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
No Score Yet 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
69% 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 86% 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 91% 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 85% 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- 61% 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 91% The Lighthouse (2019) ...a brutal but lyrical 19th century horror show - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6/10 89% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) 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 86% 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- 49% 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
3/4 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Throughout, the era-defining yet problem-plagued music festival astounds in large part for all the disasters that didn't occur. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The action choreography is as brutal as you expect, though the repetition in style from the first two films makes the effect less surprising. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 59% Charlie Says (2019) The film appears to be striving for humanistic understanding, but the end result is far too jumbled to have the proper impact. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B 100% The Projectionist (2019) ...thin but heartfelt - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) ...competently made but fairly infuriating - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Werner Herzog's documentary is a rare example of the arch ironist's capacity to be awed not by nature but by man. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) In Olivier Assayas' speedy, slightly wan dispatch from salon society, Parisians have badly concealed affairs and argue loudly but inconclusively about books and society. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
82% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) João Moreira Salles's melancholic documentary, In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) stitches together amateur footage of the riots of 1968 to create a riveting rumination on the glee and disillusionment of idealism. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
9/10 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) [in this] an angry, jolting joy of a movie, an Icelandic woman turns the nation upside with her solo crusade of ecological sabotage. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
67% The Public (2019) ...even though "The Public" ultimately doesn't come together as a dramatic piece, particularly in the hammy climax, it does take some impressive chances. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 100% Combat Obscura (2019) [in this] jangled, jarring Afghan War documentary, a Marine Corps cameraman shows the flippant cynicism of combat in ways the military would rather we not think about. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
6/10 100% Babylon (2019) in many ways clumsy and ham-fisted [yet] there's something to the movie that cannot be so easily dismissed. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 85% The Brink (2019) Alison Klayman's fly-on-the-wall documentary cuts Trump's Rasputin down to size but doesn't completely dismiss his power. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
8/10 93% Us (2019) Jordan Peele's home invasion thriller, in which a family is threatened by their dopplegangers, relies on a clutch of jaw-dropper reveals but also a creeping sense of universal guilt. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 78% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Alex Gibney's documentary tells a dramatic, if somewhat workmanlike, story of Silicon Valley hubris meeting old-fashioned scamming. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
8/10 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) In Jia Zhang-Ke's powerful love story, a woman and her gangster lover enact a dark dance of betrayal while modern China changes around them in explosively strange ways. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The film doesn't pay nearly enough attention to Danvers's crucial emotional metamorphosis from dual-identity self-doubter to fearless warrior battling to keep Earth safe. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
6/10 94% Transit (2019) Roughly transposed to today from Anna Seghers' World War II novel about refugees fleeing the Nazis, Christian Petzold's Transit resonates in all the worst ways. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Money corrupts, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's ethnographic crime epic would say. Easy money corrupts completely. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 38% Donnybrook (2019) The film knots several strands of new-millennium despair into something that very nearly approximates greatness in its first half. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
93% High Flying Bird (2019) The start of a great movie. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) ...[shows] writer-director-star Jackie Chan in his finest fighting style -- along with his usual over mugging for the camera. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
92% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) ...[shows] writer-director-star Jackie Chan in his finest fighting style -- along with his usual over mugging for the camera. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The deconstruction of corporatized play culture gets run through the sequelizer machine, with predictably acrid results. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
73% Monsters (2010) What kind of movie will best describe the Trump presidency for future generations?... - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/4 92% Fyre (2019) Chris Smith's documentary about the 2017 Fyre Festival implosion resists the urge to revel in cheap social media schadenfreude. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
7/10 100% Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) ...shows how, in Le Guin's writings, fantasy can be viewed as both a different way of seeing and understanding the past, and a new way of seeing the present -- and what the future could be. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019