Chris Barsanti

Chris Barsanti
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A freelance writer for over two decades, Chris Barsanti has covered movies for websites and magazines the world over. He's even written a few books, like 'Filmology,' 'The Sci-Fi Movie Guide,' and the 'Eyes Wide Open' annual film guide series.
Official Websites: http://chrisbarsanti.net/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 No Score Yet On Broadway (2019) Oren Jacoby's richly illustrated documentary on the ups and downs of modern Broadway is all celebrations and no questions. Whether that's a problem depends on your level of theater mania. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
8/10 92% The Lighthouse (2019) ...a brutal but lyrical 19th century horror show - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
6/10 90% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Loony anti-colonialist Brazilian satire 'Bacurau' doesn't always balance its humor with its bite, but its communitarian soul, oddball wit, and dark vision of the future still hits home - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/4 87% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) This sharp, to-the-point portrait of the crook, fixer, and right-wing pitbull resists the urge to darkly glamorize him. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Enough of the individual moments pulled from the rag-and-bone shop of Donna Tartt's sprawling mystery narrative make an emotional impact that the story's structural issues fail to register as much at first. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
6/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) ...nothing special artistically, but its intense relevance burns the screen. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
C- 47% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) A limping comedy about a woman with all-too-easily-explained mental issues. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 99% One Child Nation (2019) Starting as a personal look at the damages wrought by decades of China's one-child policy, 'One Child Nation' exposes a deeper, baser level of national corruption. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's surprisingly warm fantasy mash-up of California dreamin' and arthouse B-movie revenge fantasy is dreamy but sacrifices coherence for the indulgence of changing history. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) It's a sign of how quickly like the world is being torn apart around us that even a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary such as "The Great Hack" can feel almost dated. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
8/10 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Lynn Shelton's lo-fi Southern satire yokes historical artifacts, the quest for meaning, Civil War Truthers, and the devastation of addiction to a pleasingly ramshackle comic quest. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
93% Sea of Shadows (2019) Richard Ladkani's documentary bristles with drama and a panicky sense of righteous anger. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's official. We've been had. - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Throughout, the era-defining yet problem-plagued music festival astounds in large part for all the disasters that didn't occur. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2.5/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The action choreography is as brutal as you expect, though the repetition in style from the first two films makes the effect less surprising. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 59% Charlie Says (2019) The film appears to be striving for humanistic understanding, but the end result is far too jumbled to have the proper impact. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
B 100% The Projectionist (2019) ...thin but heartfelt - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) ...competently made but fairly infuriating - Medium EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
3/4 89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Werner Herzog's documentary is a rare example of the arch ironist's capacity to be awed not by nature but by man. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/10 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) In Olivier Assayas' speedy, slightly wan dispatch from salon society, Parisians have badly concealed affairs and argue loudly but inconclusively about books and society. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
82% In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) (2018) João Moreira Salles's melancholic documentary, In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora) stitches together amateur footage of the riots of 1968 to create a riveting rumination on the glee and disillusionment of idealism. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
9/10 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) [in this] an angry, jolting joy of a movie, an Icelandic woman turns the nation upside with her solo crusade of ecological sabotage. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
66% The Public (2019) ...even though "The Public" ultimately doesn't come together as a dramatic piece, particularly in the hammy climax, it does take some impressive chances. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
8/10 100% Combat Obscura (2019) [in this] jangled, jarring Afghan War documentary, a Marine Corps cameraman shows the flippant cynicism of combat in ways the military would rather we not think about. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
6/10 100% Babylon (2019) in many ways clumsy and ham-fisted [yet] there's something to the movie that cannot be so easily dismissed. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/4 84% The Brink (2019) Alison Klayman's fly-on-the-wall documentary cuts Trump's Rasputin down to size but doesn't completely dismiss his power. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
8/10 93% Us (2019) Jordan Peele's home invasion thriller, in which a family is threatened by their dopplegangers, relies on a clutch of jaw-dropper reveals but also a creeping sense of universal guilt. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Alex Gibney's documentary tells a dramatic, if somewhat workmanlike, story of Silicon Valley hubris meeting old-fashioned scamming. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
8/10 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) In Jia Zhang-Ke's powerful love story, a woman and her gangster lover enact a dark dance of betrayal while modern China changes around them in explosively strange ways. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The film doesn't pay nearly enough attention to Danvers's crucial emotional metamorphosis from dual-identity self-doubter to fearless warrior battling to keep Earth safe. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
6/10 94% Transit (2019) Roughly transposed to today from Anna Seghers' World War II novel about refugees fleeing the Nazis, Christian Petzold's Transit resonates in all the worst ways. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 96% 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 38% 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
88% 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
92% 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 91% 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 79% 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 63% 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
94% 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 60% 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