Chris Wasser

Chris Wasser
Chris Wasser's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Herald (Ireland)
Publications: The Herald (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's a fascinating mishap of a display, but one that held my attention in ways that better films haven't this year. In a word? Grand. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 67% The Night Before (2015) This is the kind of movie where no amount of alcohol or class A narcotics can break our protagonists down. They just keep on rockin' hard - sometimes, with Miley Cyrus. It's kinda hilarious. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) It's just a witless selection of sight gags, creaky one-liners, rickety morals and dated pop culture references, thrown together with minimum regard for the source material. Get it out of my sight, please. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Brilliantly written, scored, acted, photographed and edited, TLBINSF also signals the arrival of a gifted and vibrant young director, and I cannot wait to see what he does next. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
1/5 67% Dark Lies the Island (2019) Cheap, incoherent and sorely lacking in structure and sense, Ian Fitzgibbon and Kevin Barry's film is exactly the kind of oddball dramedy that this country used to be famous for. But we've moved on. We know better now. Down with this sort of thing. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 100% A Bump Along the Way (2019) A Bump Along the Way transcends its ordinary, soap-opera set-up to deliver something that is both beautiful and heartbreaking. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) It's a piece of art; a dark, devastating yet mesmerising offering, in which Phoenix - whose magnetic and eerily graceful Joker hobbles and dances his way from mentally unstable loser to despicable murderer - gives the performance of a lifetime. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 83% Judy (2019) Goold's film - though capably performed, and reasonably well assembled - isn't nearly as good, or as insightful, as it might have been, and you come away with more questions than you had going in. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra - an arty, textured space epic, with a brain, and a heart - has more in common with say, Interstellar, than it does with Armageddon. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Armed with a tender, naturalistic screenplay and a charming, committed ensemble, The Farewell is a wonderfully acted family drama, and a note-perfect one, at that. Lovely stuff, altogether. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
1/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Great cast, awful film. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2019) The extraordinary thing about Extra Ordinary - and believe me, there are a lot of extraordinary things about this homegrown, supernatural comedy - is that it is just as bonkers on screen as it is on paper. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 32% A Million Little Pieces (2019) Sam Taylor-Johnson hits us hard with the visuals, and there are moments when A Million Little Pieces edges dangerously close to theatrical music video. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) We should be thankful for Efron, whose unsettling performance as a man who seemed to genuinely believe his own lies, leaves a mark. It's an extraordinary turn in an ordinary film. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! gets a little greedy towards the end, and it could probably stand to lose at least 20 minutes from its noisy finale. But hey, it gets the job done. It might just kick-start a new franchise. It's a bit of a hoot. I didn't see that coming. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) A witty, smart and imaginative display, Cold Pursuit digs a hell of a lot deeper than it needs to. The closer our man in the winter coat gets to the Viking, the more this story opens up into some weird and deliciously dark places. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4/5 82% Instant Family (2018) It's a very well-acted display, and you know something else? It's far better than we had any right to expect. A feel-good movie for everyone? Oh, go on, then. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) It all hangs on a career-best performance from a committed and frighteningly convincing Kidman. That woman is in the form of her life at the minute. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The whole thing is a zippy, frenetic and surprisingly meta commentary on the comic-book industry - but it also has a heart, a fabulous voice cast, and comes equipped with some of the sharpest punchlines of the year. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) What we're left with is a bizarre, angry and surprisingly disorganised film that prioritises themes over storytelling. Pity. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience is a bit too fond of itself, and isn't nearly as smart as it thinks it is. It's hard work, basically. Weisz is strong here, as is Nivola. But Rachel McAdams is sorely miscast as Esti, and her British accent is all over the place. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) A brilliant Claire Foy is at the top of her game here, even if the rest of the film isn't. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 59% The Grinch (2018) Underwhelming, unimaginative and uninspired, this cold and careless adaptation is severely lacking in the zingers department. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) Yes, Overlord is outrageous, violent, gory, absurd, upsetting and all the rest of it. It probably shouldn't work quite as well as it does. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 100% Katie (2018) It's a beautiful documentary, basically, and Katie Taylor comes out of it looking very well, indeed. It's a bit of a knockout. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2017) With The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid, Irish director Feargal Ward has crafted one of the most unique and, perhaps, indefinable pieces of cinema this year. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Goosebumps 2 is like something you'd see on Nickelodeon around this time of year - glossy, spooky, well-acted, and just about entertaining enough for a lazy Sunday afternoon. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) The jokes are signposted from a mile away. The ham-fisted one-liners are as old as time itself. It is, I'm sorry to say, a lazy, predictable and oddly lifeless affair - and an awful waste of a good cast. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Here we have a film that is as accomplished as they come; a muscular, note-perfect, old-fashioned, cinematic event that longs to be experienced on the big screen - preferably, one with a stellar sound system. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) It's true, Venom is a bit of a catastrophe. It is a bad, bizarre and baffling entity of a film. But do you know something? I could not take my eyes off it. We have a hilariously over-the-top Tom Hardy to thank for that. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
1/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Honestly, it's in an awful state, altogether; a choppy, confusing, and structurally unsound thriller that struggles to make sense, let alone entertain. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Helmed by Eli Roth...this whimsical and magical feast is every bit as silly as it sounds. But listen, it all comes together rather splendidly. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 66% The Little Stranger (2018) A moody, chilling and slow-burning mystery, with elements of the supernatural, this film gets right under your skin, and stays there for weeks. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) It's a frustratingly clunky affair, and a tad uneven, tone-wise. In short, it's a wasted opportunity. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
5/5 89% American Animals (2018) This is one expertly crafted, bat-s**t crazy heist flick, and you know what else? It's up there with the best of them. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It works brilliantly as a dark comedy; it works as a muscular, historical drama that educates as much as it entertains; it works as a thrilling cop flick. It works, basically. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 52% Equalizer 2 (2018) A bloated, confusing, and terribly bland thriller. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Hats off to the voice cast, who put the effort in, but the end result remains a surprisingly sticky presentation; slow, stagnant and mysteriously void of charm and warmth. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) There's a lot to be said for a superhero film in which the entire world isn't at stake, and where everyone isn't worrying about a skyscraper falling on their heads. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Honestly, I don't know who's bigger - the series, or its leading man. But they're a match made in heaven. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
3/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) Indeed, On Chesil Beach is the lovely, sad, awkward, tender, gorgeous, tragic, melodramatic love story you didn't know you'd been waiting for. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
1/5 70% The Delinquent Season (2018) The whole darn thing is overwritten. Everyone is on autopilot. Everyone can do better. Nobody - especially a sleepy [Cillian] Murphy - is aware of just how bad a film they're dealing with. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
2/5 68% The Cured (2018) Bitterly disappointing. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
5/5 100% Michael Inside (2017) It's no easy watch, that's for sure -- but it's an important one. Stellar Irish film-making. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 85% Game Night (2018) Game Night -- a slick, inventive and surprisingly efficient action/comedy -- is as solid a studio chuckle-fest as you could hope to see. Flawed, for sure, but we'll take it. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) The meanest thing we could say about Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is that there isn't enough of it. Maybe we're being greedy. Maybe 93 minutes is the perfect running time. That way, we can be sure we'll never tire of repeat viewings. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
68% Finding Your Feet (2018) It's an unexpected joy, basically; a cosy and casual, Sunday afternoon offering, that passes the time nicely. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) On the one hand, The Shape of Water plays out like a forgotten instalment of The Twilight Zone. On the other, it makes for an attractive date movie. Seriously, who'd have thought that something so bizarre could be so romantic? - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
1/5 23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) It is an utter disaster; a staggeringly incompetent and woefully misjudged exercise. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
1/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) A film that goes out of its way to avoid entertaining anyone with a pulse. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018