Erik Childress

Erik Childress

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Erik started reviewing films as a frequent guest on the Jonathon Brandmeier Radio Showgram (105.9 FM in Chicago / 97.1 FM in LA) back in 1998 through 2001, which led to a mailing list over the Internet of his reviews to listeners of the radio show. Known as "Erik the Movieman", these appearances also attracted the attention of another Chicago radio show host, Nick Digilio (WGN 720 AM in Chicago, 11-3 AM Fri, 1-4 AM Sat, 12-2 AM Sun) where he's now become a regular guest on his Sunday night show to finish up the movie discussion. He is also on to discuss impending awards, top ten lists, new articles, etc...) Erik was also heard on Buzz Kilman & Wendy Snyder's midday show in Chicago (105.9 FM WCKG, 11-2 PM Mon-Fri) from Jan 2001-Mar 2002. Erik writes for eFilmCritic.com and has been a member of the Online Film Critics Society since February 2000 and also became the first online writer inducted into the Chicago Film Critics Association alongside such names as Roger Ebert, Michael Wilmington and Dann Gire.
Favorites:
Back to the Future, JFK, the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films, E.T., pretty much anything directed by Steven Spielberg, Aliens, Broadcast News, Die Hard, Flash Gordon (1980) (Hey - I was a kid!)
Publications:
Cinematical , eFilmCritic.com , Film Threat , Hollywood Bitchslap , Movies.com
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1209
Total QuickRatings:
24
Location:
Elk Grove Village, IL (Chicago)

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 17% Very Good Girls (2014) " Nothing rises above the level of an after school special, though, making this a disappointment in about every conceivable way." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2014
0.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Deserves placement amongst some of the worst comic book films to date (Marvel, DC or otherwise) and is the kind of travesty that should draw the wrath of its most fervent fans and kill the prospects for further entries into the franchise." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 1, 2014
3.5/4 77% Noah (2014) " Succeed or fail Aronofsky was going to try to provide some greater depth to a story that would fit nicely into a filmography that has been rich with the search for a higher power, whether it be science, drugs, fame or forgiveness." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
1.5/4 19% Sabotage (2014) " This is a screenplay so convoluted - and poorly-acted to boot - that the vicious blood bursts are more an awkward standout than some reminder that this is a gritty, realistic look at the DEA's war vs. drug cartels. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 100% The Babadook (2014) " Throw in a few fresh images, great performances and enough creepy audio to have you fearing those dark corners again, and you have one entertaining and frightening experience in store." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " This film deserves to be seen as a major breakthrough for Jenny Slate who commands the kind of humor and honesty that stars possess." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 25, 2014
3.5/4 42% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Braff's heart is very much 'in it' as Natalie Portman's Sam would say, and while his character fantasizes about science fiction role-playing, the complete storyteller is looking for the reality in our everyday fictions and how it applies to all of us." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Characters acting falsely just to fool some imaginary 3rd party who may be looking on like The Purple Rose of Cairo is as bad as a living room magician from pre-school telling their spectators to close their eyes while they hide the ball. Only not as cute" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Justin Lin has upped the level of in-the-moment set pieces over the past two films to somewhat forgive a few of its many notable flaws. But enough crazy ideas does not exactly add up to a successful film if the execution remains inconsistent." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 23, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " Where Agatha Christie's fiction took you towards many of the very same solutions, You're Next ups the stakes to having its protagonists fight back and that only adds to the level of insane pleasure. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " The wraparound hour may not be very good, but those middle 40 minutes are a lot of fun." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " Most shocking of all is that while Spring Breakers takes some time to find its bearings, this may be the most confident and artistically-grounded film of Korine's career." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 88% The Punk Singer (2013) " Over two decades of Hanna's life in just 80 minutes has us wanting more, not to mention the opportunity to share her story as a way to show that feminism is not an ugly word, nor are the hearts of the proud women behind it." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3.5/4 98% Mud (2013) " Mud is a beautiful, humorous, tension-filled and sad tale with more great work from McConaughey about learning the hard way that love and mud can be a synonymous mixture that we will always have trouble running away from." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/4 98% Before Midnight (2013) " When the lists of the greatest trilogies are made, Linklater, Hawke & Delpy's deserves to rank alongside LOTR, Christopher Nolan's Batman and the original Star Wars as one of the most epic of all. Because it is about all of us, the world and everything. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/4 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Polley points the camera at members of her own family and not only informs on where her directorial efforts stem from but confirm her as one of the best and most interesting filmmakers working today." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
2/4 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " The twosome and threesome of Shelton's past becomes six individuals, each dealing with an aversion to emotional and physical contact to such an extent that, by the end, it may be hard for the viewer to feel much of anything." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
0.5/4 28% Ass Backwards (2013) " A below-90-minute running time is not even a silver lining to a film that lives up to its name in more ways than one." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 75% The Kings of Summer (2013) " Toy's House is what Moonrise Kingdom might have been like if the director's played-out style and monotone quirkiness had not interfered with its similar tale." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3/4 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " A viewer may have a heavy heart in wondering precisely just what was fact and what was fiction but there is little doubt at how emotionally effective Coogler's version of the story actually is." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
2/4 92% In a World... (2013) " Bell's film wants to tell the tale of Hollywood and its vocally-gifted minions picking up the mantle for a new era, but shockingly buries its own lead until it practically becomes an ironic parody of itself." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " It winds up being one of the biggest tonal messes - comically, dramatically and morally - that is ultimately like trying to watch a Judd Apatow production of Shame." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
0.5/4 34% Hell Baby (2013) " Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House no longer can own the title of the worst horror spoof of 2013. " — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
1.5/4 55% The Look of Love (2013) " he Look of Love forgets all the other senses when it comes to getting what makes Paul Raymond so fascinating, desensitizing us to caring even less about him than the 60th breast that flashes across the screen." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/4 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " The Spectacular Now does not come close to earning that certain kind of isolation that teenagers feel, certainly never coming close to equaling the year in Charlie's 'Wallflower' existence." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2013
1/5 23% Ready to Rumble (2000) eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 50% In Our Nature (2012) " Like Carnage it gets off to a rocky start in keeping all its protagonists from leaving the movie. But if you can make it past that - and John Slattery helps a bunch - Brian Savelson's film settles into a nicely mature story about airing grievances." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Nov 29, 2012
1.5/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " If the name Nicholas Sparks was within fifty feet of it, it would be laughed out of the theater sight nearly unseen." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/4 89% Starlet (2012) " Both Hemingway and Johnson give solid, believable performances and one could guess that even if Baker & Bergoch's script didn't feel as natural as it does, we would still feel OK spending time with the pair portraying their protagonists." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " David O. Russell delivers wonderfully left-of-center entertainment time and time again and this is no exception. But this is a film that ultimately belongs to Jennifer Lawrence, thus solidifying her as one of the best actresses of any age working today." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " With a decidedly Spielbergian flair, the theme of altruism takes on great meaning through the other side of this tragedy and the characters bring emotional closure to more than just their own triumphs." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Hopefully we will be able to outlive the debate of its existence between those who feel it to be a bloated mess and others like me who view it as potentially a very important and lasting piece of work." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " Overall, maybe 13 or 14 of the 26 segments are worth a look. In school that would result in a failing grade, but for anthology films it's a pretty decent B-" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 85% End of Watch (2012) " A serviceable cop flick with two solid central performances. Two men riding around in a car is to David Ayer what hands-on-wheat is to Terrence Malick." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 22, 2012
3/4 65% Antiviral (2013) " Between father and son, Antiviral is certainly the most interesting film of the Cronenberg lineage since A History of Violence and easily the most Cronenberg-y film since eXistenZ. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 19, 2012
3/4 35% Aftershock (2013) " Aftershock gets a little Sunshine-like ridiculous in its final act and becomes a bit too routine, but for a good hour this is a genuinely successful disaster flick with real terror, gory surprises and all the nasty fun a horror fan craves." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 19, 2012
2/4 78% Brave (2012) " It wasn't enough that Disney already made a direct-to-video sequel to Brother Bear, but now the company that changed the future of animation has gone hopelessly into the past to deliver a story with even less consequence. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 21, 2012
1.5/4 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " It is as if the writers tossed off everything they learned from Almost Famous and instead went with the subtle empowerment message of Coyote Ugly. That's right folks, if you are a woman appearing in Rock of Ages chances are you a big ol' whore." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 15, 2012
2.5/4 73% Prometheus (2012) " The not-a-prequel tactic is a failed smoke screen since its strength is the connection to the beginning of a universe. Eliminate it and you are left with just another muddled creature feature with ideas more grandiose than the writers exploring them." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/4 98% The Loved Ones (2012) " Horror fans are going to love this, but those who recognize a filmmaking skill to go along with the gore may appreciate it even more. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 31, 2012
1.5/4 70% Men in Black III (2012) " A lazy, paceless lump of special effects and zero laughs" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 28, 2012
2/4 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Much like watching the Monday episode of a weekly soap opera with its 4-5 storylines all competing for dominance and then realizing that the mess of a screenplay is not going to give us the Tuesday-Friday wrap-ups." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted May 11, 2012
1/4 38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) " I suspect many people will be on board, as I was, with Lockout for about 5 minutes. Fortunately, anyone can go to YouTube and see them without seeing what comes next: 85 minutes of shoddy plotting, direction and full-on boredom." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 13, 2012
3/4 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " For the first two acts, it works better when it is going for laughs rather than scares, but by the time the climactic battle comes around all bets are off as the film turns into a Willy Wonka funhouse of homage and carnage that is most satisfying." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1.5/4 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " Virtually no rooting interest in the heroes or their journey or even a worthy villain worth jeering. Watching it is like listening to Del Griffith try to tell you an anecdote; shifting from point to point with nary the thinnest of connections. " — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 30, 2012
1.5/4 8% The Babymakers (2012) " Broad humor has served Chandrasekhar and his clan in the past, but this is a project that should have been aborted on the cover page once he read as far as 'by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow.'" — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3.5/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Gary Ross made a real movie. Not dumbed down and not just pandering to a PG-13 teenage audience. By visually telling the story entirely through Katniss' point of view he cleverly gets around many of the potential obstacles and objections one might have." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 23, 2012
2/4 51% John Carter (2012) " The difference with Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean is that most of their action is memorable and filtered through a charismatic hero who fills in the downtime. The flat turns the story takes make it more The Adjustment Bureau meets Spaceballs." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 90% Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012) " The film cannot help but be described as colorful just based on the visualizations of White's work alone, but his persona matches his creations as he tries to prove that art does not have to be uber-serious and can just be fun." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 —— Bad Brains: Band In DC " There is an impressive amount of archival material here, in line with Cameron Crowe's amazing Pearl Jam Twenty, and if a barely casual observer of the music scene can take interest, true hardcores will find a lot to love here." — eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
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