For 698 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Kaltenbach's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Black Book
Lowest review score: 0 Crossroads
Score distribution:
698 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Black and white has never looked more stark.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Thanks to the wonderful performances from both Korzun and Considine, there isn't a forced or dishonest moment on-screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Well-acted, lovingly put together and heartbreakingly honest.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A terrifically engrossing war film in which not a single shot is fired, a movie about shaping events rather than being shaped by them.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a startling physical transformation, as Noland goes from flabby desk jockey to lean, mean fishing machine. But even more remarkable is the mental transformation Hanks effects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A crackerjack thriller, laced with labyrinthine mysteries, moral quandaries and unspeakable evil.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A non-stop cinematic funhouse impossible to resist.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Rififi, with its stark visuals, dark humor and constrained performances, earned Dassin the Best Director nod at the Cannes Film Festival and a secure place in film history.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Rarely has combat been portrayed as beautifully as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwanese director Ang Lee's thoughtful meditation on menace, mortality and the martial arts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A celebration of movie-studio ohana that should warm the hearts of moviegoers everywhere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    "His eye is incredibly sharp and amazing, in regard to visceral cinema," says Uma Thurman, who has worked with Tarantino on both Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. "He's a great storyteller. He's very seductive as a filmmaker."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A chilling reminder of the precipice the world stands on nowadays, from a man who looked over the edge more than once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    If Kill Bill Vol. 1 was bloody exhilarating, Vol. 2 is bloody great. And, as a bonus, not nearly so bloody.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Baadasssss is about feeling pain and frustration, about having a sense of purpose that overwhelms everything else, about great cost and great risk, the pain of isolation and the intoxicating effect of fighting against the odds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    The real attraction is watching all these guys and gals on the train, so young, so dedicated to their music, so unconcerned about almost everything else.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Hero is a movie that lives up to all the nobility of its title, a gift to movie audiences who cherish the opportunity to be transported to a heretofore unimagined world and absorbed totally into what happens there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Lovely, heartfelt and unforced.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    A film that celebrates the intricacies of life in ways both splendid and mundane, revealing it all with unflinching honesty.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    True-blue Incredibles is a super tribute to the power of family and the might of imagination.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Bracingly honest and ceaselessly compelling documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    In less accomplished hands, Black Book could have been a hopeless mishmash. But Verhoeven proves a sure-handed storyteller, which might come as a surprise, as well as a terrific visual stylist, which shouldn't.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    It is, at once, among the most riveting and hard-to-watch documentaries of recent years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    As the film opens with, predictably, "Vertigo" and its "Hello, Hello" refrain, it's his steady presence and unforced charisma that anchors each performance, allowing Bono to emote for all he's worth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Kaltenbach
    Nothing is as it seems in State of Play, a crackerjack political thriller in which no individual, profession or institution gets away clean.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    Thanks to a combination of fluid camerawork and careful pacing, the Belgian writer-directors have produced a compelling narrative that sounds, if not a cautionary note, a worried one.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    The film stays true to its characters and keeps the laughs coming in what may be the closest thing in spirit to the old Warner Bros. Looney Tunes to hit the screen in years. And when it comes to animation designed primarily for laughs, praise doesn't come any higher than that.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    Russian Dolls never resorts to sitcom moments as it explores the transformation of friendship into love. All the characters here are believably appealing and refreshingly three-dimensional, and the situations they find themselves in have the ring of truth. You leave this film wanting to know these people, wanting the best for them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    Much of the film's virtue lies in its straight-ahead narrative and uncomplicated morality. That and the undeniable charisma and virtuosity of its star.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's not hard to imagine these characters in a straight-faced Hollywood blockbuster. And that's the source of Hot Fuzz's genius, pointing out the thin line that separates convention from farce when Hollywood starts throwing its special effects around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    There's not a false moment within the film's 88-minute running time, nor many that could be done any better.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Kaltenbach
    In a stroke of voice-casting genius, the voices of Marjane and her mother are provided by real-life mother and daughter Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, respectively, both of whom bring heft and measured emotion to the characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A marvelously subversive, slyly manipulative effort.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Scratch will make even the uninitiated believe in the joy and propulsive power of hip-hop.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A remarkable film about a remarkable man who's lived the kind of life usually reserved for adventure novels and pulp fiction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A thoughtful, engaging film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    All about mood, and not one bit about action - which explains why it's at once both the most passionate film of the year so far, and the most determinedly inert.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A frequently hilarious exercise in one sex desperately trying to figure out the other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A thoughtful, bittersweet film biography of the Cuban writer that captures both his irrepressible spirit and his sometimes overwhelming melancholy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Filled with delightful sequences.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Paints a vivid and darkly humorous picture of a world where directors are all-powerful and vampires are real; whether you want to buy into either fantasy is up to you. I did, and had a grand old time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The potential for action never lets up; you never know what's coming around the next corner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A movie of unforced nobility and quiet pleasures, Butterfly works on all sorts of levels.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The Cockettes is a grand place to visit, even for those who wouldn't want to live there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Offers a welcome continuation of what has proven a fascinating journey both for the film's 11 subjects (three of the 14 opted out of the project this go-round) and its audience.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A souped-up roadster of a film, a relentless action flick that looks great and moves with more grace and speed than seems possible.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Offers a welcome perspective, reminding us that extremism in the name of a values system is nothing new -- not even on these shores.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The film mixes the psychological with the supernatural, the profane with the ridiculous, the self-indulgent with the understated, and dares you to assume anything. It's all great fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    There's a good heart beating at the core of Victor Vargas, one that belies its R-rating.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    This is a marvelous film, a look at the strange, exasperatingly labyrinthine process of adolescence and the diverse ways people find to deal with it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The perfect film for anyone who finds the Keystone Cops a little too understated and I mean that as a compliment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a deft sleight-of-story Aniston, White and Arteta pull off, giving us a character who seems more than she is, but is really less than she appears.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Passionately acted and grittily convincing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's the rare film that trusts both its audience's intelligence and its emotions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Nothing seriously detracts from the film's overall brilliance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    De Niro and Stiller combine to bring on laughs you don't have to feel guilty about.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Well-paced, scathingly funny satire of the fashion industry and its eminently lampoonable pomposity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    This is Mitchell's show, and his performance lives up to his triple billing as writer, director and star.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Viewers impressed by the fairly standard martial-arts action of "Crouching Tiger" will really be wowed after seeing this film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's every bit as thrilling and engrossing as the best spy thriller or cop flick.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    An unrelentingly dark vision that's as hard to watch as it is impossible to walk away from.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    There's a dignity to Mondays in the Sun that manages to keep the film buoyant, helping to keep all the despair at bay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Unsparing and uplifting - a wickedly difficult combination to pull off, but one that gives the film an emotional weight that's impossible to dismiss.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Hannibal isn't art. But for filmgoers with a taste for the absurd and a tolerance for the blackest of black humor, it's one heck of a thrill ride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    One of the year's most unsettling -- and perhaps most illuminating -- films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a documentary about acknowledging genius, about just desserts, about artistic muses that refuse to give up. It's about great camaraderie and great music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A snarling satire of Hollywood single-mindedness and its lack of any moral underpinning.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a zombie flick that moves -- no stumbling, staggering living dead here -- in an atmosphere that feels like a Gothic docudrama, and it's freaky beyond all reason.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A joyful celebration of spirit and endurance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    There are no surprise twists, no characters who rise above themselves, no cheap happy endings. There are just people struggling with emotions and situations they think are beyond their control.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Offers plenty of honest, good-natured laughs in the process. That's something young and old can appreciate equally.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A first-rate sail into Adventureland.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Entertaining, thrilling and honestly sentimental, it's an equal-opportunity crowd-pleaser.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Replete with so many wisecracks, puns, double entendres and visual jokes that you almost need a flow chart to keep up with them all. But try; the effort is definitely worthwhile, and the results are hilarious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Monsieur Ibrahim is about people interacting as people, not symbols (one reason, Sharif has said, he took the role was to help his grandchildren's generation understand that idea).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Spring, Summer values life, beauty and even human fallibility, ascribing to humanity a nobility we neglect at our own peril.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The Saddest Music In the World may not be for all tastes, but maybe it should be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a top-notch action film, albeit on the bloody side, complete with decisive action, mysterious characters and a nobility and sense of purpose that allows its excesses to be forgiven.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The risks these guys take seem outlandish, their accomplishments otherworldly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The true heartbreak of Maria Full of Grace is that it never comes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Greengrass has a fine sense of pacing, keeping events moving. It's rarely hard to guess what's going to happen next, but events unfold with such gusto that there's barely time to notice that.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Garden State is filled with characters you long to know more about, in situations to which almost anyone can relate. And that's as near a can't-miss movie formula as one can get.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    The result is a highly critical and impossible-to-dismiss examination of the administration's rush to war that is sure to move both sides of the political spectrum to apoplexy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Gloriously retro, unashamedly celebratory of the joy of moviemaking and the love of old-fashioned heroism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    A Dirty Shame is certainly dirty, and maybe it's even a shame. But this is the John Waters we've come to know and cherish, and that alone is cause to celebrate.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Like the coolest train set a kid ever had. It's not real and the faces on the toy people don't look human, but it has bells and whistles galore and will take you as far as your imagination allows.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Baseball, Boston and Drew Barrymore. Certainly sounds like a winning combination.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    An insightful, clear-headed look at relations within a Chinese-American family.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Disturbing, maddening, often confusing, but also charming, engaging and challenging in all the best ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Sure, this movie is proudly profane, but it's also funny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    There's an element of the nature film to Grizzly Man, and those passages are truly stunning, offering an up-close look at these magnificent animals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Probably the most sweet-spirited sex comedy ever made. It's pretty funny, too.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    For at least two-thirds of its length, all elements combine for a taut thriller, a Hitchcockian exercise in suspense pitting human frailty - can our minds be trusted? - against human resourcefulness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Bolt proves a refreshing throwback to the animated classics of yore.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Soars on the strength of strong acting and a script that stubbornly refuses to go all sappy and preachy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    It's a frustrating film in that its characters resolutely defy convention, and its story offers no epiphany, no one moment when everything becomes clear.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Four Christmases works because of some genuinely funny setups, a pace that never dwells on one gag (or even one family) too long and a careful mix of slapstick and bawdy humor. But mostly, the film works because of the astonishing acting talent the filmmakers brought together to make it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    Whereas the TV series rarely flinched when it came to showing the animal world as it is, Earth always pulls back at the last second. It shows a cheetah pulling down a gazelle, but not the feast that follows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Chris Kaltenbach
    This is a movie that's really about how much fun Glenn Milstead had being Divine, and how he — perhaps unexpectedly — found so many fans willing to go along for the ride. That's an American success story worth celebrating.