Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- No Score Yet Man Up " The golden age of the meet-cute rom-com fizzled out long ago, but the snappy, smart, and undeniably sweet "Man Up" fills that gap with ease, a new wave rom-com unafraid of old school trappings. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B+ No Score Yet When I Live My Life Over Again " "When I Live My Life Over Again" is a low-key pleasure with big rewards, the kind worth crooning about. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B No Score Yet Tumbledown " "Tumbledown" strikes a delicate, moving tone that hits more high notes than lows. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 24, 2015
1.5/5 20% Planetary (2015) " Its message is repetitive without being enlightening, and the film and its participants insist on hitting the same beats without pause, until the concept loses all meaning. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C+ No Score Yet Ashby " For all its half-cocked plotlines, "Ashby" is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 21, 2015
100% Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 (TV, 2015) " These are real world issues - our world issues - but Schumer knows how to make them both humorous and bruising. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Apr 20, 2015
2/5 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) " The film aims to puts a compelling twist on the "most dangerous game" trope, but its few good ideas are overshadowed by baffling character decisions and grating plot twists. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 77% Alex of Venice (2015) " Winstead can telegraph more with a head tilt or a flicker of her eyes than most of her generation can do with a wild hand toss and a mess of expositional dialogue. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Apartment Troubles " Despite their characters' inability to function as adults, both Prediger and Weixler deploy enough charm to keep Olivia and Nicole engaging and interesting to watch. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The ever-peppy Ellie Kemper['s] ...optimism is perfectly suited to this material " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 18, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The apocalypse of Last Man is real, and Forte, Lord, and Miller aren't afraid to show the toll it's taken on both Phil and Carol in vastly different ways. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Mar 18, 2015
1.5/5 8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) " Although the film is supposedly about movement, Growing Up And Other Lies frequently stalls out, and whole patches of it grind on without momentum or purpose. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
1.5/5 6% Home Sweet Hell (2015) " Although the film appears to be aiming for pitch-black humor, it's all so mirthless that the result is genuinely ugly. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1.5/5 50% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) " Like Sunday, Like Rain is so out of tune that even late-breaking attempts at emotion can't strike a chord. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2/5 68% All The Wilderness (2015) " The stakes of All The Wilderness aren't high, because Johnson never directs his attentions to the real issue at hand. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
1.5/5 64% The Rewrite (2015) " Keith is one of Grant's worst roles to date, and even his sparkling personality wears thin by the film's halfway mark. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
B+ No Score Yet Prophet's Prey " "Prophet's Prey" is a skin-crawling chronicle of one of America's biggest criminals and the community that allowed him to flourish. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B 100% Welcome To Leith " The story of Leith may not be over yet, but viewers will clamor for some kind of resolution, if only to help them sleep at night. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
C 80% Cop Car " Early interest in exploring low-grade delinquency, the kind of wacky wish fulfillment only a kid could pull off, are the film's high points, and it's too bad Watts couldn't keep careening down that path, lights cheerfully flashing, sirens giddily blaring. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
C+ 60% The Wolfpack (2015) " Although it's not essential for a filmmaker to insert their own experiences and opinions into a documentary that chronicles the lives of other people, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" proves to be a confounding exception. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B+ 60% Sleeping with Other People (2015) " Although there are a handful of missteps, "Sleeping With Other People" is ultimately a satisfying charmer with a big payoff. " ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
2.5/5 26% Love, Rosie (2015) " The good-hearted and intermittently sweet Love, Rosie attempts through sheer force of will to convince viewers that its good-looking protagonists are a good match. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) " Son Of A Gun, twists together a surprisingly original heist story with a more commonplace meditation on the ugliness (and the sometimes inevitability) of revenge. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 82% Black Sea (2015) " Black Sea loosely rejiggers history to allow for a fantastic-sounding story-and treasure-to be pursued in a tightly wound twist on the common heist film. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " Desiree Akhavan cleverly skewers so much of what makes Brooklyn-set indies the subject of derision, but she does it with grace and humor, not with potshots or exaggerated gags. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2015
92% Togetherness: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Even in its first four episodes (with a current eight-episode order, that's half of the season), Togetherness displays some unshakable charms, particularly when it comes to Peet's work as Tina, which is the highlight of the series so far. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 9, 2015
7.9/10 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film has enough charm and humor to keep it appealing to a wide audience, and dumbing things down doesn't feel particularly smart or canny, and proves to be a minor distraction to an otherwise majorly entertaining feature. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B 88% Le Week-End (2014) " At turns charming and subtly complex, Le Week-End is no grand affair to remember, but it's a fine enough showcase for two winning talents and the sort of mature take on romance we don't see nearly often enough. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 6, 2015
8.1/10 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Frank's film is much more of a noir outing than a straight action feature, and Neeson slips right into the tone and feel of the hard-boiled detective offering. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
A- 90% Obvious Child (2014) " It's bold, but it's not a film that's just trying to be bold; it's just trying to be real -- and it is. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 5, 2015
7.2/10 90% The Guest (2014) " Wickedly entertaining. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 90% Wild (2014) " Wild doesn't aim for high inspiration or fussy performances, and it benefits from staying honest and rich, instead of going for big speeches and bigger set pieces. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Cumberbatch is the main event here, making something almost impossible (capturing such a man as Turing in a tidy two-hour package) look easy, important, and appropriately imperfect. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " Make no mistake, Nightcrawler is a major work for everyone involved. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 4, 2015
8.3/10 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " Lord and Miller's sensibilities are continually clever, and The Lego Movie works hard to gradually deliver surprising payoffs to what seem to be throwaway bits. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A- 93% Birdman (2014) " This thing flies, and even if its audience is reduced to looking up and pointing skyward, that's a pleasure in itself. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 2, 2015
8.2/10 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is not his grandest work yet, but it is one worth an extended stay. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
76% The Newsroom: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " There's little left to recommend about the series now. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/5 18% Free the Nipple (2014) " With's rapid and multiple changes of heart fly fast and furious in the film's first act, making it difficult to get a handle on either her motivations or her basic character. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
A- 81% Love & Mercy (2015) " Love & Mercy may be built on its headlining talent, but Pohlad has also snagged a solid supporting cast to aid Dano and Cusack. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/5 67% The Barefoot Artist (2014) " The film skips around from time and place, a handful of transitions are smooth and natural while others don't fare nearly as well, and the effect is choppy and unrefined. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 86% Red Knot (2014) " Cohen's insights into relationships are sharp, and Red Knot is an auspicious start for the filmmaker, one rife with good instincts, smart direction, and crisp writing. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
1.5/5 11% All Relative (2014) " All Relative fails to engage because the emotional connection between all parties is weak to nonexistent. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
2/5 67% Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014) " Its connections run shallow, and most of its action-particularly in the over-the-top third act-feels spectacularly unearned. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 17, 2014
3.5/5 78% Butter On The Latch (2014) " Decker's sure hand and unique style keep Butter On The Latch swirling onward into weirder, woolier territory. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " Before I Go To Sleep vacillates so wildly between aims and issues that the conceit seems worthless. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 3, 2014
A- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Both Redmayne and Jones have been hovering on the cusp of breaking out in a big way, and The Theory of Everything is the ideal vehicle to capitalize on their talents and push them to the next level. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) " The intimacy and immediacy of the situations and experiences it does portray are compelling and satisfying enough to stick with viewers for long after the film has ended. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 16, 2014
8.7/10 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Gone Girl is a rare bird: a tricky, weird mystery that benefits from people knowing its twist from the outset. " ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 29, 2014
A- 62% Life Partners (2014) " Life Partners travels some very familiar ground, but the strength of its writing, the honesty of its plot, and the charm of its leading ladies means that it's a real cut above the rest of its genre brethren. " ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 29, 2014
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