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 Review
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
72% 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 57% 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 80% 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 36% 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 67% 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 65% 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 88% 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 51% 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 67% 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 84% 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
69% 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 24% 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
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) There is a lot going on in here, but again, a confident Coogler takes a frighteningly tall tale and somehow manages to make a clean, thrilling and largely inventive sci-fi adventure out of it. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The force is still strong with this one. It just takes the occasional wobble. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
4/5 84% Wonder (2017) It is unashamedly sentimental, old-fashioned and bursting to the seams with Important Life Lessons. But it's very well put-together, indeed; a smart, effective and, occasionally, funny film that surprises at every turn. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/5 95% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) Ruth Fitzmaurice's intimate account of a life devoted to her husband will move you to tears. This is a film about a filmmaker; a film about a man who continues to defy the odds - a film about living. Unmissable. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
1/5 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It is a hideous piece of work, basically; the kind of cheap and tactless blockbuster that you tend to forget about, even while watching it. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 79% The Beguiled (2017) Kidman firmly re-establishes her reputation as a proper screen heavyweight. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Everything goes boom, crash, oomph, peow, wallop, zing, zat and zoom for 150 minutes. It's terrifying. It physically hurts. It is so darn-near incomprehensible, I almost asked for my money back. And I didn't even pay to see it. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) So, um, that's it. Pirates 5 is grand. Better than expected. A serviceable sequel. Will there be another one? Dunno. Depends on how fast Johnny Depp spends his pay cheque. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 88% The Lobster (2016) Farrell and Weisz spark off of one another, delivering a convincing and rather touching on-screen partnership. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
4/5 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) For 100 minutes or so, Bone Tomahawk plays out as a clever and truly enjoyable Western... and then the film turns all kinds of nasty. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 22% Zoolander 2 (2016) The plot is surprisingly short on laughs and over-reliant on relentless celebrity cameos. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
3/5 84% Deadpool (2016) Bloody and violent in all the right places and outrageously funny/filthy in all the wrong ones, too. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
2/5 57% Me Before You (2016) There are plenty of 'inspirational' speeches and cloying montages, but no real depth or drama. It's also a tad offensive in its handling of the subject of euthanasia and, um, let's be honest, some of the dialogue is unintentionally hilarious. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
2/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) An incoherent and surprisingly underwhelming display, Alice Through the Looking Glass will probably make a fortune at the box office, but it'll leave a sour taste in your mouth. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
3/5 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Alas, In the Heart of the Sea is certainly ambitious, but it never quite reaches its full potential. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
5/5 94% Room (2015) A mesmerising tale of hope, survival and (if we're going to get all fancy about it) the sheer resilience of the human spirit. - The Herald (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016