Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 No Score Yet Future People: The Family of Donor 5114 (2021) Overall, Future People engages, throughout, telling a moving drama only made possible in recent times. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
100% Slalom (2021) Beautifully photographed and acted, Slalom offers powerful twists that engage at every turn. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
1/4 25% Thunder Force (2021) A mostly listless work that squanders a somewhat promising premise and delivers only minor laughs, the movie is harmless enough, except to those who value their time. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2.5/4 76% The Tunnel (Tunnelen) (2019) All in all, then, it's far from a masterpiece, but it holds our interest. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
91% Here Before (2021) Riseborough is, here and everywhere, always a marvel. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
2.5/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) As superficially drawn as the humans are, the monsters pull on our heartstrings, even while wreaking maximum damage to all in their wake. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
100% Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021) This chronicle of racism is a long-overdue lesson well worth sitting for. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/4 91% Tina (2021) What a ride, and what a movie. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2021
2/4 98% The Father (2021) Anthony Hopkins ... and Olivia Colman ... may each be at the top of their actorly game here, but they both deserve better material. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2/4 81% Nobody (2021) By the end, one's senses are numb, even as the memory of certain amusing killings briefly flicker in the back of one's mind. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
80% Best Summer Ever (2020) The world is a happier place now, and I am eternally grateful. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
3/4 100% United States vs. Reality Winner (2021) However one feels about folks who blow that whistle, her story makes for an engaging tale of action and consequence. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
88% The Hunt for Planet B (2021) Whatever ultimately happens, the journey here is the thing, and it's a gripping one. Planet B, here we (hopefully) come! - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
2.5/4 82% Gaia (2021) Bouwer's premise intrigues and his actors shine, but though the film features strong visuals and evocative effects, the narrative doesn't always hold together. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
3/4 100% Soy Cubana (2021) Music is a powerful tool of diplomacy. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 81% The Spine of Night (2021) Enjoy every step of it or not (and I loved quite a few), it is uniquely its own thing, each frame to be celebrated for the magic therein. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
80% Potato Dreams of America (2021) He dreams big, to our everlasting delight. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
3.5/4 96% Alien on Stage (2020) We should all be so lucky to live such a dream. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2021
92% Lily Topples The World (2021) It's all about the meticulous organization of thought into action. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
3/4 70% The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021) Our dramatic satisfaction comes from watching the story's hidden depths emerge, slowly revealing the horrors of European atrocities towards the indigenous population. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
91% The Fallout (2021) Slowly, in fits and starts, central relationships evolve, Park never rushing the process of growth that is the narrative's vibrant appeal. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
80% The Lost Sons (2021) Macfarlane ... expertly combines copious archival footage ... interviews, recreations and other narrative techniques to create a gripping thrill ride of investigative journalism. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
88% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) If one is not only a lover of Petty but of this album in particular, it is ... an aficionado's dream come true. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
3/4 72% WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) What happened? That, indeed, is the question, and the movie. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
70% Women is Losers (2021) As the main character grows and gains consciousness, so, too, does the narrative swell in scale, achieving dramatic grandeur in its final scenes. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
98% La Llorona (2020) Throughout, Bustamante proves himself a brilliant cinematic guide through history's barbarity. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
3.5/4 No Score Yet My Favorite War (2020) In vivid, often harrowing, detail, she walks us through her Soviet childhood and its enduring legacy. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
100% Own the Room (2021) Costantini and Foster have chosen their characters wisely, given the energy and charm they bring to the screen. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
87% Untouchable (2019) A complex, unsettling, but ultimately cathartic experience, the film is necessary viewing as our society finally takes stock of its deplorable treatment of women. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
100% My Beautiful Stutter (2021) Everyone has a tale to tell, both specific and universal. Life can be a challenge, but the rewards are worth the wait. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/4 No Score Yet Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know (2020) The movie does a wonderful job showcasing scientists at work ...and a diverse bunch of scientists at that. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
1.5/4 12% The Affair (2021) At least there is surface beauty, revealed in all its glory at the end, but not much else. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/4 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Though there is ... an excessive amount of exposition, this Disney movie delivers stunning visuals and a rich narrative, guaranteeing unforgettable entertainment for all. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
96% Stray (2021) Join in, and pray to dog. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2/4 49% Coming 2 America (2021) Laugh all you want, but some things just aren't funny. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
2/4 93% Lucky (2020) As a metaphor for the past, present and future fate of women, Lucky flirts with brilliance. But on the path from genesis to execution, something is lost in the adaptation. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) Beyond the deft handling of the central crisis, what impresses most is how Fastvold recreates the period details and quotidian labor. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
1/4 53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Daniels does not help things with his frequently baroque mise-en-scène, turning moments of genuine pathos into turgid affairs, emotion lost in the ostentatious clamor. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
100% Isaac (2019) If the lessons are stark, the experience is always gripping. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
No Score Yet Dons of Disco (2021) It's terrific fun, just like the music, itself, mostly thanks to the engaging presence of the two lead subjects. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
4/4 95% Test Pattern (2021) Beyond the finely tuned script, Ford also displays a strong sense of mise-en-scène, her camera compositions and blocking always elevating subtext. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) Enter My Name Is Pauli Murray, a stirring documentary that lays out all the reasons why its subject deserves her place in the annals of history. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
58% Prime Time (2021) The beauty of Prime Time, beyond the fine central performances, is how little of [it] is spelled out, Piatek preferring hints and subtle reminders to blatant exposition. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
2/4 73% The Mauritanian (2021) Despite some extremely powerful scenes of suffering and a moving performance from Tahar Rahim ... the film gets lost in ... unnecessary sidebars and a white-savior narrative. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/4 100% Happy Cleaners (2019) With genuine pathos, they examine the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a quartet of fascinating cinematic protagonists. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/4 70% Land (2021) What tears may flow come with an understanding that this is not the end, but the start of something new. In our own fraught era, perhaps we can all accept this profound wisdom. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) You'll cry, you'll laugh, and you'll learn something. Just like with Sesame Street, itself. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
100% Sabaya (2021) Though there is evil in this world, there are also those willing to fight back. This is their story. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
2.5/4 76% Eight for Silver (2021) If the plot falters a bit at the end, the ride to get there is wild enough to guarantee a mostly good time. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
2/4 91% Little Fish (2021) Despite some interesting ideas about the role memory plays in our sense of self, the film remains mostly just an exercise in melancholy. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021