Chris Hicks

Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Deseret News (Salt Lake City) Total Film

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Ken Burns: The Civil War (2015) Groundbreaking in its style and haunting in its imagery, and in readings by such actors as Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman and Sam Waterston, the miniseries manages to personalize Civil War history better than any film before or since. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 70% Dead Man (1995) Dead Man is surprisingly bland. And it becomes more dull -- and more grotesque -- as it moves along. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) If ever there was a movie that is more enjoyable than it has any right to be on the surface, it's this one. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) The cinematography is gorgeous, the sets and costumes are opulent, and Campion has assembled a first-rate A-level cast, led by Nicole Kidman. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
42% My Life (1993) The film is, as Rubin is fond of saying in interviews, a "life-affirming" film and has something to say about how we should view our brief stay on the planet. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
59% Malice (1993) Malice is a film that very much wants to be a combination of Body Heat and classic Hitchcock -- but how you take to it will depend on your patience with silly cliches and plot holes large enough to hide dinosaurs. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
48% Far and Away (1992) The story is ridiculously old-fashioned, with romantic flourishes and visual spectacle (the land-rush scenes are outstanding) in place of an interesting storyline and well-developed characters. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
38% Billy Bathgate (1991) There's plenty of glossy, slick entertainment here if you haven't gotten overly tired of mob flicks. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
59% Miracle on 34th Street (1994) As remakes go, this one is a moderately satisfying big-screen event for holiday family viewing . . . though I would heartily recommend renting the original instead. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
83% Shogun (1980) This excellent nine-hour program (13 hours when first shown on TV) holds up as one of the best of the miniseries, a prolific genre at the time. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
14% Look Who's Talking, Too (1990) Simply a one-joke movie that too quickly wore out its welcome. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
92% Kids for Cash (2014) The film is imperfect in its structure, but director Robert May never sensationalizes what is horrifying enough in its straightforward telling. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2014
50% Some Girls (1988) There are some sweet moments and several very funny scenes, mostly of the door-slamming, mistaken identity variety. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2012
81% Nothing But the Truth (2008) Alda's performance is a real stand-out, but all the actors are in fine form, to include Angela Basset, Noah Wyle and David Schwimmer. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2009
2/5 62% Valkyrie (2008) There's a whiff of pointlessness hanging over this whole affair. The fact that Valkyrie is not the thriller the trailer promises is treason against the talent. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2009
3/5 90% Better Things (2008) Gritty yet incongruously gorgeous - and glacier-paced - this ambitious first feature from Midlands miserablist Duane Hopkins proves that crikey, the British can do Bruno Dumont-style poetic realism after all. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) Aronofsky's most authentic film refuses to ridicule the amateur wrestling circuit, while Rourke's portrait of a has-been will surely be the comeback of the year. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 27% Clubbed (2008) Though predictable, the attention to period detail makes this a Brit-flick rather like its hero - an intelligent little scrapper. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 100% Boogie (Summer Holiday) (2008) It may not scale the heights of the best recent Romanian films (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, The Death Of Mr Lazarescu) but Boogie is still a bittersweet character study. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 40% Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) A state-of-the-art kid-pleaser for sure, but recession-weary parents will probably find it a mite obnoxious. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2009
2/5 58% Defiance (2009) "Jews don't fight!" mutters a Red Army soldier. "These Jews do!" says another admiringly. Great pitch, largely undone by stilted, solemn direction. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
4/5 63% The Reader (2008) Pleasingly adult material powered by elegant, muscular performances. A strong adaptation of a slippery novel. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2009
4/5 67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) Committed and commanding, slow but stealthy, political and powerful: details are omitted, but Che still sees Soderbergh flexing fierce focus and control, while Del Toro leads with tact and muscle. The full four-hour flick grips; two hours'll fly by, easy. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/5 87% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson (2008) A straight-line journey through the good doctor's loopy myth and madness, but one that doesn't push far enough into uncharted territory. Fine as a primer, but Gibney leans more towards admiration than examination. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/5 76% White Christmas (1954) This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/5 93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Powerful performances from March and Hopkins and richly atmospheric cinematography help make for a memorable journey down Stevenson's "strange and terrible road." - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
3/5 21% The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Cranking the action dial up to 11, Derrickson retools an iconic piece of sci-fi with lots of big guns but extra smarts would have been welcome. It's bang up to date but a tad underwhelming. Not the disaster some fanboys predicted. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
2/5 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Put simply, it's all lube and no spunk. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2008
2/5 16% Max Payne (2008) The occasional muzzle-flare of stylish violence, but that's it. Dull, depressing and dragging its knuckles at 100 minutes, Max Payne misfires and Wahlberg's leading-man jinx continues. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2008
4/5 93% Of Time and the City (2009) And all for 250,000. Now will someone please fund the man to direct another feature? - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2008
3/5 78% Caos Calmo (Quiet Chaos) (2009) Quiet Chaos feels thin and, especially towards the end, increasingly implausible. All the same, Moretti's simpatico screen persona just about carries it. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 20% Incendiary (2009) By then, Incendiary has become a tear-stained monologue about bereavement and resilience - it goes off with a bang, but ends with a whimper. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
3/5 85% Ghost Town (2008) This is a schmaltzy romcom directed by blockbuster screenwriter David Koepp and held together by Ricky Gervais - an actor best known for cringy dancing arse boss David Brent. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
1/5 42% Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006) Sore disappointment is in store for anyone expecting Won Shin-yun's revenge/psycho thriller to emerge as the new Oldboy. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2008
1.5/4 31% Made in America (1993) This first-time screenplay by Holly Goldberg Sloan feels more like an outline, and director Richard Benjamin doesn't seem to know quite what to do with it. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/4 93% The Little Mermaid (1989) This is unquestionably the best animated film in many years and is therefore highly recommended. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
4/5 88% Young@Heart (2007) If this film were any more heartwarming, your chest would melt. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2008
4/5 79% La Zona (2007) Director Rodrigo Plá pulls off a biting critique of middle-classes living in smug seclusion, but doesn't compromise on tension as the suburbanites' morals spiral out of control. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2008
2/5 56% Afro-Saxons (2008) It's a warm-spirited, well-intentioned movie, yet offers a repetitive, visually humdrum and ultimately superficial portrait of its chosen milieu that seems much better suited to the small screen. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2008
3/5 43% The House Bunny (2008) Fish-out-of-water formulaics are lifted by a starlet on the up. The story is pure bubblegum, but surrender to the silliness and you'll be endeared. A must for anyone who's been hanging on for Legally Blonde 3. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2008
4/5 74% Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008) OK, so it's not quite as searching as Hoop Dreams, but it's hugely enjoyable all the same and boasts - as you'd expect - a terrific soundtrack. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2008
3/5 60% Bigga than Ben (2008) It tails off into a confusing ending, but Bigga Than Ben is still honest, funny and provocative enough to wind up Daily Mail and Guardian readers alike. - Total Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2008
3.5/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) A suspenseful, well-acted thriller, though there are certainly some disturbing elements to it. The very R-rated language alone may be enough to turn off some viewers. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2007
2/4 40% Feast of Love (2007) For a film that tries to be a smarter, more cerebral, romantic comedy-drama, Feast of Love sure does a lot of dumb things. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2007
1.5/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) The result is a movie with only a few amusing gags -- all emanating from Marin's spaced-out character -- while the rest of the film is at best bland and at worst obnoxious. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2006
2.5/4 75% Intervista (1984) Federico Fellini's latest work is an oddly unaffecting look at moviemaking and the director's own youth, a sort of 8 1/2 meets Amarcord but without the resonance of either. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2003
72% Ricochet (1991) Every now and then a movie comes along that is so preposterous, so devoid of any reality or logic, you have to wonder how it got made. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2003
1.5/4 78% Friday (1995) Cube's charm and Tucker's frantic antics can carry the movie only so far before the wall-to-wall profanity, constant vulgar humor and male chauvinist ogling wear out their welcome. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2003
3/4 11% Speechless (1994) This is intelligent romantic comedy of the kind we get all too seldom these days, and the plot is something Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn would have loved in their prime. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2003
2.5/4 88% DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) I was pleasantly surprised at how clever and funny the film is. - Deseret News (Salt Lake City) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2003