Christopher Machell

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For 293 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Christopher Machell's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Playground
Lowest review score: 20 Men in Black: International
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 293
293 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    EO
    EO is at once a cinematic curiosity, a compelling drama and a harrowing portrait of cruel whimsy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    As a neo-noir Holy Spider offers a tightly-woven procedural crime thriller, bolstered by a superb central performance from Amir-Ebrahimi and gorgeous, lurid aesthetics. A steadier hand marshalling its themes and a more disciplined third act might have tipped Abbasi’s third feature into being something truly special: as it stands we are left a very solid, smart and satisfying thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Christopher Machell
    Whereas Bait was a lament for a way of life swallowed up by mindless urbanite tourism, Enys Men is a hymn to sublime, endless time and the hauntedness of existence.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Director Carla Simón’s Alcarràs is at once a paean to family, community and a dwindling way of life, and a complex and heartbreaking study of the victims of progress.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    Beyond its gender-swapped lead role, Peter von Kant never truly ventures into new territory and so never quite justifies its own existence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    At 150 minutes, What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? could easily have been shorter and still achieved its intended emotional and aesthetic effects. But a river isn’t less pleasant for meandering before it reaches the ocean: if this is how it has to happen before we lose the thread of Lisa and Giorgi’s lives in the flow of others, then so be it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    At almost four hours in length, Mr. Bachmann and His Class is long, but its enormous characters and emotions more than fill the space, headed by an astonishingly charismatic and inspiring teacher in Dieter Bachmann.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    As the credits roll on one of the most spectacular and unengaging films of the year, The Way of Water’s vision is as clear as mud. As Cameron has become more fascinated with the technology of storytelling, it seems he’s become less so by the actual storytelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    As just another entry in the MCU, Wakanda Forever is a very solid film. Entertaining and intelligent, it builds on the themes of its predecessor. Yet, navigating more than defying the Marvel machine, Coogler’s sequel becomes more than the sum of its parts. And so Wakanda Forever’s most important legacy is as a fine and fitting tribute to its erstwhile hero.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    As a fable Amerikatsi hits the big emotional notes: it’s an American tale in reverse, told sincerely and personally. Sentimental, yes, simplistic too, but also honest and even affirming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Christopher Machell
    Panahi’s courageousness as an agitator is matched only by his inventiveness as a filmmaker.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Okuno’s Watcher is smart, engaging and intelligent, and it’s especially refreshing to see this sort of mid-budget, grown-up genre film getting a proper theatrical release.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    With surprises, compelling performances and strong visuals across the board, Barbarian warrants recommendation but with serious caveats.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    Vesper is throughout a gripping post-apocalypse fable. Despite its mythological derivations, Buozyte and Samper’s world, grounded in blood, mud and viscera, is often uncomfortably close to our own.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    Bitch Ass is an off-the-shelf genre flick with some decent ideas and a fun cast, sadly lacking in sufficient inspiration or originality to merit recommendation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    Sadly, despite some cultish potential this aptly-titled debut feature is indeed a lost cause: an incoherent, undisciplined and tedious mess with little about it to truly recommend.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    As blades pierce flesh and Carpenter’s iconic theme swells, the film wrestles with provocative imagery it’s not entirely in possession of, but which is nevertheless rich and layered with meaning. Whether transcendental, idiotic or both, the effect is overwhelming, a catechism for a series that has defined modern horror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    As a comedy about contemporary American society it feels weirdly anachronistic, with an uninspired story told with little urgency or novelty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    In its surreal rendering of space and character, Fingers in the Wind offers enough ambition, intelligence and unvarnished authenticity to warrant recommendation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Christopher Machell
    There is a great deal to enjoy here for devotees of Strickland’s work and the film feels destined to be described as his weirdest piece yet. But underneath that surface strangeness, Flux Gourmet doesn’t quite satisfy the appetite.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Despite its bland paperback title, French writer-director Stéphane Demoustier proves hasty assumptions wrong with his gripping, thoughtful third feature, courtroom drama The Girl with a Bracelet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Christopher Machell
    A captivating film of deep emotional power; like weeds slowly cracking the pavement above, its movements in isolation are barely felt but its effects are profound.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Kline perfectly captures the out-of-jointness of our age, defined by a generation caught by social and economic decline in a state of permanent instability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Ava
    In its totality Ava is a powerful and authentic depiction of a vital moment in a young woman’s life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    Ava
    Ava is a singular vision marking Foroughi as a talent to watch.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    An entertaining-enough survival romp that at only 90 minutes long feels oddly slack.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    As far as film theory goes, it’s hardly revolutionary, but as science fiction, Nope is smart and entertaining as we’ve come to expect from an increasingly captivating filmmaker.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    Endless drone shots, perspective switches and too many CGI animals undercut any grit or claustrophobia that Trachtenberg – director of the brilliant 10 Cloverfield Lane – might otherwise have crafted. Meanwhile, the interminable score refuses to quiet down and let the images or emotions speak for themselves.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Machell
    David Leitch once again proves himself one of the most adept action directors in Hollywood.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Christopher Machell
    The Falling World contains moments of intrigue but a limp script and a cast of unengaging characters make this effort fall flat.

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