Chris Knight

Chris Knight
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: National Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 94% Beans (2020) This is, at its heart, a coming-of-age story, and a reminder that the times and tides in which we stretch out toward adulthood will forever mark us, as individuals and as a people. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3.5/5 100% The Hidden Life of Trees (Das geheime Leben der Bäume) (2021) A fascinating walk in the woods. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
1.5/5 40% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) Not all the fight scenes are incomprehensible. Only about half of them, all tight shots, quick cutaways and dim lighting. The film's suggestion seems to be to keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and the cinematographer closest of all. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 55% Old (2021) The camerawork is creative, with a lot of fluid pans and turns. The performances are strong, especially Sewell, whose character comes unglued in the most inventive ways. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4.5/5 97% Pig (2021) The film is a technical triumph as well, lovingly shot in dim lighting, and with some truly inspired editing choices. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) The film veers expertly between weirdly entertaining and darkly surreal. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2/5 29% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) I'm calling foul. Not sure if it's carrying or traveling, technical or flagrant, but Space Jam: A New Legacy isn't half the film that 1996's Space Jam was. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
5/5 84% The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 (2021) The Loneliest Whale creates a deep emotional resonance -- an undertow, if you will -- that pulls the viewer into 52's story. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3/5 100% Lift Like a Girl (2020) Equal parts uplifting and frustrating, Lift Like a Girl is nevertheless a fine example of the girls-doing-surprising-things-in-faraway-places documentary subgenre. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
2.5/5 81% Black Widow (2021) I wish the story felt like it had more traction, more sense of purpose, rather than being a side-story shoehorned in between more powerful tales. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
2/5 67% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) Between the drab opening (a wedding, ho-hum) and the happily-ever-after-unless-we-make-another finale, there are some inspired moments of human and animal shenanigans. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
2/5 49% The Forever Purge (2021) The only performer constant across every one of the films is Cindy Robinson... she's the voice of the Emergency Broadcast System, telling everyone that the Purge is coming so they can find safety. I suggest you heed her warning. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
2/5 48% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) I'd suggest that after two Boss Baby movies and several seasons of a TV spinoff, it might be time for the franchise to take a time out. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3/5 90% Tove (2021) The world is full of squishy, big-hearted characters for children to adore and admire. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
3.5/5 95% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2021) Zamani has an open, watchable face, and it's fascinating to observe him as he finagles his way into the school, and sets to tunneling. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3.5/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) I didn't set off down The Ice Road with much optimism... But once Mike and Gurty are on the road the pace picks up. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
2/5 40% Silent Night (2020) Much of the rest [lapses] into dull criminal legwork in grubby South London locales, interspersed with moments of violence. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 59% F9 (2021) The franchise has always been at its best when engaging in moments that are either slyly subversive or accidental genius. And the less certain you are which is which, the better it's doing. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 88% Censor (2021) Six years ago she delivered a 15-minute short, titled simply Nasty, with a similar plot. Censor runs a tight 83 minutes in comparison, and you know what? I wouldn't cut a single frame. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/5 91% Luca (2021) If ever there was a film to triumph moving from one medium to another, it's this ocean-to-land fairytale. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
2/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Assassins, their protectors and even their significant others need to know when it's time to retire. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/5 84% Akilla's Escape (2021) What at first appears to be mere flashbacks to Akilla's formative years gradual takes on the heft and structure of a separate storyline, one that both informs but also reflects the present-day plot. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
2/5 27% Awake (2021) Unfortunately, Awake rather wastes the concept by tying it the beats of a generic action film. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/5 86% The Dose (La dosis) (2021) La Dosis is not a bad movie, and the director handles the pacing nicely, with an understated score that sometimes suggests a ticking clock -- or beating heart monitor. But the tone is a little uneven. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3.5/5 68% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2021) New Order is not an easy film to watch, but it does have a very distinct and trenchant worldview if you've got the stomach for it. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3.5/5 83% A Perfect Enemy (2021) [A] dark, brooding little thriller about guilt and memory. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) With its toe-tapping songs, busy dance numbers and bubbly, infectious energy (that's right -- infectious can be a good thing too!), In the Heights deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you can find. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Thunderbird (2019) If you're OK with a little genre switcheroo, Thunderbird will oblige with a satisfying thrill. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Open Your Eyes (1919) Pacing aside, Open Your Eyes is a decent thriller that nicely illustrates what creative minds can do within a small social bubble, even in the darkest of times. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
4.5/5 91% Little Fish (2021) It's beautiful and sometimes sad, by turns hopeful and scary and funny, and anchored by two strong performances. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 88% Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm (2020) It's a great introduction to this unprepossessing musical mecca, but it feels like the definitive Rockfield doc has yet to be made. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 46% Spirit Untamed (2021) Bottom line: Spirit Untamed is not very good. But it is very busy -- there's a lot of friendship, life lessons and dangerous behaviour crammed into its 87 minutes. If that's enough for you, saddle up. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
4.5/5 88% Undine (2020) Undine is an elemental love story that exerts a powerful emotional undertow. Don't be surprised if you're left wanting to dive right back in. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 59% Edge of the World (2021) Edge of the World skims over its history and winds up an empty shell, nice to look at but devoid of content. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.5/5 52% Moby Doc (2021) Moby Doc is not the last word on the musician, but it's a nice introduction. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet The Corruption of Divine Providence (2020) It's fascinating, but perhaps a little too busy for 95 minutes. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
2.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) It's all so much sugary ear- and eye-candy, without any real nutritional narrative underpinning. As such, the film wears out its welcome well before its exhaustive runtime is through. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4.5/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) They're all wounded, imperfect men, and the director gives each an oddball backstory crafted for maximum empathy. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3.5/5 76% The Retreat (2021) Richards has crafted an original story with relatively few moving parts, and a satisfyingly frightening premise. You might run from it if you're squeamish about violence, but otherwise it's definitely worth chasing. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead is a fine addition to the zombie movie pantheon, and a decent heist flick too. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral doesn't feel like it's doing enough that's new. This is a case of been there, Saw that. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The film keeps us guessing til the end. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 25% The Woman in the Window (2021) It's hard to go wrong with a cast as strong as this one, which includes my favourite performer of the moment, Brian Tyree Henry. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3.5/5 No Score Yet Drifting Snow (2021) Tess Girard's wonderful cinematography reminded me of the work of Quebec director Denis Côté, and there's a similar sense of wistfulness as one often finds in his work. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3/5 91% Together Together (2021) You need something on which to hang the plot, and the leads are great fun to watch. They have imperfect chemistry, which is perfect. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 88% Oxygen (2021) It's all made clear by the end, and it's one hell of a ride finding out. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 96% The Human Factor (2020) It's a fascinating primer on the politics and personalities of the period. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/5 100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) A Bump Along the Way doesn't feel overly engineered, but my guess is it'll make viewers appreciate their mothers a little more. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3.5/5 66% Eat Wheaties! (2021) Eat Wheaties! is a sweet journey, well worth taking, and part of a balanced cinematic breakfast. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3.5/5 90% The Outside Story (2020) The tone is light, reminiscent of an old Seinfeld episode. - National Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021