Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 58% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) The documentary is a riveting, highly engaging look at one of the few rock stars of the 1990s who deserves icon status. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 83% Red Penguins (2019) 'Penguins' is an involving, humorous, but rather slight film from the director of 2014's 'Red Army.' - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 89% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari is, in a word, sturdy. It's the kind of airtight drama that could never be called groundbreaking or even original. But it offers ample pleasures in performance and design. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A 82% Waves (2019) The film is an emotional knockout that will leave even the most stoic viewer on the verge of weeping, but the shifts of the film's second half are ultimately uplifting. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A- 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) What makes Neighborhood such a tremendous success is that it is not a film about Mr. Rogers. Rather, it's a film about the impact of Mr. Rogers. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C 39% Seberg (2019) Starring the ever-splendid Kristen Stewart, a gifted actor who captures Seberg's look and grace, the film is a watchable failure. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B 86% Just Mercy (2019) Even with its flaws, Just Mercy is an engaging experience, and it is further evidence of Michael B. Jordan's excellence. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B 67% Driven (2019) While its title may notlinger in your memory, Driven is a well-told, strongly-acted drama with real heart. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B+ 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) "Non-Fiction" is breathtakingly intelligent, immaculately shot, wonderfully incisive, and a bit frustrating. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
D+ 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Despite a stunning cast of character actors and a quasi-lead role for Millie Bobby Brown, "King" is an anonymous blockbuster that will please no one. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Yes, it's long, but it's rare to find a three-hour film that moves with the velocity of "Endgame." It's certainly a winner. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C 46% Mary Magdalene (2019) Mary Magdalene is not a film that will delight fans of faith-based cinema, nor is it likely to please everyone else. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3.5/4 71% The Invisibles (2019) The Invisibles, then, works on multiple levels: as a historical document, as thrilling cinema, and as satisfying drama. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C- 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) An aimless, mostly uninvolving, and hugely frustrating thriller. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The standout is 'Weekends,' a visual wonder rooted in the sad realities of childhood and featuring an omnipresent Toronto skyline. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) One of the shorts, 'Detainment,' is a profound, sobering drama featuring remarkable performances from its two young leads. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) 'Sparrow Creek' is a tense, atmospheric potboiler from first-time writer-director Henry Dunham. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B+ 72% Piercing (2019) This quasi-love story is hard to watch - especially a downright unforgettable torture scene - yet also full of twisted humor. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Into the Spider-Verse" is the only animated film this year that can comfortably fit on the Top 10 list for a 10-year-old superhero junkie and a late-thirtysomething film critic. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a lot riding on "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Sadly, the film is a dud - the first real miss of the "Harry Potter" series. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) Chazelle has directed a story of pain, sacrifice and, ultimately, triumph, that will resonate with audiences. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The casting of Stewart and Dern is inspired, and they make Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy a tasty, satisfying version of one of the most gobsmackingly wacky literary hoaxes of the last two decades. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has written and directed an exquisite, timeless film about a place and historical period-Harlem in the 1970s-that feels painfully connected to the present. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 74% Destroyer (2018) Kidman gives one of her best performances, and Kusama keeps us interested even when we know what's coming. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C- 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The ingredients are all there, but the execution is faulty. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- 86% Freaks (2019) "Freaks" is a fine example of doing a lot with a little. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) This is precision entertainment, a crackling, pulse-pounding heist movie with a sterling cast, a whip-smart script, and undeniable social resonance, calling to mind heavyweight champs like The French Connection and Heat. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 93% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is most effective when it breaks free from conventional storytelling and relies on image, sound, emotion, and mood. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
C+ 11% Siberia (2018) The scenes between Reeves and Ularu are the film's best and, with its enigmatically appealing stars, Siberia might have worked better as an offbeat love story rather than a thriller. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
D+ 11% Basmati Blues (2018) Basmati Blues is an inoffensive trifle. It does not warrant outrage; it's not bold enough to risk it. Yet there is some heart, and undoubtedly, some ambition. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B+ 96% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is many things - a stark western, a gripping chase story, a tale of slavery and self-defense, and a searing drama in which the stakes are horrifically high. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Calling it a "kids film" is a disservice; Paul King has directed an of-the-moment family comedy that rivals any in recent memory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
C- 19% Euphoria (2019) Euphoria is undeniably a missed opportunity at creating a drama of frayed sisterhood that feels fresh and unique. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Like Tim Burton's classic "Ed Wood," "The Disaster Artist" is a testament to the communal joy of movie-making. But more than that, it's an unforgettable appreciation of the pleasures of movie-watching. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) If there's any justice in the world of cinema, Wonderstruck will prove the type of unexpected, unhyped film for young adults that becomes a generational touchstone. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) More Fifth Element than Avengers, more John Carpenter than Jon Favreau, Thor: Ragnarok is an often riotously entertaining interplanetary romp. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The performances are uniformly excellent. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is truly a joyous documentary, and qualifies as a must-see for any lover of cinema. If it is indeed Varda's final film, it's hard to think of a more effective goodbye. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Mauréry makes the film worth watching. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The storytelling is often over-adrenalized and the visuals eye-popping, but the humor and sweetness make The Lego Ninjago Movie a winner. And if you're a 7-year-old, it might even be the best movie ever made. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Dawson City: Frozen Time is a truly important effort. It is also genuinely haunting. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C- 39% Mary Shelley (2018) With just about 15 minutes or so left in its 120-minute running time, Mary Shelley comes alive. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
4/4 97% Columbus (2017) Columbus is the debut from Kogonda, and it marks him as a filmmaker to watch closely. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B- 92% Porcupine Lake (2017) If "Sleeping Giant" was a shout, "Porcupine Lake" is a whisper. Told with style, warmth, and restraint, this knowing, delicate film from director Ingrid Veninger should be a modest crowd-pleaser. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
A- 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) "Mademoiselle Paradis" is the fifth film from director Barbara Albert, and for both she and star Maria Dragus, it is a stunning success. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) There's never been a Denzel Washington performance like this one, and there's never been a protagonist quite like Roman J. Israel. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B 82% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game is slick, flashy, highly entertaining, and hugely forgettable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
A- 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird will surely go down as one of the year's best films, but Greta Gerwig's feature is also a contender for having some of the strongest insightabout the winding path of adolescence this decade. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/4 28% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) While I Do ... Until I Don't is fiercely unmemorable, it does not diminish the success of Bell's career. There's no doubt she'll be back with a far better creation than this one, and soon. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The reason to see Ingrid Goes West, ... is for the performances. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017