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Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Chris Packham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Prescription Thugs (2016) "It's unusually confessional and often moving, but Bell's film is unsatisfying as a piece of documentary journalism. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016
94% Fargo (1996) "The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016
No Score Yet Get Happy! (2016) "Director Manoj Annadurai's scenes are unartful in their staging, featuring actors who don't seem entirely present, weaknesses magnified by Tom Shipley's thuddingly obvious script. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 12, 2016
11% Dixieland (2015) "Bedford intercuts the narrative by interviewing actual residents of the town where he shot the film; all of their stories touch on death more movingly than the fictional script does. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 9, 2015
50% Uncle Nick (2015) "Exaggerates the genre's details to emphasize its grossness. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 1, 2015
89% Stink! (2015) "Like any of these documentaries, this one's all over the map, but Whelan grounds it in his family. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 24, 2015
47% Criminal Activities (2015) "The script veers from comic, narrated episodes to surprising violence, planting early narrative seeds that yield some effective surprises ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% McCullin "Famous for his war photography, McCullin's gift is his sensitivity, a capacity to feel the pain of other people that informs both the images he produced and the ones he refused to take. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 27, 2015
88% Bone Tomahawk (2015) "The characters are thoughtfully embellished, and Zahler's script finds occasional traction with engaging dialogue that includes exploration of the men's contrasting attitudes about marriage. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2015
97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) "The director's native warmth and sympathy are extended here to the store and the personalities that made it a billion-dollar, globe-bestriding colossus. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 13, 2015
71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) "Brand is incapable of the focus for anything deeper than tactics of charm, glibness, and shock. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015
12% Pay the Ghost (2015) "The script doesn't know the difference between being something scary and pointing at something scary. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2015
18% Zipper (2015) "Wilson is a charismatic and underused actor, perfect here as a guy with a talent for convincing others of his virtue. Headey, as Sam's wife, creates a surprisingly complex portrait of a woman ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015
89% Fort Tilden (2015) "Allie and Harper are basically unlikable, but played with a light touch and just enough distance from their own unthinking cruelty to remain funny. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2015
40% 6 Ways To Die (2015) "The film becomes a cascading-failure scenario that proceeds from Soumah's intention to bait-and-switch the audience, coupled with a lot of suboptimal acting and amateurish editing choices. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015
71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) "The film's sweetness, its story line and the script's cartoony characters recall Raising Arizona, though Gone Doggy Gone isn't as tightly structured. But, being looser, it has a little more room to breathe. " ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2015
19% 7 Minutes (2015) "7 Minutes is humorless and perfunctory, its heavies and protagonists never so much as aspiring to transcend or challenge the stereotypes they represent. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
0% Freedom (2015) "Without all the music, Freedom would be about 30 minutes long. Further chop out all the conversations about Jesus (please), and it would be nothing but credits. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015
84% Animals (2015) "The premise - homeless drug addicts in love - is depressing, but as directed by Collin Schiffli, the film has warmth and humor, ultimately conveying a sense of redemptive hope that Dastmalchian likely brings to the table. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
26% Every Secret Thing (2015) ""Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably amounts to the mission statement posted outside the production trailer for Every Secret Thing. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015
8% 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
71% 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 (2015) "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
79% 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
28% 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
50% 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
74% 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
40% 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
64% 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 (2016) "The godawful voiceover narration by Barrett Crake immediately telegraphs the film's sluggishness and lack of imagination. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 14, 2014
43% 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
29% 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
47% 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
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