Brian Orndorf Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 100% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Gorgeous, with painterly photography and a true sense of time and place, and the acting is superb, finding Wise doing something profound with very little, while Salenger is an ideal mix of moxie and vulnerability.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
C 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) It's nice not to have Bay around to make a mess of things, but the new kids on the block are just as interested in grotesque violence and sheer noise, unwilling to make "Bad Boys for Life" their own bulldozing creation.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
D+ 19% Dolittle (2020) A massive production, and yet "Dolittle" feels uncomfortably small, presenting a limited imagination for wonder and funny business, trying to win over audiences with eye candy instead.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 79% VHYes (2020) It's a stab at an old-fashioned underground movie, and "VHYes" secures a semi-consistent showcase of amusing performances and welcome silliness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B 70% Troop Zero (2020) Offers a lovely message of self-worth that makes the picture mandatory viewing for pre-teen audiences.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
D 13% Disturbing the Peace (2020) It has a promising throwback concept, pitting biker baddies against a busted Ranger, but doesn't show interest in providing anything more than cliché and inertia.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
B- 61% The Wave (2020) It does have a certain energy at times to keep it going, with Long working hard to communicate the inner melt of a troubled man.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
C 19% Like a Boss (2020) Possesses moments of pleasant silliness with two very game stars before it retreats back to numbing cliché.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
C- 51% Underwater (2020) "Underwater" doesn't amount to much, playing by tired genre rules when there's much more interesting man-made disaster panic for the taking.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B 54% The Informer (2020) Stumbles as it searches for a resolution, but the journey there is captivating, hitting a great number of steely cinema highlights and orchestrating enough turns of aggression to pass.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B 42% Inherit the Viper (2020) "Inherit the Viper" isn't surprising, but it's accomplished, getting into the muck of criminal activity without losing focus on the human price of such survival instincts.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
F 0% The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (2020) A crude R-rated Lifetime Movie about a horrendous crime, showing no appreciation for journalism, history, and filmmaking.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
D 44% Three Christs (2020) A disappointingly plodding endeavor that's too concerned with melodramatic asides to get to the heart of mental illness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
D 17% The Grudge (2020) A particularly snoozy offering of sinister business.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
B+ 86% Cunningham (2019) The pure majesty of Cunningham's vision is the core experience of the picture, which connects as an understanding of the dancer's history and a celebration of his life's work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
C 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) It's disorganized and paranoid about mass appeal, weakening the spirit of what should be a non-stop, high-tech adventure with flashes of irresistible silliness.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
A- 93% Clemency (2019) "Clemency" has focus and insight the competition can't muster, creating a profound understanding of the psychological battles that carry on during the cold process of prison procedure.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
C- 60% A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Awkward at times, and not particularly funny, which is a surprising development when Allen is clearly eager to return to the behavioral analysis of his younger days.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
B 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) As "Star Wars"-y a movie as possible, bursting with droid, aliens, lightsabers, heroes, villains, and old friends to send the Skywalker Saga off with a...well, less of a pronounced limp than expected.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 20% Cats (2019) What happens in musical theater should stay in musical theater.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
C 95% Little Women (2019) It's an ideal dollhouse, but as a steady inspection of emotional evolution, sibling bonding and occasional rivalry, and profound self-analysis in an age of female docility, "Little Women" skips the soul of Alcott's work.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 89% 1917 (2020) Mendes makes a striking film, but not a consistently enthralling one, finding the production's gimmick occasionally throttling its pace and intensity.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 81% A Hidden Life (2019) While Malick can't help himself at times, there's a clear battle of conscience that supports the feature, permitting it to feel more human than anything the director has made in a long time.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
D+ 74% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
A 91% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
C 71% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
B 68% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
B 52% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
A- 64% Little Joe (2019) Incredible mood and a real sense of mystery. Hausner steps carefully but confidently with the picture.‐ Blu-ray.com
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 79% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C 17% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C 0% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
D+ 72% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
C 66% Knives and Skin (2019) Quickly loses itself to strained idiosyncrasy, often showing its work when it comes to conjuring screen oddity.‐ Blu-ray.com
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
D+ 6% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
D+ 51% 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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 63% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B- 63% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019