Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Village Voice
Total Reviews:
117

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet 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
40% 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
64% One Chance (2014) " The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
75% 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
75% 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
41% 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
92% 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
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
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
10% The Nut Job (2014) " Good-natured and completely forgettable ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
36% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
61% Bad Milo! (2013) " Bad Milo! meets your expectations right where you left them. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
No Score Yet 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
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