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Brent Simon


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Brent Simon

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Entertainment Today
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BIOGRAPHY
A bespectacled graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brent Simon is editor of Entertainment Today and a writer of many words for many formats.
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Total Reviews: 1089
Total QuickRatings: 9

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association

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F
   
"I flat-out defy the filmmakers... to logically explain the course of action in the movie." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2005
 
    XXX: State of the Union (2005)    17%  


F
   
"Cursed deserves its ignominy. And not your money." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2005
 
    Cursed (2005)    17%  


F
   
"They say that even ugly babies have faces their mothers love, but this is truly a film that not even hardcore genre fans could appreciate." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2005
 
    Alone in the Dark (2005)    1%  


F
   
"Shrill and clamorous claptrap, a movie whose harried declamations and colorful, frenetic staging give the impression of plot in the absence of any real narrative conviction." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Oct 5, 2004
 
    A Dirty Shame (2004)    52%  


F
   
"Issues of sexual commitment, fidelity and self-worth are graphically explored with the torpid detachment of a psych major’s filmic send-up of a Calvin Klein commercial..." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Oct 5, 2004
 
    Anatomy of Hell (2004)    26%  


F
   
"Blackwoods is all affected 'style,' not intelligent or clear enough to pull off its grand vision. When the final act twists come they don’t feel so much shocking or intelligent as just ridiculous." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Jul 18, 2003
 
    Blackwoods (2002)    11%  


F
   
"A muddy psychological thriller rife with miscalculations. It makes me say the obvious: Abandon all hope of a good movie ye who enter here." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Oct 21, 2002
 
    Abandon (2002)    17%  


F
   
"Completely creatively stillborn and executed in a manner that I’m not sure could be a single iota worse... a soulless hunk of exploitative garbage." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Sep 6, 2002
 
    Fear Dot Com (2002)    4%  


F
   
"[Less a movie than] an appalling, odoriferous thing... so rotten in almost every single facet of production that you'll want to crawl up your own *** in embarrassment." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 27, 2002
 
    New Best Friend (2002)    6%  


F+
   
"Soulless and -- even more damning -- virtually joyless, XXX achieves near virtuosity in its crapulence." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 21, 2002
 
    XXX (2002)    47%  


F
   
"A crime against humanity." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 30, 2002
 
    Freddy Got Fingered (2001)    10%  


F
   
"A mindless Taco Bell commercial — errrrr... summer effects vehicle that is utterly and depressingly devoid of any and all human drama... Grade-A feces." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 26, 2002
 
    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)    20%  


F
   
"If this wearying exercise in camp, rib-nudging double entendres, rhyming gollyspeak and groovy-daddio! set design wrapped around a wan murder mystery sounds like an Annette Funicello movie gone to hell, it at least succeeds on one level." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Nov 18, 2002
 
    Psycho Beach Party (2000)    53%  


F
   
"Empty-headed and unspeakably undisciplined… [the] question bears asking: Has Spike Lee -- the living, breathing antithesis of subtlety -- gone completely insane?" -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 30, 2002
 
    Bamboozled (2000)    50%  


F
   
"With large amounts of alcohol and the right friends, it might be a Mystery Science Theater 3000-level hoot. Otherwise, The Skulls is a crime against humanity." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 26, 2002
 
    The Skulls (2000)    8%  


F+
   
"A naked attempt at Jerry Maguire-style profundity that elicited 47 temple rubs and 13 audible Jesuses between my companion and I… the comedic equivalent of flat soda." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 27, 2002
 
    Wirey Spindell (1999)    25%  


F
   
"A ridiculous, self-important amalgamation of rehashed macho posturing and slow-motion bloodletting. Do yourself a favor: do not attend a convocation with these Saints." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 26, 2002
 
    The Boondock Saints (1999)    20%  


D-
   
"Arbitrarily arranged and awfully acted... proof positive that well-meaning creative wishes and savvy, low-fi merging of production means and narrative concept doesn't automatically produce heady results." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Sep 17, 2006
 
    Cavite (2006)    74%  


D-
   
"Piles one gloriously misbegotten cliché and set piece on top of another." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2005
 
    Rebound (2005)    13%  


D-
   
"Lurid, lazy and altogether awful..." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2005
 
    Fascination (2005)    5%  


D-
   
"An embarrassment for all involved." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2005
 
    Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)    59%  


D-
   
"It’s hard to imagine a more jointly artful and mind-numbingly off-putting cinematic experience... Father and Son is the virtual definition of tedium." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Jul 13, 2004
 
    Father and Son (2004)    70%  


D-
   
"A grade-A misfire, fantastically uninvolving, a cinematic train wreck of slacked-jawed, distinguished proportions. Read on for more fun..." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 5, 2003
 
    Gigli (2003)    6%  


D-
   
"Management of tone is everything in tales this sentimental, and Swimming Upstream is ploddingly obvious and mawkish -- all desultory domestic scenes and bad monologues." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Oct 5, 2004
 
    Swimming Upstream (2002)    n/a  


D-
   
"Hurrah! Gabby, obvious, adult angst-driven, sex-saturated American television has finally crossed the Atlantic and returned in irritating film form!" -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 30, 2002
 
    Crush (2002)    33%  


D-
   
"A long-on-style-short-on-insight mish-mash... the filmmakers trade on credit they haven’t earned, hoping you’ll fill in the narrative gaps." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 27, 2002
 
    Kill Me Later (2001)    25%  


D-
   
"A clutchy, indulgent and pretentious travelogue and diatribe against... well, just stuff. Watching Scarlet Diva, one is poised for titillation, raw insight or both. Instead, we just get messy anger, a movie as personal therapy." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Sep 23, 2002
 
    Scarlet Diva (2000)    50%  


D-
   
"A terrible film that witlessly unfurls its limp narrative. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the film." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Jan 16, 2003
 
    The Bachelor (1999)    10%  


D-
   
"This bayou-set, thinly imagined Psycho knock-off is little more than a derisible piece of slasher mayhem, notable for Tobe Hooper's association and costar Roberta Collins' assertion that star Neville Brand later tried to sexually assault her." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2006
 
    Eaten Alive (1976)    11%  


D-
   
"A poorly executed DIY production replete with all the un-tethered irresponsibility and overly demonstrative signifiers one would expect." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Apr 26, 2004
 
    Close Call ()    0%  


D
   
"It wants to be outwardly bawdy, but is the furthest thing from it." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Dec 23, 2005
 
    The Ringer (2005)    40%  


D
   
"A precocious, smarmy film that tries to spin spurious coincidence into high art." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2005
 
    The Chumscrubber (2005)    33%  


D
   
"The Man will be coming soon to a cable channel near you… frequently." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2005
 
    The Man (2005)    13%  


D
   
"Caught awkwardly ... between massive scope and something more honed and finite..." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2005
 
    A Sound of Thunder (2005)    8%  


D
   
"In the mind-numbing final hour... you stop being flabbergasted and just start praying for the end of the movie, this horrible Island vacation." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2005
 
    The Island (2005)    40%  


D
   
"You want... a misunderstood masterpiece, but it’s really just a mess, albeit one whose unique place in film history virtually assures it its own... Trivial Pursuit question." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted May 20, 2005
 
    Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)    28%  


D
   
"Maybe Paul Schrader can... re-shoot director Renny Harlin’s Mindhunters - an atrocious mess that could hardly stand to be dis-improved upon." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted May 13, 2005
 
    Mindhunters (2005)    26%  


D
   
"It brings little new to the table, even by generic 'reluctant warrior' thriller standards." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2005
 
    Hostage (2005)    32%  


D
   
"All in all, Man of the House lives up (or is that down?) to the blandness of its title." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2005
 
    Man of the House (2005)    8%  


D
   
"Can’t even give in to the spooky delight of its rich clichés like hundreds of other trashy-derivative horror thrill rides..." -- Now Playing Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2005
 
    Boogeyman (2005)    14%  


D
   
"A European-flavored thriller of manufactured morbidity that starts strong but becomes just another ridiculous potboiler mystery wrapped in the guise of the occult and arcane." -- Entertainment Today
Posted May 31, 2004
 
    Close Your Eyes (2004)    47%  


D
   
"Prima facie evidence of Hollywood’s virtual January-February non-compete clause... and proof that sustained effort does not a desirable final product make." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Mar 1, 2004
 
    Welcome to Mooseport (2004)    14%  


D
   
"A weird, unsuccessful and by all accounts unreasoned blend of styles [that] seems shot and edited together by two entirely different people." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Aug 18, 2003
 
    Uptown Girls (2003)    13%  


D
   
"Teen movies don’t have to be pandering and idiotic, but you wouldn’t know that by watching this Girl, an aimless piece of fluff that trades in clichés and stock jokes that have for a long time now been signifiers of humor rather than the real thing" -- Entertainment Today
Posted Apr 7, 2003
 
    What a Girl Wants (2003)    35%  


D
   
"Whereas Memento also actually delved into the human brain’s relationship to humanity and whether 'reality' as we know it lies in something as simple as cognitive imprinting and recollection, Irreversible peddles only the deeply exterior prec" -- Entertainment Today
Posted Mar 10, 2003
 
    Irreversible (2003)    56%  


D
   
"Stolid, unexcitable and dreary -- were movies to sport vanity license plates, this film’s would almost certainly be UN-XCPNL." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Feb 24, 2003
 
    Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003)    24%  


D
   
"A bold but barren and unrewarding art house stunt, Gerry's aggressively minimalist marriage of form and content comes off as bizarrely angry and deeply unfulfilling." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Feb 17, 2003
 
    Gerry (2003)    60%  


D
   
"Lacking gravitas, MacDowell is a placeholder for grief, and ergo this sloppy drama is an empty vessel. Leave these Flowers unpicked -- they’re dead on the vine." -- Entertainment Today
Posted May 27, 2003
 
    Harrison's Flowers (2002)    50%  


D
   
"An overstylized, puréed mélange of sex, psychology, drugs and philosophy. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes indulgent -- but never less than pure wankery." -- Entertainment Today
Posted May 27, 2003
 
    Harvard Man (2002)    34%  


D
   
"There’s no emotional pulse to Solaris. With an emotional sterility to match its outer space setting, Soderbergh's spectacular swing for the fence yields only a spectacular whiff." -- Entertainment Today
Posted Dec 2, 2002
 
    Solaris (2002)    64%  


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