Erin Free

Erin Free

Agrees with the Tomatometer 60% of the time.

Publications:
FILMINK (Australia) , Hollywood Reporter
Critics' Group:
Film Critics Circle of Australia
Total Reviews:
160

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Fun and fresh, Guardians Of The Galaxy is another winner from Marvel, and further proof of a very old dictum: you've got to gamble big to win big. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2014
44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " While it might not feel as complete and well-rounded as the first movie, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is a worthily prurient follow-up that offers up a whole bundle of new cinematic tricks, and a rogue's gallery of exciting new characters. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 19, 2014
50% The Reckoning (2014) " Stylishly and crisply shot by Jason Thomas -- who reimagines Perth as a bleak, nighttime world of blurry lights and rolling freeways -- The Reckoning unfolds slowly but with great control. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " For fans of the series, and of the action genre in general, the big, bustling, wildly entertaining The Expendables 3 hits all the right notes...and it hits them very hard. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 12, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a textbook example of how to get a blockbuster right: you can have all the mind-blowing action set pieces that you want, but they must be populated with characters that you actually care about. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 9, 2014
92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Bold and ambitious, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is an admirably controlled thrill-ride tempered with perfectly shaded moments of arcing darkness. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " Godzilla is just another big budget slab of sound-and-fury where things like characterisation, logic, and good storytelling get quickly and effectively trampled. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 14, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " A satisfying follow-up to a film that cannily balanced its thrills-and-spills with teen angst, down-to-earth dramatic beats, and relatable family relationships. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 22, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Perfect paced, ingeniously scripted, and constantly compelling, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is, first and foremost, a top-tier thriller...which just happens to have a superhero in the middle of the action. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 30, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " It's an often strange mix, but one that has an ultimately hypnotic quality, as Aronofsky digs not only into the richly freaky psychology of the tale, but also into its crammed hull of visual possibilities. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Mar 26, 2014
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out Of The Furnace is an all too rarely seen type of film: a big-feeling drama that proves that ambition doesn't have to be solely connected to the size of a film's budget and the number of special effects shots that it has. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 28, 2014
49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Mclean remains true to genre expectations with Wolf Creek 2, though he departs from the norm by actually turning out a strong, bone-grinding follow up that doesn't smear the legend of the first film. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " Layered with strongly crafted characters, and snaking thriller plot, the results are compelling, thought provoking, and highly entertaining. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " The story of Nelson Mandela is a truly extraordinary one, and while Justin Chadwick's biopic never stoops to hagiography and always entertains, it sometimes feels like the weight of the narrative is too heavy for one movie. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 7, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " Remake or not, Robocop's many, many problems are all brand new, and have little to do with the cruelty of comparison. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 6, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " ...an unhinged and highly quotable near-instant-classic, which constantly and ingeniously mines laughs from the most despicable and debauched behaviour imaginable " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2014
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Though about one of the most undeniably commercial movie companies in history, there's something enjoyably strange about Saving Mr. Banks, and its gallery of unusual characters. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2014
93% American Hustle (2013) " Director David O. Russell delivers once again with this wonderfully performed, wildly entertaining dissection of The American Dream. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 11, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Francis Lawrence has crafted a gripping, richly textured sci-fi thriller with reams of underlying dystopian subtext. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 18, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Ridley Scott's latest film is occasionally a little too willfully obscure for its own good, but it still rates as a top-notch and highly original crime thriller. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Rush is Howard's most exciting, compelling, and utterly entertaining film in years, and feels like a movie made by a much, much younger filmmaker. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2013
13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " The brilliant Jeff Bridges is pretty much the whole show in this lazily enjoyable tale of afterlife cops doing battle with ghostly ghouls. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 10, 2013
59% Riddick (2013) " an acceptable sci-fi actioner, though after all this time, it ultimately rates as a safe return for the title character, rather than one that really grabs the audience by the throat and goes in for the kill. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 10, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " In the end, Kick-Ass 2 just kicks the audience's arse too much, and with too much unnecessary force... " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " By mixing raunchy laughs with genuine warmth, this pot-dealing comedy sparks up as a gag-filled surprise about the need for familial connection. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 14, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " In an ironic twist, this time it's the everyday that proves more involving and amusing than the film's shaky detour into the extraordinary. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 30, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " At its best when keeping its action and characters grounded, this is a leaner, less-explosion-heavy comic book flick than most recent efforts, and thankfully absolves the sins of its much-maligned predecessor. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 23, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Pacific Rim proves that when the pilot of the film is a smart, switched-on filmmaker, even a loopy blockbuster about robots fighting monsters can have heart, brains and charm. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 9, 2013
31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " It's like Dumb & Dumber out on the range, but without the laughs. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 4, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " Snyder largely succeeds in creating an epic piece of blockbuster filmmaking that still understands the value of smaller, intimate moments. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 26, 2013
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Sure, these films are hardly of the blue ribbon variety (and they don't pretend to be), but you actually do care about what is going to happen to the characters, which makes you gladly go along for the ride. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Breaking the mould is usually a brave and admirable cinematic act, but when it crashes the party here, it proves to be the ultimate big screen buzz-kill. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 21, 2013
80% The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) " ...the best kind of film: big enough to be bracing, but small enough to draw you right in, and then exercise a firm, vice-like grip. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted May 8, 2013
28% Drift (2013) " Predicting which Aussie films will swamp the box office is near impossible, but in terms of quality, this honest, heartfelt flick well and truly keeps its head above water. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " The third installment in the game-changing Iron Man trilogy takes all the hard work done by Marvel Studios in creating a rich, thoughtful but never po-faced cinematic universe, and turns it into a big joke. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " Rich with ideas, and driven by extraordinary visuals, the occasionally confusing but deeply rewarding 'Oblivion' is a top-flight slice of sci-fi. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Apr 10, 2013
90% Lincoln (2012) " Lincoln is a far more reckless, entertaining, unusual, but ultimately horribly uneven film than its pedigree may suggest. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Feb 3, 2013
88% Django Unchained (2012) " Tarantino is starting to look more and more like an angry teenager in his bedroom going, "Wouldn't it be good if..." " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jan 21, 2013
50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " A classy old school character drama that dips into sentimentality in its final stages, but remains first-rate in every other aspect. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
68% God Bless America (2012) " Though hilariously funny and luridly hypnotic, God Bless America is quite possibly the angriest and saddest film of the last ten years. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2012
75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " A blisteringly original take on the American crime movie that's as thrilling as it is sobering. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) " This Prohibition-era crime drama boasts bravura performances, unforgettable characters, moments of shocking violence, and enough in-your-face entertainment for three films. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
93% Looper (2012) " Matching its intelligent and taut thrills with richly developed characters and thought-provoking questions, this is one of the decade's best sci-fi flicks. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
26% Kath & Kimderella (2012) " It may not be a slickly, richly cinematic experience, but it's something more important than that: funny. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Sep 6, 2012
30% Total Recall (2012) " Len Wiseman's remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi cult classic is dull, repetitive and uninspired, despite a big budget and an attractive cast. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 23, 2012
55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " Fast paced, tightly plotted and strongly performed, The Bourne Legacy is an inventive continuation of the groundbreaking Bourne series. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Aug 16, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " Epic and exhilarating in its ambition and execution, Christopher Nolan delivers another landmark in comic book cinema and also a wholly satisfying end note for fans. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 18, 2012
88% Not Suitable for Children (2013) " This smart, soulful and surprisingly darkly-hued comedy throws up a handful of interesting questions about personal responsibility. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 10, 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " If you can get over the feeling that this is all very familiar, this superhero flick is a winner - nailing both the impressive action and the touching personal beats. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jul 5, 2012
34% Swerve (2013) " Firmly sticking to its noir roots, this is a modest but well-crafted achievement which remains entertaining throughout. " ‐ FILMINK (Australia)
Posted Jun 6, 2012
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