Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
D+ 57% Inexorable (2021) Above all else, Inexorable lacks the sense of joyful absurdity that can elevate a hackneyed thriller to a delectable trifle. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
C 48% False Positive (2021) Glazer and director John Lee's script gets infinitely darker, to a degree that no longer seems believable or even interesting, culminating with a yawner of a twist-a bold ending whose chutzpah must be applauded, but doesn't work. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
B+ 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Featuring some stupendous parallel editing and killer jolts, A Quiet Place Part II is a fine film to herald the full-scale return to cinemas. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
B+ 74% Cruella (2021) Director Craig Gillespie and star Emma Stone have fashioned a wildly entertaining, enjoyable over-the-top success that managed to please my kids and me equally. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
A 88% Undine (2020) Playing with myth, Berlin history, and emotional trauma, Petzold crafts a film both unsettling and uniquely memorable. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
B 67% Crisis (2021) Crisis could have made an appropriately sprawling streaming series, but as a two-hour film, it is still an admirable and passionate effort from the talented Jarecki. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
B No Score Yet The Fan Connection (2019) It is an intimate, moving, and entertaining documentary exploring the special relationship that exists between the Buffalo Sabres and the team's long-suffering - but ever-enthusiastic - fanbase. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
A- 100% Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) The film breaks Poly's story from the shackles of her punk contemporaries. It is an essential music documentary crafted with warmth and wit - and co-directed by Styrene's daughter, Celeste Bell. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
B- 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Kevin Maconald's film is at times formulaic and predictable. However, the performances from Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster are revelatory. Rahim, especially, is stunningly powerful. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
A- 100% Ninjababy (2021) A delightfully unruly, genuinely moving portrait of a young woman stuck in a situation with no easy way out. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B 94% Alien on Stage (2020) Alien On Stage a sweet treat for Alien fans, cinephiles, and anyone who gets goosebumps at the sight of let's-put-on-a-show enthusiasm. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
B+ 89% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) The most impactful moments, however, are those that offer a window into Petty's mindset. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
A- 100% Flee (2021) One of the most uniquely memorable animated films of the last decade. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ 89% Censor (2021) Censor is a genuinely impressive debut feature for Bailey-Bond, a horror film with allusions to everything from The Ring to Berberian Sound Studio and Lost Highway - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 83% Misha and the Wolves (2021) There is no denying the engaging watchability of Misha and the Wolves. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
D+ 79% In The Earth (2021) Creating a new film is not the worst way to spend some forced COVID-19 downtime. It is, however, no excuse for making one as tiresome and disappointing as In the Earth. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B 91% Television Event (2020) The strongest companion, though, would be to just watch The Day After. Television Event qualifies as a solid documentary, but ultimately there is no topping its subject... - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
B 93% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2021) Though "Blossom" is a bit slight at just 73 minutes and sometimes prone to posing too many questions, it heralds the arrival of a major international talent - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
C 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) "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 80% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2021) "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- 86% 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 95% 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- 97% Shiva Baby (2021) "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+ 84% Akilla's Escape (2021) 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
68% 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
94% 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
77% 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- 88% 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 74% 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
85% 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
94% 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- 77% 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+ 88% 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- 77% 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+ 88% 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+ 88% 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- 98% 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- 99% 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 48% 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- 91% 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 43% 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