Brian Tallerico

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For 238 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Tallerico's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 12 American Violence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 238
238 movie reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Moonlight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that’s breathtaking to behold. It is one of those rare pieces of filmmaking that stays completely focused on its characters while also feeling like it’s dealing with universal themes about identity, sexuality, family, and, most of all, masculinity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    It is a true peek into the life of a private superstar. How did he become a rock icon? How did he turn his childhood pain into art? How did his emotional demons overtake him? These are much more difficult questions for a filmmaker to answer than “Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam” or other such garbage of the traditional rock doc.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Whiplash is cinematic adrenalin. In an era when so many films feel more refined by focus groups or marketing managers, it is a deeply personal and vibrantly alive drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Midnight Special respects your intelligence, letting you come to its themes emotionally instead of narratively. It is a breathtaking display of visual storytelling, confidently rendered by someone who understands the power of cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    James White is a masterful examination of how our behavior and the excuses we make about our lives fall away under certain, life-changing conditions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    A film this satisfying on every level — one that can be enjoyed purely for its narrative while also providing material for hours of discussion on its themes — is truly rare.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    From its very first scenes, Fury Road vibrates with the energy of a veteran filmmaker working at the top of his game, pushing us forward without the cheap special effects or paper-thin characters that have so often defined the modern summer blockbuster.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It is an infuriating reality that The Hunting Ground exposes. I was rattled watching it, finding it hard to catch my breath and harder still to imagine how many people are in positions of power who have heard these stories so many times and turned their backs on victims.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    This is a fascinating piece of work that approaches “Citizenfour” in its deconstruction of governmental failure and the systems underneath the war on terror that are not only failing to keep us safe but impacting the entire world political scene.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    What elevates Hide Your Smiling Faces is Carbone's gentle, lyrical touch where other filmmakers would have turned the same thematic concerns into melodrama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It is purposefully slow, a film meant to be lived in and considered carefully when it’s done. Almost none of it feels as “important” as my teacher explained and yet it is still great drama.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Gosling and Stone get these characters, finding grace in their movement but emotional depth in their arcs; Stone has never been better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Gibney crams as much material as possible into a quick two hours (he really knows how to edit and pace a piece like this one as it feels much shorter) and yet, to be fair, there’s still an angle missing just by virtue of the fact that he couldn’t get anyone from the Church of Scientology today on camera.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Starred Up is HEAVY with slang and accents. You won’t understand a third of it. But there’s so much going on in between the lines of dialogue that you won’t care.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Night Moves eschews traditional tension-building through plot twists and betrayals to focus on its characters, as Reichardt uses her increasingly impressive sense of composition and intuitive pacing to slow burn the audience into a state of anxiety instead of manipulatively pushing them there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It is both light as a feather and emotionally resonant. It is defiantly episodic and yet has a cumulative power in its storytelling. It is both airy and emotionally lived-in at the same time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Our favorite films often drop questions like these into our lives, allowing us to appreciate the world a little differently than before we saw them. The Revenant has this power. It lingers. It hangs in the back of your mind like the best classic parables of man vs. nature. It will stay there for quite some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a beautiful, captivating piece of work that gets off to kind of a rocky start but achieves remarkable momentum toward an emotional, powerful ending. And you won’t see a better-looking animated film all year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    A daring, studied, mannered true story that is at once remarkably genuine and deeply cinematic at the same time. It’s one of the best films of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Logan is the rare blockbuster that could be a game-changer. It will certainly change the way we look at other superhero movies and how history judges the entire MCU and DC Universe of films.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    After the Storm is one of our best filmmaker’s best films.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Queen of Earth is terrifying because it is so emotionally unmoored—Catherine is a character with little reason to care about anything or anyone, and Perry and Moss convey the danger of that brilliantly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Sometimes its meandering approach can feel a bit more detached than in Trier’s best work, but this is ultimately a delicate, complex film that lingers, unpacking itself in your mind. You remember it in the same kind of fragmented images that haunt its characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    There are no zombies in the streets, boogeymen in the basement or witches in the woods—and yet it is one of the most terrifying films in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    It is about those human elements that transcend the five senses—loneliness, jealousy, fear, etc.—and how they are heightened in times of stress. However you interpret it, Vogt's film lingers, haunting like imagery that refuses to fade away in memory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Stritch is a documentary subject as fearless and raw as her stage persona.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    The Case Against 8 beautifully reminds us of the human beings who opened up their lives to the world and became representatives for one of the most important movements for equal rights this country has ever seen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Its beating heart is in a story of youth. Reckless, fearless, joyous, always-moving youth.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Directed by an old family friend, “Jim” is a moving portrait of courage, but it is most of all a concerted effort to take back the life of James Foley.

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