Chris Knight

Chris Knight
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019) You don't get to 80 years old - especially in the Canadian music industry - without a few stories. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Patriotic joking aside, there's a whole lot happening in Toy Story 4, the most amazing thing being how first-time feature director Josh Cooley manages to keep the overstuffed 100 minutes moving so fast and feeling so nimble. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play is still a member of the horror/slasher genus, and content to play by the rules of the genre. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 82% Dogman (2019) The latest from Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gamorrah) is a fascinating character study about a small dog with a big bite. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley... is a winsome lead who sells the character's ambition and raw talent. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3.5/5 59% The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) It's difficult to feel ill will toward a movie that opens with a "no animals harmed" statement, and includes a subtitle that "smoking kills." - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 95% Buddy (2019) Throughout the movie, the bond of love between human and dog is constant, and beautiful to behold. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 27% Anna (2019) Thirty years after Nikita, Besson's career feels similarly trapped. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) In this sense, The Souvenir functions as an intensely personal document. But its themes of young love, growth of identity, and education make this a story that's easy to access, and simple to slip inside. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Far from saving the world, Dark Phoenix often just satisfies itself with issues of guilt, responsibility, and the nagging feeling that things done with the best of intentions can still result in the worst of consequences for all involved. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3.5/5 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019) The hodge-podge of storytelling techniques works quite well, especially since the chapters of DeLorean's life don't mesh neatly. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) While I learned a lot about Dickinson from A Quiet Passion, it took this film to teach me that "Because I could not stop for Death" can be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 86% Pavarotti (2019) You probably won't be able to sing along, but good luck suppressing a smile. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 95% Shadow (2019) It's a testament to Zhang Yimou's powers as a director of eye-popping battle spectacles that the biggest fight scene in his newest film, Shadow, kicks off with the command: "Open your umbrellas!" - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 67% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Alas, the film keeps levelling up without putting anything down, so that by the final battle you could make a decent sweater out of all its loose threads. Gotta catch 'em all? Good luck with that. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 51% Tolkien (2019) If your image of Tolkien is the late-in-life portrait with a pipe, here's your chance to recast him from fusty to lusty. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Built like a mashup of the Toy Story franchise and the Backyardigans TV series, the UglyDolls movie is unlikely to completely wow anyone in the audience. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
1/5 31% The Intruder (2019) I scare easily watching this genre, but with The Intruder I was looking at my wrist - not to see how much time was left, but to test whether you can really set your watch by a movie with such predictable timing. Turns out you can. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/5 57% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The trouble with JT LeRoy is that this story is so nutty, it needs a more irreverent take, something along the lines of The Big Short or I, Tonya. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 97% Hail Satan? (2019) [T]houghtful if somewhat dry documentary. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/5 30% Red Joan (2019) M, James Bond's boss, as a former Soviet spy? It's a great hook that the film ultimately fails to fully live up to. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 72% Teen Spirit (2019) It's a powerful symbol of the transformative power of song, and enough to lift this tale on its musical shoulders. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
1/5 31% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Some horror films, like last year's Hereditary, are flat-out horrifying. Others, such as the recent Halloween or Pet Sematary reboots, are legitimately frightening. The Curse of La Llorona is neither of these. The best you could say is it's startling. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite the comic-book origins of the tale, the stakes feel real, with some powerful moments of sacrifice, and a few wistful reunions. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) The heart and soul and joy is what come through - that and the heat, with the performers sometimes dripping sweat. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2.5/5 68% Stockholm (2019) The script has the bones of a good story, but it might have developed more tension if it hadn't jumped around so much. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 83% The Brink (2019) [Bannon] is merely a cog in a right-wing machine. This is a fascinating close-up of that gear. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2.5/5 54% The Best of Enemies (2019) And while the actors do good work, nobody is really stepping outside their comfort zone here. Neither will white audiences be pushed anywhere they don't want to go, or haven't been already. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) [T]he story is an important corrective missive aimed at a bureaucracy that's slow to change. Your movie, Mary. Your move, Gregory. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3.5/5 44% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) [I]t remains a powerful story with a rousing finale, thanks in no small part to Morgan Kibby's score, and the gorgeous, sunlight-in-dust cinematography. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 88% Mia and the White Lion (2019) The making-of details might even be the most fascinating aspect of this film. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 18% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy is an unholy mess. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/4 64% Son of a Gun (2015) J.R. is a fascinating character, quiet and watchful, but equally interesting is McGregor as Brendan. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 70% The Invisibles (2019) [W]hile the back-and-forth structure hurts the storytelling, the tale itself remains one of vital importance. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) It's a complicated puzzle of fear, but the pieces fit together nicely thanks to the work of co-directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, and screenwriters Matt Greenberg and Jeff Buhler. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) To borrow a headgear metaphor from the American West, Sunset is all hat and no cattle. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 91% Shazam! (2019) The title may end in an exclamation point, but I was left with a different punctuation mark hanging over my head. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) Mann's style is a little square... But it's a forgivable stylistic tic, especially given the anecdotes that flow forth. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 60% Acquainted (2018) While the film is not perfect - jobs seem to have been drawn from the rom-com directory, and at almost no point does anyone discuss having kids - it's still a superb homegrown drama, clever and surprising. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The sprawling cast means some of the characters remain little more than sketches. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
No Score Yet An Audience of Chairs (2018) Sweet and slow best describes this low-key family drama from Newfoundland director Deanne Foley, which showcases the beauty of the province as much as the talents of its performers. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) Here's hoping Disney's next offering is more "Oh!" and less dumb. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) Korine seems to have carelessly crafted this [Moondog] character, dropped him at random into the script and just let him mindlessly churn through what passes for a story. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Giant Little Ones is an excellent drama, first and foremost. It may incidentally help a lot of confused kids. It may even confuse a few as well. That's OK. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
33% Through Black Spruce (2018) Viewers, whether Indigenous or not, will find much to connect with in this dark, moody tale. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 95% Firecrackers (2019) This is a well-honed debut from a director clearly in touch with her own small-town roots, and eager to go places. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 71% Lost & Found (2019) Though billed as a comedy, it actually finds its best footing in some of the more dramatic moments of its seven-part structure. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 94% Us (2019) Peele spoiled us with his last film, and his delivery of a merely moderate success with this one is hardly cause for alarm. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2.5/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) In many ways this is all too tidy. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Qiao's determination to grift herself back into wealth is pretty funny, and there are dramatic moments that will stay with viewers long after the film ends. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019