Christopher Orr

Christopher Orr
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
57% The Highwaymen (2019) It's hardly an insult to acknowledge that The Highwaymen is no classic on the level of Bonnie and Clyde. But it is, in its way, the perfect corrective to Penn's film. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) We now have an official subgenre in which a woman is initially presented as unattractive; is concussed into a fantasy in which she becomes impossibly desirable; and from the experience gleans important, affirmative lessons about believing in herself. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) While Farhadi is a master of the drama, his gifts are at times an awkward fit for a kidnapping thriller. It is almost as if one bought a ticket for a Liam Neeson movie and wound up instead in a Strindberg play. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
71% Triple Frontier (2019) Alas, just as broken clocks have their moments of accuracy, even the most gifted directors occasionally offer up disappointments. Such is the case with J.C. Chandor's fourth film, Triple Frontier. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
67% Vice (2018) What is perhaps most remarkable about Bale's and Adams's performances is that they supply depth and nuance to a film whose director appears to have had no appetite for either quality. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
76% Never Look Away (2019) Like von Donnersmarck's 2006 debut film, The Lives of Others, (and overlooking The Tourist, a terrible English-language misfire he directed in the interim), Never Look Away is a marvel. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Mary Poppins Returns serves as a reminder that, for all its global scope and hegemonic ambition, Disney still has a little magic left up its sleeve. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma captures, as well as any film I have seen, the spirit of "magical realism," without ever hinting at the supernatural. Its magic is pure, stunning cinematic technique. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) First-rate execution can't solve all of a film's problems, but Mortensen and Ali offer a reminder that it can solve an awful lot of them. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Though the stories are individually captivating and very much worth the price of admission-see the film on a big screen if you can-they fit together awkwardly. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
69% Ocean's 8 (2018) As heists go, it's a moderately ingenious idea, and for the most part, the movie floats along amiably on the tide of its stars' charisma and the capable if uninspired direction of Ross, who also co-wrote the script with Olivia Milch. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) One of the worst ways to make a cult movie is to set out to make a cult movie. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Best of all, the movie is different. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) A least as funny as the original Deadpool, and better in virtually every other respect: better plot, better villains, a few unexpected narrative swerves, and, yes, at least one genuinely moving sequence. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) Life of the Party doesn't live up to either of the nouns in its title. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Never has the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" seemed like more of a universe, in ways both good and bad. Infinity War-the title is almost too apt-is far from a perfect movie, but it is probably close to the best movie it could have been. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
35% I Feel Pretty (2018) This movie, premised on the idea that self-esteem trumps physical beauty, doesn't even believe in the product it's selling. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is not a film that particularly wants you to "like" it. But with its highbrow talent and arty flourishes, it all but dares you to admit that you disliked it. Challenge accepted. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) It's true that Isle of Dogs is a film about scapegoating, political hysteria, and deportation. But it is also--and at its best--a film about dogs. May they never go unpetted. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Iannucci did not intend The Death of Stalin to be a direct commentary on the Trump presidency, and it should not be taken as one. But as they say: First time tragedy, second time farce. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Judged on its own terms, A Wrinkle in Time is a pretty good, perhaps even a quite good, movie. But it is a children's movie. See it with a child or--as DuVernay recommends--with a child's wonder. Otherwise, probably don't bother seeing it at all. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) The result is a film that has the feel of brainy, high-end science fiction, but ultimately neither the underlying structure nor content. It's a shame, given that we are in the midst of a modest heyday for the subgenre. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Whether or not this is the best film Marvel Studios has made to date-and it is clearly in the discussion-it is by far the most thought-provoking. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) A sequel so awful it needs to be described in detail to be believed. Therefore, a spoilereview. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Reynolds is the perfect role for Day-Lewis, who is likewise famous both for his obsessive meticulousness and for the lengthy sabbaticals he has used to recharge between films. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Where KB1 had the pace of an ADHD six-year-old on a sugar high, KB2 has been Ritalinized, its tempo slowed to a crawl in self-conscious, and self-defeating, imitation of Sergio Leone. It's two hours that feel like five. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Cuarón's Prisoner of Azkaban, while a touch less faithful to the details of Rowling's oeuvre, captures far better its mood, the constant sense of wondrous discovery and lurking danger. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
95% Hero (2004) Until the final 15 minutes of its deceptively short hour-and-a-half running time, Hero is a marvel, one of the best films to be released in the United States this year. It concludes, however, on a note both emotionally unsatisfying and morally idiotic. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
88% The Post (2018) The Post is so on the nose for the political moment that at times it almost seems it might have been produced not by Spielberg, but by some high-end marketing firm. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi probably does the best job of any Star Wars film of capturing the allure of the Dark Side and the spiritual turmoil that would lead to-and also result from-its embrace. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) Eggs, water, and-yes-sex all play crucial and overlapping roles in director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, an adult fairy tale that is at once deeply familiar and utterly original. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Does Coco rise to the heights of Pixar's very best work? No. But it is a generous, heartfelt film, full of color and music, one that offers a timely Thanksgiving tribute to the intergenerational importance of family. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Even for fans of McDonagh-and I am certainly one-Three Billboards is a revelation, and among the very best films of 2017. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Perfectly acceptable as an action movie but inspired as a comedy--which is probably where the Thor franchise should have been aiming from the start. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2017
7% The Snowman (2017) In this soul-deadening freeze, who wouldn't seek solace in a bottle? Or in the physical warmth of a lover's arms? Or in mass murder? - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) From the grayed-out countrysides over which the sky has closed like a lid; to the drizzly neon decadence of Los Angeles; to the Ozymandian wreckage of Las Vegas-the film is a visual splendor of the first order. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2017
65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul is worth seeing for Dench's magisterial performance and for Frears's light but sure directorial touch. Just don't mistake it for actual history. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The movie is too long, too violent, too silly-too everything. Yet for those who enjoyed the original Kingsman, it is a more than adequate second act. To put it another way: First time satire, second time farce. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2017
69% mother! (2017) mother! is a film certain to be revered by some and reviled by others. And while I'd place myself mostly in the former camp, plenty of reasonable people will find themselves in the latter. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
85% It (2017) What we're left with is a solid but relatively conventional horror movie, above average but overlong. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
84% Detroit (2017) [Detroit] is a film that, for all its emotional power, is strangely disengaged from the cultural and systemic forces that led to police brutality in 1967 and continue to do so today. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
87% Wind River (2017) [Wind River] is still a film worth seeing-as, one hopes, will be whatever films lie in Sheridan's promising future. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
92% Dunkirk (2017) It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan's spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) Put in your metaphorical earbuds, turn the key in the ignition, and enjoy the cinematic highlight of the summer so far. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Michael Bay has promised that this is the last Transformers movie he will direct, which is no small relief. It will not, alas, be the last Transformers movie. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
69% Cars 3 (2017) Corporate synergy, as they say, is a cruel mistress. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An utter gas, a fast and very funny superflick that inserts Spidey into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe without ever losing sight of what makes him unique and beloved. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Did she? Didn't she? Much as I enjoyed My Cousin Rachel at times, by the end I was no longer sure that I particularly cared. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
93% Wonder Woman (2017) The final big action sequence, as now seems always to be the case, is a messy and overwrought CGI extravaganza. But at least the movie that precedes it involves actual characters-likeable ones, even!-exhibiting recognizable human emotions. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2017