Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 78% Concrete Cowboy (2020) "Cowboy" is watchable, well-acted, occasionally moving. It's also overly predictable and never transcends the tropes of the standard coming-of-age drama. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
C 62% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) "Summer of 85" is in-between the sublime and the absurd, drama and thriller, compelling and monotonous. It is utterly so-so, but it is also, undeniably, so-Ozon. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
B- 90% The Best Is Yet To Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) (2020) The timely film is a compelling drama, and an important one, to be sure. But there are numerous missteps that lessen the impact and slow down the dramatic energy. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
B 100% Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) (2020) Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa's film is a rich character study that fumbles its landing but remains a compelling drama. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
A- 100% Shiva Baby (2020) "Shiva" is a viewing experience that is at once hilarious, awkward, uncomfortable, and unforgettable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
B+ 75% Akilla's Escape (2020) What it lacks in surprises, "Akilla" more than makes up for with visual flare, thematic energy, and a major performance from Saul Williams. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
66% Fisherman's Friends (2020) British comedy "Fisherman's Friends" is the kind of audience-pleaser Miramax Films and Fox Searchlight once released with regularity. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) With a dash of Cronenberg and a touch of COVID paranoia, "The Beach House" is a legitimately compelling horror film. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
92% Relic (2020) This haunting story culminates in a genuinely moving finale, one that might not thrill all horror fans but, with contemplation, feels remarkably bold. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) The sight of Lewis as the film begins, walking slowly but with great purpose through Washington, D.C., is tremendously powerful. So is the film. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
70% Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020) "The Bad and the Beautiful" might not be as provocative as the work of its subject, but it is nevertheless a wildly entertaining, conversation-starting study of a master artist. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
B- 86% 1BR (2020) David Marmor's "1BR" is a nasty, clever good time with a touch of Shyamalan (in a good way) and a fine performance from newcomer Nicole Brydon Bloom. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
B 75% The Rental (2020) A sturdy, small-scale thriller that makes little lasting impact but certainly succeeds in providing some clever jolts. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
84% Mr. Jones (2020) It's not always an easy watch, but Mr. Jones is a worthy study of an intensely sad subject. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) This is a genuinely riveting psychological drama with a devastating ending. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) Mirrah Foulkes deserves credit for creating this strange stew, and for eliciting tremendous performances from stars Mia Wasikowska and Damon Herriman. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
89% Feast of the Epiphany (2018) The Feast of the Epiphany is a beautiful, thought-provoking film. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
B 89% You Don't Nomi (2020) You Don't Nomi is another essential chapter in the Showgirls story-and completes the cultural reappreciation the film deserves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
A- 78% Tommaso (2020) "Tommaso" features some of the most resonant work of Dafoe's career, and is a late-career highlight for Ferrara - difficult, daring and mesmerizing. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Featuring new interviews and lots of archival footage, "Earth" is an engrossing exploration of an event many have forgotten. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B- 76% Military Wives (2020) There is nothing remotely hip about "Military Wives," yet it feels silly to come down hard on a film this good-natured. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B 87% Shirley (2020) "Shirley" is often uncomfortable. It's also bold, darkly funny and ridiculously well-acted by star Elisabeth Moss. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ 87% Deerskin (2020) Brisk - just 77 minutes - and delightfully peculiar, "Deerskin" is a must-see for anyone who adores absurdist cinema. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
B- 86% Zombi Child (2020) Bonello's continent- and time-period-spanning film leads to a surprisingly emotional conclusion, and includes some beautifully haunting imagery. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
B+ 87% Sorry We Missed You (2020) "Sorry" is a story that could have been told with anger, but Loach instead opts for desperation. This makes for a devastating experience. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
A- 97% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) While it's not an easy watch, Jan Komasa's film is an emotional powerhouse that will leave viewers rattled. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
A- 100% Driveways (2020) "Driveways" is a sweet, funny and genuinely moving tale that features Dennehy at his subtle best. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
D 49% Scoob! (2020) Dull, overlong, and never remotely involving, "Scoob!" makes the silly Matthew Lillard-starring live action films seem rather quaint and joyful by comparison. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
B 90% Blood Quantum (2020) Canadian zombie flick "Blood Quantum" is down, dirty, and legit terrifying. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
B- 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) "Goose Lake" is a stunningly photographed ride, one that is never remotely dull and often heads into unexpected terrain. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
C 44% The Roads Not Taken (2020) Here is a film whose heart is in the right place. But despite good intentions and a stacked cast of heavyweights, the story simply does not work. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
B+ 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) The fifth and (supposedly) final film in Michael Winterbottom's "Trip" series might be the best yet - uproarious and moving. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
C+ 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein brings her usual wit and charm to the role. But the film is far too predictable, and never quite as funny or moving as it should be. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
A- 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Anchored by two of the most natural performances from young actors in recent memory, Eliza Hittman's "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" might be the year's most impactful film. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
B- 41% Capone (2020) Hardy gives an unexpectedly resonant performance that initially verges on parody, but ends up packing an emotional punch. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
A- 83% The Whistlers (2020) "The Whistlers" is a hugely entertaining gem -- a witty, stylish caper with a breathtaking finale. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
B+ 90% Alice (2019) Emilie Piponnier gives a bravura performance in this undeniable conversation-starter. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
B+ 83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Full of gorgeous archival footage and genuinely soul-stirring music, "Once Were Brothers" is involving from start to finish. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
B- 44% Endings, Beginnings (2020) 'Endings' is not a great film, but it's a solid romantic drama featuring standout work from Woodley. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
B+ 86% Sea Fever (2020) While it never entirely breaks free of genre tropes, 'Sea Fever' counts as pleasant surprise - intimate, intense, and genuinely harrowing. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
B- 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) While overlong and a tad overstuffed, Justin Kurzel's film is full of grit and verve. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
B 72% Vivarium (2020) While not altogether satisfying, it's a memorable descent into suburban madness with another fine performance from Imogen Poots. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
C 56% Resistance (2020) While an admirable effort from all concerned, the wartime story of the legendary Marcel Marceau falls flat. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
A- 89% Swallow (2020) Haley Bennett gives one of the most compelling performances in recent cinema in this disturbing, wildly idiosyncratic film. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
A- 93% And Then We Danced (2020) 'And Then We Danced' is a superb drama, and a big-hearted exploration of one young man's desire for escape and liberation." - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
A- 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) Part midnight movie, part timely exploration of haves-and-have-nots, 'Bacurau' is fierce, darkly funny, and unforgettable. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
C 28% Clover (2020) The overly familiar 'Clover' features a solid B-movie cast stuck in a standard B-movie storyline. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
B- 100% The Island of Cats (2019) 'Cats' is a knowing, warm-hearted drama that moves at a leisurely pace. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
A- 87% Emma. (2020) The latest adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is a delight, featuring a stellar lead performance from the exquisite Anya Taylor-Joy. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
B+ 74% The Other Lamb (2020) Małgorzata Szumowska's brilliant, stomach-churning drama perfectly encapsulates the life-on-the-outside longing of being born into a cult. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020