Chris Vognar

Chris Vognar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News
Critics' Group:
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
851
Total QuickRatings:
3

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 72% 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 78% 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+ 91% 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 99% 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 91% 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 71% 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
B+ 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " The whole thing is very smart and sweet, as are the performances." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 87% Obvious Child (2014) " A foul-mouthed comedy with an immature heroine has treated a thorny issue with remarkable candor." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 19, 2014
A- 84% Night Moves (2014) " The film builds its stakes with a methodical reverence for the natural world that the trio seeks to protect." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B+ 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The movie is witty and alive and only very occasionally maudlin." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B 90% Alphaville (1965) " It's so archly intellectual that you fear it might splinter if you poke it in the ribs. It's also endlessly playful in its worship of American movie tropes, and deeply resourceful." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 29, 2014
B+ 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The movie earns its keep with inspired one-off moments that showcase a mischievous sense of humor." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 73% Godzilla (2014) " If you're into superlatives - and who isn't? - Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 15, 2014
C- 73% Neighbors (2014) " Unfortunately, concise comedy gives way to desperation less that halfway through, and we're left with the spectacle of adults embracing extreme immaturity just because they can." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 8, 2014
B+ 94% Gojira (1956) " It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 8, 2014
B 66% 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 32% 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
70% 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 (2013) " 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 94% 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- 80% 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+ 53% 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+ 48% 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+ 93% 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- 48% 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 80% 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
92% 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- 93% 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
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