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 , Complex , DVDTalk.com , eFilmCritic.com , EricDSnider.com , Film School Rejects , Film.com , GeekNation , Movies.com , Pajiba , Twitch , Vanity Fair
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
3280
Total QuickRatings:
15
Location:
Portland, OR

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " We may have seen this movie a hundred times before, but Neeson treats it like it's brand-new, and like it's not pulp but literature." — GeekNation
Posted Sep 19, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " The power to turn a so-so script into a half-decent movie with nothing but one's own acting prowess and personal magnetism is a mighty power indeed." — GeekNation
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4.5/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " You may not be prepared for the masterful way that Miller keeps us off-balance and uneasy, or for the gnawing sense of doom that gradually builds." — Complex
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4.5/5 90% Mommy " A blast of pure cinema, an intense, intimate drama ... that vividly captures a range of exhilarating emotions from elation to despair. " — Complex
Posted Sep 3, 2014
67% Madame Bovary " A handsome production that should appeal to fans of handsome costume dramas." — Vanity Fair
Posted Sep 3, 2014
89% 99 Homes " A sort of morality play... intense, heartbreaking... Michael Shannon is magnetic." — Vanity Fair
Posted Sep 3, 2014
4/5 94% Birdman (2014) " Manic energy and overriding sense of fun... The lunatic performances by Keaton and Norton are the highlights." — Complex
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/5 95% Two Days, One Night " A simple yet riveting drama... Cotillard's tender, heartbreaking performance ... makes the message impossible to forget." — Complex
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3.5/5 78% Rosewater (2014) " A perfectly good but utterly unremarkable drama that wouldn't garner much attention if it weren't the directorial debut of The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. " — Complex
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/5 82% Wild (2014) " Witherspoon gives an unvarnished, all-in performance, free of vanity and entirely devoted to telling Strayed's grueling, triumphant story." — Complex
Posted Sep 2, 2014
85% The Imitation Game (2014) " A glossy, conventionally entertaining account of Alan Turing's top-secret military work ... a rollicking wartime story first, an appreciation of Turing's life a distant second." — GeekNation
Posted Sep 2, 2014
B+ 80% The One I Love (2014) " A playful story with eerie undertones... Duplass and Moss are personable, smart actors with an easy rapport, and the characters are nicely defined." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
C 37% If I Stay (2014) " Spins its wheels with bland melodrama." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Aug 29, 2014
C- 20% Into The Storm (2014) " It's PG-13, so don't expect to see as many deaths of irritating characters as you'd like to." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
C- 19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Faithful to its predecessors in that it is loud, dumb, and aimed at 11-year-olds (and not the smart ones, either)." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
B- 69% What If (2014) " It does apply enough wit and relatable human behavior to the formula to make it recommendable, which is more than you can say for most rom-coms." — EricDSnider.com
Posted Aug 15, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " A general-purpose Action Flick with a formulaic plot and no personality, one that just happens to star several famous actors. " — GeekNation
Posted Aug 15, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Hoffman immerses himself in the character the way he usually did, giving Gunther Bachmann a tragic streak of frustration and righteousness" — About.com
Posted Jul 31, 2014
4.5/5 69% They Came Together (2014) " A spot-on takedown of rom-com cliches ... scathingly satirical ... one of the funniest movies of the year." — About.com
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2.5/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Haphazardly written, the frivolous film doesn't make satisfactory use of its excellent stars, and you'll forget the whole thing the minute it's over." — About.com
Posted Jul 31, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Captures the bittersweet, sublimely humdrum process of growing up in a way that no other single movie has done." — About.com
Posted Jul 31, 2014
60% 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
66% 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 58% 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 18% 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 90% 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 88% 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 86% Borgman (2014) " This humorous, subtly nightmarish tale could be the vigorous brain-boink you've been craving. " — About.com
Posted Jun 16, 2014
84% 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% Live Die Repeat: 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
48% 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 81% 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 88% The Discoverers (2014) " A middling but upbeat entry in the canon of forgettable (but pleasant!) independent comedies. " — About.com
Posted May 26, 2014
B 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Delivers intelligent action, consistent humor, and a compelling narrative." — EricDSnider.com
Posted May 23, 2014
B 73% 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- 62% 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 (2014) " 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 98% 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
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