Chris Buckle

Chris Buckle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 94% of the time.

Publications:
The Skinny
Total Reviews:
40

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 40 of 40
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 71% God Help the Girl (2014) " Winsomely engaging, largely thanks to Emily Browning's gamine lead performance. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet The Paternal House " The film charts the legacy of patriarchal violence across further generations of the same Tehran household, with a series of single-act scenes taking place in '46, '66, right up to '96 ... " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
2/5 50% Set Fire To The Stars " The tone is curiously flat and the script light on genuine insight: we see the torment fuelling Thomas, but too rarely share or understand it. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
2/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " Pogue repeatedly allows tension to dissipate, and only a handful of moments come close to inspiring actual fear. Otherwise, it's cheap jolts all the way. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " The closing scene's visceral impact is so pronounced that the film's less successful aspects (in particular, some unsubtle attempts at socioeconomic commentary) retreat from mind like backwash from a hull. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " While these ruminations on life, death, art and suchlike don't necessarily say anything original, they're nonetheless uttered eloquently ... " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " What Maisie Knew squares its emotions believably, provoking upset and anger at its scenes of collateral damage, but also inspiring respect for the resilience of youth. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Ponderous dialogue swerves into self-parody, while frequent scenes of dismemberment and suchlike bore rather than appall, making it difficult to care who slices who in its escalating litany of ultra-violence. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) " A bewildering array of arresting imagery - glowing devils, self-decapitation, joyless sex clubs and public school rugby matches - that seems to confrontationally resist reconciliation. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Kuroyuri danchi (The Complex) " While the central yarn delivers the right mix of pathos and frights, it also feels derivative of past works ... " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Gegenwart (Consequence) " It ironically undercuts the typical connotations - absence, loss, finality - associated with such a workplace. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) " Comfortably tops its bigger-budgeted contemporaries by every possible measure: it's more fun, more stylish and decidedly more memorable. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 85% Hawking (2013) " For all its wealth of detail, Stephen Hawking the man remains somewhat unknown. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet When Night Falls " [Exudes] a muted dignity despite the anger simmering inside. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2/5 30% Svengali " Suffers from ... datedness, its industry caricatures and underdog narrative ripe with clichés. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " For the most part, this side-odyssey is a stimulating and perspective-broadening experience. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 92% I Am Breathing (2013) " Deeply moving, with moments of absurd humour and profound beauty amidst the sadness. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2013
2/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " A movie that looks like a Die Hard film, feels (sporadically) like a Die Hard film, but lacks the wit and coiled adrenaline that made that series' debut a classic. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " Let's not mince words: Hansel and Gretel is not a good movie. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/5 92% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " Should satisfy both long-term acolytes and those newly curious of Big Star's timeless artistry. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 27, 2013
4/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " Delivers a compelling and considered take on immemorial themes. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 27, 2013
2/5 42% Men at Lunch (2013) " While some interviewees proffer genuine insights worth pondering, these can't balance the film's wayward focus and runaway aggrandisement. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/5 100% Village At The End Of The World " Beautifully-shot and purposely unsentimental, Village... is an insightful study of lives in transition. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/5 94% Lore (2013) " The result is a stimulating portrayal of an under-examined aspect of Nazism's terrible legacy. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 55% V/H/S (2012) " Fails to fulfil its grisly potential. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 17, 2013
2/5 44% Code Name: Geronimo " The lead-up is hokey and unconvincing, as the filmmakers strain to inscribe personality on a cast of ciphers through hackneyed backstories and substantial guesswork. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Omar Killed Me " Bouajila, in particular, is excellent in the lead role, convincingly internalising complex emotions: defiance, desperation, anger, and defeat. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 29, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana) " Ziff's film impresses by adopting multiple distances, from the close-up excavation of mass graves to comparatively disassociated art exhibitions, all augmented by co-producer Michael Nyman's evocative score. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " A bold artistic statement, a guided career retrospective, a political act, and a mediation on the very nature of cinema - all at once, with neither self-pity or intellectual elitism to muddy the waters. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 86% Terri (2011) " Like its eponymous protagonist, Terri sits awkwardly outside mainstream expectations, but is all the more appealing for it. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
4/5 91% The Green Wave (2012) " Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 28, 2011
3/5 77% In A Better World (2011) " Though the performances are excellent, it aint no Dogtooth. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 24, 2011
5/5 98% Project Nim (2011) " Nim's journey is profoundly moving... " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 10, 2011
5/5 97% Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009) " Any dips into melodrama are levelled out by its unpredictability, sympathies shifting multiple times in a kaleidoscope of greys that refuses to settle into blacks and whites. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 13, 2011
4/5 79% Cold Fish (2011) " The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 74% Route Irish " Loach's habit of filling out his cast with unknown faces resulting in some unconvincing scenes. But they don't detract from the righteous anger of regular collaborator Laverty's script... " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 16, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet La journée de la jupe (Skirt Day) (2009) " There is significant salvation in the form of a committed lead turn from Isabelle Adjani, which won her a record-breaking fifth Best Actress Cesar. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 96% Restrepo (2010) " Restrepo gazes unflinchingly on those at the heart of a contentious conflict and renders their experience viscerally and -- most importantly -- humanely. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 52% The Greatest (2010) " [Mulligan's] charming performance overcomes the character's clichés and in the process affirms her burgeoning talent. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 8, 2010
4/5 72% Double Take (2009) " A dizzying mosaic of historical footage, vintage advertisements, contemporary interviews and a fiction strand adapted from Jorge Luis Borges combine and proffer multiple delights. " ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 1, 2010
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