Ernest Hardy

Ernest Hardy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , L.A. Weekly , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
472

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen Of Pointe A La Hache (2014) " A must-see documentary." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
80% Detonator (2014) " The script is solid, but the film's greatest assets are Levine's visage and performance." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 8, 2014
95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Haunting and powerful despite its boilerplate documentary form ..." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
83% The New Black (2014) " What emerges is an illuminating look at the ways race, specifically blackness, has been cynically portrayed by the mainstream media, rightwing politicians and religious leaders, and even some white queer activists." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
25% Welcome to the Jungle (2014) " Pushed from the bowels of cinema hell." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 4, 2014
86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " Its banal questions and calculated answers turn out to be carefully laid tripwires for the thematic concerns of the film." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
44% Wrong Cops (2013) " A tedious exercise in self-consciously hip lowbrow comedy." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2013
78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) " A coming-of-age film that defies the trends and traps that have lately made that genre almost insufferable in American cinema." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 20, 2013
—— Implanted (2013) " It's a well-trod path of exploration, and Verrette - largely competent, often pedestrian - doesn't bring much new to the investigative process." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 3, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " The film's strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 27, 2013
67% Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2013) " Powerfully connects the dots between the enormity of global warming as a phenomenon and the havoc it wreaks in ordinary lives." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% Narco Cultura (2013) " The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura is staggering." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 19, 2013
—— L.A. Superheroes (2013) " One moment in the film L.A. Superheroes pierces through the hoary concept, clich√©-addled script, and weak ensemble acting." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " What distinguishes this doc from much of the tedious critical prose Romero has inspired is the fan-boy and fan-girl ardor that fuels its smarts - both behind and in front of the camera." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
50% The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013) " A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing." — Village Voice
Posted Nov 5, 2013
100% Sweet Dreams (2013) " It's utterly rousing watching the women master their instruments and then push past the birth pains of their new business enterprise, and it's completely wrenching as their individual backstories unfold." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 31, 2013
93% When I Walk (2013) " Absorbing and moving." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 22, 2013
74% Blood Brother (2013) " Braat's galling and enabled narcissism ... pervades the film." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013
57% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " Moore lacks the off-kilter psychological nuances of Lynch, as well as the go-for-broke storytelling skills and visual √©lan. It doesn't help that the cast is largely competent at best." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 8, 2013
82% Bridegroom (2013) " A gripping documentary that pivots on brutal familial homophobia ..." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Enough to make Black Jesus weep in despair at the failure of filmmaking fundamentals." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
80% Generation Iron (2013) " A gorgeous meditation on age-old existential concerns." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
16% The Colony (2013) " It's decently acted, delivers some well-executed jolts, doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence, and is mercifully free of ironic distance." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
56% My Lucky Star (2013) " Being successful involves knowing that light doesn't equal stupid, and discerning between formula and formulaic. Neither director Dennie Gordon nor the four credited screenwriters of My Lucky Star seem able to make those distinctions." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
53% The Muslims Are Coming (2013) " It's an inarguably noble undertaking, one that's unfortunately timely, but the film often feels like a profane PSA." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 17, 2013
60% GMO OMG (2013) " A documentary that is by turns exasperating, illuminating, and intentionally infuriating." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
89% Informant (2013) " Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject. It's also timely." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
84% Good Ol' Freda (2013) " A surprisingly satisfying and moving experience." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 10, 2013
100% Best Kept Secret (2013) " The real star is teacher Janet Mino, whose advocacy for her kids goes above and beyond." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 9, 2013
92% I Am Breathing (2013) " Platt and his story are inherently moving, and co-directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon wisely employ a light, unobtrusive touch as their camera captures the erosion of Platt's health." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 9, 2013
13% The Lifeguard (2013) " From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2013
38% Dark Tourist (2013) " Griffith can break your heart as a good woman staggering under the weight of life, especially after her character places her last bit of faith in a dangerously damaged man." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 27, 2013
69% The Happy Sad (2013) " The cast is terrific-a uniformly perfect combination of eye candy and talent-and the script is filled with wonderfully raw, discomfiting conversations ..." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2013
52% When Comedy Went to School (2013) " This enchanting documentary on the rise, fall, and small-scale rebirth of the Catskills has something of a fairy tale quality." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2013
0% Stranded (2013) " Trite dialogue, stock characters, and bad-to-middling special effects make Stranded more tedious than scary or nerve-wracking." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 23, 2013
6% Evidence (2013) " The film isn't as smart as it thinks it is, and its characters are painfully generic." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 16, 2013
100% Big Words (2013) " Full of ideas on art, politics, relationships, and the construction of identity, it's that rare film in which black characters aren't amped-up caricatures." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 16, 2013
60% Assaulted: CIVIL Rights Under Fire (2013) " A surprisingly thoughtful, well-researched attempt to give both sides of the argument respect while illuminating the long history of tensions surrounding gun ownership in America." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 10, 2013
77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " It's a smart, funny, tough-minded film crammed with data and personal anecdotes ..." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
40% The Secret Disco Revolution (2013) " The film isn't as smart on the issue of race as it needs to be, and its feminist read of the music and scene feels forced in places, but as an entry-level conversation starter, it gets the job done." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 25, 2013
60% Assaulted: CIVIL Rights Under Fire (2013) " While the film leans more heavily toward pro-gun ownership, finessing that position with a nod toward left-leaning politics, its real purpose is to bring some historical perspective to the argument, to move the conversation beyond emotion-based rhetoric." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 21, 2013
64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Williams uses a sledgehammer to drive [his] message home, but the velvet touch of his cast (particularly Redgrave) almost salvages this." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 18, 2013
98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " Equally gut-wrenching and inspiring, the documentary Call Me Kuchu beams right from Uganda, the global hypocenter in the ongoing and intensifying struggle over LGBT rights." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " An exquisitely rendered look at the dialectics of celebrity and artistry, luck and hard work, its conversation laced with smart observations about race and gender." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Dirty Wars is essential viewing for anyone who wants to know how we wage war right now; it's also a chilling prologue for what's likely a global future of endless war and blowback." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013
100% La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2013) " This is powerful reportage, beautifully shot and gracefully laid out; too bad that Kendall ties it all up with more deep thoughts from the bus itself..." — Village Voice
Posted May 28, 2013
18% I Do (2013) " Ross's on-the-nose script offers little subtext or nuance, and the film-for all the inherent drama of the situation-has very little real-life grit." — Village Voice
Posted May 28, 2013
74% Augustine (2013) " The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart." — Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2013
—— Valentino's Ghost (2013) " A crash course in history, politics, and social science, Valentino's Ghost is both sobering and illuminating, and its execution is thrilling." — Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2013
100% Khyi rgan (Old Dog) (2013) " Old Dog has the look and feel of a documentary, which adds senses of urgency and immediacy to a tale that moves at a languid, but never boring, pace." — Village Voice
Posted May 14, 2013
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