For 231 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Truitt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
Lowest review score: 25 Transformers: The Last Knight
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 231
231 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    The superior yet still extraordinarily cheesy "Here We Go Again" suffers from many of the same fundamental problems, though the film exudes an infectious energy and hearty spirit that’ll put you in a powerful Swedish super-pop headlock until you submit.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Between the goofy humor, Adam Sandler’s hallmark gibberish and an unfortunate return of "The Macarena," Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation houses an unexpectedly affecting story of modern love with a creaky vampire dad.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    There’s also a relentless darkness in "Soldado" that some fans of the original will love, but the inherent idealism of Blunt’s Macer is missed: When everybody's a shade of bad, it begs for any sort of normal protagonist.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    While Ant-Man's technically “the star,” this is most definitely the Wasp’s movie to own, and the smirking, enjoyably no-nonsense role fits Lilly well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Has all the requisite rampaging dinos, dizzying action scenes and, sure, a few flesh-and-blood heroes running around saving the day. But there’s just not enough underneath that well-trod surface — an intriguing ethical conundrum bears heady fruit at times, yet is just as quickly shelved in favor of roaring lava or unleashed reptiles.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Somewhere between ridiculously stylish and stylishly ridiculous lies "Superfly," a modern so-bad-it’s-kinda-good remake of the 1970s blaxploitation classic that offers as much close-up twerking as kung fu fighting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Pixar doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to sequels, but this follow-up surpasses most everything without Toy Story in the title. The animation is stellar and detailed in excellent action sequences, Michael Giacchino’s score swings harder than ever, and the first film’s family-friendly warmth is just as appealing now as it was then, even if Incredibles 2 isn’t totally incredible itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    Hereditary isn’t just a scary movie. It’s much, much, much worse than that.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    The illegal goings-on move to New York, where the plot plods until the crew gets together and the movie unleashes its secret comedic weapon: Anne Hathaway.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    While Solo is a Star Wars movie that gambles on not really being a Star Wars movie, it’s a winning chapter that only sparingly (though intriguingly) shows its hand in connecting to the bigger universe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Deadpool 2 is chock-full of all the cartoonish ultraviolence, meta commentary and pop-culture references you’d expect. Where it surprises — and why it works so well — is how it balances an actually touching undercurrent alongside superhero subversiveness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    It borrows from "Animal House," "Back to School," "Old School" and other superior films, leaning less into crudeness and more into female-centric laughs, but offers some sweet moments and a few enjoyably zany characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Captures the complete exhaustion of parenthood in funny and profound fashion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    It could have been an unholy mess, but with directors Anthony and Joe Russo at the helm, Infinity War is instead a glorious, multilayered and clever comic-book adventure with loads of emotional stakes and a perfect foe for Earth’s mightiest heroes.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    I Feel Pretty offers aspirational touches that match the "Get it, girl" shirt sported by Schumer's character, but the mostly feel-good cinematic parable often has trouble finding the right balance between goofball humor and earnest message.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Per usual, Johnson is the key cog of a movie built for his physical presence, but it's the relationship between Davis and George that fuels the plot, even when everything around them gets convoluted and haphazard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    A Quiet Place is essentially "Alien" on a farm: Even though there are cornfields and land for days, there's a constant state of panic and claustrophobia for a family stalked by monsters who attack anything that makes noise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    A loving ode to a few decades that Spielberg made his own, Ready Player One’s an entertaining nostalgia trip that wears its influences proudly but throws them at such dizzying force that sometimes you feel like you’re buried under Chuck E. Cheese tokens.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    Eastwood, who spends much of Uprising squinting like his dad, Clint, plays buttoned-up straight man to Boyega, a dynamic that's initially grating yet finds its legs in the monster-punching stuff later.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    A deep and adventurous exploration of canines as man's (and one particular kid's) best friend.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    Not only historically significant but also truly excellent.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Truitt
    Alicia Vikander worked herself into hardbody shape for Tomb Raider, which by contrast is a flabby, lazy mess.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Truitt
    L'Engle's source material is a sneakily deep novel for youngsters, and Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell's screenplay doesn't do nearly enough with those themes of death, loss and parents letting their children down. Instead, theirs is a patchwork adaptation with weak character development, a lack of narrative groove and a haphazard finish.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    With the exception of her Russian accent, which seems more like an underwhelming audition for a Boris and Natasha cartoon, Lawrence fits the role like a new pair of pointe shoes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Truitt
    A beautiful and brutal headtrip exploring the positives and negatives inherent in mankind's evolution, with characters struggling against losing themselves to something alien.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Truitt
    Featuring an impressive voice cast, a clever script, an abundance of pig puns and a duck the size of a T. Rex, the film treads familiar ground by pitting a bunch of Davids vs. egotistical Goliaths on the soccer pitch. But it does so in such a supremely quirky and earnestly heartwarming fashion that it’s hard not to be charmed.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Brian Truitt
    Actually does manage to be the best of the BDSM bore-fests in the forgettable erotic saga based on E.L. James’ Fifty Shades novels.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Truitt
    While the themes are deep, Black Panther is at the same time a visual joy to behold, with confident quirkiness (those aforementioned war rhinos), insane action sequences and special effects, and the glorious reveal of Wakanda, whose culture is steeped in African influences but which also offers a jaw-dropping look at what a city of the future could be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    While the third chapter is certainly entertaining — and quite explosive — it has definitely lost some steam.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Truitt
    Hemsworth’s machismo is all real, though, and for two war-torn hours, you’ll forget about that iconic hammer of his.

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