Brian Tallerico

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For 121 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 12 Safelight
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 121
  2. Negative: 37 out of 121
121 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Run All Night is proof that quality action films don’t really need to reinvent the wheel each time out as long as they make it spin this smoothly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    A strong, creative addition to the crowded coming-of-age genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    The result is a challenging work that can be both exhilarating and grueling in its deliberate pace. Cohen is an undeniably gifted filmmaker, even if the sum total of this piece isn’t quite as interesting as its parts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Captures why Chris Farley mattered, even if it does sometimes gloss over a few of the reasons our friend is no longer with us.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    What Happened features some of the best concert footage and musical performances in recent music doc memory, even if it never quite answers the question in its title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    St. Vincent is a piece of very well-made cheese, a movie in which one can feel its manipulations and heart-string pulling, but the talented ensemble makes those critical talking points easy to dismiss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    If it falls victim to a bit too many college film student clichés, it’s easy to forgive Meyerhoff due to the great performance she draws from her talented young star and what this film means for her bright future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It is filled with the luscious, beautiful 2D animation that we’ve come to expect from Ghibli, and if the storytelling sometimes gets a bit lethargic for its own good, we’re more forgiving just to have one final dance in the moonlight.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It’s tightly directed and well-performed, particularly by Columbus Short and a career-redefining turn from Wilmer Valderrama. If anything — and trust me when I tell you this is the opposite of most independently produced noirs from debut directors — there’s an overabundance of ideas in The Girl is in Trouble, sometimes to a distracting degree.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Ned Rifle, the final chapter in a strange trilogy with “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim”, is a movie about damaged people coming to terms with their damage by turning to others. And it’s Hal Hartley’s best movie in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    A film that is always interesting, largely thanks to an entirely committed cast and a writer willing to play with themes like a band improvising until it finds the right tune. There are a few off-key notes but the melody finally comes together.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Southpaw enters the long filmography of boxing flicks, and puts up a surprisingly good fight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    When Magary’s dialogue gets a bit too theatrical and self-conscious in the final act, you notice just because of how strong it’s been for the previous 80 minutes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a confident, engaging film, undone by some narrative sag in the middle but worth seeing for its opening and closing acts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    I wish the film withheld more information from its audience to raise the overall tension but it’s a solid genre pic, made so primarily by two entirely committed performances from its talented leads.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Parker has made a tough, brutal, and often riveting thriller.

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