Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Make Up (2019) Alternately explosive and gentle, Make Up keeps us on our emotional toes, throughout, to our viewing delight. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/4 100% Streetlight Harmonies (2020) Yeah, the new guys sound good, but the veterans have definitely still got it. Hello, hello again, sh-boom and hopin' we'll meet again ... - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
58% Crosscurrent (Chang jiang tu) (2016) [T]hough Chao ... may be more interested in aesthetics than dramatic cohesion, the beauty on display carries the viewer through the film from stunning start to evocative ending. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
3.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Never Rarely Sometimes Always shines as a model of a masterfully crafted dramatic polemic. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
100% Lapsis (2020) It may be cinematic fantasy, but it feels very real. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) Diaz creates a rousing paean to the bravery of Ressa and her colleagues, and a clarion call to action that we should all heed. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
3/4 90% Banana Split (2020) A bubbly, enjoyable romp of an unconventional rom-com. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
4/4 100% Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020) Don't just be afraid, be terrified. Listen to these experts' collective angst and demand action. It may already be too late. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
100% Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2020) Once upon a time in Uganda, there was a director worth celebrating. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/4 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) In these deeply troubled times, a movie like Crip Camp is what we all need to remind us of the ties that bind us together as one beautiful human species. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
No Score Yet Freeland (2020) Beautifully photographed by Furloni, doubling as cinematographer, Freeland showcases the breathtaking ... majestic backdrop for this fall from grace. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
No Score Yet The Dilemma of Desire (2020) The Dilemma of Desire is a marvel, fierce in its focus to rewrite the rules of behavior for all to follow. Begone, O Phallusy! The age of Cliteracy is upon us. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
100% Feels Good Man (2020) It is more than just a cautionary tale, but one of hope, as well. It's also terrifically entertaining. Watch, learn and have fun. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/4 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) Blow the man down, for the Furies are unleashed, and it's a beautiful thing. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) Chen ... offers the viewer a familiar narrative set in refreshing surroundings, with the result an enjoyable, if sometimes almost too minimalist ... take on regret and maturity. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
3/4 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) Though the subtext of all that could go wrong is serious, the film has a jaunty tone about it, including some solid jokes, that keeps the narrative moving briskly forward. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
4/4 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) Many of the talking-head experts are as fascinating to listen to as is the unfolding onscreen drama. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3/4 90% The Dog Doc (2020) Though director Meehl ... may not answer all the questions she poses, The Dog Doc nevertheless shines light on someone trying, in his own way, to make a difference. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
No Score Yet We Don't Deserve Dogs (2020) Superbly photographed ... and edited ... We Don't Deserve Dogs offers a fascinating ... exploration of an interspecies love affair that continues to reap great rewards. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/4 96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt ... is a master cinematic tactician, the subtlety of her mise-en-scène masking deep, metaphysical explorations of our place in the world. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
83% I'll Meet You There (2020) The narrative would already be gripping were it just a family drama, but the added conflict of outside forces interfering in matters of the heart and spirit raise the stakes still further. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/4 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You ... plunges us deep into the rabbit hole of twisted socio-economic policies that allow the titans of industry to prosper at the expense of everyone else - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
2.5/4 86% Emma. (2020) Effervescence has its value, even if it dissipates quickly. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) It's social drama with a violent action-thriller bite, and wholly engaging. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 88% Onward (2020) Onward dazzles more than it doesn't, with a strong message of love and family bonding that warms the soul and heart in ways both expected and satisfyingly surprising. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
65% Jumbo (2020) Jumbo, as its name might imply, has a big heart, open to all. May we accept its passion and make it our own. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
2.5/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) As messy and silly as The Invisible Man gets, however, it still works as a powerful parable of an abuse victim striking back and claiming her own. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
1/4 48% Greed (2020) In its craving for blood, the film's overly evident gluttony swallows every bit of nuance that would better serve the premise. Greed is not good, by far. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It burns, but in the best possible way. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
86% Maxima (2019) Sparrow ... has chosen her subject wisely, in cinematic terms. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
94% Premature (2020) The old adage "nothing ventured, nothing gained" holds more than true here, both for the movie and the people within it. Yes, love hurts, but without it, what are we? - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.5/4 71% Balloon (2020) Based on [a] true story ... the film offers a gripping narrative of derring-do and innovation, as well as [a] ... portrait of the moral rot at the heart of all authoritarian regimes. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
82% Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations (2020) Brutal, yet vital, the movie is must-see viewing in our current age of rising global hatred against not only Jews, but ethnic minorities everywhere. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
89% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) Once Upon a Time in Venezuela offers quite the dystopian fairy tale, which we should all heed, lest we fall under a curse of venal mismanagement. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
3.5/4 38% Downhill (2020) The result is a fresh perspective on the premise, to the benefit of all involved. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/4 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) The future may be bleak, but it is less so because of the joy of watching [this] mournful pas de deux. Art is beautiful, even when sad. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
100% The Fight (2020) While I am (mostly) a pacifist, this is one fight I can truly get behind. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2.5/4 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's too bad that things devolve into the ordinary by the last act, but until that happens, we zig and zag in often pleasant ways. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 90% The Assistant (2020) Even when it strays from ... cinematic perfection, the memory of it remains, carrying the film through to its very bitter end. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
100% Big Fur (2019) We may question the truth of Sasquatch, but never the intriguing specificity of Walker and his world. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
No Score Yet Lovemobil (2019) The wages of fine cinema is life, in all its vital glory. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Eternity lives within us, cinematically and beyond. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
93% Miss Americana (2020) If someone like me, with no prior interest in superstar Taylor Swift, can find ... Miss Americana ... both fascinating and inspiring, then imagine what her fans will think. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
3.5/4 88% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) In fact, the beauty of the story is that, though Timmy is certainly the most idiosyncratic character of the bunch, everyone has his or her own distinctive qualities. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
100% The Painter and the Thief (2020) It's cinema as profound emotional catharsis. You will be moved. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
No Score Yet Okavango: River of Dreams - Director's Cut (2020) Nature is fragile, nature is resilient ... Maybe it's enough to gaze in awe. Certainly, there is wonder aplenty in this sumptuous work. Savor and enjoy. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% Acasa, My Home (2020) Acasă, My Home ... may pose more questions than it answers, but those questions lead us towards understanding the complexities of our world, and so are well worth asking. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
No Score Yet Film About a Father Who (2020) This gripping documentary ... speaks its truth and speaks it beautifully. Let it be heard. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/4 95% Citizen K (2019) There's a lot to take in, but it is all presented in a cogent manner with plenty of first-hand accounts to support the narrative. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
97% The Edge of Democracy (2019) We would all do well to watch and learn, lest our own fragile democracies, no matter where we are or what we think of them, fall off their crumbling edges into the abyss. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020