Chris Sawin

Chris Sawin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Chris Sawin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
10/10 90% Turbo Kid (2015) "With its gushing gore, brilliant kills, overwhelming sentimental value, and its ability to emphasize that nobody plays a villain quite like Michael Ironside, Turbo Kid is this gruesome time capsule overflowing with bloody nostalgic greatness. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 27, 2015
5/10 71% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "Unfortunately Larry's lack of effort ultimately translates into the enjoyment aspect of 7 Chinese Brothers resulting in the viewer feeling like Larry's dog Arrow: lethargic and passive to the world around them. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 27, 2015
5.5/10 40% No Escape (2015) "No Escape is savagely intense at times and abhorrently devastating at others, but it's only entertaining at surface level. It lacks the proper depth and variety that a memorable action thriller often has. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 27, 2015
8/10 63% The Editor (2015) "The Editor utilizes purposely horrendous acting, preposterously amusing gore, and downright absurd comedy and assembles every ridiculous fragment into this delightfully brilliant film that somehow works as both a tribute and an uproarious comedy. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 22, 2015
4.5/10 48% American Ultra (2015) "American Ultra feels like a lackadaisical rehash of every stoner comedy that came before it that crams elements from all four Bourne films into a measly hour and a half. Unsatisfying, unfunny, and underwhelming. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 22, 2015
1.5/10 No Score Yet Z Storm "With its micro-budget, asinine screenplay, unbearable acting, and monotonous atmosphere Z Storm feels like a cheap college film drunkenly slapped together in a messy dorm room five minutes before deadline. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 17, 2015
7.5/10 100% Blood Cells (2015) "Blood Cells is a bleak and depressing expedition that compels the viewer to observe Adam's melancholy existence. This film allows you to experience the world through the eyes of a person blinded by depression. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 17, 2015
5/10 13% Police Story: Lockdown (2015) "This is predictable crime thriller fluff that you've come to expect from a deteriorating legend. Police Story: Lockdown isn't entirely awful, but it dilutes what was otherwise a nearly flawless and action packed franchise. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Aug 12, 2015
1/10 17% Pixels (2015) "If you have fond memories of playing arcade games as a kid or don't want to watch a bunch of grown men act like eight year olds, then stay far away from this force-fed, regurgitated, feces spewing, and absolutely atrocious excuse for a comedy. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/10 86% The Tribe (2015) "The Tribe isn't afraid to shed blood, but its stiff acting, disgusting depiction of sex, and inability to completely comprehend the film's message is crippling to the film's overall enjoyment. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
8.5/10 60% Southpaw (2015) "Southpaw is a touching jab to the drama genre with a riveting uppercut of intensity and passion. Antoine Fuqua's latest is every bit as good as Warrior. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/10 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Any future storytelling from Amy Schumer should distant itself from those she admires, so we can experience a true independent vision that will be an actual representation of how funny she really is. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 16, 2015
5/10 79% Ant-Man (2015) "While its shrunken special effects are stunning its screenplay is overloaded with melodrama and an unreasonable amount of unfunny humor. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/10 20% Self/less (2015) "Self/less is a diluted clone of the better sci-fi films that came before it. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/10 No Score Yet For The Emperor "There's no effort in distinguishing one stabby action sequence from the next, performances are stiff, and Lee Hwan's story isn't worth telling. The mob has never felt so flat and For the Emperor is all the more mind-numbing because of it. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/10 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "There is no reward in watching Terminator: Genisys. It is a lifeless film with utterly wooden performances, a timeworn story, and generic special effects. We as a fanbase and film supporting public deserve better. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jul 1, 2015
6/10 45% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 suffers from the typical film sequel sickness of recycling old gags and being a weaker film overall, but there's just enough laugh out loud humor to make it worthwhile. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 26, 2015
7.5/10 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an emotional, powerful, and well written drama with a strong message, incredible writing, and powerful performances. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 26, 2015
5/10 98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out lacks laugh out loud humor and its lazy animation is disheartening. Pixar films are known to pack an emotional punch and this doesn't have any of that. All it has to offer is a misguided heart that is visually displeasing. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 19, 2015
8/10 70% The Nightmare (2015) "The Nightmare is a chilling and hair-raising look at a hideous monster that most are unable to see or even conquer. Its haunting imagery will leave you breathless. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/10 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Like the two films that came before it, Insidious: Chapter 3 slightly intrigues, but is mostly more of the same. The repetitive use of the jump scare formula is like a broken record stuck in a loop. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 6, 2015
5/10 94% Spy (2015) "While it doesn't offer anything new, Spy is sure to be a hilarious delight for anyone who has enjoyed McCarthy's previous efforts or R-rated comedies in general. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 6, 2015
4/10 74% The Connection (2015) "Have you ever opened a brand new bag of flour and eaten it plain by the handful? That's what The Connection feels like and that's the impression director Cedric Jimenez has left us with; a crime film that's as thrilling as a bag of flour. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Jun 5, 2015
10/10 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Fury Road ignites this overwhelming sensation of chill inducing satisfaction and an unquenchable thirst that can only be satiated by repeat viewings of a visually stunning and unconventionally magnificent technological achievement in filmmaking. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted May 14, 2015
5/10 44% The D Train (2015) "The D Train is a unique adult comedy that features Jack Black and James Marsden pushing their limits as actors into diverse directions, but it's all for naught since it fails to provoke laughter or emotionally move the viewer in the slightest. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted May 9, 2015
5/10 54% Maggie (2015) "Maggie is an illustration of one teenager's deterioration, but it's flooded with melodrama, lethargy, and an overwhelming dullness this dramatic horror film is unable to overcome. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted May 8, 2015
9.5/10 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Avengers: Age of Ultron is the most substantial and significant Marvel film to date that is equally entertaining and electrifying. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted May 1, 2015
7.5/10 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Clouds of Sils Maria is perfectly enigmatic with exceptionally passionate performances from Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted May 1, 2015
8/10 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Ex Machina is incredibly slow moving and never really escalates to an exciting pace, but its slow burn mentality and ability to ignore being rushed is what makes it so enticing. This is a film that undeniably revitalizes the sci-fi genre. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
7.5/10 69% Kung Fu Killer (2015) "The versatility of Kung Fu Killer intrigues while the bone crunching action thoroughly satisfies on every level. Kung Fu Killer is a sensational thriller with ferocious action and features Donnie Yen at his absolute best. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
6/10 20% Skin Trade (2015) "Skin Trade is worth seeing for Tony Jaa's triumphant return to the type of film that made him a household name, but this is otherwise a lackluster revenge thriller intertwined with a run of the mill human trafficking counterplot. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/10 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) "Michael Douglas does what he can to breathe life into a stale project, but he can't save the utterly predictable slope the film slides into. Beyond the Reach is about as entertaining as a severe case of heat stroke. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Apr 17, 2015
4/10 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7 is louder and crazier than the previous films, but crazy in a sense that is borderline mentally ill. Its brainless and senseless action is almost as offensive as its terrible jabs at humor. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Apr 3, 2015
7.5/10 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "Fans of obscure cinema will fall in love with this beautiful, cryptic, and outstanding treasure hunting pilgrimage. The more you think about Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter the more treasure you find buried within the film. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
6/10 96% It Follows (2015) "It Follows has a unique concept that somehow combines elements from some of your favorite supernatural films with cult classic slashers, but the appeal wears off due to its sluggishness. It comes nowhere near the hype it is receiving. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/10 88% Backcountry (2015) "Monotonous and foreseeable with spastic choreography, Backcountry is horrific for all of the wrong reasons. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/10 17% The Gunman (2015) "The Gunman feels like Sean Penn's belated audition for The Expendables franchise. The audience would have collectively hurled in unison if Penn showed off his shirtless, compact, overly beefy physique one more time. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/10 0% The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (2015) "The performances are stiff and uninspired, the storyline is trite, the awkward special effects stand out like a sore thumb, and everything is just so elongated that a couple of decent action scenes won't save an hour and a half of complete boredom. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 14, 2015
7.5/10 69% The Salvation (2015) "The Salvation isn't quite as extraordinary as John Hillcoat's The Proposition, but it's still an extremely solid western with a remarkable performance by Mads Mikkelsen. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 14, 2015
4/10 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel caters to those who enjoyed the first film, but has otherwise completely lost what made the original film somewhat special. The humor is so unfunny that you'll be clawing your eyes out in frustration. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
7.5/10 88% Faults (2015) "Faults relies on awkward uncertainty to tell its tale and it's incredibly effective. Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are exceptional while the story is simple yet profound in execution. Faults is hypnotic in every sense of the word. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
7/10 60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "The characters are tainted in the eyes of society, but these eccentrics are clamoring over each other for their fifteen minutes of fame. Its tangled narrative is convoluted, but there's just enough in Maps to the Stars to worship in your own way. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
9.5/10 30% Chappie (2015) "This is Neill Blomkamp's best film since District 9. Despite this being a film that revolves around robots and artificial intelligence, Chappie is one of the most pure, genuine, and heartfelt films to come along this year. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Mar 6, 2015
9.5/10 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Superbly written with sharp humor, fantastic characters, and a well-polished story completely in tune with its source material, What We Do in the Shadows is an uproarious horror comedy that's every bit as funny as Shaun of the Dead. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4.5/10 No Score Yet The Last: Naruto The Movie (2015) "The Last - Naruto the Movie is a sluggish animated feature that only offers the big milestone fans have been clamoring for between Naruto and Hinata. This feels like it stretches out a thin concept and over complicates it just to make it work. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 21, 2015
5.5/10 29% No Tears For The Dead (2014) "No Tears for the Dead has some of the most jaw-dropping action any film could ask for, but the other factors of the film are so weak that they fail to make as much of an impact or any sort of impact at all other than severe irritation. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 19, 2015
9.5/10 75% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Kingsman: The Secret Service politely and eloquently clobbers you with undeniable wit, frantic yet unflinching action, and extremely adult but uproarious humor. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
5/10 No Score Yet Xiu Chun Dao (Brotherhood Of Blades) (2015) "Brotherhood of Blades shows promise early on. A good conspiracy can always ignite a stagnant story and the action in the film is swift and impressive. But the feeble special effects take you out of the action and the conclusion is a bloated misfire " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
5/10 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Jupiter Ascending can be visually engaging at times, but its storyline is tiresome and its special effects are more cluttered than Transformers. Its more of a motivational video for janitors than a satisfying piece of entertainment. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 7, 2015
8/10 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "The Duke of Burgundy is visually, audibly, and sensually stimulating. Its reverberating soundtrack is absolutely exceptional. Peter Strickland's latest will likely be everything Fifty Shades of Grey dreams and aims to be and then some. " ‐ Examiner.com
Posted Feb 7, 2015
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