Chris Cabin

Chris Cabin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Chris Cabin'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
2.5/4 90% Wild (2014) "Director Jean-Marc Vallée has created a film out of Cheryl Strayed's beloved 2012 memoir that never quite matches the blunt audacity of its simple title. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2014
2.5/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "It does well to put more focus on delivering a plethora of jokes, imitations, zippy repartee, and sight gags than its plot's familiar machinations. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2014
2.5/4 64% Late Phases (2014) "Adrián García Bogliano ends up merely toying with the death-steeped concerns of his characters, and taking the furious and bitter perspective that powers the narrative's ponderous dramatic core for granted. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2014
2.5/4 81% Beyond the Lights (2014) "By rooting Noni's self-image issues in a controlling mother, the script provides the film with a tame, melodramatic structure that dulls the thorny matters of identity and expression at its center. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2014
2.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The film quickly becomes a study of grief and retribution, and the question of how exactly technology can and should be utilized in the treatment of these emotions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2014
2/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "Much like his hero, Christopher Nolan's goal seems to be to take the humor and wildness out of imagination, to see invention in rigidly practical and scientific terms. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 3, 2014
2.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Dan Gilroy's directorial debut only offers a familiar vision of today's newsman and producers as misery peddlers, and callow ratings slaves bordering on the monstrous. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2014
3.5/4 100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown "Mr. Dynamite is a strikingly varied and substantial portrait of an intensely complex artist. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 26, 2014
2.5/4 85% John Wick (2014) "The film is thematically thin, and it has a tendency to embrace the action genre's more obnoxious elements, but there's a proudly no-nonsense air to its nonsensicality. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2014
1/4 72% Constantine: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Constantine's title character comes off as too cool to be genuinely troubled, and the series similarly feels as if it's putting on airs. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2014
.5/4 47% The Judge (2014) "One long trial of moral duty, and one that excuses repugnant behavior and psychological warfare in lieu of a repetitive, condescending sermon on honoring thy father. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2014
77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "The film devolves quickly into a pedestrian character study that basks in Gary Webb's public shaming and victimization, losing sight of the bravery and probing talent that characterized his writing. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2014
4/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "The dangers of filmmakers trying to replicate a golden era rather than embrace the present are part and parcel of Inherent Vice, but the ramifications are political as well. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2014
4/4 99% Timbuktu (2015) "The film's criticism isn't primarily rooted in satire, but rather in fury and condemnation for those who seek to be gods while shamefully feigning to follow and praise one god. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2014
.5/4 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "Jason Reitman fails to take into account any of the positive endeavors enabled by social media, which will no doubt be used to promote and market his film. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2014
2/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "The flippancy toward thematic concerns and character construction suggests that the film, like the boxtrolls' myriad gadgets and inventions, was largely built from used parts. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
1.5/4 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "All of Scott Frank's thematic concerns are little more than window dressing for a run-of-the-mill detective story in line with '90s thrillers like The Bone Collector. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3.5/4 95% Whiplash (2014) "The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3.5/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3.5/4 88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014) "In its final season, the series seems determined to follow up on its early tag line, "You can't be half a gangster." " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
2/4 68% God Help the Girl (2014) "Stuart Murdoch clearly knows quite a bit about crafting pop tunes, but the film's consideration of the work of songwriting is totally flippant. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2014
0.5/4 25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Partners is bad even by most lawyer-joke standards, and the writing's falseness and laziness carries over to the performances. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2014
1.5/4 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "Whereas a single, stinging one-liner would have sufficed Jacques Tourneur or Fritz Lang, Frank Miller's overcompensating flood of pulpy dialogue only renders his characters flat and sans empathy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2014
1/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "For all the brawn on display, the film never slows down to take in the thrill and talent of hand-to-hand combat. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
1/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) "A film so overworked to ensure mass-market appeal that it loses the charming oddness and loose goofiness that has allowed these characters to endure. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "The final season of The Killing conjures nothing so much as a more compact recitation of its mundane pessimism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2014
.5/4 17% Sex Tape (2014) "By the time a blackmailing plot is introduced, the film seems to be surviving solely on the fumes of curse words and frequent shots of Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz's backsides. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/4 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) "It's hard to see the fiscal woes at the center of Zach Braff's second feature as anything more than a fashionable depiction of first-world problems. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2014
2.5/4 97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "Season two of Masters of Sex is no more or less disappointing than a grand seduction that concludes with a minute-long roll in the hay. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2.5/4 78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The series comes off as overtly coy and more than a little aimless. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) "However messy this overextended and oddly compelling work feels from moment to moment, the end result evokes the life of working artists without sentimentality or undue grandeur. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "It only conveys the awesome strangeness of its characters and their universe when director Brian Singer breaks away from the perpetual build-up of the film's unwieldy plot. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2014
4/4 92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "Louie is clearly akin to Seinfeld in its delirious view of a reasonably privileged life constantly swayed by the particulars of Manhattan geography. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2014
3/4 96% Ida (2014) "Pawel Pawlikowski shows great empathy toward the idea of illusions as a way of attaining emotional stability in even the most brutal terrain. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "The narrative doesn't want for ambition, but Marc Webb proves unwilling, or incapable, of making this unwieldy story feel like anything but a deluge of backstory. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3/4 No Score Yet Glass Chin (2015) "The story is familiar, but the director undermines the tight, expected narrative turns of such a film by focusing on the cast's worn-in and jazzy repartee and expressing a perfectly modulated sense of self-awareness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2014
1.5/4 86% Chef (2014) "Jon Favreau's film comes off as flippant in its view of independent labor as a universally liberating experience for an artist and businessman. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/4 80% Land Ho! (2014) "That the filmmakers consistently catch the nuances of character that bind the two men to each other, rather than simply tracing the pros and cons of their dispositions, is what gives the film its melancholic yet vibrant resonance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2014
3.5/4 96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) "Season four feels entirely liberated from the show's own extensive mythology and now moves with thrilling fury and purpose. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2014
1/4 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) "That Dom is so clearly an up-to-11 caricature, embodied with reliable pizzazz by Jude Law, makes the sentimental moments feel especially false. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 19% Sabotage (2014) "There's no sense of visual artifice to match the ludicrous pitch of the script, and subsequently, the film comes off as awkward and uncertain. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/4 64% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Comfort kills ambition in Doll & Em, and the very pulse of life seems to go with it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 77% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) "Roberto Minervini has created a moving portrait of feminism born out of hard work and intuitiveness, but he never belittles or condescends to the faithful. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 84% Rob the Mob (2014) "For the most part, it's a gas, but the light touch Raymond De Felitta gives the material is at once its saving grace and its tremendous limiter. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2014
1.5/4 82% The Double (2014) "Whatever the film's interest may be in the marginalized, writer-director Richard Ayoade never alludes to what would even be worth fighting for in this nightmarish industrial landscape. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 22% Need For Speed (2014) "Even when compared to other films posing as Ford Mustang commercials, Need for Speed isn't particularly memorable for anything other than the startling incompetence and dull sheen of the end result. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/4 65% Bad Words (2014) "The meager comeuppance and hasty notes of sweetness that end the film feel pre-approved rather than organically realized. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2014
75% U ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) "A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking. " ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 18, 2014
.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) "Fantasy is heavily dependent on vision, which Mark Helprin had in spades, but the look of Akiva Goldsman's fantasy is limp, timid, and occasionally outright awkward. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/4 47% The Following: Season 2 (TV, 2014) "In its second season, The Following remains trash that doesn't even have the common courtesy to be self-consciously trashy. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) "Kevin Hart spends most of the film doing what he usually does, which is to say acting generally like a pre-teen who just noticed his first pubic hair " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
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