For 342 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Truitt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Spotlight
Lowest review score: 25 Transformers: The Last Knight
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 342
342 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    The movie is successful at finding little details that make it feel lived-in and authentic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Old Guard feels fresher as a high-minded treatise on mortality and loss than a superhero-y franchise-starter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Truitt
    Would it have been better to be in the room where it happened? Sure, the magic of watching excellent musical theater happening in front of you is impossible to re-create. But as the recent “Cats” movie proved, sometimes veering too off-course from the stage production isn’t great, either, so why not embrace a filmed version of this spectacular thing?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Irresistible lives up to its title with an enchanting twist on a well-trod narrative and thankfully brings back the gifted satirical mind that our crazy world has sorely missed.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Rather than being a massive foul-up, Artemis Fowl is a sufficient spycraft fantasy that could benefit from the inevitable sequel, and Gad proves once again to be the Mouse House’s Dwayne Johnson, a rock-solid personality who makes everything around him better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    The best of Lee’s joints straddle the history that’s happened and the history being written now, and Da 5 Bloods successfully follows suit with themes of modern civil unrest and activism existing alongside images of Vietnam hero Milton L. Olive III and activist Angela Davis.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Scooby has quite a history to which “Scoob!” pays homage, though it seems to have missed the most basic lessons.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Hardy is half of why Capone works. The other is Trank, the wunderkind whose nuanced 2012 superhero movie “Chronicle” showcased tons of potential that then was questioned with the disastrous “Fantastic Four” and the loss of a “Star Wars” film in its aftermath.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    While not quite as subversive and refreshing as the first “Trolls,” “World Tour” offers endless cuteness, an impressive voice cast and just enough depth for grownups and children alike to chew on.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    The Hunt is definitely controversial, but it’s an equal-opportunity offender that forgoes partisanship to poke bloody, gory fun at everybody.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    The best thing O’Connor does here, as he also did with the underrated “The Accountant,” is let Affleck remind us once again that he’s a first-class actor – just in case anyone forgot after his brief stint in an infamous cape and cowl.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    The Invisible Man is both a jumpstart and a template for their renaissance: The movie delves into the sheer terror of abuse and explores how Cecilia doesn’t even really understand the psychological scars until she begins to discover some semblance of freedom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Like a highly watchable amalgam of “Field of Dreams,” “Zootopia” and Arthurian legend, the colorful crusade features a solid hero’s journey with a slam-dunk of a finale.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    At least Harrison Ford does his grizzled best to ground a hybrid film awash in computer-generated animals and visual pizzazz.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    The film is fine, familiar fare for gamers and children: Sonic sprints, Carrey mugs, but the creative juices run out quickly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    While Birds of Prey is all about that group dynamic, its resident Oscar nominee sparkles as the cuckoo crazy pants center of attention who's the batty wind beneath their wings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    Lively pulls off one of her best movie roles so far – ranking up there with her surprisingly delicious shark flick “The Shallows” – and is surrounded by plenty of visual spectacle, yet is waylaid by a narrative that lacks excitement. Even the twists seem painfully ordinary.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    For every really cool interaction Downey's hero has with one of his animals as a caring listener, there's either an over-the-top spit take or an eye-rolling cheesy line of dialogue.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    While it focuses more on character moments than absolute Bayhem, Bad Boys for Life does feel a bit long and there is a late out-of-nowhere plot twist that feels a little far-fetched even for these movies. Thankfully, neither detracts from the delightful spectacle that comes with Smith and Lawrence fist-bumping and insult-slinging just like it was 1995 again.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    A solid courtroom drama that most fans of the genre have seen before. But great acting, an engaging real-life tale and moments of heartfelt honesty – with a fair bit of rousing satisfaction – elevate director Destin Daniel Cretton’s true-life story.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Cats isn’t for everyone – much of it is a cheesy, B-grade affair seemingly crafted solely to take over midnight-movie slots from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Those with an open mind, though, as well as little kids and the T-Swift posse, might find it somewhat pawesome.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    It's impressively ambitious, though great new personalities and fresh storytelling suffer for the sake of fan service.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    What makes the vivid film such an astounding effort – and one of the year's best movies – is that it’s edited seamlessly as one continuous real-time take, following a couple of Brits through rat-infested trenches, sniper-filled towns and even empty battlefields where the Grim Reaper’s been busy yet danger still looms.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    It’s another complete and uncanny transformation for Theron, who dazzles as anchor Megyn Kelly in the all-star drama Bombshell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    Wickedly hilarious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    Hopkins and Pryce have sensational chemistry and are rather heavenly inhabiting their character arcs, which power this pious take on “Frost/Nixon.”
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    The acting performances are stellar across the board, though the biggest joy of Little Women is Gerwig’s magnificent screenplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    It mostly works – Hanks is ostensibly a supporting player and noticeably missed when not onscreen – and Heller’s creativity proves just as key as her star. “A Beautiful Day” acts as a two-hour episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” for grown-ups, a meta-narrative showing the real world through a kids' show lens and Hanks’ Rogers sitting us all down for an educational experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    This heavenly action-comedy takes on familiar elements of John Wick and James Bond but is sufficiently empowering – “Women can do anything” is literally the first line in the movie. There's also an unexpectedly dark edge throughout for the new "Angels," from gallows humor to actual dangerous stakes for our butt-kicking crew.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    If you were holding out hope that Frozen 2 could equal or surpass the original phenomenon, it’s time to let it go.

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