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Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray
Christopher Gray's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 57% Claire in Motion (2017) Throughout, writer-directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell's film buckles under the weight of its symbolism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2017
2/4 93% La La Land (2016) Every element of La La Land is bound up in a referentiality that largely precludes the outpourings of emotion we come to musicals for. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/4 79% Patriots Day (2017) As long as Patriots Day is concerned with recreating the sense of ambient chaos among sparring investigators and an anxious community, it's immersive and thrilling. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Pablo Larraín's film bluntly hammers home the notion that history is framed by perception rather than reality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 28, 2016
2/4 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) This is a work of defiantly simplistic, classically structured Hollywood storytelling, and Mel Gibson takes to its hokey plot points with some gusto. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/4 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The smartest thing about Kelly Fremon Craig's teen dramedy is its measured take on its protagonist's theatrics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2016
2.5/4 44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It does astounding work animating the mind of its young soldier, but it runs into technical difficulties whenever it tries to grasp the bigger picture. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2016
2.5/4 100% Tower (2016) Broadly, filmmaker Keith Maitland's treatment of the UT Tower shooting is both taut and humane. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2016
1.5/4 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) It forgoes its promise of twisty adult thrills in favor of a grimly deadpan lecture about messy truths and false perceptions. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3.5/4 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) By its end, Toni Erdmann is a work of laser-guided social critique and a comedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2016
3.5/4 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) The film gradually comes to its sense of exquisitely calibrated, hardened intimacy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) Explicitly addressed to a child, the film can't help but feel like lovingly assembled kiddie fare, a primer for what's said to be a more ambitious and intellectually speculative vision. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2016
2/4 76% Chronic (2016) A dour and withholding character study, Michel Franco's film invites more questions than it's willing to answer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2016
2/4 83% Kicks (2016) It's less notable for its originality than for how dynamically it blends a few styles that ultimately prove incompatible. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2016
3/4 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) As the film progresses, Dunning's reflections become as visceral and discomfiting as his butchering of the aforementioned sheep. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2.5/4 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Before Disorder becomes a programmatic and somewhat sloppy home-invasion thriller, it's a particularly vivid portrait of a man warily eyeing the tumult of his homecoming. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2016
1.5/4 26% Five Nights in Maine (2016) Maris Curran never reconciles the film's impulse to interiority with its weakness for hothouse melodrama. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2016
2/4 66% Nerve (2016) By merely transposing its generic high school clique drama onto an augmented reality platform, Nerve sacrifices most of its novelty. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2016
2/4 76% Lights Out (2016) Few horror films are as insistent about the trauma mental illness inflicts on families as Lights Out, and still fewer are so insensitive about it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) The film's reserve softens some of its more piquant observations about tradition and mortality. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 4, 2016
3/4 75% The BFG (2016) The film, full of such quietly inventive visual magic, is perfectly content to simply revel in the stuff dreams are made of. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/4 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Even as it invites snarky ridicule, Swiss Army Man dares you to buy into its singular earnestness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 94% Finding Dory (2016) Finding Dory follows its predecessor in being broadly concerned with comforting notions of home and family. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/4 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) The Conjuring 2 attempts to fold in a few broad thematic concepts, but most of them are undercut by the film's haphazard structure. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2016
2.5/4 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) The film's expected rehash of recent pop-culture totems is accompanied by a novel attention to millennial-centric debates about entitlement and identity politics. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 18, 2016
3/4 57% Money Monster (2016) Jodie Foster manages the interlocking tones of outrage and low humor with an unfailing rhythm and an engagingly casual cynicism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
1.5/4 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) It's bedecked with religious themes and iconography that add up to little more than gorgeous window-dressing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2016
1.5/4 70% A Hologram for the King (2016) Remarkably faithful, except in how it rather boldly transforms Dave Eggers's drama into a broad comedy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
2/4 18% The Adderall Diaries (2016) It's too busy skipping through subplots to do much more than gloss over such heady issues as the fundamental subjectivity of truth and self-identity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2016
2/4 52% Demolition (2016) It may be the first movie in which a character stops shaving his chest in order to express his independence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2016
2/4 25% Kill Your Friends (2016) The film's failed satire can't help but bolster Steven's antihero charisma. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2016
2/4 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) A sequel that functions as origin story, apologia, and harbinger of a second expanded universe of overpopulated action bonanzas. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2016
2.5/4 83% Midnight Special (2016) It starts off as a dynamic parable about faith before wilting into a glum and rather disingenuous paean to the family. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2/4 97% Weiner (2016) Josh Kriegman and Elyse Sternberg's film never discovers a greater purpose beyond its undeniable sideshow appeal. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2016
1/4 78% Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong (2016) The script labors to give the film a strong sense of place, but strange lapses confirm a sense that the city isn't a character here. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2016
0/4 55% 4th Man Out (2016) It's a bizarre and retrograde spectacle, as clueless and incurious about friendship as it is about the rudiments of composition and screenwriting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2016
2/4 63% The Finest Hours (2016) A square journey through choppy waters, The Finest Hours boasts a Greatest Generation nostalgia so thoroughgoing it might as well be called Boys Becoming Men. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 26, 2016
1/4 24% The Benefactor (2016) Writer-director Renzi treats unfettered wealth as a hyperbolic playground through which to explore masculine insecurity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2016
2.5/4 9% Point Break (2015) It's rarely clear where we are or how we got here, but Ericson Core nonetheless delivers some vertiginous 3D thrills. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 25, 2015
2/4 75% Dreams Rewired (2015) The documentary isn't advancing an argument so much as simply restating a European socialistic breed of fact. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 14, 2015
1/4 43% In the Heart of the Sea (2015) The narrative is helplessly adrift, a yarn that extols vague grit and determination with no discernible through line. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2/4 66% The Night Before (2015) It aims to foster a spirit of giddy anarchy in order to tie a ribbon around its shambolic script and rickety pacing. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 18, 2015
2/4 88% Very Semi-Serious (2015) It doesn't seem to aspire to much more than proving that there are nice, talented people behind The New Yorker's walls. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2015
2.5/4 33% By The Sea (2015) If it stumbles when it seeks our sympathy, it thrives when it's exploiting our fascination with the surface of things, and all that's unknowable underneath. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2015
2.5/4 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) The film never really digs into its suggested themes of gentrification, domestic turmoil, or backwoods folklore, but most of its effectiveness stems from a kitchen-sink approach to genre clichés. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2015
2.5/4 62% Truth (2015) It's a film that can't develop themes because it's too busy disseminating information, and this extends to its main characters. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 91% Bridge of Spies (2015) The film has a streamlined efficiency, but it feels like the work of a master who wants to please rather than probe. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2015
98% Finders Keepers (2015) It's a wild yarn, but that's all Finders Keepers aspires to be; its gestures toward any statements about class and micro-celebrity are fleeting and half-hearted. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
No Score Yet It's a wild yarn, but that's all Finders Keepers aspires to be; its gestures toward any statements about class and micro-celebrity are fleeting and half-hearted. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/4 89% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) Miguel Gomes combats austerity with expansiveness, leavened by doses of frivolity and scatology. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2015