Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Total Reviews:
297
Total QuickRatings:
17

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " In reinventing an old tale in a smart and engaging way, it's a thoroughly entertaining and often riveting way to spend two hours." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4.5/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " A powerful cautionary tale about the concept of security, and how illusory it really is." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 43% On the Road (2012) " A booze-soaked, drug-riddled, sex-filled escapade with no real point about young people casting off whatever yokes chain them and seeing what's out there. It captures the pure exhilaration of freedom for its own sake." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
1.5/5 4% 6 Souls (2013) " A wretchedly unwatchable train wreck of a film that sorely misuses its talented cast." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 86% The Enchanted Cottage (1924) " Might have been just another run-of-the-mill midcentury romance, except for the bold way it depicts the debilitating effects of World War II on the very face and body of its male star." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
1/5 60% Beyond the Time Barrier (The War of 1995) (1960) " A prime example of low-budget mid-century cheese, more valuable now as an artifact of that era than for any supposed entertainment value it might have possessed in 1960. It can only be enjoyed ironically." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4.5/5 85% Slap Shot (1999) " Often raucously funny and subversive, Slap Shot is one of the few sports movies that is openly contemptuous of its sport, or at least the modern state of it." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
1.5/5 27% The Wraith (1986) " A big glop of low-budget Hollywood cheese, sliced from half a dozen other movies. Still, as a piece of '80s zeitgeist, it offers something of a glimpse into the national psyche of the time - not to mention the feather hairdos and jean jackets." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4.5/5 85% The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) " The film's reputation hasn't endured like some other mid-century depictions of addiction, like The Lost Weekend. But it's a terrific look at descent and despair, the sort of movie that can end on a sour note but still seem hopeful." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 80% Sink the Bismarck! (1960) " This well-done World War II film takes an almost documentary-like look at the battle to destroy the mighty German warship." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
5/5 100% The Misfits (1961) " A glorious, brave, imperfect portrait of flawed people yearning for freedom and respect, but pulled by the primal urges of love, lust and pride to trap themselves in cages of their own crafting." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
3/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " Director Ken Loach's latest glimpse of the U.K. underclass is really two rather different movies, either of which I would've enjoyed on their own. But they don't really fit together in any satisfying or even logical way." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
3/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " With superhero movies, over time the mythology gets junked up with tertiary characters and leftover storylines. Tony Stark & Co. have taken the Iron Man franchise as far as it can go." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 2, 2013
4/5 —— A Town Like Alice (Rape of Malaya) (1956) " An engaging historic romance in which the romantic relationship is the least successful thing about the movie. " — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Apr 29, 2013
1/4 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Overlong, dull and dimwitted, Pain & Gain ends up fetishizing the warped muscle culture it set out to lampoon." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Apr 26, 2013
4.5/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " While it freely borrows themes and story elements from similar films, "Oblivion" creatively synthesizes them into an original picture that is intellectually and emotionally captivating." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Apr 18, 2013
3.5/5 62% Evil Dead (2013) " Lacks the puckish cleverness of the original films, and if it stood on its own I doubt it'd spawn the same following. But it's not bad as run-of-the-mill horror goes." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Apr 4, 2013
4/5 70% The Croods (2013) " The storytelling isn't as sharp as some of the better recent animated flicks, but the wondrous critters and sproingy slapstick should please families with small children." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2013
2/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " This film never quite decides if it wants to be parody, comedy or fantasy. The result is a smug, overly ornamented amalgam of all three." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/4 56% Snitch (2013) " This surprisingly gritty drama stars Dwayne Johnson, not wrestling star The Rock, which may disappoint those looking for a meat-headed action flick." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/4 12% Safe Haven (2013) " There's the bones of a good story here; it just needed a different cast and crew to find it." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Feb 14, 2013
4/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " For a movie that's essentially a gender-scrambled version of Midnight Run, Identity Thief is an amiable rip-off." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Feb 8, 2013
4/5 65% Mama (2013) " The filmmakers manage that rare trick of weaving a pervasive blanket of dark mood, an almost suffocating sense of dread that sets up the boo-gotcha moments." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jan 18, 2013
4.5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " An effective and expertly made film, but a more character-driven story would've added some flesh to the bones of a great, true story." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jan 15, 2013
4/5 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " I enjoyed the movie for what it is, though I wish it had a better sense of itself." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2013
4.5/5 81% The Impossible (2012) " A riveting portrayal of the tidal wave and immediate aftermath. Terrific computer-generated effects bring the colossal onslaught of the tsunami right into our faces." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2013
4/5 18% Parental Guidance (2012) " Warm and schmaltzy, Parental Guidance is the movie equivalent of comfort food. It's funny and warmhearted, not terribly ambitious, but it does the things it sets out to do well." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Dec 27, 2012
4.5/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Epic yet intimate, Les Misérables is a standing-ovation triumph." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Dec 27, 2012
4.5/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " A daffy, loopy revenge story/Western comedy, this may be Quentin Tarantino's most purely entertaining film since ... ever." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Dec 27, 2012
3/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " Gradually you come to realize you're trapped watching a bunch of people you don't like who stopped being funny a while ago." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Dec 20, 2012
4.5/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " Beyond Anthony Hopkins' droll impersonation of Hitch, the film rises from amusing bauble to full-throated and satisfying depiction of a great man and the unheralded woman who helped make him so." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Dec 9, 2012
4.5/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " A movie about sex that shows a whole lot of sex, but isn't sex-obsessed. The Sessions grabs you in the heart rather than the loins." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 30, 2012
4.5/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " In a down year for animated features, this is a terrific blend of PG-rated battles and soulful character dynamics." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4.5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " A bold film that sidesteps the standard sort of hagiography, peering at Lincoln sideways and slantways, trying to get at the man behind the mythology." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " As much as Casino Royale felt like a game-changer six years ago, Skyfall moves the ball further down the field. It is both grander and grimmer. " — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 78% Flight (2012) " It's an engaging picture, and not for a moment was I ever bored. But I never quite got viscerally hooked into Whip's dilemma, or felt like we ever get to really know him." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " A bouncy, boingy ball of candy-colored fun, Wreck-It Ralph is intended as pure entertainment for wee boys and girls. And I bet most adults will find it a hoot to boot." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Nov 1, 2012
4.5/5 96% Argo (2012) " Not a deep movie, but an extraordinarily well-crafted one. It's a political thriller in which we go in knowing the outcome, but the film continually surprises us and keeps us dancing on a razor's edge of suspense." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Oct 11, 2012
4/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Frankenweenie is an amalgam of previous stories and themes Tim Burton has been churning out for nearly three decades now. Even if, like Sparky, it's not exactly fresh anymore, there's still some juice in there." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Oct 4, 2012
4/5 33% Won't Back Down (2012) " Powerful but predictable, this drama about two women out to reform a failing school acts as a narrative counterpart to the documentary Waiting for Superman." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " The boingy action and gastrointestinal humor may district wee ones for awhile, but parents will find themselves wondering how soon they can check out." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 27, 2012
2.5/5 55% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) " There's a difference between comedy and behavior. For a Good Time, Call... aims for the former but mostly contains the latter." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " I'm all up for a good mushy movie, but this one is softer in the head than the heart. The screenplay skims over important events or exchanges as if it's describing what happens rather than actually showing it. This film doesn't earn its moments." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 18, 2012
4/5 64% The Campaign (2012) " The last half-hour really slows down as this raucous, raunchy comedy pulls its pants up and tries to say Something Important about politics. Call it two-thirds of the funniest movie of the year." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Essentially one big long chase scene that never wants to stop, and with good reason. Because whenever it does, the audience might start thinking. " — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 9, 2012
4/5 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) " A mesmerizing and intimate visit with a performer who is identified most closely with rock 'n' roll, but whose artistic curiosity has taken him in myriad directions musically throughout his 40-plus-year career." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 9, 2012
2/5 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " Some of the highly-choreographed dance scenes are enjoyable, though the hang around way too long. But whenever the music stops and the characters try to talk to each other, it's pure death." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 26, 2012
4.5/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " The characters are off-kilter and even weird, but watching them one senses their strange behavior occurs because of who they are, not because they're putting on a performance." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2012
4.5/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " For an unnecessary reboot, the filmmakers and cast have attacked the material with pure hearts and dedication, and come up with a genuinely terrific super-hero movie." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 4, 2012
3.5/5 68% Ted (2012) " Ted contains 12-15 minutes of the some of the best comedy I've seen in a movie this year. Now see if you can stand the other 90." — Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2012
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