David Ehrlich

David Ehrlich
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 100% Toy Story 4 (2019) Forky alone is enough to elevate this potential cash-grab into the beautiful and hilarious coda that its long-running series needed to be truly complete. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
D 43% Murder Mystery (2019) It would be uncomfortably cynical to assume that Sandler thinks these novocaine-like comedies are what common people want to watch, but the guy doesn't leave us much choice. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) It starts feeling like you're not watching a historical document about the '70s so much as you're hearing the distant echoes of a song that you already have stuck in your head; this isn't past or present but rather both at once. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 50% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) A gripping modern riff on "Goodfellas" that follows an ambitious kid as he chews his way up the ranks of Naples' teenage gangsters. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
C 39% Being Frank (2019) Yes, it's a real breath of fresh air to watch an American comedy so forthright, even one that isn't funny. But it shouldn't be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
B 67% This One's for the Ladies (2019) Raw, empathetic, and so insistently humane that it plays like a fun 82-minute "fuck you" to the power structures of a country that wants to squeeze the life out of its poorest black environments... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C+ 92% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) It's the less animated moments where "The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil" struggles. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
B 86% The Raft (2019) It's a wild ride that plays out like a reality show prototype that was far too treacherous for TV. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
D 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix," on the other hand, is designed to avoid pushing any buttons. Or doing much of anything else, for that matter. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C- 32% Domino (2019) De Palma isn't exactly known for the clarity of his storytelling, but he's never been quite this sloppy when left to his own devices. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
C+ 87% Pavarotti (2019) Pavarotti, much like its subject, is fun and full of life for as long as it lasts, but as soon as it's over you realize how little of it you got to see. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
C 79% The Traitor (2019) By the time "The Traitor" finds its way back to Buscetta for an overextended final stretch that trafficks in all of the usual symbology of paranoia, he's become both too complicated for us to understand and too simple for us to care about. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C- 10% Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo (2019) Kechiche devotes about 60% of its runtime to extreme close-ups of jiggling female derrieres. And while that horrifyingly unexaggerated statistic may sound like a bit of a red flag to begin with, it only gets worse... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
A- 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The impotent rage he feels about that spills into every frame of this incredible film, and leaves us all a little richer as a result. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 51% Matthias and Maxime (2019) A touching but imbalanced drama starting where "Humpday" ends, and leverages their one shared idea into a true and tender portrait of sad boy self-discovery. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C- 52% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, Une Lumière) (2019) This frigid misfire is most readily comparable to Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Third Murder," another flat genre flirtation from an otherwise reliable master. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C- No Score Yet The Staggering Girl (2019) By insistently trying to deny its purpose, "The Staggering Girl" only winds up selling itself short. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
C+ 68% Little Joe (2019) In lesser hands, Little Joe would be a very dangerous film. As it stands, the latest masterful psychodrama from Austrian powerhouse Jessica Hausner still has plenty of potential to offend. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B+ 100% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love might start as a hard-boiled piece of pulp fiction, but it isn't long before it softens into a violent, hilarious, and violently hilarious madcap comedy... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B- 95% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui) (2019) An invigorating, poetic, and discretely brilliant Chinese noir that adds up to less than the sum of its parts... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
B 90% Zombi Child (2019) Provides a bold and compelling bridge between the living and the dead. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
A- 74% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) This show of faith hasn't come a moment too soon. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
A 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's a film that captures the feeling you get from the last scene of "Roman Holiday" and stretches it over a full two hours in which not a single moment is wasted. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B 64% Frankie (2019) It's like an elegant bracelet that's modest enough to go unnoticed, but nevertheless reveals a quietly exquisite beauty to those who are willing to lean in and look closer (even if they have to squint). - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B+ 100% Beanpole (Dylda) (2019) Extraordinary performances and "Roma"-level production design elevate a brutal yet tender story of two women in post-war Leningrad. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 73% Les Misérables (2019) Les Misérables refuses to blame the match or the kindle for a world that's fueled by the fires they start together, and the scalding final sequence of Ly's film is powerful enough to obliterate the occasionally clumsy path by which it gets there. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B+ 86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) Screen wipes, slow fades, and other expressive inflections help ease "Bacurau" out of its starting register, playfully moving the story forward with a wink to the past. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
B- 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) A sluggish but knowing zombie comedy... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 51% Tolkien (2019) "Tolkien" doesn't seem all that interested in providing any kind of entertainment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B 71% Dreamland (2019) There's far more to "Dreamland" than the movie is able to wrangle over the course of its harried 98-minute runtime, and even when Allison and Eugene finally ride out to case the promised land it can feel like they're driving in circles. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
C- 63% Yesterday (2019) By the time the sun goes down on this peculiarly small-seeming fable, not even Curtis' usual tear-jerking tenderness is there to cushion the blow; your guitar will be the only thing that gently weeps. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
C- 35% El Chicano (2019) Ben Hernandez Bray's "El Chicano" seldom amounts to anything more than a crude prototype for the kind of Latinx-driven superhero movies that Marvel and DC should already be making by now. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B- 66% Wine Country (2019) A pleasant and perfectly watchable comedy that would have died on the vine in theaters, "Wine Country" is casual viewing done right. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Giddy, exhausting, and breathtakingly violent. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
D+ 74% The Wandering Earth (2019) It's almost impressive how Gwo manages to rip off "Gravity," "Sunshine," and "2001," all at the same time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B- 78% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) We may not have needed another Woodstock movie, but at least this one helps explain why every generation seems to get the Woodstock they deserve. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
A- 100% Rewind (2019) Heroic and devastating autobiographical documentary... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C 29% UglyDolls (2019) Movies don't skew much younger than this - anyone who isn't still attached to an umbilical cord might roll their eyes at some of the story beats... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 100% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) The clips are cute, but "Making Waves" leaves you eager to go hear a favorite movie for the first time. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B No Score Yet Stray Dolls (2019) A taut and stylish thriller that manages to draw fresh blood from some very familiar territory. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 67% Swallow (2019) This bracing look at the oppressiveness of gender roles may feel a bit familiar for most of its running time, but the film's breathless final passage suggests...that the 21st century might offer bold new endings for such regrettably timeless stories. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B- 100% Good Posture (2019) While not designed to be an earth-shaking debut, "Good Posture" is more than enjoyable enough to suggest that Wells is no slouch. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
C 45% Georgetown (2019) The way that the film resolves - or doesn't - leaves the distinct impression that Waltz simply ran out of interest in this story, which would be an explanation as understandable as it is frustrating. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 100% Okko's Inn (2019) Above all else, Kitarô Kôsaka's "Okko's Inn" is a warm and adorable new addition to the growing subgenre of animated children's films about grief. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C+ 66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) The film might be frivolous and somewhat half-formed, but it's more than enough to make anyone feel very stupid if they expected Benjamin to fail. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
A- 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) A euphoric, triumphant, and exhaustingly fierce documentary that should help see Beychella enshrined as one of the definitive pop culture events of the century. Call it history in the making, part two. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
C 71% Stockholm (2019) The best thing you can say about "Stockholm" is that it's good enough to prove that a much better film could be made from this story. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C 46% Little (2019) Whenever things seem really dire, Martin saunters in with attitude to spare, and puts everything in perspective. With talent that big, the rest of the movie seems little by comparison. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
D- 15% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Unfathomably bad... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) This sturdy drama has the good sense to recognize that allyship is only valuable when it's hard. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019