Christopher Orr

Christopher Orr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Christopher Orr'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
54% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 5 "There were a few groan-worthy moments, but also several that made me feel more engaged in the show than I have in at least a couple episodes. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 20, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "It's difficult to shake the sense that the film was assembled hurriedly and somewhat haphazardly. Which, from all available evidence, is exactly what happened. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 18, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "This is a film that belongs not to its director but to its star, who, if there is any justice in the world, is about to ascend from cult icon to mass phenomenon. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 18, 2015
52% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 4 "I feel as though the show has declined episode by episode since the start of the season and tonight was the episode in which, for me at least, it really went over the edge. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 13, 2015
54% Minions (2015) "There's plenty of high-velocity comic inanity on display to keep kids happily diverted. But the movie's major flaw is an extension of its own premise: Search as they may, the minions never find a villain worthy of their subservience. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 12, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "If anything, better than its predecessor: looser, funnier, stranger, and vastly more subversive, a buddy road comedy that unexpectedly evolves into a celebration of female desire. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 3, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Welcome back, Pixar. You were sorely missed. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 20, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "If you limit your expectations for Jurassic World to "more teeth," it will deliver on that promise. If you dare to hope for anything more-relatable characters, narrative coherence-you'll only set yourself up for disappointment. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 13, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 8 "This was an episode that played to showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' strengths and avoided some of their weaknesses. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 1, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Until its final act, Tomorrowland plays as a lighthearted techno-conspiracy thriller, Men in Black by way of Nancy Drew with the occasional whiff of Philip K. Dick paranoia and Pixarian high concept. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 23, 2015
58% Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 6 "I've rarely, if ever, felt less enthusiastic about the show than I did tonight, when the screen faded to black to the sound of Sansa's groans. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 18, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "An A-plus B-movie that at times feels almost like a tone poem to early-'80s excess, a cross between a monster-truck rally and a Plasmatics concert. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 15, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 5 "I thought tonight's episode was superb -- crisply written, directed, and performed. This is especially remarkable given that we didn't once visit King's Landing, which has been the show's most reliable ace in the hole since the very beginning. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 11, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The sharp, interpersonal dramedy that made the first movie such a delight is again present in flashes, but not infrequently it is drowned out by the noisy, inevitable need to Save the World. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 1, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Given the issues of pace and focus that bedevil Martin's later novels, Benioff and Weiss's impulse to both compress and juice up the material makes eminent sense. The result is a season of Game of Thrones that promises to be bigger than ever. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Apr 11, 2015
92% Children of Men (2006) "Children of Men founders in its latter moments -- not a lot, but enough. Its failure is less one of plot than of something deeper, a composing idea to undergird the plot. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Apr 1, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "Ferrell has stuck to the formulaic farce that made him a star, even as his roles have been shifting from antic instigator to bewildered straight man. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 28, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) "A dull, generic retread, made far worse by Penn's self-seriousness as an actor, by the banal political pieties he's grafted on as producer and co-writer, and by the presence of a pitifully retrograde female lead role. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 20, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "The new film... is nothing if not a tribute to old-fashioned virtues, of care and craft and modesty, of simple stories well told. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 13, 2015
62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Whether or not it succeeds will depend on how individual viewers weigh the movie's narrative flaws against the profound appeal of its stars and setting. For my part, it was a reminder that sometimes second best is good enough. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Mar 7, 2015
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "The movie is simultaneously conventional and subversive, broad and nuanced, shamelessly manipulative and genuinely moving, a cheap sucker punch and a work of real moral weight. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 27, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "It's been said that the movie contains 20 minutes of sex; if this is the case, it must contain at least 40 minutes of Ana biting her lip or putting a pencil in her mouth. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 13, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Frequently reactionary, bordering on retrograde, bordering on reprobate. But it's also a tremendous amount of fun. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 13, 2015
25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Don't even get me started on the aliens, many of whom would have been turned away from the cantina door in Mos Eisley. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Feb 6, 2015
82% Black Sea (2015) "By no means a masterpiece, but a solid genre offering, a portrait of desperate men crammed together and surrounded on all sides by what one describes as "dark, cold death." What better way to escape the midwinter doldrums? " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 30, 2015
91% The Departed (2006) "Not only is The Departed not among the best of Scorsese's films; it's not even the best version of this film. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 25, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "The movie's most depressing feature is its naked pandering for overseas box office. If there's one thing worse than appealing to the lowest common American denominator, it's appealing to the lowest common global denominator. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 16, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Oscar Isaac has been extremely good in previous roles, but he is an utter revelation as Abel, the quiet power of his performance recalling early Pacino. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 9, 2015
91% Game of Thrones: Season 4 Episode 9 "This was bravura cinema-on-TV, a production on a scale that would have been unimaginable in the medium just a few years ago. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 7, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 4 Episode 8 "If this sounds like a book-reader's quibble, well, it is. But as great as tonight's climax was, I think it could have been greater still. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 7, 2015
100% Game of Thrones: Season 4 Episode 7 "A good episode by this season's lofty standards, I'd say, if not quite a great one. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 6, 2015
95% Game of Thrones: Season 4 Episode 3 "An episode this good that draws mostly on the imaginations of Benioff and Weiss would be good news under any circumstances. But it's particularly good news given where the series may be headed after this season. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 5, 2015
99% Selma (2015) "A stately, sober film, at times uplifting and at others agonizing. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 26, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "What is perhaps most depressing about Jackson's swollen Hobbit enterprise is the way it retrospectively diminishes his Lord of the Rings trilogy. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 18, 2014
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) "The plot of the film is almost willfully convoluted. But it's also largely beside the point, an excuse for quite a few good scenes, most of them equal parts homage and subversion. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 14, 2014
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "This is the first portrayal of God I've ever encountered who looked like he could use a good spanking. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 14, 2014
72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "Thanksgiving is a time for family and for shirking work, and out of respect for both traditions-and in recognition that I am surely not in the movie's demographic sweet spot-I'm handing the heavy lifting over to my kids, Tom (11) and Alexandra (9). " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 26, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Might it have been better if they'd squeezed the whole book into one movie? Probably. Nonetheless, Mockingjay Part 1 is a fine entertainment, shot through with moments of surprising emotional impact. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 21, 2014
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) "Cuarón brought to the Potter franchise a quality curiously missing from the two previous films: magic. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 16, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Foxcatcher is among the best movies of the year, but ultimately it seems one better suited for awards than for audiences. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 14, 2014
71% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar may be a preposterous epic, but it is an epic nonetheless. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 7, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Now 33 years old, Gyllenhaal is the same age that De Niro was in Taxi Driver and, like him, he is learning to channel an eerie, inner charisma, offering it up in glimpses and glimmers rather than all at once. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 31, 2014
92% Birdman (2014) "Whether or not Riggan is in fact possessed of divine abilities-Iñárritu offers contradictory clues along the way-Birdman puts on clear display the indisputable superpowers of its cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 24, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "In a sense, it succeeds too well in conjuring its own subject matter: heavy, mechanical, claustrophobic, and unrelenting. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 17, 2014
31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "These interwoven tales of suburban parents and high-schoolers--united by the common themes of sex, alienation, and the Internet--amount to a kind of techno-misanthropic Love Actually. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 10, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) "Fincher is as Fincher does. And what Fincher does better than almost anyone is create moody, meticulously crafted thrillers that straddle the divide between genre and art. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 3, 2014
64% Life Of Crime (2014) "An amiable diversion, though not a terribly memorable one. Elmore Leonard aficionados longing for a truly worthy sendoff of the master crime writer will have to look ahead toward the upcoming final season of Justified, and cross their fingers. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 31, 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "There are a handful of ways in which A Dame to Kill For actually improves on the first movie. Alas, none are enough to prevent it from being a substantial disappointment. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 22, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "It may be a mess, but it's an extremely good-natured mess, full of humor and warmth. More surprising still, the very elements that seemed most likely to ruin the movie-the tree-man, the talking raccoon-account for much of its improbable charm. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 1, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) "Besson has made very, very bad films in the past, but this is the first time he has presented one so idiotic that the only way to properly convey its flaws is to enumerate them. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 25, 2014
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