Chris Nashawaty
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For 131 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Nashawaty's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 25 Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 131
  2. Negative: 2 out of 131
131 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Eric Rohmer’s sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Nashawaty
    Her
    Jonze's satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it's also a bit icy emotionally.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    In an age when horror movies have mostly become lazy and toothless, here's one with ambition and bite.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    Tough to watch, but essential.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    Shot in inky black and white, Ana Lily Amirpour's fractured Farsi fright flick has a spooky, otherworldly quality. It's like an early Jim Jarmusch indie set in Little Tehran at 4 a.m.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Nashawaty
    A sequel that easily tops its 2011 predecessor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    It shows us how rare love is — and how we need to grab it and not let it go.
    • 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.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Nashawaty
    The film's a giddily subversive space opera that runs on self-aware smart-assery.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Nashawaty
    The documentary offers a compelling overview of the case, but Bar-Lev spends too much time painting Paterno as a victim and scapegoat. That advocacy doesn't sit well.

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