Chris Willman

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For 9 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Willman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 91 Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Lowest review score: 50 Suffragette
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
9 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Willman
    Paz’s story is obviously a feel-good one, which somewhat hamstrings a writer-director who you can feel chafing against the constraints of fidelity to sheer uplift.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Willman
    If only Carey Mulligan had been inspired to protest for the right to a better script for Suffragette, an overly schematic look at the struggle for women’s voting rights in 1910s Britain that almost gets by on the strength of a great slow burn of a lead performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Willman
    Films about this particular divide don’t get any kinder or gentler, but there’s a knowing sweetness to Dancing Arabs that doesn’t come off as particularly naïve or divorced from reality, at least taking some of the false hopes of the period into account.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Chris Willman
    Wisely, Broomfield doesn’t harp on alleged police incompetence, beyond letting a handful of activists and locals repeatedly raise it as an issue; Tales is far from overbearing as far as agitprop goes, letting the outrage quietly seep in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Chris Willman
    Whatever fascination the film holds belongs solely to Del Toro and his vanity-free impression of Escobar as a titan whose potbelly and gym shorts do not put the slightest dent in a charisma that hypnotizes a nation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Willman
    For better or worse, torture-themed films don’t get too much easier to take than this one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Chris Willman
    Johannson turns out to be perfectly cast, being able to shift from blank alien mode to kittenish seduction without ever letting you see the switch being turned on or off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Chris Willman
    [Fiennes] has rarely been better than he is as the 19th century’s most celebrated novelist, with his chops on screen just about matched by what he’s done behind.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Willman
    A full-immersion exercise in the old-fashioned women's weepie that skews far closer to Nicholas Sparks' brand of contrivance than Diablo Cody territory.

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