Eric Harrison

Eric Harrison

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Houston Chronicle , Los Angeles Times
Critics' Group:
Houston Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
555

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 83% Atonement (2007) " It is mindful art doubling as unapologetic entertainment, an ode to eros and errors assembled with vision and meticulous care." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Dec 7, 2007
97% When the Levees Broke (2006) " Even more than Do the Right Thing, until now Lee's major achievement, When the Levees Broke is simultaneously his most searing and topical movie and the one most assured of enduring." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 22, 2006
A 81% The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) " Despite the movie's humor and sense of irony, it takes on a sense of somberness as it progresses." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2005
99% Apocalypse Now (1979) " Apocalypse Now did help provide me, and many of my generation, with a vision of what film art could achieve, a vision so magnificent it doomed us to spend much of our subsequent moviegoing lives in a funk." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2005
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) " This take on undersea adventure movies, though studded with amusing bits, feels smug and self-satisfied, as if the quirkiness no longer is merely a by-product of the way Anderson views the world." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2005
B+ 84% Kissing Jessica Stein (2002) " Westfeldt and Juergensen are both appealing actresses." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2005
A- 84% George Washington (2000) " It's possible to keep one's feet on the ground and still appreciate the film's quiet verbal and visual poetry." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 21, 2005
3/4 41% The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005) " An accomplished first film that manages to comment on the current situation in the Middle East while dealing movingly -- and in very human terms -- with the importance of heritage and history in contemporary life." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 24, 2005
4/4 85% Batman Begins (2005) " Batman Begins is a remarkable movie. In making it, Nolan swept aside not only the other Batman films but the whole over-burdened shelf of previous super-hero flicks." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2005
4/4 61% Nina's Tragedies (2005) " A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 10, 2005
2/4 41% High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005) " I can't say much, except that we've seen it too many times in the past, and each time half the audience feels cheated." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 10, 2005
2/4 59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) " A cute little romantic comedy buried under enough overblown action, gaudy firepower and special effects to fill a Jerry Bruckheimer picture." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 10, 2005
4/4 81% Layer Cake (2005) " A gangster film, despite what its title suggests, that ranks with the best of the genre." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 27, 2005
3/4 80% Chrystal (2004) " It's meandering and uneven, but much of it is powerfully effective and affecting." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 27, 2005
3/4 70% À tout de suite (Right Now) (2005) " [Isild Le Besco] has an unusual look and the ability to appear unformed, hard, vulnerable and sexy all at once." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2005
3/4 46% Don't Move (Non ti muovere) (2004) " It has grand flourishes, bold strokes and a soundtrack that swells with emotional Italian and American rock, but it doesn't go over the edge of sentimentality. It's too hard-edged and its acting is too restrained and fine for that." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 20, 2005
2/4 25% Mindhunters (2005) " You'd think these agents' training would kick in, that they'd analyze the situation, deduce who is behind the killings and put a plan in place to stop it. You'd be wrong. They panic like ants after their hill has been stepped on." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 13, 2005
3/4 87% 3-Iron (2004) " Here is where things get murky, intriguingly so." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 13, 2005
3/4 75% Crash (2004) " An ambitious and often wonderful movie, an expansive look at urban life -- the fractious, noisy whole of it -- filled with witty, biting and insightful writing." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 6, 2005
3/4 39% Kingdom of Heaven (2005) " A $130 million epic with much to marvel at and great battle scenes, but it dazzles the senses while barely touching the heart." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 6, 2005
3/4 56% The Interpreter (2005) " An uncommonly well-crafted political thriller." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2005
3/4 97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) " Alex Gibney's documentary based on the book is pretty much straight-ahead journalism" — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 22, 2005
87% The Aviator (2004) " This undoubtedly is the movie Scorsese set out to make, and he made it exceedingly well. Still, we can fault him for choosing to celebrate its subject instead of examining him." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2005
4/4 70% Off the Map (2003) " [A] lovely film, which hardly ever makes a move that feels wrong." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 21, 2005
2/4 40% Intoxicating (2003) " At first, these uncomfortably long shots create an air of ominousness, until we realize they don't signify anything." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 15, 2005
3/4 69% In the Realms of the Unreal - The Mystery of Henry Darger (2005) " It is an engrossing introduction to the artist and his work." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 15, 2005
3/4 53% Melinda and Melinda (2005) " The Shawn character says, 'Moments of humor do exist (in life). I exploit them, but in a tragic context.' Allen couldn't have said it better himself." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 8, 2005
3/4 65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " At the movie's core is a question that all couples face: How much of one's identity must a person give up in order to make a relationship work? The filmmakers show good marketing sense in balancing the romantic elements with sports." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 8, 2005
2/4 22% In My Country (2005) " Watching it is like drinking a glass of Alka-Seltzer before the tablet is dissolved. Afterward, you're glad you drank it -- it wasn't that hard to swallow -- but you would've preferred a nice chardonnay." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2005
3/4 47% The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) " Even with such a powerhouse actor as Day-Lewis, this movie belongs to Rose, who is sensitively played by Camilla Belle, an accomplished young actress who should have a bright future." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2005
3/4 78% Sin City (2005) " Except for the striking images, it starts to fade even as you're watching it. It is such a bold and striking movie, however, that for the first time we can appreciate the full potential of what Rodriguez has wrought." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2005
1/4 43% Guess Who (2005) " There's never a question how things will turn out. (If you don't know: Recent Hollywood movies about interracial romance usually turn out well if the guy is white and almost always end tragically if he's black.)" — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 25, 2005
2/4 15% Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005) " It's absurd and predictable, but fans of the first movie should like this at least as much." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2005
2/4 85% Gunner Palace (2005) " We don't get to know the soldiers as individuals well enough." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2005
4/4 90% Head-On (Gegen die Wand) (2005) " Akin calls this his most personal movie. Every frame bristles with authenticity and honest emotion. He's the real thing. His movie is stunning." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2005
3/4 83% Inside Deep Throat (2005) " Above all, the film is a lively, music-filled social history." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 4, 2005
2/4 44% The Jacket (2005) " At times it seems like a daring mindbender. At other times, it just seems unintentionally absurd." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 4, 2005
2/4 30% Be Cool (2005) " There's really no need to pay much attention to the plot." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Mar 4, 2005
2/4 76% Brother to Brother (2004) " An uneven but provocative drama." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2005
2/4 46% Constantine (2005) " Occasionally, Reeves forgets what movie he's in and strikes a Neo-like pose." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2005
2/4 33% You I Love (Ya lyublyu tebya) (2004) " The film starts as an entertaining postmodern take on bedroom farce but quickly becomes the kind of sprawling, unpredictable and sexually charged tale associated with Pedro Almodóvar, but without the storytelling discipline." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 11, 2005
4/4 72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (2004) " Ranks as one of the most powerful recent adaptations of the bard's work." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Feb 4, 2005
2/4 43% A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) " First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2005
3/4 42% Callas Forever (2004) " The film's portrait of the singer is indelible. The story as a whole, however, doesn't hold together, primarily because the imaginary characters and situations that surround her are so inadequately sketched." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2005
3/4 13% Hide and Seek (2005) " For the first hour or so it builds inexorably to an excruciating level of dread. It does this so well, we're willing to forgive the small lapses of logic it takes to get us there." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2005
68% The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) " Features a bravura performance by Penn as a frustrated and deluded loser, but there isn't much else to recommend. The story is a one-note drag." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 21, 2005
3/4 88% Bad Education (La Mala educación) (2004) " Like all of Almodóvar's films, Bad Education takes the audience down unexpected roads and switchbacks." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2005
4/4 88% The Woodsman (2004) " A compelling drama that pulls back the curtain on a problem of epidemic proportions." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2005
4/4 83% In Good Company (2004) " It's more fun than Sideways and just as adult, but because it hews closer to genre formula (and therefore is somewhat more obvious), you'll find it on few if any Top 10 lists." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 14, 2005
4/4 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " Because of the subject matter, this feels like one of those films you see because it's good for you. But it also is an extraordinarily moving drama." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2005
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