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 10.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Nashawaty's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 25 Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 104
  2. Negative: 2 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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 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.