For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Xan Brooks' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Master
Lowest review score: 20 A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 63
  2. Negative: 1 out of 63
63 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    The film has a ragged charm, a Tiggerish bounce, and a certain sweet melancholy that bubbles up near the end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    A gorgeous yet ultimately frustrating tribute to the Japanese airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi.
    • 94 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.
    • 49 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    How ironic to realise that the greatest Mitt Romney campaign ad should arrive too late to save him.
    • 68 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    A sweet yet suspect romantic drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Xan Brooks
    While Benson treats his characters with care and respect, his depiction of grief can feel studied and not felt.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Mandy Lane feels bogus and compromised: an unreconstructed horror romp in the guise of a nerdish intellectual.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    The spirits fly in and out of The Lone Ranger at random. It's nice to see them come and go. I just wish they'd stay for longer.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    The kids are charmless, the adults bemused.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    This is a lazy, trashy film that barely goes through the motions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    It plays as cut-price Le Carré; a recording of a recording of superior films. The picture is fuzzy, and the plot becomes garbled.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Director, Eric Valette, is an exuberant market-stall trader, hawking knock-off ingredients.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Full credit to Hardy and Knight for making a film such as Locke. Low-budget film-makers could learn a lot from their method. And yet – having stripped away all but the bare necessities, having reduced the components to a car and a man – they make a classic error of overcompensation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Even Cranston looks to be on auto-pilot here: he comes stomping through the action with a perma-scowl that suggests that his break from playing Walter White is little more than a busman's holiday.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Sattler's film leans on its actors too heavily. It heaps too many implausibilities upon their trembling shoulders. After an hour in Camp X-Ray, the strain starts to show.