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:
3259
Total QuickRatings:
15
Location:
Portland, OR

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
62% Hercules (2014) " Mostly it feels like a waste of time, and not in the good way that summer hours are meant to be wasted." — GeekNation
Posted Jul 25, 2014
59% Lucy (2014) " What might we be capable of if we used all of our brains? Anything! Whether it makes sense or not! As long as it fits the needs of the scene." — GeekNation
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C 18% Sex Tape (2014) " I find it hard to believe any of these writers couldn't come up with funnier ways to exploit this premise." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " A considerably less interesting but not altogether worthless exercise in ham-handed social commentary and wanton violence." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
D 16% And So It Goes (2014) " Can anyone involved with the film have imagined that it would be clever, original, entertaining, or interesting? You know we've seen movies before, right?" — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Bittersweet yet entertaining in its blockbuster sensibilities... Directed with serious intensity." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jul 22, 2014
4/5 87% Obvious Child (2014) " The humor is balanced with small dramatic beats that lend authentic emotion to the proceedings. " — About.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Bong's top priority is to deliver a meaty, satisfying action adventure, and he succeeds there like the world-class filmmaker he is. " — About.com
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Relentlessly upbeat... Captures the peripatetic energy of youth." — About.com
Posted Jun 24, 2014
4.5/5 85% Borgman (2014) " This humorous, subtly nightmarish tale could be the vigorous brain-boink you've been craving. " — About.com
Posted Jun 16, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Overcomes the limitations of a sequel by facing them head-on, doubling down on the meta-references and staying a step ahead of us with multi-layered jokes and split-second sight gags." — GeekNation
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B+ 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A satisfying chunk of sci-fi entertainment, breezily but carefully directed by Doug Liman to be a cerebral summer spectacle." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Jun 8, 2014
4/5 59% Hellion (2014) " Apart from a bit of improbable melodrama in the last act, it's a solid and affecting film with a positive message." — About.com
Posted Jun 3, 2014
4/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " A highly satisfying bit of pulp fiction that uses its ever-changing trajectory to its advantage. " — About.com
Posted May 30, 2014
49% Maleficent (2014) " Hey, kids! How would you like to see a new version of Disney's Sleeping Beauty that isn't animated and doesn't make any sense? " — GeekNation
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 80% Whitewash (2014) " A bemusing semi-thriller full of low-key quirkiness that's elevated by Church's personable performance." — About.com
Posted May 30, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Where five or six chuckles in 22 minutes isn't a bad average, five or six chuckles spread out over 117 minutes is dismal." — GeekNation
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 86% The Discoverers (2014) " A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies. " — About.com
Posted May 26, 2014
B 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Delivers intelligent action, consistent humor, and a compelling narrative." — EricDSnider.com
Posted May 23, 2014
B 74% Godzilla (2014) " This is no expensive lark tossed off by goofballs working for paychecks. This is Godzilla, made a director who wanted to get it right." — EricDSnider.com
Posted May 16, 2014
C- 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " The film paints all the numbers the right color, but it does so without passion or joy. " — EricDSnider.com
Posted May 14, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The whole thing is starting to feel like a Ponzi scheme. 'Come see the latest adventure! Don't worry if it's not great - the next one'll dazzle you!' But that's what you said last time!" — GeekNation
Posted May 1, 2014
4/5 80% Zero Motivation " Bold Israeli comedy with a loose style and deadpan humor." — About.com
Posted Apr 30, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Tightly focused and uncluttered suspense drama about a man on a tragic mission.... Jeremy Saulnier delivers a simple but gripping piece of somber entertainment. " — About.com
Posted Apr 28, 2014
83% Intramural (2014) " While a more disciplined approach might have rendered a tighter, more polished film, its shagginess is appealing." — GeekNation
Posted Apr 25, 2014
B 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " An upbeat celebration of movie love and the creative process, brimming with entertaining anecdotes about 1970s Hollywood and what it's like to work with a mad (but very friendly) genius." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Apr 25, 2014
5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " A uniquely surreal and understated film... Unnverving, unforgettable." — About.com
Posted Apr 24, 2014
63% In Your Eyes " It's missing Whedon's trademark zing, but fans who savored the sappier aspects of "Buffy" and "Angel" may find it swoon-worthy." — GeekNation
Posted Apr 24, 2014
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 82% 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 74% Oculus (2014) " Much better than a film about a haunted mirror has any right to be. " — About.com
Posted Mar 31, 2014
20% 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 41% Divergent (2014) " Nothing more than facile, easily digested teenage wish-fulfillment based on a shaky futurist premise." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Mar 26, 2014
86% 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
64% Bad Words (2014) " Doesn't offer enough laughs to compensate for its mean-spirited behavior or lackluster story. " — GeekNation
Posted Mar 15, 2014
B- 78% 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 93% Journey To The West (2014) " Characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting." — About.com
Posted Mar 12, 2014
88% Chef (2014) " To paraphrase someone in the film, it seems like Favreau is cooking for himself again." — GeekNation
Posted Mar 12, 2014
B+ 73% Neighbors (2014) " Tight and lean and eminently watchable, like Zac Efron's torso." — Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 88% 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+ 29% 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 82% 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 89% 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
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