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
2/4 38% Things Heard & Seen (2021) Ultimately, the film's most impactful terrors have nothing to do with things that go bump in the night. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
1.5/4 77% Stowaway (2021) By paring their story down so much, the filmmakers only end up highlighting just how little it contains. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/4 79% Funny Face (2021) Tim Sutton is a deft cartographer of how environments can shape its inhabitants. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
B 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) A dutiful crime documentary that raises few hackles. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
6/10 62% French Exit (2021) Resembles a trans-Atlantic 'Arrested Development'. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
6/10 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Sure, why not? - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
4/10 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Substantively truthful but artistically false. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/4 37% Cherry (2021) Anthony and Joe Russo's film can never quite escape the essential hollowness of Cherry as a character. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
92% Miller's Crossing (1990) 'Miller's Crossing' might start in knowing satire and a winking brand of precise mimicry but it ends in a haunting existential trap. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
8/10 89% The Parallax View (1974) The slippery facelessness of the conspiracy is the true nightmare. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 85% Passing (2021) A sickened rage and psychological nuance courses through every meticulously arranged frame of the film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Shaka King's film, anchored by two sterling lead performances, complicates the expected narrative of martyrdom. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
B+ 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Ascher's appropriately discombobulating stew of queasiness, comedy, and terror seems well-cued to the subject matter, even while missing a certain editorial sharpness that might have brought some of its notions into greater clarity. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
80% Gather (2020) Despite the rich source material and engaging characters on hand, Gather more often feels somewhat thin and repetitive. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
100% Coded Bias (2020) The documentary is energetic and mostly on-point... One hopes Buolamwini is given a wider forum to remind the world that algorithms are only as fair as they are consciously designed to be. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
No Score Yet Down a Dark Stairwell (2020) Down a Dark Stairwell doesn't just set up two competing narratives and poke them towards fighting it out. Rather, the filmmaker looks for the ways in which both communities have felt discriminated against or pushed aside. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Welcome to Chechnya is a stunner not just because of what it shows, but for its clear implication that what is portrayed is barely a fraction of the mass terror currently taking place. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
100% Belly of the Beast (2020) Belly of the Beast is an effective introduction to a current issue many viewers would imagine was consigned to the past. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
3/4 98% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Questlove's Summer of Soul is as much an essential music documentary as it is a public service. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
2.5/4 69% How It Ends (2021) The film is so economical in its momentum, and its tone of comic wistfulness so uniform, that its string of tableaux rarely feels jerky. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
2/4 74% The World to Come (2020) The film presents a world that too often feels as if it's a product of the present day. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/4 92% The White Tiger (2020) Ramin Bahrani's film is a turbulent and snarkily self-aware melodrama about breathless social climbing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
84% Mosul (2020) An Iraq War movie that's actually about Iraqis. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
94% Dear Comrades! (2021) ...shows how even the most rigid autocracies are still composed of humans who occasionally push back against their propaganda-soaked environments. - Eyes Wide Open EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2021
90% Television Event (2020) The documentary begins superbly with the dramatic behind the scenes maneuvering needed to get ABC to put on a grim four-hour miniseries about a nuclear war... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% Finding Yingying (2020) This film is evocative of both the sting of cultural dislocation and the eerie ease with which lives can vanish in wide open American spaces. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% Hamtramck, USA (2020) The film's earnest presentation of pan-ethnic harmony is likely at least somewhat airbrushed, but its subjects earnest determination to harmonize the town's ethnic and religious mix is undeniably stirring. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
78% Influence (2020) Cool yet blistering... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
No Score Yet Kings of Capitol Hill (2020) ...notable for what it does not do... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% The Meaning of Hitler (2021) This is an agitated, bemused, and terrified piece of work that gets under the skin of Nazism without adding to its negative glorification. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) [Totally Under Control] is a blistering COVID chronicle... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
94% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) Any new Alex Gibney film is generally worth one's time. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% 9to5: The Story of A Movement (2020) While 9to5 tells a dutiful story about the start of the female office workers' labor movement and its curious popularization...the presentation is far less eye-opening than it could have been. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
96% American Factory (2019) A must-see... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
90% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) Charmingly off-the-rails... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) It is probably the greatest film about shoe-leather journalism since Tom McCarthy's 2015 film, Spotlight. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
99% MLK/FBI (2021) Pollard delivers dramatic high-wire history without sensationalizing anything. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
100% 76 Days (2020) Hao Wu's headline-ripped 76 Days, set in the city of Wuhan during its lockdown earlier this year, already feels like the COVID-era film future historians will study to see what the horrific unknowns of its early days were like. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
2/4 93% Herself (2021) ...cannot escape its own somewhat mundane self-set contours. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) The film shows a preference for forgiveness over vengeance, which feels like an okay way to end this particular year. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/4 98% The Father (2021) The Father approximates the dislocation of its main character's mind with a frighteningly slippery ease. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
B- 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) While less-is-more tends to be a smart play when trying for awards season credibility, there are times when George Clooney's latest directorial effort trips up on its own earnestness. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
B 100% Mayor (2020) A purposeful push-back against the cliches of Israel-Palestinian conflict coverage. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
7/10 83% Mank (2020) While this roustabout story about Herman Mankiewicz's battle to write the Orson Welles classic is clearly impressed with itself, 'Mank' is easily David Fincher's best work since 'Zodiac'. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
6/10 55% The Prom (2020) Compresses 'Glee' into a single film. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
8/10 83% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai (2000) Freely mixes and matches Bushido philosophy, Mafia and samurai flicks, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, and lo-fi hip-hop into a sly and dreamy comedy about role-playing. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
3/4 96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) The film is affectingly poignant in its frequently uncomfortable presentation of Shane MacGowan's physical ruination. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
A+ 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Clear-eyed and clinical without being detached from the human cost, this is a riveting drama of catastrophic amorality told with a cold fury. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
A 97% Wojnarowicz (2021) Chris Kim's skittering collage of a documentary works ground up through Wojnarowicz's art to present an experiential plunge into the raw tumult of the New York art scene. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
C+ 94% Crazy, Not Insane (2020) What keeps "Crazy, Not Insane" from cohering into a gripping narrative, despite its charming absent-minded professor of a subject, is its inability to come to grips with the question at its core. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020