Chris Evangelista

Chris Evangelista
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
8.5/10 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A supremely confident film, bursting with humor, horror and a surprisingly large amount of heart. I had an absolute blast watching it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
6/10 45% The Prodigy (2019) The Prodigy deserves credit for being willing to go to some dark places, and as far as killer kid movies go, you can do a lot worse. But I just wish this movie had something more to say than just the same old song. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
9/10 89% The Souvenir (2019) Nothing here seems staged. It's almost as if Hogg has traveled back to the 1980s, where the film is set, and started spying on these characters. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
7.5/10 71% Cold Pursuit (2019) An mostly identical remake of the Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, Cold Pursuit finds Disappearance director Hans Petter Moland copying what he did before, while adding some new layers as well. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
8/10 87% The Nightingale (2019) Kent's attention to the brutality and violence is so precise, and so sickening, that it begins to wear you down. This is, of course, a design, not a flaw. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
7.5/10 57% Them That Follow (2019) Too nightmarish to classify as a standard drama, and too grounded to be a full-blown horror movie, Them That Follow is a curiosity that might fall through the cracks if you're not looking for it. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
7.5/10 92% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole in the Ground belongs to the long tradition of creepy kid movies, featuring one of the creepiest movie kids of all time. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
9/10 80% The Lodge (2019) An icy cold mix of The Shining and religious mania run wild, The Lodge opens with a bang, and never lets up. Take it from someone who doesn't scare easy: The Lodge is scary as hell. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Dan Gilroy bounces back in a big, bloody way with the hilarious Velvet Buzzsaw. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 79% We Are Little Zombies (2019) Writer/director/composer Makoto Nagahisa is the mad scientist behind this concoction, which plays out like someone plugged a fever dream directly into a console video system, and then set it on fire. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
7/10 63% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked has major script problems, but Zac Efron's transformative Ted Bundy performance is a must-see. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
9/10 100% The Farewell (2019) In Lulu Wang's lovely, melancholy The Farewell, Awkwafina breaks out in a much bigger way with her first major role, creating a wholly realistic character, and revealing a talent for dramatic acting that you may not have realized she possessed. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
5/10 37% Glass (2019) Like Superman exposed to kryptonite, directing Glass has robbed Shyamalan of his powers. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
6/10 47% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room is too much fun to completely disregard. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
7/10 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Avoiding tedious biopic tropes that focus on how well-known people rose to fame, Stan and Ollie is instead more interested in endings. It's a film about saying goodbye. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/10 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as shockingly bad as Welcome to Marwen, and Robert Zemeckis is up for the challenge. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
9/10 66% Vice (2018) This is an unsubtle, difficult, often depressing film. It's also one of the year's best. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
6/10 62% Bird Box (2018) Despite many elements in Bird Box working effectively, the movie never quite comes together. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/10 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) Even with the bonus incentive of a portion of the proceeds going to charity, this last-minute cash-grab fails to justify its existence. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
10/10 95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) For nearly three hours, Springsteen jokes, rails, wails, and yes, plays his heart out, providing an achingly raw, often disarmingly honest breakdown of his life. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Visually stunning, laugh-out-loud funny, and utterly dazzling, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a reminder of what superhero movies can be when handled with love and care. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
4/10 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) This horror pastiche tries to inject some fresh blood into the tired exorcism horror sub-genre, but the result is a lackluster, haphazard, and ultimately frustrating experience. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
7.5/10 84% Creed II (2018) One of the overarching themes of Creed II is stepping out of the shadow of the greatness that came before you. This is a lesson the Creed franchise needs to learn. You can only get so much mileage using the Rocky films as a springboard. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 79% Halloween (2018) While it doesn't capture the magic of the original, this Halloween brings much-needed closure to a troubled franchise, with Curtis excellent and Michael Myers pleasingly terrifying again. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
6/10 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) While there's plenty of gothic atmosphere, and two delightful performances from Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, Roth never quite figures out how to make The House with a Clock in Its Walls tick. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
8/10 95% In Fabric (2018) Totally twisted, super stylish, and frequently funny, the new fetishistic nightmare-dream from Peter Strickland is a loving recreation of Euro-horror and giallo tropes of the past - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
6.5/10 75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) The story of JT LeRoy, the best-selling author who never really existed, gets the standard biopic treatment in Justin Kelly's unfortunately uninspired Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
9.5/10 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Lee Chang-dong's Burning moves at a pace all its own, telling a tale of mystery and obsession with no easy answers. Hypnotic, haunting, and featuring an incredible performance from Steven Yuen, Burning is one of the year's best movies. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
8/10 71% Hold the Dark (2018) With Hold the Dark, Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier crafts a bleak, unforgiving film with an ever-increasing body count. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
7.5/10 88% High Life (2019) In High Life, Claire Denis heads to space, and brings Robert Pattinson with her. The result is a strange, surreal, often indecipherable trip into the darkest recess of the galaxy, and beyond. But what does it all mean? - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
10/10 96% Roma (2018) This is a masterpiece. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
9/10 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring - the type of movie that only comes along every so often. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
7/10 87% First Man (2018) Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man features exciting sequences and wonderful performances from Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. But this space adventure never really gets off the ground. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
7.5/10 60% Vox Lux (2018) Hard to decipher and loaded with omens and symbols, Vox Lux doesn't quite work, but it makes one hell of an impression. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
6/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) The crackerjack script and dynamite performances are almost enough to get The Front Runner across the finish line, but there's something missing. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
8/10 91% Widows (2018) Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn team for Widows, an exciting, brilliantly-acted thriller about a team of desperate women pushed to desperate measures. A heist film with a lot more on its mind than meets the eye, Widows is a gem. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
8/10 79% Halloween (2018) David Gordon Green's Halloween is a love-letter to horror fans - a brutal, scary and sometimes funny sequel that gives the long-running franchise the respect and adoration it deserves. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
9/10 72% Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman gives a tour de force performance as a damaged cop on the edge in Karyn Kusama's twisty, brutal Destroyer. Blending a crime thriller framing device with a character drama focus, Destroyer is one of the year's best films. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
8/10 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers is an utterly strange, utterly lovely postmodern Western - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
8.5/10 90% A Star Is Born (2018) The familiar story of an aging performer discovering a rising star gets a fresh coat of paint, and excels primarily due to the performance (and musical talents) of Lady Gaga. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
6.5/10 32% The Predator (2018) While you're watching the movie, it's hard not to get caught up in all the fun. Black and company are having a blast here, and it's infectious. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
6/10 63% Outlaw King (2018) An unrelentingly brutal, often funny, haphazardly edited affair. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
9/10 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A film so relentlessly entertaining that it might actually exhaust you. Believe the hype: this really is the best action movie since Mad Max: Fury Road. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
6/10 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Someone, somewhere, said, "What if we made a sequel to 2015's Sicario, but got rid of all the good stuff?" - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
5/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Somehow simultaneously better *and* worse than its predecessor. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
7/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 finds new ways to tell old jokes, and for that, it's (mostly) a success. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
6/10 32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) For all Fahrenheit 451 gets wrong, its heart is ultimately in the right place, and that should count for something - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
7/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is the first Star Wars film in recent memory that feels like it's selling something. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
7/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) A bloated-yet-breezy blockbuster. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
6/10 45% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) Ultimately, The Devil and Father Amorth is less a test of one's faith and more a test of one's patience. - Slashfilm EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018