For 25 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Vognar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 All That Breathes
Lowest review score: 0 America: The Motion Picture
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
25 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Vognar
    Fury of the Gods makes for dandy spectacle, its digitally rendered catastrophe the match of any such competing big-screen visions of doom. But it somehow marries the pending apocalypse to a blithe spirit, and the cognitive dissonance never gets drastic enough to ruin the good time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Vognar
    All That Breathes is the kind of immersive documentary experience other filmmakers, and film lovers, would do well to study. It never feels the need to explain what it’s doing. It’s as calm and patient as the Samaritans at its core.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    The Anthrax Attacks conjures the terror and paranoia afresh and, with the hindsight of 21 years, asks the viewer to consider how effectively the crisis was handled.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Chris Vognar
    Day Shift pauses for a promising concept every now and then before zooming off to its next helping of amped-up gore. The graphic violence is never terribly disturbing, mostly because it’s rendered with cartoonish exaggeration.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    Persuasion is a handsome film, but it doesn’t have much trust in its audience to think or feel for itself.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Chris Vognar
    At 86 minutes, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe feels twice that long. Most of the good laughs are front-loaded in the premise; the rest pop up every 15 or 20 minutes, which isn’t exactly prime Mel Brooks ratio.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    There’s a sweetness at the film’s core that never gets too sickly. The international angle feels right for a league that has never been more worldly. Most of all, there’s Sandler, who finds something very real in Stanley, something beaten down but still hopeful. The actor has reached a point in his career where he can summon gravitas without it feeling like a hustle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    The Manor establishes itself as a solid piece of paranoia horror.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    It’s an innocuous and cuddly film, even with Caine holding forth. It’s hard to tell if he transcends the role as written, or if he merely seized on the one shred of the screenplay worth showcasing. In any case, Caine brings his own shine to this rather dull affair, and shows again that he’s not ready to go gentle into that good night.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Schrader’s characters are haunted (please see “First Reformed” if you haven’t). They’re also deeply moral, not in a dime-store virtue kind of way but in the sense that they struggle mightily to do the right thing. In the end they’re painfully human, which is why they keep resonating after the lights go up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    The new Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, produced by husband-and-wife team Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, paints a picture of naked opportunism that shattered Ross’ legacy. It’s the story of how a man became an industry, and how his family was gradually, systematically left out in the cold.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Vognar
    Ailey weds forthright interviews and archival footage of abstract beauty with those sweeping dance sequences to conjure a haunting portrait of what it means to be an artist — from the triumphs to the empty, lonely feeling that you’re never as good as you’re supposed to be.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Mr. Soul! is like a wrinkle in time, a time capsule that needed to be opened. In uncovering rare gold, it’s a film that reminds us just how much we don’t know.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    It’s a telling scene, musicians enjoying the company of other musicians, professionals all. Guy is a bluesman’s bluesman. They flock to see him jam; he’s still playing ’em, and still losing ’em.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Chris Vognar
    America: The Motion Picture isn’t really a failure, because it doesn’t even try.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Who Are You, Charlie Brown? can be a little too slick and clean, especially for those of us who harbor fond memories of the rough edges in A Charlie Brown Christmas (which premiered back in 1965, and still gets its moment in the sun here). But overall it’s a smart and pleasant revisiting of the Peanuts gang in all their idiosyncratic charm — a charm that remains remarkably durable and true.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    It takes a little while, but Fatherhood eventually becomes exactly what you expected. It will make no converts, nor will it push away the faithful. It’s a Kevin Hart movie, after all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Plan B is ultimately a gross-out sex comedy that has more than sex on its mind. It seems odd to consider a film with such familiar beats radical, but the word fits here, in the best sense.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Port Authority is never in a hurry. It often feels like it’s being lived as you watch. That won’t satisfy viewers who need a tight narrative with recognizable beats, but if you’re looking for an immersive love story that takes you places you might not know, that challenges your conception of what romance looks and feels like, Port Authority is a great place to stop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    If Monster occasionally shows its YA roots with flashes of simplicity, it also tells a lean, propulsive story with style and grace.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    Based on Elizabeth Brundage’s 2016 novel All Things Cease to Appear, Things Heard & Seen is a slow burn, and it spends a fair amount of time strewing elements of other ghostly tales throughout the premises. But then it takes a turn, those elements gel, and the characters come into sharper focus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Chris Vognar
    Street Gang is a worthy celebration of a one-of-a-kind program. If you’re not careful, it might leave you humming your ABC’s.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    Boogie has some hops. But its all-around game could use a little work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Vognar
    The new documentary, Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell was made in the spirit of the earlier work and the younger man, the hungry hustler hanging out on Brooklyn street corners with his friends.

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