Film Frenzy

Film Frenzy is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Matt Brunson
Rating Title/Year Author
1/4 Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) Matt Brunson The anti-Young Frankenstein, Transylvania 6-5000 might be the worst horror-comedy ever made. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/4 The Sting II (1983) Matt Brunson This project should have been axed. Instead, it was made with Robert Redford replaced by Mac Davis(!) and Paul Newman replaced by Jackie Gleason(!!). EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
1.5/4 Rabid (2019) Matt Brunson It would be passable if the third act didn't completely go off the rails. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/4 The Nightingale (2018) Matt Brunson Its unrelenting (and repetitive) brutality is tough to stomach and, for some, will stumble over into exploitation territory (at heart, this is a revenge thriller from the 1970s). EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
1.5/4 My Bloody Valentine (1981) Matt Brunson Lacking even an ounce of imagination, this is no better and maybe just a little bit worse than most of the era's like-minded fare. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
3.5/4 Clockers (1995) Matt Brunson Lee and Price make sure the piece sufficiently addresses such issues as the devastating effect that criminals have on their own communities and the roles that both cops and crooks can play in tandem with each other. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2.5/4 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matt Brunson I know why the caged nerd sings. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2/4 Two on a Guillotine (1965) Matt Brunson Inspired title, uninspired movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 Gregory's Girl (1981) Matt Brunson The performances are lovely and the dialogue is bright -- all that's missing are more scenes between Gregory and Dorothy, since those are among the movie's best. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
2.5/4 Penelope (1966) Matt Brunson Marginally buoyed by the efforts of its leading lady and one particular supporting player. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/4 Fail-Safe (1964) Matt Brunson While Dr. Strangelove is admittedly the superior picture in practically every regard, the superb Fail-Safe bests it when it comes to nerve-wracking tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
3/4 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Matt Brunson A major Marvel/Avengers star turns up in the scenes set at Chronic-Con, although it's the end-credits cameo that might lead to eyes tearing up (nuff said). EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
1.5/4 Very Bad Things (1998) Matt Brunson A very bad movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2.5/4 Semi-Tough (1977) Matt Brunson Agreeable if not especially imaginative. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/4 Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) Matt Brunson A cult fave, but not once does it ever come close to matching the under-the-skin potency of such gems as Carnival of Souls, Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/4 Body Parts (1991) Matt Brunson Noticeably lacking in tension. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3.5/4 All About My Mother (1999) Matt Brunson Almodóvar arguably reached his humanistic peak with this deeply satisfying comedy-drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Matt Brunson Sure, we love to see people take chances or expand their horizons, but cinematically speaking, it's sometimes good for filmmakers to stay in their own lanes. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/4 Dolittle (2020) Matt Brunson Not even the promise of ownership of a small Caribbean island could entice Academy members to vote for this dismal dud (then again, following the absurd bestowing of 11 nominations on the ridiculous Joker, I wouldn't put anything past them). EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Matt Brunson If Bad Boys ranks as one of Michael Bay's better movies and Bad Boys II ranks as one of his worst, where does that leave Bad Boys for Life? Make of this what you will, but this Bay-less film turns out to be the best picture in this high-energy franchise. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
1/4 Like a Boss (2020) Matt Brunson Like a Boss is a truly terrible movie that wastes the talents of a good cast in material that would be beneath everyone with the exception of Rob Schneider. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
1.5/4 Underwater (2020) Matt Brunson The movie is so dark, it's possible the filmmakers were using Muppet puppets most of the time and only spending dough on CGI monsters for the brightly lit bits. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Ulzana's Raid (1972) Matt Brunson The film is particularly pointed in its measured look at how the myopia of people hailing from different cultures can only lead to fear and loathing, death and destruction. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Sliding Doors (1998) Matt Brunson A winning seriocomedy with a clever hook. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3.5/4 Room at the Top (1959) Matt Brunson Complicated characters, a searing indictment of upper-crust snobbery, and a startling sexual frankness for its time (an X rating in the UK, banned in several cities in the US) all contribute to this movie's potency. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 Harriet (2019) Matt Brunson Although it's not quite the powerhouse picture many had expected (in other words, it's no 12 Years a Slave), this is nevertheless an absorbing film bolstered by Cynthia Erivo's excellent performance in the title role. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
3/4 The Great McGinty (1940) Matt Brunson Although it doesn't compare to such later gems as The Lady Eve, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek or his best picture, Sullivan's Travels, it still offers plenty of Sturges' snappy banter. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
4/4 Amarcord (1973) Matt Brunson This classic is sentimental, crude, sexy, comical and romantic. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/4 The Last Picture Show (1971) Matt Brunson An American classic in every sense. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/4 Trauma Therapy (2019) Matt Brunson Trauma Therapy primarily draws its strength from its varied characters, all perfectly cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/4 The Fugitive Kind (1960) Matt Brunson An early misfire from the great Sidney Lumet. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/4 Brick (2005) Matt Brunson Rian Johnson boldly decided to mash together a high school flick and a neo-noir, and the result is surprisingly good. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/4 Brewster's Millions (1985) Matt Brunson After a million brewskies, Brewster's Millions is passable fare as a late-night viewing option, but those seeking genuine laughs would do well to look elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/4 Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Matt Brunson A routine programmer. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
1.5/4 Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Matt Brunson Sleazy, sexist and stupid. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3.5/4 Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Matt Brunson The vastly entertaining Beverly Hills Cop remains noteworthy as the film that best makes use of Eddie Murphy's explosive comic instincts. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
1/4 The Grudge (2020) Matt Brunson The Grudge became just the 20th film since CinemaScore's inception in 1979 to earn an "F" designation. That's actually appropriate, since the movie itself is nothing if not a big "F you" to everyone who paid to see it. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Matt Brunson I won't reveal McMillian's ultimate courtroom fate, but I will allow that it's not a happily-ever-after tale in one respect. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
4/4 1917 (2019) Matt Brunson One of 2019's very best (second only to Marriage Story), 1917 is a war movie whose soulfulness elevates the picture into something approaching grace. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 I Lost My Body (2019) Matt Brunson One of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 I Lost My Body (2019) Matt Brunson One of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 The Report (2019) Matt Brunson One of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Matt Brunson One of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Matt Brunson As with his previous features such as Snowpiercer and The Host, Bong has created an intense drama laced throughout with scathing commentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
3.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Matt Brunson The year's most affecting love story. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 Chameleon (2019) Matt Brunson From neo-noir shadows to burnished vistas, the movie is consistently captivating in its ocular offerings. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
2.5/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Matt Brunson Spies in Disguise is like so many other toon flicks from 2019: brightly designed, fairly entertaining, and instantly disposable. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2020
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Matt Brunson I'm not on the "Give Adam Sandler an Oscar nomination" bandwagon -- I've easily seen at least five leading male performances more varied and more interesting -- but he's certainly up to the task presented to him by the Safdies. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2020
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Matt Brunson Aside from one major miscalculation, this is a triumphant retelling of a book that's been brought to the screens (both big and small) on approximately a dozen occasions, the first arriving 102 years ago. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2020
1/4 Cats (2019) Matt Brunson Pussy galore, and quite the bore. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2019