Brian Tallerico

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For 607 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Tallerico's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 The Fanatic
Score distribution:
607 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    A deep empathy from Vogt for his child actors elevates this from what it could have been, even if it feels like there’s a tighter version that unfolds with a tad more urgency.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    A film that goes through the motions with such apathetic predictability and pure cinematic laziness that you may want to set whatever device you’re watching it on ablaze.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    The Twin just treads water with B-movie style until it gets to the deep ending. And that’s where the whole thing drowns in its lack of ambition and execution.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    There have been complaints about MCU properties that feel like they exist merely to get people interested in the next movie or TV show, but it’s never felt so much like a snake eating its own tail as it does here. Or at least the spell has worn off for me.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Even after everything that Alexei Navalny exposed, he’s still behind bars, where it feels he will spend the rest of his life. "Navalny" is a film that can’t find justice for its subject. But it can expose the truth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Audiard is invigorated by these vibrant, gorgeous young people, delivering one of the most sexually active films in years, even for the French. And his cast fearlessly work through their characters most private moments and emotions, leading to a movie that isn't voyeuristic as much as it is genuine.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    At least until its bonkers final act, Choose or Die consistently fails to fulfill on the truly hallucinatory promise of its premise. Without that, it’s a choice that’s ultimately forgettable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    The problem is that writer J.P. Davis and director Tarik Saleh seem afraid to do anything interesting or unexpected once they have their pieces in place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    More than an explainer of motives behind a single person mass shooting, Nitram is a character study wrapped in a tone poem, an unpacking of a man who feels like he has run out of all potential paths to happiness and believes that acts of violence spark action.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It’s really a vicious piece of work, a movie made by a filmmaker who is unafraid to see the primal, darker parts that beautiful people hide behind their gorgeous facades. It may not be the comeback that fans of Lyne’s were really hoping for, but it’s a reminder that this kind of movie can still get made today.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    Plemons brings such a fascinating energy to his character that he really holds the film together.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    No Exit is imperfect and struggles to get going, but it's a grisly piece of work that earns your suspension of disbelief.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Like “The Deeper You Dig,” Hellbender gets better as it gets more surreal, but this one has a nice balance to the out-there imagery in Zelda’s grounded, coming-of-age performance. I love the movies she’s making with her family, but I’d also really like to see what she could do with another director too. She’s got the range and potential.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a startling misfire, a movie that fundamentally fails at almost everything it’s trying to do. Leatherface deserves better.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    How is a movie based on a video game more soulless than the game itself? The knock against the world of gaming has long been that they lack a human element, but Ruben Fleischer’s Uncharted feels emptier than the award-winning franchise on which it’s based.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Leading man Johnny Depp is up to the challenge, and he gives a finely tuned performance here that kind of feels like his first "old man" turn, and he’s matched by a charming piece of work from Minami, but Minamata is weighed down by self-important direction that loses the human beings in this story by prioritizing the headlines.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Ruthless and precise, Steven Soderbergh’s “KIMI” is a timely commentary on isolation and intrusion.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    Pretend it’s not a “true story” and it’s still a shallow representation of sports, parenthood, and comedy, with almost no laughs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    So many visions of the future seem distant, but “After Yang” hits home in how it centers connection and experience to which we can all relate. It’s a powerful, moving drama about what it means to be alive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Tallerico
    It’s visually ambitious in ways the show was increasingly allowed to be in later seasons, evincing a true cinematic language in terms of craft. But what will really matter to fans is the show has been allowed to end on its own terms. It’s the final job Ray deserves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Luckily, it smartly balances references to the original movies in a way that (mostly) avoids the self-aware smugness that has killed many a “re-quel,” delivering a product that feels consistent with the first four movies but distinct enough to have its own voice.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    I wish it was a little more ambitious and had some more meat on its bones regarding internet culture and shared spaces, but it’s undeniably entertaining, which is more than I can say about some of the times I’ve rented homes myself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Memoria is a sensory experience, but it takes a performer like Swinton to amplify Joe’s technique.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a film that is too often trying to be a serious study of politics, warfare, and pacifism until it slaps you in the face with a reminder that this is all set-up to one of the broader, goofier action franchises of the modern era.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    The Velvet Queen is at its strongest when it allows for silence on this gorgeous landscape, using only its mesmerizing score to elevate the imagery into something poetic about the beauty of mother nature.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Yes, of course, “No Way Home” is incredibly calculated, a way to make more headlines after killing off so many of its event characters in Phase 3, but it’s also a film that’s often bursting with creative joy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    There’s so much beauty in this West Side Story. It merges things that have truly shaped pop culture from the graceful precision of Spielberg—who has always had a musical director’s eye in terms of how he choreographs his scenes—to the masterful songwriting of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein to the brilliant writing of Tony Kushner to the immigrant experience in this country. It grabs you from the very beginning and takes you there. Somehow, someday, somewhere.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    The problem here is a recurring one with recent family entertainment and it's how little there is below the repetitive surface. Jokes are recycled with alarming regularity, and most of the supporting characters outside of Maddie fall flat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    There are times when Verhoeven is throwing so many ideas into his purposefully overcrowded screenplay that it starts to feel unfocused, like a dramatic version of the legendary "Aristocrats" joke. And yet there are also times when it feels like a culmination of his career, a film he was inevitably going to make in how it distills sexuality, corruption, broken systems, and provocation into one fascinating story.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    In the end, I was left feeling like The Scary of Sixty-First was all set-up and no follow-through. Sure, it gets bloody and crazy in ways that will probably turn off some viewers, but it doesn't feel feel like it has something to say about our conspiracy theory culture.

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