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:
1423
Total QuickRatings:
7

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1423
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
75% Doctor Who: Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (TV, 2013) " All in all, it's not a great way to honor Smith's years of service. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Mar 5, 2014
10% The Bag Man (2014) " The real mystery here is how first-time director David Grovic was able to recruit a fairly experienced cast for what is, on the page, a distinctly amateur effort." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 28, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The Lunchbox's combination of well-drawn characters, thoughtful storytelling and vividly-realized setting makes it an easy recommendation for quality-starved moviegoers." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 28, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " It may be too on-the-nose to say that Non-Stop doesn't stick the landing, but the speed at which the movie turns from pleasantly diverting to semi-disastrous botch is genuinely disheartening." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 28, 2014
100% The Middle: Season 4 (TV, 2012-2013) " It doesn't attract the ratings and awards attention of Modern Family, but ABC's The Middle continues to carve out a comfortable place for itself amidst the... um, middle ground of the network's line-up. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 26, 2014
92% Legit: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The strange likability of the characters, coupled with the serial storytelling, make Legit an easy show to binge-watch. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 26, 2014
81% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " It offers an enjoyable mix of broad emoting and bloody action that's viscerally (if not exactly intellectually) satisfying. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 24, 2014
76% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Basically, About a Boy has been expertly rigged in Walton's favor... but it can't solve the fundamental issue with any of the actor's shows: he's just not particularly appealing. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 24, 2014
91% Omar (2014) " Timely subject matter and a compelling story ultimately win over uneven performances." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 20, 2014
100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " Unfolding with the confidence that befits a series just entering in its prime, Game of Thrones successfully juggled its sizeable cast and plethora of ongoing storylines, packing multiple "Wow" moments into every episode. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 18, 2014
68% About Last Night (2014) " About Last Night itself stands little chance of leaving a lasting impression, but it may have gifted us with birth of a new comedy team." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 14, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " The same glossy, generic pap that passes for big-screen romance these days." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 14, 2014
53% Adult World (2014) " The core of the film -- the relationship between Amy and Rat -- clicks in a very real, very entertaining way." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 14, 2014
52% Lucky Bastard (2014) " For all its teasingly provocative set-up, it ultimately reveals itself to be pretty vanilla." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 13, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " This RoboCop is an assembly-line product where even the social commentary arrives pre-packaged." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 12, 2014
47% The Pretty One (2014) " Johnson and Kazan quickly establish a chemistry that's cute-quirky rather than annoying-quirky. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 7, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " In the guise of a rambunctious animated comedy, the duo have actually delivered a thoughtful and even moving treatise on the power of imagination and the magic of uninhibited creativity." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 7, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " A nobly-intentioned feature that lacks the discipline and focus to unite its disparate elements into an effective whole." — Television Without Pity
Posted Feb 7, 2014
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " This tedious, originality-starved run through familiar rom-com tropes is basically one long awkward moment. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 31, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " I'd like to think that one day, Reitman will be able to look back at this film and laugh at his mistakes and miscalculations. For now, we'll just have to do the laughing for him." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 31, 2014
91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " That Nathan is able to cover so much ground in a mere 76 minutes makes 12 O'Clock Boys all the more remarkable and essential." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 31, 2014
93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Never as immediately gripping as The Wire, Treme still had its virtues, which the show's small, but loyal fanbase can fill you in on at length. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 28, 2014
69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Through it all, the cast has struggled mightily to hold our interest and mostly succeeded. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 28, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Though it'll be confined to the art house circuit, Stranger By the Lake actually has all the ingredients of a mainstream, page-turning summer beach read." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 24, 2014
77% Enemies Closer (2014) " An agreeable way to kill 80 minutes." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 24, 2014
83% Papirosen (2014) " This distillation of 200 hours' worth of home movies probably means a lot for the family at its center, but less for those of us in the audience." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 23, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " Though it's claiming to be a comedy, the Ice Cube/Kevin Hart team-up Ride Along isn't actually funny. At all." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 17, 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " This is the first Ryan adventure that isn't directly based on a Clancy novel and perhaps that explains why it works as well as it does... at least until it doesn't." — Television Without Pity
Posted Jan 17, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " If you're looking for a cure to the common English period prestige picture, Ralph Fiennes's The Invisible Woman fits the bill nicely." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 31, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " Clearly calculated to win Oscars, August: Osage County instead feels more worthy of a Razzie or two." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 31, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Honestly, the only meaning I took away from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is that it makes Simple Jack look like Citizen Kane." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 26, 2013
29% Grudge Match (2013) " Those hoping for comic fireworks to erupt between the meeting of these grumpy old men will be disappointed." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 26, 2013
14% 47 Ronin (2013) " Too much money was spent on this version of the legend of the 47 Ronin for it to be classified as a wholly inept failure. What it does represent, though, is a failure of imagination." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 26, 2013
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " It's a well-executed survival story, but it misses the chance to amount to anything more." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 26, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " At three hours long, The Wolf of Wall Street also stands as a monument to the characters' flair for excess." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 26, 2013
94% Her (2013) " I really can't say enough about how vividly the filmmaker and his creative team render this World of Tomorrow. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 18, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Flabby though it may be at times, this sequel delivers a steady stream of laughs and, more importantly, doesn't diminish our goodwill for this bunch of idiots." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 18, 2013
40% The Sound Of Music Live! (2014) " Seeing The Sound of Music on DVD minus the live element (and its driving, hate watch-fueled Twitter traffic) makes it seem like an even bigger mess." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 17, 2013
100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Overshadowed somewhat by the debuts of The Americans and The Bridge, Justified continues to be one of the most dependable weapons in FX's arsenal. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 17, 2013
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " As much as the script strains to connect Travers' past with her present, Saving Mr. Banks instead resembles two very different movies shoved together." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 13, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " It's a messy movie, yes, but that complements the messy personalities at its center." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 13, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " As a Middle-earth softie, The Desolation of Smaug mostly provides what I've been hoping to get out of Jackson's second tour-of-duty in Tolkien land." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 13, 2013
44% The Unbelievers (2013) " In its reliance on sloganeering in place of substantive debate, The Unbelievers winds up being almost as insular as any dogmatic religious group. Instead of opening viewers' minds, it's just preaching to the choir." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2013
90% Nuclear Nation (2013) " Nuclear Nation's anti-nuclear stance is very clear, but it admirably wants viewers to understand its argument instead of shouting it at them." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 11, 2013
100% Teen Wolf: Season 3 (TV, 2013-2014) " The hit MTV series Teen Wolf, Season 3: Part 1 has evolved from a guilty pleasure into a legitimately entertaining, myth-driven sci-fi serial. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 10, 2013
100% Futurama: Season 7 (TV, 2012) " All glory to Futurama -- future humans will probably be watching it on their holo-TVs in the year 3000. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 10, 2013
100% Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special) (TV, 2013) " Non-Whovians will have next to no idea what's going on, but for the franchise's legions of fans, The Day of the Doctor will leave them jonesing for fifty more years of trips in the TARDIS. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 10, 2013
61% Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 " It's... I'm sorry to say, mostly pretty boring -- a clear example of why some stories are perhaps better off abridged. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 9, 2013
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " It's a film about the process of creativity, one that shows just how closely art and science are often intertwined." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 6, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " A movie that sets out to be the antidote to glossy revenge pictures, but becomes that very thing." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 6, 2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Yet another home run for a pair of filmmakers who have proven incapable of striking a false note for four movies now." — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 6, 2013
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