Chris Barsanti Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 46% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The fun but predictable film moves the new series forward, but only incrementally, all the better to maximize the potential for six or seven more sequels to be strung out for Thanksgivings to come. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
92% Widows (2018) The undercurrent of McQueen's focus is not who gets what bag of money but the grander thievery of gangsters aspiring to be politicians who themselves act like gangsters...‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/10 85% Boy Erased (2018) ... a well-meaning but perfectly conventional message movie.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
13% River Runs Red (2018) A mismatched trio of stars (John Cusack, Taye Diggs and George Lopez) stumble through this hackneyed drama about a police shooting of an unarmed young black man.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
62% Suspiria (2018) Lush, ghastly, and unnecessary.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman's working method doesn't allow much prying.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Every man here with a story is cloaked in some kind of misery.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
38% Silencio (2018) An awesomely dull B-movie about a meteorite fragment that bends reality.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A stunted writer gets wrapped up in a mysterious romantic triangle in Lee Chang-dong's yawningly meticulous Korean mumblecore Gatsby riff.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
95% Private Life (2018) In the end, no, it probably doesn't matter that anybody with a Netflix password can watch the A-grade "Private Life" instead of having to schlep to the theater. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) Indicts the mandatory minimum-sentence system not through accumulating facts but by showing its traumatic toll on [the director's] family.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
29% Venom (2018) [A] weakly funny anti-superhero mess that plays like Spider-Man meets The Mask via Deadpool 7.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
70% Hold the Dark (2018) This dark, pitiless story about a psychotic veteran's bloody tear through remote Alaska wields haunting grandeur along with reductive plotting.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
8/10 95% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960) The Virgin Spring is Bergman's murder ballad: Bloody, remorseless, and tragic.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/10 29% Night School (2018) Yes, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are too good for this by-the-numbers mess, but that's modern comedy: Throw some stars out there and see what they can do.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
88% Museum (Museo) (2018) A half-assed revolutionary's big museum score goes south in this quirky, artfully composed comedic heist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B No Score Yet Joy (2018) As with any movie about sex workers that tries to steer anywhere near the truth, "Joy" is a story of interlocking layers of entrapment. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
82% The Oslo Diaries (2018) Devastating, resonant documentary account of the secret 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks succeeds by sticking with its subject well past the flashbulb-signing ceremony.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
71% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) Has a larger frame of reference than Paine's battery-car docs but never hammers it into shape.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) The latest in Kirby Dick's powerful series of seething-fury documentaries takes on the medical-device industry with typically devastating results.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
7/10 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Bo Burnham's big-hearted, emotional tidal wave of a movie shows how the look-at-me / leave-me-alone contradictions of adolescence, powered by social media, are cranked up to 11...‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua and Washington have developed a body of work over the years that is, if nothing else, reliably kinetic. But with Wenk's pedestrian writing, there just isn't much for Washington to work with here.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) This searing found-footage documentary about Al-Qaeda's early 2000s war on the Saudi government is a chilling document of blasé barbarity. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) An air-raid siren of a documentary about the pernicious influence of corporate cash in American politics.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
90% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) Deliberately paced but shot with a quiet magnetism and close-in immediacy.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
95% This Is Congo (2018) This epic, tragically devastating documentary not only puts human faces on Congo's seemingly endless cycle of corruption and violence but investigates what lies behind it.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Taylor Sheridan's screenplay is a melange of clipped clichés.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B+ 77% The King (2018) By the time Jarecki is done with Elvis, the lanky and projects-raised rockabilly kid ... has been cast as everything from an opportunist and grasping capitalist to addled addict to just plain sucker.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/10 55% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) ...works hard to bring an edge to its shallow story.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
44% The Yellow Birds (2018) The story's varied elements of urban combat, back-home recovery and mystery ultimately get away from [director Alexandre] Moors.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A scintillating saga about America's secular pastor.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
8/10 93% First Reformed (2018) ...sharp, bleak, and oddly oblique...‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
A 82% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) (1977) [a] delightfully gonzo song-studded paean to sisterhood...‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
C 33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) There's a lot left out in this noisy and luridly shot but thin adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
91% The Most Unknown (2018) Nine researchers from different disciplines pair off to hunt answers to the knottiest problems of existence in this enthusiastic and fetchingly lensed buffet of inquiry.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C- 83% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) The movie's insistence on unnecessary opacity is a critical weakness.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
B No Score Yet House Two (2018) The frustrations over House Two, a mostly smart piece of investigatory drama, are due mostly to the events it is tracking, not the movie itself.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
83% Strangers on the Earth (2018) A cellist's 600-mile trek with his instrument along an ancient Spanish pilgrimage trail becomes a soulful riff on the all-too-fleeting rhapsodies of travel.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
5/10 94% RBG (2018) As an architect of modern feminism, Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves accolades, but that's all this glossy and thin lionization has to offer.‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
83% The Feeling of Being Watched (2018) ...probably the only movie in recent years to invoke Foucault when talking about FBI counterterrorism surveillance. But it shouldn't be the last.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
100% When Lambs Become Lions (2018) ...supple, complex, and darkly gorgeous‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
88% Netizens (2018) ...keeps covering the same ground, and never quite tackles the root problems of this kind of aggression and how it's facilitated by online media.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Juliette Binoche shines darkly in a surprising, seat-of-the-pants drama about a divorced artist trying to find love in a Paris filled with unpromising men.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
46% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) A far-too-credulous William Friedkin goes to Rome to film a supposedly real exorcism in what is little more than an amateurish paranormal TV special.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
100% The Heart of Nuba (2018) Unlike many documentaries about endemic catastrophes in the Third World and the outsiders doing their best to help, this movie doesn't just have a hero. It has a villain.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
75% The China Hustle (2018) Jed Rothstein's hellraiser of a documentary [...] is as infuriating as it is hair-raising.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) ...a trippy and densely-layered but somewhat stillborn quasi-apocalyptic canine adventure fantasy.‐ Medium
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
51% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) As a quasi-comedy about an artist chasing his own tail, Ismael's Ghosts eventually falls prey to many of the same tendencies it initially appeared to be satirizing.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) José Padilha's taut thriller about the 1976 hostage crisis is fatally compromised by cheap moral equivalence. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) Leaning Into the Wind doesn't always make sense. But with views this beautiful, it doesn't necessarily have to.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018