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

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% United Skates (2018) The documentary brings to the foreground a fascinating and, moreover, beautiful culture lurking in the background of other stories. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/4 74% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's the way tthe film's humor specifically subverts its genre's expected emotional valences that makes it so effective. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film takes a leisurely approach to narrative that's both intensely dialogical and transfixingly visual. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
75% Never Look Away (2019) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film prioritizes the sentimental over the true, the tidy moral over the messy reality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/4 81% The Invisibles (2019) The film doesn't bring to light otherwise unexplored aspects of the experience or memory of persecution and genocide. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
3/4 50% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not's commingling of narrator and narrative, character and actor, fiction and documentary suggests that cinema itself is capable of being a manner of touch, the site of a nebulous and freeing encounter between people. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3.5/4 89% La religieuse (The Nun) (1971) Neither La Religieuse nor its main character is ultimately able to see a way out of alienated individualism. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2018
2/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee exudes some of the tediousness of a reformed sinner who decries hedonism, trying hard to convince us that it now believes in something. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Often divertingly colorful and busy to a fault, Aquaman seems to dare us to mock the world of comics' most risible superhero. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
2.5/4 81% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The film's drawn-out boy-who-cried-wolf arc creates little opportunity for the main character to develop. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) As it proceeds through a series of teary reconciliations in the last half-hour of its 110-minute run time, the film's didactic drama begins to grate, its treacly emotions feeling increasingly unearned. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/4 91% Mirai (2018) The fabric of the fantasy world depicted in the film lacks the cohesion of its central theme about appreciating one's place in a family tree. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/4 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Despite convincing performances, the film is hampered by its stylistic and moral conventionality. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2.5/4 65% Jonathan (2018) The dichotomy represented by Jonathan and John is too clean for the film's exploration of a divided psyche to ever feel particularly complex. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/4 100% Shoah: Four Sisters (2018) By uniting these four interviews in particular, Claude Lanzmann emphasizes the impossibility of moral clarity in the unthinkable circumstances into which Germany's invasion of Eastern Europe threw its Jewish population. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
2/4 75% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Director and co-writer Hannah Fidell's film never finds the right mix of meaningful parable and sophomoric romp. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5/4 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/4 98% Border (Gräns) (2018) The film's slow reveal of its fantastical elements, which evoke the erratic, dreamlike strangeness of folk tales, makes them all the more unsettling. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2.5/4 86% Possum (2018) In the end, there's little payoff for all the repetitive series of evocative visions and mute stares. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
3.5/4 92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) Antonio Méndez Esparza crafts a revealing portrait of life as lived under a regime of race and class oppression. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
3.5/4 100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) The Waldman Waltz gradually builds outrage at the subterranean persistence of fascism in postwar politics. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/4 44% MFKZ (2018) The bulk of MFKZ is composed of chases and shoot-outs that, despite their chaotic energy, drive the plot forward at the most plodding pace. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2/4 92% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Its story distances heavy metal from any whiff of toxic masculinity by setting Turo and company against homophobes and rakes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3.5/4 100% Over the Limit (2018) Over the Limit is composed of minutely observed moments that Marta Prus has assembled into an affecting narrative. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/4 89% Love, Gilda (2018) Its success is due to the way it relies on Radner's often elegant words to relay her experience of female stardom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
1.5/4 70% Final Score (2018) To observe that Final Score is yet another Die Hard knockoff may be tiresome, but it's not as if the film gives one much of a choice, as it offers up a ceaseless barrage of scenes lifted from the John McTiernan classic. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) It finds that rare nexus of the comic and the tragic, underlining the absurdity of a terrible situation without demeaning those who have been harmed by it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
1.5/4 48% Destination Wedding (2018) The way Destination Wedding uses misanthropy to augment screwball tropes ends up being its undoing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
.5/4 No Score Yet Reprisal (2018) Reprisal is at pains to profess its faith in the symbols of law and order, but it cannot fully repress its almost erotic longing for the unfettered violence of the terrorist. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
3.5/4 95% Crime + Punishment (2018) The film is a vivid illustration of how racism is perpetrated through the structure of nominally egalitarian institutions. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The film is empathetic toward and clear-eyed about its young characters, even if the drama it constructs around them tends toward the superficial. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
1.5/4 41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Gauguin represents for the film no less an ideal Romantic subject than the Polynesians represented for the painter himself: penniless, chronically ill, and living in self-imposed isolation—the very embodiment of the suffering artist. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/4 98% The Cakemaker (2018) The film binds its narrative to fascinating explorations of national identity, sexuality, and, of course, food. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
2/4 80% Love, Cecil (2018) Lisa Immordino Vreeland's avoidance of a serious analytical bent ends up stifling the documentary. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
1.5/4 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The steadiness with which Haley's film progresses through its dramatic beats is rather like its familiar-sounding indie pop, moving rhythmically toward a predictable climax whose emotional intensity feels unearned. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
2/4 53% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Silas Howard's film feels like a scenario from a textbook about handling a child's gender nonconformity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018