Christian Toto

Christian Toto

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Biography:
I'm a contributing film critic/reporter for The Washington Times. I also am the mayor of Movies in Toto, the washingtontimes.com's movie blog. My main blog is WhatWouldTotoWatch.com.
Favorites:
Raising Arizona.
Publications:
Big Hollywood , Denver Post , Donne Tempo , PajamasMedia , PopMatters , Washington Times , What Would Toto Watch?
Critics' Group:
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
665
Total QuickRatings:
7

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 665
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 21% Taken 2 (2012) " Taken 2 shows there's just enough juice in this formula to fuel a solid sequel. Any more Mills family kidnappings, though, and things will quickly descend into farce." — Big Hollywood
Posted Oct 9, 2012
2.5/4 42% Hide Away (A Year in Mooring) (2012) " Josh Lucas drinks, bats his watery eyes and stares into space for nearly 90 minutes in Hide Away. And yet somehow the actor overshadows the obvious life lessons that threaten to sink the project at every turn." — Big Hollywood
Posted Sep 1, 2012
3/4 79% Juan of the Dead (2012) " This zombie revolucion takes aim at our funny bone and the damage done by the Castro regime." — Big Hollywood
Posted Sep 1, 2012
2.5/4 76% Premium Rush (2012) " Wafer-thin characters aside, Premium Rush delivers thanks to Michael Shannon's unhinged villain." — Big Hollywood
Posted Sep 1, 2012
3/4 50% Penumbra (2012) " The film's ending is a letdown, but it's a blast to root for such a brassy, rhymes with "itch" heroine." — Big Hollywood
Posted Sep 1, 2012
2.5/4 40% The Possession (2012) " As Yogi Berra might say, The Possession is deja vu all over again." — Big Hollywood
Posted Sep 1, 2012
2.5/4 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " The Bourne Legacy is competently made, features a rugged hero and packs a few visceral wallops. It's also a wholly unnecessary extension of the "Bourne" brand, and that fact drags down the entire project." — Big Hollywood
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/4 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) " Who doesn't hate it when critics say, "this is an important documentary you must see!" Well, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a critically important documentary you need to see." — Big Hollywood
Posted Aug 10, 2012
2/4 30% Total Recall (2012) " No Arnold, no personality." — Big Hollywood
Posted Aug 4, 2012
3.5/4 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Nolan's final Batman film delivers grand excitement, grounded performances and the kind of conservative themes rarely embraced in blockbuster films." — Big Hollywood
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2/4 17% Rites of Spring (2012) " Rites of Spring fuses two durable movie genres together, but neither supplies the requisite chills we demand." — Big Hollywood
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2.5/4 73% Prometheus (2012) " "Alien" had great characters, unrivaled shocks and a claustrophobic atmosphere. Prometheus ... looks great!" — Big Hollywood
Posted Jun 11, 2012
2.5/4 —— Bad Ass (2012) " Bad Ass won't be confused with 'Death Wish' or even 'Gran Torino,' but it's superior to Trejo's recent dud 'Machete' " — Big Hollywood
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/4 58% U.N. Me (2012) " Where are Michael Moore and his high-powered doc peers when you need them? The scrappy U.N. Me shines an unblinking light on a troubled organization." — Big Hollywood
Posted Jun 4, 2012
3/4 83% A Necessary Death (2012) " A Necessary Death takes a hot button issue - suicide - and expands it to reveal the fuzzy line between art and morality." — Big Hollywood
Posted Jun 2, 2012
3/4 18% For Greater Glory (2012) " For Greater Glory serves as a timely reminder of just how fragile religious freedom can be." — Big Hollywood
Posted Jun 1, 2012
2.5/4 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) " What to Expect trots out the same ol' pregnancy gags, but the film's hilarious Daddy's Group sets it apart from its rom-com peers." — Big Hollywood
Posted May 22, 2012
4/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The Avengers lives up to every last ounce of hype." — Big Hollywood
Posted May 16, 2012
3/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " The bromance nearly boils over in this messy but satisfying sequel to the 2009 feature." — Big Hollywood
Posted May 16, 2012
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " Pixar vet Brad Bird directs the best Mission: Impossible yet. See it on the biggest screen possible for maximum impact." — Big Hollywood
Posted May 16, 2012
2/4 57% The Dictator (2012) " Sacha Baron Cohen is too famous now to trick unsuspecting strangers a la "Borat." But The Dictator reveals his inability to disappear behind a character without an outrageous disguise." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted May 15, 2012
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " Ghost Protocol packs more white-knuckle tension than any action film this year." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Dec 16, 2011
3/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " Sherlock Holmes adds intellectual firepower with the villainous Moriarty while keeping the bromance with Watson intact." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Dec 16, 2011
3.5/4 75% The Names of Love (2011) " The far-left lead character in The Names of Love is so enchanting even Rush Limbaugh would give her the time of day." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Nov 2, 2011
2.5/4 36% In Time (2011) " In Time needs a few more rewrites before it can knock on the door of great sci-fi films like 'Blade Runner.'" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Oct 31, 2011
2.5/4 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " The hangover from The Rum Diary doesn't hit until the uninspired third act." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Oct 31, 2011
3/4 71% The People vs. George Lucas (2011) " The visionary behind 'Star Wars' could learn a thing or two from the smart, and richly comic, documentary The People vs. George Lucas" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Oct 28, 2011
3/4 68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " The new 'Activity' is dumb, strained and obvious. But you'll be scared all the same, and nothing else matters." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Oct 21, 2011
2.5/4 60% Real Steel (2011) " Hugh Jackman refuses to let audiences leave Real Steel without being entertained, no matter how silly matters get." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Oct 19, 2011
2.5/4 84% Contagion (2011) " Why did Contagion have to be such an antiseptic thriller?" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Sep 14, 2011
1.5/4 24% Apollo 18 (2011) " In space, no one can hear you scream ... but you'll hear plenty of giggling in the final moments of Apollo 18" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Sep 5, 2011
3.5/4 77% The Debt (2011) " Smart, thrilling and morally complex ... not much more you can ask of The Debt" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Sep 1, 2011
2.5/4 40% The Bleeding House (2011) " Beware of nattily dressed strangers knocking at your door ..." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 27, 2011
2/4 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) " Horror fans can look past a whole lot of stupidity in their favorite genre. But Don't Be Afraid of the Dark simply asks too much of us." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 27, 2011
2.5/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " If you're gonna make an unnecessary remake like Conan the Barbarian at least keep it breezy, an approach director Marcus Nispel wisely heeds here." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 20, 2011
2/4 72% Fright Night (2011) " A few cool 3D effects are the only improvement Fright Night offers over the campy original." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 19, 2011
2.5/4 45% 30 Minutes or Less (2011) " Slacker comedies don't get much lazier than 30 Minutes or Less" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 13, 2011
1.5/4 25% The Change-Up (2011) " The Change-Up thinks any ol' R-rated gag will make us howl." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 6, 2011
3/4 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " Consider Rise of the Planet of the Apes a belated apology for Tim Burton's misbegotten 2001 remake." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 6, 2011
3/4 14% When Harry Tries to Marry (2011) " When Harry Tries to Marry shakes up the stale rom-com formula." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Aug 4, 2011
3/4 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) " Crazy, Stupid, Love. is as chock full of great laugh lines as it is unnecessary punctuation." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 31, 2011
2/4 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " A more accurate title for Friends with Benefits would be Pretty People Trying Way Too Hard For Our Amusement." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 27, 2011
3/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " Captain America's rousing first half proves Chris Evans was the right choice to play the Star Spangled hero." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 23, 2011
3.5/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is everything a Potter fanatic could want in a franchise capper." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 15, 2011
2.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Cher and Sly Stallone as a lion couple? Quirky voice casting helps Zookeeper rise above its kiddie film trappings - barely." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/4 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " Horrible Bosses won't make you forget "Office Space," but you'll be laughing too much to mind. " — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2/4 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " Larry Crowne makes losing your job, your car and your house look like the greatest thing to happen to a middle aged man." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 1, 2011
3/4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " Dark of the Moon is just as loud, dumb and illogical as you expect. But when those neat 3D action sequences kick in, none of that matters." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2.5/4 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Bad Teacher gets a shiny new apple thanks to a raunchy turn by Diaz" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jun 26, 2011
2.5/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) " Cars 2 feels like a rival animation studio trying to copy the Pixar formula - and failing." — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jun 24, 2011
2.5/4 48% Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) " Jim Carrey shrewdly lets his tiny co-stars have most, but not all, the fun in Mr. Popper's Penguins" — What Would Toto Watch?
Posted Jun 19, 2011
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