Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Christopher Schobert's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Playlist, The Film Stage

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Disaster done right can be entertaining, and Deepwater is a solid example." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/4 64%

Storks (2016)

"My goodness, Storks is a strange movie. It's also a bad one, and a reminder that not all children's films are created equally." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 82%

Una (2016)

"Anchored by two exhilarating performances from Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, the film is also harsh, moving, and extraordinarily riveting." ‐ The Film Stage
Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 54%

Trespass Against Us (2016)

"Crime thriller or offbeat family drama? Darkly funny or way too dreary? Trespass has all of these elements, and ultimately, this thick stew is unsatisfying." ‐ The Film Stage
Posted Sep 13, 2016
3/4 100%

For the Love of Spock (2016)

"It's a fascinating, insightful experience with just a few notable failings... But who can quibble (or Tribble) when the interviews and footage are so strong?" ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/4 33%

Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016)

"The "true story" inspiration does not help, either. The more one reads about the real case, the nastier it seems. It makes Godeau's version look deeply vapid." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

The Student and Mr. Henri (2015)

"While it's not particularly original, The Student and Mister Henri understand that good casting can make even a tired plot seem delicious." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"It is free of cynicism; devoid of pop songs, sassy kids or fart jokes; and centered around concepts of real-life magic and wonderment. This makes Pete's Dragon stand out in the 2016 kid-flick landscape." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"Lights Out does not break new ground. But you're going to jump, you're going to smile, and you'll undoubtedly enjoy the ride. What more do you want from summer cinema?" ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Will children be satisfied? It's more than likely that they will. But The Secret Life of Pets is unlikely to earn repeat viewings, and in the crowded kid-pic marketplace, that's rather disappointing." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Weiner (2016)

"One of the most memorable political documentaries ever made." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jun 23, 2016
4/4 89%

Dheepan (2016)

"The acting and setting, as well as Audiard's mastery, make Dheepan essential viewing. " ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Warcraft is far from a disaster. In fact, it's a (mostly) fun, wonderfully imaginative, surprisingly emotional beast of a film that should please its core audience of gaming vets." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/4 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"High-Rise is not a backward-facing period piece, nor a glimpse into the future; it is a sobering look into a recognizable present, and that's what makes the film a worthy adaptation of a literary master." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted Jun 3, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"Question: Is the exhausting, utterly uninvolving Alice Through the Looking Glass somehow worse than Tim Burton's execrable Alice in Wonderland? Answer: Probably. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 77%

Elstree 1976 (2016)

"Elstree 1976 is a must-see for Star Wars fanatics, and coming shortly after the much-hyped franchise adrenaline shot that is The Force Awakens, it's almost shocking to hear firsthand accounts of the first film's way-under-the-radar status." ‐ Buffalo News
Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 79%

Northern Soul (2015)

" "Northern Soul" feels driven by youthful energy. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 18, 2015
D+ 80%

The New Girlfriend (2015)

"The concept of "The New Girlfriend" could have been played several different ways, from farce to high-drama to Hitchcock-ian thriller. Ozon decides to try it all, but in the end doesn't pull off any." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 6, 2014
C+ 35%

Anna (2014)

"There is nothing particularly fresh about "Anna," from its script to its direction to its cast." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 24, 2014
A- 91%

The Dog (2014)

"As the moving, sad, riotously humorous documentary "The Dog" explains, the film only captures traces of Wojtowicz's personality, and only tells bits of his story." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Aug 23, 2014
C+ 49%

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

"While the politics and film as a whole are not entirely successful, there is much to admire in Wolf Creek 2, not the least if which is director Greg McLean's chutzpah." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2014
D 7%

Don Peyote (2014)

"Should he direct again, it is possible he will create a film worthy of his talent, and worth watching. Don Peyote, however, is as big a bust as the apocalypse of December 2012." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 16, 2014
B+ No Score Yet

Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013)

"Sasha and the girls of FEMEN may be black-and-blue, but they are most certainly not defeated." ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 2, 2014
F 9%

The Bag Man (2014)

"Watch Cusack and you will see the face of an actor who knows how bad this is, and who must be aware of how far he has fallen. If only he could see the face of the viewer. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 28, 2014
B- 90%

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2013)

"Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir is a rare opportunity to hear a master filmmaker speak about his life. Both his haters and fans will agree, it is a highly watchable documentary. But don't expect either group to feel they have heard the whole story. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Nov 10, 2013
D+ 11%

I Will Follow You Into The Dark (2013)

"Davidson's movie aims for Polanski dread, but instead feels jumbled and weak-kneed - half made-for-Lifetime, half horror-wannabe." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 11, 2013
B 93%

Sample This (2013)

" is hard to walk away too disappointed when the stories are this fascinating-and when the music is this triumphant." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Oct 11, 2013
A- 93%

Mother Of George (2013)

"From the the music (especially Strauss's "Four Last Songs), it is remarkably full of life." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B+ 87%

Abuse of Weakness (2014)

"If making Abuse of Weakness was a necessary step in Catherine Breillat's recovery, then it surely ranks as one of the most important-if not the most important-projects of her career." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 13, 2013
B+ 68%

Visitors (2014)

"Reggio's film is an artistic and aesthetic achievement unlikely to be equaled in 2013, and perhaps the only film in recent memory which can proudly claim to be unlike anything else we have ever seen." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 9, 2013
D 7%

Are You Here (2014)

"You Are Here is a shockingly inept comedy, a project with the look and style of a mid-'90s Ivan Reitman or Harold Ramis comedy, not the first film from one of our finest TV writers." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 9, 2013
A- 92%

I Am Breathing (2013)

"...I Am Breathing is not a documentary intended to induce sobbing. It is, instead, a film about dying that is stunningly alive, wildly optimistic, and always insightful and entertaining." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Sep 5, 2013
B- 21%

Copperhead (2013)

"For this audience, Ron Maxwell's film will prove entertaining and though-provoking, at the very least. For the rest, it is unlikely to provide much dramatic sustenance." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jul 19, 2013
B 33%

Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship (2013)

"The fact that Bert and Arnie has a few laughs, some nice performances and does not beat the viewer over the head with a slapstick-lead-pipe means it is a film worthy of respect." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jun 27, 2013