Tim Brayton

Tim Brayton
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Chicago, IL

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) A heck of a lot of fun, a more than worthy modernisation of the original film that understands what slasher films are all about. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) 2019 isn't 1997, and the mere fact that this has good CGI aliens is nowhere near enough to justify how lifeless and soulless every other aspect of the production is. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) One of the most impressive technical achievements in the history of computer animation. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 55% Ma (2019) The fundamental storytelling problem is that Sue Ann is too relatable, her suffering too outrageous, and her anger too justified, for her to become Jason Voorhees - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A movie that seems like it was probably more fun to make than it ever is to watch. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 92% Men in Black (1997) In addition to being uniquely and necessarily a creature of the second half of the 1990s, quite possibly the best popcorn movie of that half-decade. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It is not a good movie in a way that feels exactly like what happens when filmmakers have absolutely no idea what to do, only a well-developed sense of what to avoid. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Makes virtually every wrong choice that a film with such a terrific hook could possibly make. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Contains three more or less autonomous plot strands, and forgets to put a conflict into two of them. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018) It feels like the middle third of a story, no doubt; but the middle-third of, like, a 100-minute story, not a middle-third that is 100 minutes in and of itself. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) It's not very pleasant to look at, it invests way too much in the character arcs of its blank cast, and it still does the thing the 2014 film got dinged for. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 90% Rocketman (2019) The best pop star biopic of the 21st Century. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 56% Aladdin (2019) Almost wholly devoid of any pleasures that aren't secondhand, and the firsthand pleasures of the original film are just so much better. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Thief of Bagdad (1940) As singular in 1940 as it would be today, and that's worth putting up with some sludgy storytelling and a hugely banal lead actor. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 71% Man of Tai Chi (2013) In the generally impoverished world of early-'10s action cinema, it's an absolute gem, however tarnished. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 15% Pokémon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew (1999) We know that the makers of this film are capable of something slightly more grand-scale than "video game commercial". They're just not interested in actually doing it. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Indulgent, sure, but most of what it indulges in is tremendously great cinema, and some of the finest action sequences in the medium's history. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Points for honesty: most feature-length toy commercials aren't so brazen as to actually make "buy toys" the explicit driving force of the narrative. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Absolutely nothing if it's not suffocatingly, disturbingly cute. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The story happens largely in the absence of any narrative structure. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) With a spectacularly unjustified running time of 182 minutes, the film finds room to pack in just about every kind of tonality that a Marvel movie has ever trafficked in. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 7% Captain America (1990) Outrageously, excruciatingly dull, dragging out its 97 minutes to a point that time itself more or less ceases to have any meaning. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1.5/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) It's easy to root for The Curse of La Llorona in principle, and easier still to be horribly disappointed by what a shabby bit of tedious schlock the end result looks like. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 18% Hellboy (2019) A plot synopsis doesn't begin to get at how utterly exhausting and unpleasant the experience of watching the movie is. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The characterisations aren't nearly enough to add interest in the absence of a strong plot or comedy. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 84% Dressed to Kill (1980) Sets a fairly low ceiling for how emotionally engaging it is ever going to become. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 91% Shazam! (2019) So good at depicting the ins and outs of this family group... that it's an active disappointment whenever the film feels compelled to leave it. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 65% Peterloo (2019) Political agitprop proves to be a bit of a rough match for Leigh's actors-and-characters-focused approach to letting stories coalesce. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Fog, music, cat. Does Pet Sematary really need any more than that? Because it doesn't have a whole lot more than that. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 46% Dumbo (2019) An inert object. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) So specifically tailored to Julianne Moore's strengths that it offers room for basically no surprises of any sort - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3.5/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) For all the smartness of its craft, and Gallego & Guerra's fine management of a good cast, this is awfully familiar stuff. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) It's been a good long while since there was a horror movie that included this much stuff on the way to being this much fun. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
1.5/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Even by the standards of grueling animal sidekicks in trite animated pictures, the talking animals of Wonder Park are a wretched, hateful lot. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 71% Climax (2019) The unifying theme here is the body as a means of expression. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1.5/5 44% Captive State (2019) Squanders a concept, a setting, and a cast on some inexplicably incoherent storytelling, kissed by flagrantly ugly, illegible cinematography. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4.5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) It somehow manages to be the freshest, most vital cinematic treatment of the Apollo program, a half-century after that program's greatest triumph. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 88% Arctic (2019) By the standards of the survival genre, it's certain not at all bad, and the confidence of execution arguably makes it much better than average. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) An almost impenetrable slog of pulp sci-fi notions of intergalactic wars and an amnesiac supersoldier, expressed without a modicum of camp or passion. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
1.5/5 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Marked primarily by its disinterest in whether anything about it is actually working. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
2/5 60% Greta (2019) The film is, first and above all, just not much fun at all, and that would appear to be the most important thing for it to have been. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 75% The Wandering Earth (2019) The film's dazzling, and big, and genuinely epic in its concerns and portent; but frankly, it's also kind of a chore to get through. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4.5/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) If nothing else, it's hard to imagine that 2019 will bear witness to anything released in the United States with a higher across-the-board average of acting talent. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brilliantly realised, emotionally involving, philosophically layered. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 74% A Beautiful Mind (2001) Profoundly, exhaustingly mediocre, a fussily overdone bit of mindless prestige filmmaking. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) A terrific hang-out movie no matter how much it is or isn't willing to also be a crowd-pleasing romcom. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3.5/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Freed from the requirement to do anything but follow its own random impulses... the film can just be playful. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sort of a square movie: joyously square. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) None of it is remotely as creative or inspired as last time... Still, it looks great, it moves fast, and it's funny more often than it's not. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
0.5/5 No Score Yet The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) Even the very best things about it still seem like grotesque flotsam. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019