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.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 98%

Phoenix (2015)

"Riffs on a classic theme in significant ways that resonate beyond its melodramatic trappings. One of the best and most haunting films of 2015." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 8, 2015
B 94%

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"Engaging, but I wish the film...went more into (Vidal's & Buckley's) personal upbringings to better understand what made them tick. " ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Aug 1, 2015
B 74%

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015)

"An important, generally enjoyable tutorial on a great show-woman's life. My only gripe against it is the too prominent played on film by biographers Lloyd and Susan Ecker, who also co-produced." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 24, 2015
B+ 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"Low-budget but accomplished. The high dramatics on display are effectively told." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 24, 2015
C 88%

The Tribe (2015)

"An intriguing setting and risky but successful no-dialogue or -subtitles approach is undermined by a dark plot that grows increasingly off-putting. The cinematography though is superb." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
B- 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"See the movie for its reptilian stars but try to ignore the humans. The retro gender politics employed are disappointing." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
B+ No Score Yet

Lord Montagu (2013)

"In terms of revealing a bisexual man of integrity's rise from the ashes of intolerance, "Lord Montagu" is a heroic portrayal." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 29, 2015
B 50%

Tomorrowland (2015)

"Contains enough plot mechanics and dazzling special effects to fuel a few summer blockbusters. The storyline may be too complex and mature for younger viewers. Adults and teens, however, will find much to appreciate and enjoy." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 2, 2015
B+ 70%

Marie's Story (2015)

"Respectfully Catholic and beautifully shot. Isabelle Carre and Ariana Rivoire give stunning, physically rough and tumble performances." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 2, 2015
A- 54%

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2014)

"Fascinating. Anyone with an interest in architecture, history or religion/spirituality will find much to appreciate." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Apr 10, 2015
B 89%

White God (2015)

"Suffers at times from a scattershot tone...(but) Its marauding former pets and unresolved ending reminded me most of Hitchcock's "The Birds." That's certainly not a bad film to aspire to while crafting a needed cautionary tale. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B+ 87%

52 Tuesdays (2015)

"One of the more remarkable depictions to date of a transgender person's journey. Sensitively written and naturalistically performed." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 27, 2015
B+ 92%

Four Moons (Cuatro Lunas) (2014)

"Splendid and sexy. " ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Mar 13, 2015
A- 85%

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

"A gorgeous (2015) digital restoration. A fun, wittily directed and technically impressive achievement." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Mar 13, 2015
B+ 91%

Eastern Boys (2015)

"(Writer-director Robin) Campillo's script takes several surprising turns, and the film's denouement is quite touching. The film manages to be both sexy and compassionate, which makes it all the more impressive." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 28, 2015
C+ 61%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"A dark film to be sure, even for (director David) Cronenberg. It emerges as an unpleasant, overly harsh critique. Only Julianne Moore's knowing take on the self-absorbed, washed-up actress can be called truly significant." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A- 79%

Queen and Country (2015)

"A welcome, thoroughly enjoyable follow up (to "Hope & Glory'). John Boorman hasn't lost his touch for finding humor and even wonder in the seemingly mundane experiences of life." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 28, 2015
A- 58%

The Last 5 Years (2015)

"Excellent. In addition to the sophistication of Jason Robert Brown's songs, it uses a sophisticated dramatic device...that is pulled off beautifully. One couldn't ask for a better pairing than Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 13, 2015
A- 100%

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015)

"Proves to be the most intimate and detailed account yet of Shepard's life, death and cultural impact. (Director Michele) Josue remains impressively objective for one who was so close to her subject." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Feb 6, 2015
B 85%

Zero Motivation (2014)

"Recommended. A M.A.S.H-esque combination of satire and seriousness." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 23, 2015
A- 89%

Mommy (2015)

"Often intense but thoroughly likable and relevant. (Writer-director Xavier) Dolan's best film out of the five he has made to date. It is likely premature to call it his masterpiece though, since he is all of 25 years old." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 23, 2015
B+ 48%

Cake (2015)

"Jennifer Aniston gives an astonishing performance. An abundantly compassionate yet frequently funny script by Patrick Tobin." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 23, 2015
B No Score Yet

Diving Normal (2015)

"The screenplay has its share of inconsistencies...but the film's lead trio of actors is immensely likable, and (the character) Dana's efforts to overcome her dependency on alcohol and drugs are admirable." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jan 10, 2015
A- 74%

Alive Inside (2014)

"(Director Michael) Rossato-Bennett and (subject Dan) Cohen struck me at times as being perhaps a little too self-congratulatory, yet the significance of this beautifully-composed documentary and the breakthroughs it depicts can't be denied. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 30, 2014
B 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"As always, (Bennett) Miller exhibits observant, masterful control as director and coaxes excellent work from his great cast. But I found the screenplay problematic in terms of failing to provide much psychological insight." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 14, 2014
B 95%

Pelican Dreams (2014)

"Captures genuinely fascinating aspects of the birds' lives. Although informative and well-intentioned, (the film) is a bit dull whenever the focus moves off the birds. This isn't helped by Irving's flat narration." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 7, 2014
B+ 93%

Force Majeure (2014)

"A sharp, honest critique of what constitutes "manhood," revealing how fragile a concept it can be. An engrossing (if occasionally slow-moving) treatise." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Nov 7, 2014
B 57%

White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

"An interesting companion piece to the current hit "Gone Girl" if not as compellingly-crafted. From a visual standpoint, though, it is (director Gregg) Araki's most accomplished and eye-pleasing film so far." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 24, 2014
B+ 94%

Whiplash (2014)

"An intensely exciting, unforgettably dramatic ride. J.K. Simmons reaches new heights with his ferociously manipulative, borderline bipolar performance." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 13, 2014
A- 70%

The Decent One (2014)

"An extraordinary if necessarily unpleasant documentary. One of the most potent exposes to date--as well as one of the few surviving insider accounts--of Nazism and its self-described "decent" architects." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 13, 2014
A- 88%

Gone Girl (2014)

"The best, most satisfying mystery/psychological thriller in a long time. It also works as a wicked satire." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 13, 2014
B- 82%

Lilting (2014)

"(The film) is beautifully acted by Cheng and Whishaw and is often genuinely moving. To its detriment, it is very slow-paced and I found myself increasingly frustrated by (Whishaw's character's) tiptoeing approach the longer it goes on. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Oct 6, 2014
B 86%

Boy Meets Girl (2015)

"A unique story and fine, well-acted film. Best Feature award winner at our 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 26, 2014
B+ 92%

Pride (2014)

"Inspiring. Despite a number of one-dimensional characters (especially where the women are concerned) and less-than-subtle directorial flourishes, (the film) succeeds greatly on the strength of its cast and undeniably powerful true story." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 26, 2014
B 86%

The Skeleton Twins (2014)

"Those expecting a load of laughs will be disappointed. All in all, it is good to see this usually comedic cast do some truly dramatic work." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Sep 12, 2014
B 78%

La Bare (2014)

"While (director Joe) Manganiello takes a generally straightforward, positive approach to his subject(s), he does show a bit of the dark side. Anyone interested in the art and/or commerce of male stripping will surely enjoy it." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 29, 2014
C+ 0%

I Am Happiness on Earth (2014)

"(Director Julian) Hernandez provides loads of sexy scenery but not much sense. The film is heavy on slow, sensual storytelling that more often than not demands viewers' intuition rather than offer clearly delineated characters and relationships." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"It takes a good hour for (director James) Gunn to find the proper blend of comedy and seriousness. Once it hits its stride, though, the movie offers undeniable pleasures and unexpected emotional heft." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
B+ 100%

Fifi Howls From Happiness (2014)

"Beautifully modulated. Offers a remarkably uncensored glimpse into a very significant life through creation, exile and its inevitable yet noble end." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Aug 9, 2014
B No Score Yet

Letter To Anita (2014)

"Interesting bio of trailblazing lesbian educator-activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo that is unfortunately marred by the oddly journalistic employment of out actress Meredith Baxter. Still, Sanlo's inspiring life shines through the directorial excess." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C 89%

Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014)

"Offers little that is new to anyone who has read (Louganis's) autobiography or seen the TV movie adapted from it. Not particularly interesting or well made." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
A No Score Yet

I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole (2013)

"An eye-opener. (Director Jim) Tushinski's film accomplishes what the best documentaries do, informing and entertaining in spades. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 33%

Last Weekend (2014)

"Lovely. Features an award-worthy performance by the never-disappointing Patricia Clarkson that fully utilizes her sensitivity, comic timing and other distinctive acting gifts." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B+ 60%

Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)

"It is rare for a film to be creepy, sexy and deeply moving, all at the same time. Filmmaker Carter Smith walks an impressive high wire act. (Interview with Smith included.)" ‐ Rage Monthly
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B+ 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"Few of the screenplay's class-struggle elements are new, and they are driven home in some scenes with a very heavy hand. However, the cast, visual conceptualization, production design and art direction are so strong that these criticisms are fairly minor." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 11, 2014
B 91%

To Be Takei (2014)

"Excessively flattering but still recommended. The doc is a must for Trekkies/Trekkers, younger Japanese Americans, and gays everywhere." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B+ 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"(The film) boasts lively, engaging editorial style but is also a tad overlong and redundant in spots. It is most revealing, at times excruciatingly so, of Ebert's final hospital visits prior to his death." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jul 5, 2014
B- 84%

Violette (2014)

"A chilly but not uninteresting biography of the tortured, bisexual writer Violette Leduc, played by a fully committed Emmanuelle Devos." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 27, 2014
B+ 76%

The Last Sentence (2014)

"An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way." ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 20, 2014
A 91%

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"One of the best, most intelligent, most exciting and surprisingly funny special effects-laden epics I have seen in several summers. A model of cinematic craftsmanship from page to screen. " ‐ Movie Dearest
Posted Jun 20, 2014
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