Christopher Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Christopher Lloyd is an award-winning film critic with an outreach that spans web, broadcast and print outlets. He is co-founder of The Film Yap, founding member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association and member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Lloyd appears regularly on WISH-TV in Indianapolis and his work appears in various newspapers.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 33% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A genuinely creepy horrorshow that relies more on tension and foreboding than jump scares and gore. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
1/5 46% Little (2019) Sort of a modern-day take on Big, minus the laughs, the heart, the brains and the magic. Loudly and aggressively awful. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 93% Enter the Dragon (1973) Even the great-granddaddy of martial arts flicks suffers from the drawbacks of the genre, turning into a mindless orgy of kicks and chops. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 52% The Best of Enemies (2019) The sort of movie where you sit down knowing exactly what's going to happen every step of the way, yet the performances and storytelling keep things feeling unpracticed and fresh. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 60% The Public (2019) Directed, written, produced and starring Emilio Estevez, The Public is a somewhat ham-handed but thoughtful drama about a librarian who gets caught up in a protest by the homeless. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 90% Shazam! (2019) A fun flick but frightfully schizophrenic, seemingly aimed at children but too long and too crude to pass muster with smaller kids. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) This adaptation is flat, colorless and almost hypnotically unemotional. The screenplay feels like it was written by someone who only saw the original underwater with the sound turned off. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4.5/5 25% The Aftermath (2019) The Aftermath is one of those tragic period romances that's so sad and affecting, afterward you vow to never love again. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4.5/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) The largely forgotten 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai are told with generous measures of empathy, tension and insight. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 92% The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) A reasonably decent adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gotchic horror with a cautionary note. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4.5/5 94% Us (2019) This top-drawer horror from Jordan Peele haunts our hearts without getting caught up in the busy semantics of explaining everything. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4.5/5 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) This sweeping Colombian drama examines a native family that rises and falls as a drug empire while trying to keep their culture and traditions alive. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 72% Climax (2019) The latest from shock auteur Gaspar Noé is a squidgy hothouse horror flick about dancers going loopy after somebody spiked the sangria. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 80% The Neverending Story (1984) Though its foibles and failings haven't improved with age, The NeverEnding Story emerges in retrospect as a more ambitious children's movie than given credit. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) An uneven but passionate and energetic introduction for a figure some have called the most powerful hero in the MCU. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 95% Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) While the most ambitious and thematically coherent of the Monty Python feature films, Life of Brian is also the least of them. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3.5/5 43% The Remarkable Life of John Weld (2018) Modest in scope but told with zest and empathy, this documentary relates the adventuresome life of an author and newspaperman. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
4.5/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Gripping and yet very human, Everybody Knows is a whodunit that cares more about the how and why. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
4.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) All good things must come to an end. In the case of the How to Train Your Dragon series, it's a satisfying closing of the circle. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3.5/5 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rebel Wilson shines in this smart-ish sendup of the romcom genre that still manages to gleefully indulge in every trope and cliche. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 62% Starship Troopers (1997) It's still a dumb movie with pretty, wooden actors, but 20 years on Starship Troopers has more ambition than it was given credit for. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3.5/5 46% What Men Want (2019) Like its predecessor, What Men Want won't please critics. But it's got heart, laughs and more than a little sass. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The sort of movie that gives you a headache if you're old, but a vast amount of joy if you're a kid. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4.5/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The best foreign language film of the year, Cold War is a gorgeously sad romance that will leave your heart quaking. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 100% The Miracle Worker (1962) When it came out, The Miracle Worker was seen as dynamic and rule-breaking; in today's lights, it's a finely crafted film, well-acted, a bit stiff. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
4.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) A melancholy look at the relationship between one of film's great comedic duos, who only learned to like each other late in life. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 37% Glass (2019) An uneven but satisfying finale to an accidental trilogy that looks like an action/thriller but is really an exploration of modern superhero mythology. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) A surprisingly sentimental choice for the Cannes Palme d'Or, this Japanese tale of a make-do family is a big warm hug of a movie. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 41% The Upside (2019) Even while recognizing how much this French tale has been Hollywooded up, I couldn't help being engrossed by the story. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A great big cream puff of a movie: not terribly ambitious, but undeniably sweet. It's a little bit scary, a little bit sad, a little bit sappy and a whole lot adorable. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Moon Is Down (1943) John Steinbeck's follow-up to The Grapes of Wrath was destined to seem dwarfed by comparison, in this tale of a Norwegian town occupied by Germans. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Even though the film isn't terribly bold, it still tells a story worth hearing, and tells it very well indeed. Now let's get the Antonin Scalia biopic rolling. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4.5/5 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Welcome to Marwen is a decidedly offbeat story of trauma and redemption. We all find ways to cope with our pain. Art, and movies, are a way. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Despite brilliant performances by Christian Bale and Steve Carell, Vice is a heavy-handed takedown of Dick Cheney that sacrifices satire for spit-flecked rage. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This is good old-fashioned moviemaking with no ambitions beyond to entertain. But that it does, and in many heaping spoonfuls. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4.5/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) Ben Is Back takes a turn you don't expect and may not even like at first. But it's a harrowing portrait of addiction and the price it subtracts from a family. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 92% Reds (1981) Despite its impeccable credentials, Reds is an overlong, often boring epic that can't decide where to focus the story. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) A cross between a Faustian tragedy and a Greatest Generation road trip comedy, The Mule plays like a fantasy safari for Trump voters. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The tale of two female monarchs, cousins who called each other sisters but often fought as enemies, would make for a frightfully interesting film. I'm still waiting to see it. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 60% Vox Lux (2018) This parable looks at a teen girl who suffered a terrible tragedy and parlayed that into pop superstardom so she could become a person you don't want to watch a movie about. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes a Cuisinart to the hero's mythology, cutting everything up into bits and reassembling the pieces into other configurations. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Featuring a trio of the best performances of the year, The Favourite is a roiling tale of deception, sex, twisted friendship and power. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 96% Roma (2018) Roma is the sort of movie filmmakers and critics love, and audiences have to endure. Alfonso Cuarón's semi-autobiographical effort plays like a home movie that runs on and on, seemingly without organization or end. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Lovely and insightful, At Eternity's Gate celebrates the art of Vincent van Gogh without trying to obscure the madness and genius of the man behind it. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 91% Maria By Callas (2018) An atypical, often compelling documentary that lets the famed opera diva tell her life story in exactly her own words. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) A searing look at the moment when mainstream and tabloid media melded, The Front Runner is an ambitious, contemplative movie that asks hard questions without offering easy answers. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3.5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A fun, colorful and action-packed sequel that doesn't quite pass the 'Does this movie need to exist?' test. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Few films move me to real tears; this one did, and not just once. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
1.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) With the main character such a drip amidst a raging storm of nonsensical subplots and CGI eye candy, it's no surprise that mumble-mouthed Newt gets lost in his own story. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife features some truly wonderful actors plying their craft at the highest of levels. And I didn't believe a one of them for a cold minute. - The Film Yap EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018