Bilge Ebiri

Bilge Ebiri

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul , Citysearch , Entertainment Weekly , IFC.com , Nerve.com , New York Magazine/Vulture , TheFilmJournal.com (Ohio)
Total Reviews:
281

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Dear White People (2014) " The film is called Dear White People, but it might as well be called Dear Everybody. It's hilarious, and just about everyone will wince with recognition at some point in the film. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 19, 2014
67% Camp X-Ray (2014) " As Cole, Kristen Stewart is a good fit. In some of her more notable past roles, her tense, clipped delivery has read like disassociation from the material. But here, we get it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
8% The Best Of Me (2014) " The melodrama feels so hurried and half-baked that the end result isn't just disappointing. It's borderline infuriating. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
79% The Book of Life (2014) " Such a crowded, colorful, more-is-not-nearly-enough aesthetic could easily have felt garish and confusing. But for some reason, it doesn't. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " Based on an old, popular Japanese legend, it starts off like an odd little fable, but then its expansive sadness sneaks up on you. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " It's funny, fast, and charming. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 10, 2014
74% St. Vincent (2014) " It's hard to judge films like this: The destination is often familiar and not always particularly interesting, but the ride itself isn't always so bad, especially when you've got Bill Murray along for company. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 10, 2014
23% Dracula Untold (2014) " I don't want to oversell this film. But in an era in which we've seen a lot of failed attempts to reinvent classic fantasy tales as CGI-action spectacles, it feels remarkably assured. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 9, 2014
29% Men, Women & Children (2014) " The film is so enamored of its own facile ironies that it fails to go anywhere with its observations. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 3, 2014
31% Annabelle (2014) " What we mostly get in Annabelle is what we've gotten from so many other horror films: creaking floors, funky white-robed figures, home appliances that go off on their own, mysterious writing that shows up in mysterious places. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2% Left Behind (2014) " Left Behind is biblical in its silliness. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 3, 2014
81% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Gorgeous, occasionally evocative, but, in the end, mostly dull. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 26, 2014
75% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) " You can sense the movie's desire to break free of the demands of the rock biopic, but you can also sense it constantly being pulled back. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 26, 2014
97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " Certainly for any fan of Cave's, 20,000 Days on Earth makes for a creative, enthralling journey through the man's world. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 19, 2014
39% Tusk (2014) " Tusk is not a particularly good movie, but the vivid anxiety dream at its heart makes it one of the most personal films this writer-director has ever made. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 19, 2014
63% The Maze Runner (2014) " I was quite riveted. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 18, 2014
69% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " In a world full of cheapened, bombastic entertainment aimed at children, this modest, honest little movie feels special in its own way. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 12, 2014
11% No Good Deed (2014) " It's certainly not good. But it's not entirely dire. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 12, 2014
7% The Identical (2014) " It's stocked with clichés, but they're arranged in such weird ways that the end result is both predictable and certifiable. If only any of it actually went somewhere. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 5, 2014
66% Life Of Crime (2014) " It doesn't quite transcend its own haphazard, impoverished story. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 29, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " If it doesn't transcend its genre origins, I suspect it's because it doesn't want to. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 28, 2014
90% To Be Takei (2014) " This could have easily been a platitudinous, self-important mess, but Kroot does a couple of very savvy things here. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 22, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) " You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 22, 2014
18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " The real-life story behind When the Game Stands Tall sounds amazing. But for all its exciting sports scenes, the movie version falls flat as drama. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 22, 2014
93% Frank (2014) " As playful as it is, Lenny Abrahamson's film is mostly a surprisingly earnest story about the compromises and conflicts of art, stardom, and mental illness. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 15, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Those first two movies look like Seven Samurai next to The Expendables 3, a sad, bad, parade of uninspired cameos and listless violence. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 15, 2014
35% The Giver (2014) " A movie that plays like a low-rent Logan's Run crossed with a UNICEF commercial. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 15, 2014
20% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Let's Be Cops has its moments, but it in no way distinguishes itself. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 14, 2014
43% Step Up: All In (2014) " Whatever the other flaws, the dancing itself rarely seems to disappoint in these movies. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 8, 2014
69% What If (2014) " I'll admit it: I fell hard for What If, even as I realized that in an alternate universe I may have wanted to punch all of these characters out. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 8, 2014
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " A moving piece of food porn, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a familiar tale enlivened by some sensitive, sincere touches. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 7, 2014
20% Into The Storm (2014) " Why is it that Hollywood finds it so hard to create a compelling story around weather disasters? " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 7, 2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Your kids may not mind it, but it's more insistent than it is fun. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 7, 2014
79% Get On Up (2014) " Tate Taylor's film cares less about narrative clarity and more about portraying a life lived between the extremes of sin and grace, between the abject and the sublime. It's lively, stylized, and genuinely surprising. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 1, 2014
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The film seems content to be the class clown of the Marvel Universe, which is all well and good. But like most class clowns, sometimes you wish it would apply itself - because it seems capable of being so much more. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 31, 2014
18% And So It Goes (2014) " We get little flashes of story beats, but then it's on to the next thing - never enough to make us really invested in what's happening to these people. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
60% Hercules (2014) " Hercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
62% Mood Indigo (2014) " An elaborate, endless clown-car of whirligig contraptions and unreal images, with little bursts of romantic melancholy peeking out here and there. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 18, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " It is, in almost all respects, a better movie. It's still not particularly good, though. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 18, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it's already a grindhouse classic - dark, dirty, and disreputable. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 18, 2014
46% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Wish I Was Here, not unlike its predecessor Garden State, captures a certain generational drift. It just doesn't know what to do with it. So it beats the damned thing into the ground until it's dead. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2014
14% Rage (2014) " Cage may not always be easy on the eyes, but at his best, you can't turn away from him, because you never really know what he'll do next. But here, the actor plays it drab and dour. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 11, 2014
68% Me and You (2014) " Me and You has the reflection and patience of age, and the fleet-footed energy of youth. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 3, 2014
27% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " After a while, the film's grim, desolate settings come off not so much as a landscape of moral squalor (as in Se7en), but as a tedious attempt to add gravity to a thoroughly generic horror tale. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Earth to Echo has just enough teen angst to toughen up its adorability and to temper its predictability. It's a simplistic movie, but there's a darkness to it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) " Wain's film is both a takedown and a tribute: As with his summer-camp-movie spoof Wet Hot American Summer, you walk away with a renewed love for the genre. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 27, 2014
85% Coherence (2014) " Coherence is a gentle film, but you walk away from it with your brain on fire. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2014
23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Think Like a Man, Too is mostly uninspired and insipid, but it rallies, and builds up enough comic steam by the end that you might find yourself amused. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " It's not so much that Paul Haggis is a bad filmmaker but that his talents seem so unsuited to what he apparently wants to do. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " You spend a lot of the movie confused, but the great big reveals of its finale don't feel very shocking at all. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 13, 2014
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