Charles Champlin

Charles Champlin
Charles Champlin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times
Publications: Los Angeles Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
68% Rancho Deluxe (1975) The surprising thing about Frank Perry's "Rancho Deluxe" is that it has the courage of its concoctions, and gets away with them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
17% Freebie and the Bean (1974) The most schizoid film recipe of current memory. It is as if several different cooks had tried to poison the broth. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
98% The French Connection (1971) The French Connection has the gritty authenticity of a first-rate documentary. When it looks cold outside, baby, you know it was. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
96% The Godfather, Part II (1974) Godfather II is quieter, less propulsive, less furiously violent than Godfather I and it demonstrably lacks the hypnotic patriarchal figure of Brando as Don Corleone... The new film settles for its own strengths, and they are considerable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
97% The Godfather (1972) The Godfather becomes an instant classic among the superflicks. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
86% A Clockwork Orange (1971) I'm afraid I found A Clockwork Orange brilliant but disappointing, its moments of power offset by an overwrought stridency and its message overbalanced by the medium. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
73% The Blues Brothers (1980) Despite the temporary lift that the old pros give the picture, it is difficult for the non-cultist to feel anything but dismay, again, that so much has been squandered to produce so little that is truly artful or genuinely entertaining. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
92% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is the picture which science-fiction enthusiasts of every age and in every corner of the world have prayed (sometimes forlornly) that the industry might one day give them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
86% Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) The musical biography by now has a pattern as fixed as a traditional 12-bar blues. It is just that some blues are better than others, and so are some musical biographies. Coal Miner's Daughter... is on of the best of its kinds. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
50% Cruising (1980) The principal complaint, artistically, about Cruising is that it is not very clear at the rudimentary level of exposition of character and event. The problem... is in a script that never seems sure enough what it wants to say or prove. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
83% The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1980) The Tin Drum is, in fact, almost everything anybody could ask a film to be. It is strikingly original and continuously surprising. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
99% Chinatown (1974) In its total recapturing of a past, in its plot, its vivid characterizations, its carefully calculated and accelerating pace, its whole demonstration of a medium mastered, Chinatown reminds you again that motion pictures are larger, not smaller than life. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
36% A Star is Born (1976) A Star is Born rarely stops seeming manufactured; it can't disguise its manipulations or the process of the storytelling. You see the tangled strings, not the puppets. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
95% Belle de Jour (1968) "Belle de Jour" is more interesting and provocative than the great run of pictures one ever sees. Buñuel's handling of color is gorgeous. And the acting is impeccable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
89% King of Hearts (1967) A surrealistic jewel of a comedy which you realize, when you can catch your breath between laughs, has made the case for the sanity of the lunatics and the madness of the war-waging sane. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
94% Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) "Close Encounters" proves to be a magic act with dramatic interludes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
40% Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) What you see is what you respond to, and what you see is a unique cultural phenomenon, and a film that for all its visual splendors falls well short of its aspirations. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Another richly imaginative, engrossing and spectacular motion picture from the redoubtable George Lucas. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
98% Jaws (1975) It is a coarse-grained and exploitive work which depends on excess for its impact. Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2013
4/5 83% Easy Rider (1969) Fonda and Hopper, it should by this time go without saying, give immense performances. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2013
92% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) It is, all in all, hard to think of a place or an age group that would not respond to the enthusiastic inventiveness with which Lucas has enshrined his early loves. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2002