Chris Sawin

Chris Sawin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Examiner.com
Total Reviews:
241

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8/10 —— Short Peace (2014) " With its beautiful animation and exquisite storytelling, Short Peace is a rare animated film that taps into reflective and sentimental territory." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 18, 2014
5/10 20% Transcendence (2014) " Transcendence has some astounding cinematography, but it lacks a heartfelt performance from anyone in the cast. It's like a chunky puree of The Lawnmower Man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and the ending to The World's End." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 18, 2014
6/10 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Jude Law is undeniably mesmerizing as the venom spewing, short fused, alcohol dependent Dom Hemingway. Unfortunately the story finds itself running in circles and nothing feels resolved. " — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 18, 2014
5/10 71% Oculus (2014) " It deserves credit for seamlessly blending timelines and perspectives, but its mind games just fail to deliver proper scares. Oculus aimed to be the next Insidious, but it is actually nothing more than a reflective mess. " — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
9.5/10 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The Raid 2: Berandal is a rapid fire machine gun to the face kind of action film that never lets up. Gareth Evans has discovered the perfect formula for martial arts bliss as The Raid 2: Berandal is even more intense than the first film." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
9.5/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a mesmerizing superhero film that satisfies on every level. When that last snake head is chopped off, you still find yourself wanting more after 136-minutes of pure comic book superhero cinematic nirvana." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
8/10 73% Enemy (2014) " Enemy is deliberately enigmatic as it coils itself around your brain and does not let go. Whether you love or hate ambiguous cinema, Enemy will have you talking and the mindboggling film will mull around in your noggin for days to come. " — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
10/10 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Ernest & Celestine is a magnificent, creative, and visionary piece of work that is heartwarming, magical, and just a fantastic cinematic journey that will be forever timeless." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/10 90% Le Week-End (2014) " Le Week-End is aiming for authenticity between two people who have known each other for a very long time, but the end result is more like 90-minutes full of two hoary geese honking at each other that is practically excruciating to endure." — Examiner.com
Posted Apr 5, 2014
8/10 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Cheap Thrills takes pride in being the devil's advocate to human desires and playing its pawns like the sweet antique ivory keys of a piano." — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/10 41% Divergent (2014) " Divergent isn't ambitious enough to be good and it isn't outlandish enough to be bad. "Divergent" feels like nothing more than a lite version of The Hunger Games." — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 21, 2014
7/10 —— Tiger & Bunny: The Rising (2014) " Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is like a mixture of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Iron Man, and G-Force. If you're a fan of big superhero blockbusters, then you'll likely have a blast with Tiger & Bunny: The Rising." — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
6/10 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Even with its time period well established and most characters donning really impressive mustaches, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a disappointing yet mildly satisfying Wes Anderson film." — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/10 87% In Fear (2014) " There are traces of films such as The Hitcher, House of 1000 Corpses, Joy Ride, and Hush wrapped up in the DNA of In Fear, but unfortunately that DNA is more of a clone than its own identity. " — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/10 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Abs jiggle, computerized gore is overdone, speeches lifted straight out of Braveheart nearly put you to sleep and push the definition of redundancy, and the acting makes you cringe in a contender for one of the worst films of the year." — Examiner.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/10 60% Non-Stop (2014) " When crashing the plane is the only answer to a hijacked plane, when piling all of your luggage onto a bomb is the only solution, and when a heart condition is used to explain why someone likes the window seat, then Non-Stop is the answer." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/10 44% Almost Human (2014) " While Almost Human pays homage to some truly great horror and sci-fi films of the past, it fails to really personify its own identity and it crumbles under the weight of paying too much homage without building its own foundation." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/10 52% Adult World (2014) " Adult World may have meaning, but you have to trudge through waist deep piles of unfiltered, prepubescent, overdramatic whimpering just to get to it." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/10 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " Odd Thomas is a sloppy mixture of what could otherwise be a fun thriller. It's like a really lazy rip off of Peter Jackson's The Frighteners if it was made 18 years too late." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
8/10 69% Mr. Nobody (2013) " Complex, visually stunning, and pleasantly convoluted, this is a film that seems like it can't be confined to one genre and while time flows in one continuous direction Mr. Nobody makes it a point to constantly pedal in the opposite direction." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/10 45% In Secret (2014) " At one point during the film, Camille says, "Is there anything as depressingly calm as a Sunday afternoon?" In Secret is the cinematic equivalent of a Sunday afternoon." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
6/10 45% The Pretty One (2014) " Zoe Kazan does an excellent job portraying two separate characters, but The Pretty One is never able to overcome its weak first half which is overloaded with weak story points, lame dialogue, and poorly developed characters." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 12, 2014
5/10 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men feels like an elongated treasure hunt with dull results that attempts to mimic the atmosphere of Ocean's Eleven and fails." — Examiner.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
6/10 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station is centered around a tragic event with a powerful message, but just lacks the momentum to actually be impressive." — Examiner.com
Posted Jan 14, 2014
8/10 —— Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2014) " The original series set the standard for innovative anime series and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo feels like the first revolutionary step towards the absolute apocalyptic and brain warping ecstasy fans have been anticipating. " — Examiner.com
Posted Jan 14, 2014
6/10 —— Badges Of Fury (2014) " If you enjoyed the wild antics in Kung Fu Hustle, then you'll likely have a good time with Badges of Fury. Over the top and ridiculous, Badges of Fury pushes extreme to its limits and takes the utmost pride in doing just that. " — Examiner.com
Posted Jan 8, 2014
6/10 —— Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) " Faulty in many ways, Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear still pounds its viewer into the ground with its fast paced and bone crunching action sequences." — Examiner.com
Posted Jan 5, 2014
5/10 33% The Berlin File (2013) " Even though there's moments of exciting action and the reassembling of a government hierarchy violently taking place in front of you, The Berlin File is strapped to its restraints by its slow, meandering pace." — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
8/10 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty captures your imagination with Walter's daydreams, hits home with Walter's awkward behavior, and is inspiring to anyone who has mostly kept to themselves over the years with Walter's unbelievable journey. " — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 24, 2013
5.5/10 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The Wolf of Wall Street is a testosterone fueled, hallucinogenic fever dream driven by verbose dialogue, sweaty prostitute sex, and snorting cocaine from an unsuspecting rectum. " — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 24, 2013
8.5/10 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Saving Mr. Banks is a whimsical and charming film that seizes hold of your childhood. The historical comedic drama tightly clutches on to the magic of what you grew up with and never lets it go. It's the cinematic equivalent of a heart of gold." — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
8/10 93% American Hustle (2013) " David O. Russell has created this riveting world full of eccentric, well-rounded characters. American Hustle is a crime drama that is constantly engaging, hilarious, and stimulating. Christian Bale is sleazy perfection. " — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
8/10 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Even though the visuals aren't quite as sharp, The Desolation of Smaug is the exciting, fantasy adventure many wished An Unexpected Journey to be." — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
6/10 —— Saving General Yang (2013) " Destruction, war, and fighting for your life are represented quite well in Saving General Yang since the impressive action sequences make the film from Hong Kong somewhat worthwhile. However the film has very little if anything else to offer. " — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 12, 2013
7/10 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out of the Furnace feels like a companion piece to Killing Them Softly in the way it's paced and its tone. But unlike Killing Them Softly, this thriller is never able to fully capitalize on its threatening ambiance." — Examiner.com
Posted Dec 7, 2013
4/10 42% Homefront (2013) " It's not that a stereotypical Jason Statham movie is a bad thing, but Homefront does nothing to distinguish itself from an overflowing library of similar titles. " — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 29, 2013
6/10 92% Nebraska (2013) " The authenticity of Nebraska washes over you in this wave of how every road trip you've ever taken was just captured in slightly less than two hours." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/10 45% All Is Bright (2013) " "All is Bright is nothing more than empty threats and bottomless desires haphazardly thrown together around a more interesting event that you never get to see." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 19, 2013
8/10 27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " Spontaneous and vulgar, the savage nature of Charlie Countryman overpowers its incoherent inconsistencies for a pretty gratifying and lucid experience." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 15, 2013
6/10 65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) " It's admirable that Ip Man: The Final Fight takes a different approach to the character than the other Ip Man films out there, but it lacks the excitement that made Ip Man and Ip Man 2 so entertaining." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 14, 2013
8/10 —— Junkie " Throw caution into the wind and ignore your conscience. Chase the dragon, take that last trip, and give in to Junkie. Satisfying that fix for unique cinema just became a hell of a lot easier." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 14, 2013
8.5/10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Dallas Buyers Club is one of the most compelling films of the year with magnetic performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Supercharged with passion and emotion, Dallas Buyers Club is a fantastic drama with an unyielding message." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 10, 2013
8/10 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Thor: The Dark World is visually enticing, but in a more ominous way than in the first film. With extraordinary special effects, Thor: The Dark World is sure to be well-liked by those who loved the first film yet isn't nearly as well done." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 10, 2013
6/10 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " Some of the filming techniques are overused and the monologues are a bit too circuitous, but As I Lay Dying has the ability to be quite striking at times and its impulsive structure can be viewed as both an asset and a defect. " — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 6, 2013
8/10 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " The big revelation of the protagonist feels rushed, but Man of Tai Chi mixes this perfect concoction of outlandish and awesome and is extremely entertaining if you can just enjoy it as a simple martial arts film." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 3, 2013
4/10 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Unfunny, overly hoary, and easily foreseeable, Last Vegas is like being stuck on that road trip with your grandparents that lasts way too long and features them having discussions about what brand of denture cream they bought last." — Examiner.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
6/10 34% The Counselor (2013) " There are some really interesting aspects to The Counselor, but its intricate attempts only get more and more tangled up in its knots of cryptic ambiguousness. It's as if it experiments with having so many meanings that it literally has no meaning." — Examiner.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
10/10 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave is an outstanding triumph in filmmaking since it's so unbelievably captivating yet will leave you feeling so undeniably uncomfortable as it takes pride in ripping your mortality to shreds over the course of two hours." — Examiner.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
6/10 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " We Are What We Are is built around sloppy yet fantastic kills with a fairly satisfying explanation for everything, but it jerks the viewer around with awkward jumps in violence and its overbearing tepidness shouts over everything else in the film." — Examiner.com
Posted Oct 20, 2013
6/10 49% Escape Plan (2013) " With dumb action at its core that feels a quarter of a century past its prime, Escape Plan fails to be a breakthrough hit even though Arnold is able to get to the chopper." — Examiner.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
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