Pat Brown

Pat Brown
Pat Brown's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 93% The Fever (A febre) (2019) In the film, Manaus is a place of irreconcilable tension between the lush natural world and the cold, metallic world of industrial modernity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
1/4 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) The film could be taken as an intentional travesty of the superhero genre, if only it weren't so tortuously tedious. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3.5/4 100% Petite Maman (2021) The film evinces Céline Sciamma's profound knack for visual economy, communicating much with silent looks and structured absences. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/4 94% Sin (Il Peccato) (2021) Andrei Konchalovsky's film is fascinated with the creation of great art in the midst of socio-political turmoil. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/4 70% Land (2021) The film's overtly non-specific title is surely meant to suggest some kind of pared-down elementality, but, in the end, it mostly just reflects the story's lack of definable character. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
1.5/4 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Expending so much energy anticipating our avenues of interpretation, Malcolm & Marie leaves us with little to interpret. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
2/4 87% Supernova (2021) Supernova is so obviously structured that it often seems to be imposing meaning on its characters. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
2/4 91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) This tongue-in-cheek gorefest gives the impression of an only semi-coherent joke on the audience. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
3/4 100% Film About a Father Who (2020) Throughout, Lynne Sachs undercuts the image of the past as simpler or more stable than the present. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
2/4 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) The film never finds the spark that would imbue the love affair at its center with a sense of passion or urgency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) The film's empowerment fantasy of a woman who steamrolls male egos is as stylish and fun as its portrait of gender relations is dire. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2020
2.5/4 98% Minari (2020) The film's orderliness of plot somewhat undermines the sense that the family at its center is steeped in a truly messy situation. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2020
3/4 83% Happiest Season (2020) The film translates the often difficult realities of a specific kind of marginalized love into a story with broad appeal. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
1/4 29% Vanguard (2020) The film is an uncanny reflection of the jingoism that Hollywood has been wrapping in glossy spectacle and exporting to foreign markets for decades. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
2.5/4 79% I Am Greta (2020) Even though it's about a person who speaks with courage about the urgency of the global crisis, I Am Greta itself doesn't possess enough of that urgency. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
2.5/4 83% Freaky (2020) Freaky doesn't reach for any arch commentary beyond the suggestion that, hey, Freaky Friday the 13th is a pretty funny idea. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/4 90% The Climb (2020) The film slides seamlessly between empathizing with its clueless bros and making them objects of unsparing derision. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
2/4 70% Kindred (2020) It's difficult to shake that the film finishes saying what it has to say long before it staggers to the end. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
2/4 57% Come Play (2020) While it can be expected that high-concept horror movies will often be sewn together from the premises of recent genre successes, it's much too easy to see the stitches in writer-director Jacob Chase's Come Play. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
1/4 39% Honest Thief (2020) The repetitious plot is more ritual than text as we watch yet another Liam Neeson avenger defy the will of younger, unscrupulous men. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/4 97% Shithouse (2020) The film excels at capturing the emotional substance of what we think we remember about our pasts. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/4 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Radha Blank's remaking of herself contains an uplifting, unpretentious truth about aging: It's never too late to make a new start. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3.5/4 81% Space Dogs (2019) The film draws us through its play toward darker, too-seldom-considered sides of human and doggy nature. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
3.5/4 98% Time (2020) It reminds us in eminently cinematic ways that behind the numbers and procedures of a court case are actual lives existing in actual, human time. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3.5/4 81% Notturno (2021) The film's experiential approach emphasizes that the fragments of life it captures aren't impersonal events on a timeline. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Maïmouna Doucouré has a remarkable grasp of the irrationality and volatility of middle-school social dynamics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3.5/4 95% The Mole Agent (2020) That Maite Alberdi's camera itself is present in The Mole Agent as a quasi-ethical concern suits the way Sergio, as he shuffles through the home's hallways, gradually comes to be uncomfortable with his own surveillance. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/4 94% Boys State (2020) The film suggests that our political system is a popularity contest that functions for no one but those jockeying for power. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/4 53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Ciro Guerra never quite finds an imagistic equivalent to the novel's apocalyptic mood and subtly hallucinogenic atmosphere. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2.5/4 99% The Fight (2020) The film justly draws attention to the perpetual work that must go into preserving democratic institutions. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
2.5/4 71% Amulet (2020) The film never feels as satisfying or as haunting as its bow-tying epilogue strives for. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
1/4 39% Ghosts of War (2020) The film's unreflective earnestness is haunting in all the wrong ways. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
.5/4 9% Force of Nature (2020) The film presents its scattershot cop-movie tropes in earnest, as if, like hurricanes, they were natural, unavoidable phenomena. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/4 79% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) With great clarity, the film conveys how discipline can be directed both inward and outward. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
2/4 71% 7500 (2020) Convenient plot twists undermine its early pretense that it's aiming for something other than to exploit our deepest, most regressive fears. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
1.5/4 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) Social ills become frivolous punchlines in this dire slice of Hollywood escapism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/4 99% On the Record (2020) Russell Simmons' victims' sense of their own complex relations to historical power structures emerges from the film's lucid recounting of the sexual assault allegations against him. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
3/4 100% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) It emerges a sincere story about a young woman's emotional reconciliation with her alien, perpetually troubled place of origin. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
3/4 71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Around his main character, writer-director César Díaz builds a complex but unpretentious interrogation of national belonging. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
2/4 67% Extraction (2020) Chris Hemsworth's hyperbolically skilled soldier is borne of childish fantasies about the order of the world. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
2/4 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) At its best, the film doesn't just privilege altered states of consciousness, it is an altered state of consciousness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/4 30% Bloodshot (2020) Given its hero's imperviousness, the film's chaotically edited action sequences tend to be devoid of suspense. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2.5/4 100% Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) (1997) Fruit Chan's quirky, gangster-adjacent flick, so infused with washed-out and blue-filtered imagery, presents a portrait of Hong Kong that bears more than a passing resemblance to Wong Kar-wai and Christopher Doyle's early collaborations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3.5/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It's difficult to imagine a more socially engaged or powerful condemnation of the exploitative gig economy than Ken Loach's latest. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/4 87% Emma. (2020) This lively adaptation plays up the novel's more farcical elements, granting it a snappy, rhythmic pace. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
2.5/4 99% Saint Frances (2020) It has almost enough genuine charm and heart to compensate for the moments that feel forced. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/4 97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) It suggests that a war's horrors were the ultimate unassimilable experience of the shadowy depths of the human mind. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
3/4 96% Incitement (2020) Admirably, Yaron Zilberman's film focuses on the cyclical nature of violence in a decades-old conflict. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/4 36% Seberg (2020) Throughout, the filmmakers occlude the most fascinating and potentially powerful elements of Jean Seberg's history. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
1.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) There isn't anything in the bleeding-heart positions espoused by Jorge Bergoglio that complicates Pope Francis's public persona. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019