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Chris Packham

Chris Packham
Chris Packham's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
0% Against The Night (2017) The film vacillates between two explanations for the hauntings - one supernatural, one boring - strobing back and forth until the film's final, exasperating twist.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
77% Dave Made a Maze (2017) Cardboard is cheap, and by marshalling a tiny budget toward craft-store set design, Watterson builds a movie that's genuinely bigger on the inside.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
0% The Layover (2017) To accept these characters, you have to suspend your disbelief and any knowledge about real-life women.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
80% Unleashed (2017) An inoffensive Hallmark card of an indie comedy, as indifferently intended by the sender as it is regarded by the recipient.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
44% Brave New Jersey (2017) Lambert aims for gentle, Lake Wobegon-ish nostalgia, but the jokes never land, the undifferentiated small town confers no sense of location, and its eccentrics aren't particularly weird.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
11% Kill Switch (2017) An ungainly hybrid of two totally disparate mediums that have been Human Centipede-d together: film and first-person-shooter video games. Film is not the front end of this configuration.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
29% Camera Obscura (2017) The implied conditional logic governing the camera's curse doesn't extend to the film's amateurish discontinuities ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
84% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) Director and co-writer Andrzej Wajda's story is a vise that inexorably tightens on the artist as he loses his job, his gallery, and the professional credentials required for artists to work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (2017) Though visually expansive ... the film feels emotionally intimate.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
86% Tomorrow Ever After (2017) All of this might be profoundly silly if it weren't built around Thier's dignity and gentle humor.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
No Score Yet Rackstraw Downes: a painter (2014) Glacial and mesmerizing, the documentary equivalent of droning Tibetan singing bowls, a work crafted to induce its audience into the same contemplative state as its subject at work.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
83% Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back (2017) In this stylish documentary, Cattelan talks effusively on camera about his career, his work, and his private life in unexpectedly candid interviews.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
31% Salt and Fire (2017) Despite the bad acting, self-importance and general Herzogian ridiculousness, the director actually has a deep sense of beauty ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
31% The Assignment (2017) Rodriguez absolutely tears it up as a stomping, cussing nuclear core of male swagger, both before and after the surgery.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
22% Atomica (Deep Burial) (2017) Atomica's slapdash script is a hasty aggregation of screenwriting and science fiction clichés, barely feature-length and possibly written over a single weekend.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
100% Love & Taxes (2017) As a writer, Kornbluth is vivid, funny and skilled at conveying characters, qualities he actually matches in performance.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
87% Dying Laughing (2017) The film compiles their anecdotes and observations to create a kind of universal stand-up monomyth that flows seamlessly through chapters.‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A dog's purpose, it turns out, is to be reincarnated into a different sappy mini-Hallmark movie after every death.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
100% Saving Banksy (2017) Inadvertently demonstrates that nearly every response to Banksy's work is wrong.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
64% Rainbow Time (2016) Lynskey is a luminous counterpoint to Phillips's energetic earthiness, but they can't lift a story with so much killjoy ballast.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
68% Danny Says (2016) Its principal figure has an interesting past and a gift for storytelling.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children isn't a passion project for Burton -- it's another adaptation, based on the young-adult novels by Ransom Riggs, but it's perfectly aligned with the director's theory of outsider exceptionalism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
60% Generation Startup (2016) It's not very interesting!‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
95% Command and Control (2016) Despite the high stakes, Command and Control is morbidly fun to watch, in the manner of good suspense thrillers and disaster films.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
0% Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016) Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? gets all its tropes, beats, and characters from ghastly sitcoms of the 1990s - long-running trash like Full House, Home Improvement, Family Matters, and The Nanny.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
67% Brother Nature (2016) There's nothing new in the friction between these characters, but it's fun to watch a couple of pros showboating on the field, even when the stakes aren't high.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Hill ... heaves War Dogs onto his back the way those terrifying, osteomuscular World's Strongest Man competitors carry refrigerators and absolutely tears past everyone else on the field ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2016
33% Operation Chromite (2016) South Korean reverence for MacArthur and the U.S. military is evident here in the same way that "Our Warmest Congratulations on Your Graduation" is evident in a Hallmark card.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2016
0% Amateur Night (2016) The gross-out scenes and raunchy banter between the film's sex workers are funny, but its world is pretty small and unsurprising.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
55% Can We Take a Joke? (2016) It's not the state that has turned against them; it's audiences.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
93% Blood Simple (1984) Though the film has a few exposed seams, it's tightly composed and beautifully shot in a way that easily rivals more expensive features.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
60% Roseanne for President! (2016) Hakeem is amazing, always energized and totally committed.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
90% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016) There was so much joy in their remake, but Raiders! is often dispiritingly preoccupied with adult issues of financing.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
17% Careful What You Wish For (2016) Jonas is incapable of making simple facial expressions, let alone evincing existential dread.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
53% Dough (2016) A mirthful, edgeless dramedy.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2016
No Score Yet The Dog Wedding (2016) The film never reconciles the incongruities of its constituent parts, which hang together like toothpaste and orange juice.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
85% Boom Bust Boom (2016) Jones presents a stark picture of a bifurcated economic system: the real one, in which ordinary citizens struggle; and the financial economy, in which the livelihoods of citizens are leveraged by the wealthy for speculative bets.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2016
No Score Yet Courting Des Moines (2016) It's shot and performed with the earnestness of Christian improv comedy and the artlessness of the training videos at fast-food restaurants. ‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
69% Prescription Thugs (2016) It's unusually confessional and often moving, but Bell's film is unsatisfying as a piece of documentary journalism.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2016
94% Fargo (1996) The film is a work of brick-by-brick world-building in the service of characters whose ordinariness is just as carefully crafted.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2016
No Score Yet Get Happy! (2016) Director Manoj Annadurai's scenes are unartful in their staging, featuring actors who don't seem entirely present, weaknesses magnified by Tom Shipley's thuddingly obvious script.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2016
11% Dixieland (2015) Bedford intercuts the narrative by interviewing actual residents of the town where he shot the film; all of their stories touch on death more movingly than the fictional script does.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
50% Uncle Nick (2015) Exaggerates the genre's details to emphasize its grossness.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
89% Stink! (2015) Like any of these documentaries, this one's all over the map, but Whelan grounds it in his family.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2015
50% Criminal Activities (2015) The script veers from comic, narrated episodes to surprising violence, planting early narrative seeds that yield some effective surprises ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% McCullin (2013) Famous for his war photography, McCullin's gift is his sensitivity, a capacity to feel the pain of other people that informs both the images he produced and the ones he refused to take.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2015
90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) The characters are thoughtfully embellished, and Zahler's script finds occasional traction with engaging dialogue that includes exploration of the men's contrasting attitudes about marriage.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
97% All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015) The director's native warmth and sympathy are extended here to the store and the personalities that made it a billion-dollar, globe-bestriding colossus.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) Brand is incapable of the focus for anything deeper than tactics of charm, glibness, and shock.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
10% Pay the Ghost (2015) The script doesn't know the difference between being something scary and pointing at something scary.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015