Ethan Alter

Ethan Alter

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% 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:
1395
Total QuickRatings:
7

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1395
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
49% 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
30% 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
13% 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
76% 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 (2014) " 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
79% 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
75% 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) " 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
88% 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
52% 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
95% 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
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " I like the cast (even Burns -- an actor I've never particularly cared for -- is quite good here as Siegel), I like the setting and I like Darabont's streetwise approach to TV noir. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Dec 5, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " There's ultimately too much chaos and not enough control in Chadwick's presentation of Mandela's decades-spanning history." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 27, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " It's the most incongruous (and enjoyably so) good guy/bad guy pairing since Philip Seymour Hoffman threatened to make Tom Cruise's girlfriend bleed and cry and call out his name in Mission: Impossible III." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 27, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " If somebody had to remake Oldboy, I'm glad it was Spike Lee." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 27, 2013
49% Black Nativity (2013) " It's in moments like that that Black Nativity really sings; the rest of the time it operates at a familiar hum." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 27, 2013
89% Frozen (2013) " A spirited romp through a traditional Disney princess narrative that ultimately tweaks the formula in ways that make it exciting and new." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 27, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " As if we needed one, Philomena gives us all yet another reason to praise Judi Dench, the Grand Dame of contemporary British cinema and an actress capable of elevating even the most predictable material." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 22, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn stumbles through the movie looking perpetually annoyed, as if he's just been woken up from a nap." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " This new creative team doesn't just repeat the previous film or the book... they substantially improve upon both." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 22, 2013
67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) " Having picked such an intriguing environment to depict onscreen, it's more than a little disappointing that Nashef then settles for such a routine storyline, one that's flatly told and not all that funny to boot." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 21, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Based on the pilot episode at least, it's a combination that holds a lot of promise... even if it's not fully realized yet. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 15, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " A deceptively low-key road movie that carries some real comedic and dramatic bite." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 15, 2013
60% Dexter: Season 8 (TV, 2013) " It's almost as if the writers intended to punish -- rather than reward -- the fans who had stuck with them through thick and thin in a scheme more diabolical than anything Dexter himself might dream up. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 12, 2013
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " If The Wind Rises doesn't soar to the heights of the director's finest works, it is a deeply felt and visually ravishing goodbye from one of the undisputed masters of modern animation." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 8, 2013
85% At Berkeley (2013) " The running time may be intimidating, but At Berkeley absolutely belongs on the short list of the year's finest documentaries." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 8, 2013
71% Go For Sisters (2013) " A smart, involving movie that effectively tackles real-world issues within the context of a well-plotted narrative." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 8, 2013
67% How I Live Now (2013) " It's all a little overwrought to be honest, with Macdonald unable to effectively modulate the movie's mood swings." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 8, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " It's a good thing that Taylor and the cast have such a firm grasp on the mirco details, because on a macro-level, The Dark World just barely hangs together." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 8, 2013
92% Medora (2013) " Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's debut documentary feature is an evocative portrait of a small town in crisis. Too bad the basketball stuff keeps getting in the way." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 7, 2013
52% Clear History (2013) " Because HBO will basically let him do whatever he wants, Larry David passed up making another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to instead write and star in this semi-improvised feature that has an A-list cast and C-list material." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 6, 2013
81% Under the Dome: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Creatively, Dome was a big ol' mess, understandably rewriting whole swaths of King's book in order to make it more TV-friendly, but frequently tripping up its own characterizations and internal logic in the process. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 6, 2013
97% Mad Men: Season 6 (TV, 2013) " So does the entirety of Season 6 approach the perfection we've come to expect from Mad Men? No, but there's still plenty here to love. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 6, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " In its best moments, the film offers the mix of impressive spectacle and resonant substance that you always hope for when headed into the latest sci-fi blockbuster." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 1, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey delivers a fine performance in Dallas Buyers Club, but it's less impressive when you realize that the entire movie has been rigged in his favor." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 1, 2013
47% Last Vegas (2013) " Even the committed efforts of these veteran actors can't completely distract from the movie's reliance on hoary clich├ęs and predictable jokes." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 1, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " Suffers from the same too-muchness of Love Actually and almost-instantaneous forgettability of Pirate Radio." — Television Without Pity
Posted Nov 1, 2013
76% Family Tree: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " By the time it aired its seventh and final episode, Family Tree was a genuine delight... albeit one that was so low-rated. " — Television Without Pity
Posted Oct 29, 2013
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " An absorbing, relatable story that also achieves an intimacy and raw emotional power." — Television Without Pity
Posted Oct 25, 2013
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