Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Tim has been alarmingly enthusiastic about movies ever since childhood. He grew up in Boulder and, foolishly, left Colorado to study Communications in Washington State. Making matters worse, he moved to Connecticut after meeting his too-good-for-him wife. Drawn by the Rockies and a mild climate, he triumphantly returned and settled down back in Boulder County. He's written numerous screenplays, loves hiking, and embarrassed himself in front of Samuel L. Jackson. True story.
Publications: About Boulder, On Denver

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is a solidly good film, but Elton John has lived a life of gigantic peaks and valleys. He deserves a film that compliments his life. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black II sucked. Men in Black 3, despite a hilarious performance from Josh Brolin as young Tommy Lee Jones, was only kinda okay. That blazing streak of mediocrity continues with the latest installment, Men in Black: International. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) There's no wrong way to respond to a movie, and I'll agree that Toy Story 4 isn't perfect, it's merely excellent. Is it too much of a good thing? Perhaps, but the fact remains that it's still a good thing. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) What we have here is a coming-of-age comedy made with intelligence, style, and a relentless sense of humor. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
57% Brightburn (2019) Imagine someone with some serious superpowers and an alarming lack of morality. There's a great movie to be made about that. Unfortunately, the new film Brightburn doesn't fully deliver on that berserk concept. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Strip away the guns, blades, and mayhem, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum feels like an opera, myth, or folk tale. Heightened themes, a story told through violence, and a man forced to confront what he truly is. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) If you're on the younger side or a lifelong fan of pocket monsters, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu will not disappoint you. It's a strong starting point for a live-action franchise. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is more than just a dopey poster and a seemingly wheezy concept. You may not want to deal with the Avengers crowds right now, but trust me that this film is worth seeking out. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is a very real achievement and one that even serial dislikers of the MCU should pay grudging respect. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) While the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary has gained a cult following, did I enjoy it? No. Was I more partial to this new iteration, perhaps? Also no. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Superhero comics were originally aimed at kids. It's refreshing to me to see a superhero movie that remembers that, leans heavily into the adolescent wish fulfillment and isn't obnoxiously self-serious. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2019
57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Director Kim Nguyen has kind of made a "men on a mission" film, only instead of escaping Nazis or driving a truck full of nitroglycerin through the jungle, we have a group of smart people trying to lay cable in a perfectly straight line. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
94% Us (2019) Look, if it were up to me, I'd give you guys one of the shortest reviews in the history of film criticism. I'd tell you to see Us, then see it again. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
46% Captive State (2019) The film never commits to what it wants to be, and instead of confidently moving in a single direction, it tries to move in five directions at the same time. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) I don't think that Captain Marvel is going to strike the culture like a metaphorical Mjolnir. It doesn't have to since it's a well-made standalone adventure, as well as a comfortable piece in the tapestry of the MCU. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Greta is nonsense, but it's fairly entertaining nonsense. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Roma essentially has no plot, but it doesn't need one. Cuarón has reached back into his memories and made a finely crafted tribute. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) We've got a good time at the movies here, but a screenplay that was ruthlessly trimmed could have made it great. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) I can live with The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part occupying a slightly lesser level than its predecessor. I'm pleased we've got a sequel that's still motivated to do more than simply coast on the goodwill gained from the original. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) During the last half hour, the movie doesn't just go off the rails; it hits a mountain, explodes, and the fiery wreckage strikes a bus full of nuns and orphans, also causing them to explode. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) Even if you strip away the strong performance and the time-jumping script, you still have a better-than-average cop thriller. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
37% Glass (2019) Glass is almost an anti-blockbuster, and I admire its commitment to not caring what you think of it...I apologize for being so unhelpful, but I genuinely don't know if Glass is a good film or not. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has proved himself a filmmaker of considerable skill and power. He's less interested in narrative, but more about creating a series of vignettes and an overall mood. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Vice tells the story of Dick Cheney's political career with seething anger and sharp intelligence, and one of the parties responsible for his rise is us. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) We have another movie about a biracial hero coming to terms with his place in the world, a superhero film that enthusiastically embraces its more ludicrous tropes, and a sprawling epic that makes the movies of the DCEU worth watching again. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood has made exactly the kind of movie he wants, and it's a confirmed character piece. It travels at a relaxed pace through America's highways. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is amazing. Spectacular. Perhaps even the ultimate iteration of the beloved character. This is easily the best animated film of the year, and one of the best films of the year period. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Peter Farrelly has made a film that feels like a perfectly sanded piece of wood...This isn't a bad movie. It's a nice movie, but I'm struggling with whether or not it's a good movie. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Fear not, because as much fun as Wreck-It Ralph is, there's no doubt that Ralph Breaks the Internet is better - smarter, funnier, and with a message that resonates for kids and adults alike. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is...a fusion of low and high film that operates with assured craftsmanship and is very much itself. This is one of the best films of the year. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) There's a fun and pulpy sensibility on display here, and we're given a movie that takes itself seriously - but not too seriously. It's better than it has any right to be. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) With Bohemian Rhapsody, what we have here is a dumb and obvious film that features a number of strong performances and Queen's astounding music. It's a highly entertaining bad movie that often works in spite of itself. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) Green's pacing is solid, but he takes the time to make us care about these characters. We like Laurie and her family, and they aren't just annoying fodder for Michael to fold, spindle, mangle, and mutilate. - On Denver EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A very good film that doesn't deserve to be forgotten. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) It's perfectly comfortable cranking up its emotions and firing them directly into your face. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
29% Venom (2018) With Venom, there's no love because there's no character to love. - About Boulder EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018