David Ehrenstein

David Ehrenstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

David Ehrenstein's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)

"A lot has happened in the 25 years between Rob Epstein's Oscar-winning 1984 documentary and Gus Van Sant's biopic, but the subject of the nation's signal gay rights leader is as relevant as ever." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2009

Factory Girl (2007)

"Sienna Miller captures much of Edie's physical manner and some of her voice (though she's nowhere near deep enough), but there's nothing she can do with material that requires her to mope and pout for the bulk of her screen time." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 28, 2006

His Secret Life (2001)

"Ozpetek joins the ranks of those gay filmmakers who have used the emigre experience to explore same-sex culture in ways that elude the more nationally settled." ‐ Dallas Observer
Posted Feb 14, 2003

Apollo 13 (1995)

"The sight of the spaceship on the launching pad is duly impressive in IMAX dimensions, as are shots of the astronauts floating in their cabins." ‐ New Times
Posted Sep 19, 2002

Quitting (2002)

"This is darkest drama reminiscent of Antonin Artaud's literary experiments in psychoanalysis." ‐ New Times
Posted Sep 12, 2002

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002)

"While this has the making of melodrama, the filmmaker cuts against this natural grain, producing a work that's more interested in asking questions than in answering them." ‐ New Times
Posted Aug 15, 2002

The Cockettes (2002)

"In addition to lively interviews with surviving Cockettes features a dizzying array of vintage footage of the troupe in action." ‐ New Times
Posted Jul 25, 2002

Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. (2002)

"Cho continues her exploration of the outer limits of raunch with considerable brio." ‐ New Times
Posted Jun 27, 2002

Circuit (2001)

"What's most memorable about Circuit is that it's shot on digital video, whose tiny camera enables Shafer to navigate spaces both large ... and small ... with considerable aplomb." ‐ New Times
Posted May 30, 2002

The Komediant (2000)

"While centered on the life experiences of a particular theatrical family, this marvelous documentary touches -- ever so gracefully -- on the entire history of the Yiddish theater, both in America and Israel." ‐ New Times
Posted May 23, 2002

Pépé le Moko (1937)

"A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years." ‐ New Times
Posted Apr 18, 2002

Esther Kahn (2001)

"Beautifully produced." ‐ New Times
Posted Apr 11, 2002

Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001)

"It's a subtle mood piece in which a man's collapse is examined so rigorously that one almost hopes for a murder to come along and break the tension." ‐ New Times
Posted Apr 11, 2002

American Chai (2002)

"Though the climactic revelation and resolution is expected, the film is full of fresh and unexpected observations about the cross-culturally complex lives of second-generation Indians living in the U.S." ‐ New Times
Posted Apr 4, 2002

Sorority Boys (2002)

"Not only unfunny, but downright repellent." ‐ New Times
Posted Mar 28, 2002

Drift (2001)

"Shot on digital video, with a sharp eye for Los Angeles locales, this is a well-shaped piece of work -- despite its overly earnest characters' penchant for psychobabble." ‐ New Times
Posted Mar 21, 2002

Female Trouble (1974)

"How do you follow-up Pink Flamingos? Not with a work that tries to outdo that classic gross-out comedy, but rather by moving in another direction entirely that's just as subversive, if not more so." ‐ New Times
Posted Mar 14, 2002

Chop Suey (2001)

"With footage of Faye in performance, and interviews with her friends and associates, Weber uses Faye as base from which to branch out in bizarre directions." ‐ New Times
Posted Mar 7, 2002

Trembling Before G-d (2001)

"... deeply moving and exceptionally gracious piece of documentary filmmaking." ‐ New Times
Posted Feb 28, 2002

The Way We Laughed (1998)

"Beautifully made and performed, this is a film of considerable insight into both the life of the impoverished and the mystery of human personality." ‐ New Times
Posted Feb 7, 2002

The Fluffer (2003)

"A film for the chastened romantic in us all -- gay, straight or 'for pay.'" ‐ New Times
Posted Jan 17, 2002

Eban and Charley (2000)

"Few things are quite as frustrating as a film that chooses a highly controversial subject then proceeds to give it the kid-glove treatment." ‐ New Times
Posted Jan 11, 2002

Princesa (2001)

"Princesa, like its heroine, is not at all what it seems at first. For its immediately straightforward melodramatics leave in the film's wake a haunting afterglow of a life not easily resolved by a screenplay's third act." ‐ New Times
Posted Jan 10, 2002

Second Time Around (2001)

"Vera's technical prowess ends up selling his film short; he smoothes over hard truths even as he uncovers them." ‐ New Times
Posted Dec 6, 2001

Punks (2001)

"While this amiable romantic comedy ... is sure to please most of its target audience, others are going to leave the theater humming that Peggy Lee classic 'Is That All There Is?'" ‐ New Times
Posted Nov 15, 2001

Burnt Money (2001)

"Incredibly violent yet emotionally compelling." ‐ New Times
Posted Nov 1, 2001

Intimacy (2001)

"A lacerating study of sexual alienation." ‐ New Times
Posted Oct 18, 2001

Downtown 81 (2001)

"Director Edo Bertoglio and writer-producer Glenn O'Brien gave [Basquiat] little to do but walk around and look pretty." ‐ New Times
Posted Oct 18, 2001

Sobreviviré (I Will Survive) (1999)

"A thoughtful, well-acted and well-observed (though bleak) look at what some people have to put up with to get through life." ‐ New Times
Posted Oct 4, 2001

The Debut (2000)

"All involved seem keyed into the subtextual subtleties of a story that, while simple on the surface, is exceedingly rich underneath." ‐ New Times
Posted Oct 4, 2001

The Iron Ladies (2001)

"Where The Iron Ladies makes its mark, and holds our interest, is in the way it integrates old-fashioned 'low' comedy with social observation." ‐ New Times
Posted Sep 20, 2001

Come Undone (2000)

"Charged by Rideau's amazingly sexy performance as the most forthright gay character put on screen to date." ‐ New Times
Posted Sep 6, 2001

Our Lady of the Assassins (2001)

"What's truly upsetting about Barbet Schroeder's film, adapted from Fernando Vallejo's autobiographical novel, is the clear-eyed, resolute way it offers us access to a world that few outside it know of -- or would want to know." ‐ New Times
Posted Sep 6, 2001

Speedway Junky (2002)

"The film belongs to Jordan Brower, whose every appearance breaks one's heart, and makes some otherwise familiar material come alive." ‐ New Times
Posted Aug 30, 2001

The Monkey's Mask (2001)

"Think Basic Instinct with brains, and you've got it." ‐ New Times
Posted Aug 9, 2001

Adventures of Felix (2001)

"A film whose surface charm never gets in the way of its profound seriousness about living life to the fullest." ‐ New Times
Posted Aug 9, 2001

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

"Offers an enormous amount of pure silly fun for the entire non-nuclear family, no matter what gender they may be." ‐ New Times
Posted Jul 19, 2001

Big Eden (2001)

"Has all the crowd-pleasing elements moviegoers respond to." ‐ New Times
Posted Jun 1, 2001

The Low Down (2001)

"If you want to get in on the ground floor of Aidan Gillen's certain-to-be-skyrocketing career, it's a good place to start." ‐ New Times
Posted Apr 19, 2001

Before Night Falls (2001)

"A truly amazing performance by Javier Bardem." ‐ New Times
Posted Dec 21, 2000

Play It to the Bone (1999)

"Dazed and confused." ‐ New Times
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Cecil B. Demented (2000)

"Cecil B. Demented is essential viewing." ‐ New Times
Posted Dec 31, 1999