Christopher Runyon Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Christopher Runyon

Christopher Runyon
Christopher Runyon's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Movie Mezzanine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A+ 89% The Wind Rises (2014) Reveals itself to be not just a drama about love, romance, aircraft, or war, but a drama of the very essence of humanity: why do we try to live?‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2014
B 80% The Last Survivors (The Well) (2014) The kind of serviceable yet lovingly crafted indie genre picture you wish was made more often.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 70% They Came Together (2014) No, it's not the tightest spoof movie around, but you'll laugh a lot.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 93% Love Is Strange (2014) Sachs finds drama in silence, and makes the mundane rich with humanity.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
B 95% Snowpiercer (2014) Maybe some restraint would have improved Snowpiercer in the traditional sense, but I wouldn't want to live in that world. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2014
C+ 84% From Up On Poppy Hill (2013) A rather mediocre film...And yet, even with all of its faults, I still find myself oddly swept up in its familial drama.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2014
B 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) There are undeniable signs of this being a first-feature from an "unproven" director, but there's also a confidence in Yonebayashi that elevates the material a great deal. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2014
B 92% Ponyo (2009) Not as profound as Miyazaki's other works, but the fact that an animated children's film actually has the brains to go for larger, resonant themes is worth congratulation.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2014
D 39% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) (2010) An overly stoic, pretentious, boring, unimaginative trainwreck that just happens to have been made by some of the greatest animators in the history of Japanese anime.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2014
A- 73% Oculus (2014) It's nice to get a horror film whose horrors are so intrinsically rooted to very human fears and follies that they become one and the same. Oculus is that movie.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2014
A+ 81% The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Dares us to reconcile our spiritual and physical selves.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2014
B+ 74% Enemy (2014) We can't help but refuse to ignore the experience, digging deeper and deeper into the horrors that await us.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2014
B+ 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Despite the muddy narrative... It's the more intimate character relationships that ultimately make Howl's Moving Castle work as a whole.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2014
B- 79% Bethlehem (2014) Bethlehem never really comes together as a revelatory experience until an incredible, wince-inducingly savage finale that leaves a strong aftertaste.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
B 96% The Rocket (2014) The Rocket won't change anyone's world, but as a pleasantly sweet piece of world cinema, it's still worth seeing and being charmed by.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2014
C+ 89% The Cat Returns (2002) The Cat Returns...is all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2014
A+ No Score Yet Neon Genesis Evangelion - Movie: The End of Evangelion (1997) A masterpiece of animation and filmmaking.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A+ 84% The Tree of Life (2011) Go ahead and take away my credibility badge...The film is one of the most emotionally affecting and profound experiences of my life, regardless of how recent it is.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 62% The New World (2005) Malick manages to do something I never thought possible, and that's make America seem like a New World to begin with. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 79% The Thin Red Line (1998) One of the most harrowing of anti-war statements, and the most beautiful too.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A+ 94% Days of Heaven (1978) Ethereal, gorgeous, and evocative.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 98% Badlands (1974) The movie is just as free, experimental, and unsure of itself as its main characters are, and thus fits like a glove.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
D 57% Dune (1984) An incoherent, strange, plotless, poorly structured mess that has to be seen to really be believed.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
C+ 90% The Elephant Man (1980) Lynch shows a weakness in this film that isn't present in just about any of his others: Sentimentality.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A+ 91% Eraserhead (1977) The most terrifying film ever made.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
B+ 65% Wild At Heart (1990) A perverse, violent, nutso depiction of romance that even Bonnie and Clyde would shrug off as too hardcore for them. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A+ 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) We go to Mulholland Dr. not merely for explanations, but for the euphoric sense that there is something beyond our understanding affecting us as we view it.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 96% The Straight Story (1999) Is The Straight Story one of my favorite Lynch films? Hard to say. Is it one of his most meticulously, and perfectly constructed? Well, I just can't disagree on that one.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A- 60% Lost Highway (1997) Beyond subversive and downright ahead of its time.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992) One of Lynch's darkest, most disturbing films precisely because it is able to delve into the places that the show simply wasn't allowed to explore on national television.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 94% Blue Velvet (1986) A perfect marriage of classically composed storytelling and disturbing surrealism. But perhaps more importantly, its influence in storytelling still resonates to this day.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 72% Inland Empire (2006) A terrifying nightmare to lose yourself in.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
A 92% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) Princess Mononoke's greatest feat is in crafting a story that could've been so easily simple, but manages to be more morally complex than even the most epic live-action films.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 91% Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely) (2006) Like its characters, the film's horizons expand further as it progresses, creating an all-encompassing portrait of childhood dreams & the sacrifices we make to commit to them. ‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
C+ 78% Pom Poko (Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko) (The Raccoon War) (1994) By no means a particularly good film...But as a cultural curiosity and a showcase for stunningly bizarre animation, there's nothing else quite like it.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 94% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2012) A stunningly beautiful, unabashedly sentimental, and surprisingly complex story that works as both a coming-of-age film and a study of the trials of being a single mother.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 94% Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (1992) Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
B+ 100% Only Yesterday (2016) Clunky thematic exposition isn't enough to break an otherwise lovely film‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A+ 97% Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) [Miyazaki] revitalizes conventional tropes, using elegant imagery to say something substantial about growing up, and he even subverts gender stereotypes along the way.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A+ 97% Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988) Isao Takahata's masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A+ 94% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) A film that crosses generations and cultural barriers: watching it, it's hard not to feel like a kid again.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 95% Castle in the Sky (1989) If any film in [Studio Ghibli]'s filmography has inspired the works of Pixar, it's surely this one.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
B+ 87% NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) (1985) Gives children a legitimately hopeful and enduring lesson about doing the right thing in times of crisis.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A 75% My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999) A deceptively slight film, imbuing into its simplistic animation style and sly humor an astounding level of philosophy‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 66% Mr. Nobody (2013) Too clinical to have an emotional impact, not romantic enough to engage a standard audience, and not smart enough for viewers looking for an intellectual experience.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
B+ 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Something must be said for a film that's three hours long and remains this consistently engaging.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
C- 29% The Family (2013) Could've been an inoffensive enough 90 minute feature, but the film insists on garbling the narrative with useless subplots that...bloat the movie beyond the breaking point.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
B- 86% The Conspiracy (2013) Continually surprises and engages the viewer even when it's falling apart.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
A+ 99% Short Term 12 (2013) Short Term 12 is cinema at its most compassionate, vulnerable, and human.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014
B+ 76% You're Next (2013) You're Next might be one of the most audience-gratifying horror films I've seen in quite a long time, rewarding the viewers as much as it likes to screw with them.‐ Movie Mezzanine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2014