Eric Melin

Eric Melin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Eric Melin's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 31% Chappie (2015) "There is something about this messy mashup of Robocop, Frankenstein, Short Circuit, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and trashed-up wannabe gangster "zef" culture that just works man, against all odds. Even when it doesn't. Which is often. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
1.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Commentary on how audiences always want "bigger" over "better" is not enough. It's window dressing. You still have little kids in danger of being eaten by dinosaurs run amok and a guy who thinks he's the Dinosaur Whisperer. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "This has to be the best-sounding movie ever made, and like Brian Wilson himself, it's full of naked emotion, while still retaining an air of mystery. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/5 93% Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons) (2002) "Fassbinder is going for realism, but almost a heightened, stagey version of it. This strategy makes the film more deeply felt, amplifying the awkwardness. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 71% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) ""Magician" is a brisk documentary that dismantles many Welles myths, some of them by the great man himself - as he tells the same story three different ways in different interviews. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% Le Silence de la Mer (1949) "Although the movie's narrative and acting style are typical of older films, "Le Silence de la Mer" has a modern sensibility and feel, embracing subtlety and ambiguity in a way that was idiosyncratic at the time. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/4 97% Limelight (1952) "It was Chaplin's last great film, and it showcases not just a love for the performing arts (she's a ballerina, he's a vaudevillian), but also Chaplin's effortless sentimentality. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 13, 2015
2/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "When Bird's movie clicks, it's easy to believe that human intelligence and ingenuity can overcome impending global disaster. That's why he should have given his audience more credit and not spelled everything out for them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Hope is a mistake. But this represents a certain kind of hope that's contagious. As technology continues to improve and digital effects persist, it's refreshing to see an old-school master get back to basics - and use his powers for good. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Like Greek gods before them, superheroes are our modern myths, so why shouldn't they examine issues of the classic texts in our time? The end credit sequence actually gives this idea a visual corollary, as it shows a giant Hellenistic statue. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 91% White God (2015) "When it's all said and done, "White God" delivers an indictment of both sides, and its one that, despite its canine (anti-?)heroes, rings with an undeniable sadness and human truth. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 96% Wild Tales (2015) "I hope that Quentin Tarantino, whose obsession with revenge pictures has started to reveal kinks in his armor, has seen "Wild Tales." While it embraces elements of the spaghetti western as Tarantino's films do, it also finds new ways to explore them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "From a narrative standpoint, "The Wrecking Crew" is scattered, which limits its appeal to pop music aficionados. As one of those people, I enjoyed the film despite its lack of forward movement. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "Garland's film sexualizes Ava to an embarrassing degree, which also is its entire point. His aim is to have his cake and eat it too, with images of female nudity literally created for the male gaze, subverted, and mined for maximum uncomfortability. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 75% Secretary (2002) "Shainberg sets up a restless quality in both characters, and he takes them very seriously but it still comes as a bit of shock to see what is normally considered to be sexist behavior finally and ultimately embraced. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "The actors are completely secondary. The hoops they jump through to get to the next action scene are just that. The expositional dialogue [starts] only after the action scene has, because they know we don't care why they're there: We're already with them. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 96% It Follows (2015) "The only control the teenagers have in the situation is to pass on the curse - and increase their sexual guilt tenfold. It's a brilliantly clean metaphor, not just for sexual nervousness, but also the transience of youth. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "The film has all the low-key charm of a Christopher Guest movie, but it also has the dynamic kick of seamlessly blending its faux-cinéma vérité style with the supernatural. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/4 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941) "... the movie road-trips from its scripter's typical cynicality to finding an assured kind of resonance in the third act in the most unlikely of places. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947) "It shows Montgomery still taking chances, retaining some seriously robust cinematic flair, courtesy director of photography Russell Metty. There are lots of long, fluid takes and a very heavy atmosphere throughout. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 75% Fellini Satyricon (1969) "There's a numbness to the entire cumulative experience. That's where its true effect lies, and Fellini Satyricon is mostly a reminder of how wide open and full of possibility this particular time in cinema was. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
2.5/4 71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) "A funny, low-budget indie that's at its best when it diverts from what is purported to be the main plot. It proves that Brown and Walter are talented comedic writers who aren't afraid to get more than a little absurd for a laugh. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3/4 98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Like it's subject, the film has an irascible charm. Leigh strips away the myth of the vaunted artist; the highly evolved being with special knowledge. He also avoids the clichés that come with portraying an artist of Turner's stature. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Movies don't put themselves together. Every moment, every cut, and every camera angle is an editorial choice. So is the structure of the movie, which builds its mix of fear and danger sure-footedly, " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "Moore is the real reason Still Alice works. She's so natural and free of vanity. She doesn't telegraph the tragedy of her situation. It's a quiet performance and the uncertainty of how present Alice is undercuts everything, even the joyful moments. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Obsession with reincarnation, blurry gender lines, alternate realities, and new modes of action are just some of the reasons that its diversions are where its at. They're baked into the movie's DNA, even as the screenplay tries to follow familiar tropes. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 84% Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) (1972) "On one level, it is an engrossing character study about changing power dynamics in relationships. On another, it's simply a marvel of fluid, focused filmmaking - where everything in the frame is loaded with meaning. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Palm Beach Story (1942) "It's about as breezy, carefree, and anarchic as romantic comedies get. Full of absurd comedic digressions and bookends that still don't quite make sense, this eccentric road trip comedy would likely never get made in today's Hollywood climate. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " Too often in "Sniper," Eastwood kowtows to our basic need to have clear-cut good guys and bad guys. And when Kyle makes the impossible shot, it feels (in the limited context of the film) like we've actually won something. We haven't. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Miller has a keen eye for examining the intersection of class, money and ambition. The screenplay compresses the timeline, moves key scenes around, and favors character over action, but it absolutely stays focused on these difficult larger themes. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet Syncopation (1942) "The plot is pretty standard, if a little herky jerky, but what stands out above everything is the respect and passion all the characters have for the music. To his credit, Dieterle doesn't really play up the soap opera elements of the story either. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
3/4 90% The Guest (2014) "Barrett and Wingard are more about exploring the wish-fulfillment than getting into any deep psychological warfare. Still, the screenplay knows just when to create more menace and move on, and it escalates the craziness right up to the breaking point. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2/4 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Anderson is too enamored with his terrific ensemble cast. Perhaps 2 hours 20 minutes were needed for the plot to make any kind of sense, but there still feels like a lot of dead weight, and he is unable to infuse it with the energy of his other films. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) "This electrifying film puts the tension, the fear, the courage, and the tragedy in perspective, and dramatizes it through the struggles of people, not rhetoric. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 80% Get On Up (2014) "The screenplay from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth inserts some actual discussion of his songwriting and groove technique, giving the man credit for virtually inventing the funk. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 28, 2015
2.5/4 66% Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014) "... an interesting curiosity that takes chances and gets at a certain truth about its enigmatic lead character. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 52% The Interview (2014) "It is indeed a lowbrow comedy, but it's not just some dumb movie - and the fictitious assassination of a living world leader is not even the most dangerous thing about it. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
1.5/4 86% Top Five (2014) "When it feels loose and lived-in, it starts clicking into place. But when it pushes its characters toward unearned saccharine, it feels as fake as the industry it's supposed to be satirizing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The sad irony is that - given the enormous familiarity with Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth and the almost identical structure and conflict of both trilogies - the sixth and final film is a slog of an exercise; one of stubborn inevitability. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
4/5 90% Wild (2014) "screenwriter Nick Hornby understands aimless characters, and his script is a skillful balancing act. It undercuts an overly serious tone whenever possible and layers in a poignancy that rarely seems forced. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "The Hollywood sheen of its early scenes distances the film from connecting, while later attempts to be gritty become repetitive and ultimately deadening. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It has the slick sheen of prestige Oscar-bait, and its frustrating that it views this most unique relationship-one which surely has more contradictions and asterisks than 99 percent of marriages-through the same lens of every other rose-colored biopic. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3/4 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) "It isn't a political film at all. In fact, it draws its power from its simple underdog story and its modern resonance from the fact that little has changed since then. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 98% It Happened One Night (1934) "Viewed even today with all of its plot elements recycled ad nauseam by Hollywood (for rom-coms, road trip comedies, odd couple/buddy films, etc.), the film still holds up because we believe Gable and Colbert and can identify with them both right away. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/4 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "Gyllenhaal's character isn't actually obsessed with real-life tragedy and carnage. Instead, his predatory creep has something else on his mind: success. Lou is a product of his generation - a DIY careerist, unburdened by a conscience. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
4/4 94% Whiplash (2014) "Even though the film is laser-focused, both Teller and Simmons reveal a remarkable amount of character depth and shading, elevating the clever screenplay to a challenging statement about modern culture. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 9, 2014
1.5/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "Besides being padded with scenes that go on too long and drive home the same story beat that's already been established, Mockingjay - Part 1 is just plain dull. There's only one major plot revelation in the entire movie, and it's obvious from the outset. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4.5/5 97% L'Avventura (1960) "There are certain things audiences have come to expect from the plots of motion pictures, and even in 2014, L'avventura feels angry and fresh because it upends those expectations gleefully. Being anti-plot doesn't necessarily mean that its plotless. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 92% Death Metal Angola (2014) "... more than a treatise on the origins of this bombastic musical style. It's a story of hope. There's no reinvention of the form here, just a solid documentary on a subject you had probably never thought existed. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 71% Interstellar (2014) "Despite some awkward pacing, easy sentimentality, and pandering it's still hard to resist. It's not just Nolan's ambition that should be admired. He actually pulls off scene after scene of unforgettable drama in colossal scale, both in space and on Earth. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
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