Patrick Bromley

Patrick Bromley
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I have been reviewing films since 2004, when I started as a critic with DVD Verdict. I launched my own site, fthismovie.com, in 2010, which publishes reviews, retrospective pieces, and a weekly podcast all in the service of a love of film despite its irreverent name. In addition to writing for Blumhouse.com (when that was a thing), I am a regular contributor to genre sites Daily Dead and Bloody Disgusting, where I have covered film festivals and champion a love of horror movies. Watching movies, writing about movies, and hopefully spreading a passion and knowledge of film is my love. I am a member of both the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society as well.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 90% The Golem (2019) What makes it special is that it's so culturally specific while at the same time finding a sort of universality that makes the characters sympathetic, their plight relatable. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 63% Small Crimes (2017) The movie continues to make the case that Evan Katz is a huge talent, but it also fails to really excite me the way his last movie did. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Easily joins the ranks of some of the best first outings for a superhero in the last two decades. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 70% Cars 3 (2017) Feels a little like Pixar pondering its own legacy. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Lacking a bit of an emotional component present in some past Spider-Man movies, but makes up for it with sheer fun and entertainment value. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk wants to go out of its way to avoid war movie cliches until it doesn't, at which point it embraces nearly all of them. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 37% Death Note (2017) While it didn't exactly inspire me to rush out and track down the other adaptations, it did once again remind me of what a talent Adam Wingard is. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 20% The Houses October Built 2 (2017) Content to send the same characters down the same path with what appears on the surface to be the same results. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 90% Gerald's Game (2017) Gerald's Game may be an imperfect adaptation, but it's an adaptation that couldn't exist without these actors and this director. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 34% Jigsaw (2017) No worse than even the most average of Saw movies. Unfortunately, it isn't any better, either. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) It gives me the chance to listen to Cohen and his collaborators talk about the movies, it helps to highlight what is so special about him as an artist, and it makes me want to go back and revisit every one of his movies. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 84% Mayhem (2017) This is the movie you're going to watch every time you have a bad day at work. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 64% Another WolfCop (2017) Sacrifices much of what would make it work as a movie so that it can be increasingly outrageous. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 74% Mom and Dad (2018) Mom and Dad is a mess that doesn't quite work, but it's the kind of mess that's just good enough that it should be great. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 100% Imitation Girl (2018) The only thing better than a movie with a Lauren Ashley Carter performance is a movie with two. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 90% Lowlife (2018) A terrific movie -- well made and unpredictable, and announces the arrival of a genuinely exciting new filmmaker. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 84% Blockers (2018) The best jokes in Blockers rarely announce themselves as being big jokes, and it's these smaller moments and specific observations that most seem to interest director Kay Cannon. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) I could feel myself being expertly manipulated by every single person who worked on the movie and I loved them for it. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1.5 51% Rampage (2018) This isn't a movie that has any affection or any wonder towards its monsters.They're in here because they're in the video game on which it's based. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 68% Wildling (2018) It means well, even when it doesn't have a lot to say. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) I love the tone of the film and its construction, but it ultimately goes to places I'm not willing to follow. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 93% The Endless (2018) It's what you might expect and also nothing like it. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) Inside its gorgeous, candy-colored packaging -- as confident a debut as we've seen in recent years -- Revenge has a warrior of a protagonist who is easy to root for, villains who are easy to hate, and satisfactory justice dispensed. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Just like with the first film, Deadpool 2 works in the ways that it needs to work. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) The definition of a three star movie: it's totally watchable, features actors I like having a good time, is fun to look at, demands very little of me, and will more or less be forgotten by the time I finish this review. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Incredibly entertaining and exactly the antidote for a series of movies that were growing overstuffed beyond the point of exhaustion. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) At two hours, the movie is still way too overlong, way too plot-heavy, and way too messy for me to give it much of a recommendation. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 51% Destination Wedding (2018) The characters are exaggerated, the dialogue self-consciously written, but there's a beating heart beneath Destination Wedding that makes all the sourness taste just a little sweet. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) It's so good to see Nicolas Cage back in a film that rewards his bold approach to acting, because Mandy is bold and uncompromising, too. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1.5 32% The Predator (2018) The fourth film in the Predator franchise is also the fourth best Predator movie. - F This Movie! EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 60% Digging Up the Marrow (2015) Digging Up the Marrow isn't just a terrific horror movie; it's a movie about why we are drawn to horror movies. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 16% Kill Me Three Times (2015) To view it is to keep a mental checklist of all the films in which we've previously encountered these same tropes. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) It's clear that first-time director Whannell is interested in making something that feels like its own thing while still being part of the universe he created. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 90% Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) It's not a movie born out of hipster irony, because everyone involved so clearly loves what they are attempting to slavishly recreate. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 100% The Devil's Carnival: Alleluia! (2015) This one has cult classic written all over it. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
5/5 77% Tales of Halloween (2015) I can't wait to revisit it again and again, celebrating the best night of the year and my favorite genre with a group of filmmakers clearly having the time of their lives. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 44% Body (2015) A taut, smart and nasty little film that gets us to fall in love with it before really twisting the knife. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 88% Sun Choke (2016) There's a lot to unpack and it offers no easy answers, but its challenges are deeply rewarding. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 100% Found Footage 3D (2016) One of the best 3D and one of the best found footage movies I've ever seen. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 92% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) It is gorgeous and moody, creepy and engaging, often darkly funny and entertaining from start to finish. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 68% SiREN (2016) Creativity to the supernatural elements and good performances ensure that Siren's shortcomings are easily overlooked. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Cabaret of the Dead (Fetish Factory) (2017) Like a cross between George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Herschell Gordon Lewis' The Gore Gore Girls, Fetish Factory is the kind of horror film that puts fun ahead of scares-it's cheeky but not campy, silly but not stupid, sexy but not erotic. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 18% Atomica (Deep Burial) (2017) A well-intentioned and well-executed effort that may be too slight to really stand the test of time. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Get My Gun (2017) By using the tropes of an exploitation film to sneak in a smart, human story, Get My Gun sets itself apart. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 65% Downrange (2017) The buildup is so skillfully constructed, the violence so brutal, the depiction of the sniper so nightmarish, and the tension so visceral that it's impossible not to find the movie totally effective. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 55% The Lodgers (2018) A breathtakingly beautiful film, dripping in atmosphere and mood and a quiet, understated dread that permeates every frame of the story. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 20% Psychopaths (2017) Psychopaths is Mickey Keating's wildest, most exciting exploration of madness to date, offering a terrific ensemble of indie horror all-stars and some truly dazzling filmmaking. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 67% Sequence Break (2017) A film with some big ideas about generational malaise presented in the guise of a Cronenbergian body horror-a comparison Skipper willfully leans into, borrowing heavily from the great Videodrome, only swapping out arcade games for television. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 83% Mohawk (2018) A film that looks at American history all the way through to the present and can only respond with blood-soaked sadness. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 78% Dead Shack (2017) The pieces don't always fit, the jokes sometimes miss their mark, the horror elements can be clumsy, but the film holds together on the basis of charm. - Daily Dead EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018