Chris Knight

Chris Knight
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 43% Quezon's Game (2020) One can forgive much of a movie whose spirit is so willing. And the history it tells is stirring. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2.5/5 61% The Last Full Measure (2020) ...it at least makes a decent case for its central argument. If Forrest Gump can get the Medal of Honor almost by accident, surely this real hero deserves one too. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 83% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space, co-written with Scarlett Amaris, isn't the equal of Annihilation in the sublime terror department, but it features more scares-per-minutes... - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
3/5 72% The Gentlemen (2020) Very little work is being done by what passes for the plot. But in the doldrums of January, that kind of breezy entertainment can be just enough of a draw... - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
2.5/5 85% Cunningham (2019) While writer/director Alla Kovgan covers Cunningham's philosophy and contemporary reactions to his work, she can't quite convey its raw emotional content. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 92% And the Birds Rained Down (Il pleuvait des oiseaux) (2019) It's a bittersweet tale, the mood perhaps best summed up by one of Rafaëlle's subjects, talking about the effects of the ancient conflagration that sundered families and singed romances. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
1/5 16% Dolittle (2020) The humour is by turns daft and scatological; the chief villain is of the cardboard-thin, moustache-twirling variety. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 78% Bad Boys for Life (2020) I wouldn't go so far as to call the product fine wine, but a little extra aging seems to have done it no harm. So watcha gonna do? - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 92% Clemency (2019) lemency is just director Chinonye Chukwu's second feature, but it portrays a maturity and a willingness to grapple with difficult subjects. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) ...what comes through is a portrait of a complicated film lover, and one always ready for a fight. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 92% Weathering with You (2020) ...a powerful, beautiful and original story. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) It's a perfect short within the larger, sometimes flawed film. And it serves as a reminder of how powerful the medium can be in its best moments. I just wish Just Mercy had a few more of them. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
1.5/5 20% Like a Boss (2020) Nothing feels essential; if you exfoliated this screenplay you'd be left with nothing but a cover page and a couple of staples. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
1/5 49% Underwater (2020) Underwater is a soggy mess. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4.5/5 85% Les Misérables (2020) ...the director finds ways to keep pulling characters back from the edge. It makes the film's explosive climax all the more memorable, and the final shot one that won't soon leave you. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
19% The Grudge (2020) Come what may, I can confidently predict that The Grudge will be the best movie of the decade - at least, until another movie opens. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Golda (2019) Students of Israeli history may get something out of this dusty doc, which chronicles the time in office of Golda Meir, the country's fourth Prime Minister. But as a general-interest film it's a bit dry. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 41% The Song of Names (2019) The spaces between these notes may drag, but this song is ultimately one worth listening to. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) It's a gift. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
2/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) The result is a bit of a slog, though if you want a film that pits one Will Smith against another but is family-friendlier than the recent Gemini Man, this is your movie. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 100% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) Nomad is Herzog's paean to Chatwin in eight chapters, touching down in Australia, Wales, Patagonia and more, where the peripatetic writer had travelled to study art, archeology and anthropology. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Brotherhood (2019) That said, this modern talkie tells a powerful story, worth putting up with the whirr and buzz of the film projector to experience it. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet She Never Died (2019) The film ends on a mildly confusing note that suggests a potential for more sequels - sister-in-law sequels? But the story stands up nicely on its own. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 75% Richard Jewell (2019) But the film hits hardest in the way it shows how, once a suspicion of guilt is made, the law can have a difficult time pivoting. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 92% The Twentieth Century (2019) The passage of decades makes the humour more palatable, even when it cuts not just at our nation's history but its character. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) [T]he film, which combines pixels from Inception, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones franchise and the steampunk realm... rattles along at an amusing pace. You might not even notice it's a shade over two hours. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 98% 63 Up (2019) If you're coming to the series cold, there's enough filmed background to get you up to speed. And if you've become hooked at some point over the years, 63 Up makes for essential viewing. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/5 50% Kingsway (2018) It's a busy screenplay, with the result that a few of the narrative threads get a little lost. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 97% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The filmmakers have constructed a world that you'll remember when it broke your heart open. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) No, we never wanted it to end. But if it had to, this is as good a way as any. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick lets the story run long and loose - at a shade under three hours, A Hidden Life features an almost overwhelming amount of scenery, and a lot of repetition in the scenes of Nazi officials trying to break Franz's will. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 92% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao tells a simple, almost elemental story of two sisters separated by chance and circumstance. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 69% Bombshell (2019) You'll shiver. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 20% Cats (2019) It's like watching someone watching the movie, which is itself like watching cats dry. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
82% High Life (2019) Denis explores the microcosm of life in space, raising uneasy, even queasy questions about humanity's need to push into that frontier, and the costs that will have to be born by individuals. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) In some ways, youth never changes. But it always feels fresh. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 80% Code 8 (2019) Either way, it's a lot of future to absorb in 98 minutes. But in the spirit of the movie I say: More powers to him. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Stand! (2019) The production looks lovely, crammed with period detail and striving to resonate with today's gig economy... But the results are, dare I say, laboured. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) I'd argue that one mystery remains: Why can't more films be this much fun? - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Regardless, this is a self-assured feature, smart and stylish in equal measure. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Fortunately, Ruffalo makes for a compelling and sympathetic character, and the movie does a good job of lionizing his tenaciousness. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) It helps that two great actors perform these Odd Couple meetings. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda by Agnès is a perfect introduction to a talented artist who, even at 90, left us far too soon. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (2019) With its stock characters and regularly timed action sequences, The Divine Move 2 is not unlike the game it dramatizes; two-dimensional, and black and white. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 100% Assholes: A Theory (2019) It's worth pointing out the restraint shown in the section about electing assholes to run your country. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 24% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) This is a first film from Bhise, and an ambitious one, though it doesn't always deliver the force the story deserves. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Aside from its best-supporting accolades, Charlie's Angels does little to advance the series. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) In the narrative straightaways, with the drama and cinematography and actors firing on all cylinders, there's no stopping it. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The plot seems a touch thin, the battle scenes interminable, and resolution, when it comes, unearned. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong leads us into this realm slowly and expertly, often relying on an eclectic soundtrack - opera one moment, a jazzy all-drums set the next - to carry us forward. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019