Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) The toybox gets even larger in "Toy Story 4," a busy but entertaining entry in the best animated franchise the movies have. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 79% Late Night (2019) What does work - a lot - is Thompson, who conveys wit, intelligence and capability better than just about anyone in the movies today. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) "Rocketman" is as weird, brazen and stylish as the man at its center. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 71% All Is True (2019) A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 66% The White Crow (2019) Ultimately, "The White Crow" seems tailored to appeal to moviegoers who are already fans of Nureyev's idiosyncratic dancing and want to know more about how it got that way. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Despite the gender flip, there's something painfully retro about "Long Shot." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's an episodic movie, so it shines in parts, rather than as a whole, but there are plenty of good parts. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 82% High Life (2019) Many head-scratching things occur, but Denis' calm approach indicates that what interests her is not outer space but how living in it might affect behavior. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" expands on the original with enough new ideas to justify itself. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 94% Us (2019) We don't get many horror movies with better performances than the ones Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss give in "Us." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) A movie that says the stories of average women deserve to be told, as do the stories of people who grapple with big challenges but still face each day with hope and wonder. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The audience for "Knife + Heart" is narrow, but I suspect it'll be deep. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is such a welcome and appealing addition to the Marvel universe that I wish she could be added, retroactively, to all of the extant "Avengers" movies. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 60% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert commits wholeheartedly to every bonkers moment in "Greta," and that's what makes the movie thrilling. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The people in the movie are keeping secrets from each other, and "Everybody Knows" is keeping secrets from us. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 79% Never Look Away (2019) Somewhere in the decision to alter Richter's life, von Donnersmarck has invented plot details that are simply too hard to swallow. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Chris Pratt/Elizabeth Banks duo remains a very appealing protagonist pair, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, the sheer volume of non sequitur cameos is astonishing and the moral is another sweet one. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 19% Serenity (2019) There are too many pieces for all of them to fit - but "Serenity" does succeed at reminding us of some classic movie tropes and then stripping them bare. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) If Kulig, who resembles Jessica Chastain, were American, Hollywood would be offering her everything. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 37% Glass (2019) It is a frequently clever elaboration of the "Unbreakable" morality tale and, to me, that feels like enough. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki does beautiful work with her nonprofessional cast, most of whom are refugees, and her non-chronological structure builds unhurried suspense into the travails of Zain. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If it pleases the court, I'd argue that there's one big problem with this honorable attempt to tell us who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: There's too much material. RBG's life is not a movie; it's a miniseries. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 66% Vice (2018) From the man who brought us "The Big Short" comes "Vice," a movie a lot like "The Big Short" that comes up a little short. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Look, I get it. I'm weary of superhero movies, too. But "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" isn't just a superhero movie. It's also a great movie. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) I started jotting down clever dialogue from "The Favourite" in my notepad but I had to stop when I realized I was essentially transcribing the entire script. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" deftly pulls together threads from all of the "Rocky" movies, underscoring that it's time to acknowledge that Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa is one of the greatest of all Hollywood characters. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because it's a whole movie. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) "Widows" comes from writer Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") and director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and a big part of the caper's fun is the tension between her pulpy, twisty sensibility and his slower-burning instincts. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/4 93% Fargo (1996) Fargo is the best movie ever made in Minnesota. Also the meanest. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's worthwhile, but there's a lot more to this story. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% Stronger (2017) It shows that people aren't always prepared to play the roles the public wants them to play. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/4 69% mother! (2017) However strange you've heard "Mother!" is, I guarantee it is much stranger. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) The movie works better than any comedy with this many nosebleeds has a right to. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 92% Logan Lucky (2017) I think that's a big part of what makes Logan Lucky a very fun movie: You're lost, you're lost, you're lost -- and then it all makes so much sense that you feel like you should have known what was happening all along. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 84% Detroit (2017) If a fact-based drama like "Detroit" succeeds or fails based on how well it illuminates some of the events that brought us to where we are now, then I'd call it a resounding success. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) I suspect the plot of "Atomic Blonde" doesn't quite track, but with all the back-and-forth and double-agenting, it's possible not to notice. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) See it on the biggest screen you can find. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Moka (2017) It's a beautiful, and often suspenseful, drama. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Within seconds of meeting these characters, I got past the feeling that another Spider-Man seemed premature. Heck, when a superhero is as much fun as the one in "Homecoming," he's always welcome. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) There are a lot of reasons to love "The Big Sick," in addition to its intelligence and complex characters. It's hilarious, from start to finish. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Although Baby Driver is technically a heist/chase film, what it's really about is how much in love Wright is with what movies can do. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2.5/4 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) If names such as Reznor and Zimmer mean nothing to you, then Score probably isn't for you. But if you're that moviegoer who hangs around during the closing credits to see who helped make the movie, it will be music to your ears. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/4 74% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Maybe read Edward Albee's masterpiece, "A Delicate Balance," instead? It explores similar things with more intelligence. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz is excellent in this moody thriller. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Remember when superhero movies were fun? "Wonder Woman" does. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/4 17% Baywatch (2017) There are funny moments in "Baywatch," most of them courtesy of Johnson, who has become a sharp comic performer. But there aren't enough of them ... - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/4 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) If you have a hankering for a subtle, intelligent drama, you shouldn't miss it. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 36% Snatched (2017) It's great to see these two women together, even if the movie isn't always sure what to do with them. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) There's enough there to make Vol. 2 worth seeing. I just hope the creators go back to being weirder and looser in Vol. 3. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017