Brian Tallerico

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For 409 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Tallerico's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Waves
Lowest review score: 0 The Fanatic
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 409
409 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    This movie is atrocious, never making a lick of sense, wearing its “message” on its sleeve like a bad term paper, and then ending in a way that should make you angry more than eager to see if it makes any sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    The result is a project that feels true to its source, a well-crafted epilogue for a beloved character who vividly understands the concept of consequences.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    This should be a haunting, claustrophobic nightmare, but Natali over-complicates the source material — just like his characters, our reasons for investing in what happens next get lost in the fields.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    This is an old-fashioned hybrid of a thriller and a coming-of-age narrative that explodes when a fortune gets dropped into it. Think of it as an adolescent “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” with echoes of '80s adventure classics like "The Goonies" and "Stand by Me."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Most true crime fans know that the real stories that have enraptured them in film and television are much crueler and grosser than their fictionalized counterpart. If Akin’s goal is merely to pull away that curtain, it ultimately feels like a hollow unveiling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    An odd film like this needs a charismatic anchor in its lead role to keep it from losing its human connection and Boyd Holbrook just can’t muster the energy to do that. It’s a strangely flat, unengaging performance that doesn't match the ambition of the overall piece.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Brian Tallerico
    An incoherent blob.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    A strong sense of style and a promising premise are undone in a film that never quite figures out how to write itself out of its corner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    This is rare, nuanced storytelling, anchored by one of Brad Pitt’s career-best performances and remarkable technical elements on every level. It’s a special film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    A wonderful ensemble, a brilliant director, and a genius screenwriter all get together for The Laundromat, a film they clearly took very seriously, but that they never figured out how to make entertaining to an audience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    If Tartt’s book is about grief and the sudden trauma that can derail a life’s trajectory, Crowley’s film feels like it doesn’t understand either of those things at all, merely using them as exploitative decoration on a beautiful but shockingly hollow experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    With remarkable grace and compassion for his characters, Baumbach portrays divorce as a great equalizer, turning us into versions of ourselves we didn’t expect to become.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    It’s far from the disaster it could have been given the tonal tightrope it walks, but it’s also closer to a misfire than we all hoped it would be. Believe it or not, the “Hitler Comedy” plays it too safe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is one of the most purely entertaining films in years. It is the work of a cinematic magician, one who keeps you so focused on what the left hand is doing that you miss the right. And, in this case, it’s not just a wildly fun mystery to unravel but a scathing bit of social commentary about where America is in 2019.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    It sometimes feels Scrooge-like to come down on a sweet and simple film like this one, but kids can get bored too. And they will here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Waves is unexpectedly ambitious and confident, the work of a filmmaker in complete control of his talents and using them to challenge himself. This is a deeper and more profound film than your average character drama, a masterpiece that’s hard to walk away from without checking your own grievances and grief. The ripple effect continues.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a deeply personal and very moving film, anchored by the best work of Antonio Banderas’ career.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Parasite is unquestionably one of the best films of the year. Just trust me on this one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    While it’s ultimately a bit too self-conscious to provoke the existential dread and true terror of the best films like it, it’s still an impressive accomplishment thanks to Eggers’ fearlessness and a pair of completely committed performances.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Brian Tallerico
    Fred Durst’s The Fanatic hates fans. It hates actors. It hates tourists, shop owners, and servants. It really, really hates autistic people. And it hates you. It’s a movie that thinks you’re an idiot, someone who won’t see through its shallow provocations, illogical behavior, and vile misanthropy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    Some of the choices strain credulity and the biggest name in the piece, Josh Hutcherson, feels miscast, but this is a film that kept me uncertain of what would happen next and affirms Gan as an interesting young filmmaker to watch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    Vita & Virginia wastes the talents of four people — its two subjects and the two women that play them. It is a deeply frustrating movie, a film that not only can’t find the right tone from scene to scene but feels disjointed in individual moments too.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    Only the commitment from the always-solid Michael Ealy saves it from being one of the worst movies of the year, although just barely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    At its best, López’s movie has that del Toro signature style, and she also proves herself a deft director of children, another element she shares in common with the Oscar winner.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    As “Las Hurdes” blurred documentary and fiction, this film blurs what we traditionally expect from animation. As for why to tell this story, it’s all really there in an opening discussion about the impact of art and what is gained from dissecting it vs. just experiencing it.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    Great hero stories leave the viewer feeling inspired by the potential within the human condition. This one will just leave you depressed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    It’s only in the final third when the fight choreography gets a little too incoherent that you realize you don’t give a damn about anything that’s happening, and you start to wish Hobbs and Shaw were given a story with a little more meat on its bones. But by then you probably won’t care.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    I do know this for sure — I can’t wait to see this film again. It’s so layered and ambitious, the product of a confident filmmaker working with collaborators completely in tune with his vision. Every piece fits. Every choice is carefully considered.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    Luz
    While this may read like only a mild recommendation for most readers, it is a hearty one for genre fans. We are lucky enough to be in a very strong era for horror, and I have a feeling Singer is going to be a major part of it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    The first half of Point Blank moves and hums. And then it stops moving. A movie that needs to fly from first frame to last slows down, loses its momentum, and never recovers, limping across the finish line with a climax that doesn’t work.

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