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
4/5 72% 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
4/5 92% Birdman (2014) "It's a lot of things-a backstage drama, an absurdist comedy, a quasi-autobiographical revelation, a self-aware jab at blockbusters, a wannabe social-media age satire, and a piece of technically superior magical realism-but one thing it isn't, is subtle. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "It has plenty of conflict, but is virtually free from the demands of traditional plot-heavy films. It carries the ring of truth at least partially because its subtext is everything, and its scenes are rarely about what they're really about. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "If there were a grumpy old man who lived next door to every latch-key kid in America, we'd have a lot more well-adjusted children in the world. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
4/5 100% Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988) "Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Nov 22, 2014
3.5/5 92% Frank (2014) "It's the rambling middle section that sticks out, partially because of an emotionally satisfying final turn that keeps things appropriately dark. Being artistically pure is no simple thing, and Frankis an apt symbol for outsider artists everywhere. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/4 59% My Old Lady (2014) "My Old Lady doesn't break any new ground and sometimes feels too much like a play, but its actors help smooth over some of its more predictable patches with their estimable charm. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 97% Pickpocket (1959) "... it's the strange quality of non-actor Martin LaSalle that sets the film apart. Is he as dead inside as he appears to the outside world? His criminal existence alienates him from the people he cares about even as he continues to pursue it. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 97% Insomnia (1998) "... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 92% Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) "... a coming-of-age film with startling emotional depth and complexity, set against the backdrop of class differences in Mexico. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 53% I Origins (2014) "When it shifts away from the relationship, it really starts to feel forced. You can feel Cahill's hand leading you down the path toward another "discovery," and you can only hope the end will justify the means. Put simply, it doesn't. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4.5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) "It may be two and a half hours, and it may avoid the normal conventions of plot, but it has a weight and substance that feels like nothing else ... a truly singular movie-going experience. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) "Better than the first perhaps because the cultural references are tied more organically to the emotional state of their characters. Or perhaps it's because "The Trip to Italy" is just funnier, tighter, and more focused. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 100% Vengeance Is Mine (1979) "The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/4 82% Hangmen Also Die (1943) "An effective cat-and-mouse thriller and a paean to resistance, designed to give strength to those under Nazi rule. For a propaganda movie, it's surprisingly dark and not afraid to show the human cost of resistance. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
3/5 80% The One I Love (2014) "Duplass and Moss have great timing and they pull off some inventive gags with aplomb, selling some of the more heady concepts of Justin Lader's inventive script. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
1.5/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) "A trashy, scattershot serial-drama-cum-media satire that's more agenda-based than character-based. One day we'll look back and chuckle at how seriously people took Gone Girl the same way we do now at Fatal Attraction. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Oct 6, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "There's plenty of action, of course, but it's the heart and humor, delivered consistently throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, that make this tongue-in-cheek space opera the perfect fit for the 21st Century. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
1.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "There are no surprises to be found here. The Expendables 3 is exactly what you'd think it is-a disappointing mish-mash of a throwback, trading in on its star power, with its eye safely fixed on producing more sequels " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 36% God's Pocket (2014) "A tonally scattershot indie film. The biggest misstep of the movie is the trite narration from Richard Jenkins, who espouses a kind of low-level loser pride in his columns for the local paper. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4.5/5 86% Borgman (2014) "Clearly allegorical, but what exactly it speaks to (some personal version of familial unrest, no doubt) is probably different for everyone. Regardless, it's a fascinating film with darkly comic moments that bears repeated viewings. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3.5/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Hoffman's performance is filled with exasperation at a world that refuses to see things the way he does, and he gives profound voice to this commonality amongst us all. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
2/5 39% Tusk (2014) "Smith deserves props for following this whimsy all the way through, but all things considered, Tusk is a suspense-less, predictable film that's seriously hampered by a lack of narrative invention and unique style. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/4 56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) "... has a slow and natural progression, as Anderson's oceanographer searches for the shark that killed his partner, getting sidetracked by every possible diversion along the way. The diversions are kind of where it's at. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 89% Judex (1963) "Franju's lack of serious coaching in the acting department shows how little he cared for things like motivation and subtlety. Instead he gets his kicks fashioning surreal set pieces that transcend the melodrama that the plot seems designed to support. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 92% L'Eclisse (1962) "Two hours of space between people and space between objects and people, " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/4 66% The Rover (2014) "It's not a pleasant movie, but The Rover twists genre tenets to expose the need for connective tissue that lies somewhere beneath the dark depths of men's souls. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) "Transformers: Age of Extinction isn't so much a movie as it is a 165-minute propaganda film made to appeal to the widest demographic possible - but mainly for China. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) "Snowpiercer alternates between sudden violence, high camp, and heavy-handed political allegory with breakneck speed, and even when its disjoined plot mechanics seem a little too convenient, it's brimming with new cinematic technique. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "Jodorowsky's 'Dune' could probably have never been as good as 'Jodorowsky's Dune'-- a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring movie. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) "Plato says that "the unexamined life is not worth living," and this touching documentary makes a powerful statement about a rich life lived at the movies, examining life. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 96% Ida (2014) "What is fascinating is how Pawlikowski reveals so much by simply sticking with Ida and Wanda and acutely observing their behavior. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/5 66% Lucy (2014) "It wants to be a thinking man's action movie, but it's really a by-the-numbers revenge movie for people who thought The Butterfly Effect was profound. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4.5/5 89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) "Over 60 years later, Ace in the Hole has lost none of its sharpness. The only thing that's hard to believe about the movie is that Wilder and his co-screenwriters could have been this far ahead of the curve in their criticism of the media. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 49% Maleficent (2014) "There's several moments where the titular character sits around watching other people and waiting for things to happen. In order to re-invent it from her POV, there were bound to be a lot of things that don't make sense, such as believable motivations. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 74% Godzilla (2014) "A foreboding aura manifests itself, and what Gareth Edwards and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey do throughout all of the giant monster scenes is keep them in perspective, framing every shot of the monster with scale in mind. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Shows Singer exercising some much-needed control over the franchise he built 14 years ago and wrangling a lot of loose ends -- a welcome return, and although the material itself is a little unwieldy, it successfully brings together characterizations. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2.5/5 34% Stage Fright (2014) "Writer/director Jerome Sable fills his script full of so many leftover plot elements and references to other movies that it chokes the life right out of it. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 9, 2014
2.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) "Maybe if it would have embraced the dark side of parenting, and really let Mac and Kelly go off the deep end like most parents sometimes wish they could, it would have been a more striking movie - and one with something to say. " ‐ Lawrence.com
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) "Kurosawa was drawing influence from American directors like John Ford, so its an enjoyable film, but sometimes the movies that influenced a generation of filmmakers lose some of their luster because they've been borrowed from so many times. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 73% Oculus (2014) "Remove the supernatural threat and you have a film that preys on the sometimes scary dynamic of any dysfunctional family. Leave it in and you have a genuinely creepy ghost story that spotlights some nightmarish scenarios without resorting to gore. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 72% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) "Mori hammers home her status as a pop culture icon to a numbing degree, perhaps because parts of Bettie's spotty narration gloss over huge chunks of her life while other portions reduce what might otherwise seem fascinating to one-dimensional levels. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
4.5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) "Aptly named, it feels otherworldly. It explores the the difference between simply being sentient and actually becoming sympathetic. As a moviegoing experience, it is thrillingly alive, hearkening back to the heyday of '70s art cinema. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
4/5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) "Somehow, despite all the meta digressions, unlikely coincidences, and nihilistic tendencies of von Trier's storytelling (the ending certainly subscribes to this leaning), a convincing sense of sadness and loss comes through. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) "It stubbornly adheres to old-school comic conventions and can sometimes feel like an episode of the cheesy '60s Batman TV series. This may drive some audiences batty, but as classical tribute, the throwback strategy is quite charming. " ‐ Scene-Stealers.com
Posted May 2, 2014
.5/5 19% 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 89% 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 90% 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 41% 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
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