Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Chris Vognar'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
B+ 49% American Ultra (2015) "Ultra works by making a potentially messy story rather simple, and by using its carnage as an extension of its comedy. It has no interest in piling on plot minutiae. It's too busy getting to the next bit of mayhem. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 20, 2015
B+ 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Straight Outta Compton manages to keep its sharp teeth despite its adherence to form. The movie doesn't neuter N.W.A.'s story so much as mold it to a familiar model. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 13, 2015
C- 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "It's as if it looked at possible templates for excitement and willfully decided to go for something more disjointed and boring. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 6, 2015
B+ 85% Trainwreck (2015) "Apatow and Schumer know that sturdy comedy benefits from the stuff of real life, and they supply it in consistent and sneaky fashion. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 16, 2015
B+ No Score Yet Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (2015) "The Perfect Shot might not be the perfect movie, but it's still a worthy profile of the defining Dallas sports star of this generation. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 71% Jurassic World (2015) "A movie like Jurassic World must pass one basic test: Stay diverting, if not spectacularly entertaining, even through the most ridiculous scenarios. Mission accomplished. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 10, 2015
C 19% Aloha (2015) "Aloha, for all its spasms of charm, feels like a push-button romance, its heroes glibly spouting lines with the hope that the words come to mean something. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 28, 2015
A- 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Mad Max: Fury Road provokes the same question from its audience again and again: What can you show me next? The answer is always the same: Something even more outlandish and imaginative than what you just saw. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 14, 2015
B+ 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Thomas Vinterberg's sturdy new film adaptation brings out some of the darker shades, literally and figuratively, in Hardy's proto-feminist tale. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 7, 2015
A- 97% Black Souls (2015) "Black Souls is above all the story of a family divided, a fraternal knot that can be untied only through tragedy. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted May 7, 2015
B+ 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "By making the Avengers snarky rivals as well as brothers and sisters in arms, franchise Big Brain Joss Whedon injects exactly what such a noisy spectacle needs: a dollop of charm. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 30, 2015
A- 89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Clouds of Sils Maria is fiendishly wise to the ways of show business, particularly the boxes in which it places women. But the film offers more than that. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 24, 2015
A- 92% The Hunting Ground (2015) "The Hunting Ground qualifies as activist filmmaking. More power to it. You can read all the statistics you want, but there's no substitute for bearing witness - especially in such overwhelming numbers. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 9, 2015
B+ 21% My Way (2011) "This is big-boned, epic filmmaking of a variety Cecil B. DeMille or D.W. Griffith would appreciate. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 13, 2015
A- 97% '71 (2015) "It may not be fair to call Yann Demange a great filmmaker after just one feature, but that feature, '71, just might be a great film. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 12, 2015
B 60% Maps to the Stars (2015) "Moore delivers something remarkable here: a completely ego-free portrait of a woman who knows only ego. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 26, 2015
C- 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The dashes of momentum are just a tease. It's hard to remember the last time this much sex was this tedious. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 12, 2015
A 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "A lot of movies spin their wheels fast and create the illusion that important things are happening. A Most Violent Year, one of the best movies of 2014, does the opposite. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 22, 2015
C- 34% Blackhat (2015) "Perhaps the Sony hackers should have skipped The Interview and tried to shut down Blackhat. Then again, they never said they had anything against abject boredom. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 15, 2015
A- 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Mr. Turner, like just about all movies made by Mike Leigh, creates the sensation of being in a vividly realized mini-universe built from the ground up. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 8, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Inherent Vice lives happily on the outer limits, where the noir form and its history are at least as important as the content. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 7, 2015
B+ 72% American Sniper (2015) "Though it never uses the term "PTSD," American Sniper, at its best, is a devastating portrait of post-traumatic stress disorder. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A- 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "It would be hard to foul up the story of Alan Turing, and thankfully The Imitation Game doesn't. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 24, 2014
A 90% Wild (2014) "Subliminal editing, seamless flashbacks and evocative musical cues make for a captivating trek that dances off the linear path, even as it marches doggedly ahead. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B- 27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "Admirably cogent, even colloquial, Exodus plows through its stages efficiently, methodically and without much Old Testament passion. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B+ 86% Top Five (2014) "The movie marks the first time Rock's stand-up persona - cutting, vulnerable, afraid of no sacred cows - has survived intact on the way to the multiplex. That alone is reason for fans to celebrate. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Dec 11, 2014
B+ 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Once you accept that the splitting of Mockingjay is a business decision, not a dramatic imperative, Part 1 comes off as a curiously satisfying nonaction movie. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 21, 2014
B 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It nestles into your consciousness with soft lighting and inspiration. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 13, 2014
B- 72% Interstellar (2014) "The climax contains some tangled magic. If you're not exhausted by almost three hours of intergalactic lecturing, you may even be able to feel it. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 4, 2014
A- 92% Force Majeure (2014) "This is icy-dry comedy, perfectly calibrated to the movie's snowy environs. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A- 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Writer-director Dan Gilroy wants it both ways - snarling comedy and gripping thriller - and for the most part he gets what he wants. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 30, 2014
A- 94% Whiplash (2014) "Whiplash darts along at an urgent bebop pace and asks questions applicable to most fields: How much are you willing to endure for the chance to be great? And what if cruelty isn't a better motivator than kindness? " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B 92% Birdman (2014) "I want to like Birdman more, but I don't have to; it's already so pleased with itself. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 23, 2014
B+ 77% Fury (2014) "War is hell. It's also relentless, unsparing, unsentimental and violent to the mind, body and soul. Fury conveys these truths with brute force and lean, precise drama. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B+ 77% St. Vincent (2014) "Bill Murray is one of those actors blessed with the gift of making bad behavior seem grizzled and adorable. It's a valuable tool in any funny person's kit, and Murray uses it to carry the benignly naughty St. Vincent above its material. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 16, 2014
B+ 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "If the pacing sags a little, and the scale is more modest than the 60 Minutes scandal at the heart of The Insider, Kill the Messenger is still crisp, smart and gutsy. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2014
B+ 92% Pride (2014) "A zesty tale of common cause that bursts at the seams with fine performances. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 9, 2014
A- 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Gone Girl thrives on enigma, and the leads embody that quality to wonderful effect. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 2, 2014
C- 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "A strangely lethargic and self-consciously arty trudge that struggles to find a narrative through-line or turn the great Hendrix into a vivid personality. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 25, 2014
B 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "A benign, gently naughty and rarely unpleasant dramatic comedy, the movie benefits from the kind of cast that can cover a lot of warts and keep the cookie cutter churning along. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B+ 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) "Where comedy provides the tonic in so many films, it's the hint of reality that pushes in at the edges and changes the pace here. These guys are funny. But they know their longer trip will continue once the last plate of pasta is empty. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 28, 2014
C- 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "If only the characters didn't have to talk. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 21, 2014
B+ 70% What If (2014) "In the absence of novelty, execution becomes vital, and What If hits its marks with wit, consistency and even a bit of visual inventiveness. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B 80% Get On Up (2014) "It avoids the predictable narrative arc - hardscrabble youth, rise to fame, descent into drugs, etc. - by scrambling the Brown chronology and shooting for a more thematic organizing structure marked by smart transitions. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B+ 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "A rather sad movie about the potential futility of doing good, or at least taking the difficult path, in a complicated world. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 24, 2014
A 98% Boyhood (2014) "To say Boyhood wouldn't be that special if it were shot in a conventional manner is kind of like saying that elephant in the zoo wouldn't be so big if it weren't so big. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 17, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes wisely weaves a tale of the flaws in human and simian natures. It also manages to say a thing or two about the hollowness of most summer blockbusters. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A- 97% Life Itself (2014) "Incisive, graceful and, yes, deeply empathetic. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 3, 2014
B 83% Begin Again (2014) "Begin Again is corny, improbable and generally a great deal of fun. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 2, 2014
B 78% La Bare (2014) "It's hardly an essay on gender politics, but read between the lines and you'll find some interesting contrasts. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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