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Chris Willman

Chris Willman
Chris Willman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Playlist

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince (2020) This is a worthy tribute special, as long as your expectations are not that anyone on it will ever actually go crazy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
No Score Yet One World: Together at Home (2020) It was positive but not overeager to perk us up, and earnest without ladling on schmaltz.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
No Score Yet We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) It's about as sweet to see friendship survive success as it is to see Lin-Manuel Miranda as the world's most adorkable Beastie Boy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
29% The Tommyknockers (1993) One of the author's lesser novels has been dumbed down exponentially for TV and put through a deflavorizer to remove every iota of the black humor and pop-culture satire that usually make even the silliest King sufferable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
No Score Yet Mountaintop (2019) In the end, the film turns out be a testament to how collaboration doesn't have to be completely touchy-feely to work out just fine.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
100% Fiddlin' (2019) Even filmgoers with little taste for these arcane sounds may enjoy the doc, if only for the chance to spend an hour and a half in the company of so many prodigies who've put down their phones in the service of taking up catgut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet The River Pirates (Good Old Boy) (1988) One doesn't have to be a grown-up to be put off by the historical and geographical anachronisms here, or the wide-eyed overacting of the kids on screen, or the silliness and heavy-handedness of the few plot points that do develop over two hours...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
21% Airborne (1993) The occasional action scenes are as appropriately tortuous as the tired teen-out-of-water plot is torturous. This is a kid-flick that's speed-skating on one leg.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
50% Little Monsters (1989) Some of it is actually funny, if you still have a little brattiness left in your Bratskeller.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
No Score Yet Soros (2019) For all the educational value it brings, you could still wish "Soros" lived up to its singular title by probing into personality as much as policy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
59% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Finally amounts to a feature-length EPK.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
81% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) It's no surprise to anyone who's met him or even listened thoughtfully to some of the greatest rock songs ever written that Robertson would be such an articulate and ingratiating tour guide through all this glorious and eventually tortured history.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
98% 63 Up (2019) If this is the final chapter, as Apted suggests it could be, it's a worthy cap to one of the boldest experiments in world cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Billie (2019) "Billie" passes the test for any doomed-singer documentary: There's a creditable emphasis on the gift, not just the grubbiness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
75% Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness (2019) Given that any doc produced by an act's management company arrives with suspicions that it'll be a glorified EPK, that middle act here is a good, surprisingly candid one - and, actually, the plucky bookends aren't bad, either.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
100% Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n Roll (2019) While the film may feel at times like it was made under the auspices of an Asbury Park tourism board, it's at least a theoretical tourism board that has a good awareness that a dystopia doesn't shift back to utopia overnight, or even over a neat 50 years.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury (2019) Going from thrashy misfit evangelicals to mellow, middle-aged liturgists is still a transition, and a reasonably interesting one, if not as radical a conversion as the... transformation the movie initially sets you up for.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by BeyoncĂ© (2019) What's documented here is surely the first concert in history you could imagine Cecil B. DeMille and W.E.B. Du Bois being equally proud of.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
48% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993) Playing a celebrated finder of missing mammals, [Carrey's] so over-energized from the start you keep thinking he'll wear out his welcome pronto; 90 minutes later his lunacy is still hard to take your eyes off.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
96% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Springsteen has mastered the dynamics needed to keep a mostly talking, partly singing show riveting for a running time that's epic by monologists' standards, if not his own.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
52% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) This follow-up is faster and campier than its mostly somber predecessor, but the basic grim tenets of British horror author Clive Barker's supernatural worldview are still intact.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
91% Pumping Iron (1976) When documentary buffs insist filmic truth is better than fiction, they'll cite this absorbing look at bodybuilding.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
40% Kickboxer (1989) This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
C+ 69% Bleed For This (2016) If you ever yearned to see a version of 'Million Dollar Baby" that has a completely feel-good last reel, this may be it. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
C 73% Suffragette (2015) 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 Britain that almost gets by on the strength of a great lead performance.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2015
37% Fletch Lives (1989) In this meager sequel, as in its popular predecessor, Chevy Chase demolishes every easy target in sight with a quip of the tongue. Some of the lines are funny, but after a while you just want to smack him.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
B+ 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) Would you prefer to be more outraged by the legacies of sexual predation or police indifference? Broomfield lets you take your pick.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2014
80% Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) Make no mistake, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is not a satire of mindlessness; it's unabashed glorification of dumbness for dumbness' sake.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2014
B+ 93% A Borrowed Identity (2015) As quaint longings for a more innocent era go, "Dancing Arabs" beats getting misty over Roxette.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
B 78% The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument (2014) Auteurists will be hard-pressed to find much stylization that betrays Scorsese's participation, but bless him for letting us spend an hour and a half pretending that American letters still matter in mainstream as they did in the '60s.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
C+ 55% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) 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.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
B- 76% Rosewater (2014) Not to read too much into Jon Stewart's motivations for making the film, but this figure of "Rosewater," as the unnamed torturer comes to be known, could be a stand-in for anyone who didn't get one of "the Daily Show's" jokes.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2014
0% Folks! (1992) Klane has written this one as less of a slow burn, going instead for obnoxiously stunt-filled, madcap farce, all the way to the high-concept-reinforcing title exclamation point.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2014
86% Tom Jones (1963) It's a free-wheeling, fast-moving relic from a time when "bawdy" wasn't bad and sex comedies still celebrated sex.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2014
B+ 36% Salinger (2013) The good news is that you don't have to be a fan of Salinger's writing to get caught up in a detective story of what makes a toast of the literary town decide to disappear from public view for the last 45 years of his life. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2013
B- 75% The Invisible Woman (2013) Ralph 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.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2013
A- 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Amistad meets the Marquis de Sade, in the form of slavemaster Michael Fassbender, who puts his victims through more tortures than Mel Gibson ever could have imagined for Jesus.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2013
C 35% Labor Day (2014) 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.‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2013
B+ 85% Under the Skin (2014) Picture a sister film to "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Glazer shares Nicolas Roeg's taste in elliptical storytelling and interplanetary tragedy, arriving at something you could almost call horror with a heart. ‐ The Playlist
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2013
7% The Next Karate Kid (1994) The overt message of any Karate Kid movie: Don't fight unless you absolutely have to. The implicit message: You'll always have to. Let the smitings begin!‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
1.5/5 0% Wagons East! (1994) A typically rickety vehicle, just dumb enough that it actually submerges Candy's sweet, perky persona in what's basically a sullen, grizzled straight-man role.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
3.5/5 36% Young Einstein (1988) Einstein has a handsome period look, even when director of photography Jeff Darling is shooting the musical montages that periodically break up the action.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2013
1/5 47% Erik the Viking (1989) A stillborn comedy in which minutes sometimes mysteriously go by between even attempted gags, and in which virtually no comic scene works up to any kind of viable punch line or payoff.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2011
C 40% Fireproof (2008) You probably can't blame pastors moonlighting as moviemakers for wanting to pack their film with multiple messages, but the conversion subplot feels shoehorned into the more crucial marital doings.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2008
D 72% The Midnight Meat Train (2008) We hate to side with the big bad studio, but The Midnight Meat Train -- despite a great title -- really does stink like month-old human flesh.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2008
D- 22% Joshua (2002) Christians sensitive to a reductionist view of their Lord as a luv-spreading Dr. Feelgood or omnipotent slacker will feel vastly more affronted than secularists, who might even praise God for delivering such an instant camp classic.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2002
D 10% Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001) A step forward in budget and coherence from the first Omega Code ... but will still have even much of its evangelical target audience stifling unholy snickers.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2001
8% The Omega Code (1999) Gives 'Great Tribulation' new meaning.‐ Entertainment Weekly
Posted Jan 1, 2000