For 27 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brad Laidman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Say Anything...
Lowest review score: 20 Mrs. Doubtfire
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
27 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    This is an amazing black satire filled with vicious biting words that snap like firecrackers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    The film is one chillingly authentic scene after another... In the end it's more of a war movie than "Saving Private Ryan" ever was.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    To me, Say Anything is without a shadow of a doubt the most rewarding, funny, and likable romance of the last twenty years. It heralds the decency of romantic love against the gears of a cold, grinding mechanical world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    "Kill Bill Vol. 1" was a pure action movie, in love with collisions of violent movement. “Vol. 2” relaxes the pace, allowing for extended monologues. Those who lamented the first film's lack of wicked word exchanges should delight in Carradine's final soliloquy.
    • Film Threat
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    The first masterwork of the post-modern pop culture generation...gets better with every viewing, and like good rock n' roll, needs to be played loud!
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Brad Laidman
    Eddie Murphy does everything in this movie successfully. Coming To America remains his most personal work and a great argument that a movie can be decent and wholesome despite having enough profanity to make Bill Cosby lose sleep. A perfect argument for Eddie Murphy as decent guy even without the fame and fortune. Not that he's planning on giving it back though.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Brad Laidman
    An effective comedy, an interesting bedtime tale, and one of the greatest date rentals of all time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Brad Laidman
    Randal is a beautiful hostile piece of work that only could have come from America. He's the sort of guy who never put in a quality day at the office in his life, but somehow probably winds up winning the biggest lotto drawing ever with a ticket he stole from his loser best friend's Quickie Mart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Brad Laidman
    The truth is that for all the controversy there really isn’t that much violence in Reservoir Dogs. The reason people were so affected was because the film shows you the true impact of its violence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    The funniest buddy movie ever and a generally daffy one at that. It features some of the most genuinely stupid and amusing tough guys in the history of cinema, and a tantalizing slow burn by Deniro.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    The best movie ever made about baseball, and it's not even really that close... "Major League" was funny, but Bull Durham is funny, literate, romantic, and overwhelmingly adherent to the idiosyncracies of the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    This could have been an unmitigated disaster, but Hughes' way with the material ensured it a special place in the heart of just about everyone who happened to be in high school while Ronald Reagan was President.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Sean Penn's scenes are still so stunning...His Jeff Spicoli is an unabashed kick every second he is on the screen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Grade A propaganda of the first order.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    This is John Hughes' best teen film, and it's a call to arms to everyone in the world who doesn't want to follow society's lame-ass rules at the expense of living a cool life.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Tony Scott steers the movie like a rocket and it never slows down.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Even the harshest critic has to recognize the sheer unbridled joy of their ignorance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Higher Learning is John Singleton's interracial state of today's campuses version of School Daze minus the musical numbers. Surprisingly, it's just as much a gang movie if not more than Boyz 'n the Hood.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Brad Laidman
    Their drugs are Cigarettes, Television, and Hostess Cup Cakes. In the end, if I am ever reincarnated and I have my choice between hating my White Trash Mom or hating my movie star Mom. I'm picking the movie star Mom every time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Brad Laidman
    Forest Whitaker is the perfect guy to play Parker, Diane Venora is hotly sympathetic to Parker's genius as his last wife Chan, and Eastwood's intentions are pure and golden, but Bird is a solid base hit on a hanging curve ball that should have been knocked well out of the Park. It's a powerful Heroin parable, but it could have been so much more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Brad Laidman
    If anyone can figure out the cosmic significance of the film's omnipresent pine tree car fresheners, you're a better man than me.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Brad Laidman
    If you're in the right mood this movie will bring a tear to your eye. If you're not you're probably already watching "Reservoir Dogs".
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Brad Laidman
    I got my first date because of this movie so you won't see me giving it any less than three stars.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Brad Laidman
    The guys in Ishtar are the boring wallflowers of the world. They probably shouldn't be mocked, disgraced and beaten, but who really wants to spend close to two hours with them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Brad Laidman
    This is Dirty Harry's greatest hits, which is a little fun and a little embarrassing. The best part of the film is a warped version of "Bullitt"'s San Francisco car chase through Pacific Heights.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Brad Laidman
    What could have been a cool concept movie buckles under an uninspired script and some treacherous miscasting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Brad Laidman
    Mrs. Doubtfire is overlong, barely funny, and a surprisingly bitter movie especially for a film aimed at children.