Chris Barsanti


Chris Barsanti
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Chris Barsanti is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and New York Film Critics Online. He reviews for Film Journal International and PopMatters among other publications. His books include <em>Filmology</em>, <em>The Sci-Fi Movie Guide</em>, and the <em>Eyes Wide Open</em> film guide series.
Official Websites: http://chrisbarsanti.net/

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Money corrupts, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's ethnographic crime epic would say. Easy money corrupts completely. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2.5/4 44% Donnybrook (2019) The film knots several strands of new-millennium despair into something that very nearly approximates greatness in its first half. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) The start of a great movie. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
91% Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II) (1988) ...[shows] writer-director-star Jackie Chan in his finest fighting style -- along with his usual over mugging for the camera. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
89% Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force) (1985) ...[shows] writer-director-star Jackie Chan in his finest fighting style -- along with his usual over mugging for the camera. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
1.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The deconstruction of corporatized play culture gets run through the sequelizer machine, with predictably acrid results. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
73% Monsters (2010) What kind of movie will best describe the Trump presidency for future generations?... - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3.5/4 88% Fyre (2019) Chris Smith's documentary about the 2017 Fyre Festival implosion resists the urge to revel in cheap social media schadenfreude. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
7/10 100% Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018) ...shows how, in Le Guin's writings, fantasy can be viewed as both a different way of seeing and understanding the past, and a new way of seeing the present -- and what the future could be. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
8/10 66% Vice (2018) Along with The Big Short, the righteously infuriated and wonderfully gonzo Vice creates part of a roadmap for how we got to where the world is now. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
6/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Even with few truly catchy numbers and a cumbersome plot, 'Mary Poppins Returns' has enough bright-eyed optimism to almost escape the shadow of the toe-tapping original. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón's edgily political black-and-white epic of a family in 1970s Mexico City is as masterfully choreographed as Children of Men but more personally intimate. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bird Box (2018) Many sections of Bird Box don't hold up to a second's scrutiny; the conceit's silliness and convenient scare tactics make Shyamalan's take on infectious-suicide horror seem downright subtle by comparison. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1.5/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) After a while, it all starts to feel like a showreel for the film's special-effects team than an honest effort to tell a story. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
93% The American Meme (2018) ...conversation-sparking but tinsel-deep - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Alexis Bloom's keenly insightful and deeply depressing documentary is probably best viewed not as a record of the past but a document of what's to come. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
6/10 59% The Front Runner (2018) Funny and thoughtful but not sharp enough, Jason Reitman's satire about Gary Hart's tabloid downfall aims for controlled chaos but settles for conventional finger-wagging. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The fun but predictable film moves the new series forward, but only incrementally, all the better to maximize the potential for six or seven more sequels to be strung out for Thanksgivings to come. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
91% Widows (2018) The undercurrent of McQueen's focus is not who gets what bag of money but the grander thievery of gangsters aspiring to be politicians who themselves act like gangsters... - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) ... a well-meaning but perfectly conventional message movie. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
22% River Runs Red (2018) A mismatched trio of stars (John Cusack, Taye Diggs and George Lopez) stumble through this hackneyed drama about a police shooting of an unarmed young black man. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Lush, ghastly, and unnecessary. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Wiseman's working method doesn't allow much prying. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Every man here with a story is cloaked in some kind of misery. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
38% Silencio (2018) An awesomely dull B-movie about a meteorite fragment that bends reality. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A stunted writer gets wrapped up in a mysterious romantic triangle in Lee Chang-dong's yawningly meticulous Korean mumblecore Gatsby riff. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
93% Private Life (2018) In the end, no, it probably doesn't matter that anybody with a Netflix password can watch the A-grade "Private Life" instead of having to schlep to the theater. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
89% The Sentence (2018) Indicts the mandatory minimum-sentence system not through accumulating facts but by showing its traumatic toll on [the director's] family. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
29% Venom (2018) [A] weakly funny anti-superhero mess that plays like Spider-Man meets The Mask via Deadpool 7. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
71% Hold the Dark (2018) This dark, pitiless story about a psychotic veteran's bloody tear through remote Alaska wields haunting grandeur along with reductive plotting. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
8/10 90% Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) (1960) The Virgin Spring is Bergman's murder ballad: Bloody, remorseless, and tragic. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/10 28% Night School (2018) Yes, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are too good for this by-the-numbers mess, but that's modern comedy: Throw some stars out there and see what they can do. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
90% Museum (Museo) (2018) A half-assed revolutionary's big museum score goes south in this quirky, artfully composed comedic heist. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
B 100% Joy (2018) As with any movie about sex workers that tries to steer anywhere near the truth, "Joy" is a story of interlocking layers of entrapment. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
82% The Oslo Diaries (2018) Devastating, resonant documentary account of the secret 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks succeeds by sticking with its subject well past the flashbulb-signing ceremony. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
71% Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) Has a larger frame of reference than Paine's battery-car docs but never hammers it into shape. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) The latest in Kirby Dick's powerful series of seething-fury documentaries takes on the medical-device industry with typically devastating results. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
7/10 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Bo Burnham's big-hearted, emotional tidal wave of a movie shows how the look-at-me / leave-me-alone contradictions of adolescence, powered by social media, are cranked up to 11... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Fuqua and Washington have developed a body of work over the years that is, if nothing else, reliably kinetic. But with Wenk's pedestrian writing, there just isn't much for Washington to work with here. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
83% Path of Blood (2018) This searing found-footage documentary about Al-Qaeda's early 2000s war on the Saudi government is a chilling document of blasé barbarity. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
95% Dark Money (2018) An air-raid siren of a documentary about the pernicious influence of corporate cash in American politics. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
90% The Citizen (Az Allampolgar) (2018) Deliberately paced but shot with a quiet magnetism and close-in immediacy. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
95% This Is Congo (2018) This epic, tragically devastating documentary not only puts human faces on Congo's seemingly endless cycle of corruption and violence but investigates what lies behind it. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Taylor Sheridan's screenplay is a melange of clipped clichés. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B+ 78% The King (2018) By the time Jarecki is done with Elvis, the lanky and projects-raised rockabilly kid ... has been cast as everything from an opportunist and grasping capitalist to addled addict to just plain sucker. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/10 56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) ...works hard to bring an edge to its shallow story. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2018
44% The Yellow Birds (2018) The story's varied elements of urban combat, back-home recovery and mystery ultimately get away from [director Alexandre] Moors. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) A scintillating saga about America's secular pastor. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
8/10 93% First Reformed (2018) ...sharp, bleak, and oddly oblique... - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
A 82% One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'Une chante, l'autre pas) (1977) [a] delightfully gonzo song-studded paean to sisterhood... - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018