Tom Charity

Tom Charity
Tom Charity's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): CNN.com L.A. Weekly Total Film Village Voice Sight and Sound Times (UK) Time Out Uncut Magazine [UK] Cinema Scope
Biography:
Village Voice film critic.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
51% Observe and Report (2009) More than once, writer-director Jody Hill teases out the slippy, gray area between a subversive gross-out gag and something unsettlingly misogynist. He wants to push buttons, and he's talented enough to get away with it. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
44% Jennifer's Body (2009) The bitingly smart, funny teen-speak is carried over from "Juno," along with sharp pop culture references and a sassy feminist attitude, but the million-dollar question has to be: Is it scary? Only occasionally, I'm afraid. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) While some of Moore's shtick feels old hat there is a renewed urgency about his message. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4 94% Shadow (2019) Zhang seems more taken with the chichi set decoration than the bodies posed in front of it. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
12% Renaissance Man (1994) In essence, a painfully earnest sit-com. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
60% Real Steel (2011) It's as corny as Kansas, but the mix of old fashioned heart and new fangled animatronic cyber tech will make this picture a winner for fathers and sons. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
69% Don Juan DeMarco (1994) It's a joy to see Brando throwing himself into the spirit of the thing, ardently courting his perplexed wife of 30 years, a ravished Dunaway (they share a lovely five-minute bed scene -- in one, uninterrupted take). - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
No Score Yet Something Big (1971) One gruesome symptom of the Death of the Western was the 'comedy Western', a messy, confused genre that flourished briefly... Occasionally, the genre produced the odd bizarre gem, but this was one of the less honourable efforts. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
83% The Others (2001) Shrewdly cast, Kidman is pitch perfect. It's a clammy, ingenious film, one of the best studio movies of the year. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
91% There Will Be Blood (2007) [There is] a jaw-dropping, annihilating ending to a bold, deeply American, success story. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
54% Post Tenebras Lux (2013) If Reygadas set out to make an intuitive, pre-cognitive film, then this mysterious, intangible but profoundly resonant prologue comes closest to realizing that dream. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
89% A Field in England (2014) A Field in England can be seen as a dying man's fever dream, or even a sojourn into the afterlife, a vision of hell in which O'Neill must be Lucifer. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
95% The Wonders (2015) The Wonders signals the maturation of a significant cinematic talent, and kudos to Jane Campion and her jury for recognizing as much. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
83% Tracks (2014) John Curran eschews hollow moralizing, opting instead for Herzogian spectacle with discreet, if somewhat shallow, psychological underpinnings. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
98% Timbuktu (2015) For a century or more the name Timbuktu has been shorthand for an impossibly remote exoticism, at least to Western ears, but with clarity and compassion Sissako dissolves any barriers to understanding, and insists on common cause. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
56% This Changes Everything (2015) Beware an ideologue in confessional mode. Whatever Klein's misgivings, they haven't prevented her partner Avi Lewis from recycling the genre's most hackneyed tropes. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
43% No Men Beyond This Point (2015) Sawers has fun teasing out the implications of such a scenario. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
90% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) We all know it takes two to tango, and that's a problem for this mildly engaging but lop-sided strut down memory lane with Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
No Score Yet Full Contact (2015) While it may not hold up in the light of day it resonates well enough in the darkness of the movie theatre. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
No Score Yet Jack (2015) Johannes Krisch fully embodies Unterweger's swagger, charm, and self-belief, and-the other side of the coin-his intensity, anger, and self-doubt. It's a knockout performance in a crisp, compelling film. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
59% High-Rise (2016) [High-Rise] is a dispassionate study of the human animal in all its perversity and pride, presiding over the rubble as all around him the future goes up in smoke. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
97% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) The subtle and authoritative Ex Libris stands as the most diligent and the most cogent political film of the year. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
100% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) This sombre, compassionate film speaks with a simple eloquence about a humanity that we seem on the verge of losing. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
72% The Children Act (2018) A heartbreaking lament for loves lost and lives unrealised, a restrained, nuanced movie about nuance and restraint. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) You will want Billie Jean to prove her point, and that's game, set and match for this tidy crowd-pleaser. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
33% 2 Jacks (2013) Bernard Rose's Two Jacks is a minor but piquant addition to the tradition of Hollywood eulogizing its monsters. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
96% The Imposter (2012) More than anything it's Layton's storytelling acumen that impresses - the movie unfolds like a psychological thriller, and in the second half effects a chilling twist on its own inherent implausibility. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
84% Hermia & Helena (2017) [It] is not a perfect film... But with each film Piñeiro is growing more expansive and confident; and especially in the beautifully modulated sequence when Camila visits her absentee dad, the movie attains a richness and maturity that lingers in the mind. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) O.J.: Made in America will surely prove the definitive record of one exceptional African-American's spectacular rise and fall, a graphic illustration of how race, injustice and the pursuit of celebrity collided at the tail-end of the 20th century. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
73% Prometheus (2012) Even if the movie's logic ultimately spirals down into a vortex of hysteria, horror and hokum, I enjoyed the bulldozer intensity of the climax, which barely keeps a lid on the crackpot cult movie that's wrestling for the soul of this... blockbuster. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
93% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Abacus is an exemplary piece of filmmaking, an investigation into two kinds of double standards. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
87% Jackie (2016) While it's certainly of interest, this predictably grim, grainy, gloomy movie only periodically splutters into life. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
91% La La Land (2016) Chazelle has crafted that rare thing, a genuinely romantic comedy, and as well, a rhapsody in blue, red, yellow and green. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Theron gives the picture some spine. As Snow White, Kristen Stewart supplies the heart. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
86% Inception (2010) A spectacular fantasy thriller based on Nolan's own original screenplay, Inception is the smartest CGI head-trip since The Matrix. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 87% Treeless Mountain (2009) This very personal, naturalistic Korean film is all about emotional damage, and it's a real heartbreaker. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) Played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem, Chigurh is the most original bogeyman to bloody up the screen in a while. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
89% Tangled (2010) This snappy role reversal may or may not appeal to young men, but it inspires some classic knockabout screwball comedy and an exciting, vertiginous escape sequence. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
90% Coraline (2009) Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2014
93% Frost/Nixon (2008) In its glib and reductionist way, it works like a charm. Or better yet, like television. Which, finally, is a compliment. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2014
90% District 9 (2009) It's a brashly confident debut, full of sharp, inventive detail (the prawns are crazy for cat food) and rooted in a couple of Big Ideas. Well worth the time, if not all of it. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2014
51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) For all its occasional tin ear, Dr Phil dialogue, its contrivances and shortcuts, this remains a fundamentally sound and solid entertainment with a deep-rooted conviction that how we treat each other matters. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2014
94% Star Trek (2009) Did somebody just reach through the space-time continuum and pull out a white rabbit? - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
98% Toy Story 3 (2010) I seriously doubt there will be a more hilarious and heartfelt blockbuster all summer. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) Waltz will be unknown to most American audiences -- he was certainly unknown to me -- but he's nothing less than sensational as the silky, polyglot SS officer charged by the Fuhrer to root out the remaining Jews in France. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
92% The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Bourne -- or whatever his name really is -- is such a resourceful and reckless agent of chaos, we thrill to him despite the fact that he's officially a non-entity. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
20% The Hangover Part III (2013) If only what happened in Vegas had stayed in Vegas. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
70% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Ludicrous, but undeniably fun and surprisingly affectionate, this is really all you could ask of a car crash movie, and more. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
48% The Great Gatsby (2013) There are no two ways about it: The Great Gatsby is misconceived and misjudged, a crude burlesque on what's probably American literature's most precious jewel. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2013
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) It's a confidently tongue-in-cheek piece of blockbuster engineering, sweetly calibrated to Downey's cavalier appeal and to Kingsley's oddball interjections. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2013