Christopher Orr

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For 41 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Christopher Orr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 99 Roma
Lowest review score: 0 Transformers: The Last Knight
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
41 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Christopher Orr
    This peculiar but delightful hybrid just may be the best animated offering of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Christopher Orr
    Birdman—I should probably note here that the full title is the punctuationally ridiculous Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)—is a giddy fantasia of themes and genres, and if not all of them fully cohere, then so be it. As the Birdman voice inside Riggan’s head reminds us, sometimes viewers crave pure entertainment, not just “talky, pretentious, philosophical bullshit.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 92 Christopher Orr
    The film more than earns its commanding title: You will not want to look away.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Christopher Orr
    With The Big Short, McKay threaded a needle by managing to be jokey while still serious, and angry while still entertaining. With Vice, he fails in both directions.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Christopher Orr
    It is not—if my description has somehow failed to make this clear—an easy film to watch. But it is a forceful and unsettling addition to the cinema of the Holocaust, a film that digs deeply into the gruesome workings of the death camps and ponders questions about duties to the living and duties to the dead.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Christopher Orr
    Mary Poppins Returns is surely not a movie for everyone. But for those with a deep fondness for the original film, it is a worthy remix.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 99 Christopher Orr
    By its conclusion, Cuarón’s film proves itself both wonderful and fearsome. See it. You will never forget it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Christopher Orr
    Green Book may supply little in the way of meaningful commentary on racial dynamics either in the 1960s or today. But thanks to Mortensen and Ali, it’s a perfectly pleasant way to spend two hours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Christopher Orr
    Though this menu is clearly by design, the result is both a meal that feels less than the sum of its parts and individual courses that themselves feel somehow undercooked. I found myself simultaneously wanting both more and less.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 72 Christopher Orr
    A punk-rock-meets-aliens story of young romance, it finds itself uncomfortably on the spectrum somewhere between Earth Girls Are Easy and Liquid Sky: neither good enough to be a conventional success nor weird enough to be a cult hit.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 86 Christopher Orr
    Hathaway delivers a sharp, witty dissection of female celebrity, at once impenetrably vain and entitled, yet also riven with self-doubt. It is both the most pointed and most amusing way in which the movie toys with gender expectations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Christopher Orr
    The script, by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan, is capable but unremarkable, as is Howard’s direction. But the cast...consistently elevates the material.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 92 Christopher Orr
    The film ends on a remarkably touching emotional note. Had it held to the strength of its convictions—and it is immensely obvious why it did not—it might have been the best ending of any superhero movie to date. (No, the bar’s not terribly high.) But it’s nonetheless awfully good, and we can still look forward to, mid-credits, the world’s best-ever Green Lantern joke.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Christopher Orr
    While McCarthy does what she can with the material provided her, it’s not nearly enough to save the movie. As a result, Life of the Party doesn’t live up to either of the nouns in its title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 89 Christopher Orr
    Never has the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” seemed like more of a universe, in ways both good and bad. Infinity War—the title is almost too apt—is a narrative juggling act the likes of which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. It is far from a perfect movie, but it is probably close to the best movie it could have been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 68 Christopher Orr
    You Were Never Really Here feels remote and somnambulant—a bad dream viewers know will end after 90 minutes, never to disquiet them again. Its emotional stakes are inflated so overzealously that they scarcely register as stakes at all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Christopher Orr
    The result is a comedy so black that it recalls the words of the immortal Nigel Tufnel: It could be “none more black.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Christopher Orr
    It’s true that Isle of Dogs is a film about scapegoating, political hysteria, and deportation. But it is also—and at its best—a film about dogs. May they never go unpetted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Christopher Orr
    It’s refreshing to see a kids’ movie that’s content to remain just that, and doesn’t feel a need to douse itself in pop references or inside jokes. Find the right frequency, and you just might enjoy yourself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 45 Christopher Orr
    Though Garland’s film is decidedly creepy and often ravishing to look at, it’s hard to shake the sense that, beneath its highbrow patina, it is an intellectual muddle.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Christopher Orr
    The arguments Black Panther undertakes with itself are central to its architecture, a narrative spine that runs from the first scene to the last.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Christopher Orr
    The good news—and, yes, we are grading on a curve so steep that it’s essentially a vertical drop—is that Fifty Shades Freed is marginally less retrograde and offensive than Fifty Shades Darker. The bad news is that it is even more idiotic, which is in its way a remarkable achievement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Christopher Orr
    Anderson directs with an understated elegance worthy of the House of Woodcock.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Christopher Orr
    Best of all are the car chases, which Wright choreographs with the same blend of wit and technical finesse he brought to the pool-cue, “Don’t Stop Me Now” zombie rumble in Shaun of the Dead.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Christopher Orr
    It all culminates, of course, in a cacophonous and interminable final battle involving far too many participants to possibly keep straight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Christopher Orr
    It is hard to imagine a better tribute to this victory of survival than Nolan’s spare, stunning, extraordinarily ambitious film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 36 Christopher Orr
    What begins as a shocking portrait of police misconduct gradually becomes a test of audience endurance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Christopher Orr
    A solid but relatively conventional horror movie, above average but overlong
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Christopher Orr
    This is a demanding film, and there is one grisly (though in no way gratuitous) twist near the end that will test the endurance even of those who appreciated what came before. So be forewarned: Aronofsky has made precisely the movie he set out to make. But it may very well not be the movie for you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Christopher Orr
    The movie is too long, too violent, too silly—too everything. Yet for those who enjoyed the original Kingsman, it is a more than adequate second act. To put it another way: first time satire, second time farce.

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