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Christopher Borrelli

Christopher Borrelli
Christopher Borrelli's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Toledo Blade

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Star Wars is awesome again. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 88% The Simpsons Movie (2007) Considering the show, though still funny, has seen better years, it s everything you could expect from a Simpsons movie manic and smart, not quite days of fire and vim, but like a visit with a dear old friend. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 2, 2015
4/5 86% X2: X-Men United (2003) X2 is the movie the first one should've been. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 14, 2015
1/5 10% Elektra (2005) Elektra is an inaction movie, as vague, impersonal, and uninvolving as superhero flicks get, and they can get pretty impersonal. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 14, 2015
5/5 93% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Of the huge summer threequels, without question it's the one delivered with urgency. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Let me just say I mostly admired "Tomorrowland" and think Brad Bird is the kind of Disney we need right now. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2015
5/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Million Dollar Baby, above all else, feels like a work that comes out of years of living, and years of experience with people, and knowing what works and what doesn't. It also comes from a director who is still able to be touched when two people connect. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/5 75% Crash (2004) The anxiousness to be provocative weighs too heavily. That said, Crash has the big ambitions we should get every week. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 23, 2015
5/5 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) It's an instant classic, as thrilling as it is quiet and hypnotic, and all the more powerful for anchoring a story with essentially three characters, none of whom share the frame together, being, how they are, one small step behind the other. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 22, 2015
2/5 74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) Without an interesting point of view attached but tons of nobility to go around, it's not hard to be left with the feeling these soldiers stopped shooting at each other because, well, "Silent Night" is such an excellent song. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 14, 2014
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Ideally mindless and entertaining in every way. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 14, 2014
5/5 78% Bad Santa (2003) Bad Santa stays cheerfully acerbic right to the end, and so the film s glacial warming and glimpses of heart take on even more of an unmistakable glow, standing out against all that darkness. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 93% Enchanted (2007) Amy Adams is the reason to see Enchanted, the only reason, but she is so good and committed to a role most actress would play with a knowing smirk, that reason is more than enough. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 10, 2014
5/5 97% Spirited Away (2002) Spirited Away is unquestionably the best animated feature since Brad Bird's The Iron Giant. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Dec 7, 2014
4/5 91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) It's the most moving and inventive live action children's film in years (and therefore, just as magical for adults, if not more). ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 16, 2014
80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) Anderson and Wilson have developed into two of the most original voices in American film today. Watching their movies you get the sense that you're peeking into their daydreams. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Oct 1, 2014
4/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) Boyle is perfect for the job because he's not big on reassurance; by taking the radical step of letting the movie's low-budget grime get under your skin, he gives the zombie picture new life. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 30, 2014
92% Insomnia (2002) Nolan uses Pacino the icon as much as Pacino the actor, and the latter turns in one of his best performances, almost vanity free. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 96% Ratatouille (2007) Yes, better than Big Night. Yes, smarter than Babette's Feast. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Aug 24, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) Oh boy, this one is creepy. Creepy like a single, leaden knock on your front door when you're home all alone and it's 2:30 in the morning and it's October, and you're not expecting anyone and then the doorknob turns. Creepy like that. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/5 27% Daddy Day Care (2003) These scenes are so inevitable, you could develop a drinking game around them. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1/5 0% Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) I found this all profoundly disturbing. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) It is scattered, weightless, impossible to get hold of, and somehow, after seven years and more than 10 hours of screen time, I could not tell you what these films are about. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/5 23% Bad Boys II (2003) Like the first film, this is basically a generic buddy cop movie and an episode of Miami Vice fused together, towing a trunk of old boring ideas and pointless camera tricks. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) [It's got] a lot of plot. And yet, despite resulting in a film that brings together the cast of the original X-Men films and the upstarts of the clever 2011 reboot X-Men: First Class, Singer keeps what matters clear and snappy enough. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 21, 2014
3/5 48% Bad News Bears (2005) Linklater's spirit is true: Practice still unfolds to the waltz of Carmen. Sentiment is avoided at all costs. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 69% The Darjeeling Limited (2007) It's very much what I think Anderson intended - a light travelogue of small consequence, with a slight, though sincere and concerned effort to bring a heart back into his films. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Mar 12, 2014
5/5 91% The Departed (2006) Rude, profane, clever, hilarious, engrossing, crowd-pleasing, ridiculously entertaining. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/5 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Howl's Moving Castle is a visually wondrous, invigorating work of breathless invention and grandiosity, full of hushed pastoral glens, zeppelin blitzkriegs, whimsical machines, and blobs that wear straw hats. And it's not Miyazaki's finest. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 19, 2013
5/5 95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) As the series grows in scope, so do the emotions. Jackson modulations of scale keep shifting between the vast and the intimate, but it's all so perfectly paced, you're gripping your chair throughout -- because it all feels so urgent. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Nov 19, 2013
1/4 8% Undiscovered (2005) There is not a single moment in the undistinguished Undiscovered that will do for [Pell] James what those couple of compassionate, moving minutes do in Jim Jarmusch's [Broken Flowers]. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 14, 2013
7% The New Guy (2002) A very forgettable new teen comedy. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 11, 2013
0/4 5% Supercross (2005) It's a bizarre, contradictory mess, a lousy promotion for a sport still unknown to many Americans ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/4 6% The Perfect Man (2005) [Hilary Duff movies] never do solve their one nagging flaw: Duff's characters are remarkably self-possessed for teens but not enough to recognize the sitcoms they inhabit. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1/4 6% Gigli (2003) Here is a film that exists on another plane. It is so insane, so misguided, so Dadaesque, so Kafkaesque, you'll think I'm exaggerating. I'm not. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Jun 5, 2013
5% The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) Pluto Nash will set lunar exploration back decades. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted May 23, 2013
3.5/4 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Sustains its joyful, unpretentious ridiculousness so perfectly that I secretly hoped the "6" meant "hours long"... ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted May 23, 2013
2/4 34% Knowing (2009) Knowing has the evangelical fervor of a movie that feels as if it were made during W's first term. Which is to say, Knowing is as potent a slice of disaster porn as Left Behind. It dabbles in faith and doubt and has no patience for f ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 19, 2009
1.5/4 25% Friday the 13th (2009) An SUV of dramatically varied teens (sluts, nerdy sluts, one black guy, other sluts) visit Camp Crystal Lake. Pot is smoked. Sex is had by all. Also, topless water skiing. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/4 58% Taken (2009) Taken, which tells the story of how Liam Neeson blows a gasket and flies off to France and kills 75 Albanians in 90 minutes, is crisp, efficient and deeply insane.‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2009
1/4 19% Dark Streets (2008) Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early: Welcome to the blues, growls the entertainer with the mohawk and the full-length ringmaster gown. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 12, 2008
3.5/4 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) It's the modest goal of a modest little picture like this--to capture something heartfelt and real, finding anyone doing anything and meaning it, regardless of how patently false the situation seems. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 11, 2008
2.5/4 37% Transporter 3 (2008) It's hard not to smile. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 26, 2008
4/5 92% Shaun of the Dead (2004) As a zombie flick, Shaun is more entertaining than most, with chills, a certain quota of the usual gnawed entrails, and a band of survivors fighting off wave after wave of assault from the undead. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Sep 26, 2004
2/5 44% Daredevil (2003) Mostly, Johnson just sticks with the cliches that have sprung up around comic book adaptations: the crunching bad MTV soundtrack, the religious iconography, the Matrix-style fight scenes. ‐ Toledo Blade
Posted Feb 18, 2003