Chris Sawin

Chris Sawin
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Chris Sawin has been writing about film for over a decade. Formerly of Examiner.com, Chris has an unabashed admiration for weird and eccentric cinema, the nastiest of horror films, and particularly loves animation when it's done right.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) With its sloppy storytelling and overall decimation of a beloved antagonist's definable maliciousness, Cruella is a shaggy, unkempt dog of a film that is a victim of its own fashion. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2021
2/5 67% Skull: The Mask (2020) Skull: The Mask is a lousy excuse of a horror film with a deteriorating storyline, an incompetent lead actor that never should have gotten the spotlight, and lackluster gore that can't decide whether to be fully practical or partially CGI. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead injects some much needed vitality into modern zombie films and Zack Snyder's career as a filmmaker. Gory as hell and entertaining through and through, Army of the Dead is a must-watch for action and horror film fans alike. - GeeksHaveGame EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
2/5 36% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Chris Rock has this look on his face the entire film like he put on some pants that somebody already crapped inside of. While Spiral has more elaborate traps and a decent ending, it doesn't take away from the fact that it's boring and predictable. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
4/5 34% Mainstream (2021) Mainstream feels like this bold and heartless statement on the social media age that is terrifyingly accurate. Andrew Garfield is a force of nature; destructive, powerful, unpredictable, and absolutely hypnotic in between. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
4/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) A love letter to being different, having a dysfunctional family, and wanting to branch out on your own, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a movie everyone of any age can relate to and reminisce about. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 84% Bloodthirsty (2021) It may not be satisfying to everyone, but Bloodthirsty is a music-infused thriller about a disastrous lesbian relationship at its core and only a werewolf film when the mood is right. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.75/5 80% Kontora (2019) Kontora is this meaningful scrapbook of a film that reminds us that family remains important despite whatever aspirations we may have for our own lives. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
3/5 78% In The Earth (2021) In the Earth is like COVID on an acid trip with only Ben Wheatley as your guide, which means that all you can do is clench your seat and wait for the effects to wear off. Whether you like it or not, sh*t is about to get weird. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
5/5 82% Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021) The songs are meaningful and memorable, the animation is beautiful, and the film has several gags sprinkled throughout the film that seem to cater to an adult's sense of humor. Arlo the Alligator Boy is animated perfection. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong suffers from what other versus films also suffer from. These films put too much value in humans when the audience just wants to see more of the on-screen monsters they either paid hard money or chose to stream to see. - GeeksHaveGame EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3.5/5 84% Nobody (2021) Nobody is an action packed free-for-all chock-full of gloriously exhausting bone crunching and skin tearing spectacles. Bob Odenkirk is the obscenity-spewing, balls of steel action star we never knew we needed. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3.5/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud isn't exactly scary, but it is psychologically satisfying and creepy enough to make the hair on your arms stand up from time to time. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2.5/5 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Zack Snyder's version of Justice League feels like too much of a good thing. He has creative control here, but its execution is this fan devoted emptiness with no real destination in mind. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Raya and the Last Dragon is watchable and surrounded in rich traditions and intriguing folklore, but mediocre in its execution. The humor falls flat, the story is dull, and the film doesn't allow its audience to really connect with the characters. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
8/10 66% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2021) It's just as funny, ridiculous, and brilliant as you've come to expect from the Bikini Bottom native. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run stays true to SpongeBob's roots and feels mostly successful in its new three-dimensional format. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
1.5/5 20% The Reckoning (2021) The Reckoning is like a bad soap opera with a few squirts of blood and an eyeful of lady butt cheeks for good measure. Its two hour runtime caters to indulgent melodrama over horror, adventure, or anything that would actually resemble entertainment - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
3.5/5 29% Earwig and the Witch (2021) For a made for TV animated film, Earwig and the Witch is fun and amusing for anyone of any age and would be perfect for any family movie night. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) Psycho Goreman is this joyous blend of absurdly bloody horror, awesome makeup effects, and laugh out loud humor. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 90% My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2020) I would still recommend My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising to fans of the series and anime in general. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4.5/5 95% Soul (2020) Soul is an inspirational, laugh out loud funny, and purely joyous piece of entertainment for all ages that spans beyond our existential plane. As an animated film, it's beautifully animated, even by Pixar's high standards. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 95% Lupin III: The First (2020) Lupin III: The First is a sleek, loose, vibrant, and almost lifelike take on the character that is unbelievably entertaining from start to finish. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) Sound of Metal is so incredibly satisfying. Everything around us is just an obnoxious and noisy cacophony. The world's most beautiful symphony is utter and complete silence. Brilliantly acted with a powerful message that leaves a colossal impact. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round is a short fuse of a drama centered on a bad idea. You know that inevitable and combustible explosion will happen any moment, but watching until it finally does is the mastery of the concept. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 89% Black Bear (2020) Black Bear isn't necessarily an entertaining or enjoyable experience, but it's the type of film that is intriguing to analyze and has some rather strong performances from the three leads. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is one of the most gorgeous animated films of the year. Tom Moore and Cartoon Saloon have given birth to creatively mesmerizing cinema dribbling with exquisite animated bliss. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
1.5/5 28% Vanguard (2020) Vanguard is over complicated with a light tone, silly antics, solid gold cars, and Jackie Chan using John Cena's attitude adjustment wrestling maneuver. It has a few decent moments buried within this shiny gold turd of an action film. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is able to shake the expectations of its familiar story line and provide bloody, disemboweled hilarity that is a squeamish delight for horror and comedy fans alike. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5 22% Books of Blood (2020) Britt Robertson delivers an exhaustively mesmerizing and impassioned performance. Books of Blood has encapsulated Clive Barker's writing style of incorporating unimaginable horror with the fractured reality of being a flawed human being. - GeeksHaveGame EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
2/5 57% Come Play (2020) Come Play is the toothless wild animal of this year's horror films. It may be able to lurk around in the dark and reach out in an effort to scare off its prey, but deep down it's a shadow of its former self. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
3.25/5 79% Synchronic (2020) A time travel designer drug is such a cool concept and Anthony Mackie in particular gives a worthwhile performance, but Synchronic leaves you feeling lethargic thanks to its inability to fully captivate its audience. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
5/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor is an unraveling of the mind that vigorously rips its on-screen characters from reality layer by layer. Brandon Cronenberg has created a vividly surreal horror film that titillates as often as it terrifies. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/5 90% Kajillionaire (2020) There's an awkwardness throughout the film that only makes it feel more relevant. You're going to bumble around on your own the first time you try anything by yourself as an adult, but it gets easier. That's the message Kajillionaire shoot for. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3.5/5 80% Fried Barry (2020) Fried Barry is bonkers cinema that doesn't make a ton of sense, but is enjoyable for its psychotic and erratic nature. It's worth looking into if you're a fan of ludicrously wild films or if you're on the hunt for something totally different. - Reel Rundown EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
3/5 56% Random Acts of Violence (2020) Random Acts of Violence has some rather creative kills and just the right amount of brutality for a slasher horror film. Jay Baruchel shows potential as a director in the genre. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
2.5/5 88% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik is a visually remarkable sci-fi horror film that leaves you with a lot of questions and even ends on a sour note. It's always disappointing when a film would be better watching YouTube highlights of rather than in its entirety. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
2/5 19% The Tax Collector (2020) The Tax Collector feels low budget despite having a moderate amount of money at its disposal. The cast is excruciating and the action is lacking. It's a shame that the film we end up with isn't good and pales in comparison to Ayer's other works. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
1.5/5 96% The Pool (2019) The Pool is the type of film that gets more and more ludicrous the longer you watch it. Stupid decisions and horror go hand in hand, but The Pool takes it to unbelievable extremes. Ping Lumpraploeng has become the pioneer of dunce cinema. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/5 95% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) Impetigore is a disturbing and unsettling thriller with faceless children, no remorse for neck wounds, and upside torture that will have horror fans squealing with delight. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3.5/5 74% The Rental (2020) The Rental is horror popcorn entertainment. It doesn't really take any unexpected turns, but seeing how far these characters are willing to go to screw up their lives to an even greater degree is enjoyable in itself. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
1.5/5 30% Lake of Death (De dødes tjern) (2020) Lake of Death feels like this Norwegian version of Dark Water paired with every other secluded, out in the middle of nowhere horror film you can think of. It is dead in the water as far as satisfying and entertaining horror films go. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 89% Zombie for Sale (2019) If you're going to take the dread away from the horror, then the comedy needs to be front and center. Zombie For Sale just flounders around on dry land like an undead fish out of water. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
4/5 92% Relic (2020) Relic is a maddening labyrinth of a horror film. It begins as a harmful itch, turns into a worrisome series of scratches, and fully evolves into a debilitating disease. The film is this gloriously unnerving triumph of an all-female cast. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/5 76% Archive (2020) Archive is such a visually superb experience with subtle humor that keeps you interested and downright shocks in its final moments. A wonderfully vibrant and expertly captivating debut from a first time director with a ton of potential. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
3.5/5 80% The Beach House (2020) The Beach House is an artistically crafted parasitical nightmare crafted by a true rooter of revulsion; Jeffrey A. Brown. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
3.5/5 88% Volition (2020) Volition is fatally flawed both in its on-screen story and filmmaking, but it's able to evolve into an impressive slice of sci-fi cinema. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
2.5/5 41% You Should Have Left (2020) A flimsy excuse for horror with scares that never land and an ending that you can guess from the trailers alone. You Should Have Left tries to be this twisty and clever thriller, but has to settle for being a lethargic labyrinth of predictability. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3.5/5 93% Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) Pure, uncut insanity. The film has an attention to the ridiculous and an execution that is borderline brilliant. - Hub Pages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 72% Becky (2020) Becky has this Home Alone meets I Spit on Your Grave (minus the raping) aspect to it. The film is worth seeing for its surprisingly solid gore and Kevin James taking such an extreme departure for what he's normally known for. - Slickster Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
3.5/5 67% Extraction (2020) Extraction is flawed, especially when it comes to its ending feeling like an indecisive tease, but its extended and bloody action sequences are impressive enough to make Extraction a worthwhile action packed escape for any given evening. - Bounding Into Comics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020