Chris Klimek Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Chris Klimek

Chris Klimek
Chris Klimek's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice, NPR, The Dissolve

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Becoming Bond (2017) Very funny.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) I daresay it is the very best fourth sequel ever made to a movie based on a 50-year-old theme park ride.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) A shamelessly high-minded, Byron-and-Shelley-quoting existential inquiry into the origin of three species and the nature of belief that goes slumming in genre territory just enough to get itself greenlit.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) It ... throws enough to curveballs to repay your modest 90-minute investment.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
79% Chuck (2017) Falardeau does a competent job of charting Wepner's dissolution and recovery, but he doesn't mine the story for its many cruel ironies.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) The whole thing is awfully nihilistic, but that's film noir for you.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) I get that these movies are not primarily targeted at English-speaking audiences, but they've got a writer (Chris Morgan, who's done a half-dozen of these) on payroll. He could try writing a little. It would pass the time.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
67% Life (2017) "The film is a saddening bore," David Bowie sang in "Life on Mars," a tune from a far more optimistic era. It ain't quite as bad as that, but it ain't much.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Every time the movie threatens to get interesting, one of its hordes of ersatz, non-animated characters shows up and starts talking again.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
93% Logan (2017) The only problem with calling it the boldest and most affecting superhero flick in many years is that it's barely a superhero movie at all.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Truly, madly, mercilessly entertaining, even when it makes you want to jump out of your skin.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) You might think you're watching the face-shooting revenge flick Frederico Fellini never got to make.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) This is not a film that subtly suggests anything, but one of the things it insists upon most loudly is that women who are approximately 45 percent of Diesel's age cannot keep their hands off him.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
80% Patriots Day (2017) It isn't quite Captain Phillips or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's a more thoughtful and restrained film than you might've been expecting.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
34% Live By Night (2017) The picture is handsome and ambitious but maddeningly unfocused.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Passengers, a fairy tale set aboard a luxury spaceliner, has billion-dollar ideas and five-cent guts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A a tense, well-made spacefaring war movie about a desperate and demoralized band of insurgents standing up against a rising authoritarian regime.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
60% Allied (2016) They don't make 'em like they used to, except when they do.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) Thirty of Paz's 50 career victories were by knockout, but Bleed for This wins more narrowly, on points.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
50% Lazy Eye (2016) Lazy Eye is less a will-they-or-won't-they than a will-it-stick-this-time-and-why-didn't-it-before. Mostly, it's an an are-we-the-same-people-we-were-then.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's good, in a sturdy, muted, unsurprising way.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Never Go Back is deeply mediocre, as rote and indistinct as most of the action flicks that've marked Liam Neeson's late-career lull.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
52% The Accountant (2016) With its chilly atmosphere, unhurried pacing, minimal music, and close attention to behavior (not just the unwavering routines of its main character), this movie could've been made in the 70s.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
63% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The result feels less like a thoughtfully-conceived franchise-starter than a picture that was rushed out of the editing suite prematurely.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) Tedious in its early going and all but unwatchable in its final half-hour, the movie feels interminable at a barely-feature-length 89 minutes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
97% Hell or High Water (2016) The 101 minutes that follow essentially comprise a feature-length Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen song, their brilliance lying in the details.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
25% Suicide Squad (2016) It wants so desperately to be subversive and irreverent in the manner of Fight Club or, more likely, Deadpool. And yet the most shocking thing about it is how risk-averse it turns out to be.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
55% Jason Bourne (2016) An idea-starved vestigial tail on the Bourne trilogy that wrapped up nicely nine years ago.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
77% The Shallows (2016) The Shallows is a thoroughly mediocre specimen of the externalized-grief survival flick, distinguished by a strong performance from Gossip Girl alumnus Lively.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) What Central Intelligence lacks in depth or inventiveness, it makes up for in personality, steaming along on the robust comic rapport between Johnson and Hart.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
95% De Palma (2016) De Palma walked away from Hollywood 15 years ago. He has nothing to lose by telling these stories now. They make De Palma brisk and engaging ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's not the first deflating X-Men picture, but it's the first from director Bryan Singer, who now has four of these under his belt, including the original.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) It's the Vibranium standard for super-team flicks.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) A ponderous, smothering, over-pixelated zeppelin crash of a movie scored by a choir that sounds like it's being drowned in lava.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) They're not the types to go fumbling for profundity, those Coens. Profoundly funny will do.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
95% Creed (2015) Whether the credit goes to the director or the actor or both, this is the performance of Stallone's career, one in which that age-defying orange body stays covered up but his sadness is in full view.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
64% Spectre (2015) A gorgeous and dreamlike but ultimately frustrating Bond film. I blame Mendes.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
91% The Martian (2015) Even adjusting for flattery, it's an easy film to love - one so suspenseful and funny and just richly, consistently good you might get mad at it falling a few astronomical units short of great.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) What substance it has could be dissolved in a shot glass. But so what?‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) Even a cast of our very finest 28-to-32-year-olds who can sort of pass as adolescents ... can't save this dreary, overfamiliar origin story.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) The most reliable blockbuster series going: Five films, some weirder than others, but not a stinker in the bunch.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) Every plot turn is as telegraphed as a tomato can's jab. I didn't care: Enough of it felt earned to me that Southpaw wins on points.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/5 19% 7 Minutes (2015) It's handsomely shot and reasonably well-acted, and it'll likely get Martin better gigs as a director, if not a screenwriter. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) I enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to exactly the same degree I enjoyed Jurassic World.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/5 0% Dawn Patrol (2015) Dawn Patrol feels distended and awkwardly paced despite a lean, 87-minute runtime. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2015
48% San Andreas (2015) Helo-flown and hella-dumb, the movie delivers what its ads promise and not a particle more: Semi-convincing digital erasure of infrastructure.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
3/5 88% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) (Dis)honesty builds a calm yet compelling case that lying is a manageable but incurable symptom of the human condition. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A kinetic, hallucinatory, boldly feminist chase flick that, with its vibrant color palette, harrowing stunt work and show-don't-tell style of yarn-spinning, leaves every Marvel movie and every Fast & Furious in its irradiated dust.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) Refreshingly, the film resists the Old Ways Are Best subtext so common to the recent crop of geriatric shoot-'em-ups, even as it leans into clichés of much older crime pictures. ‐ The Dissolve
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
32% Chappie (2015) Chappie, the robot, gets smart. Chappie, the movie, stays very, very dumb.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2015