Brian Orndorf

Brian Orndorf
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D+ 37% 6 Underground (2019) Offers no surprises or thrills as Bay paints by numbers to deliver product, not cinema, finally reaching the self-parody phase of his career. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
D+ 73% Richard Jewell (2019) The Eastwood of today doesn't care much for nuanced understandings of behavior, now perfectly content to film community theater productions in the least amount of time possible. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
D+ No Score Yet Trauma Center (2019) "Trauma Center" is short, but hopelessly bland, better at inspiring frustration than unearthing thrills. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
A 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Offers 100% glorious chaos for 130 minutes as the story follows one trouble man's desire for redemption he hasn't earned. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C 66% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) An obvious comedown from the 2017 blockbuster, but it doesn't even try to expand on the world-building of its predecessor, satisfied with simple recycling and superfluous casting additions that disrupt established chemistry. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
B 61% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" is more cinematic than journalistic, yet Roach protects the primary takeaways from the material, approaching a condemnation of Ailes in intimate ways. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
B 55% Rabid (2019) "Rabid" delivers the violent goods with enthusiasm, with the Soskas once again commanding an engaging, grotesque genre offering, continuing their impressive run of B-movie delights. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- 66% Little Joe (2019) Incredible mood and a real sense of mystery. Hausner steps carefully but confidently with the picture. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 77% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) It's an unhinged endeavor at times, but a fascinating one, bravely avoiding cutesiness to remain in Hell, where Mortimer feels most comfortable. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C 16% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) "Playmobil: The Movie" is more underwhelming than numbing, offering appealing animation with distinct character work, and vocal performances are on-target. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C No Score Yet Grand Isle (2019) If there's a way to just watch the first half of "Grand Isle," I'd recommend it. It's better to be underwhelmed than fully irritated as bad ideas and stiff staging begin flood the endeavor. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B 89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) Schechter provides a lived-in vibe for the effort, collecting strong performances and enough relatable behavioral challenges to secure a compelling foray into the abyss of human fallibility. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
D+ 70% I See You (2019) Reveals are either preposterous or disappointing, leaving the audience with hope that yet another trick is being planned to get a feature that often derails back on track. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C 70% Knives and Skin (2019) Quickly loses itself to strained idiosyncrasy, often showing its work when it comes to conjuring screen oddity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 96% The Irishman (2019) It connects on a cellular level and a cinematic one, with Scorsese channeling the spirit of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven," concluding an iconic portion of his career with a darkly introspective offering. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
C+ 82% Queen & Slim (2019) It can't be dismissed for being so simplistic at times, but it's difficult to watch the feature become afraid to challenge itself, truly finding a way to address these hostilities and maintain its flow as a film. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
D+ 14% The Courier (2019) There's an opportunity here for a tight, tense actioner, but "The Courier" is only interested in formula, with Adler spending most of the feature short-sheeting potential for suspense. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
B 97% Knives Out (2019) It's not nail-biting stuff, more of a filmed play at times, but Johnson guides the feature into some intriguing areas of behavior, and a few near-misses are fun. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong knows better than to deliver a lecture. Instead, he wants nails chewed to the cuticle and armrests bent, achieving such reactions with magnificent editorial flow. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
D+ 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Boseman is trying to summon the presence of Sidney Poitier with his performance, only to be stuck striking poses in an incredibly limp thriller. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
C 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Lapid has basically turned his therapy sessions into a two-hour experimental film, and not one that encourages viewer response. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) Much like "Ralph Breaks the Internet," "Frozen II" connects as it should before becoming unnecessarily grim and psychologically dense, stopping the picture to deal with some PG-rated heaviness that doesn't seem essential. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
A 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The picture truly appreciates the Fred Rogers experience, dramatizing it without diluting it, offering a message of support that's vital in today's seemingly darkening world. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
D+ 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Offers a wooden empowerment experience with the kind of drab cinematic chaos one might expect from the helmer of "Pitch Perfect 2." - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 73% Line of Duty (2019) Slightly energizing bruiser that's heavy on the stunt work and blessedly limited in scope. It's not a career rejuvenator, but it has a pulse, and that's good enough to pass. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
C 53% Noelle (2019) Definitely no "Elf," missing any sizable laughs and delightful mischief, with Lawrence missing opportunities to craft a blazing comedy, electing to make a bland one instead. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 65% The Good Liar (2019) There's the magic of McKellen and Mirren, with the pair making the material absolutely soar at times, often more interesting than the feature they're starring in. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
D+ 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Plays more like a "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" sequel, presenting a lifeless adventure that doesn't take any chances or offer much personality. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
C No Score Yet Radioflash (2019) Wants to be a lot of things, but never really comes together, with McPherson overwhelmed by his subplots, struggling to find a story worth following from start to finish. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Landsman constructs a reasonably smooth ride of outrageous events and professional exposure. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A full-throttle viewing experience with broad highs and lows...a major crowd-pleaser that's packed with amazing actors and brought to life with extraordinary technical skill. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B 100% Gift (2019) "Gift" only wants to be the most peaceful moviegoing event of the film year, working to create a feel-good overview of human possibility. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
B- 61% Crown Vic (2019) "Crown Vic" doesn't sustain a level of suspense and grim analysis throughout the entire endeavor, keeping the picture uneven, but still connecting with undeniable moments of clarity. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
D+ 37% Primal (2019) As always, there's Cage, and he's in peak Cage-osity here, trying to give the blandness that surrounds him some much needed thespian spice. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
D 47% Last Christmas (2019) Crudely realized and grabby, trying to coast on seasonal tingles. Feig only offers plasticized sentiment, and while the music is irresistible, the rest of the movie is instantly forgettable. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
A- 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Masters a creative tightrope walk, managing to play with "The Shining" in inventive ways while remaining a King-inspired ride of macabre events and tortured minds. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Miller finds a reasonable blend of metal-mashing action and sci-fi that eluded the last two chapters of this unwieldy series. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B+ 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) If there's one person able to master the hacky sack dance of tonality such material demands, it's Waititi, who scores laughs with "Jojo Rabbit," but also respects the sobering reality of wartime loss. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) There are elements of the picture to celebrate as it launches Marshall-Green's career behind the camera, where he clearly has the best interests of his actors at heart. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 94% In Fabric (2019) Carries its perversity well for an hour. It's the second half of the picture that doesn't come across as essential, weakening the spell Strickland is hoping to cast. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Multiple technical offerings hold attention, especially when the director gives the film over to pure cinema and allows the natural chemistry of period detective danger take command of the effort. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 50% Badland (2019) Lee can't make a classic out of "Badland," but he respects the working parts of the genre, delivering a basic viewing experience, and one with occasional charms and bursts of compelling western action. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 29% Inside Game (2019) "Inside Game" feels awfully small, while immersion into the world of bookies and sports betting is a major "love it or leave it" element of the viewing experience. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
D+ 51% Black and Blue (2019) There's no snowballing sense of fun here, as Taylor goes dour and dim, robbing the feature of any potential action highlights. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
A 96% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" is richly detailed, tastefully balanced with some needed comedy, and consistently attentive to the inner lives of the lead characters. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
B+ 100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Packs a lot of material into its run time, following extreme highs and lows, but the helmers never lose sight of Patton and his intimate journey. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
C 81% Just Mercy (2019) Cretton and co-writer Andrew Lanham certainly have passion for their message, but they bury the potency of their ideas in T.V. movie-style turns of legal upsets and victories. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Murphy looks like he's having fun, and his enthusiasm is infectious, giving the saga of Rudy Ray Moore and his odyssey to be bigger than life the magical lift it deserves. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
B- 25% Countdown (2019) Dec makes a few critical errors that disrupt the mood of "Countdown," but there's fun to be had with the app-fearing chiller, as it plays quick enough and panicked enough to create a basic thrill ride. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
B+ 70% The Kill Team (2019) "The Kill Team" is potent, supported with strong performances from actors who aren't known for consistent work, and Krauss keeps the endeavor crisply paced. - Blu-ray.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019