David Ehrlich

David Ehrlich
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 93% Ordinary Love (2020) The film is too in denial of that tension to make anything meaningful from it. Still, there's something to be said for a movie that shines a light into matters of the heart without having to break yours completely. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
D 10% Fantasy Island (2020) By the time this "Fantasy Island" arrives at its gallingly stupid final twist, you'll be dying to go home. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
C- 65% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) And you thought fixing Sonic's teeth would make this movie any less of a nightmare. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
B+ 97% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) It's hard to stay mad at a movie that can win you over with a single shot of sheep dancing on a tractor, or smiling in a way that makes its mouth stick out from the side of its face. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
B+ 88% Emma. (2020) "Emma" only grows more assured as its namesake loses her balance, the pastel splendor of Christopher Blauvelt's cinematography and the vocabulary-defying genius of costume designer Alexandra Byrne endowing this classic story with a new energy all its own. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
A- 89% Time (2020) While gripping from start to finish, there isn't a minute of "Time" that feels engineered for our entertainment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B- 70% The Last Shift (2020) In such a knowing film about how thoroughly Americans are trained to undervalue themselves and each other, it's hard to fault "The Last Shift" for doing the bare minimum. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ 86% The Social Dilemma (2020) The film will definitely make you more cognizant of your own behavior - not just of how you use the internet, but how the internet uses you. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B+ 100% The Father (2020) Over the course of 97 increasingly grim minutes, Zeller's puzzle-box drama distills the abstract concept of senility into an ontological experience that denies your sympathy at almost every turn. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B- 89% The Evening Hour (2020) King clearly wants to do right by these people, but at a certain point his empathy begins to hurt the film as much as it helps it, leaving us with the unsolvable irony of a movie that rings true only when it goes off the rails. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B 100% Feels Good Man (2020) While "Feels Good Man" is stretched a bit too thin to really pierce what it feels like to sit there and watch the world corrupt your art, Furie's general powerlessness is endemic to this story in ways that have nothing to do with his personality. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B 92% Tesla (2020) "Tesla" doesn't take things to quite the same extreme ... Almereyda's film still kindles Tesla's ever-growing legend in a way that reflects his unique genius. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B- 100% The Painter and the Thief (2020) [A] nuanced and beguiling new documentary about the various things we all take from each other. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 92% Miss Americana (2020) The power of "Miss Americana" is in watching someone who stands astride the world gradually realize that her art is the only thing that she can control. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 100% La Llorona (2019) "La Llorona" is a quiet movie that shudders with spiritual trauma. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- 63% Jumbo (2020) Neither of them can prevent "Jumbo" from feeling smaller than it should. By the same token, none of Wittock's rookie mistakes can stop her debut from being a ride worth taking. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C+ 82% Ironbark (2020) For a movie set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis - a movie that's enameled with the classic tropes of espionage, and builds to a daring international heist at the end of the second act - the whole thing can be rather even-keeled. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 70% Uncle Frank (2020) Add flashbacks, suicidal ideation, and Steve Zahn into the mix, and you're cooking with pretty thin gruel even before you reach a will-reading scene subtle enough to make the family drama of "This Is Us" feel like Chekhov. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 97% Shirley (2020) By the time "Shirley" arrives at its tortured smile of an ending, it seems less a departure from "Madeline's Madeline" than it does a spiritual prequel, or maybe a buttoned-up aunt. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C+ 63% Us Kids (2020) Snyder casts her net too wide to paint a meaningful portrait of the kids, and follows them too closely to provide much lasting insight into the context of their campaign. And yet, the spirit of their mission shines through. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- 86% The Night House (2020) For as hard as it hits, "The Night House" doesn't bruise enough to follow you home. But the movie's soundscape will vibrate around the hollow of your bones for a long time to come. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B- 92% Possessor (2020) If his film struggles to articulate why the stability of being someone is too valuable to exchange for the freedom of being anyone, Cronenberg only gets better and better at illustrating the same point. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B 100% Assassins (2020) "Assassins" finds its pulse in the fact that it was filmed in media res, before the dust had settled on this strange ordeal, and the perspective of Siti's counsel proves invaluable during the trial. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
A 100% Minari (2020) "Minari" is a raw and vividly remembered story of two simultaneous assimilations; it's the story of a family assimilating into a country, but also the story of a man assimilating into his family. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 100% Palm Springs (2020) The movie always seems on the brink of biting off more than a super energetic 90-minute comedy can chew, and the sheer momentum of the storytelling doesn't give the story time to slow down. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C- 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) "The Last Full Measure" is lost in the fog of war from the moment it starts. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
B 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) "Bad Boys for Life" doesn't aim to raise the bar on its genre or rewrite the blockbuster rulebook, but it's a blast watching Lawrence and Smith revisit these characters and find a sensible place for them in the current Hollywood landscape. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
C- 15% Dolittle (2020) Some people aren't suited for the opportunities that are presented to them, but - at least in its own chimeric way - no one can say that "Dolittle" fails to defy expectations. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
C- 45% Inherit the Viper (2020) "Inherit the Viper" is at its best when keyed into the disposability of human lives, but most of the film can hardly be bothered to care about the ones it chooses to follow. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
B- 47% Underwater (2020) The monsters are gnarly, the sets and effects are spectacular chum for the imagination, and the cast is able to elevate a damp programmer into a dizzy genre pleasure. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
A- 93% High Flying Bird (2019) A Promethean sports drama that hums with the verve and purpose of Soderbergh's very best work. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
B 92% Fyre (2019) What "Fyre" loses in comprehensiveness, it makes up for in immediacy; [Chris] Smith is eager to strike while the iron is hot, but he gives us just enough breathing room to step back and make sense of what happened from a wider perspective. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
B 100% Depeche Mode: Spirits in the Forest (2019) The fun of this delightful bop of a film - not to mention its basic thesis - is located in the idea that Depeche Mode fans are way more widespread and diverse than you might imagine these days. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
B+ 94% Citizen K (2019) It's more darkly amusing than it sounds. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
C+ 94% Klaus (2019) None of the characters in Klaus are as delightful as they are well-drawn, and Pablos' film never earns the holiday spirit it tries to manufacture down the home stretch. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
A- 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Anyone who's willing to meet this movie on its own terms and roll with the dream logic it requires will be rewarded with a resonantly cathartic saga. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
C+ 50% Earthquake Bird (2019) Without the depth and detail of Jones' prose too much of the movie is lost in the same in-between that Lucy is trying to chart for herself. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) Small but deeply felt. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Nobody really asked for another Charlie's Angels reboot, but this one will leave you eager for more. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
A 98% 63 Up (2019) So beautiful and bittersweet. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
C- 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) Our carbon-based hero couple transform into computer-generated chimeras every time they open their mouths...Lady and the Tramp might take a different route than The Lion King, but it winds up in the same depths of the uncanny valley. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
D 38% Primal (2019) A lifeless game of cat-and-mouse-and-jaguar. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
B- 63% The Good Liar (2019) A wicked little thriller that delights in the moment at hand. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
C- 42% Midway (2019) A bland as hell, Walmart-ready, torpedo-by-numbers retelling of World War II's most decisive naval battle. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
B- 83% Jesus is King (2019) A truly awesome concert film in Roden Crater - hopefully one day they'll let us see it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B 70% The Kill Team (2019) As lucid and intense as it is underwritten...this riveting thriller still manages to amplify its subject much louder than Krauss has been able to before. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
C- 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tim Miller's competent but coma-inducing "Terminator: Dark Fate" has no reason to feel this far past its expiration date. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
B 96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) A documentary so harrowing and horrific that it can only bear to scratch at the surface of its remarkable story. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
B 90% The Elephant Queen (2019) A cute story about the circle of life. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
C 68% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) A 3,000-mile drive that's almost entirely fueled by fan service...Smith basically just swings from cameo to cameo in the hopes that no one will care that his movie is short on actual scenes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019