Christopher Schobert Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Christopher Schobert

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Yes, it's an odd title, one that sounds much better in its native language ("Ma vie de Courgette"). It's also a wonderful tremendously moving film about an emotionally wounded little boy, and the family unit that develops at a foster home for orphans.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
86% Ocean Waves (Umi ga kikoeru) (2016) These visual flourishes are not always matched by the story. Ocean Waves is slight, and there's no getting around that. Still, the film never loses its innate likability, and is a brisk 76 minutes.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3.5/4 71% XX (2017) XX is a horror film that should inspire real discussion and real scares, and that's an accomplishment.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3/4 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) This mini-Dark Knight might not be the Batman we deserve, but he's certainly the one we need right now.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 84% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Director Øvredal lets the tension and claustrophobia build, and the end result is chilling.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
4/4 85% Silence (2017) The film is a grueling, often painful experience. But this is essential cinema, and for Scorsese, a story he needed to tell.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 73% Sing (2016) More enjoyable than Finding Dory, more clever than the overrated Zootopia, and more memorable than Moana, Sing is a real holiday treat.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/4 81% Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) What resonates most from Mifune are the film clips, of course. Watching him on screen remains an exhilarating experience. As many state in the film, there was no one quite like him.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/4 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Norwegian disaster film The Wave is a reminder that cliché-ridden, unexceptional, effects-driven cinema is not purely the domain of Hollywood studios.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/4 68% Darling (2016) Keating's film does not come close to reaching the heights of Repulsion, but this loving homage is nevertheless a gruesome winner.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
2.5/4 98% Zootopia (2016) In its attempt to please both children and adults equally, Zootopia is a failure.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Comparatively, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ranks as the weakest Potter film, and probably one of the least kid-friendly. But the teenagers who grew up on Rowling's stories will adore it, and what comes next should be fascinating.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) It's undoubtedly a masterpiece.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3.5/4 83% Hello, My Name is Doris (2016) For Field, Doris may just herald a career rebirth.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 79% The Family Fang (2016) On the basis of Bad Words -- a film destined to be a cult classic -- and The Family Fang, Jason Bateman is undoubtedly a real-deal director.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
3/4 94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) The Japanese animated drama Miss Hokusai is a unique, fascinating oddity. It's a strong historical drama, and a serious one. Yet it's occasionally joke-y, often uneven, and occasionally difficult to follow.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
3/4 74% Trolls (2016) Mitchell and Dohrn keep Trolls funny and light, and the 93-minute result is sure to be every 4- to 10-year-old's favorite film of the fall.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
4/4 92% Certain Women (2016) Rarely has a film so successfully highlighted the inner lives of the type of female characters so often ignored in movies.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
B+ 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) It didn't last long, but it was one helluva ride. Above all else, Supersonic captures that feeling.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
3/4 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Disaster done right can be entertaining, and Deepwater is a solid example.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/4 63% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
A- 83% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
C+ 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/4 38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/4 87% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/4 76% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 74% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 97% Weiner (2016) One of the most memorable political documentaries ever made.‐ Buffalo News
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/4 61% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2016
3/4 78% 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 79% Northern Soul (2015) "Northern Soul" feels driven by youthful energy. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
D+ 81% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2014
C+ 48% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
B 93% Sample This (2013) ...it is hard to walk away too disappointed when the stories are this fascinating-and when the music is this triumphant.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
A- 93% Mother Of George (2013) From the acting...to the music (especially Strauss's "Four Last Songs), it is remarkably full of life.‐ The Playlist
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013