Chris Nashawaty
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For 142 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Nashawaty's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Locke
Lowest review score: 25 Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 142
142 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 67 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    The film is anchored by yet another hypnotically complex Cumberbatch performance. He's turning greatness into a habit.
    • 87 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Is it possible to sit through a movie, mentally cataloging its absurdities, and still walk out dazzled? Because that pretty much sums up my experience watching Ridley Scott's eye-candy spectacle Exodus: Gods and Kings, an over-the-top Old Testament epic that's essentially Gladiator with God.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Like everything else in Jackson's Tolkienland, the buildup to the climactic melee stretches on too long. But when it comes, it's a doozy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Skip it, and you'll be depriving yourself of one of the summer's most satisfyingly stupid pleasures.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Make no mistake, there will be a sequel. Clary may not wind up having the same pop-culture impact as Bella and Katniss, but like it or not, this won't be the last time you hear from her.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    All of the highlights are dutifully hit, as in a made-for-TV movie (albeit a lavish, gorgeously photographed one). Unfortunately, they're hit with a sledgehammer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    In the end, Walter Mitty is a film about acting out our dreams. But Stiller never quite shows us the soul of his dreamer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Berg has made a powerful film and an important reminder of what really happens when we send men and women off to war. It's just too bad that subtlety isn't a stronger weapon in his arsenal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    After 519 days at sea, Dekker finally achieves her goal...and decides to keep sailing, only this time with a hunky boy as her mate. If I were her parents, I wouldn't have signed off on that, either.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Stalingrad is a 3-D epic that's one-dimensional.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Like so many reunions, this one starts off all smiles and quickly grows tiresome.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Frost is a likable bloke with a deft physical grace to match his rat-a-tat one-liners. But all the sequins and silk shirts in the world can’t disguise the film’s too-familiar formula.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    It’s well made but drearily familiar.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Aside from a few cheap but effective shocks and jumps, there's nothing here that horror fans haven't seen in better recent films like "The Conjuring." Not to mention all of those wonderful Hammer films from the '50s and '60s.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    He doesn't seem too interested in his actors — they're more plodding than their reptilian costars and you don't care about a single one of them — but Edwards does know how to fashion some serious monster mayhem.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    It's the latest male weepie cast from the same Disney mold as "The Rookie and "Miracle," and it's essentially "Jerry Maguire Goes to Mumbai."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The film coasts on its time-capsule fetishism and affable supporting turns from Susan Sarandon and Lea Thompson, but it never achieves the emotional punch of like-minded comedies such as "Adventureland" and "The Way, Way Back."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    West is a talented director and knows how to build suspense. But here’s a case where the truth wasn’t only stranger than his fiction, it was scarier, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    To cover up the script's lack of originality, screenwriters Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman pummel us with a string of self-aware meta-commentary jokes that poke fun at bloated sequels.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The biggest problem is that the film, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, never makes a convincing case for why Valli the man or the singer matters beyond the music in the way that "Ray" and "Walk the Line" did for Ray Charles and Johnny Cash.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    While it's breezy and funny and perfectly pleasant, you probably won't remember this particular gift by the time the next birthday rolls around.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Get On Up too often plays it safe when it needs to be dangerous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The best thing about it is its star, P.J. Boudousqué, who locates a sense of terror and betrayal that the script lacks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The first two-thirds of The Maze Runner are a clever feat of fantasy world building. It's thrilling, twisty, and as mysterious as the mammoth Skinner Box environment the film takes place in. But the promising set-up raises so many puzzle-piece questions that when it's all finally explained in the final reel, you can't help feeling a bit gypped.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The most haunting thing in Bennett Miller's latest film, Foxcatcher, is Steve Carell. That's right, the same rubber-faced comedian who gave us the dim-witted meteorologist of "Anchorman" and the oblivious corner-office boob of "The Office."

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