Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6% The Forger (2015) " John Travolta's Raymond Cutter doesn't forge anything during the first 40 minutes of The Forger, unless we can count his unconvincing, age-inappropriate mane of hair. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015
67% Dial A Prayer (2015) " Kiley is mostly successful at keeping Hallmark banalities at bay, relating Cora's crime in a series of tense flashbacks and populating the film with funny characters played by a top-notch cast. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2015
No Score Yet The Forecaster " The story of espionage and duplicity that financial adviser Martin Armstrong relates in Marcus Vetter's documentary The Forecaster is as serpentine and fascinating as a John le Carré novel. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015
83% Love Hunter (2014) " The film's a sad, gentle valediction for a young artist's dream. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2015
76% Deli Man (2015) " Large of body and personality, Ziggy seems genuinely to have stepped across time from mid-century New York, or emerged bodily from the authenticity of an ethnic tradition. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
89% Buzzard (2015) " Often very funny, the film is not a comedy ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
No Score Yet My Way (2015) " A long, arcless, infuriating montage of unconnected road-trip moments between two annoying and self-absorbed people. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
29% Out Of The Dark (2015) " Stylishly filmed and often scary ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015
30% Mad As Hell (2015) " If Napier hadn't shown up with a camera, Uygur would likely have continued filming himself, because his "firebrand" commentary is only ostensibly about politics; it's mostly about projecting the world onto his own ego and making it Cenk Uygur-shaped. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
40% On The Way To School (2015) " The film quietly reveals these four small stories as epically heroic and timeless journeys. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
76% Match (2015) " Writer-director Stephen Belber's inspiriting, generous Match is so good that it's like some kind of trick. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4% Vice (2015) " The film unspools with a momentum that mitigates its artless brutality, kinda, but it's a high-pressure firehose of stupid. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
17% Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2015) " The film is as vacuous and undeserving of regard as any of its characters. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
94% The Search For General Tso (2015) " A breezy survey of the history of Chinese-American cuisine. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 30, 2014
No Score Yet A Little Game (2014) " An OK children's movie that can only be appreciated by kids, who have not yet been callused by the awfulness of both chess metaphors and the old ladies in films who are always spouting gauzy generalities about the magic of life. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2014
70% Sex Ed (2014) " Mildly funny and about 15 minutes too long, Sex Ed has a funny cast, particularly a kid played by Isaac White, who gets some hilariously rude dialogue. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
No Score Yet Fugly! (2014) " It's a comedy that's so broad and cartoony that the occasional dramatic pivots seem diminished and ridiculous, like performing a soliloquy on a Chuck E. Cheese stage. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 4, 2014
11% Hit By Lightning (2014) " It's a black-comedy plot without any blackness or actual comedy, unless mugging and bro-heiming by Mad TV's Will Sasso counts as hilarious. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
0% Eternity: The Movie (2014) " The godawful voiceover narration by Barrett Crake immediately telegraphs the film's sluggishness and lack of imagination. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
33% Default (2014) " Brand works hard at verisimilitude on the plane and in the film's many intercut cable-news segments, but it's hard to achieve realism in a mode that's so completely contrived. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
63% One Chance (2014) " The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
76% Harmontown (2014) " Berkeley's impartiality frees the director to include some of the writer's unpleasant moments on the tour. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
31% Autómata (2014) " The poetry in Ibáñez's soul has to cohabit with a lot of spray cheese. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
100% Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013) " Drummer and songwriter Bill Stevenson ... [is] as energetic and emotional in the interview segments as he is in archival performance footage. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
76% Harmontown (2014) " Harmontown is a documentary about being stuck on a bus with genius comedy writer Dan Harmon and all of his psychological baggage during the period after May 2012, when Sony Studios fired him from his cult-favorite NBC sitcom, Community. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2014
75% Hollidaysburg (2014) " Martemucci intertwines these stories gracefully, and with the charm and charisma of her cast, makes clever banter and script contrivances seem completely natural and unaffected. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " Scarlett Johansson carries the film effortlessly, bridging Besson's narrative and logical ellipses by fully embracing his crowd-pleasing intentions and convincingly depicting Lucy's psychological transformation. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 25, 2014
0% Among Ravens (2014) " The film concerns an annoying group of obvious, badly written stereotypes that meets for an annual lake-house douche huddle. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 15, 2014
44% Premature (2014) " So now we're stuck with a main character we know is an unrepentant sex offender, basically. Dumb! " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2014
93% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz connects the dots of Swartz's past, assembling a vivid portrait of a sensitive genius with a strong moral sense. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 24, 2014
67% Fonzy (2014) " The comic plot of Fonzy is outrageous, but to writer-director Isabelle Doval, it's just an armature that supports its gently funny characters and its themes of emotional and filial connections. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 19, 2014
50% Emoticon ;) (2014) " A grown-up's weird idea of how kids behave. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
75% Lucky Them (2014) " Strangely Bechdel Test-failing and as far removed from real life as Middle Earth, Lucky Them nonetheless hits familiar beats in welcome and unexpected ways, and does it by the book. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " More conventional, but more introspective than its predecessor. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 27, 2014
100% God's Horses (2014) " Ayouch depicts the sprawling, ramshackle Sidi Moumen slums with fluid camera movements, some of which ascend unexpectedly from street level to the rooftops, the apparent result of cameras on remote-controlled aircraft. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
No Score Yet Still I Strive (2014) " The kids are talented and charismatic in a real and profound way, not an abstract, "all children are precious and beautiful" way. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
50% DamNation (2014) " A quick, smart documentary about the havoc one country can create in its native fish populations by building 75,000 dams over an 80- or 90-year span. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
81% Fed Up (2014) " Fed Up is a workmanlike documentary, as undistinguished in style as a PowerPoint slide show. It nonetheless finds traction in its depiction of the food industry's Montgomery Burns-like practices. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
No Score Yet Altered States of Plaine (2014) " Harbors ambition that towers over its super-saver discount budget. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
60% Unclaimed (2014) " A nakedly manipulative film, intercutting missionary Faunce's history with shots of a ludicrously glum and silent family dinner, and indulging in some treacly sad-face piano music. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 29, 2014
89% Bears (2014) " Sincere and unexpectedly good, the film happily reintroduces another element of classic kids' movies: a tidy 77-minute run time. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2014
48% Rio 2 (2014) " Rio 2 feels like biting down on a golf-ball-size bolus of Skittles while a youth counselor sitting backward in a chair fist-bumps you and shouts, "The environment is cool, brah!" " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 9, 2014
No Score Yet Jesus People (2014) " Director Jason Naumann treats the characters with genuine affection and a portrayal of faith that actually has integrity. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " Small details and incidents accrete into a pointillist rendering of despair. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 2, 2014
65% The French Minister (2014) " Mannered and often very funny, it's kind of like what an Iannucci production would be if all his characters suffered from the behavioral effects of toxoplasmosis - really, really French, in other words. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2014
44% The Art of the Steal (2014) " The Art of the Steal doesn't advance the nerdy intertextuality that has distinguished ironic crime films since Guy Ritchie, but writer-director Jonathan Sobol knows the ropes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
No Score Yet Xingu (2014) " We know how this story plays out wherever it happens, and halfway through, the film switches from Dances With Capybaras to an Exodus tale ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
25% Awful Nice (2014) " The interactions of the two leads are like a finger hitting a single piano note for 90 minutes. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
67% Love & Air Sex (2014) " What's remarkable is that despite the sweaty overdetermination of the film's dude-bro interactions and the whole prefabricated concept of performance air sex, the love story has actual depth and sadness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
15% May I Kill U? (2014) " Urban's stab at black-comedy satire is hobbled by the obviousness of his characters. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
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