Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Christopher Lloyd's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/5 No Score Yet 633 Squadron (1964) "This ham-handed WWII picture about an international squadron of Allied pilots is hardly the best way to remember the late, great Cliff Robertson. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2011
4/5 93% Drive (2011) "Drive is long on mood and sleek visuals, and the narrative seems merely a slender frame upon which to hang the director's highly stylized dressings. It's a tone poem set against the backdrop of a fairly standard crime-heist-gone-awry frame. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 15, 2011
5/5 90% The Lion King (2011) "The Lion King was made a mere 17 years ago, but seems from a different era now. Here was a "kiddie" flick that was big, grandiose and ambitious, a sprawling Shakespearean epic playing out on the African savannah. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 14, 2011
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) "A gripping movie, but the things that make it good also limit how good it can be. As engaging as it is on an intellectual level, the film sometimes fails to grab us emotionally. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 7, 2011
4/5 85% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) "From a technical standpoint, Henry is amateurish. But ultimately it's not the gilded frame that made it a modern horror classic, but its unblinking portrait of a remorseless killer who stares back at the audience and forces them to turn away. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Sep 5, 2011
3.5/5 95% The Guard (2011) "The Guard is the sort of movie that makes you smile and squirm, often within the confines of the same scene. It's certainly engaging, though many times I felt the film's stylistic choices overwhelmed its sense of itself. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 31, 2011
4/5 89% Cronos (1994) "A low-budget horror/fantasy with some rough edges, Cronos reveals the dark genius of Guillermo del Toro's fecund mind. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 29, 2011
3/4 77% The Debt (2011) "No, The Debt is not worthy of any Oscar talk, and the last third or so wades into a tar pit of melodrama which bogs down the narrative. But the film never failed to engage me, and I am the better for having seen it. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 25, 2011
4/5 96% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) "A film of visual awe, but it's not much of a human story. Close Encounters is a terrific bit of imagineering, but ultimately is a minor work in the Spielberg filmography. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 22, 2011
2/5 72% Fright Night (2011) "The casting of Colin Farrell is inspired, but the script doesn't give him much to do other than pose and strut. With his strange mannerisms and cool-uncle shtick, Jerry seems more like a third-rate male model on depressants than a horrifying night killer. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 17, 2011
4.5/5 72% Sarah's Key (2011) "Mélusine Mayance is a revelation as young Sarah, who finds the resolve to carry on even when separated from her parents, or even any real hope for her family's survival. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2011
4.5/5 76% The Help (2011) "Written and directed smartly by Tate Taylor, it's a movie in the mold of weepy chick flicks, but with more brains and gumptions than we're used to. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 10, 2011
4/5 100% A Tale of Two Cities (1935) "Several of the big crowd scenes, especially the storming of the Bastille, are big-budget showstoppers with thousands of extras filling the frame in a way CGI still can't match. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 8, 2011
4.5/5 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) "The reboot attacks Pierre Boulle's concept with straightforward flair, taking it to its logical conclusion - or, in this case, origin. A smart, contemplative movie bound neither by the conventions of the science fiction genre or action/adventure tropes. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet The Bravados (1958) "Gregory Peck was the perfect expression of idealized cinematic manhood: Remote yet full of passion, stern but empathetic, skilled in the ways of violence but reluctant to employ them. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Aug 1, 2011
3.5/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) "A Western-oater-meets-sci-fi flick that takes itself way more seriously than any film with a title like "Cowboys & Aliens" ought to. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 28, 2011
1.5/4 22% The Smurfs (2011) "I don't mind this sort of claptrap for kiddies if it's executed well and the filmmakers invite adults along for the journey. But there's nothing to recommend about The Smurfs. Every obvious joke is covered, every morsel of cuteness exploited. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2011
3.5/4 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) "This is the sort of movie that shows us human emotions rather than tells us what they are supposed to look like. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 27, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet Play Dirty (1969) "A fine, memorable performance by Nigel Davenport, as a man who's as calculating as he is black-hearted. He works for the Brits, but one senses that if the Germans offered him more money, switching sides would pose no dilemma. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 25, 2011
2.5/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) "Fitfully entertaining, especially the first half, plus a pretty decent villain in Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving, wearing an impressive/scary crimson get-up that looked like it was done through makeup rather than CGI. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2011
2/5 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) "This hip romantic comedy wants you to know that it's not just an average romcom. It is aware that it's a romantic comedy and acknowledges and mocks the convention of that genre - even as it falls back on them time and again. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3.5/5 41% A Little Help (2011) "A Little Help bobbles between humorous and dramatic tones for the first half of the film, which ultimately turns dark and dour. I kept expecting black comedy and just found more black. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 20, 2011
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Tenth Man (1988) "The acting is splendid, it has a dour, sober quality and boasts an authentic period feel. Sort of "Masterpiece Theatre" meets Dostoevsky. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 18, 2011
4.5/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) "Harry Potter's epic journey ends with power and majesty. For 10 years, we've waded through oceans of exposition and endured ever-burgeoning layers of new characters and mythology to absorb. All building to: This. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2011
4.5 85% A Better Life (2011) "Chris Weitz and Eric Eason use the immigration issue not as cheap agitprop but as the backdrop for a deep and truly moving human story about people caught in a web of screwy public policy and arbitrary enforcement. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 13, 2011
3.5/5 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) "Director Seth Gordon and his trio of screenwriters needed to give this script another wash or two. But once the movie hits its stride, it's a decent enough laugh-fest to garner a marginal letter of recommendation. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 7, 2011
4/5 92% Sid & Nancy (1986) "The film's crowning achievement is depicting the soul-sucking toll that drugs take on the talented and the naive. Eventually, drugs replace the people they were, and they turn into mere vessels to an all-consuming craving. They become their addiction. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jul 4, 2011
4.5/5 36% Larry Crowne (2011) "Here's a movie for adults that's warm and enjoyable, but has brains and ambition. Tom Hanks directs with a soft touch but not a soft head. "Larry Crowne" is like fancy French toast - comfort food with a dollop of aspiration. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2011
2.5/4 35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) "I'll give Michael Bay credit for crisper, more lucid action scenes. But the plot is still a hot mess of endless exposition, double crosses, people running hither and fro without much reason, and a lot of unnecessary humans. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 28, 2011
4/5 No Score Yet The One That Got Away (2008) "The German POW character played by Hardy Kruger is not terribly different from Steve McQueen's star-making role in The Great Escape - the dedicated escape artist who singlemindedly focuses on getting out of enemy clutches. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 27, 2011
4/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) "With Toy Story 3, one could sense the heartfelt devotion the filmmakers put into visiting those characters again; I don't feel it here. Cars 2 is still a highly entertaining bit of animation, but the soul isn't filled by watching it. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 23, 2011
2/5 No Score Yet Darby's Rangers (1958) "Never have I seen a military drama so done in by sex. It's not enough to say that romance is a recurring distraction in this film; it would be more accurate to describe the battle scenes as interrupting all the mush. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 20, 2011
1.5/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) "One of the weakest comic book superhero adaptations we've had in awhile. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2011
3.5/5 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) "If it's ultimately a failure then it's a well-meaning one - the kind made by people who care about storytelling and don't just want to blow things up for a living. We've already got one Michael Bay, and that's enough. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 16, 2011
4/5 100% The Comancheros (1961) "Because he was largely a journeyman filmmaker who took whatever jobs the studio assigned him, most historians and critics regard Michael Curtiz merely as a capable gun-for-hire who was lucky enough to find himself attached to good projects. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2011
3/4 82% Super 8 (2011) "Even as writer/director J.J. Abrams seems bound and determined to follow a template of another's choosing, Super 8 still has a sprightly life of its own. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 9, 2011
3.5/5 19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011) "If it is narrow in its appeal, then the movie is earnest about entertaining a certain strata of kid-dom who will appreciate it more than I. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2011
2/5 71% The Desert Fox (1951) "The purpose of the book and movie is not to tell the complete story of Rommel's life, but to set the historical record straight about his death. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 6, 2011
3/4 87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "I don't think the cinematic world really needed a new go-round of X-Men movies, but I liked this one so much that I can actually say I'm looking forward to another. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2011
4/5 100% Monte Walsh (1970) "Less a plot-driven Western oater, Monte Walsh is more a slow-moving but satisfying contemplation on the end days of the cowboy life. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 30, 2011
4/5 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) "Spurlock's filmmaking sensibilities run more to the arm-twisting of Michael Moore crossed with the look-at-me showmanship of a P.T. Barnum. Ultimately, the thing Spurlock sells best in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is himself. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 26, 2011
4/5 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) "Despite a few slow patches, it is loaded with gut-busting laughs. After its much brainier predecessor, though, it feels like a well-meaning kid forced to follow in the footsteps of his genius older sibling. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 26, 2011
2/5 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) "Lacks the novelty of the original, which found a sweet spot in between martial arts and goofy animated critters, and milked it for every last laugh. This one feels like leftovers that have curdled. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 25, 2011
4/5 100% The Man in the White Suit (2012) "Alec Guinness' sharp bird nose and watery eyes helped him play characters who were misfits on the margins of society. He made for a kindly but stubborn rebel in the Ealing comedies. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 23, 2011
4/5 61% The Beaver (2011) "Flawed, but in an era of safe filmmaking with stories and characters tied in uniformly neat bows, The Beaver operates outside the box ... and then it kicks the box down the street. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) "Stranger Tides at least has a story that is relatively comprehensible and keeps its roster of main characters trimmed to a manageable level. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet Tokyo Joe (1949) "In an era when Hollywood loved cut-and-dry endings, Tokyo Joe is notable for the way Humphrey Bogart's character never steps fully into the light, or out of it. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 16, 2011
4/5 75% Everything Must Go (2011) "An engaging character study, solidly handled by rookie writer/director Dan Rush, that gives a little insight into the sort of career Ferrell might have had if he hadn't made his bones playing nincompoops and running around bare-assed. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 12, 2011
4/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) "The comedy is broad and predictable enough that I pretty much always saw it coming - and yet I still found myself laughing when the jokes arrived right on target. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 12, 2011
4/5 100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) "After an overly mushy first half, the movie redeems itself with a second act that is decidedly dark and dreary and an extended air combat sequence that's still amazing nearly 70 years later. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 9, 2011
3/4 77% Thor (2011) "Like Thor himself, the movie is overly puffed up and self-serious. But the character experiences a satisfying arc of change, turning into a genuinely heroic figure whose magic hammer does some serious smiting. " ‐ Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Posted May 6, 2011
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