For 67 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Xan Brooks' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 67
  2. Negative: 1 out of 67
67 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    The themes may be contentious, but the handling is perfect. If there were ever a movie to cause the lame to walk and the blind to see, The Master may just be it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    Under the Skin is perhaps best viewed as an icy parable of love, sex and loneliness.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    What an astonishing achievement; what a beautiful movie.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Xan Brooks
    What a bold, beguiling and utterly unclassifiable director Andersson is. He thinks life is a comedy and feels it’s a tragedy, and is able to wrestle these conflicting impulses into a gorgeous, deadpan deadlock.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The Hunger Games is that rarest of beasts: a Hollywood action blockbuster that is smart, taut and knotty. Ably filleted from the Suzanne Collins bestseller, it's a compelling, lightly satirical tale.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Buckle up; it's quite a ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    If it's possible for a picture to be at once ideal and imperfect, then Damsels fits the bill.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The Dark Knight Rises may be a hammy, portentous affair but Nolan directs it with aplomb. He takes these cod-heroic, costumed elements and whisks them into a tale of heavy-metal fury, full of pain and toil, surging uphill, across the flyovers, in search of a climax.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The film thrums with an ongoing existential dread. And yet, tellingly, Cuaron's film contains a top-note of compassion that strays at times towards outright sentimentality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Webb's film is bold and bright and possesses charm in abundance. It swings into the future and carries the audience with it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Follow the film-maker. Let him lead you by the nose. Lanthimos knows exactly where he's going.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Full credit to Korine, who sustains this act of creative vandalism right through to the finish. Spring Breakers unfolds as a fever dream of teenage kicks, a high-concept heist movie with mescal in the fuel tank.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Australian director Cate Shortland's drama is overflowing with such poetic visual touches, conjuring up a fairytale landscape of long shadows, wafting curtains and waving fronds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The Wolf of Wall Street, for all its abundant appeal, is no Greek tragedy. It lacks the wildness of Taxi Driver, the jeopardy of GoodFellas and the anguish of Raging Bull. Far better to view this as a stylistic homage, a remastered greatest hits compilation, an amiable bit of self-infringement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The robust acting and sharp sense of the Bay Area milieu glides us nicely over the film's few soft patches.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Danish director Tobias Lindholm spins an exacting drama out of a crisis on this deft, verite-style account of Somali piracy in the Indian ocean. Full credit to A Hijacking for resisting the siren-call of Hollywood histrionics in favour of the nuts-and-bolts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Julian Roman Pölsler's bewitching debut manages to be at once a creepy sci-fi parable, a feminist Robinson Crusoe and a clear-eyed ode to the wonders of nature experienced in solitude. Walden pond with added wall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac bludgeons the body and tenderises the soul. It is perplexing, preposterous and utterly fascinating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    You'd need a heart of stone not to be won over by Wadjda, a rebel yell with a spoonful of sugar and a pungent sense of a Riyadh society split between the home, the madrasa and the shopping mall.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    This director, in the past, has shown herself to be an ace with the teasing, hanging ending and Night Moves saves the best for last.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Joe
    Joe also stands as a reminder of what a terrific actor Cage can be when he is able to harness and channel his wilder impulses.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Child of God is a shocking tale of backwoods lunacy and one man's descent into hell. Perhaps the most shocking thing about it is that it's really rather good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Gone Girl, finally, may be no more than a storm in a teacup. But what an elegant, bone-china teacup this is. And what a fearsome force-10 gale we have brewing inside.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Anderson has all manner of fun with the tale's whirling, blurring trajectory. His film is like a jubilant spin painting in which the characters have been scattered and splattered to the furthest reaches of the frame.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Pacino's Manglehorn is a subtle master class in neutral shading, with none of the garish flashes that sometimes bedevil his work.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    Calvary boasts a sharp sense of place and a deep love of language. It's puckish and playful, mercurial and clever, rattling with gallows laughter as it paints a portrait of an Irish community that is at once intimate and alienated.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    A glorious jumping bean comedy that moves from the profane to the poignant in the blink of an eye.