Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 40% The Addams Family (2019) Vernon and Tiernan try to make the effort as amusing and spirited as possible, respecting the dark elements of the original concept while delivering modern cartoon elasticity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
C 24% Gemini Man (2019) Even with adjusted expectations, it's difficult to feel charged up over a needlessly talky, stagnant sci-fi thriller. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
D+ 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) A movie about reaching for the stars that mostly drags along the ground. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
C- 4% Mary (2019) Goi isn't inspired to take the haunted house vibe over the top, leaving Oldman and his castmates fighting for things to do while a feeble display of evil is slapped together. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
C 68% Joker (2019) Phillips has a big idea for "Joker," but he doesn't make much of a movie with it, with the possibilities of the feature more enticing than the realities of it. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 63% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Mostly successful, as "In the Shadow of the Moon" does just fine as a mystery and a fantasy, building to a suspenseful whole. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
D No Score Yet 10 Minutes Gone (2019) Works through as many cliches as possible in 90 minutes. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 67% The Parts You Lose (2019) Cantwell creates an inviting sense of tension and interaction, always preserving the human side of the story to best retain viewer attention. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 76% Low Tide (2019) Leaves a sense of realism behind to play with genre highlights, but there's a lot to like in the movie, which McMullin keeps cinematic and alert. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B- 19% Semper Fi (2019) Rubin works well with suspense and while detailing inmate horrors, wisely spending little time in the Middle East to survey a slightly different War at Home scenario. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
D 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) "Grass" doesn't build to any disturbing highs, missing out on frights as small idea from King and Hill is unwisely ballooned into a persistently underwhelming feature. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 89% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) Nighy is always excellent, securing emotion as the production teeters on the edge of cutesiness. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
D 22% Pretenders (2019) The whole production feels masturbatory instead of observant. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "First Love" isn't furious, but it does have plenty of crazy moments and violent interactions, creating bursts of adrenaline to support a somewhat uneven viewing experience. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Gradually transforms into an Alabama version of "Fargo." - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 83% Judy (2019) Struggles with repetition but contains a powerhouse performance from Renee Zellweger to keep it together. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 83% Abominable (2019) Culton tries to keep the movie speeding along, offering dollops of sweetness and spirituality to butter it up, allowing it to connect as it should. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
D No Score Yet Devil's Revenge (2019) The final film is only 10% Shatner and 90% B-movie nonsense. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) A movie built for Sarsgaard's specific way of acting, and he's strong here, presenting Tyburski with a subtle range of feelings to best support the modest but human goals of the feature. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 76% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" comes to play, and it does just fine with silly business. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
B 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) The essentials are accounted for, giving Stallone another chance to play in John Rambo's frenzied, sweaty world of regret and revenge. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
D+ 26% Zeroville (2019) Declines most opportunities to become something interesting, more concerned with satisfying Franco's ego than examining a riveting story set during a critical time in the evolution of Hollywood. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 86% Ms. Purple (2019) The film gets messy here and there, but "Ms. Purple" has ideas on culture, relationships, and the never-ending Double Dutch game of pride. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) Adjust expectations accordingly, and the picture has a real mesmeric power. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 28% Corporate Animals (2019) It has some fun ideas, amusingly unhinged personalities, and some enjoyable gross-outs to share, along with a customary pantsing of office politics and employee dysfunction. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 50% Bloodline (2019) "Bloodline" slips into a coma in its final act, but Jacobson's opening hour is engrossing, locating neat ways to disturb the audience. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 22% Running with the Devil (2019) Less successful with dramatics, but the film has enough cross-country concentration to pass, highlighting levels of profits and paranoia. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B 86% Auggie (2019) Kane gets most of it right, paying close attention to needy hearts and starved minds, while offering Kind one of the most complex roles of his career. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet The sanitization of the original screenplay is disappointing, especially when Disney Channel elements, such as broad performances, flare up. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
C+ 50% 3 from Hell (2019) Zombie's enthusiasm is waning, coming dangerously close to going through the motions just to get his directorial career back on track. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
C 87% Depraved (2019) "Depraved" has its dramatic and humanistic points, and visually, it tries for something abstract at times. There's just no fear factor here. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 62% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) Chaos mostly drives "3 Days with Dad," but Clarke achieves a lived-in feel to the dramedy, doing well with his talented cast and observations of household antagonisms. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B 92% The Harvesters (2019) "The Harvesters" is an unsettling feature at times, but also intensely atmospheric. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- 81% This is not Berlin (2019) Evocative and intermittently emotive, locating the heart of adolescent pain and the difficulties of finding one's way in a predatory world. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
C 67% Haunt (2019) Beck and Woods crave atmosphere, but what they really need is to make a big screen mess. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
C 30% Can You Keep a Secret? (2019) Struggles to come together as something sweet and silly, with director Elise Duran too dependent on improvisation and contrived screenwriting. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B 63% Edie (2019) "Edie" has a firm grasp on kindness and delivers the occasional corny turn of character, but there are a few raw nerves worth paying attention to. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
D+ 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Rendered flat by ponderous subplots and messy editing. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
C 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It's sterile and short-sheeted, but because it's dealing with "Alien," it's also impossible to dismiss. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
C 88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" largely skips the grit, providing only superficial tensions and periodic style from a filmmaker who's been able to humanize cliches before. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ 85% Downton Abbey (2019) While "Downton Abbey" isn't a revelation, it remains reliable entertainment, careful to deliver what the faithful expect from the brand name. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B+ 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Another high-energy, heavy-heart funhouse tour of clown-based terror and troubled minds. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B- 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) A reasonably fascinating understanding of Woolf's compulsions and how they disrupted her life. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
C 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Raymond can't resist complete stupidity for his finale, giving in to a level of ridiculousness the rest of the picture is actively trying to avoid. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
C 59% Satanic Panic (2019) "Satanic Panic" isn't a mess, but it's mostly uninspired, from casting to one-liners. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
B+ 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It's most compelling examining inner doubt and defeat, allowing Bell to reach new heights as an actress in one of the year's top performances. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B 18% The Fanatic (2019) Travolta doesn't hold back, going right where the part needs to go, winding himself up in unusual ways to capture the character's distorted desires. It's clear, dedicated work. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 84% Before You Know It (2019) This isn't a slight picture, but a carefully considered one, with deep emotion under its sitcom-ready plot. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B- 68% Angel of Mine (2019) It has some issues with pace and the potency of reveals, but rarely falters when it comes to the primal scream Rapace provides without hesitation. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
B+ 100% I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) Buitenhuis gets most of the way there, supporting his picture with engaged and emotional interviews with family, friends, and co-workers who have a lot to say about the late star. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019