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Chris Faraone

Chris Faraone
Chris Faraone's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 89% The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012) Myth convinces that St. Louis failed Pruitt-Igoe, and not the other way around. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 3, 2012
3/4 54% Farmageddon (2011) Canty is hardly an ignorant Jenny McCarthy-style alarmist. Rather, she's a concerned citizen asking questions about why federal and state food regulators are less interested in science than Texas Republicans. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 13, 2011
2.5/4 99% The Interrupters (2011) There will be tears shed over this deep look at Chicago's grisliest streets and the benevolent soldiers who fight to keep them safe. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/4 57% How to Live Forever (2011) An expert documentary, a responsible yet lighthearted film about the absurd things that folks do in the face of death. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 17, 2011
3.5/4 88% If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) Although kind to the plights of activists who face hard time for victimless crimes, this film is balanced -- conservatives could easily interpret it as validation of the group's persecution. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 28, 2011
2/4 90% Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011) Either mandatory rap-nerd masturbation material or the most boring movie imaginable about that group with the song you liked in middle school. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 20, 2011
2.5/4 72% I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) It would have worked much better as a gritty drama about the most toxic non-violent criminal in Texas history. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 8, 2010
3/4 64% Jackass 3 (2010) If physical comedy's overriding purpose is to make fools laugh out loud, then the first two Jackass films should be regarded alongside Buster Keaton's slapstick classics. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 20, 2010
4/4 98% Inside Job (2010) It's the feel-bad film of the year. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 16, 2010
1.5/4 53% I'm Still Here (2010) Although skillfully overhyped, this asinine exercise is little more than a way for Affleck and Phoenix to write off blow and hookers. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 16, 2010
3.5/4 92% 9500 Liberty (2010) Notwithstanding that it's an anti-hate advocacy piece, this YouTube-spawned documentary gives plenty of voice to the depraved foot soldiers and their opportunistic enablers. It just so happens that they look like race-baiting rednecks ... ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2.5/4 34% Lottery Ticket (2010) Almost two-dimensional, definitely heartfelt, and absolutely funny. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 19, 2010
4/4 90% Winnebago Man (2010) For a growing legion of YouTube boobs and mouse potatoes, Winnebago Man is all the medication we need to laugh away overdue bills and genital infections. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 22, 2010
2/4 63% Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009) Concentrated in such alterna-scenes as Boston, Austin, and Seattle, this repulsive bunch [of poster artists] exude more counter-culture geek clichés than Comic Book Guy. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 6, 2010
3.5/4 63% 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010) The Mormon Proposition is about as subjective as documentaries get. The good news is that Cowan and Greenstreet are compelling enough to convince you that only one side of this debate deserves a voice. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 16, 2010
3.5/4 83% Casino Jack And The United States Of Money (2010) Had someone fire-bombed an annual college-Republicans' meeting in the early 1980s, he would have spared this country a lot of pain and strife. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 20, 2010
3.5/4 89% It Came from Kuchar (2010) For a documentary about D-movie mavens, It Came from Kuchar is expertly edited, and it serves as both a comprehensive archival overview for diehard fans and a thorough introduction for beginners. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2010
3/4 60% Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009) It's easy to root against these coming-of-agers, who wear their confusion on their vintage T's and walk the line between self-persecution and deliberate outward agitation. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2010
1/4 26% Why Did I Get Married Too (2010) Like most of Perry's treasures, Why Did I Get Married Too? seems to have been shot with no script and on a single take; the majority of dialogue overheard at your local mall's food court is leagues more entertaining. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 7, 2010
0/4 35% The Slammin' Salmon (2009) Only one thing might be worse: the thought of Comedy Central's airing this bomb four times a day. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 9, 2009
3/4 66% The Blind Side (2009) Without adding too much cheese, director John Lee Hancock channels genuine emotion from the Michael Lewis book (and the reality) that prompted this moving chronicle. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 19, 2009
2.5/4 45% The Box (2009) First-semester social-science students would wince at the overreaching metaphors in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's latest Rorschach test. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/4 49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009) Serious Tezuka fans will likely appreciate the sharp multi-dimensional presentation, even as they resent Osamu's being pimped out for Obama. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 22, 2009
3.5/4 93% The Damned United (2009) In addition to the textured damp British landscapes, the film convinces on the strength of impassioned performances by Sheen and Timothy Spall as his assistant manager and muse, Peter Taylor. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 14, 2009
3/4 47% Taking Woodstock (2009) Lee's contribution should fit well into the Woodstock-tribute canon. It smartly avoids overused period references. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 26, 2009
4/4 94% The Cove (2009) It's not often that documentaries pack as much suspense as action flicks (and even rarer that one does so without re-enactments), but The Cove is a mighty exception. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 7, 2009
3/4 78% Throw Down Your Heart (2008) If Fleck weren't such a gracious soul chasing the spirit of Sankofa, this could have been an exercise in exploitation of Graceland-ian proportions. But that's hardly the case on his magical musical mystery tour. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 16, 2009
3/4 84% Soul Power (2009) In addition to the expected shots of Ali and Don King in all their megalomania, the intimate portraits of James Brown, Bill Withers, and B.B. King in his triumphant homecoming are as powerful as their performances. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 16, 2009
4/4 86% The Windmill Movie (2009) Unfortunately, a man died (from cancer) in the making of this explicitly introspective life tome; it was the only way he saw to complete his masterpiece. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 16, 2009
A 83% Planet B-Boy (2007) Quote not available. ‐ Boston Herald
Posted Apr 26, 2007