Pat Brown

Pat Brown
Pat Brown's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
Publications: Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 63% The Good Liar (2019) An airport novel of a movie, Bill Condon's The Good Liar is efficient and consumable, if a bit hollow. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/4 47% Last Christmas (2019) There's a lack of concreteness about the story and characters that render its reiteration of Christmas lessons utterly toothless. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Redoubt (2019) Matthew Barney re-instills nature with some of the mystic aura that modernity, with its technologies and techniques of knowledge, has robbed it of. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Like a traumatized psyche, it remains uncomfortably stuck in the past, replaying familiar events in an effort to empty them of terror. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 63% American Dharma (2019) The film feels rather like listening to the arsonist calmly explain why he set the fire as we continue to watch it rage. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2.5/4 70% The Kill Team (2019) Despite glimpses of a larger critique of the American project in Afghanistan, it lets us escape from the horrors of war before it finishes demolishing the illusion of a clean one. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2.5/4 51% Black and Blue (2019) The film's command of action defuses concerns about whether it offers a thorough social critique. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
1/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) In transforming folk metaphors into utilitarian attributes of an action hero, Disney exposes the emptiness of their product. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/4 97% The Cave (2019) Its depiction of the perpetual terror of living in a war zone will stick with viewers long after The Cave's doctors have left Ghouta. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
1.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) Whatever new technology facilitated its genesis, the film is just another assembly-line reproduction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 100% Celebration (2019) Olivier Meyrou's ironically titled documentary weaves a tightly constructed story about success, power, and mortality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
1.5/4 31% The Current War (2019) The film falls back on the myth of modernity being born in the laps of practical, native-born American ingenuity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/4 82% Abominable (2019) The second half's series of hollow visual spectacles foreground the film as a corporate product. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3.5/4 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) Balancing rough-edge verité with highly composed images and a meticulous structure, it doesn't preclude itself from finding something like poetry in its subjects' struggles. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 88% Hustlers (2019) The film is remarkable for capturing a brewing conflict between women while also celebrating their connection. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
1.5/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The film is inspirational only in the sense that it may inspire an uptick in Amazon searches for running gear. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/4 79% Good Boys (2019) Gene Stupnitsky's Good Boys is Big Mouth for those who prefer ribald humor about tweenage sexuality in live action, though it lacks the Netflix show's frankness and authenticity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
1/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) The film diverts us away from its hint of a social message using a series of tired twists and turns that don't signify much of anything. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 91% Luce (2019) On the whole, the film is an unvarnished reflection of the ugliness of American attitudes toward assimilation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
2/4 55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Claudio Giovannesi's film is more an interesting tweak of Goodfellas than an eye-opening social statement. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
1.5/4 87% The Great Hack (2019) It seems so invested in a rehabilitation of Brittany Kaiser's image that the filmmakers' own motives end up being its most interesting subject. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) The film taps into universal truths about the passage of time, the inevitability of loss, and how we prepare one another for it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/4 53% The Lion King (2019) There's something very cheap at the core of this overtly, ostentatiously expensive film, reliant as it is on our memory of the original to accentuate every significant moment. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
1/4 42% Stuber (2019) More than its violence, the film is defined by its vileness, its straight-faced attachment to outmoded ideas about masculinity and law enforcement. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1.5/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The film is at least as likely to elicit laughs as shrieks, and certainly unlikely to leave a lasting impression. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/4 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) In verbally recounting her history, Morrison proves almost as engaging as she in print, a wise and sensitive voice. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The film seamlessly interweaves fun escapades and earnest emotions, but it lacks the visual power of its predecessor. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) The film wastes its charismatic leads in a parade of wacky CG creations whose occasional novelty is drowned out by its incessance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2.5/4 88% American Woman (2019) Sienna Miller lends credibility to a character that in other hands might seem like a caricature of the white underclass. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
71% This One's for the Ladies (2019) There's a surprising sense of communal exchange between the male strippers and their fans in Gene Graham's documentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) simultaneously announces itself as an expressive portrait of a city, an endearing ode to male comradery, a leisurely paced hangout flick, an absurdist comedy, and a melancholic reflection on gentrification and urban black experience. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet The Garden (2019) Derek Jarman's 1990 film isn't without hope that we can regrow a paradise. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 97% Booksmart (2019) It's an R-rated teen comedy that proves that you can center girls' experiences without sacrificing grossness, and that you can be gross without being too mean. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) (mostly) distract us from its superficiality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
2/4 79% Photograph (2019) In pushing so many seemingly crucial moments off screen, the film transforms its main characters into blank slates. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Ed Zwick uses a popular artistic to stake out a moral and political stance that, if not radical, is at least forceful. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) At the very least, Ryan Reynolds's casting perfectly splits the difference between the adorable and the absurd. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/4 66% Wine Country (2019) The film's relatively static approach to narrative works in scenes where the material is funny or elevated by a certain performance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) As it proceeds toward its telegraphed rom-com ending, the film becomes just more empty rhetoric, an ineffectual reiteration. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) A vital insight at the root of Rachel Lears's film is that Trump isn't the alpha and omega of the rot in American politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/4 66% The White Crow (2019) Ralph Fiennes's film too conspicuously avoids an overt political perspective. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2.5/4 88% Chasing Portraits (2019) Its major contribution, as one museum curator suggests, may be to bring the works of Moshe Rynecki back into prominence. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
2.5/4 94% Rafiki (2019) The film's slotting of two African women into a familiar romantic structure represents a radical and important upending of contemporary Kenyan sexual mores. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) The film's playful tone is a corrective to a century of scholarship that insisted on projecting the image of a moody spinster onto Emily Dickinson. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/4 45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) With its naked celebration of self-sacrificial combat and idealization of the soldier as an avenging angel, it strikes a tone redolent of old-school war propaganda. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/4 86% Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si è Fermato a Eboli) (2019) The film is humanistic exploration of Italy's "southern problem" and a thorough indictment of nationalist and imperialist agendas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/4 97% Working Woman (2019) Michal Aviad's film forcefully brings home a reality that many of us have been aware of only intellectually. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2.5/4 44% Captive State (2019) The film might have better performed if it consisted of more than a smattering of good but relatively isolated ideas. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Throughout, the film can't decide what attitude to strike toward its characters' evident greed. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
1.5/4 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) Director Ty Roberts's film is unable to realize that its subject matter is that of a horror story. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019