For 44 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bryan Bishop's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 95 mother!
Lowest review score: 50 Knight of Cups
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
44 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Bryan Bishop
    Mission: Impossible - Fallout merges the franchise’s big-budget spectacle with an utterly ferocious style of action filmmaking that far surpasses what McQuarrie executed in either Rogue Nation or Jack Reacher.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Bryan Bishop
    Normally, the creatures lend this series a built-in sense of awe and wonder. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom strips that majesty away and turns the focus on the human characters, who are markedly unengaging.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Bryan Bishop
    Solo is a swashbuckling success, a space adventure that pays homage to the DNA of the original films while carving out its own unique space in the canon. It’s a sheer delight, but it also has the courage to explore the darker aspects of a character who could have all too easily been polished to an inoffensive, family-friendly Disney sheen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Bryan Bishop
    The result isn't as novel as the original, or as effortlessly kinetic, but it is nevertheless a joke-packed action film that continues to deliver on the character's potential, while opening up the door to an even bigger series of sarcastic superhero adventures.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Bryan Bishop
    After years of movies where even the most mediocre heroes appeared to be invulnerable and indomitable, it’s an arresting jolt — and exactly the film the franchise needed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Bryan Bishop
    It’s gripping, funny, and full of spectacle, but it also feels like a turning point, one where the studio has finally recognized that its movies can be about more than just selling the next installment. In the process, the studio has ended up with one of the most enthralling entries in its entire universe.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 59 Bryan Bishop
    Bright is a series of disconnected action vignettes that work as standalone sequences, but don’t hang together in any kind of meaningful way. It’s impossible to not think of Suicide Squad’s similar failings as Bright barrels from one dark, noisy scene to the next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Bryan Bishop
    It’s an enthusiastic, hilarious reboot of the idea of what a Marvel movie can actually be, resulting in an effervescent, delightfully self-aware ride that was the most fun I’d had in a superhero movie in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 81 Bryan Bishop
    Despite its flaws, one thing about Blade Runner 2049 is most welcome: it is trying to be about something. It is trying to be deep, rich, and complex. We’ve grown so used to lowest-common-denominator blockbuster cinema that it’s almost shocking to watch a big science-fiction movie, featuring these kinds of stars, swinging for the fences in this way. It’s hard not to be impressed by, and a bit grateful for, the ambition and care evident in every frame.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bryan Bishop
    Molly’s Game is the best of Sorkin, with many of his problematic tendencies removed, resulting in a tremendously entertaining film that turns the prolific writer into a filmmaking double-threat in one fell swoop.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bryan Bishop
    It’s a scattered film, making too many vital points at once. By neglecting to bring them together into one single story, Clooney undercuts them all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Bryan Bishop
    Franco has created a movie that is not just hilarious, accessible, and an incredible amount of fun in its own right, but it had me more eager to revisit Wiseau’s train wreck than ever before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Bryan Bishop
    It is undeniably effective in setting mood and tone, and it’s the kind of film that will leave audiences talking no matter what they think of it. If the sole purpose of art is to create an emotional response, Mother! is a masterpiece.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bryan Bishop
    It’s a meticulous piece of filmmaking, so honed and refined in execution that it becomes nearly unbearable at times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Bryan Bishop
    The scares are some of the best the entire series has to offer, and on that criteria alone it can probably be considered a success. But there’s no escaping the fact that as a standalone film, Covenant is wanting, neither truly making its own thematic points nor carving out its own unique place in the legacy of the franchise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Bryan Bishop
    Thankfully, Vol. 2 does come together in the end with a powerful emotional payoff, but that’s only after it becomes a computer-generated action-fest with the fate of the universe hanging in the balance again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Bryan Bishop
    Gray’s prosaic style robs Fate of the Furious of any real sense of self-awareness or humor, which could never be said about Lin or Wan’s installments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Bryan Bishop
    Baby Driver is exhilarating, fantastically entertaining, and mildly frustrating, all at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bryan Bishop
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    It’s at turns terrifying, hilarious, and uneven, but succeeds in doing its most important job: showing off a range of distinct directorial voices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Bryan Bishop
    Marjorie Prime is superbly acted, and it’s certainly interesting. Hamm strikes a wonderful balance as a talking re-creation that feels almost human, and the rest of the cast is equally nuanced.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 65 Bryan Bishop
    A Cure for Wellness is a beautifully shot film full of interesting ideas, but it dumbs itself down at every possible turn.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bryan Bishop
    Palmer’s performance is honest and brave (particularly given that she’s often just performing scenes alone), and Shortland deftly switches between locked-door thriller mode and more nuanced character work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Bryan Bishop
    The results aren’t flawless, but Split is nevertheless a tense, exciting thriller anchored by a stunning performance by James McAvoy. And it may just restore Shyamalan fans’ belief in the power of the twist ending.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Bryan Bishop
    The film soars when it abandons all pretense of being a space opera, and fully embraces the bombastic modern action movie that’s at its core, giving it a unique identity that does indeed stand apart from other entries in the series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Bryan Bishop
    Doctor Strange is at its most entertaining when it’s unapologetically different from anything Marvel has done before.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Bryan Bishop
    There’s no question that Deepwater Horizon delivers thrills, but you may feel awfully empty afterward.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Bryan Bishop
    The issues that Snowden raises are without question some of the biggest issues of our times — but a movie this safe won’t leave anybody thinking about them.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Bryan Bishop
    Wingard and Barrett add a creepy body horror element to the mix early on, and thanks to the forceful sound design there’s a greater sense of some massive, physical thing in the forest than the first film ever had — but Blair Witch is at its best when it’s honoring what has come before.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Bryan Bishop
    The extraordinary success of Arrival is that it combines its bravura style and grand sci-fi questions with tremendous emotional intelligence and a heart so full it’s ready to burst.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bryan Bishop
    J.A. Bayona has created an unforgettable, emotional experience with A Monster Calls, one that lets us grapple with our most basic human fears and worries, while lighting a beacon of hope that can shine through that darkness.

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