Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Chris Barsanti's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Pump (2014) "Thought-provoking documentary about the lunacy of only fueling cars with gasoline loses credibility the more it turns into a single-minded broadside. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 18, 2014
8/10 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) "In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 18, 2014
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) "20,000 Days on Earth is a transfixing and bewitching film, most particularly for its punch-drunk immediacy and dedication to living in the now. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 15, 2014
4/5 78% The Green Prince (2014) "The Green Prince is a spy story, after all, and in all the most truthful ones, everyone gets burned and betrayed whether they did the right thing or not. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Sep 11, 2014
70% Take Me to the River (2014) "This indulgent, star-studded documentary about Memphis music is more over-enthusiastic jam session than film. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4.5/5 95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) "masterful and Oscar-worthy... " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Sep 4, 2014
71% Memphis (2014) "Tim Sutton's gorgeously shot nomadic mood piece...will bore most audiences but hypnotize a few looking for that magical symbiosis of Jim Jarmusch's blank poetry and David Gordon Green's early Southern Gothic. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 3, 2014
6/10 94% The Normal Heart (2014) "Larry Kramer's blistering cri de coeur about the early days of the AIDS plague gets a solidly respectful but flawed treatment from Ryan Murphy. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Sep 3, 2014
2.5/5 63% One Chance (2014) "there's too little of a story here for it to cohere " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/5 80% The One I Love (2014) "There's enough good material here to produce a tight and focused half-hour short. But once the conclusion's twist on a twist is made clear, the film doesn't seem able to sustain interest in following through on its premise. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 26, 2014
73% A Will For The Woods (2014) "But A Will for the Woods is more contemplative than preachy. This spirit might, ironically, limit its audience more than if it had drawn a harder and angrier line. But that generosity makes for a finer film. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) "The Trip to Italy's total lack of necessity has little bearing on its enjoyability. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Aug 14, 2014
7/10 89% Calvary (2014) "John Michael McDonagh's caustic passion play pits one stolid cleric against the whole filthy universe of base humanity, which demands he atone for the sins of the Catholic Church. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 12, 2014
21% Into The Storm (2014) "It's a cheap and only occasionally effective disaster film from the director of Final Destination 5 (anyone?) that strains to use POV immediacy as a tool for updating Twister for the social-media age. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 7, 2014
8/10 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "What makes James Gunn's scruffier and un-spandex'd band of reluctant heroes so appealing is how they approximate the good-hearted rogues on the raggedy charm of space westerns like Joss Whedon's own "Firefly". " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "elegant, sparse, and scrupulously acted but dramatically stunted " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/10 66% Lucy (2014) "If you surgically grafted a snippet of 'Flowers for Algernon' and a low-end documentary about the human brain onto a Cliff Notes summary of 'La Femme Nikita,' the result might approach the lazy schizophrenia of Luc Besson's latest fembot warrior fantasy. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 24, 2014
9/10 90% The Kill Team (2014) "During some of these interviews and accompanying footage, The Kill Team seems almost like an autopsy, necessary but sickening to behold. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 21, 2014
7/10 56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "...the idea that a half-day of legal savagery would reduce crime or unemployment is ridiculous. But as a license for creating crisply told and politically resonant exploitation filmmaking, it's close to perfect. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " a light and dancing comedy about fresh starts " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 15, 2014
53% I Origins (2014) "...I Origins is little more than a deeply felt but confused curiosity. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 14, 2014
5/10 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Because [Andy] Serkis is able to wring so much pathos out of a furrowed brow or damp eye, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' seems reluctant to grant anybody else much room. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) "Wobbly at times but still magical in an everyday way... " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/5 80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "By the end of the film, it can't help but read as another of Bulger's self-mythologizing claims that once made him a false Robin Hood for Southie. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 26, 2014
93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) "Tragic, maybe overly burnished portrait of online activist Aaron Swartz nevertheless turns his federal prosecution into a crisp indictment of government hypocrisy and intimidation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/10 52% Jersey Boys (2014) "Clint Eastwood's bland band biopic approach drains the energy from the stage version of this blockbuster razzmatazz jukebox musical. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 20, 2014
88% Coherence (2014) "Although his film is in part about the bad choices individuals make under duress, Byrkit has more on his mind than self-involved people leaping into me-first mode the second that disaster strikes. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Rover (2014) "...continually seems to evoke other sources, from Cormac McCarthy's literate savagery to any number of Westerns, particularly John Hillcoat's phenomenally bloody The Proposition. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) "Clean and crackling, "Night Moves" works as a quiet thriller, shot through with teeth-grinding tension. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3/5 88% The Immigrant (2014) "...a stubbornly old-fashioned lovesick tale in which the bonds of passion and family are stretched to their snapping point. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 11, 2014
10/10 100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) "The dense mythology of HBO's The Wire, painstakingly created over five novelistic seasons, has enough drama packed inside to be easily spun out for the next five, ten, 15 years. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Jun 6, 2014
54% Citizen Koch (2014) "It's a simple story, with the Koch brothers as the obvious bad guys. But Deal and Lessin get too enamored of their on-the-ground reporting and lose sight of their main prey. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/5 89% Obvious Child (2014) "A fresh-faced, faux-messy romantic comedy with a refreshingly economic take on the usual meet-cute / separation crisis / resolution arc. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/5 86% Chef (2014) "Subtle and sweet when it's working, mawkishly obvious when it isn't... " ‐ Film Racket
Posted Jun 3, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Doug Liman's half-inventive 'Full Metal Alien Groundhog Day' war film is buoyed at first by Tom Cruise's rascally twinkle before falling back on shopworn battle-bot effects and videogame plotting. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) "We Are the Best! scrapes, if sometimes a little lazily, for its spiky heroines to be appreciated on their own terms, half-understood though they might be. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted May 29, 2014
100% The American Nurse (2014) "An initially impactful mission statement about a few of the nation's millions of dedicated nurses, Carolyn Jones's well-meaning dossier of a documentary remains frustratingly on the surface. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 15, 2014
4/5 82% The Double (2014) "If there were ever such a thing as the nightmare comedy, this is it. " ‐ Film Racket
Posted May 8, 2014
36% God's Pocket (2014) "There's not a moment in the film when Slattery doesn't convey with absolute clarity what each character is about and where they fit in their small, restricted world. Unfortunately, that's not enough to bring this film across the finish line. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 8, 2014
27% Farmland (2014) "If the point of Farmland was to recruit people to the farming life, then it is most likely a success...But as anything more than a well-meaning cinematic brochure, it simply doesn't fly. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2014
5/10 93% Güeros (2015) "Even with its striking compositions and embrace of visual disorder, "Güeros" gets hung up on its own cleverness. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 30, 2014
8/10 84% Zero Motivation (2014) "Talya Lavie skillfully unpacks the waste and drudgery of military life into a comic narrative that's also shot through with an unnerving and free-floating anxiety. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 30, 2014
6/10 76% Match (2015) "...features enough salty turns of phrase and violently clashing expectations to generate a reasonably entertaining evening in its company. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 29, 2014
9/10 97% 1971 (2015) "...a thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 29, 2014
7/10 91% Art and Craft (2014) "...jaunty and engaging. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 28, 2014
6/10 No Score Yet All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State "...you can get a lot more people to listen to what you have to say if you're funny. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 28, 2014
6/10 97% An Honest Liar (2015) "...a profile in heroic rationality. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/10 86% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) "...as the jokes land with increasingly heavy thuds and even the simplest threads of plot become unraveled in one dead-end subplot after another, the film's minuses quickly outnumber its plusses. " ‐ PopMatters
Posted Apr 25, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) "Transcendence strains to create the kind of brainy science-fiction adventure that Christopher Nolan pulled off in the more phantasmagoric and lyrical Inception. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2014
86% Joe (2014) "A whiskey-slugging melodrama that wears its considerable heart on a tattered sleeve that smells of last night's cigarettes, Joe is David Gordon Green's most dramatically assured story to date. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 8, 2014
85% Under the Skin (2014) "Glazer's meticulously reality-cracking mannerisms and Johansson's glassy watchfulness make for shivering visuals but nearly muffle the film completely. But those concluding stretches...help this elegant mystery of existence regain a dark purpose. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 3, 2014
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