Chris Nashawaty
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For 207 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Nashawaty's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 0 Accidental Love
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 207
207 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    Yes, Locke is a bit of a storytelling stunt: For the entirety of the movie, Ivan is the only character on screen. But even with nothing to cut away to and no flashbacks to offer context, the film manages to stay as tight as a vise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    Snowpiercer sucks you into its strange, brave new world so completely, it leaves you with the all-too-rare sensation that you've just witnessed something you've never seen before...and need to see again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    In the end, cancer may have cruelly taken Roger Ebert's voice, but it couldn't silence his greatest gift: his ability to speak to his audience directly, honestly, and with empathy. Thumbs up.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    Like Michael Apted in his "Seven Up!" documentary series, Linklater makes you feel as if you're watching a photograph as it develops in the darkroom.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    Anyone who loved Gone Girl the book will walk out of Gone Girl the movie with a sick grin on their face. You can stop being nervous.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    If you can appreciate the sight of two totally dialed-in performers simmering until they boil over, that's enough. And P.S., that's pretty much the definition of jazz.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    DuVernay has done a great service with Selma. Not only has she made one of the most powerful films of the year, she's given us a necessary reminder of what King did for this country...and how much is left to be done.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    Thanks to Gabe Polsky's enthralling new documentary, we finally get to see these athletes for who they really were—it humanizes a group of men who were cast by history in the role of villains.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    It taps into every parent's worst nightmare — the horror of being unable to protect an out-of-control child.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    It proves that Morgen isn’t interested in hagiography. He wants to show us the real Kurt Cobain, warts and all.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Nashawaty
    There’s enough slapstick and silliness to keep kids entertained.... But the film also has a bittersweet streak about the loss of innocence and the fleetingness of childhood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    It shows us how rare love is — and how we need to grab it and not let it go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Dench and Coogan's chemistry is undeniably great. In the end, he manages to give her the answers she seeks and she manages to give him a heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    With the exception of Waleed F. Zuaiter, who does a remarkable good-cop act as an Israeli agent, the cast is composed of first-time actors who bring realism to a tragic story. It manages to punch you in the gut and break your heart at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    [A] harrowing documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades working as an eccentric French nanny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Eric Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    While this sequel lacks the novelty of the first course, it's just as soulful and silly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Birdman is a scalpel-sharp dissection of Hollywood, Broadway, and fame in the 21st century. But more than that, it's a testament to Keaton's enduring charisma and power as an actor. He soars.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Tough to watch, but essential.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    John Wick, is not only a return to badass form for the actor, it's also one of the most excitingly visceral action flicks I've seen in ages.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    It's the rare kind of moviegoing experience that will haunt you long after you leave the theater and lead to some very awkward conversations with your spouse.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Most of all, it's a sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    As brilliantly funny as Chris Rock is, he's never been able to replicate the high-voltage danger and electricity of his stand-up act on the big screen. But in his latest film, the sharply satirical Top Five, he not only makes a case for why he should be a bona fide movie star, he also proves he's a writer-director to be reckoned with.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    A Most Violent Year isn't an explosive film. It builds slowly, simmering toward an inevitable day of reckoning. It's the kind of uncompromising movie we don't see much of anymore. And it makes you nostalgic for a time when the world was worse and the movies were better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    With her wide, sad eyes and quiet air of embarrassment tinged with pride, Cotillard's Sandra is asking a question not only of her colleagues but of the audience, too: Are we willing to put aside our own self-interest for the sake of empathy? Are we cowardly or brave? Cotillard's exquisite performance makes you feel every ounce of the weight of that dilemma.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    A dizzyingly tense and creepy workout.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    With this heartbreaking yet hopeful new documentary about his life’s work, Salgado shares the stories behind these split-second black-and-white moments, giving them even more dimension.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    As the film goes on, their rebellious thirst for freedom and independence slowly builds to a physical and psychological emancipation that Moselle never quite follows through on. Still, she’s discovered a stunning, stranger-than-fiction story and tells it with sensitivity, intimacy, and compassion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    A sobering look at the bureaucratic trials and life-and-death decisions rookie doctors face on their daily rounds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    This deliciously feisty doc contextualizes their verbal brawls and the odd love-hate (mostly hate) rivalry between two men who seemed able to regard their own sense of heroism only through the other’s villainy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Like "Almost Famous," Ponsoldt’s film gets at something deep and true about the journalist/subject dynamic and the phony intimacy and tiny betrayals implicit in it. It’s a profoundly moving story about a towering talent who seemed to feel too much and judge himself too harshly to stick around for long. What a shame.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    2 Guns is a much-needed reminder that the best summer surprises can come when you least expect them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    It's so deliciously twisted, it will make you walk out of the theater feeling like you just endured a grueling, giddy workout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    It's a fascinating film that points the finger at a charismatic master of deception — as well as our willingness to buy his deceit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Nebraska isn't a perfect movie. It's often hard to tell whether Payne, an Omaha native, is paying heartfelt tribute to his vast stable of Cornhusker characters or slyly mocking them as simpleminded yokels.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Saving Mr. Banks is a wholesomely square film about a wholesomely square film. But damned if its sugar doesn't go down like honey.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    The feverishly paced film is hell-bent on making the audience feel like they just snorted a Belushian mountain of blow. You can practically feel your teeth grinding to dust. As with any high, though, it also doesn't know when to stop.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Both actors still manage to show something we rarely see on screen: the heartache and happiness that come with love late in life.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    The Raid 2 will make you feel like Christmas came nine months early. Some action sequels don't know when to say when. But here's one where too much is just the right amount.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    A stranger-than-fiction gem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Like "Downton Abbey" but with corsets, culottes, and tricorn hats, Belle subtly skewers the absurd rules and hypocrisies of class. But the real takeaway is Mbatha-Raw. She makes a case for why she ought to be a star.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Speaking in her native Aussie twang, Byrne shows that she's a deadpan comic ace. And thanks to her chemistry with Rogen, Neighbors proves that just because you grow up doesn't mean you have to be a grown-up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Not surprisingly, the best thing about Days of Future Past is that it's heavier on the days past than future.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Despite its terribly unimaginative title, Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly imaginative summer action movie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    A sequel that easily tops its 2011 predecessor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    It's a shockingly vulnerable performance (Hader), one of the best I've seen all year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    The film's lack of such signature Hendrix tunes as ''Purple Haze'' may put off some — the filmmakers couldn't get the rights — but I'd argue that this obstacle forced Ridley to zig where most biopics zag. Which, when you think about it, is fitting for the story of a lefty who played his guitar upside down.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    I can't think of anyone under 40 who plays arrogant, self-absorbed jerks more convincingly than Jason Schwartzman. I have no clue what the actor's like in real life, but if he's not a complete prick, he deserves an Oscar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    In its wickedly twisted way, Nightcrawler keeps "Network's" battle cry alive. It's a 21st-century takedown of the media's pandering ''if it bleeds, it leads'' ethos and the ghoulish nightcrawlers who live by it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    I couldn't help wishing that The Theory of Everything had more theory. Hawking famously excels at explaining complicated thoughts with layman simplicity, but the film never translates the originality and depth of his ideas — or even what they are.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    The film is anchored by yet another hypnotically complex Cumberbatch performance. He's turning greatness into a habit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    In an age when horror movies have mostly become lazy and toothless, here's one with ambition and bite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Despite its sharp feminist sting, Big Eyes never loses its light touch. Maybe the lesson here is that Burton should venture out of his dark, creepy comfort zone more often.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Like Welles' butchered cut of "The Magnificent Ambersons," it's fascinating but leaves you hungry for more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Going on 20 years now, Moore is someone who's been so reliably good for so long that we've probably taken her for granted. But her subtle, heartbreaking decline as Alice—from her initial diagnosis to her daily struggle to hold on to her identity and dignity to her eventual disappearance in plain sight—is among her most devastating performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Is Kumiko simply naive, or is she mentally ill? The film’s perfect ending doesn’t try to solve that riddle, but it will make you feel as if you’ve just seen something hypnotically original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    If Ingmar Bergman had directed a remake of "All About Eve," it might have looked something like Clouds of Sils Maria. Mysterious and narratively playful, Olivier Assayas’ film features a trio of finely calibrated female performances that examine the psychological toll of being an actress — or working for one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    With a steely resilience burning beneath her delicate, creamy complexion, Carey Mulligan brings remarkable nuance and a rich inner life to the role of Bathsheba Everdene.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Out of costume, Spinney is as impossibly sunny as his alter ego (with none of the crankiness of his other incarnation, Oscar the Grouch). At 80, he has no plans to hang up his feathers—welcome news for kids and parents everywhere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Imagine Terrence Malick directing the climax of "The Wild Bunch," and you’re on the right track.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Interviews with Boenish’s wife, Jean, give his life story perspective and heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Spy
    McCarthy’s mind just seems to race in a faster gear than her costars, allowing her to blast off arias of profane put-downs with such speed and demented originality that her mouth practically shoots sparks. As a physical comedian, she possesses the greatest gift of all: She’s totally unafraid of looking stupid.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Jurassic World is a blockbuster of its moment. It’s not deep. There aren’t new lessons to be learned. And the film’s flesh-and-blood actors are basically glamorized extras. But when it comes to serving up a smorgasbord of bloody dino mayhem, it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do beautifully.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Beneath all of his bad-boy shtick, Apatow’s always been a pretty conventional moralist. But Schumer gives their raunchy rom-com enough of her signature spikiness to prevent it from ever feeling predictable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Rogue Nation may not be the best, the tightest, or even the most logically coherent M:I flick, but there should be more movies like it: relentlessly thrilling, smart entertainments for folks who can’t tell the difference between Quicksilver and The Flash—and aren’t particularly interested in trying to learn the difference either.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Rush hits a few potholes, but in the end it reveals the psyches of two men who only feel alive when they're cheating death.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's been 20 years since Tom Hanks put a movie star's face on the AIDS crisis in "Philadelphia." Since then, Hollywood has largely ignored one of the most tragic chapters of the 20th century. Considering that track record, even a movie as imperfect as Dallas Buyers Club is something worth celebrating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Her
    Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    There’s never any doubt that this will end badly for the lovers. But just in case, Jessica Lange as the fire-breathing mother-in-law seals the deal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Once again Neeson is a straight-faced secret weapon. With his lion's roar and can-do fists, he grounds the film's more preposterous moments and makes them feel excitingly tense. At a certain point either you'll fasten your seat belt and go with Non-Stop's absurd, Looney Tunes logic or you won't.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The film belongs to Green — maybe the only actress ever to "graduate" from being a Bertolucci muse to a bloodthirsty action-flick dominatrix.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The film loses some of its fizz by giving in to a so-so caper plot that unintentionally proves the axiom they were just satirizing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Buoyed by some nicely nuanced performances (especially by Pearce and Amy Ryan as his dream-dashing wife), Breathe In never quite rises above its predictable potboiler premise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The film itself feels a bit padded and clunky.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Joe
    Both Cage and Sheridan (who shined opposite Matthew McConaughey in Mud) give true and at times tender performances. It's a shame the film lacks the same subtlety and force.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's always a thrill to see what an artist as singular as Jarmusch will do next. I just wish that his foray into the world of the undead had a little more to sink its beautiful fangs into.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Draft Day is "Moneyball" Lite. And if that sounds like a slight, it's not intended as one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Young & Beautiful, with its barrage of fairly graphic sex scenes, is a throwback to the erotically charged, envelope-pushing Euro art-house films of the '60s and '70s such as Blow-Up and Last Tango in Paris.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's a Marvel spectacle that manages to deftly balance razzle-dazzle, feel-it-in-your-gut slingshot moments of flight and believable human relationships. There's psychological weight to go with all of the gravity-defying, webslinging weightlessness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The British illustrator’s process of creating his surreally deranged, truth-to-power cartoons is fascinating, but the rest of the film lacks the same mad spark.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Ida
    With her brassy, determined aunt, Ida sets off to find answers and discovers life beyond the convent walls in this leisurely but satisfying journey.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Johnson ties some of the film's looser ends together and makes you overlook the ones that stay untied. Between "Eastbound & Down," "Django Unchained", and now Cold in July, Johnson has a nice little streak going of turning seemingly disposable characters into indelible scene-stealing rascals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    While the first hour is evocative and suspenseful, the second doesn’t quite muster the depths of paranoia and doom you’re led to expect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    As a coming-of-age story, the film is a bit uneventful. But the girls’ rebellious, fist-in-the-air spirit and the warmth of their friendship are undeniable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    I don't know if A Million Ways to Die in the West will turn any of the MacFarlane haters into fans. But for those of us who have remained on the fence until now, his raunchy, rat-a-tat parody is proof that beneath all of the bratty immaturity lays the head and heart of an outrageous quick-draw satirist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    I couldn't help wondering what kind of spiky unpredictability a "Say Anything" - era John Cusack would have brought to the character — with or without the requisite Peter Gabriel song.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    I never entirely bought the flirty détente between the two or believed in the rapturous power of a perfectly cooked sea urchin to solve the world's problems. But for two hours, at least, I swallowed it with a smile.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The premise would make for a great Funny or Die video, but stretched out to feature length, it runs out of ideas pretty quickly. Still, Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    So let me just say that this latest rah-rah red-meat installment is the biggest and best surprise of the series. It has its flaws, but it's mostly a big, dumb, gruntingly monosyllabic hoot.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Charlie McDowell's romantic brainteaser is disarmingly clever — too clever to spoil. But it's also repetitive and a bit too Spike Jonze lite.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Like Eric Bana's menacingly raw breakout in 2000's "Chopper" or Tom Hardy's in 2008's "Bronson," O'Connell bristles with terrifying hair-trigger unpredictability. Watching him, you feel like you're witnessing the arrival of a new movie star.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    The fact is, Dock Ellis was...complicated. Probably a lot more so than No No makes him out to be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's a deeply touching story about survival, perseverance, and hope.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Murray, of course, can play a redeemable misanthrope with one hand tied behind his back. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he has to do here because writer-director Theodore Melfi reins in his leading man with a script that doesn't know when to stop troweling on the sap.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    What makes the film more than just a dusty Grisham retread is that the case (as compelling as it is) is merely the backdrop for a more emotionally engaging story about fathers and sons played, like a duet, by two virtuoso actors who give the film not only all they have but probably more than it requires.

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