Charles Bramesco

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For 52 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 16.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Charles Bramesco's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 High Life
Lowest review score: 0 Jersey Shore Massacre
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 52
  2. Negative: 16 out of 52
52 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Charles Bramesco
    It’s less heartwarming than heart-microwaving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Bramesco
    It’s the kind of seemingly effortless success that makes producing a good superhero movie look easy: find a likable hero and a colorful villain, hire someone who knows how to write a punch line, and for Stan Lee’s sake, keep it fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Charles Bramesco
    Close inspection reveals that The Christmas Chronicles suffers from the same acute condition as one of Freddy’s or Jason’s lesser vehicles. The film doesn’t know how to get out of its own way and foreground what’s working, namely the dynamo of screen presence placed more prominently in the advertising than the feature itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Bramesco
    Polarizing yet undeniably fascinating, the bait-and-switch horror film lures its viewer into a false sense of terrified security before pouncing in an anything-goes frenzy, and Evans’s latest is a prime specimen.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    It’s a victory lap, which will probably be enough for fans content to share Q’s presence and nothing more. But this movie isa cataloguing of a man who lives in three dimensions. In sticking to recitation of well-known historical fact and flattery it has taken the easy way out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Bramesco
    JT LeRoy may have been an elaborate fib, but Kelly finds a genuine pearl of wisdom in the web of deception.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Charles Bramesco
    With an achievement of this calibre it’s hard to resist hyperbole: High Life contains the single greatest one-person sex scene in the history of cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    If the historical epic exists as a delivery system for swords-and-shields clashes, panoramas of rolling natural vistas and gruff inspirational speeches to those about to die, then Mackenzie has done his job and then some. But his prior films have set the bar a bit higher than that, and this straightforward, unchallenged take on macho valour doesn’t quite reach it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Charles Bramesco
    There’s a lot to ponder in Prototype, not least in the confounding coda that suggests a note of hope for rebirth, but the film’s powers are visceral as much as (if not more so than) they are cerebral.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    Bryan’s done his homework, mapping out an elaborate network of past wrongdoings with news clippings and TV footage. If the just deserts that this film demands ever come to pass, it will almost certainly be the most copiously photographed treason in a long and illustrious American tradition.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Bramesco
    As with all overwhelmingly poor movies, it’s the delicate confluence of many varied factors that creates the critic’s familiar feeling of despairing hopelessness in the cinema.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    The debate over the utility of violence and the dignity owed prisoners of war has raged since time immemorial, and recent developments have only amplified the decibel level. Operation Finale zeroes in on these complex dynamics, only to erase their nuance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    Moselle is at her most astute when concentrating on the fragile social dynamics that govern the tribes adolescents divide themselves into for survival’s sake.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    Yoon executes all the classic double-agent set pieces with finesse, and those enamoured of the genre will appreciate a change of setting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    The Equalizer pictures operate under a false moral imperative, using the mission of cleaning up the streets as a cover for the same pat hyper-stylized, near-pornographic brutality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Bramesco
    Tau
    For the impressively moronic dialogue, Oldman brings a lack of imagination so complete that he could plausibly explain this performance away as a high-concept ironic joke.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Charles Bramesco
    This high-gloss take on Gordon Parks Jr’s funky vision of the hustle goes so far into sheer, unabashed rap-video excess that calling it gratuitous would miss the point. Until it suddenly, brutally isn’t.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    Whannell’s finite reserves of creativity have been meted out in an imbalance, going all in on world-building while giving the fight choreography and the cinematography listlessly documenting it the short shrift.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    Hunnam and Malek both hold up their end of the deal. Noer, for his part, meets them halfway by conjuring golden-hued beauty for the jungle surroundings and a due griminess for the danker chambers of their holding compound. He doesn’t overcomplicate things for himself, keeping the clunky dialogue to a minimum and focusing on the guiding light of Papi’s indomitable willpower.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    The character dynamics are still as rich as when Sherriff first realised them, and C Company’s supporting servicemen add a few complementary hues to this portrait of militarised despair.... And yet Dibb’s direction doesn’t leave the actors enough room to breathe.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Bramesco
    It’s by no means impossible to carve a challenging, meaningful story out of difficult interchanges between the east and west. To return to Scorsese, consider Silence, a fine film about European men slowly realizing just how little they understand of Japan. But neither Zandvliet, Baldwin, nor Leto care to look beyond themselves. They’re worse than the simple gaijin, or the over-affectionate weeaboo – they’re tourists who think they own the place.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Charles Bramesco
    Watching Jones passively bob in the deep end of his imagination, a viewer longs for the compulsory baseline competence of the big studios – anything but the blandness masquerading as future cult bait.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Charles Bramesco
    While pretty consistently amusing, the film still suffers from a chronic case of Wikipediitis, recreating Kenney’s bullet-point moments as substitution for original wit or drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Charles Bramesco
    Hall’s marching in lockstep with a lengthy platoon of directors who have already blazed this same path through enemy territory. And though he’s got some upstanding troops at his disposal, his plan of attack lacks that crucial unexpected element that can take an opposing battalion – or an audience – off guard.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Charles Bramesco
    A sequel so wholly anodyne that it doesn’t even deserve its exclamation point.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Bramesco
    Theory’s premise dares to interrogate what, if anything, the apparent randomness of life means. Brown and screenwriter Michael J. Kospiah haven’t the foggiest, but they’re willing to unload as many harebrained plot twists as it takes to obfuscate the question.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Bramesco
    Bound To Vengeance is not necessarily an evil film, or even a hateful one. It’s confused at best, though it’s more likely that the film’s misguided pseudo-feminist subtext is a result of simple thoughtlessness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Charles Bramesco
    The film’s greatest virtue is Disney’s ability to poke fun at sports-flick tropes while simultaneously embracing them. No cliché goes untackled; Disney and his first-stringers leave it all on the field.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 70 Charles Bramesco
    The first-time feature director still has some growing up to do—the glaring genuflections to his influences betray his rookie status—but Patch Town has just enough laughs, imagination, and sincerity to follow through on its naked bids for cult adoration.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Charles Bramesco
    Though the memory of Hooper’s picture haunts every frame of nü-Poltergeist, Kenan’s will fade unseen into the great beyond first.

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