Erica Abeel

Erica Abeel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , Hollywood Reporter
Total Reviews:
145

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 145
Previous | Next
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
78% Land Ho! (2014) " But Stevens and Katz give naturalism a bad name by making it boring. Land Ho! intends to affirm that even for the graying population, life offers surprises, renewals, fun. Sadly, they're only experienced by the gents onscreen." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " In its focus both on the looming disaster of climate change and the swelling economic disparity between the rich and everyone else, it's both timely and relevant, while keeping the entertainment quotient high." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) " This pungent comedy set in combat's erogenous zone is Polanski at the top of his game." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 16, 2014
63% Filth (2014) " Filth, another wild ride drawn from Irvine's fiction, will likely appeal only to diehard proponents of the writer's dystopian vision. Complicating the issue, though, is the performance of James McAvoy, which is nothing short of extraordinary" — Film Journal International
Posted May 28, 2014
82% The Double (2014) " The Double draws on past literary giants to nail a current malaise with offbeat humor and visionary flair." — Film Journal International
Posted May 2, 2014
94% The Past (2013) " This brilliant dissection of family dynamics and the tyranny of the past weds honesty with slow-burn drama and peerless acting." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 18, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Despite the offbeat-pun intended-casting, in Kill Your Darlings the richly gifted Krokidas delivers a terrific entertainment which updates this origin story with its stinging critique of homophobia." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 8, 2013
80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " And though the plot is wafer-thin, 'Bodies' is less about story than mood and visual poetry, playing like a folk ballad about criminal lovers." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 15, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " A way-cool account of a real-life crime spree in Southern California that trips on Sofia Coppola's failure to take a directorial stance." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 12, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " This third chapter hits new highs as Richard Linklater gets down and dirty about the challenges of long-term commitment. The ongoing saga of Jesse and Celine makes for one of the most engaging love stories in contemporary cinema. " — Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2013
95% Stories We Tell (2013) " A genre-twisting documentary with a fictional vibe that playfully bares the elusive truths about a family of storytellers." — Film Journal International
Posted May 10, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) " Departing her trademark dramas, noted Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier remixes the rom-com in a sparkling cocktail that celebrates the messiness of life." — Film Journal International
Posted May 3, 2013
43% On the Road (2012) " The period detail is perfect and the lensing nails the novel's frenzied rhythms, but a literal-minded approach and miscast lead stall this baby before the finish line." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 19, 2012
78% A Late Quartet (2012) " In this classy, immersive drama, a renowned string quartet must recalibrate following the illness of its patriarch." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 5, 2012
43% The Paperboy (2012) " Southern pulp trash centered on a miscarriage of justice during the Civil Rights era that's wildly entertaining due to fearless turns from Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and a half-naked Zac Efron." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2012
5% 30 Beats (2012) " A heat wave draws a group of New Yorkers into a ring of seduction and desire in this shoddy exercise marked by posturing and pretention." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 19, 2012
76% Unforgivable (2012) " A rich, multi-strand excursion into fatherhood, creativity and desire anchored by a dream cast and set amidst offbeat Venice locales." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2012
75% Sound of My Voice (2012) " A riveting, deftly crafted sci-fi thriller that plays mind games with the viewer." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 26, 2012
74% Norwegian Wood (2012) " A seductive if uneven attempt to bring to the screen a cult novelist's vision of young love." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 4, 2012
12% I Melt with You (2011) " A reunion of four college friends sheds little light on the male psyche in this garbled and unwatchable film" — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 8, 2011
79% Shame (2011) " This riveting, knockout punch of a film about a sex addict works the intersection of art, tone poem and social critique." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 1, 2011
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " This shivery account of the fallout from a creepy cult on a young woman deftly combines the horror-thriller genre with naturalistic drama and marks the arrival of a gifted young director." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2011
73% Like Crazy (2011) " This indie gem explores with uncommon insight the eroding effects of long distance on love." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2011
85% Happy, Happy (2011) " A dour Nordic humor informs this small but appealing comedy of couples in crisis in the snowy North." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 12, 2011
63% Another Earth (2011) " In a remarkably assured debut, Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, his star and co-writer, churn a mesmerizing tale of redemption through a sci-fi premise about a twin planet." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 19, 2011
78% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) " With newspapers going bankrupt country-wide, director Andrew Rossi offers an up-close view of the players, stories and struggles at America's paper of record, making a persuasive case for traditional newsgathering" — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 13, 2011
86% Submarine (2011) " Gifted newcomer Richard Ayoade delivers a delightfully edgy romp about first love, styled as a home movie and diary, and starring Craig Roberts in a career-making turn." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 1, 2011
84% Jane Eyre (2011) " Lovers of Charlotte Bronte's classic will luxuriate in the spooky Gothic atmosphere, but the film's pallid Jane fails to nail a character who changed how women view themselves." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 11, 2011
77% In A Better World (2011) " ...it's refreshing to encounter a deeply involving film unafraid of raw, visceral emotion, a film that for once thinks almost too big. " — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2011
87% Blue Valentine (2010) " Powerful, raw and fluidly shot, this history of a marriage told in shuffled time stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, two of our finest young actors." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 16, 2010
98% Inside Job (2010) " A blistering, eye-opening documentary with the potential to change America." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 20, 2010
76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010) " Soaring visuals of the mighty mount combine with a portrait of intriguing George Mallory to hit a new peak in adventure filmmaking." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 29, 2010
61% The Concert (Le concert) (2010) " In this lumbering farce with maudlin top notes, a group of displaced Russian musicians attempt to reclaim their former glory." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 21, 2010
66% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) " From venerable French filmmaker Alain Resnais comes a trippy, genre-bending meditation on the vagaries of passion that widens the boundaries of cinema, but engages the intellect more than the emotions." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 18, 2010
52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " Unscrolling at the intersection of high art, drama and sex, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky brings a pair of legends to vibrant life." — Film Journal International
Posted May 25, 2010
91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) " This psychological thriller from Argentine Juan José Campanella boasts a fine cast and spiky dialogue, but thematic bloat blunts its power." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 12, 2010
94% Home (2009) " This original but overlong fable about a family menaced by industrial progress captures fears about a planet out of control." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 30, 2009
35% New York, I Love You (2009) " This collage of vignettes breathes life into New York's edgy lovers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2009
87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) " A bold, riveting tale of wartime resistance borrowing the form of a noir thriller." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 17, 2009
87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) " A bold, riveting tale of wartime resistance borrowing the form of a noir thriller." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 16, 2009
64% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " In this brilliant and provocative chamber piece, the ever-inventive Steven Soderbergh captures the life of a high-end call girl, equating it with the entrepreneurs she services." — Film Journal International
Posted May 13, 2009
13% The Informers (2009) " Gregor Jordan and Bret Easton Ellis take no prisoners in this uncompromising, expertly crafted shocker about hedonism in early-'80s L.A." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 17, 2009
18% Reunion (2009) " This reunion of old college friends gets a leaden treatment in what is effectively a one-act play posing as a film." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2009
59% The International (2009) " Tom Tykwer's globe-spanning thriller about corporate malfeasance offers ideas, pace, beauty, and an aces turn from thinking-man's action hero Clive Owen." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2009
57% Defiance (2009) " Recreating true events, this rousing, impeccably lensed World War II drama depicts Jewish partisans battling Nazis in the woods of Belarus, with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber outdoing themselves as heroic fighters." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 29, 2008
72% Lust, Caution (2007) " For those willing to enter its dangerous world, the rewards of this film are great." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 27, 2007
57% Interview (2007) " At film's end, we happily say adieu to a pair who deserve each other more than they imagine." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 13, 2007
27% Evening (2007) " Even the lineup of superlative thesps can't mask the pandering, manipulative ploys at the film's cheesy heart." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 29, 2007
92% Sicko (2007) " [Moore] turns potentially dry material into a film that's funny, poignant, and a call to arms." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2007
79% A Mighty Heart (2007) " Those willing to stay with this often demanding film, though, will find an unusually balanced view that celebrates not only Mariane's courage, but the Pakistanis who fought valiantly on her behalf." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 6, 2007
Showing 1 - 50 of 145
Previous | Next
  • Sort by Rating:

    Sort results by this critic's rating. This option is only available for critics with a rating system (4 star, letter grade, 1-10, etc.)

  • Sort by T-meter:

    Sort results by the Tomatometer (percentage of critics recommending a certain movie)

Best to Worst Sampling

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile