Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 97% Knives Out (2019) In the end, what's most fun about "Knives Out" is how fresh it feels. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It's as if Hanks tucks a cozy blanket around the entire film, embodying the beatific warmth and kindness of Rogers so that every time he appears on screen in "Beautiful Day," you feel better and more hopeful. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) There are 209 minutes in "The Irishman" and not one of them is wasted. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/4 82% The Report (2019) The elements of "The Report" sound like they have all the spine-tingling thrills of a Sunday school class, but the movie is scintillating because writer/director Scott Z. Burns gives his drama the feel of '70s paranoid thrillers... - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) At heart, Little Monsters has a lot of heart. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's usually hard to quantify the quality of a movie, but in the case of "Doctor Sleep," it's easy: Precisely two-thirds of it is good. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/4 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) I wish the bones of "Chinatown" weren't so evident. But if you're going to nod to a classic thriller, "Chinatown" is a good one to pick, and "Motherless Brooklyn" has many other things going for it... - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 74% Harriet (2019) "Harriet" is a necessary movie - it's shocking it has taken this long for a project on this scale - and, as a director, Lemmons atones for some of her screenplay's flaws. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) What is the opposite of a crowd-pleaser? A crowd-splitter, maybe? Whatever you call it, "The Lighthouse" is one. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Despite its sometimes-grim subject matter, "Pain and Glory" has plenty of Almodóvar's playful humor and love of the absurd. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) Lee's inventive choices make "Gemini Man" seem cleverer, which makes it more fun. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) Phillips made a brilliant choice in casting Phoenix, and then he was smart to know that the actor is so deep inside this role that everything he does, up to and including a homicidal rumba, feels right. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2.5/4 83% Judy (2019) It is sad, but it's not grim because Zellweger's utterly convincing performance shows that Judy was hilarious, self-deprecating, an affectionate mom and a loyal friend. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) "Downton" sticks the landing as confidently as a butler silently settling a tray of watercress sandwiches onto a Chippendale table. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) It's supposed to be a picaresque adventure... Instead, it feels like a movie where way too many things happen, and we don't know anything about the people who make them happen. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 62% It Chapter Two (2019) "Chapter Two" languishes over two hours and 49 minutes and it feels even longer because of its structure. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Even more than the novel, "Bernadette" is about the connection between a mother and child, a connection that persists even when it makes one or both of them uncomfortable. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) "The Kitchen" probably needed to be bolder - maybe not as stylized a world as "Sin City," which also imagines a parallel universe of noirish crime, but at least one more willing to push the movie's DIY-crime-lord situation to the max. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's brand of classical moviemaking is a thrill to behold. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Even if it were good, the best this movie could have hoped for was to be an imitation of something that was already perfect to begin with. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 42% Stuber (2019) Brevity is the soul of "Stuber," which is smart enough to realize that its goals are modest (make us chuckle every minute or so) and to call it quits as soon as that's accomplished. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/4 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I like that "Far From Home" is trying something new and that its humor feels more real than the ironic cracks in most superhero movies. I just wish its good pieces all came together more satisfyingly. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" is an upsetting movie, and I mean that word in pretty much every way you can think of... But the truth is that he's just two movies into his career, and it's probably only a matter of time before he figures out how to stick the landing. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 60% Ophelia (2019) Watts is the real star, her intelligence and calm creating new insight into one of the least-explicable characters in the Shakespeare canon. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3.5/4 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) The toybox gets even larger in "Toy Story 4," a busy but entertaining entry in the best animated franchise the movies have. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/4 80% Late Night (2019) What does work - a lot - is Thompson, who conveys wit, intelligence and capability better than just about anyone in the movies today. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3.5/4 89% Rocketman (2019) "Rocketman" is as weird, brazen and stylish as the man at its center. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2.5/4 71% All Is True (2019) A fake schnoz significantly alters Branagh's appearance as the Bard of Avon, but his career-long interest in Shakespeare shines through. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2.5/4 66% The White Crow (2019) Ultimately, "The White Crow" seems tailored to appeal to moviegoers who are already fans of Nureyev's idiosyncratic dancing and want to know more about how it got that way. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Despite the gender flip, there's something painfully retro about "Long Shot." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's an episodic movie, so it shines in parts, rather than as a whole, but there are plenty of good parts. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/4 83% High Life (2019) Many head-scratching things occur, but Denis' calm approach indicates that what interests her is not outer space but how living in it might affect behavior. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" expands on the original with enough new ideas to justify itself. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 93% Us (2019) We don't get many horror movies with better performances than the ones Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss give in "Us." - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) A movie that says the stories of average women deserve to be told, as do the stories of people who grapple with big challenges but still face each day with hope and wonder. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The audience for "Knife + Heart" is narrow, but I suspect it'll be deep. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is such a welcome and appealing addition to the Marvel universe that I wish she could be added, retroactively, to all of the extant "Avengers" movies. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 60% Greta (2019) Isabelle Huppert commits wholeheartedly to every bonkers moment in "Greta," and that's what makes the movie thrilling. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3.5/4 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The people in the movie are keeping secrets from each other, and "Everybody Knows" is keeping secrets from us. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) Somewhere in the decision to alter Richter's life, von Donnersmarck has invented plot details that are simply too hard to swallow. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The Chris Pratt/Elizabeth Banks duo remains a very appealing protagonist pair, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, the sheer volume of non sequitur cameos is astonishing and the moral is another sweet one. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/4 20% Serenity (2019) There are too many pieces for all of them to fit - but "Serenity" does succeed at reminding us of some classic movie tropes and then stripping them bare. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) If Kulig, who resembles Jessica Chastain, were American, Hollywood would be offering her everything. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/4 37% Glass (2019) It is a frequently clever elaboration of the "Unbreakable" morality tale and, to me, that feels like enough. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3.5/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki does beautiful work with her nonprofessional cast, most of whom are refugees, and her non-chronological structure builds unhurried suspense into the travails of Zain. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) If it pleases the court, I'd argue that there's one big problem with this honorable attempt to tell us who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is: There's too much material. RBG's life is not a movie; it's a miniseries. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/4 66% Vice (2018) From the man who brought us "The Big Short" comes "Vice," a movie a lot like "The Big Short" that comes up a little short. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Look, I get it. I'm weary of superhero movies, too. But "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" isn't just a superhero movie. It's also a great movie. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) I started jotting down clever dialogue from "The Favourite" in my notepad but I had to stop when I realized I was essentially transcribing the entire script. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) "Creed II" deftly pulls together threads from all of the "Rocky" movies, underscoring that it's time to acknowledge that Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa is one of the greatest of all Hollywood characters. - Minneapolis Star Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018