Eric D. Snider

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
I was born and raised in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (it's boring; don't go there!). I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in journalism, and once killed a guy with my bare hands in a bar fight in Tijuana. I was film critic and various other entertainment-y things for a daily paper in Utah, and now work as a freelance writer. I have a column called "Snide Remarks" that I publish on my Web site, as well as an e-zine (fancy word for "e-mail newsletter") of movie reviews called "In the Dark." In addition to my own site, I write for Film.com and Cinematical. When I grow up, I want to be Scott Weinberg.
Favorites:
Memento, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Mary Poppins, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raising Arizona, Anchorman, Jaws, Psycho
Publications:
About.com , Cinematical , DVDTalk.com , eFilmCritic.com , EricDSnider.com , Film School Rejects , Film.com , GeekNation , Movies.com , Pajiba , Twitch
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
3231
Total QuickRatings:
15
Location:
Portland, OR

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
C 19% Transcendence (2014) " Barely scratches the surface of the fascinating moral and scientific questions it hints at." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
4.5/5 80% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " An evocative rumination on adolescence... honest, impressionistic portrayal of youthful summertime memories" — About.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
62% Draft Day (2014) " A year from now, your dad will enjoy watching this on cable." — GeekNation
Posted Apr 11, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " With two very solid entries now, the Captain America branch of the Marvel juggernaut might accidentally make patriotism cool again." — GeekNation
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Funny, if not gut-busting, and well-executed, if not a masterpiece. " — About.com
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 70% Oculus (2014) " Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. " — About.com
Posted Mar 31, 2014
22% Sabotage (2014) " Gross and off-putting, a luridly "gritty" crime drama populated by sleazy characters (including the alleged good guys) and marked by a casual disregard for human life." — GeekNation
Posted Mar 28, 2014
C 40% Divergent (2014) " Nothing more than facile, easily digested teenage wish-fulfillment based on a shaky futurist premise." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Mar 26, 2014
84% Joe (2014) " A reminder of director David Gordon Green's knack for atmosphere, and of 17-year-old Tye Sheridan's status as one of the most promising young actors in the movies today." — GeekNation
Posted Mar 15, 2014
63% Bad Words (2014) " Doesn't offer enough laughs to compensate for its mean-spirited behavior or lackluster story. " — GeekNation
Posted Mar 15, 2014
B- 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " It feels like a pilot episode: perfectly good entertainment, but do you really want to spend money on it? Then again, 90,000 people already did, and I suspect they'll be pretty pleased with the outcome." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/5 92% Journey To The West (2014) " Characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting." — About.com
Posted Mar 12, 2014
100% Chef (2014) " To paraphrase someone in the film, it seems like Favreau is cooking for himself again." — GeekNation
Posted Mar 12, 2014
B+ 100% Neighbors (2014) " Tight and lean and eminently watchable, like Zac Efron's torso." — Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " if there's one thing Cheap Thrills stands for, it's fun -- sick, demented fun, the kind that hurts the next day." — About.com
Posted Feb 28, 2014
D 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Somehow more cartoonish than Disney's version, which actually was a cartoon." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
D+ 24% Pompeii (2014) " The paper-thin characters, wan dialogue, and rehashed plot make the volcanic debris a welcome sight when it finally arrives, 70 minutes in." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Congress (2014) " We've seen all of the film's elements before, but this combination of them is heady and new. " — About.com
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " This hand-drawn, water-colored French-Belgian concoction is a sweetly deadpan delight. " — About.com
Posted Feb 15, 2014
D+ 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The talents of the three leading men are wasted on a shallow, misguided story that lets them talk a lot about boners and pooping but gives them no opportunity to be funny or charming." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Feb 14, 2014
C- 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " The film isn't campy enough to be fun or smart enough to be good, but it passes by quickly and without doing any serious harm to the viewer." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 93% Locke (2014) " A one-man show, dependent entirely on Hardy's performance as a man whose personal and professional lives are in danger of crashing down around him." — About.com
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " It's still packed with bone-smashing violence, but at 148 minutes, it's packed a lot more loosely." — About.com
Posted Jan 31, 2014
100% The Guest " A peculiar mix of suspense, humor, violence, and beloved genre tropes." — GeekNation
Posted Jan 28, 2014
17% God's Pocket (2014) " If Slattery can make something even marginally watchable out of these dismal prospects, just think what he could do with a more human and well-developed set of characters." — GeekNation
Posted Jan 28, 2014
6.5/10 92% Calvary (2014) " McDonagh, for all his agility as a writer, stumbles in fleshing out the story." — Film.com
Posted Jan 26, 2014
6.5/10 80% Land Ho! (2014) " Sublimely enjoyable, but never digs deep enough to give itself much weight." — Film.com
Posted Jan 25, 2014
5.0/10 43% Cooties " A weak but enthusiastic cannibalistic child-monster movie." — Film.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
6.5/10 100% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " How can you hate a movie that has a giggly Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig making fart noises at each other?" — Film.com
Posted Jan 23, 2014
9.0/10 80% The Voices " A loopy, ghastly, funny, morbid and unforgettable 100 minutes" — Film.com
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 94% The Past (2013) " Sensible and restrained, full of drama but not with histrionics." — About.com
Posted Jan 21, 2014
36% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Phony, shallow, and completely disconnected from reality. To make matters worse, it thinks it's sincere, deep, and realistic." — GeekNation
Posted Jan 20, 2014
8.5/10 94% Whiplash " Guaranteed to send you out of the theater on an adrenaline high." — Film.com
Posted Jan 20, 2014
C- 18% Ride Along (2014) " Relies entirely on Hart's shtick for its laughs, of which there are a few but not enough." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3.5/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " The film gets by on its cast of fine actors doing charismatic work, and that's enough to recommend it. But it's a shame Wells couldn't capture the extremes of the play -- the hilarious highs as well as the devastating lows. " — About.com
Posted Jan 13, 2014
A 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Like many of the Coens' films, this one has a dark whimsy to it, peculiar and funny but run through with deep melancholy. " — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jan 9, 2014
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The film is exactly the sort of thing we mean when we talk about the arts reflecting, ennobling, and strengthening a culture." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Dec 31, 2013
D 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Airless and flat, like it was made by aliens who don't understand how human emotions work." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Dec 26, 2013
30% Grudge Match (2013) " It feels like a braying network sitcom, complete with supporting cast made up of stock characters, including Precocious Child, Old Man with No Verbal Filter, and Fast-Talking Black Guy." — GeekNation
Posted Dec 24, 2013
C+ 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Reflects light from other sources but doesn't produce any of its own. " — EricDSnider.com
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " The film falls into the trap of reducing a great man's life to a series of plot points." — About.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " The film has a sort of disciplined looseness to it, tightly paced and shrewdly constructed but also ridiculously entertaining." — Twitch
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 47% Reaching for the Moon (2013) " A respectable biopic that's perfectly watchable and charmingly photographed, but that could stand to loosen up a bit. " — About.com
Posted Dec 10, 2013
6.0/10 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Somewhat better than last year's meandering dud - a slight improvement on a movie that should have been pretty easy to improve upon." — Film.com
Posted Dec 10, 2013
61% Hours (2013) " It's possible that the lackluster script, with its go-nowhere plotting and surface-level emotions, could have been rendered watchable by a talented and charismatic actor. But with Walker, it never stood a chance. " — Twitch
Posted Dec 2, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " Despite a handful of amusing quirks, Homefront is a tedious and forgettable affair." — GeekNation
Posted Nov 27, 2013
6.8/10 49% Black Nativity (2013) " Its pastoral ambitions compensate for its lack of finesse." — Film.com
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4.5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " A magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama.... Judi Dench's central performance is unreservedly endearing." — About.com
Posted Nov 26, 2013
D 38% Delivery Man (2013) " An awe-inspiring achievement: a movie that is 100% disconnected from reality, without a single plausible moment or believable character." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Runs smoothly and efficiently for its first 90 minutes, effectively mixing dark humor, social commentary, and pure story- and character-driven entertainment." — Twitch
Posted Nov 20, 2013
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