Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News
Critics' Group:
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
834
Total QuickRatings:
3

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B 65% The Railway Man (2014) " Makes its targets clear: redemption, love, healing, handkerchiefs." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B+ 62% Draft Day (2014) " Charmingly glib, packed with moments that demand grace under pressure, Draft Day is prime Costner turf." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B+ 77% Noah (2014) " It captures the torment of one chosen as an instrument by a vengeful Old Testament God, and it breaks a story of cosmic dimensions into brutally human terms." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B+ 100% Big Men (2014) " The constant machinations can get a little confusing. Thankfully, Boynton, a dogged reporter, manages to keep the story on a human scale." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B 41% Divergent (2014) " Hey, we gotta kill time between Hunger Games installments somehow. Why not Divergent?" — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Playing an Old World charmer with clipped diction and a deliciously foul mouth, Fiennes, making his debut with Anderson's stock company, falls into lockstep with the filmmaker's unmistakable universe." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B- 48% RoboCop (2014) " The new RoboCop has just about no interest in being the old RoboCop, and for that we can be thankful." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 11, 2014
C 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " When you realize it's not coming together, your first impulse is to ask: What happened?" — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 6, 2014
68% Love & Air Sex (2014) " A fun, naughty little frolic that knows the timeless rules of break-up-to-make-up comedy." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 5, 2014
B+ 94% Her (2014) " A stinging romance for our solipsistic techie-centric times." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Every scene of 12 Years a Slave, and almost every shot, conveys some penetrating truth about America's original sin." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 31, 2013
A- 93% American Hustle (2013) " [Russell] seems to be having obscene amounts of fun, which becomes contagious very quickly." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " When the Coen brothers commit to something, there's no half-stepping. Every street corner bristles with authenticity. Every song lands exactly where and how it should." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B- 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Beneath Banks' crass self-aggrandizement lies a pretty charming portrait of two overly proud people butting creative heads. Yes, charming. That's what Disney does, and it does it well enough to turn even this condescending pap into something palatable." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " A silly sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell breakout comedy, this new chapter manages to make some smart satirical hay in the course of its stupidity." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 17, 2013
A 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Go ahead. Soak up the Beauty. It's one of the best films of the year." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B- 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Peter Jackson, take a fire-breathing bow." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 12, 2013
A- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 9, 2013
B+ 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Grimy and unapologetically melodramatic, Furnace pounds out a steady beat of pulp, violence and possible redemption among folks who have seen better days." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 6, 2013
B+ 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Powered by an infusion of gospel and hip-hop that cleverly bridges gaps between generations and values." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
A 92% Nebraska (2013) " Nebraska is the work of a great director hitting his stride." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B+ 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " The movie, based on a true story, shows how empathy has the power to destroy intolerance where it stands." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 7, 2013
C 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " The first narrative film portrait of the white-blond cyber bad boy feels undercooked and overwrought, haphazardly written and overdirected." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 17, 2013
B- 49% Parkland (2013) " There are 8 million stories in this naked tragedy. Parkland is content to tell parts of some of them." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " An existential action movie that unashamedly embraces the sensation of awe." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B 82% Prisoners (2013) " A gorgeous but manipulative thriller that wants you to ponder Big Questions as it sends a shiver down your spine." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 19, 2013
A- 93% The Hunt (2013) " Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt conveys the sinister swirl of persecution more vividly than any film I can remember." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 29, 2013
B 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " On its own terms, Saints conjures a mood of stoic obsession at the service of a tale older than the Hill Country dirt it calls home." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 22, 2013
A- 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Blanchett excels at every turn, from the haughty airs and headstrong sense of entitlement to the fragile and inevitable disintegration that made the hair on my arms stand up." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 8, 2013
91% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " It feels thorough, and very affectionate. It just needs more of a narrative hook, a through-line from start to finish that can enhance the story for those not yet in the club." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 30, 2013
C- 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The Wolverine represents a strain of faux gravitas that squeezes nearly all the fun out of blockbuster moviemaking. Here we have multimillion-dollar proof that slow and unsure can be just as dull as hyperkinetic chaos." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 25, 2013
A- 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale is easy to see as something more than a movie - a diagnosis, perhaps, or a part of that sticky vortex we call the zeitgeist." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 18, 2013
A- 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " Loaded with stirring anecdotes and even richer music, Twenty Feet also makes for a fascinating study in ego sublimation." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " A little cheekier than most Coppola films, its subjects fish in a barrel of barbed laughs." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 20, 2013
B- 56% Man of Steel (2013) " The movie can't decide if it wants to be a particularly thoughtful brand of superhero saga or a deafeningly generic summer action movie. So it ends up being both, to the detriment of it and us." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 11, 2013
B 66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " Remarkably, the story, adapted by Blume with her son, director Lawrence Blume, seems as fresh, painful and poignant as when she wrote it." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 7, 2013
C 34% The Internship (2013) " A feature-length chunk of product placement masquerading as a comedy of teamwork and aspiration." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 6, 2013
A- 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Stories We Tell is just the latest reminder of nonfiction film's current, endlessly innovative state. That's a story worth savoring." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 30, 2013
B+ 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Abrams' sophomore effort picks its references well, builds on the relationships established in the original series (and tweaked in the last movie) and keeps the quips and battles coming. Warp speed, Captain." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2013
B 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Luhrmann hasn't unlocked the secrets of a story that remains all but unfilmable, but his Gatsby is far more than a collection of superficial splashes and tics." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 9, 2013
B 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The movie is shrewd enough to skitter along so frenetically that nothing, not even tonal contradiction, can stick." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 2, 2013
B 78% 42 (2013) " 42 escapes the trappings of sheer hero worship largely thanks to Boseman, whose relative anonymity eliminates any potential star baggage. More than that, he strikes a tough balance." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 11, 2013
76% The Kings of Summer (2013) " A light-stepping kids comedy for grown-ups." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2013
B 68% Stoker (2013) " Aesthetics are steering this ghostly ship, leaving narrative in the background to fend for itself. Fortunately, Park is in full command of his repertoire." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 14, 2013
D 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Oz the Great and Powerful somehow manages to be both slavish to its hallowed template (when convenient) and completely tone-deaf to the magic that made it a one-of-a-kind cultural milestone." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 8, 2013
B- 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " It's all more than a little silly, but Willis' presence at least provides undercurrents of easy jocularity." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B+ 55% The Playroom (2013) " Modest in scale, it's the kind of American independent film that brings some honor to that shopworn descriptor." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 14, 2013
B- 83% Side Effects (2013) " Soderbergh, in what's rumored to be his final theatrical release (don't believe it), jumps from imitating the master to imitating the master imitators." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 7, 2013
B+ 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " The movie has a wry sense of humor that manages to coexist with its all-you-need-is-love theme." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 31, 2013
A 93% Amour (2012) " There's nowhere to hide: The film cuts no corners and stings with the authenticity of life's fragility." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 17, 2013
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