Carina Chocano

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For 362 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carina Chocano's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Little Miss Sunshine
Lowest review score: 0 Running Scared
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 362
362 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    Tightly plotted and suspenseful enough to keep you guessing until the satisfying, unexpected end, which is worth suspending disbelief for. After all, as they point out in the movie, "It doesn't work if you don't believe it."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    Ultimately, Mermin's film is a profound reminder of the things that make us human. Things that don't matter much, in the scheme of things, but loom large when taken away. Things we all have in common.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    Johnson has taken a well-worn, much-revised genre, adapted to what's become a clichéd setting and transcended both in the process.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Carina Chocano
    Feels terminally generic and tone-deaf.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    A complex, boldly experimental movie plotted like a thriller and paced like a farce, Kings and Queen is category-defying film that's as smart and emotionally resonant as it is entertaining.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    The real reason to see it is its style, which sets an otherwise fairly unremarkable whodunit in a seedy, lite-Lynchian wonderland that's enjoyable to hang out in for a while.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    It's not entirely surprising that Burton's Sweeney Todd feels heavier on style than on substance -- so much that the style almost subverts the story. Still, it's a gorgeous artifact and pretty enjoyable in all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    Keanu Reeves has no peer when it comes to playing these sort of messianic roles -- he infuses them with a Zen blankness and serenity that somehow gets him through even the unlikeliest scenes with a quiet, unassuming dignity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Carina Chocano
    The actors gamely keep up their spirits, but the male characters are too one-dimensional and the female characters too bizarrely divorced from reality to be at all engaging.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Carina Chocano
    As lovely as some of the footage looks and as committed as are the three lead performances, they serve only to make Rails & Ties play like an exceptionally well-acted and well-made Lifetime movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    A familiar story set in an unfamiliar context, it's a paean to the universality of human experience, a testament to the endurance of individuality during great political and fanatical upheaval, and a reminder that even the most complex situations, identities and stories are heartbreakingly simple.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Carina Chocano
    David Wain, director of "Wet Hot American Summer," brings his popular brand of surrealist yet mundane humor to the big screen with more or less dreadful results.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Carina Chocano
    A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension, the movie is all borrowed style and calculated pandering. It does, however, get more ludicrous by the minute. So in that sense, it's good for an occasional laugh.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    It says something when you come out of a film as weird and fantastical as Oldboy and feel that you've experienced something truly authentic. I just don't know what. I can't think of anything to compare it to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    A fascinating reflection of the era when it was made; but a starker indictment still of what film culture has become. In 1975, The Passenger was a night at the movies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Carina Chocano
    A fictional look at film school life, realized in that archetypal film school style. If it were being workshopped in a seminar, some criticisms might include: awkward mise-en-scène, stock characters - and did you actually repeat that reaction within 10 seconds of first using it?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    What with everyone so focused on the raunchiness, it comes as a complete surprise to find that Superbad is in fact a love story.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Carina Chocano
    A flat parable about the virtues of homespun conformity and the perils of defying family tradition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    As David Rakoff once wrote, "Youth isn't wasted on the young. It is perpetrated on the young." Exactly how is brilliantly captured by Andrew Bujalski in his debut feature, Funny Ha Ha.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    Optimistic and humanistic to the core, Me and You and Everyone We Know is a paean to perseverance and finding ways to cope.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Carina Chocano
    Lonely, bitter, insecure and clearly unstable, the women are meant to level the emotional playing field and add depth to what is, at heart, a story about the exploitation of poor nations by rich and powerful ones. But they wind up being too bitter and unstable to elicit much sympathy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Carina Chocano
    The rapport between Allen and Johansson (pretending to be father and daughter) is lively, and the variations on the same old jokes are plentiful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    Rather than come across as fantastic or dreamlike, the stories have a vivid, hyperreal quality to them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    Ejiofor brings a calm magnetism and a beatific serenity to his roles that have the effect of knocking you flat -- there's something about this guy that's messianic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    Ratner seems to have found a theme that he can relate to: A terrifying trio of angry, undomesticated women who all but run away with the movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Carina Chocano
    The result is an insightful look at a remarkable behind-the-scenes life and slice of American and Hollywood history. Told from an outsider's perspective, it sheds light on the workings of a glamorous but often treacherous business.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Carina Chocano
    A challenging film, one that I suspect can only benefit from multiple viewings. The success of its approaches varies, but its intent is unfailingly interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Carina Chocano
    Shot by Ashley Rowe to look like a cross between a Vermeer retrospective and a music video, Copying Beethoven is silly and misguided, if reasonably entertaining for its charming lack of self-awareness, its weakness for lines like "Loneliness is my religion!" and its transcendently beautiful music.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Carina Chocano
    The White Countess takes place in a fascinating time and place, rife with conflict and turmoil. But to watch Fiennes float (and Richardson trudge) through it all, absorbed in themselves and their own private misery, is to wish they'd started falling earlier, if only to knock some sense into them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Carina Chocano
    It says something about Paul Greengrass' directing style that he's able to make a movie as fresh and frank as The Bourne Ultimatum from a genre as moldy and bombastic as the spy thriller.

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