Chris Packham

Chris Packham

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Danny Says (2016)

"Its principal figure has an interesting past and a gift for storytelling." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2016

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
Posted Sep 25, 2016

Generation Startup (2016)

"It's not very interesting!" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 21, 2016

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
Posted Sep 19, 2016

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
Posted Sep 14, 2016

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
Posted Sep 6, 2016

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
Posted Aug 15, 2016

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
Posted Aug 9, 2016

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
Posted Aug 3, 2016

Can We Take a Joke? (2016)

"It's not the state that has turned against them; it's audiences." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016

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
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Roseanne for President! (2016)

"Hakeem is amazing, always energized and totally committed." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016

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
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Careful What You Wish For (2016)

"Jonas is incapable of making simple facial expressions, let alone evincing existential dread." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 9, 2016

Dough (2016)

"A mirthful, edgeless dramedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2016
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The Dog Wedding (2016)

"The film never reconciles the incongruities of its constituent parts, which hang together like toothpaste and orange juice." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 8, 2016

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
Posted Mar 8, 2016
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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
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Prescription Thugs (2016)

"It's unusually confessional and often moving, but Bell's film is unsatisfying as a piece of documentary journalism." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 19, 2016

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
Posted Jan 18, 2016
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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
Posted Jan 11, 2016

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
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Uncle Nick (2015)

"Exaggerates the genre's details to emphasize its grossness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 30, 2015

Stink! (2015)

"Like any of these documentaries, this one's all over the map, but Whelan grounds it in his family." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2015

Criminal Activities (2015)

"The script veers from comic, narrated episodes to surprising violence, planting early narrative seeds that yield some effective surprises ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2015

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
Posted Oct 26, 2015

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
Posted Oct 19, 2015

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
Posted Oct 13, 2015

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)

"Brand is incapable of the focus for anything deeper than tactics of charm, glibness, and shock." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 29, 2015

Pay the Ghost (2015)

"The script doesn't know the difference between being something scary and pointing at something scary." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2015

Zipper (2015)

"Wilson is a charismatic and underused actor, perfect here as a guy with a talent for convincing others of his virtue. Headey, as Sam's wife, creates a surprisingly complex portrait of a woman ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 25, 2015

Fort Tilden (2015)

"Allie and Harper are basically unlikable, but played with a light touch and just enough distance from their own unthinking cruelty to remain funny." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 11, 2015

6 Ways To Die (2015)

"The film becomes a cascading-failure scenario that proceeds from Soumah's intention to bait-and-switch the audience, coupled with a lot of suboptimal acting and amateurish editing choices." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 28, 2015

Gone Doggy Gone (2015)

"The film's sweetness, its story line and the script's cartoony characters recall Raising Arizona, though Gone Doggy Gone isn't as tightly structured. But, being looser, it has a little more room to breathe." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2015

7 Minutes (2015)

"7 Minutes is humorless and perfunctory, its heavies and protagonists never so much as aspiring to transcend or challenge the stereotypes they represent." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015

Freedom (2015)

"Without all the music, Freedom would be about 30 minutes long. Further chop out all the conversations about Jesus (please), and it would be nothing but credits." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 2, 2015

Animals (2015)

"The premise - homeless drug addicts in love - is depressing, but as directed by Collin Schiffli, the film has warmth and humor, ultimately conveying a sense of redemptive hope that Dastmalchian likely brings to the table." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

Every Secret Thing (2015)

""Some things are easier if you can sleep through them," sleepyhead Dakota Fanning tells Elizabeth Banks's weary detective in what probably amounts to the mission statement posted outside the production trailer for Every Secret Thing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

The Forger (2015)

"John Travolta's Raymond Cutter doesn't forge anything during the first 40 minutes of The Forger, unless we can count his unconvincing, age-inappropriate mane of hair." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015

Dial A Prayer (2015)

"Kiley is mostly successful at keeping Hallmark banalities at bay, relating Cora's crime in a series of tense flashbacks and populating the film with funny characters played by a top-notch cast." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2015
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The Forecaster (2015)

"The story of espionage and duplicity that financial adviser Martin Armstrong relates in Marcus Vetter's documentary The Forecaster is as serpentine and fascinating as a John le Carré novel." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 31, 2015

Love Hunter (2014)

"The film's a sad, gentle valediction for a young artist's dream." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 18, 2015

Deli Man (2015)

"Large of body and personality, Ziggy seems genuinely to have stepped across time from mid-century New York, or emerged bodily from the authenticity of an ethnic tradition." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015

Buzzard (2015)

"Often very funny, the film is not a comedy ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015
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My Way (2015)

"A long, arcless, infuriating montage of unconnected road-trip moments between two annoying and self-absorbed people." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015

Out Of The Dark (2015)

"Stylishly filmed and often scary ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015

Mad As Hell (2015)

"If Napier hadn't shown up with a camera, Uygur would likely have continued filming himself, because his "firebrand" commentary is only ostensibly about politics; it's mostly about projecting the world onto his own ego and making it Cenk Uygur-shaped." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015

On The Way To School (2015)

"The film quietly reveals these four small stories as epically heroic and timeless journeys." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015

Match (2015)

"Writer-director Stephen Belber's inspiriting, generous Match is so good that it's like some kind of trick." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015

Vice (2015)

"The film unspools with a momentum that mitigates its artless brutality, kinda, but it's a high-pressure firehose of stupid." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
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