For 112 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 20% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 78% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Cabin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 48
Highest review score: 100 Timbuktu
Lowest review score: 12 The Best Man Holiday
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 112
  2. Negative: 56 out of 112
112 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Cabin
    I still stare at it, amazed and entertained, but dwarfed by the very idea of attempting to untangle the crow’s nest that has formed through the film’s ever-expanding histories. And what continuously stupefies me is that time works no miracles on this particular film: Scenes remain familiar, but the narrative seems to shift every time I return to it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Cabin
    The dangers of filmmakers trying to replicate a golden era rather than embrace the present are part and parcel of Inherent Vice, but the ramifications are political as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Cabin
    As depicted by Jia Zhang-ke, the balance between the spoils and moral rot of murder are far preferable to the debasing rigors of tradition and hollow nationalism.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Cabin
    The film's criticism isn't primarily rooted in satire, but rather in fury and condemnation for those who seek to be gods while shamefully feigning to follow and praise one god.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    A madly creative, darkly comical, and fiendishly self-aware actioner with muscle to spare.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    An astute summation of Mike Leigh's glum view of humanity, but also a challenge to this disposition and his own pessimistic perspective.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    As played by an eloquently beleaguered Oscar Isaac, Llewyn Davis is arguably the most vivid and complex character the Coens have dreamed up since Marge Gunderson.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    It conjures a menacing perspective on how the titular occupation hulls out empathy and cultivates a particularly unsettling strain of cynicism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    With the film, Lee Daniels quietly pushes his talent for hashing out visceral, violent emotions into unexpected dramatic terrain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Cabin
    That the filmmakers consistently catch the nuances of character that bind the two men to each other, rather than simply tracing the pros and cons of their dispositions, is what gives the film its melancholic yet vibrant resonance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    The story wisely focuses on the cast's worn-in and jazzy repartee and expresses a perfectly modulated sense of self-awareness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Folklore, rituals, and the past weigh heavily on Silent Souls, which is somewhat endemic of films from Fedorchenko's home country of Russia.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Wang Bing's no-frills style of documentation visually echoes the preadolescent trio's simple yet unforgiving world and its sense of labor as life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    There's a simple magnetism inherent in this kind of filmmaking, and the Coens know how to orchestrate it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Neither sentimentality nor nostalgia for reckless years gone by can be found in Rebecca Zlotowski's Belle Epine, which makes its tale of teenage rebellion in the face of overwhelming grief fall closer to a sobering character study than a classical youth film.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Ida
    Pawel Pawlikowski shows great empathy toward the idea of illusions as a way of attaining emotional stability in even the most brutal terrain.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Throughout, Benoît Jacquot never loses sight of the primordial compulsions that drive feelings and expressions of great love and beauty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Funny, moving, honest, and occasionally inspiring, but as a portrait of a talent emerging from the shadow of a more public talent, the scale of the shadow is curiously omitted.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    However messy this overextended and oddly compelling work feels from moment to moment, the end result evokes the life of working artists without sentimentality or undue grandeur.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Cabin
    Roberto Minervini has created a moving portrait of feminism born out of hard work and intuitiveness, but he never belittles or condescends to the faithful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    Director Jean-Marc Vallée has created a film out of Cheryl Strayed's beloved 2012 memoir that never quite matches the blunt audacity of its simple title.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    The Karate Kid might have been more endurable, maybe even endearing, if its runtime had been trimmed of a solid 30 minutes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    Dan Gilroy's directorial debut only offers a familiar vision of today's newsman and producers as misery peddlers, and callow ratings slaves bordering on the monstrous.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    If the film's copycat visual artistry illuminates nothing, at least its script is sincerely devoted to probing Finkel and Longo's odd partnership.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    The film is thin on concept and limited in style, but the filmmakers have the good sense to let their characters remain playful and goofy throughout.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    As much as the film is primarily a genre workout for director Kevin McDonald, the script makes room for a tough-minded, psychologically corrosive depiction of vengeance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    Amy
    For the most part, the documentary succeeds in conveying a galvanizing sense of what made Winehouse so immediately engaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    By rooting Noni's self-image issues in a controlling mother, the script provides the film with a tame, melodramatic structure that dulls the thorny matters of identity and expression at its center.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Chris Cabin
    The film is thematically thin, and it has a tendency to embrace the action genre's more obnoxious elements, but there's a proudly no-nonsense air to its nonsensicality.

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