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Pat Brown's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
.5/4 8% Reprisal (2018) Reprisal is at pains to profess its faith in the symbols of law and order, but it cannot fully repress its almost erotic longing for the unfettered violence of the terrorist.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2018
.5/4 11% Force of Nature (2020) The film presents its scattershot cop-movie tropes in earnest, as if, like hurricanes, they were natural, unavoidable phenomena.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
1/4 41% Stuber (2019) More than its violence, the film is defined by its vileness, its straight-faced attachment to outmoded ideas about masculinity and law enforcement.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
1/4 53% The Lion King (2019) There's something very cheap at the core of this overtly, ostentatiously expensive film, reliant as it is on our memory of the original to accentuate every significant moment.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
1/4 44% After the Wedding (2019) The film diverts us away from its hint of a social message using a series of tired twists and turns that don't signify much of anything. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
1/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) In transforming folk metaphors into utilitarian attributes of an action hero, Disney exposes the emptiness of their product. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1.5/4 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) The steadiness with which Haley's film progresses through its dramatic beats is rather like its familiar-sounding indie pop, moving rhythmically toward a predictable climax whose emotional intensity feels unearned. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
1.5/4 42% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Gauguin represents for the film no less an ideal Romantic subject than the Polynesians represented for the painter himself: penniless, chronically ill, and living in self-imposed isolation—the very embodiment of the suffering artist. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/4 52% Destination Wedding (2018) The way Destination Wedding uses misanthropy to augment screwball tropes ends up being its undoing.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
1.5/4 70% Final Score (2018) To observe that Final Score is yet another Die Hard knockoff may be tiresome, but it's not as if the film gives one much of a choice, as it offers up a ceaseless barrage of scenes lifted from the John McTiernan classic. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
1.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Often divertingly colorful and busy to a fault, Aquaman seems to dare us to mock the world of comics' most risible superhero. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
1.5/4 28% The Iron Orchard (2019) Director Ty Roberts's film is unable to realize that its subject matter is that of a horror story.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
1.5/4 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) Throughout, the film can't decide what attitude to strike toward its characters' evident greed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
1.5/4 22% Men in Black International (2019) The film wastes its charismatic leads in a parade of wacky CG creations whose occasional novelty is drowned out by its incessance.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
1.5/4 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The film is at least as likely to elicit laughs as shrieks, and certainly unlikely to leave a lasting impression.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
1.5/4 88% The Great Hack (2019) It seems so invested in a rehabilitation of Brittany Kaiser's image that the filmmakers' own motives end up being its most interesting subject. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
1.5/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The film is inspirational only in the sense that it may inspire an uptick in Amazon searches for running gear. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
1.5/4 30% The Current War (2017) The film falls back on the myth of modernity being born in the laps of practical, native-born American ingenuity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
1.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) Whatever new technology facilitated its genesis, the film is just another assembly-line reproduction.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/4 46% Last Christmas (2019) There's a lack of concreteness about the story and characters that render its reiteration of Christmas lessons utterly toothless. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
1.5/4 83% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Its performatively extreme imagery thinly masks a rather banal view of male subjectivity and inner conflict.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
1.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) There isn't anything in the bleeding-heart positions espoused by Jorge Bergoglio that complicates Pope Francis's public persona. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
1.5/4 9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Social ills become frivolous punchlines in this dire slice of Hollywood escapism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
2/4 52% A Kid Like Jake (2018) Silas Howard's film feels like a scenario from a textbook about handling a child's gender nonconformity.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
2/4 82% Love, Cecil (2018) Lisa Immordino Vreeland's avoidance of a serious analytical bent ends up stifling the documentary.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2/4 94% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Its story distances heavy metal from any whiff of toxic masculinity by setting Turo and company against homophobes and rakes.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/4 41% MFKZ (2018) The bulk of MFKZ is composed of chases and shoot-outs that, despite their chaotic energy, drive the plot forward at the most plodding pace.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2018
2/4 74% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Director and co-writer Hannah Fidell's film never finds the right mix of meaningful parable and sophomoric romp.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2/4 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Despite convincing performances, the film is hampered by its stylistic and moral conventionality.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) As it proceeds through a series of teary reconciliations in the last half-hour of its 110-minute run time, the film's didactic drama begins to grate, its treacly emotions feeling increasingly unearned. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/4 91% Bumblebee (2018) Bumblebee exudes some of the tediousness of a reformed sinner who decries hedonism, trying hard to convince us that it now believes in something.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/4 71% The Invisibles (2019) The film doesn't bring to light otherwise unexplored aspects of the experience or memory of persecution and genocide.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
2/4 67% The White Crow (2019) Ralph Fiennes's film too conspicuously avoids an overt political perspective.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/4 66% Wine Country (2019) The film's relatively static approach to narrative works in scenes where the material is funny or elevated by a certain performance.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
2/4 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) At the very least, Ryan Reynolds's casting perfectly splits the difference between the adorable and the absurd.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/4 80% Photograph (2019) In pushing so many seemingly crucial moments off screen, the film transforms its main characters into blank slates.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 57% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) Claudio Giovannesi's film is more an interesting tweak of Goodfellas than an eye-opening social statement.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/4 80% Good Boys (2019) Gene Stupnitsky's Good Boys is Big Mouth for those who prefer ribald humor about tweenage sexuality in live action, though it lacks the Netflix show's frankness and authenticity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/4 63% American Dharma (2019) The film feels rather like listening to the arsonist calmly explain why he set the fire as we continue to watch it rage. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Like a traumatized psyche, it remains uncomfortably stuck in the past, replaying familiar events in an effort to empty them of terror. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Woke Disney, trying to navigate a tricky representational path, steps all over itself throughout. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 34% Seberg (2020) Throughout, the filmmakers occlude the most fascinating and potentially powerful elements of Jean Seberg's history. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
2/4 31% Bloodshot (2020) Given its hero's imperviousness, the film's chaotically edited action sequences tend to be devoid of suspense. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/4 69% Trolls World Tour (2020) At its best, the film doesn't just privilege altered states of consciousness, it is an altered state of consciousness.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
2/4 68% Extraction (2020) Chris Hemsworth's hyperbolically skilled soldier is borne of childish fantasies about the order of the world.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
2/4 70% 7500 (2020) Convenient plot twists undermine its early pretense that it's aiming for something other than to exploit our deepest, most regressive fears.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
2.5/4 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) The film is empathetic toward and clear-eyed about its young characters, even if the drama it constructs around them tends toward the superficial.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
2.5/4 89% Love, Gilda (2018) Its success is due to the way it relies on Radner's often elegant words to relay her experience of female stardom.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2.5/4 90% Possum (2018) In the end, there's little payoff for all the repetitive series of evocative visions and mute stares. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2018
2.5/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Margarethe von Trotta's documentary reminds us of the reasons for Bergman's continued influence on cinema today.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018