Ethan Gilsdorf

Ethan Gilsdorf

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Boston Globe
Total Reviews:
42

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Showing 1 - 42 of 42
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% The Kill Team (2014) " Krauss's documentary is both solid and scathing, raising more questions that it answers." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1.5/4 46% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) " There's a half-realized, half-haunting Hitchcockian psychodrama buried somewhere within "That Demon Within." What's on the surface plays more like Wong and Lam simply forgot to take their meds." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 100% Jerusalem (2013) " This IMAX spectacular largely does what it's supposed to: fascinate, educate, and visually wow the audience, in 45 minutes or less." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 19, 2013
74% The Wall (2013) " Bleak and beautiful, harrowing yet inspiring, "The Wall" ("Die Wand") is a stunning tale of isolation and survival in a wild and silent world." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 —— Great White Shark 3D " British codirectors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas ("Wild Ocean," "The Last Reef") are no newcomers to the nature documentary." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/4 36% The ABCs of Death (2013) " Some shorts are four-star material, others incomprehensible and disgusting. The sum total is a cinematic abecedary that barely gets a passing grade." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/4 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " Once the "what is real, what is fantasy" questions are answered, and exorcism part deux commences, The Last Exorcism Part II abandons its half-intelligent, tender exploration of Nell's vulnerability and desirability." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 6, 2013
1.5/4 5% Silent Hill: Revelation (2012) " Silent Hill: Revelation 3D quickly devolves into a smorgasbord of sutured faces and blades poking the viewer in the eye." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 26, 2012
2/4 55% V/H/S (2012) " "The Blair Witch Project" meets mumblecore." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 4, 2012
1.5/4 20% That's My Boy (2012) " How did American comedies come to rely on raunch rather than wordplay?" — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 14, 2012
2/4 31% Intruders (2012) " Its muddled, overambitious story leaves us unsatisfied - you might even say hollow." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 29, 2012
1/4 48% The FP (2012) " Neither obliviously dreadful enough to be "so bad it's good,'' nor intentionally tongue-in-cheek enough to be funny." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2.5/4 38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) " See it in the right sick frame of mind, and "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'' can be shockingly and terribly hilarious. Or not." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 1, 2012
1/4 23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2011
3/4 81% Pusher (1999) Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/4 49% Before the Rains (2008) Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/4 —— The Giant Buddhas (2006) Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/4 52% Devil (2010) Boston Globe
Posted Nov 24, 2011
2/4 51% Puncture (2011) " "Puncture'' is based on an actual court case. But is this a story best served by focusing on the legal battle or the arc of Mike's flawed hero?" — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 24, 2011
1/4 —— The Road to Freedom " Unfortunately, beyond orchestrating crane shots sweeping over lush jungles and rice paddies, newcomer Brendan Moriarty is fairly clueless as a director." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 3, 2011
1/4 11% Creature (2011) " Deep in the swampy hearts and minds of some filmmakers, embarrassing stereotypes still fester, gathering moss and slime." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 10, 2011
2/4 62% Griff the Invisible (2011) " The touches of magical realism begin to feel gimmicky. By the final frame, this romance never feels real enough." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 25, 2011
3/4 75% Stake Land (2011) " Other undead movies needlessly foreground the action. "Stake Land'' has its fight scenes, but here they're secondary." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 16, 2011
2/4 44% Yellowbrickroad (2011) " Despite us tagging along the trail for days, we feel closer to the landscape than to the characters." — Boston Globe
Posted Jun 10, 2011
2/4 73% POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) " Much like reality TV, nothing much of consequence happens." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 21, 2011
1.5/4 66% Insidious (2011) " The final shocker succeeds in shocking, and does so sans gore. But first we have to wade through a red door and a red hallway, pleas to "follow my voice,'' and an infinity of fog about as scary as dry ice vapor spilling onto a dance floor." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2.5/4 —— Tornado Alley (2011) " "Tornado Alley'' is awe-inspiring, doom-slinging fun, fluffy as the 10-mile-high clouds towering on the screen." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 17, 2011
2/4 71% Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2011) " Like a surly teen pilot, you, too, might find yourself bored and muttering, "Honestly, maybe the fate of humanity and the world isn't important to me, either.''" — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3/4 86% Bhutto (2010) " At one point, Bhutto says she wants to avenge her father's death. "Bhutto'' proves she did." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 16, 2010
3/4 —— Do It Again " The filmmakers inject Do It Again with a likable and genuine guerrilla rawness." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 10, 2010
1.5/4 22% Case 39 (2010) " It's a bummer when the audience is smarter than the protagonist." — Boston Globe
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2/4 50% South of the Border (2010) " Stone has a crucial, overlooked viewpoint to impart, but as a documentary filmmaker, his content and technique are not terribly engaging." — Boston Globe
Posted Sep 30, 2010
2/4 33% The New Daughter (2009) " Does tread with clunky boots upon well-worn horror movie territory. Every ominous sign is preceded by full moons, slithering fog, and thunderclaps." — Boston Globe
Posted Dec 22, 2009
2/4 40% X Games 3D: The Movie (2009) " With its self-promoting tone and overwrought voice-over, the movie can seem more an ad for the X Games (and ESPN Films) than a real sports documentary." — Boston Globe
Posted Aug 20, 2009
2/4 86% Mystic India (2003) " This is an ultra-romanticized vision of a crowded, complicated nation." — Boston Globe
Posted May 21, 2009
1.5/4 48% Battle For Terra (2009) " If you find the plot predictable, as a distraction we present an arsenal of 3-D visuals." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 30, 2009
1.5/4 62% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) " In the clumsy hands of Barratier, whose last film, The Chorus, irked many as maudlin, Paris 36 becomes a mostly pointless exercise in nostalgia." — Boston Globe
Posted Apr 9, 2009
1.5/4 57% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) " My Bloody Valentine may not be horribly acted, but in a post-Scream and post-Scary Movie era, it's difficult to squeeze any more blood from this low-brow/high-camp turnip." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 20, 2009
3/4 70% Roving Mars (2006) " Despite audiences knowing the happy ending from the get-go, [director] Butler manages to inject considerable drama." — Boston Globe
Posted Jan 16, 2009
1.5/4 13% College Road Trip (2008) " It's a dark day indeed when a movie's funniest moments involve Donny Osmond." — Boston Globe
Posted Mar 7, 2008
2/4 67% Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) " While Ta Ra Rum Pum doesn't deliver pure joy, it's worth a pit stop , if for no other reason than for its amusing, back-seat view of an India in flux and seduced by Western pop culture." — Boston Globe
Posted May 1, 2007
3/4 —— Pusher Trilogy (2006) " Refn's raw vision may be hard to watch, but Bodnia, Mikkelsen, and Buric's measured and vulnerable performances make this trilogy worth the discomfort." — Boston Globe
Posted Nov 3, 2006
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