Ethan Alter

Ethan Alter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International , Giant Magazine , Hollywood Reporter , NYC Film Critic , Premiere Magazine , Show Business Weekly , Television Without Pity , TV Guide's Movie Guide , Village Voice
Critics' Group:
New York Film Critics Online
Total Reviews:
1424
Total QuickRatings:
7

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Neither significantly better nor worse than its predecessor, the belated Sin City sequel is more of a repeat, rather than a continuation, of the original." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% Kink (2014) " Kink may ultimately be too slight to rank as a great documentary, but it does suggest the arrival of a great documentary filmmaker." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2014
85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " Taken on its own terms, though, it's a pleasant trifle aided immeasurably by a setting that's just as sumptuous (if not more so) than any of the rustic Italian meals the stars chow down on." — NYC Film Critic
Posted Aug 15, 2014
91% Frank (2014) " With Jon, rather than Frank, as the film's focal point, 'Frank' flails about trying to establish a consistent rhythm, but mostly ends up striking false notes." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 11, 2014
92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Guardians of the Galaxy may be constructed as an action spectacle first and foremost, but it also features some of the strongest character work yet glimpsed in a Marvel Studios production." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 28, 2014
78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Joe Swanberg's latest feature is a collection of strong individual scenes and performances that never quite finds its statement of purpose." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 24, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Purge: Anarchy still isn't a great movie, but in its strongest moments it channels some of the blunt-force trauma of vintage exploitation cinema." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 17, 2014
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " Action-oriented animated sequel that, in blockbuster fashion, offers well-choreographed set-pieces in place of an interesting story and characters." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 16, 2014
18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) " You'd have to be a real nob to glean anything substantial from this superficial, haphazardly structured primer on videogame history." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 15, 2014
56% Made in America (2014) " The unlikely team-up of rapper/businessman Jay Z and filmmaker Ron Howard doesn't result in odd-couple fireworks. Try familiar yawns instead." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2014
99% Boyhood (2014) " Believe the hype: Richard Linklater's decade-in-the-making epic is a remarkable achievement. " — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 8, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " If Rise of the Planet of the Apes successfully restarted the dormant Apes franchise, the superior Dawn indicates the grand saga this new iteration might become." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 7, 2014
69% They Came Together (2014) " David Wain does the world a solid by giving glossy romantic comedies the Wet Hot American Summer treatment." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 26, 2014
—— Humshakals (2014) " A witless, listless Bollywood comedy that feels every minute of its two-and-a-half-hour runtime." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 23, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Why fix what isn't broken? 22 Jump Street is, for a very specific reason, the exact same movie as its predecessor, and for once that isn't a criticism." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 9, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " The Signal does boast some good ideas and effective moments, but for the most part its ambitions and execution of those ambitions are on different wavelengths." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 9, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Mike Myers' relentlessly flattering profile of Hollywood manager and mensch Shep Gordon feels like it's not always telling the whole story." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2014
25% I'll Follow You Down (2014) " This sturdy sci-fi drama admirably poses some big questions, but doesn't possess the dramatic firepower to answer them effectively." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2014
57% EDC 2013: Under the Electric Sky (2014) " It may be just a feature-length commercial masquerading as a music documentary, but Under the Electric Sky at least sells its product well." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 5, 2014
89% Obvious Child (2014) " Gillian Robespierre's debut feature is a provocative, amusing comedy -- provided you cotton to the main character." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 4, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Seth MacFarlane's scattershot love letter to Blazing Saddles hits the comic bull's eye when it counts, but also has its fair share of misfires." — Film Journal International
Posted May 29, 2014
56% The Big Ask (2014) " Despite strong work by Melanie Lynskey and Zachary Knighton, this so-called dark comedy is a big disappointment." — Film Journal International
Posted May 28, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Even with its various stumbles and shortcomings, Days of Future Past provides consistently earnest and entertaining comic book movie spectacle " — NYC Film Critic
Posted May 23, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " Great performances keep this extended homage to seedy '80s thrillers walking the straight and narrow." — Film Journal International
Posted May 21, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " Director Edwards holds back on unleashing the full might of his titans until the very end, and while the finale is appropriately rousing, it makes the preceding set-pieces play more like teasers than complete scenes." — Film Journal International
Posted May 12, 2014
73% Neighbors (2014) " Believe it or not, underneath this raucous, riotous squares-vs.-slobs comedy lies a thoughtful character study." — Film Journal International
Posted May 6, 2014
36% Friended To Death (2014) " Had it been posted to YouTube rather than released in theatres, Friended to Death would have deservedly earned a surplus of "I dislike this" votes." — Film Journal International
Posted May 1, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " An effective regional crime drama in the key of Jeff Nichols, but lacking his emotional and thematic complexity." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 24, 2014
59% 13 Sins (2014) " Sluggish morality-play-cum-horror movie that wastes much of its shock value on an impenetrable mythology." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 18, 2014
33% Antboy (2014) " ...a mostly bland but very kid-friendly Spider-Man clone." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " And while it lacks the formal innovation of [von Trier's earlier] films...it's carried along by Gainsbourg's impassioned performance" — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 3, 2014
44% In the Blood (2014) " In the Blood director John Stockwell places Carano squarely center-stage and then abandons her there, allowing her to wilt in the spotlight's harsh glare." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 3, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " Where Aronofsky's particular genius does come into play is in the first two acts of the film, where he creates a Biblical landscape that's unique and vibrant." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 27, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Too bad the film itself is a mediocre monument to a major historical figure." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 26, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " It brings me no great pleasure to report that the The Raid 2 is to The Raid as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was to the first Transformers: it's longer, flashier and bloated well past the point of tedium." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 26, 2014
75% Jews Of Egypt (2014) " Though it has its interesting sections, this stilted documentary is more suited to a museum archive than a theatrical venue." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 26, 2014
—— Californication: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " Just close your eyes and think of The X-Files (preferably Seasons 1-4). " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 25, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " Divergent is so busy setting the stage for what's to come, it forgets to show why what's happening now matters, too. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 20, 2014
36% Just a Sigh (2014) " Watching Devos slip in and out of Alix's various "characters" is one of the major pleasures of an otherwise modestly enjoyable film." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 20, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Beneath the grandstanding, the film is a provocative, nuanced and even empathetic account of one woman's attempts to understand and perhaps eventually reconcile the mechanical and emotional factors that are bound up in sex." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 18, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " It's a comedy that OD's on its own smug sense of entitlement." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 14, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " This slender, but sweet buddy comedy boasts lovely 2D animation, a great story and, best of all, a distinctly original world that keeps revealing new surprises. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 14, 2014
77% Teenage (2014) " Though it has interesting passages, overall Teenage feels like a trailer for the yet-to-be-completed main feature." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 14, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " Broadbent attacks the part with gusto, though, allowing the audience to understand Nick without forcing them to necessarily find him sympathetic." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 14, 2014
65% Bad Words (2014) " Bad Words gets squishy and sentimental as it approaches its endgame, operating on the mistaken assumption that it needs to explain its anti-hero's pathology and, thus, let him off the hook for his behavior." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 14, 2014
78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Even though I enjoyed watching an older Mars reacquaint herself with Neptune, no small amount of disappointment set in as I realized Thomas was guiding the proceedings to an ending that would reinforce the series' status quo." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 13, 2014
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Rest assured, content-wise this is your average TV pilot... though come to think of it, a number of pilots boast lesser direction, but better-defined stakes, characters and overall purpose than Believe. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 12, 2014
29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Proof positive that sometimes it takes truly talented people to make something deeply mediocre. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 7, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " What's special about this film is that, while it bears all the hallmarks of his by-now entirely too familiar style, it also finds him acknowledging the limitations of that style when it butts up against a certain measure of reality" — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 7, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Forget Rise of an Empire -- the movie really should have been slugged More of the Same." — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 7, 2014
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