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Chris Buckle

Chris Buckle
Chris Buckle's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Skinny

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 83% The Naked Prey (1966) Cornel Wilde impresses on both sides of the camera, giving a committed, physical performance in the lead and keeping the action lean and relentless as director ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 4, 2015
3/5 89% Turbo Kid (2015) Turbo Kid has plenty of warmth and charm to fall back on, securing it the instant cult status it clearly craves. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Naked Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) (A Story of the Cruelties of Youth) (1960) A cynical tale of wayward youth presented with a suitable degree of directorial maturity. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 1, 2015
4/5 100% Forty Guns (1957) An early example of genre revisionism, but the tone isn't always so serious thanks to some of the most overt innuendo ever put on screen. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 6, 2015
5/5 No Score Yet Les Croix de bois (Wooden Crosses) (1932) Countless films declare 'war is hell', but few do so with as much bitter veracity as Wooden Crosses. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 31, 2015
4/5 83% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) Despite its languid pacing, there's an underlying unease that never entirely relaxes its grip. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Nov 5, 2014
3/5 68% God Help the Girl (2014) Winsomely engaging, largely thanks to Emily Browning's gamine lead performance. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet The Paternal House (2014) The film charts the legacy of patriarchal violence across further generations of the same Tehran household, with a series of single-act scenes taking place in '46, '66, right up to '96 ... ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
2/5 56% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) The tone is curiously flat and the script light on genuine insight: we see the torment fuelling Thomas, but too rarely share or understand it. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 25, 2014
2/5 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) Pogue repeatedly allows tension to dissipate, and only a handful of moments come close to inspiring actual fear. Otherwise, it's cheap jolts all the way. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) The closing scene's visceral impact is so pronounced that the film's less successful aspects (in particular, some unsubtle attempts at socioeconomic commentary) retreat from mind like backwash from a hull. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4/5 69% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) While these ruminations on life, death, art and suchlike don't necessarily say anything original, they're nonetheless uttered eloquently ... ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) What Maisie Knew squares its emotions believably, provoking upset and anger at its scenes of collateral damage, but also inspiring respect for the resilience of youth. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/5 41% Only God Forgives (2013) Ponderous dialogue swerves into self-parody, while frequent scenes of dismemberment and suchlike bore rather than appall, making it difficult to care who slices who in its escalating litany of ultra-violence. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 55% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) A bewildering array of arresting imagery - glowing devils, self-decapitation, joyless sex clubs and public school rugby matches - that seems to confrontationally resist reconciliation. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 15, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Kuroyuri danchi (The Complex) (2013) While the central yarn delivers the right mix of pathos and frights, it also feels derivative of past works ... ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Gegenwart (Consequence) (2012) It ironically undercuts the typical connotations - absence, loss, finality - associated with such a workplace. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) Comfortably tops its bigger-budgeted contemporaries by every possible measure: it's more fun, more stylish and decidedly more memorable. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 85% Hawking (2013) For all its wealth of detail, Stephen Hawking the man remains somewhat unknown. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet When Night Falls (2012) [Exudes] a muted dignity despite the anger simmering inside. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 3, 2013
2/5 27% Svengali (2013) Suffers from ... datedness, its industry caricatures and underdog narrative ripe with clichés. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film (2014) For the most part, this side-odyssey is a stimulating and perspective-broadening experience. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 92% I Am Breathing (2013) Deeply moving, with moments of absurd humour and profound beauty amidst the sadness. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jun 19, 2013
2/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) A movie that looks like a Die Hard film, feels (sporadically) like a Die Hard film, but lacks the wit and coiled adrenaline that made that series' debut a classic. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 18, 2013
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Let's not mince words: Hansel and Gretel is not a good movie. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 7, 2013
4/5 92% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) Should satisfy both long-term acolytes and those newly curious of Big Star's timeless artistry. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 27, 2013
4/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) Delivers a compelling and considered take on immemorial themes. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 27, 2013
2/5 42% Men at Lunch (2013) While some interviewees proffer genuine insights worth pondering, these can't balance the film's wayward focus and runaway aggrandisement. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/5 100% Village At The End Of The World (2012) Beautifully-shot and purposely unsentimental, Village... is an insightful study of lives in transition. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 20, 2013
4/5 94% Lore (2013) The result is a stimulating portrayal of an under-examined aspect of Nazism's terrible legacy. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2/5 55% V/H/S (2012) Fails to fulfil its grisly potential. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jan 17, 2013
2/5 44% Code Name: Geronimo (2012) The lead-up is hokey and unconvincing, as the filmmakers strain to inscribe personality on a cast of ciphers through hackneyed backstories and substantial guesswork. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Omar Killed Me (2011) Bouajila, in particular, is excellent in the lead role, convincingly internalising complex emotions: defiance, desperation, anger, and defeat. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 29, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana) (2011) Ziff's film impresses by adopting multiple distances, from the close-up excavation of mass graves to comparatively disassociated art exhibitions, all augmented by co-producer Michael Nyman's evocative score. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) A bold artistic statement, a guided career retrospective, a political act, and a mediation on the very nature of cinema - all at once, with neither self-pity or intellectual elitism to muddy the waters. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 86% Terri (2011) Like its eponymous protagonist, Terri sits awkwardly outside mainstream expectations, but is all the more appealing for it. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Feb 23, 2012
4/5 91% The Green Wave (2012) Offsetting any gaps in its historical record is the breadth of testimony. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Sep 28, 2011
3/5 77% In A Better World (2011) Though the performances are excellent, it aint no Dogtooth. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 24, 2011
5/5 98% Project Nim (2011) Nim's journey is profoundly moving... ‐ The Skinny
Posted Aug 10, 2011
5/5 97% Cell 211 (Celda 211) (2009) Any dips into melodrama are levelled out by its unpredictability, sympathies shifting multiple times in a kaleidoscope of greys that refuses to settle into blacks and whites. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Jul 13, 2011
4/5 80% Cold Fish (2011) The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 13, 2011
4/5 74% Route Irish (2010) Loach's habit of filling out his cast with unknown faces resulting in some unconvincing scenes. But they don't detract from the righteous anger of regular collaborator Laverty's script... ‐ The Skinny
Posted Mar 16, 2011
3/5 No Score Yet La journée de la jupe (Skirt Day) (2009) There is significant salvation in the form of a committed lead turn from Isabelle Adjani, which won her a record-breaking fifth Best Actress Cesar. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 96% Restrepo (2010) Restrepo gazes unflinchingly on those at the heart of a contentious conflict and renders their experience viscerally and -- most importantly -- humanely. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 53% The Greatest (2010) [Mulligan's] charming performance overcomes the character's clichés and in the process affirms her burgeoning talent. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 8, 2010
4/5 72% Double Take (2009) A dizzying mosaic of historical footage, vintage advertisements, contemporary interviews and a fiction strand adapted from Jorge Luis Borges combine and proffer multiple delights. ‐ The Skinny
Posted Apr 1, 2010