4/5 64%

2 Guns (2013)

"An abundance of greed, body count, destruction and rip-roaring repartee." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4.5/5 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"With his stunning actress, Allen's probe into social convolution and neurotic stress is a display of preeminent talent and European influence." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 71%

Pacific Rim (2013)

"Beyond the brink but an entertainment just the same. If you have the same reaction I did about the time issue, you may start thinking you'll never get home. But, once you do, you'll have a lot to talk about." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 50%

White House Down (2013)

"It's a wonderful vehicle to cement Tatum to the comet he's on as a leading man and action hero. But, he just should'a gone to Emily's performance." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 13, 2013
3.5/5 31%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

"The transformation of the title character from naive idealist to vigilante of justice is capped with a perfectly timed device that boosts the film with all its excesses and eccentricities to an exhilarating movie experience." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3.5/5 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Was it in Shannon's contract to have the same amount of screen time as the title character? Trouble is, he's as overdone as the product placements that are immune to the destruction." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4/5 74%

The East (2013)

"Of considerable note is beautiful Brit Marley's dual role as central character Jane/Sarah and as the story's co-writer with director Zal Batmangli. As creative adults, they write taut adult fare." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3.5/5 69%

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

"If you want to enjoy this movie, leave what you know about the laws of gravity in the lobby." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jun 7, 2013
4/5 86%

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

"One of the attributes this sequel to the prequel has going for it is a villain whose threat to mankind requires no prosthetics and/or makeup to freeze you in your seat." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 24, 2013
2.5/5 48%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"Orson Welles had his Citizen Kane. Luhrmann has his Great Gatsby. But, Gatsby is no Kane and Luhrmann doesn't appear to be an Orson. The lesson is that if you're going to make a movie about your hero's emptiness, that will be the nature of the product." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 20, 2013
2/5 27%

33 Postcards (2013)

"Sweet to the point of getting a sugar rush. Underwritten and under-directed in style and realization, it has all the substance of a confection." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 16, 2013
4.5/5 79%

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Black and Downey put a swell spin of wit into it and, in a time of superhero saturation, take a back seat to no one in reserving marquee space for their guy. Moreover, they leave you wanting more of the same, please." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 53%

Oblivion (2013)

"First and foremost designed as a platform for Cruise's physical skills. Which is not at all bad for us action fans and those of us who are suckers for concepts of advanced technology. " ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3.5/5 84%

Leviathan (2013)

"I haven't felt this drenched in seawater since my last scuba dive." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Apr 24, 2013
4/5 54%

The Company You Keep (2013)

"With Redford's genius for assembling such a superb supporting cast, the film started out ahead of the game before the camera rolled." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Apr 9, 2013
3.5/5 52%

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

"An adventurous lad in a class-challenged romance and a complete overhaul of a classic. The biggest surprise is how well it's crafted and portrayed by a very able cast." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4.5/5 51%

Trouble with the Curve (2012)

"From Clint Eastwood's lovable old coot persona to Amy Adams' iron-willed combativeness, this film is a stunning, beautiful surprise. A sports movie, a romance without sentimentality, and the emotional trauma of a family secret." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Mar 15, 2013
4.5/5 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Franco hasn't mastered dialogue rhythm and there are times when the movie stalls while he gets off a line BUT, the road ahead in this glorious $235M production is lined with gold, like the invention of the exquisite China Girl." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Mar 15, 2013
3/5 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

"The second half of the film IS the film." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Feb 9, 2013
3/5 47%

Bullet to the Head (2013)

"The cop-criminal alliance is too absurd for words, but probability isn't the issue here and the action is a promise met for the fan base." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 31, 2013
4/4 No Score Yet

Camera Obscura (2013)

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Posted Jan 21, 2013
3.5/5 31%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"Artificiality? Over-dramatized violence? Heck, I viewed it through the eyes of the teenagers for whom it was intended and was riddled with rounds of fun--even if it does suffer from a lack of historical accuracy and restraint." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Jan 10, 2013
2/5 88%

Django Unchained (2012)

"Tarantino almost saves his picture with his last act showdown but not quite. Getting there was a route too long, too clumsy, and just plain tedious." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 23, 2012
2/5 51%

Promised Land (2013)

"About the best thing in this well-meaning but wearying message drama is that it points out (and, points out) that some tradeoffs are hard to make." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Dec 10, 2012
5/5 93%

Skyfall (2012)

"Mendes and Co. has an astutely cunning way to keep our blood pumping every minute of the latest and, arguably, best time we've had with the enduring Bond in years." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4/5 90%

Lincoln (2012)

"If an exquisitely wrought dramatization about a president who is the gold standard to the greatest number of American brings new awareness of our history to a generally non-inquisitive or tuned-in public, it will be a timeless success." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Nov 12, 2012
4.5/5 78%

Flight (2012)

"Washington spins for us the wreckage of a life strained by the tension between achievement and defeat, a person who thinks that he can master the odds. But, the mastery is in the actor's fine portrayal." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 24, 2012
4/5 66%

Cloud Atlas (2012)

"The magnificence of the imagery and palette of wonderment here should go undisputed. But excess in order to make the history books becomes a diminishing return. While I equivocate over my rating, I also commend it to be seen--if you've got the fortitude." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 22, 2012
4.5/5 96%

Argo (2012)

"What Affleck has proven again with this directing and acting project is that a film by him is a movie event that shouldn't be missed." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 85%

End of Watch (2012)

"Five months in advance of shooting for the lead actors to learn, digest and own the words. Pays off bigtime!" ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 8, 2012
3.5/5 100%

They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain (2012)

"Lieberman captures the singular human story playing out in the former British colony of Burma/Myanmar where brutality and Karma have been the principle features." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 4, 2012
5/5 93%

Looper (2012)

"Nothing less than an exceptionally satisfying piece of futuristic ingenuity with a great corps of actors. It will knock you out -- in any time zone." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Oct 1, 2012
4/5 86%

Arbitrage (2012)

"These Wall Street magnates... they're taking their hits as the villains of the day in post-Enron, post-AIG, post-Lehman Brothers, post-Bernie Madoff America. The breed is getting its just condemnations, but..." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 18, 2012
3.5/5 80%

Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

"James Cameron's latest memorial to the spirit that exists mournfully and sadly in utter silence as the effects of time and salinity slowly and inexorably take their toll." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 15, 2012
4/5 67%

Lawless (2012)

"Casting and acting here leave nothing to be desired -- to say nothing about rich cinematography and deeply drawn characters seen from dual perspectives." ‐ Cinema Signals
Posted Sep 10, 2012