Eric Melin

Eric Melin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Kansas City Star , Lawrence.com , Scene-Stealers.com
Critics' Group:
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
835
Total QuickRatings:
83

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
.5/5 22% Sabotage (2014) " A cynical piece of trash that thinks it's smarter than it is. It's what happens when filmmakers mistake "violent" and "unlikable" as keywords for gritty adult entertainment. None of those traits matter if your movie is just plain stupid." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3.5/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " The crossroads between technology and art has always been troublesome. Without either, we might not have some of the art world's greatest treasures. Certainly without digital video, we wouldn't have this wonderfully entertaining movie either." — Lawrence.com
Posted Mar 22, 2014
2/5 40% Divergent (2014) " Yes, kids should embrace individuality, and yes, they should think for themselves. But this thinly veiled metaphor can be rough going sometimes, and the humorless, dumb script asks way too much of its cast." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 22, 2014
4/5 92% Persona (1966) " Persona probes the depths of the human psyche, even as it examines the ways in which people tell stories and create new realities. Its themes are timeless, and it still holds up today." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 22, 2014
2/5 42% Oldboy (2013) " Maybe the giant leaps of faith that the original script calls for were easier to swallow 10 years ago, or perhaps it's just that Lee's version seems to mannered to be convincing." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 22, 2014
2.5/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " Zusak's story is stirring, and it holds the film up during most of its predictable parts, but The Book Thief never rises too far above that. The narration from Death only serves to make it more like some sort of fantastical fairy tale." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 22, 2014
1.5/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Hitting the same story beat four times in one movie isn't very common (and a really bad idea), but it isn't concerned with telling a story so much as it's on a rinse-and-repeat cycle of purging CGI blood as and one-upping the last big battle." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2.5/5 30% Austenland (2013) " an interesting diversion that holds a lot of promise at first, is pleasant but generally underdelivers throughout, and then almost redeems itself with a last-minute twist that almost makes sense considering the movie's core weakness." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The Armstrong Lie is a fascinating portrait of a man in denial, told from the firsthand perspective of Gibney, who himself was duped at a certain level by Armstrong's own confidence and charm. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " The satire's still there, albeit not as angry and more obvious, and the targets have shifted. It may not have the original's subversive nutso attitude but there's a couple of crazy surprises up its sleeve and a surprisingly engaging story." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " It's a decidedly mediocre effort, with exactly one memorable action scene, and when it pushes too hard into sentimental territory, it feels completely unearned." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 21, 2014
1/4 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The characters, their motivations, the plot machinations, the forced banter - it's all contrived. Not only can you see the entire story coming from miles away, there's a late-in-the-game plot twist that feels desperate and tonally wrong. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4.5/5 98% Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) " Murnau deftly balances the changes in tone, going from a deep foreboding to complete bliss, and using Expressionistic techniques like forced perspective, wonky set design, and long shadows to project a huge range of emotion." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Pine brings Ryan to life as a real person -- one who gets in over his head and is actually nervous about it, instead of acting like a puffed-up action cliché. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3.5/4 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " It steers away from any kind of sentimentality, so any time serious discussion of success or failure - either commercially or artistically - come up, they are torpedoed like some kind of sick joke. That itself carries a special kind of poignancy." — Lawrence.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/4 94% Her (2014) " It doesn't just reflect the ways that technology has irrevocably changed our life, Her challenges the nature of our humanity and exposes a raw nerve. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " There's not much time between fighting for the audience to contemplate the tricky ethical questions that surround the mission, so the film becomes a tale of courage, professionalism and persistence." — Lawrence.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " It's a treat to see old-school film technique and makeup design rather than an overabundance of CGI work." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 96% Thief (1981) " It's almost as if Mann was shot out of the womb fully formed as a visual artist, because the slick, neon-lit widescreen images of 1981′s Thief echo his later films." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jan 8, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " A cynical, nasty satire about humans regressing to infantile levels. I would love for it to be the final, insane word on indecent power-hungry Wall Street behavior, but you and I both know that probably won't be the case, so trust me, it's okay to laugh." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
2/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " It fast-forwards past a ton of struggle and conflict to get its character to a heroic place, and after the CGI-heavy daydream scenes, the real-life scenes just lose their luster." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) " Believe it or not, amidst all of the oversized collars and outlandish suits, [Russell] wrings pathos out of [his characters]." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 30, 2013
2/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " The artificial nature of the story is part of the point, of course, but there's not a strong enough satirical streak here to keep it afloat." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Very similar to LOTR with lots of walking montages and an identical central conflict--the corrupting temptation of the ring and a call to courage for a hobbit. Far from the journey then, it's individual moments that elicit the greatest pleasure." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3.5/4 92% Nebraska (2013) " Dern's portrayal of Woody takes on new shades, and its impossible not to warm up to him, just as the emotional resonance of his story sneaks up on you. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 93% All Is Lost (2013) " The key ingredient to the film's success is Redford's vulnerability. He's trying so desperately to stay alive that he has few moments for reflection, but they register - and all without the aid of dialogue." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1.5/4 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Scott Cooper musters zero surprises in a script that takes too long establishing a tired premise and plays it out in grimy, dull fashion." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/4 45% All Is Bright (2013) " Morrison films this redemptive story - which has some hard-to-swallow moments - with a dusty gray palette that suits its characters and masquerades the story's more obvious sentimentality." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2/4 51% White House Down (2013) " Directed by Roland Emmerich (the guy who blew up the White House once before in Independence Day), it has that old-school buddy action vibe, but it falls just short of really working. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 93% The Three Faces of Eve (1957) " Woodward is solid and the entire film turns on her performance, which gets deeper and more convincing as the story opens up a bit. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey's nonstop energy and his character's will to survive carries the film, even in its most conventional moments." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3.5/4 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Two fearless performances and three hours later, the movie succeeds in bringing such emotional complexity to life that its easy to relate to for anyone who has been in love." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Through a rich, grueling portrait of the machinery of institutionalized slavery, it asks us to examine the rotten core of slavery and how it permeates our entire culture, not just to ponder life in the 1840s." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " After a good 20 minutes of laborious setup, the film finally moves forward. When it does, it's the charisma of the actors (especially Tom Hiddleston) and the film's sense of humor that keep it afloat." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " As Daisy's conflicts become more typical of the genre (which was especially crowded this summer), there aren't any new insights to unearth." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " It posits that the spirit of community forged by the musicians that created this music was part of its magic, and listening to it in the movie, it's hard to argue. The records they created defined an entire genre and hold up today as completely timeless." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Hood balances Ender's ascension in the military -- filled with conventional but exciting montages about beating the odds -- with scenes that, although all-too-obvious, challenge the morality of his situation." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/4 95% A Woman Under the Influence (1975) " Despite the fact that there's a lot of technique on display here, the film still described as cinéma vérité, which I suppose is a testament to how raw and emotional it all feels." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
1.5/4 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " Since all the "characters" are archetypes, there's no way to really climb inside Only God Forgives and be emotionally affected by any of it." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
1/4 10% Embrace of the Vampire (2013) " The film is caught in a spin-dry cycle where there's a ton of conflict (nightmares, school pressure, peer pressure) but no mounting action. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
1.5/4 29% Plush (2013) " Plush is all over the map, but when its characters prattle on about how important their art is amidst all that terrible pose-heavy music, its really insufferable." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 28, 2013
2/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " Inevitability is a theme foreshadowed and then played out in grisly fashion throughout The Counselor, which is crammed with so much nihilistic philosophizing that it makes the fatalistic tirades of Killing Them Softly seem like Fried Green Tomatoes." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/4 85% Slacker (1991) " Linklater is very aware that his film doesn't have a linear narrative and the movie is structured with that knowledge, as well as for a variety in tone and theme. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " As a technical achievement, it's unparalleled...and its depiction of courage leaves a lasting impression. The little triumphs are always tempered by huge moments of melancholy and doubt, because there's always more harrowing danger just around the corner." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " ...too long and doesn't hold up the tension or danger long enough. Hanks lends his Phillips some emotional heft, but the typical heroics of the Hollywood thriller seem out of place in this style of presentation." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Carrie understands the natural desire of an audience to want to see revenge acted out on bullies, and is content to be what is essentially a superhero origin story." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/4 89% Rush (2013) " The racing scenes are dizzying. Quick-take point-of-view shots alternate from various spots inside the car and on the track, while engines roar away. The stakes for each race are clearly set out, and the result is thrilling." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " Swims in the murky waters of moral complexity, content to skim the surface without engaging fully with the questions it raises...delivers a disappointingly convoluted mystery plot in an attempt to give the audience what it thinks it wants." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
1.5/4 10% Killing Season (2013) " It wants to be a war-is-Hell 'coming home' story, but it ends up playing like a cheap action flick starring two men who are obviously too old to be running through the woods beating the living crap out of each other. " — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
3.5/4 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " [The story is] told in the moments before and after most of the conflict ... and constructed with dream-like cinematography ... a really strong film." — Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Aug 30, 2013
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