Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Christopher Llewellyn Reed
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 39% 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 88% 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 79% 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 89% 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
92% 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 86% 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 94% 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
2.5/4 15% Dolittle (2020) Overacting aside, the new Dolittle is, though absolutely ridiculous in most ways, a lot of fun, and filled with some valuable life lessons. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
84% Les Misérables (2020) Ferocious, bracing and profoundly illuminating, Les Misérables showcases revolt against misery, in all its glory. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/4 83% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy may not be perfect, but it is more than effective. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/4 47% Underwater (2020) Underwater may be silly, but it stays afloat just enough to qualify as some kind of guilty pleasure. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
100% South Mountain (2019) Life is complicated, and deserves complex cinema such as this. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
97% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Press play and be amazed. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
2/4 39% The Song of Names (2019) At its center ... lies a tragic tale that should move us all. If only this song could sing beyond that single, forceful verse. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/4 91% Clemency (2019) Though Clemency demands mercy, it doesn't quite merit its grace. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
2.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) This rough gem may be uncut, but it's sharp and will make you bleed. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2019
2.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) Did we need this new Little Women? No, but it's enjoyable enough to watch, so why not? - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
3.5/4 89% 1917 (2020) It's certainly not the first of its kind, but nevertheless a work of profound artistry and magnificent technical accomplishment. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Manta Ray (2018) I am still unsure of what it all means, but I remain deeply intrigued. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 70% Bombshell (2019) The true bombshell will come when we all decide that enough is enough. Until then, Bombshell is a mere medium-spicy appetizer. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/4 80% A Hidden Life (2019) So much of Malick's method appears aimed at distanciation of the audience... We sit outside, staring in, wondering at these strange denizens of a far-away place. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
97% The Kingmaker (2019) Imelda holds our attention, throughout, even as we marvel at her constitutional inability (or, more likely, unwillingness) to think critically about her misdeeds. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's moving, at times, but also somewhat forgettable. The nostalgia is strong, even if the narrative force is weak. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) Watching people age and reflect on that process is something all of us can relate to, and is at the heart of the movie's appeal. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
2/4 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Who will mourn for Scruggs after watching this film? No one, and that's a travesty. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Thanks to director Mark Landsman's wildly entertaining new documentary ... everyone can now learn the history of this once popular rag. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
94% In Fabric (2019) If one lets logic go and allows the texture of the movie's fabric to gently envelop one's mind ... then In Fabric wears itself nicely. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
4/4 98% Midnight Family (2019) Midnight Family may spend much of its time in the dark, but sheds spectacular light on the wonders and nightmares of the human condition. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
2/4 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Perhaps it's fitting that a movie entitled The Aeronauts should only work when airborne, but we the audience don't have the option of only watching the good part. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) For those looking for a well-crafted good time, the movie more than delivers. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 89% The Two Popes (2019) Foregrounded is the soul of Catholicism, and this atheist found it fascinating to watch. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Whatever the movie's imperfections, its considerable strengths make it well worth watching. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
No Score Yet Queen of Lapa (2019) The Queen of Lapa is a most just ruler, indeed! - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Narrowsburg (2019) Comedy and tragedy make excellent bedfellows in this fast-paced take on what happens after ... grifters move to a small community and sell it on a seemingly impossible dream. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
1/4 83% Waves (2019) Good performances from all involved are the only bright spots in an otherwise dismal affair. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Though the script takes enormous liberties with the historical record - inventing events and rearranging others - it at least provides a refreshing approach to the material. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
No Score Yet Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) What emerges is a comprehensive, thoroughly engaging portrait of a woman who has made it on her own terms and is back for more. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/4 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II is never quite as magical or affecting as its predecessor, though it is certainly engaging enough. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeline: Clyfford Still (2019) Like its own ... lifeline thrown back into the past, [the film] takes us on a journey into the roots of our present, leaving us with a wealth of satisfying knowledge by its end. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
100% I Am Not Alone (2019) The magnificent I Am Not Alone is a call to action to all of us, for none of us are alone when we stick together. It's a comforting thought in these perilous times. - Hammer to Nail EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/4 91% Ernie & Joe (2019) Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Offers Hope for a Troubled World. - Film Festival Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019