Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Village Voice
Total Reviews:
108

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
90% 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
76% 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
—— 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
82% 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
—— 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
91% 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
47% 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
—— 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
63% 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
—— 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
70% 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
86% Run & Jump (2014) " Maxine Peake is a revelation in Run & Jump, communicating vitality and extraordinary optimism that practically bleeds out and infects the visuals." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) " Good-natured and completely forgettable ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
31% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " Gregorini presents her characters as recognizably human balls of complexity, nudging but never forcing them toward a sad, beautiful conclusion." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
0% Hamlet (2014) " Ramsay's Hamlet's madness never really overcomes the character's traditional emo temperament, and anyone who believes the play is a dry sponge isn't going to feel much wetter when the lights come back up." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
—— Coyote " The sharp, funny Coyote documents the narratives of two people disconnected from the realities of cross-border politics." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 17, 2013
44% The Unbelievers (2013) " A study in the frustrating insufferableness of people you probably agree with ..." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 10, 2013
50% Adventures of the Penguin King 3D (2013) " The film is a klutzy rearrangement of documentary footage into a forced story arc narrated in first person by Tim Allen." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2013
23% Angels Sing (2013) " There's a lot of onscreen music-making, some of it amazing, the rest Santa-related." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
86% Home (2013) " The casting director needs a raise." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
28% Ass Backwards (2013) " The episodic story and minimal budget result in a small canvas over which these two huge characters dominate." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " The characters are totally passive -- money, drinks, women, and unexpected acclaim shower down on these elder-bros like Werther's Originals from God's own cardigan pocket, completely unearned by the characters or the screenplay." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2013
44% Our Day Will Come (2013) " Our Day Will Come escalates to a violent rampage as essentially unpleasant and nonsensical as its characters." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
75% Forgetting The Girl (2013) " Thanks to some well-drawn characters and tight casting, including Anna Camp and Lindsay Beamish as an exceptionally troubled makeup artist, Taylor overcomes the script's minor implausibilities." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 9, 2013
10% Cassadaga (2013) " Attempts to leverage the horror genre in the service of inducing epiphanies, but keeps tripping over its confused tangle of genres." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
—— Requiem NN (2013) " [A] quiet, somber film ..." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " Franco adapted a book that often reads like joyless homework into a film that feels the same way." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
60% Bad Milo! (2013) " Bad Milo! meets your expectations right where you left them." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
—— Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde (2013) " Through photos and family lore, but mostly through Dayton's own eloquence, Mitchell assembles a biographical portrait that's inspiring in the best possible way." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
—— Babygirl (2013) " You learn everything about the principal characters in the film's opening moments, a tight haiku of inner-city domesticity ..." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
13% The Secret Lives Of Dorks (2013) " The Jim Belushi of high-school romantic comedies: indifferent, kind of exhausted." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
93% Sample This (2013) " The music is incredible, and through interviews with Rosey Grier, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, and a squadron of old-school studio musicians, director Dan Forrer unearths some of the hidden history of American pop." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
85% Hawking (2013) " Finnigan wisely seizes on the gentle strength and charisma of Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde. She imprints on the film as fully as her former husband, whose presence is still considerable." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
0% Mission Park (2013) " You probably saw the ensuing narrative of betrayal, murder, and undercover investigation on Silk Stalkings, Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street, Hardcastle and McCormick, Profiler, or The Cosby Mysteries." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2013
49% Blood (2013) " The characters never manage to connect with one another, separated by gulfs of melodramatic angst and the plot demands of a boringly unspooled police procedural." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 7, 2013
13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " R.I.P.D. does offer a pretty good idea of what the afterlife might look like to someone suffering macular degeneration." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 19, 2013
86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " A wide-ranging, if shallow, exploration of intrusive government surveillance practices. " — Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2013
59% Stuck in Love (2013) " Writer-director Josh Boone populates Stuck in Love with smart characters breaking from emotional holding patterns of varying contours." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2013
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