Erik Childress

Erik Childress

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 No Score Yet 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
3/4 71% We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012) " A fascinating documentary that is scary no matter whom you side with. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Scarlet Road " The best aspects of the film involve Rachel and the clients; a true human interest story that should reach beyond any moral objections one has towards however people want to label her. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 68% God Bless America (2012) " We may be ready to crown Goldthwait as the modern Frank Capra for the America that we have created. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Mar 8, 2012
3/4 59% Wanderlust (2012) " Consistently funny throughout, it's a great ensemble that is enlivened by Paul Rudd having some of the funniest moments of his already stellar career. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 24, 2012
0.5/4 11% Gone (2012) " Imagine Tyler Perry directing the lamest remake of Kiss the Girls imaginable and you can get a sense of how flat-out awful the storytelling and character development is in this one. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 24, 2012
4/4 95% West of Memphis (2012) " Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh coupled with director Amy Berg (responsible for the excellent Deliver Us From Evil) have delivered a stand-alone treatment of this injustice that outshined any narrative I saw at Sundance this year. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3.5/4 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " One of those great movies to experience with an audience starved for the kind of action meant to elicit applause like the end of an opera number. The action is certainly stop-and-start throughout, but once it starts there is no way you want it to stop. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3.5/4 89% Compliance (2012) " Craig Zobel fashions tough, challenging material in the guise of a dark comic thriller and those too willing to dismiss it or drum up unnecessary controversy are part of the problem and not the solution. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3.5/4 56% The End of Love (2013) " Not sure if The End of Love's Mark Webber got that callback from Paul Thomas Anderson, but the Mark Webber who made The End of Love deserves to be getting a few. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 46% Save The Date (2012) " After so much emotional dishonesty inherent in Sundance films like Hello I Must Be Going and Celeste & Jesse Forever, Save the Date had a welcome air of truth about it. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 29% Red Lights (2012) " This is the second horror subgenre that Cortes has injected fresh life into and no matter what side of the debate you come down on in Red Lights, you cannot deny that he is a talent worth anticipating. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 No Score Yet Joven y alocada (Young and Wild) (2012) " A film that respects sex and the emotional consequences that follow once the heat wears off. It also is not a condemnation piece about religion even as it calmly exposes the hypocrisies of suppressing the natural order in order to let go of one's ego. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 94% The Sessions (2012) " Using a healthy dose of humor and some very winning performances, The Surrogate makes for a perfectly nice, if not challenging, film. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) " It may not be as great as Bridesmaids or even as outrageous and sharp as Zack & Miri Make A Porno, but of all the female-centric comedies at Sundance this year, this was certainly the funniest. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " Safety Not Guaranteed succeeds on its own merits by adapting our expectations towards more basic ideas of human nature rather than the fantastical sci-fi notions of the mind. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 93% Room 237 (2013) " Hopefully Ascher will continue this trend by examining all the hidden tricks, gimmicks and stylings of other brain-twisting cinematic treats as they can provide genuine insight into the work of a director. Even if it's all just nonsense. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " Birbiglia has a very matter-of-fact charm about him and gives the simplest of observations wonderfully sardonic weight. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/4 81% Excision (2012) " A dark comedy that may not quite be Lucky McKee's masterful May but should earn fans along the lines of Ginger Snaps and Teeth " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Feb 16, 2012
1.5/4 35% The Thing (2011) " The Thing becomes its own beast; a thawed out creature from the past desperately trying to survive by imitating those that melted it down in the first place for their own selfish path to fame and fortune. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 14, 2011
3.5/4 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " Unlike Me and Orson Welles from a few years ago, this is more than just an interesting footnote in history wrapped around a performance. And the star of it all is Williams, who from second one on screen IS Marilyn Monroe in a performance for the ages. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2011
3/4 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " If ever a movie gave you a hankering for jam and a vasectomy in one sitting, it would certainly be Lynne Ramsay's latest. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 11, 2011
2/4 60% Real Steel (2011) " Most viewers over the age of 12 will feel they have stepped into a confused, unambitious piece of futurama weighed down by Shawn Levy's uninspired and limp direction. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 6, 2011
3/4 93% 50/50 (2011) " 50/50 is not just another crude piece of mockery. Crude at times, yes, but at its occasionally uneven soul is a very funny and bluntly moving tale of living within the fringes of potential death. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Oct 6, 2011
4/4 94% Moneyball (2011) " Baseball is more than just America's pasttime or America's game. It IS America. Moneyball should leave outsiders more appreciative of the game through an exceptionally crafted piece of work and true baseball lovers in seventh heaven. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 21, 2011
4/4 93% Drive (2011) " Drive is quite simply the best film that Michael Mann never made in the period where Thief, Manhunter and the scores of Giorgio Moroder and Tangerine Dream secreted off the screen and into our veins. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 16, 2011
3.5/4 84% Contagion (2011) " Steven Soderbergh is given the opportunity to scare us and it is the calm with which he does it that should frighten us all the more. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 9, 2011
4/4 83% Warrior (2011) " The way it cobbles together the multiple storylines and relationships makes Warrior a more emotionally satisfying film than The Fighter. Lionsgate may want to get the train going on an Oscar campaign for Nolte. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Sep 6, 2011
0/4 0% Swinging With The Finkels (2011) " If you make it to the so-called happy ending, think aloud if Swinging with the Finkels would have lived up to its name better if the titular couple ended their relationship on the business side of a noose. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 26, 2011
1/4 10% The Family Tree (2011) " Think Overboard with masturbating, asphyxiated teens, gun-toting/weed-smoking priests, lesbian high school teachers preying on her students, a parade of wasted talent, and Bow Wow. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 26, 2011
3/4 58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) " Occasional visitors into the haunted house fray may want to peek their head in, if only to see how quickly they peek out. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 26, 2011
3/4 72% Fright Night (2011) " It really comes into its own thanks to a great ensemble, an underlying theme about growing pains that should embolden the hypnotized Twilight fans and a rare, genuine mix of horror and comedy that complement each other as well as it did 26 years ago. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 18, 2011
2.5/4 61% Final Destination 5 (2011) " Maybe the filmmakers just got a little lazy, but it was disappointing to watch it wrap itself by becoming just another killer-in-human-form thriller. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2/4 76% The Help (2011) " Almost succeeds solely on the strength of its acting, but The Help cannot escape the central hypocrisy that should have been easy-as-pie to fix. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 10, 2011
0/4 25% The Change-Up (2011) " A screenplay that should equally insult every single AND married man who witnesses this catastrophe. They say you have to hit rock bottom before you can find clarity. Well, after their Hangover, Lucas & Moore certainly did it with The Change-Up. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Aug 5, 2011
2.5/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " Those who want to accentuate Captain America as a blueprint for how comic book movies should be made, must footnote such hyperbolic statements with an asterisk referring to the first half. Cause the second half puts a noose onto all its momentum. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 88% The Hedgehog (2011) " Develops into a deeply charming and smile-worthy little film with Balasko drawing us in bit-by-bit as she opens up to Kakuro's more-than-casual advances. And if you leave with ten minutes left to spare, you will be able to hold onto those feelings. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 21, 2011
1.5/4 66% The Women on the 6th Floor (2011) " Over an hour in, the film would like to be some kind of reverse Ball of Fire, but none of it is remotely believable nor funny. Luchini is a big dud and Verbeke has a nice smile, but has nowhere to take it except the kitchen and upstairs. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 21, 2011
2/4 85% Romantics Anonymous (2011) " CarrĂ© and Poelvoorde are nice and cute in their scenes together, but just as it seems it is going to make some concessions in its second act, it is already over. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " There are many connections we can make to No Strings Attached, but easily the most favorable is that like the former, it also turns out to be a really sharp and funny surprise that treats its vulgarity in adult terms rather than childish shock value. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 21, 2011
4/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " The continuous flow of the two movies will hopefully be molded into a single 4-hour plus experience on Blu-ray (where Eduardo Serra's cinematography will really pop) and solidify its place as one of the best final chapters of any movie franchise ever. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 13, 2011
1/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Audiences may be shocked when they discover that only about 40% of the running time involves scenes of talking animals. That 60% of PG-rated adult material does not qualify under the mold of 'a little something for the entire family.' Just mold itself. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
2.5/4 No Score Yet Vampires (2010) " There is the occasional dark, droll observation, but when they try to wring an actual plot out of the material we are thrust into a long, final stretch that feels like an extended what-are-they-doing-now epilogue from Christopher Guest's movies. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/4 43% Ironclad (2011) " A certain bloody matinee charm to it, if your idea of charm is brutally graphic combat scenes and well-known faces hamming it up in the downtime between. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/4 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " Spotty in its commitment to the darker elements of the material, but damn if this is not an example of actors taking control of nearly every scene and turning it into one of the more consistently funny efforts of the year. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 7, 2011
3/4 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " With Hanks sharing screenwriting duty with Vardalos, you can almost make a game out of which characters and plot elements were of her invention and which ones he eventually smoothed out into a comedy that once it gets going is hard to stop smiling at. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 30, 2011
2/4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " To get to the much-ballyhooed final act, you have to suffer through a painful 95-minute comedic train wreck of flaunted jingoism and insulting anachronisms. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 28, 2011
2/4 45% Bad Teacher (2011) " Has no appreciable arc for any of the characters and if it wasn't for the work of Jason Segel who appears to have shown up with his own script, this would have been an even more brutal affair. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 24, 2011
1.5/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) " A hypocritical bore of a film that is fundamentally no different in tone, humor and plot than your average Larry the Cable Guy film. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 23, 2011
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