Chris Sawin

Chris Sawin
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
10/10 97% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) Blissfully psychedelic at times with magnetic chemistry between two characters you become completely invested in, Your Name is an anime film unlike any other and is so fantastic that you have to witness all of its beauty and elegance for yourself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
5/10 No Score Yet The Prison (2017) The Prison is a basic concept with a simple execution that keeps the film from being a complete waste of time. Its biggest flaw is that exploring unfamiliar territory seems within the film's grasp, but instead it relies on predictability. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
5/10 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) The stale acting and sluggish storyline weigh the film down like a bionic sloth using dial-up to take a defensive driving course. However, Scarlett Johansson repeatedly does a spot-on impression of a robotic swivel chair. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8.5/10 93% Logan (2017) Logan is the mercilessly barbaric Wolverine film you have always wanted chock full of blood, gore, and extreme vulgarity even South Park would be proud of. Beautifully bleak and faithful to the source material. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2017
8/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) John Wick is back! Bloodier, deadlier, and more awesome than ever! John Wick: Chapter 2 nearly doubles the kill count the first film had and its white knuckled, fast-paced action knows how to dropkick your adrenaline into overdrive. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
5.5/10 39% Railroad Tigers (2017) Railroad Tigers is overflowing with absurd comedy. Slapstick and physical comedy take precedence over character development and a coherent story. Railroad Tigers is Jackie Chan's Monument's Men. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
6/10 25% Solace (2016) Similarities and connections are one thing, but Solace seems to grasp at straws and force-link everything when it isn't necessary. Solace is this damaged and lackluster film that sometimes tip-toes in the category of a beautiful disaster. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
9/10 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) This is the Star Wars film to be excited for since a galaxy far, far away has never looked as promising as it does now. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is everything The Force Awakens should have been and then some. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/10 67% Sword Master (2016) Despite the best efforts of Derek Yee and Tsui Hark, Sword Master is a bloated action film with mediocre visuals and a cast that takes itself far more seriously than everyone else will. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
10/10 91% La La Land (2016) Visually gorgeous and deliciously colorful, La La Land is a romantically fueled, comically fun, and symphonically sublime treasure. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/10 40% Sky On Fire (Chongtian huo) (2016) Sky on Fire is an absolute train wreck of a film. The acting is almost as ridiculous as the terrible action scenes and the storyline is this spontaneous goulash of ideas with no destination in mind. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2016
3/10 No Score Yet Girls And Panzer: The Film (Girls Und Panzer The Movie) (2016) Tsutomu Mizushima's follow-up to his own series is extremely flat, uninspiring, and tiresome in the writing and execution departments. Girls und Panzer der Film is as empty and lifeless as a rusted out tank with no crew or ammunition. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
5/10 89% Loving (2016) Delicate, timid, and frustratingly subtle despite its strong performances, Loving is a completely dull experience that feels too lackadaisical and laid back to fully satisfy. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/10 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Fantastic Beasts leaps into ludicrous territory without regret far too often. Its formulaic and ridiculous display tarnishes a fifteen year old franchise that leaves you with the question, "Is J.K. Rowling just milking it?" - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
5/10 94% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Its approach is often amusing and even easy to relate to from time to time and the performances from the entire cast are comedically and emotionally rewarding, but the central character gets on your last nerve and nearly ruins a pleasurable experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
10/10 94% Arrival (2016) Its visuals are remarkable and its storyline is so beautifully structured. Arrival is one of the most extraordinary, breathtaking, and thought provoking films of the year. This is what science fiction is supposed to be. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
7/10 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Visually, this is a hallucinatory wet dream. However, like the character in the film, Doctor Strange offers a spellbinding exploration of what lies beyond the stars yet lacks the proper mastery of the mystical concepts it introduces. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/10 67% The Vessel (2016) Even with Martin Sheen's impressive Chris Cringle facial hair, The Vessel annoys and irritates more than anything else. The film may be alluring to look at, but it's absolutely torturous to endure and practically unbearable to watch. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
8.5/10 93% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) Miss Hokusai bleeds style and grace from every frame to the extent that you can almost smell the ink as it's pressed to a paper canvas. For the imaginative and the admirers of the fantastical, this film is purely and spectacularly a work of art. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
2/10 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The cast is talented and the concept has potential, but Keeping Up with the Joneses chooses the painfully unamusing, preposterously ludicrous, and tragically annoying route and it's a more devastating and torturous experience because of it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
8/10 86% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Shin Godzilla is a lot of fun if you can focus solely on the monster mayhem. Any sequence involving Godzilla is like a highlight reel of destructive bliss. Shin Godzilla leaves you anticipating where Toho will take this new Godzilla next. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
5/10 45% Phantom of the Theatre (2016) Brief moments of greatness ruined by the overwhelming downpour of mediocrity you're forced to conquer just to reach the film's meaningless finale., but Phantom of the Theatre does leave you with the question of, "Do ghost farts smell like garlic?" - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
7/10 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) The Birth of a Nation is a solid first directorial effort from Nate Parker, but the presentation of Nat Turner's story falters often enough to keep a good film from being a great and memorable cinematic experience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
7/10 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Deepwater Horizon makes full use of the disaster film formula and its exciting sequences will effectively please the average moviegoer. The bravery of the crew unleashes a tender quality that latches onto every sympathetic fiber in your body. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
7.5/10 78% Operation Mekong (2016) Dante Lam has orchestrated pure chaotic mayhem dripping with raw emotion and sloppy, crowd-pleasing violence. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016
3/10 64% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Dull, predictable, and basic in every sense of the word, The Magnificent Seven is a devastating blow to the western genre and yet is about the standard as far as remakes go. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
9/10 58% The Transformers - The Movie (1986) The Transformers: The Movie has never looked or sounded better (referring to the 30th anniversary edition) and the new bonus features are captivating and amusing. Now if we could just get a similar treatment for G.I. Joe: The Movie... - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/10 37% Blair Witch (2016) Just as pointless, forgettable, and motion-sickness-inducing as the original. At least Blair Witch has the decency to shove its characters into the corner when they misbehave. All that's missing is the dunce cap that each of them deserves. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/10 37% Morgan (2016) Morgan is the pistol whipping, flesh eating, test tube baby of this sloppy scientific experiment that combines elements from Vincenzo Natali's Splice and last year's Academy Award winning Ex Machina. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
3/10 14% The Bodyguard (2016) This clunky hour and a half is overloaded with melodrama, poor attempts at comedy, and lackluster fight scenes that would get the Nicolas Cage stamp of approval. The Bodyguard is majorly disappointing and Sammo Hung should be ashamed of himself. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
7/10 88% Don't Breathe (2016) Jane Levy delivers an emotionally exhausting performance while this chillingly hair-rising spotlight shines down on Stephen Lang. Don't Breathe is a fiercely brutal plunge down the rabbit hole. Home invasion films won't see it coming. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/10 32% Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) If the last decade hasn't already sold you, Mechanic: Resurrection solidifies Jason Statham's status as a monotone cardboard cut-out excuse of an action star. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2016
8/10 100% Tunnel (Teoneol) (2016) You absolutely devour Jung-soo's journey in Tunnel. Tunnel is one of the most compassionate films of the year with a horrifically executed disaster and an emotional powerhouse odyssey overall. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
9/10 100% The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (Daeho) (2016) The Tiger is beautifully shot with an exceptional performance from the impeccable Choi Min-sik. Director Park Hoon-jung has masterfully crafted a face-off between two formidable opponents with a heartfelt history that digs deep. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2016
5/10 27% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad had the potential to be an awesome superhero summer blockbuster, but feels more like a rushed unification of underwhelming action, a disappointing story, and stale character development. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
5/10 39% Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Despite being overly faithful to its source material, The Killing Joke tries too hard to be more controversial than it needs to be and is devastatingly disappointing because of it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2016
8/10 100% Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016) With fierce action, impressive acting, and a compelling storyline, Kill Zone 2 is the first worthy Tony Jaa film to come along since The Protector. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
5/10 58% The Neon Demon (2016) The visuals of The Neon Demon are spectacular and the score is incredible, but the film itself lacks proper direction, a coherent storyline, and a worthwhile conclusion. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/10 27% Warcraft (2016) Duncan Jones has helped mold a visually attractive, one-dimensional, overstuffed, and rambling mess of a film. You're shown this fantastical world in Warcraft, but you feel and remember nothing once it's over. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
6/10 63% Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) (2016) In the same comedic vein as Death Becomes Her, Therapy for a Vampire is a lighthearted affair that frolics between the horror and comedy genres and proudly utilizes campy behavior and ridiculous humor in a way Sam Raimi would be proud of. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2016
10/10 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing is a soon to be discovered gem that is riveting, brilliantly written, impeccably acted, and masterfully filmed. The Wailing is without a doubt one of the year's best films. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
5/10 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Alice Through the Looking Glass is another overblown and unnecessary multi-million dollar sequel that will make money solely because of who's involved rather than the uninspiring content it provides. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
5/10 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) With only thirty or so rewarding minutes, X-Men: Apocalypse is gushing with over two hours of what feels like filler for something memorable and mesmerizing that never materializes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
8/10 No Score Yet Classmates (Dou kyu sei) (2016) Doukyusei is an oddly insightful, relatable, and emotionally powerful anime with its own unique charm that is gorgeously animated. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
5/10 50% Bite (2016) While Bite will make you squirm with mounds and mounds of bile-inducing horror, the film fails to offer much else as you care little about any of the characters and the story is familiar ground that has been done before with more satisfying results - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
10/10 93% The Nice Guys (2016) The Nice Guys has a riveting mystery wrapped around a balls-out explosive action comedy that undeniably results in one of the funniest and most entertaining films of the year. This is the first must-see film of the summer. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
10/10 91% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Captain America: Civil War is precisely crafted as one of the best comic book films of all time. It's as if Return of the Jedi stole all of the action sequences from Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
5/10 21% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Ratchet & Clank is similar to Kung Fu Panda or Megamind if they took place in a run of the mill sci-fi universe. The animation is bland, the writing is flat, and the entire experience will be forgotten as soon as you leave the theater - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
6/10 No Score Yet The Empire of Corpses (Shisha no teikoku) (2016) The Empire of Corpses is worth seeing for its stunning animation and unique twist on zombies, but its muddled story, awkward finale, and overuse of excessive scientific jargon makes the two hour anime film feel like a bittersweet steampunk symphony - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/10 42% Jane Got a Gun (2016) Despite its impeccable cast and a promising vengeful concept, Jane Got a Gun will have you begging to be taken to greener pastures long before its 98-minute duration concludes. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016