Brian Tallerico

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For 314 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Tallerico's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 12 Abattoir
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 314
314 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    Zoe
    The non-stop, navel-gazing, faux philosophical dialogue about love starts to feel like some strange experiment itself. It reaches points of near-parody, not unlike overhearing drunk college kids talk about dating apps and the meaning of love at 3 AM at a party you really want to leave.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    It’s not as abrasively awful as the worst of Netflix/Madison projects (“The Ridiculous Six” still holds the standard), it’s just forgettable. It’s akin to a mediocre sitcom you might catch on network TV on a Monday night. You won't hate the experience of watching it, but you’ll forget you saw it before it’s even over.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It will likely fall through the cracks a bit between “After the Storm” and “Shoplifters,” but it’s worth the time for fans of Kore-eda, a group that seems to be growing every day.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    How It Ends had me thinking about endings in general. How it felt like the close of this film would never come. How we so commonly return in cinema, especially lately, to visions of the end of the world. How the actual ending of this film is an atrocious cheat. Trust me, you’re better off not even beginning.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Genndy Tartakovsky brings back all the fan favorites from the previous two films and sets them all on an overcrowded, doomed cruise, but the thin plot feels less engaging than the previous films and the jokes less inspired.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    This is a surprisingly toothless and ultimately flat film. It’s salvaged by a truly genuine, sometimes great performance from Josh Brolin, but he’s the only reason to take a look.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    An adrenalin-shot of a comedy and a fearless dissection of identity politics, corporate malevolence, and the American tendency to look the other way when confronted with horror.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    Everything in Dark River feels like it’s designed not with real people in mind but with Serious Independent Cinema in mind. It’s a movie so filled with pregnant pauses and pretentious looks that it never develops an emotional undercurrent at all.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Some will be turned off by the exploitative violence and some by the shallow storytelling, but what struck me most about “Day of the Soldado” was the predictability of it all.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    There may one day be a great movie made about John Gotti. This one ain’t it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Incredibles 2 understands something that most family sequels, even the Pixar ones, fail to comprehend—we don’t just want to repeat something we loved before. We want to love it all over again. You will with Incredibles 2.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Believe it or not, Action Point in 2018 feels too safe. There’s way too much plot and even the stunts that gave Knoxville concussions feel routine. It’s not unlike seeing a once-great athlete attempt a comeback. There are flashes of what once worked, but it’s also a little sad.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 12 Brian Tallerico
    To say that Future World borrows liberally from George Miller’s milieu would be an understatement.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    Ultimately, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is like a hyperactive kid at a punk rock show—full of great energy and ambition, but not too sure what to do with it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay it is that I think George A. Romero himself would have liked it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    This is still a perfect example of the market that Netflix seems intent to corner: Movies You Can Watch While You Play Games on Your Phone.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Like the subgenre that inspired it, Ghost Stories is just twisted enough to be humorous, but doesn’t shy at all on the creepy factor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    When Johnson is doing that movie action star thing he does so well and giant animals are going enormous-mano-a-enormous-mano, there’s undeniably goofy fun to be had. You just have to be patient during the downtime.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    There are times when Beirut really works like the films that clearly inspired it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    It will work best for those lamenting the cancellation of the Comedy Central hit that spawned it, but probably not much for anyone else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    On the surface, Unsane is a potboiler, a routine stalker thriller. But it works because of how much there is going on within that familiar structure, courtesy of Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer’s smart script, Soderbergh’s claustrophobic direction, and Claire Foy’s committed lead performance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It is incredibly difficult to love an addict. Not only does their addiction continuously define the dynamic of your relationship, but they are like a drowning man, able to take you down with them as they flail their arms and fight for air. Rarely has a film captured this better than Marja-Lewis Ryan’s 6 Balloons.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    A Quiet Place shreds the nerves, but it does so in a way that feels rewarding. You don’t just walk out having experienced a thrill ride, you walk out on a high, the kind of high that only comes from the best horror movies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    There are some decent ideas for a comedy in Blockers, and some very funny scenes from a cast with rock-solid comic timing, but the movie was either rewritten one too many times or one too few.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    They Remain is such a slow burn of a film that it fizzles out. It’s one of those movies that mistakes meandering as building tension, and wastes an intriguing presence on weak characters and an overbearing sense that it’s being made up as it goes along.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a smart thriller that features a few truly dumb decisions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    It’s impossible to deny the power of much of what’s on display here. Wilkerson looks at the racial discord and violence in the world around him and has the courage to examine his own legacy instead of just casting off the concept as something that happens to or is perpetrated by others.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Tallerico
    Sadly, Jones’ passion has not made it to the screen in a way that’s likely to make viewers feel the same excitement he had about the project so many years ago.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    An ambitious, challenging piece of work that people will be dissecting for years. Don’t miss it.

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