Chris Fujiwara

Chris Fujiwara
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
65% The American (2010) A lethargic work that breaks out intermittently into action and suspense, an American movie for people who don't like American movies. - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
84% Essential Killing (2010) Maybe the only failing of Essential Killing is that everything in it is seen so sufficiently that one doesn't feel the need to go back to watch it another time (unlike most great films, which improve on repeated viewings). - n+1 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2017
3/4 100% Petition (2011) Moments of communication sought or denied give poignancy to a film filled with helplessness and outrage. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2010
3.5/4 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) Eastwood is a master of the extended look (this comes from the two directors he acknowledges as his own masters, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel), the look that stretches time and that is blinded by what it sees. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
2.5/4 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) Bale's lack of ambiguity points to the biggest limitation of a film that makes the grade as an adventure yarn by ignoring the most disturbing implications of its story. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
85% Mutual Appreciation (2006) Mutual Appreciation shows life as contingent, conditional, enigmatic, never finally realized, as, in short, everything that the Harvey Mansfields of the world abhor, and it shows why to accept this kind of life is an act of strength. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2006
4/4 95% Masculin Feminin (1966) Watching the movie now, 39 years after it was made, I'm struck most by its sadness, its harshness, and its pessimism. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2005
98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) Les yeux sans visage [is] a balance between cruelty and tenderness that has rarely been attempted in cinema. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2005
3/4 85% A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Even at its most maddening and cute, the elaborate interplay between hallucination and reality rewards attention. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2005
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) I'll say only that Eastwood has never been more moving, as a director or as an actor, than he is in the last 30 minutes of this film. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2005
87% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) (2003) Zatoichi himself is a remarkable creation. With his dry laugh and cocked head, Kitano makes him a kind of clown -- an ideal choice for a film so concerned with fun, games, and performing. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2004
95% Before Sunset (2004) The result is a complicated and thrilling game that, unlike some diversions we have had lately, does not debase the words "romantic" and "comedy." - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2004
75% Dawn of the Dead (2004) The acting is better than necessary, the special effects are savage and persuasive, and the undercranked action scenes are enjoyably frenetic. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2004
1% Twisted (2004) You're not sure whether to take the film as a sophisticated parody, a surrealist prose poem, or an unusually dumb thriller. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2004
88% Mystic River (2003) Each of the three childhood friends who grow up to become the main characters of Mystic River brings the film a particular style of revelation. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Before becoming a standard exercise in wearing out welcomes, Gore Verbinski's adventure comedy brings good spirits and narrative vigor to its chore of refurbishing the pirate genre. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2003
64% The Shape Of Things (2002) It would seem we're expected to react with mounting discomfort and fascination, though boredom, laced with a sporting curiosity about what kind of unpleasantness impends, is just as appropriate a response... - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2003
11% Alex & Emma (2003) [A] disaster. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2003) In his promising directorial debut, Clooney gets away with most of the flourishes he allows himself. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2003
64% Evelyn (2002) There are many, many pub scenes, which Bruce Beresford (as complete a hack as any director who ever lived) milks for each ounce of quaintness. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2002
66% Solaris (2002) Why Steven Soderbergh and his producers (who include James Cameron) wanted to try their hands at it is a mystery. And viewing the hollow result doesn't shed any light on that mystery. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2002
88% Far From Heaven (2003) Haynes, in choosing the melodrama as his form, raises expectations that he doesn't fulfill: he actually does less than what melodramas can do, and did. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2002
63% Moonlight Mile (2002) You watch for a whole hour before Moonlight Mile collapses into bathos. But when it collapses, it collapses hard. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2002
100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) (1956) It's no wonder Spielberg and Lucas love Kurosawa so much: Seven Samurai and, at a much lower level, The Hidden Fortress are prototypes for the kind of filmmaking with which the two Americans reinvented popular cinema. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2002
74% Signs (2002) All the winks and tics with which Shyamalan signals that he's looked at a Fantagraphics book or seen a real movie only make this film's calculated tearjerking more offensive. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2002
98% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) The film creates a vivid sense of the reality of the townspeople and their daily lives, even though Tarr deliberately makes their social relations hard to decipher. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2002
100% A New Leaf (1971) A New Leaf establishes May as one of American cinema's finest moralists - and certainly its funniest. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2002
2/4 66% CQ (2002) In other words, ''CQ'' triumphs over its own trendiness only by being vapid and superficial. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2002
3/4 46% Hollywood Ending (2002) Hollywood Ending is a small film, but its ease and grace are virtues that can't be overrated. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2002
2.5/4 49% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) Trouble Every Day is a success in some sense, but it's hard to like a film so cold and dead. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2002
2.5/4 31% Murder by Numbers (2002) For much of its length, the film is plausible, if predictable and ponderous. Its strongest assets are its actors. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2002
28% Lost in Space (1998) About the only thing that's presented with any purposeful consequence is the pandering set-up for a sequel. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2002
96% The Mother and the Whore (La Maman et la putain) (1973) The Mother and the Whore is a great film. It's great in the disdainful purity of its technique, in the performances of its three leads, and above all in giving a definitive view of the '70s. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2002
92% Memento (2000) It's pointless to knock Memento. The proof of the film's success is that 10 minutes after you've seen it, it's exactly as if you hadn't. - Boston Phoenix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2002
1.5/4 57% Blade II (2002) Any subtlety, mystery, or surprise present in the first film is gone. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2002
3/4 85% La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) (2002) The Son's Room is a triumph of gentility that earns its moments of pathos. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2002
2/4 62% Beijing Bicycle (2001) [Wang's] reliance on sugarcoated music and his trite use of slow motion show that his heart lies in making undemanding fluff for the world market. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2002
94% Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964) An inexhaustible meditation on how the world is formed by desire. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2001
2.5/4 89% Himalaya (L'Enfance d'un Chef) (Caravan) (1999) Valli's touch as an artist is too light, and his dramatic sense too timid, to make the film much more than a collection of pretty pictures. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2001
64% Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu) (2001) There is nothing in the movie worth looking at. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2001