Tim Brayton

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) The best pop star biopic of the 21st Century. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 57% 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 89% 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 29% 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 66% 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 30% 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 17% 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 90% 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 64% 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 47% Dumbo (2019) An inert object. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 92% 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 95% 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 46% 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 98% 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 89% 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 74% 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 78% 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 68% 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 60% 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
1/5 19% Serenity (2019) If there is a constituency for Serenity other than the very forgiving mothers of the people who made it, I cannot even start to imagine who it might consist of. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) While the film undoubtedly hits its goals, they are extraordinarily modest goals. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) One of the most excitingly fresh features from an exceptionally strong year for animation. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 21% Polar (2019) When a film predicated on its slick surfaces to the degree that Polar is looks ugly, it really and truly has lost everything. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Nihilistic, sort of kitschy, and funny as hell. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) As combination biopics and message movies go, it's got a few curveballs to throw our way. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A bright, fun, and above all thoughtful attempt to make a 2010s version of a 1980s children's fantasy adventure. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) A barely legible assemblage of incidents that only somewhat resemble a story. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 37% Glass (2019) Beyond giving James McAvoy more chances to show off, the script is a bloated, wandering mess. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) An immaculate gem of modest filmmaking and plotting hiding exemplary human-scale writing and performance. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
1.5/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) I don't know what kids this movie thinks it's for, but they're going to be screwed up. - Alternate Ending EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019