For 72 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 72
  2. Negative: 1 out of 72
72 movie reviews
    • 50 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    Mandy Lane feels bogus and compromised: an unreconstructed horror romp in the guise of a nerdish intellectual.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Xan Brooks
    The pungent, ponderous final chapter of Sono's "Hate" trilogy (following Love Exposure and Cold Fish) bows out with lots of bangs and plenty of whimper.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Xan Brooks
    Crispian Mills's London-based horror-comedy is so spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.

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