Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 96% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Nothing is especially original in "Raya and the Last Dragon," but in a way, everything is. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2.5/4 55% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Holiday's reputed wit is not in the script and Day can't capture that, but she convincingly evokes the passion and raw abandon of the singer who died at 44, broke and with the police harassing her all the way to her deathbed. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/4 94% Nomadland (2021) There is great power in this movie's subtle choices, and what they add up to is an astonishing achievement in American film. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/4 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Some of it's amusing, some of it's not and all of it will fit just fine on the small screen of your choice. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 72% The Mauritanian (2021) Mohamedou is a tricky character, since we only get glimpses of him and he makes a lot of mistakes, but Rahim invests him with integrity and courage... - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/4 98% Minari (2020) Chung based the story on his own Arkansas childhood, and it feels attuned to both the possibility of a better life and the hazards of trying to build something from scratch. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 69% Land (2021) Robin Wright has a grueling role in "Land," and she has no one to blame since she cast herself. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) The star of the movie is Stanfield, an actor playing a character who's essentially an actor. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
1.5/4 28% Bliss (2021) It's a visually striking movie, particularly in how it differentiates between the three different worlds it shows us, but it's also often silly. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2/4 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Zendaya makes you care about Marie in the second half of the movie, but I'm still not sure you'll believe any of it. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 88% Supernova (2021) "Supernova" is a deliberate, rhythm-of-life kind of movie, one that takes its time with mood and character. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 47% The Little Things (2021) None of these things will dazzle moviegoers with their originality, but they succeed at establishing a tense mood. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3/4 92% The White Tiger (2020) It's a corrosive satire that uses a Charles Dickens-type story to suggest that a revolt by the oppressed is not just likely. It's inevitable. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
3.5/4 85% Our Friend (2020) Jones' clear-eyed forthrightness gets "Our Friend" to the finish line and makes sure that, as much as it's a movie about cancer, it is even more about friendship, kindness and love. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
1.5/4 45% Fatale (2020) I guess we've arrived at the point where even movie titles are dogwhistles? - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/4 98% One Night in Miami (2020) The best sequence in "One Night in Miami" comes at the end, and it is not a coincidence that it's a montage of images with no dialogue. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/4 88% News of the World (2020) It's a sentimental tale, but the quiet simplicity of Greengrass' images helps whenever things threaten to get goopy. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
2.5/4 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The movie often is phony. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Whatever its flaws, "Promising Young Woman" really goes for it, and that makes it thrilling to watch. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Chadwick Boseman's final movie is his best. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
2.5/4 79% Greenland (2020) It's capably done, if familiar, but "Greenland" forces viewers to ask this question: "Do I need more apocalyptic cruelty in my life?" - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
31% The Stand In (2020) Drew Barrymore plays two roles in "The Stand In" and it's tough to decide which is more intolerable. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) My prom was OK but I had hoped it would be more fun. So, too, with "The Prom." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
89% Let Them All Talk (2020) If you're up for taking the trip, you're rewarded with satisfying developments that reveal "Let Them All Talk" is more than the tossed-off bauble it appears to be. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
80% Safety (2020) That McElrathbey's life doesn't fit the mold of your average inspiring sports movie is a good thing because it allows "Safety" to show that winning off the field is much more important than on. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) It's a conventional animated movie but it's funny and sweet and it's not like every animated movie needs to reinvent the wheel. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/4 77% Uncle Frank (2020) In description, "Uncle Frank" sounds like a tonal nightmare, but Paul Bettany's quiet, calm performance as Frank glues everything together. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
1/4 82% Happiest Season (2020) Let's call it progress that "Happiest Season" suggests gay people are as entitled to mawkish, contrived holiday movies as straight people are. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/4 96% Sound of Metal (2020) "Sound of Metal" is an act of empathy, and like a lot of empathy, it does not come easily. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/4 83% Mank (2020) As a certified "Kane"-head, I have no problem with this, but non-fans may think Fincher is replicating what Mankiewicz did: pouring his creative energy into a project that will leave many people cold. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/4 90% The Climb (2020) Covino and Marvin, who co-wrote the script and are actual buddies... give utterly natural performances. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/4 83% Let Him Go (2020) Its pleasures are almost contemplative, and although there is plenty of action, the real meat of the movie is the action in the characters' heads. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
2.5/4 57% Come Play (2020) Although "Come Play" doesn't come to play, horror-wise, it is a surprisingly effective family drama, powered by a better-than-average cast. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3.5/4 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Unlike the first movie, this one is a satisfying narrative, not a collection of skits. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2.5/4 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) "The Trial of the Chicago 7" isn't good, but I'd recommend it anyway. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
1/4 30% The War with Grandpa (2020) It plays out almost as if it were two different movies shoved together, which makes it difficult to discern whom this try-to-please-everyone comedy is intended for: aging third-graders? Undiscerning seniors? - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 87% On The Rocks (2020) The appeal of "On the Rocks" rests almost entirely on the premise that it would be big fun to hang out with those two, listening to them riff. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/4 68% The Glorias (2020) "The Glorias" is an offbeat biographical tribute that feels like it wants to be offbeater. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5/4 89% Kajillionaire (2020) I've heard "Kajillionaire" described as a coming-of-age movie, which doesn't seem quite right. It's more like a coming-alive movie, and a gorgeous one at that. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/4 63% Blackbird (2020) Turns out you can make a silk purse from a sow's ear, if "you" are Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
3/4 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) "Gallery" has so much interesting stuff in its nonromantic scenes that I hoped Krinsky would steer the movie toward insisting that smart, creative Lucy would be just fine without a generic dude in her life. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) As he relates his story, is David remembering correctly? Is he a reliable narrator? Who knows? But he's definitely a fleet, funny and warmhearted one. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/4 48% Unhinged (2020) It's not a particularly good or original film... - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/4 67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) It starts out like one kind of movie, a "To Catch a Thief"-style romp, but turns out to be something much darker and more provocative... - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/4 29% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) "The Secret: Dare to Dream" wants to remind us of those bland, coastal Nicholas Sparks romances where white, pretty people don resort wear to take walks on beaches and barbecue shrimp together. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
3.5/4 62% Radioactive (2020) Satrapi finds fresh ways to honor the complexity and breadth of Redniss' work. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/4 34% The Sunlit Night (2019) I can easily imagine people who wouldn't like it, but there is something beautiful about how perfectly it locates a feeling of confusion, ambivalence and grief. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
2.5/4 80% The Old Guard (2020) "The Old Guard" is an efficient mayhem-delivery system, but given all the face-kicking Theron does, it's hard not to compare it to "Atomic Blonde." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/4 98% Hamilton (2020) Seeing it at home is not the same as in a theater but the Disney+ presentation nicely approximates the live experience. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
57% Absolute Power (1997) "Absolute Power" is appealingly untrendy: no car chases, no explosions, no nubile strippers. There isn't even a single character in the movie under 30. - St. Paul Pioneer Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020