Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A freelance writer for over two decades, Chris Barsanti has covered movies for websites and magazines the world over. He's even written a few books, like 'Filmology,' 'The Sci-Fi Movie Guide,' and the 'Eyes Wide Open' annual film guide series.
Official Websites: http://chrisbarsanti.net/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Funny, thoughtful, and occasionally wicked. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
86% The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012) Freidrichs breaks down the legacy of this infamous public housing complex. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
2/4 72% The Old Guard (2020) Written with glints of pulpy panache by Greg Rucka, the comic's originator, 'The Old Guard' sets up a high-potential premise and proceeds to do not very much with it. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2020
3/4 100% Palm Springs (2020) The film smuggles some surprisingly bleak existential questioning inside a brightly comedic vehicle. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
A 80% White Noise (2020) A queasily riveting documentary that puts the audience far closer than comfort to some of the worst people in the world. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
2.5/4 41% Irresistible (2020) These are desperate times, but if Jon Stewart wants to tack toward a more Frank Capra vein, that's just fine. We already have one Adam McKay. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
B No Score Yet 9to5: The Story of A Movement (2020) Bognar and Reichert tell the story with great sympathy while placing it in the context of wider social changes. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
B- 94% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) ...a portrait in courage that pairs the past with the present. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2020
2.5/4 42% Wasp Network (2019) The final product feels like more of an interesting and beautifully filmed anecdote than compelling political and human drama. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/4 93% Babyteeth (2020) It incorporates addiction, age-inappropriate romance, mental illness, and terminal disease into its plot without collapsing into a movie-of-the-week black hole. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
A- 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) Benjamin Ree has crafted a powerfully humanistic, multi-faceted, and argument-causing documentary about obsession and forgiveness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
A 92% The Vast of Night (2020) ...one of those eerie indies that uses the trappings of genre (alien invasion in this case) as a launchpad into its own brand of American weird. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
B+ 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) 'The Trip' quartet illustrates with brilliant color, life, and spikiness how the journey can matter more than the destination. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
5/10 97% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2020) ...less bonkers tale of a production gone mad than therapeutic excursion into traumatic memory. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
C+ 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Clumsy and erratic, though possessed of an undeniable bounding and puppy-like energy, "How to Build a Girl" is a star vehicle for Feldstein that, while it often does not do its star justice, also knows when to just stay out of her way. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
B 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) ...a highly watchable document from a curious cultural convergence in which avant-garde "Star Trek" utopianism met the glare of the mainstream. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
75% Empire of the Sun (1987) ...the story is a chilly one, particularly for a filmmaker who had so shamelessly (and skillfully) plucked heartstrings. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
5/10 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Justin Pemberton's film version of Thomas Piketty's landmark book on the dangers of today's yawning income inequality is more TED Talk than documentary, but it's a handy summary nonetheless. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
85% The Hottest August (2019) A free-flowing and discursive essay about the future which already feels like a postcard from the past. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) ...weaves together a quartet of narratives about resilience in the face of mounting pressures. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
6/10 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) If a time traveler from the past wanted to learn how to subvert democracy for a few million bucks, gerrymandering documentary 'Slay the Dragon' would be a superb guide. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
2.5/4 55% Resistance (2020) Resistance functions as a handsomely mounted biopic that tells a little-known story with considerable passion. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
3/4 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) Without Margo Martindale, the film would be a sharp and tightly constructed nautical noir. With her, it becomes a memorable one. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
8/10 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) A gang war becomes a massive police manhunt through a remote, lawless corner of China in Yi'nan Diao's moody, violent, and gorgeously shot crime story. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
2.5/4 48% Greed (2020) The film takes occasional stabs at comic grotesquerie, but it's brought back to earth by an insistent docudrama seriousness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey feels at times less like its own story and more like a trailer for what's coming next. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
A- 94% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) ...a tragic piece about the homes away from home that provide comfort, as well as just how fleeting that comfort can feel in the bright light of day. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Anxiety about institutions' ability to provide security is at the root of a strong crop of nonfiction short subjects, which range from South Korea to Sweden, the suburbs of California to the city of St. Louis. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
68% Joker (2019) ...A lethally dull and spiritually deadening exercise whose strained black humor and self-importance makes even the profundities of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy feel meaningful by comparison. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
83% Just Mercy (2020) ...uncomplicated does not equal simplistic or lacking in drama. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 85% Les Misérables (2020) The film serves as both caustic update to Victor Hugo's monolithic novel and cautionary tale about the future. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
9/10 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdie Brothers' nervy ball of tension sends a hustler (Adam Sandler) blasting recklessly through a city where everybody is on the make. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2.5/4 88% Cunningham (2019) By amplifying Merce Cunningham's dances with sun-dappled backdrops and 3D gimmickry, the film deviates from their creator's principle in a way that almost seems to betray their original intent. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) ...a cool, elegiac, and somewhat detached epic whose three and a half hours float by with a disconcerting calmness. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
B 97% The Kingmaker (2019) fascinating, necessary - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
6/10 73% Harriet (2019) Cynthia Erivo's transcendent turn as Union spy, escaped slave, and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman shines through Kasi Lemmons' heroic but oversimplified biopic. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
B- 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) The figures behind the AC/DC war of the 1880s and '90s were certainly larger than life ... But there is just no getting around the fact that this is a drama about men in top hats arguing over the best electrical current. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet On Broadway (2019) Oren Jacoby's richly illustrated documentary on the ups and downs of modern Broadway is all celebrations and no questions. Whether that's a problem depends on your level of theater mania. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
8/10 90% The Lighthouse (2019) ...a brutal but lyrical 19th century horror show - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6/10 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Loony anti-colonialist Brazilian satire 'Bacurau' doesn't always balance its humor with its bite, but its communitarian soul, oddball wit, and dark vision of the future still hits home - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) This sharp, to-the-point portrait of the crook, fixer, and right-wing pitbull resists the urge to darkly glamorize him. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Enough of the individual moments pulled from the rag-and-bone shop of Donna Tartt's sprawling mystery narrative make an emotional impact that the story's structural issues fail to register as much at first. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
6/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) ...nothing special artistically, but its intense relevance burns the screen. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
C- 50% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) A limping comedy about a woman with all-too-easily-explained mental issues. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 98% One Child Nation (2019) Starting as a personal look at the damages wrought by decades of China's one-child policy, 'One Child Nation' exposes a deeper, baser level of national corruption. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's surprisingly warm fantasy mash-up of California dreamin' and arthouse B-movie revenge fantasy is dreamy but sacrifices coherence for the indulgence of changing history. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
88% The Great Hack (2019) It's a sign of how quickly like the world is being torn apart around us that even a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary such as "The Great Hack" can feel almost dated. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
8/10 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Lynn Shelton's lo-fi Southern satire yokes historical artifacts, the quest for meaning, Civil War Truthers, and the devastation of addiction to a pleasingly ramshackle comic quest. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
94% Sea of Shadows (2019) Richard Ladkani's documentary bristles with drama and a panicky sense of righteous anger. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's official. We've been had. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019