Chris Nashawaty
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For 104 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 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Nashawaty's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Locke
Lowest review score: 25 Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 104
  2. Negative: 2 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    It's Bale, and his almost biblical quest for justice, who burns his way into your soul.
    • 79 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    While this sequel lacks the novelty of the first course, it's just as soulful and silly.
    • 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.
    • 75 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    A sequel that easily tops its 2011 predecessor.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    2 Guns is a much-needed reminder that the best summer surprises can come when you least expect them.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    Despite its terribly unimaginative title, Edge of Tomorrow is a surprisingly imaginative summer action movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    It's a shockingly vulnerable performance (Hader), one of the best I've seen all year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    A stranger-than-fiction gem.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    It's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Her
    Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Draft Day is "Moneyball" Lite. And if that sounds like a slight, it's not intended as one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 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 film itself feels a bit padded and clunky.
    • 89 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Skip it, and you'll be depriving yourself of one of the summer's most satisfyingly stupid pleasures.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Like so many reunions, this one starts off all smiles and quickly grows tiresome.
    • 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.
    • 57 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."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Get On Up too often plays it safe when it needs to be dangerous.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Stalingrad is a 3-D epic that's one-dimensional.
    • 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."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    It’s well made but drearily familiar.
    • 45 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    By the time the movie finally manages to get interesting, audiences may be too numb and their retinas too fried to win back.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    Noah is a movie about big ideas (environmentalism, heavenly obedience versus earthly love) and even bigger directorial ambitions (how to tell a personal story on the grandest of grand scales). But, in the end, it's also a disappointment. Maybe not one of Biblical proportions, but a disappointment nonetheless.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    Hart's exasperated dervish shtick has moments of real live-wire anarchy, including one priceless gag at a firing range. Will it be enough to make Hart a household name? Maybe. But both he and his fans deserve better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    We're treated to what's essentially a slick, airbrushed promo reel of a bunch of genuinely sweet superstars who can't believe their dumb luck. That's charming. But it's also a little boring. What it's most definitely not is a documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    As a film, Under the Skin is hauntingly freaky and ultimately frustrating. But as a movie star's gamble to be seen as more than just a moneymaking member of the Marvel universe, it's a home run.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Nashawaty
    As with most of his films (Madea-centric and otherwise), subtlety isn’t Perry’s strongest suit. He tends to hammer his audience over the head with canned sentimentality, lazy stereotypes, and easy uplift.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Mandy Lane does eventually build to a whiplash twist ending, but it's too little, too late — much like the film itself. Here's a case where the backstory is more interesting than the movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Schwarzenegger, for one, seems to be having a hoot.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Moretz, who is 16 now, can't manufacture the same that's-so-wrong jolt she managed the first time around. Back then, it was hilariously taboo to see a little girl spout arias of profanity. Now, she's just another teenager swearing. Like the rest of the film, what was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    The only saving grace is Chris Pratt as Vaughn's deadpan best friend.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Watching it all unfold and slowly go off the rails, you can't help but wonder what Pfister's mentor, Nolan, might have done with the same material. My guess is he would have sent the script back for a Page One rewrite for starters.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    While Hudson's and costar Mary J. Blige's soulful, stirring musical numbers are absolute dynamite, the rest of the film's story is larded with enough soap opera twists and heavy-handed schmaltz that you'll feel like you're being bludgeoned with a hymnal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    With his latest film, the mawkish and melodramatic Labor Day, Reitman has done an unexpected about-face: He's ditched Wilder for Douglas Sirk. And the swap doesn't do him — or his fans — any favors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Ari Folman's meta-commentary on Hollywood in the soulless digital age starts off promisingly, like a Charlie Kaufman mind scrambler. But then it spirals into logy animated nonsense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    This tone-deaf misfire can't decide whether it wants to be a broad comedy doling out raunchy slapstick laughs or a serious drama about our porn-saturated age of sensory overload.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    It's no coincidence that Winter's Tale is being released on Valentine's Day, when our resistance to schmaltz is at its weakest. But do that special someone in your life a favor and splurge on some flowers and a nice heart-shaped Russell Stover box instead.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    All of which leaves you wondering: Why cast such talented, interesting, and edgy performers if you're only going to ask them play it safe?
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    The only one having any fun in this dead-on-arrival noir is Robert De Niro.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    Unless you’re Billy Bob Thornton, old furniture just isn’t all that scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Nashawaty
    The supporting cast includes Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Hailee Steinfeld, making the movie’s greatest accomplishment the fact that it was able to squander so many interesting actors.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Chris Nashawaty
    Its lack of both originality and any real memorable moments feels shameless and lazy. Adding insult, the movie ends on a cliffhanger, guaranteeing that Insidious: Chapter 3 will soon be coming to a theater near you.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Chris Nashawaty
    In Mad Men mastermind Matthew Weiner's big-screen directorial debut, the aggressively unfunny Are You Here, all of the dark humor and delicate character shadings we're used to seeing on his TV series are conspicuously absent. He's swapped nuance for blunt-edged numskullery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 Chris Nashawaty
    A major disappointment. Bleak, brutal, and ultimately pointless.