For 71 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Xan Brooks' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 71
  2. Negative: 1 out of 71
71 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    It’s a work of startling maturity from this incorrigible tearaway, a minor-key dream that finally turns towards darkness.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Xan Brooks
    JC Chandor’s period crime drama is rigorous, resourceful and as smart as a whip...But its canny tactical struggle remains a joy to behold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Sit in the front – and don't peer too hard – and Chicken With Plums casts an undeniable spell. It is bold, exotic and distinctive, particularly during the animated angel of death sequence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    All of which works terrifically well up to a point.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    If Rise of the Guardians is finally never more than the sum of its parts, the parts themselves have real appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Perhaps this tells us nothing new about life on the inside in the US (there are rapes, riots and suicides), but it at least handles its brief with pace and precision.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    The Congress contains tricks aplenty and ideas in abundance. The problem comes in herding these scattered, floating elements towards a satisfying whole.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    This hoary, hackneyed old cop-opera...is served with such relish that the fun proves infectious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    A gorgeous yet ultimately frustrating tribute to the Japanese airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    If the film finally doesn't tell us anything we did not already know, the approach makes a worn-out old tragedy feel supple and urgent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    The film has a ragged charm, a Tiggerish bounce, and a certain sweet melancholy that bubbles up near the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    It's a professional old-school espionage outing, intricate as clockwork and acted with relish by the ever-watchable Hoffman. But it remains an oddly anonymous enterprise from this talented and distinctive director.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    God Help the Girl comes loose and easy, verging on the slipshod. It's warm and generous, verging on the sentimental; a film that crystallises the best and worst of Belle and Sebastian's songwriting skills.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    How ironic to realise that the greatest Mitt Romney campaign ad should arrive too late to save him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    A sweet yet suspect romantic drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Amalric's handling is cool, studied and perhaps a little self-conscious. But he does a good job of showing how adultery is a noose that tightens at the throat even before an actual crime is committed - at which point the film grows altogether less interesting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    While Benson treats his characters with care and respect, his depiction of grief can feel studied and not felt.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    There’s no doubt it makes for a jubilant ride, a galvanic first blast. But it remains a film which feels deeply thought rather than deeply felt; a brilliant technical exercise as opposed to a flesh-and-blood story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    Full credit to the film-makers, who manage to map their digital bear against his human co-stars and marry Bond’s antique conceit to a high-concept story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    [Clint Eastwood's] gripping, incurious film gives the impression of having not so much been directed as dictated. It stares so fixedly down the rifle sight that it is finally guilty of tunnel vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    There is little in the film's pitch-black interior that wasn't tackled better – with more bite, wit and abandon – in "Happiness," "Welcome to the Dollhouse," or "Storytelling."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Little White Lies unspools as glossy, high-grade tosh, a sun-dappled Big Chill, without the rigour or insight required to make you care about these people and wonder which bed they will eventually wind up in.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Even Stallone's rumbling voiceover possesses the drooping tone of a lullaby – like 45rpm vinyl played at 33. And if you think that reference is retro, you should see the actual movie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    I don't think it knows where it's going. I'm not even sure it cares.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    The plot is wildly silly and shot full of holes, maundering endlessly on its slow trawl towards the climax. But the cast at least play it like they mean it, and keep it honest for a spell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    It has been converted into a proficient, machine-tooled horror flick, stuffed full of shocks and buttressed with back-story. Mama got so flabby the second time around.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Mandy Lane feels bogus and compromised: an unreconstructed horror romp in the guise of a nerdish intellectual.

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