Christopher Schobert

Christopher Schobert
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B 66% Driven (2019) While its title may notlinger in your memory, Driven is a well-told, strongly-acted drama with real heart. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B+ 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) "Non-Fiction" is breathtakingly intelligent, immaculately shot, wonderfully incisive, and a bit frustrating. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
D+ 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Despite a stunning cast of character actors and a quasi-lead role for Millie Bobby Brown, "King" is an anonymous blockbuster that will please no one. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
B+ 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Yes, it's long, but it's rare to find a three-hour film that moves with the velocity of "Endgame." It's certainly a winner. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
C 46% Mary Magdalene (2019) Mary Magdalene is not a film that will delight fans of faith-based cinema, nor is it likely to please everyone else. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3.5/4 70% The Invisibles (2019) The Invisibles, then, works on multiple levels: as a historical document, as thrilling cinema, and as satisfying drama. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
C- 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) An aimless, mostly uninvolving, and hugely frustrating thriller. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 91% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The standout is 'Weekends,' a visual wonder rooted in the sad realities of childhood and featuring an omnipresent Toronto skyline. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) One of the shorts, 'Detainment,' is a profound, sobering drama featuring remarkable performances from its two young leads. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
B+ 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) 'Sparrow Creek' is a tense, atmospheric potboiler from first-time writer-director Henry Dunham. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
B+ 71% Piercing (2019) This quasi-love story is hard to watch - especially a downright unforgettable torture scene - yet also full of twisted humor. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) "Into the Spider-Verse" is the only animated film this year that can comfortably fit on the Top 10 list for a 10-year-old superhero junkie and a late-thirtysomething film critic. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a lot riding on "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Sadly, the film is a dud - the first real miss of the "Harry Potter" series. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) Chazelle has directed a story of pain, sacrifice and, ultimately, triumph, that will resonate with audiences. - Filmswoon EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B 53% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The casting of Stewart and Dern is inspired, and they make Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy a tasty, satisfying version of one of the most gobsmackingly wacky literary hoaxes of the last two decades. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins has written and directed an exquisite, timeless film about a place and historical period-Harlem in the 1970s-that feels painfully connected to the present. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B 74% Destroyer (2018) Kidman gives one of her best performances, and Kusama keeps us interested even when we know what's coming. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
C- 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The ingredients are all there, but the execution is faulty. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- 89% Freaks (2019) "Freaks" is a fine example of doing a lot with a little. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) This is precision entertainment, a crackling, pulse-pounding heist movie with a sterling cast, a whip-smart script, and undeniable social resonance, calling to mind heavyweight champs like The French Connection and Heat. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 92% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is most effective when it breaks free from conventional storytelling and relies on image, sound, emotion, and mood. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
C+ 11% Siberia (2018) The scenes between Reeves and Ularu are the film's best and, with its enigmatically appealing stars, Siberia might have worked better as an offbeat love story rather than a thriller. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
D+ 11% Basmati Blues (2018) Basmati Blues is an inoffensive trifle. It does not warrant outrage; it's not bold enough to risk it. Yet there is some heart, and undoubtedly, some ambition. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
B+ 96% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is many things - a stark western, a gripping chase story, a tale of slavery and self-defense, and a searing drama in which the stakes are horrifically high. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Calling it a "kids film" is a disservice; Paul King has directed an of-the-moment family comedy that rivals any in recent memory. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
C- 20% Euphoria (2019) Euphoria is undeniably a missed opportunity at creating a drama of frayed sisterhood that feels fresh and unique. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Like Tim Burton's classic "Ed Wood," "The Disaster Artist" is a testament to the communal joy of movie-making. But more than that, it's an unforgettable appreciation of the pleasures of movie-watching. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/4 67% Wonderstruck (2017) If there's any justice in the world of cinema, Wonderstruck will prove the type of unexpected, unhyped film for young adults that becomes a generational touchstone. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/4 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) More Fifth Element than Avengers, more John Carpenter than Jon Favreau, Thor: Ragnarok is an often riotously entertaining interplanetary romp. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The performances are uniformly excellent. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is truly a joyous documentary, and qualifies as a must-see for any lover of cinema. If it is indeed Varda's final film, it's hard to think of a more effective goodbye. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Mauréry makes the film worth watching. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 55% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) The storytelling is often over-adrenalized and the visuals eye-popping, but the humor and sweetness make The Lego Ninjago Movie a winner. And if you're a 7-year-old, it might even be the best movie ever made. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3.5/4 100% Dawson City: Frozen Time (2017) Dawson City: Frozen Time is a truly important effort. It is also genuinely haunting. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
C- 39% Mary Shelley (2018) With just about 15 minutes or so left in its 120-minute running time, Mary Shelley comes alive. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
4/4 97% Columbus (2017) Columbus is the debut from Kogonda, and it marks him as a filmmaker to watch closely. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B- 92% Porcupine Lake (2017) If "Sleeping Giant" was a shout, "Porcupine Lake" is a whisper. Told with style, warmth, and restraint, this knowing, delicate film from director Ingrid Veninger should be a modest crowd-pleaser. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
A- 100% Mademoiselle Paradis (2017) "Mademoiselle Paradis" is the fifth film from director Barbara Albert, and for both she and star Maria Dragus, it is a stunning success. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) There's never been a Denzel Washington performance like this one, and there's never been a protagonist quite like Roman J. Israel. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B 81% Molly's Game (2018) Molly's Game is slick, flashy, highly entertaining, and hugely forgettable. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
A- 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird will surely go down as one of the year's best films, but Greta Gerwig's feature is also a contender for having some of the strongest insightabout the winding path of adolescence this decade. - The Film Stage EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/4 28% I Do... Until I Don't (2017) While I Do ... Until I Don't is fiercely unmemorable, it does not diminish the success of Bell's career. There's no doubt she'll be back with a far better creation than this one, and soon. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
2.5/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) The reason to see Ingrid Goes West, ... is for the performances. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 82% Brigsby Bear (2017) When the credits roll, it's nearly impossible not to be smiling. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) With quirky characters, a somewhat meandering plot, quick jumps between humor and shocking violence, the Netflix release brings to mind past festival favorites like Joel and Ethan Coen's Blood Simple. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
2/4 15% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower is a crushing disappointment for Stephen King fans. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 78% The Hero (2017) There are no surprises here, and the whole affair is a bit too modest. But Elliott's voice and his face have a lived-in quality that is unforgettable. The actor makes The Hero an enjoyable, worthy drama. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 58% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It depends on who you ask. But make no mistake, a film with a climactic "dance fight" set to Madonna's "Into the Groove" can't be all bad. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
4/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) It's one of the year's essential releases - maybe its most essential. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/4 87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night is very close to a masterpiece. Enveloped in dread and oozing with tension, it's one of the great recent studies of the fear that comes from a desire for survival. - Buffalo News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017