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Charlie Schmidlin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Sun-Times, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 83%

Sausage Party (2016)

"Its half-baked political ideas take away from the wholly satisfying and surreal Pixar riff it could have been." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 13, 2016
C+ 59%

The Trust (2016)

"The Trust is many [...] things - darkly funny, flawed, with an eminently watchable dynamic between Cage and Wood - but from frame one it reasonably entertains." ‐The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2016
B 76%

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

"With an enjoyable atmosphere, solid performances from Hawke, Travolta, Farmiga, and one gifted canine, In A Valley of Violence ends up a solid entry in a genre gradually fading from mainstream cinema." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 21, 2016
C+ 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Don't Breathe indeed reaches a unique destination in horror filmmaking. Unfortunately it fails to deliver a worthy emotional hook to pin its savagery onto." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 15, 2016
D 70%

Too Late (2016)

"A confounding misfire." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 14, 2016
A 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"An entertaining, thoughtful portrait of friends in crisis when success is near." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 14, 2016
C 76%

Keanu (2016)

"...a patchy mix between kidnapping crime comedy and glorified cat video." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 13, 2016
B+ 86%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"The strength of Linklater's films have always been their ability to capture the textures of lived experience, and "Everyone Wants Some!!" is no different in that regard." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 12, 2016
B+ 74%

Band Of Robbers (2016)

"The end result may read as a gussied-up Funny or Die conceit at times, but through a surprising dramatic focus and well-written script it still performs wonderfully as an absurdist crime comedy with a wicked streak." ‐The Playlist
Posted Jan 6, 2016
B+ No Score Yet

Can You Dig This (2015)

"There are shades of activism, real heart, and an inspiring tone, delivered entertainingly with a group of expertly chosen subjects." ‐The Playlist
Posted Dec 16, 2015
A 97%

Krisha (2016)

"The film's brief 83-minute running time only compounds Krishna as a sharp breath with no exhale; shot and paced like a thriller, the film is a dreamlike view into a woman's inner life that ensures a tragic end. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 18, 2015
B+ 88%

The Big Short (2015)

""The Big Short" ends up an energetic and absorbing, marked deeply by its director's uniquely surreal vision. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 13, 2015
C 61%

Concussion (2015)

"A lack of pace and illuminating insight are what keep "Concussion" from lasting resonance, its flaws threatening to dull the issue for drama in a way that the NFL could only appreciate." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 13, 2015
B 100%

Field Niggas (2015)

"Intimate, singular, and hallucinatory on all aesthetic levels, the film strips politics down to the bone, not always successful but never opportunistic." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 13, 2015
B+ 56%

The Young Kieslowski (2015)

"There's a charmer in here that's a fake-out of the most welcome kind." ‐The Playlist
Posted Sep 8, 2015
A- 71%

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)

"It's a fascinating angle on a multi-faceted individual." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 21, 2015
B- 64%

6 Years (2015)

"There is enough in 6 Years from Farmiga and Rosenfield's performances to warrant a watch, and Fidell's ideas and subtle developments around such a challenging story are heartfelt and mostly well-rendered." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 18, 2015
C- 63%

The Boy (2015)

"The director tries to generate a pace that his dramatic efforts fail to match." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 10, 2015
A- 100%

The Babushkas Of Chernobyl (2015)

""The Babushkas of Chernobyl" both comments on and cuts through the Area 51-esque nature of the region, providing incredible depth and access to a situation that anybody who's hesitated before leaving an old neighborhood can believe." ‐The Playlist
Posted Jun 19, 2015
B- 74%

7 Chinese Brothers (2015)

"Schwartzman is the fulcrum element in the film, highlighting a tried-but-true blend of low-key delivery, disarming comic timing and fits of impotent anger that he's perfected." ‐The Playlist
Posted Apr 10, 2015
C+ 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

""Furious 7" finds the franchise at an unwanted crossroads, but it makes such a play for the diehard fans that it leaves everyone else at somewhat of a loss." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 18, 2015
A- 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

""Trainwreck" allows a new development and angle to Apatow's trademark anxieties through a unique point of view, and is one of his most hilarious and finely-tuned films to date." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 16, 2015
A 99%

Selma (2015)

""Selma" is vital correspondence, filmmaking lived on the streets where brutal facts were ignored then reported, and now snatched back from history to sustain a spirit few films can or will possess." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 12, 2014
B- 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"Four or five stunning sequences in "American Sniper," including an intense firefight finale set during a sand storm, prove Eastwood still has his own capable handle on cinema." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 12, 2014
C 46%

The Gambler (2014)

""The Gambler" is a flawed, well-shot throwback that feels swayed by studio interference, full of performances serving a script that limits their efforts to one-liners. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 11, 2014
A- 94%

Man from Reno (2015)

"Dave Boyle's "Man From Reno" is the type of film where alleyways are home offices, every bar matchbox has an unknown number inside, and if a character enters a bookshop, you better believe old issues of "True Detective" are hanging visibly in frame. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
C 52%

Jersey Boys (2014)

""Jersey Boys" is wall-to-wall fantasyland showbiz, expertly shot and boasting fine performances, but it is in the spirit world between stage and screen where it loses its footing." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
D+ 31%

Cut Bank (2015)

""Cut Bank" fades into the background while its veteran actors look for ways to keep interested." ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
B 100%

Evolution Of A Criminal (2014)

"However muddled the line between reality and fiction stands in any documentary, an extra pause for skepticism occurs when the filmmaker steps in front of the camera. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
D+ 19%

Transcendence (2014)

"...in mounting his feature directorial debut, Transcendence, Pfister has chosen to tackle familiarity head on, carving out a new arena for himself while rigging the grounds with pitfalls at every step." ‐The Playlist
Posted Apr 18, 2014
C+ 76%

Noah (2014)

"It is...a grounded journey outwards on ideas of regret, mercy, and revenge, and at 139 minutes the film makes every attempt, coherent or not, to thoroughly address each one." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 28, 2014
A- 95%

War Witch (2013)

"The film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year." ‐The Playlist
Posted Dec 17, 2013
C- 41%

Oldboy (2013)

""One of the most frustratingly accomplished disappointments this year." " ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 26, 2013
A- 92%

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013)

""If you're willing to be puzzled, you're able to learn," Chomsky says...To his credit (and without affectation), Gondry doesn't cloak the fact that he is often perplexed by his subject. Because of his confusion though, we are able to learn quite a lot." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 22, 2013
D 39%

Delivery Man (2013)

"There are themes of familial connection and responsibility drenched across every frame of it, but aside from a few performances and amusing asides, Delivery Man is a bland translation of a sweet, but already flawed original." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 22, 2013
B 75%

Lone Survivor (2014)

"A deeply intense, detached museum piece -- hosting a small, intriguing plaque that might lead you to the denser story elsewhere, if you so wish." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 15, 2013
B 53%

Out of the Furnace (2013)

"Loyalty and consequence collide in the "Crazy Heart" director's sophomore feature...but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core..." ‐The Playlist
Posted Nov 10, 2013
C+ 60%

Ender's Game (2013)

""As a mainstream sci-fi film, this enjoyable, occasionally poignant effort too often feels messy in the wrong ways."" ‐The Playlist
Posted Oct 31, 2013
C 91%

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

"A wonderful document of inner-city oppression and two young actors' beginning steps, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete struggles to establish a cohesive center, and ultimately fumbles any tension on the path toward its title's possible fate." ‐The Playlist
Posted Oct 22, 2013
D 8%

CBGB (2013)

"It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from Friends-albeit with slightly more stain-but CBGB does it with total conviction. " ‐The Playlist
Posted Oct 11, 2013
D 39%

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

"Wilson's new role is that of stock Lifetime-movie aggressor, veering between tortured monologues and ham-fisted apologies to the hysterical Byrne, who stumbles through the film like a Mr. Magoo caught in cobwebs." ‐The Playlist
Posted Sep 13, 2013
B 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"...Macdonald's signature intensity, combined with another sneak attack performance from Saoirse Ronan, assembles a thrilling genre entry that stands firmly alongside its contemporaries in terms of quality." ‐The Playlist
Posted Sep 13, 2013
B 55%

Man of Steel (2013)

"Goyer and Nolan have crafted in Man of Steel a taut, exploratory vision...Together, they've humanized an icon...although they've undervalued the integral supporting roles in much of the same manner." ‐The Playlist
Posted Jun 10, 2013
C- 27%

Upside Down (2013)

"Upside Down is a film built on binary elements -- lavishly and ambitiously executed -- yet with its laughably undercooked romantic core, it remains foolishly stubborn towards anything more nuanced." ‐The Playlist
Posted Mar 11, 2013
1/4 0%

The Condemned (2013)

""The Condemned" is nothing but a creaky façade." ‐Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3.5/4 59%

The End of Love (2013)

"Mark Webber's "The End of Love" connects and lingers by making incredible effort seem natural." ‐Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2.5/4 60%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"What Coscarelli's achieved doesn't feel like an adaptation. It feels more like he seems he skimmed the source material, burned it, and then assembled a vague recollection on film after three days of untold indulgences." ‐Chicago Sun-Times
Posted Feb 7, 2013
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