Fr. Chris Carpenter

Fr. Chris Carpenter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Fr. Chris Carpenter's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

DVD Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 100%

The Circle (2014)

"A unique hybrid of documentary and narrative filmmaking. Inspiring and timely." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 10, 2015
C+ No Score Yet

Silent Youth (2012)

"The initial emphasis on subtle looks and body language between the two men is sexy, but it leaves a bit too much for viewers to fill in the blanks and eventually gives way to uncomfortably blunt demands on (one of the character's) part." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 6, 2015
B 100%

Portrait of Jason (1967)

"Interesting but problematic. It is hard not to think of the film as exploitative, certainly by today's standards. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 30, 2014
C No Score Yet

Snails in the Rain (2013)

"Despite the participation of gorgeous Israeli actor Yoav Reuveni, the film is something of a disappointment. Revisits well-traveled territory." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 30, 2014
A- No Score Yet

Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014)

"Co-directors Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog have obvious respect for their subject and her journey. Honest and engrossing, "Lady Valor" demands attention." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 14, 2014
C+ 60%

Hercules (2014)

"Pretty routine and ham-fisted from a storytelling angle. It is also a disproportionately and disappointingly masculine affair...even if most of the men are wearing skirts." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 7, 2014
B+ 67%

Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2013)

"The film is perceptive (much is said/conveyed during largely dialogue-free scenes) and well-photographed. Writer-director Wasilewski depicts his native country as a still far-from-tolerant or accepting place, as the potent ending makes especially clear." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 6, 2014
B No Score Yet

I'm a Porn Star (2013)

"Exposes--pun intended--several of the popular names behind current gay porn. (The film) paints a generally rosy picture and avoids going into the more unpleasant aspects of the industry." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 19, 2014
A- 82%

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

"Agatha Christie couldn't have concocted a more intriguing 1930's-set murder mystery. One of the best-made documentaries of the year as well as absolutely engrossing." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 12, 2014
C 47%

Aftermath (2014)

"This dramatic thriller has a potent premise...but suffers from poor acting by the majority of its no-name cast. The lone exception to this is former bad boy Edward Furlong, who is most effective as a redneck expectant father." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 29, 2014
A 95%

Love Is Strange (2014)

"Interview with Alfred Molina" ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 20, 2014
C- No Score Yet

Eroddity(s) (2014)

"Sadly, talented though he is, (writer-director Steven) Vasquez is no Rod Serling. Generally awful acting." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
C+ No Score Yet

Man At Bath (Homme Au Bain) (2010)

"Not uninteresting, but the film falls disappointingly short of providing complete satisfaction." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
B No Score Yet

Breaking Through (2014)

"Reveals so clearly how far LGBT Americans have come (politically) since the 1970's. Indeed, the pro-LGBT content gets a little repetitious in the extended director's cut." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A- 86%

The Jewish Cardinal (2014)

"Very well written. Laurent Lucas gives a powerhouse performance. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 6, 2014
C+ No Score Yet

Truth (2014)

"Initially engrossing but ultimately off-putting. The only real reason to watch it is (actor Sean Paul) Lockhart. He is especially good here during his character's angry, unhinged moments." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted May 9, 2014
C+ No Score Yet

American Translation (2011)

"The movie doesn't really offer anything new or original in terms of plot. Watching the beautifully brooding Pierre Perrier, though, is well worth the price of a rental or purchase." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 18, 2014
B No Score Yet

Hawaii (2013)

"(The story) is dragged out a little to long at 105 minutes. The final 10 or so minutes, when the film's enigmatic title finally makes sense, are great though and the long-awaited romantic payoff is nice." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 16, 2014
A- 94%

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

"An excellent but underseen reality-based AIDS drama. Those of us who survived the plague years of the 1980's-90's owe it to ourselves as well as those who didn't make it to watch this film." ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
B+ No Score Yet

Pit Stop (2013)

"Some viewers may find the 80-minute running time a little too slow-moving but I encourage them to hang in there. It is ultimately a hopeful piece buoyed by the by the fine, sexy lead performances." ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
B+ No Score Yet

Out Loud (2013)

"Director Samer Daboul and his cast infuse the film with joyous spirit, even with danger lurking about. A few moments feel forced...but this remains a noteworthy, even historic movie." ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
B- No Score Yet

Triple Crossed (2013)

"Ambitious, not always successful but genuinely intriguing." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Dec 2, 2013
B No Score Yet

Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokot si Remington (Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings) (2013)

"Despite its low budget, the film features fun visual effects and accomplished zombie makeup, as well as some lovely cinematography of Philippine countrysides. Worth watching despite the film's sometimes rough edges and moments of questionable humor." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 22, 2013
C- No Score Yet

Noches de espera (Longing Nights) (2013)

"Tries way too hard to be provocative. Virtually all of it has been seen and done before in better films, with the exception of (transgender prostitute) Aitana's affecting storyline." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 22, 2013
B No Score Yet

Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013)

"An observant, melancholy-tinged comedy. Director Ryan Gielen takes a welcome low-key approach to the film's more dramatic moments, while the mostly unknown cast members are effective and engaging." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 6, 2013
B 18%

I Do (2013)

"The set up struck me as trite in this otherwise hard-hitting drama. A good but ultimately over-earnest film." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B No Score Yet

Petunia (2013)

"A welcome improvement over (writer-director Ash Christian's) last feature, the downright irritating "Mangus!" Melancholy and crass but genuinely witty, with some honest, important things to say about sex in marriage/relationships." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B+ No Score Yet

After the End (2013)

"Fearless and searching. The documentary's content is illuminating, valuable for the general public and hopeful, true to its subtitle ("A Journey Through Loss to Hope")." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 30, 2013
B+ No Score Yet

Beyond the Walls (2013)

"A bittersweet gay romance a la "Keep the Lights On" and "Weekend," and nearly as good as its predecessors. Well-written and confidently directed by David Lambert, making his feature film debut." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 30, 2013
C+ No Score Yet

Seattle Superstorm (2012)

"Contains a few novel twists that save it from becoming a total waste. This movie will go down even better with some microwave popcorn and a box of wine." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 30, 2013
C- 0%

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

"A middling and unnecessary sequel. Not even Slim Pickens is safe from (director Irwin) Allen's waterlogged machinations." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 7, 2013
C+ 13%

The Swarm (1978)

"Paranoid killer bee epic actually holds up better today than its reputation would lead one to believe, especially in the original 156-minute cut available on some DVDs (and despite its laughable hallucinations of giant bees suffered by those stung)." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 7, 2013
B- 55%

Cleopatra (1963)

"How does the final, 4-hour play today in its 50th anniversary edition? Its first two hours are spectacular and highly enjoyable...(but) things take a turn following Caesar's assassination and the audience's intermission." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 7, 2013
B 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"A pleasant surprise after the director's horrible "Horrible Bosses." (The film) is no classic but Melissa McCarthy's vivid performance may well become one. She is hilarious but brings a welcome, surprising poignancy to her role." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 7, 2013
B 69%

Les Misérables (2012)

"Fortunately, the film's weaknesses fail to diminish the power of Victor Hugo's 150-year old saga...and the score's best songs--generally well-performed in much-ballyhooed live recordings--highlight this all the more." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 3, 2013
F No Score Yet

Becoming Blond (2010)

"Alas, there are no pleasures to be found. Simply awful." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 8, 2012
A- 98%

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"On the new Blu-ray release: Beautifully restored. (The film) is awash in an embarrassment of riches. Only Holden's voiceover strikes me as particularly dated by today's standards." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 7, 2012
B+ 25%

Dinotasia (2012)

"(The filmmakers) make the creatures' varied plights unexpectedly amusing and disarmingly moving. The CGI quality runs hot and cold...(but the film) is gripping, droll and poignant in equal measure." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 7, 2012
B+ No Score Yet

Holy Flying Circus (2011)

"Very clever, frequently hilarious. The (DVD's release) is nothing if not timely given current tensions between the U.S. and pretty much every Middle Eastern country." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 15, 2012
B No Score Yet

The Seminarian (2011)

"The struggle between spiritual ideals and worldly desires is explored respectfully by talented young filmmaker Joshua Lim...DP Lawson Deming is one to watch for his stately, color-saturated work here." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 31, 2012
C+ No Score Yet

Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2012)

"Some new faces help elevate the now-routine crossed wires and mistaken identities that define the "Eating Out" movies...A pleasant if familiar romp." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 21, 2012
C- No Score Yet

Sister Mary (2011)

"(Director-writer-producer-editor) Scott Grenke has a lot for which to atone. The movie isn't so much anti-Catholic as it is criminally unfunny." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 2, 2012
A No Score Yet

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)

"An excellent expose and fascinating tribute to two courageous visionaries." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 2, 2012
B+ 80%

Becoming Santa (2011)

"Illuminating, highly enjoyable. If there is anyone out there who needs your Christmas spirit renewed, rent "Becoming Santa" today." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 28, 2011
C- No Score Yet

Bite Marks (2011)

"While I wish I could report "Bite Marks" was as expertly made and lavishly produced as "Breaking Dawn," first-time director Mark Bessenger gets some points for his use of slapstick and adding a new twist or two to a pretty tired genre." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A 73%

The Tree (2011)

"A beautiful Australian family drama. It takes a metaphysical approach to be sure, but it really scores in capturing the various experiences and stages of grief. The best film of 2011 (tie)." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 23, 2011
A 99%

Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

"Out of a year full of great documentaries, (this) is one of the very best both for what it reveals and, ironically but admiringly, what it doesn't. UPDATE: The best documentary of 2011." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 14, 2011
B- No Score Yet

Blackmail Boys (2011)

"Obviously low-budget and the filmmaking technique is crude in spots...(but) there are several twists as well as some humor and social commentary in the script, and I appreciated its unexpected ending." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 26, 2011
B No Score Yet

El Nino Pez (The Fish Child) (2009)

"Very well acted and beautifully shot, especially during some dreamy underwater scenes." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 26, 2011
B 82%

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2010)

"A generally well-made but not entirely satisfying bio-pic...covers considerable historical ground much too quickly, and some cheesy zoom camera shots and quick-cut editing distract rather than augment. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 20, 2011
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