Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/4 94% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3.5/4 83% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3.5/4 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe's elegiac quality hints at why the artist was ahead of his time: because he saw more than anyone else could. It's a towering performance in a movie that casts a magnetic spell.‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is much better than its predecessor in this Harry Potter-adjacent franchise, if only because it's a whole movie.‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3.5/4 90% Widows (2018) "Widows" comes from writer Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") and director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and a big part of the caper's fun is the tension between her pulpy, twisty sensibility and his slower-burning instincts.‐ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/4 93% Fargo (1996) Fargo is the best movie ever made in Minnesota. Also the meanest.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) It's worthwhile, but there's a lot more to this story.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
91% Stronger (2017) It shows that people aren't always prepared to play the roles the public wants them to play.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/4 70% mother! (2017) However strange you've heard "Mother!" is, I guarantee it is much stranger.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 41% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) The movie works better than any comedy with this many nosebleeds has a right to.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 92% Logan Lucky (2017) I think that's a big part of what makes Logan Lucky a very fun movie: You're lost, you're lost, you're lost -- and then it all makes so much sense that you feel like you should have known what was happening all along.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) If a fact-based drama like "Detroit" succeeds or fails based on how well it illuminates some of the events that brought us to where we are now, then I'd call it a resounding success.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) I suspect the plot of "Atomic Blonde" doesn't quite track, but with all the back-and-forth and double-agenting, it's possible not to notice.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) See it on the biggest screen you can find.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3.5/4 87% Moka (2017) It's a beautiful, and often suspenseful, drama.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Within seconds of meeting these characters, I got past the feeling that another Spider-Man seemed premature. Heck, when a superhero is as much fun as the one in "Homecoming," he's always welcome.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3.5/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) There are a lot of reasons to love "The Big Sick," in addition to its intelligence and complex characters. It's hilarious, from start to finish.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Although Baby Driver is technically a heist/chase film, what it's really about is how much in love Wright is with what movies can do.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
2.5/4 94% SCORE: A Film Music Documentary (2017) If names such as Reznor and Zimmer mean nothing to you, then Score probably isn't for you. But if you're that moviegoer who hangs around during the closing credits to see who helped make the movie, it will be music to your ears.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/4 75% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) Maybe read Edward Albee's masterpiece, "A Delicate Balance," instead? It explores similar things with more intelligence.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz is excellent in this moody thriller.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Remember when superhero movies were fun? "Wonder Woman" does.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/4 17% Baywatch (2017) There are funny moments in "Baywatch," most of them courtesy of Johnson, who has become a sharp comic performer. But there aren't enough of them ...‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3.5/4 91% A Quiet Passion (2017) If you have a hankering for a subtle, intelligent drama, you shouldn't miss it.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2.5/4 37% Snatched (2017) It's great to see these two women together, even if the movie isn't always sure what to do with them.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) There's enough there to make Vol. 2 worth seeing. I just hope the creators go back to being weirder and looser in Vol. 3.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
3.5/4 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungiu has said that his aim is to make movie audiences think, and he has reached his goal with "Graduation" ...‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) Gray is less interested in the explornographic elements of Fawcett's story than in the spiritual ways the rain forest altered Fawcett's perception.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
18% Queen of the Desert (2017) The movie should be talking about the truces Bell forged, the friendships she created and the books she wrote, not the dudes she smooched.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2.5/4 47% Wilson (2017) It's not the classic it seems like it could have been, but it's definitely worth seeing.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) As long as you can ignore the weirdly painterly look of much of this Beauty and the Beast, I'd recommend it -- with the proviso that I would recommend the 1991 version, which is both perfect and 45 minutes shorter, much more heartily.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/4 64% Before I Fall (2017) It's fairly serious stuff, perhaps because the movie was thoughtfully scripted by Maria Maggenti, who wrote one of the best-ever movies about adolescent girls, "The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love."‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 99% Get Out (2017) "Get Out" works much better in individual moments than it does as a whole. But those individual moments? They're a lot of fun.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) It's a gripping, insightful study of morality and compassion.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3.5/4 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade is interested in following these two average people as they try to figure out some huge things: What do they want out of life? How can they get it? Can a willingness to do silly, random stuff make us happier?‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 35% Live By Night (2017) It's really easy to sum up everything that's wrong with Ben Affleck's "Live By Night": It should have been a miniseries.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
3.5/4 86% A Monster Calls (2017) The movie has a keen sense of how it feels to be a clever kid whose cleverness isn't enough to help him understand the behavior of the adults in his life. It's also a poignant story about grief ...‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/4 30% Passengers (2016) It's certainly not dull, and snatches of "Passengers" are quite entertaining. But, as you're taking it all in, it's hard not to think about all of the other movies you'd rather see these stars acting in.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
4/4 91% La La Land (2016) As genres go in and out of style, the movies occasionally forget some of the wonderful things they can do. Luckily, "La La Land" remembers.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
2.5/4 76% Miss Sloane (2016) "Miss Sloane" isn't the smart and provocative drama it probably thinks it is but it does, improbably, work.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 95% Moana (2016) If I was maybe thinking that the Disney "princess" formula needed to be retired, "Moana" suggests another direction.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
3.5/4 90% Loving (2016) "Loving" conveys what it means to be attached to people, to a place - and not to be able to bear being away from them.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 89% Doctor Strange (2016) It is, indeed, strange - and that's a good thing.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 100% A Stray (2016) It's a gem.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2.5/4 51% The Accountant (2016) Has many fine scenes but too often dawdles when it needs to put on some speed.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) As a filmmaker, Parker balances the humanity within Turner's community of slaves with a matter-of-fact depiction of the physical and psychological horrors of slavery.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
2/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) I'm thrilled Burton is trying to get back some of the sweetness that his recent exercises in garish fairytale-telling lacked ("Dark Shadows," the "Alice in Wonderland" films) but he seems to have lost the knack.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
2.5/4 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) You may check your watch occasionally, but we don't get many old-fashioned Westerns these days.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 77% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) A rom-com that is both genuinely romantic and genuinely comic.‐ St. Paul Pioneer Press
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016