Tim Brayton

Tim Brayton
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It is genuinely difficult to understand how this could have turned out so badly.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) An ace thriller, presenting the business of desperate amateurs assembling a dangerous heist with a burly, growling nastiness.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 57% The Grinch (2018) The one thing a Seuss film should - must! - do is to provide a memorably weird world, and this simply doesn't do that.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
0.5/5 51% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) A fundamentally soulless, mercenary attack on soulless, mercenary things, and this ends up being deeply tedious and tiresome to watch, on pretty much every possible level.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4.5/5 100% How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967) Its brightness, cleanness, tightness, and wit all go in to making it feel as fresh and alive as any other piece of animation from its generation.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Little more than a collection of sequences built around the performance of Queen songs, occasionally with some mediocre attempts to contextualise those songs.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4.5/5 63% Suspiria (2018) Besides the purely visual, the film's great strength, unless it is the film's most terrible failure, is its absolutely wild, aggressively indistinct structure.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Considering the number of script doctors this must have had, it's a little amazing that not one of them noticed how deficient the bones of this thing are.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1.5/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The worst kind of grueling messagey Oscarbait.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 28% Hocus Pocus (1993) The sheer glut of stuff has the terrible effect of wrecking the pacing, making the not-egregiously-long movie feel substantially more than in its running time.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Beyond the Rave (2008) Nothing about it that has been calculated to appeal to the people for whom a revived Hammer Films could have had any sort of emotional draw at all.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Exists basically to give Redford and Spacek a chance to... take a few bows, and remind us all of how enormously pleasant it is to watch old pros pass easy challenges.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 40% To The Devil A Daughter (1976) Even if the film before the ending had been an unmatched triumph, it would still have to contend with how deeply crass, tacky, and anti-climactic the last couple of reels are.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 83% Hands of the Ripper (1971) Quite a strange, offbeat way to go about the business of making a Jack the Ripper picture.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) A sluggish march, running a good 40 minutes longer than it has any reason to do. ‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 50% The Horror of Frankenstein (1971) If this is what Hammer thought the kids in 1970 wanted, it's little wonder that kids stayed far away.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Bloated, misshapen, and rather coldly clinical and inept in the way it tries to be a story about overcoming past trauma.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 82% The Plague of the Zombies (1966) Certainly isn't the "best" horror film made by Hammer Film Productions... What it is, maybe, is the "Hammer-est" Hammer film.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) The film weaponises boredom: Neil feels a certain dreariness in the years between missions, and so do we, and that is the whole of the movie.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Old Dark House (1963) The absolute nadir of both Castle's and Hammer's horror films.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 29% Venom (2018) Feels like a comic book adaptation that was scripted in the late 1990s, filmed in the mid-2000s, and given a CGI facelift in the last couple of years (but not a good one).‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The film runs out of steam a long time before it runs out of plot, but when it's all working, this is a perfectly worthy addition to the Star Is Born canon.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 83% The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) (1960) One of the top-shelf Hammer horror films, and probably the most perpetually undervalued.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 50% The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) The last 43 minutes of The Curse of the Werewolf are pretty damn good. The question is how much better they are than the 50 preceding minutes are a tedious grind.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet What Price Hollywood? (1932) A great character piece lying just atop a great snapshot of a particular place in a particular moment.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 40% Hell Fest (2018) Fundamentally nothing but a walking tour through nice sets in the company of awful people, and I'm sorry, but the sets aren't that nice.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/5 92% Mandy (2018) Somewhere between a prog album cover come to life and a metal album cover come to life, and subscribes to both genre's artistic tendency towards maximalism.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2.5/5 69% Hold the Dark (2018) It is incredibly mirthless - aggressively, obsessively so.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) A little quiet modesty, free from giant setpieces or huge self-aware comic bits or commercial cross-promotion, is a very nice change of pace.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The almost tangible smell of dusty shadows and autumnal damp saturating the 1973 source material have been downplayed in favor of dazzling spectacle.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A pretty great attempt to split the difference between outright camp and chic Eurocool.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 84% The Wife (2018) Probably exists for lots of reasons involving lots of passions from lots of filmmakers, but mostly feels like it was lab-created to win Oscars in the 1990s.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 33% The Predator (2018) How does that writer take a whack at that franchise, and come up with something as convoluted and puffy as this?‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Finds Holofcener and company doing superb work capturing the cadences of a particular stratum of American life.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
1.5/5 12% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) Instead of of a raging bonfire of heinous idiocy, it's really just a clunky, bad movie, and that's just not as much fun.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3/5 26% The Nun (2018) The film is madly in love with the idea of old-school matinee movie horror.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% Searching (2018) A good, crisp, gnarly thriller, with exactly the right amount of human interest for it to pretend to be more than just a grubby shocker.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3/5 72% Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Substantially better, funnier, smarter, and more impeccably-controlled than almost everything that came in its wake.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/5 72% The Boys from Brazil (1978) A film too dopey and campy to be taken seriously, too mordant and sober to be much fun, and too ludicrous and melodramatic to be at all defensible as a social commentary.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
4.5/5 94% The More the Merrier (1943) A gossamer-weight, charming film about how very awful it is to have the war fill every minute of your waking world - I don't know how that alchemy works, but it's sublime.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) A film that, independently of anything else it gets right or wrong, is at least slightly dismal as an aesthetic object.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) "Muppets, but they curse and ****" really just isn't enough to cut it. There needs to be something more to it, and what's frustrating is that the film has that something.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) The film is incoherent at the broad level of its plot, and it's also incoherent all the way down to the smallest level of each individual cut.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/5 42% Palindromes (2004) It seems stuck entirely at the level of "what would happen if we tried..."‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3.5/5 79% Alpha (2018) A tightly-fitted adventure movie that is, for all its ridiculously high concept and its bestiary of CGI Pleistocene fauna, pretty simple and direct.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Challenge to White Fang (Il ritorno di Zanna Bianca) (1974) A failed film, absolutely, and more a curio for Fulci fans than anything for any other viewer.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet White Fang (Zanna Bianca) (1973) These outlandish extremes of tone do, unquestionably, mean that the film is a bizarre experience. But it is not, overall, an unsatisfying one.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Deeply satisfying in the way of a by-the-books romantic comedy that has found good character-based reasons for checking all of the boxes that need to be checked.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
3.5/5 95% The Endless (2018) Fans of intellectually striving "little" sci-fi movies could do a whole lot worse.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
1/5 7% Slender Man (2018) A disordered and unfocused ghost story that bears all the very worst habits of the genre.‐ Alternate Ending
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018