The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Brandy McDonnell
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Brandy McDonnell It just feels like a movie with this much talent shouldn't be so lifeless, zombies notwithstanding. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/4 Late Night (2019) Brandy McDonnell It's a thrill to see a movie that not only boasts multiple dynamic, complex, lifelike female characters and but also allows all the characters to evolve in a realistic, satisfying way. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although Herzog's interviews occasionally yield some interesting tidbits, it feels like the juiciest morsels that could have been plucked from these meetings are left on the vine. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Brandy McDonnell Taking on the impossible task of filling in for the late Robin Williams, Smith does a fine job of making the part of the mighty, wise and uproarious Genie uniquely his. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/4 Amazing Grace (2018) Brandy McDonnell Depending on the raw footage means accepting certain flaws, from unfocused shots to wandering crew members, but they only add to the considerable charm of feeling like you're right there. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although it boasts a love of beauty and art, Tolkien leaves too much of the magic inherent in its subject untapped. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/4 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although it has its unnerving moments, it's a shame it doesn't get more scares out of such a promising setup. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
2.5/4 Missing Link (2019) Brandy McDonnell Even with the brief 95-minute runtime, the story bogs down in the middle, and one thing a movie about a bookish Sasquatch named Susan should probably never get is a little boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/4 The Wind (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although the nonlinear narrative gets muddled and repetitive, The Wind remains incessantly scary, with haunting moments that linger after the credits have rolled. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 The Aftermath (2019) Brandy McDonnell Despite the promising premise, interesting characters and the leads' sparking chemistry, the results are unsatisfying for the post-World War II drama The Aftermath. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Shazam! (2019) Brandy McDonnell Shazam is an uproarious showcase for the charming Levi, with an entertaining and heartwarming final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 Dumbo (2019) Brandy McDonnell Dumbo seems to coast on its familiar fairytale concept rather than fully taking flight. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/4 Us (2019) Brandy McDonnell In this era of sequels, reboots and cinematic universes, Peele is building a breakout reputation as a true original who is bringing back the element of surprise to his films. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Brandy McDonnell The Hidden World marks the beautiful culmination of so many of what the How to Train Your Dragon series has done so well. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Brandy McDonnell Like the venerable, versatile plastic bricks it's literally built on, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part imaginatively expands in fun, freewheeling ways on the cleverly rendered foundations of the original 2014 computer-animated feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/4 Glass (2019) Brandy McDonnell Although the execution isn't as clean as it could (and probably should be), Shyamalan's three-quel isn't like any other superhero movie you're likely to see this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Brandy McDonnell Although On the Basis of Sex sticks too closely to the standard conventions of fact-based underdog movies, [Director Mimi] Leder's storytelling has vibrancy that keeps the biopic from feeling dutiful. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/4 Leave No Trace (2018) Brandy McDonnell [Director Debra Granik] presents a nuanced, thought-provoking story about life on the fringes, and along the way, discovers and nurtures another star-caliber young talent in McKenzie with Leave No Trace. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
Roma (2018) Brandy McDonnell Given Cuaron's stunning wide-screen black-and-white cinematography and the film's meticulous Dolby Atmos sound design, Roma is definitely worth a trip to the theater, but mostly, it just quietly demands to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Brandy McDonnell [A] vibrant adaptation of James Baldwin's novel. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/4 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Brandy McDonnell Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give performances fit for queens in the surprisingly timely period drama Mary Queen of Scots. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
3.5/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Brandy McDonnell While not practically perfect in every way, the long-awaited follow-up Mary Poppins Returns musters plenty of magic to enchant nostalgic adults and willing youngsters alike. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3.5/4 The Favourite (2018) Brandy McDonnell Thanks to the bravura trio of actresses, The Favourite offers underneath a simple, timely, all-too-human tale of jealousy, survival and power. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Brandy McDonnell Friendship is a timeworn theme of family-friendly films, but Ralph Breaks the Internet handles it with nuance and insight that feels vital in these divisive times when differences of opinion and personality too often lead to broken bonds. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
2.5/4 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Brandy McDonnell It just feels like more cute but disposable holiday junk to clutter this increasingly overstuffed season. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/4 Wildlife (2018) Brandy McDonnell Dano and his cohorts have made an evocative film that will quietly break hearts but should also make Oklahomans' swell with state pride. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Brandy McDonnell With its smart, dynamic and nuanced heroine and its empowering fantasy story, I'm eager to take my 8-year-old daughter Brenna on a journey to The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
Halloween (2018) Brandy McDonnell The new Halloween still has some of the same old slasher-movie problems... But in an era of complicated and even prestigious horror movies, it's also bloody good fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/4 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Brandy McDonnell Whether Redford sticks to his decision to retire from acting or not, The Old Man & the Gun is another fine adventure for the Hollywood golden boy. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
First Man (2018) Brandy McDonnell Chazelle's biopic is more interested in exploring Armstrong's fascinating character than he is in exploring the surface of the Moon, although he depicts the latter with striking visuals and compelling near-silence. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
Hal (2018) Brandy McDonnell Scott layers the requisite biographical information and talking-head praise with the intriguing insights, indelible anecdotes and dramatic readings of his often-dramatic letters. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 Smallfoot (2018) Brandy McDonnell It might be a Smallfoot, but a movie that values critical thinking is a big step in the right direction. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 A Simple Favor (2018) Brandy McDonnell Overstressed women weary of being good girls can find an escape that's a little darker and more thrilling than the usual girl's night fare with "A Simple Favor." EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Brandy McDonnell [This] Southern-fried romp has a big personality and an infectious sense of fun that makes it worth taking for another spin. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Papillon (2017) Brandy McDonnell Sadly, Noer's Papillon is a grittier but largely generic addition to the popular prison drama subgenre. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 Cars 2 (2011) Brandy McDonnell The animation whizzes at Pixar shift from weightier fare to madcap action in "Cars 2," a zippy, multitrack adventure custom built for gearheads, racing fans and little boys. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 Fly Me to the Moon (2008) Brandy McDonnell Best suited for younger children, "Fly Me to the Moon" will give little ones an appealing, eye-catching first look at 3-D movies, provided they can be persuaded to keep their goggles on. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
Mars Needs Moms (2011) Brandy McDonnell With a more inventive storyline, Mars Needs Moms could have been an out-of-this-world cinematic experience. As is, the animated film offers an entertaining romp that will play best to the preschool and grade-school set and, yes, their moms. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) Brandy McDonnell The first half of Breaking Dawn: Part 1 moves slowly, but at least it taps into the appropriate emotions. The second half zips along rapidly but remains alarmingly flat and lifeless. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 The Last Station (2009) Brandy McDonnell By turns sorrowful, sardonic and histrionic, Mirren's Sofya is always wonderfully, sloppily human. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 Extraordinary Measures (2010) Brandy McDonnell Geography aside, Extraordinary Measures includes some memorable moments but doesn't live up to the stirring real-life story that inspired it. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 Frozen River (2008) Brandy McDonnell Frozen River delivers a harrowing journey with just enough hope under the surface to make it a memorable ride. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Brandy McDonnell Damon excels as the taciturn former assassin who regrets his past wrongs even though he can't clearly remember them. As with the previous two installments, the supporting cast is top-notch. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
4/4 Talk to Me (2007) Brandy McDonnell Cheadle's skillful performance makes Petey a flawed hero worth rooting for, even when his actions offend. Ejiofor also impresses with his subtle turn as the conflicted, success-hungry Dewey. In addition, the film boasts an excellent sound track. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 Made of Honor (2008) Brandy McDonnell Despite blissful chemistry between its leads, the romantic comedy Made of Honor tosses out a limp bouquet of tired gags and predictable plotlines. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
2/4 Inland Empire (2006) Brandy McDonnell Die-hard Lynch fans will undoubtedly find Inland Empire brilliant, but casual fans will likely think it tedious. For Lynch detractors, it will be a torture method more effective than the rack. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/4 Blue Valentine (2010) Brandy McDonnell Director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance's insistence on framing the blue-collar story through a hipster perspective emerges as the movie's saddest aspect. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 The Boys Are Back (2009) Brandy McDonnell Even if it weren't billed as inspired by a true story, Oscar-nominated director Scott Hicks'...film would ring with emotional truth. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 Of Gods and Men (2010) Brandy McDonnell "Of Gods and Men" resonates with quiet power, whether it is lingering on the brothers' faces as they listen to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" at the dinner table or soaring above the ruggedly beautiful Moroccan countryside. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3.5/4 Rudderless (2014) Brandy McDonnell The story is so heartbreakingly compelling, "Rudderless" sails beyond a sightseeing excursion and into great filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018