David Ehrlich

David Ehrlich
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
D- 15% The Misfits (2021) All the bouncy music, implausible costume changes, and conveniently omitted details in the world can't force any fun out of a caper that doesn't consider what the audience knows of the plan or convince them to care about how it might go wrong. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
B- 100% Werewolves Within (2021) That starts with Richardson, who steps into a leading role with more than enough charisma and clear-eyed goodness to anchor the rest of Ruben's ensemble cast. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
B+ No Score Yet Last Film Show (2021) "Last Film Show" retains a layer of gauziness that keeps it from growing twee; this is a downbeat film that doesn't ask to be watched so much as looked through. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
B- 83% Caveat (2020) "Caveat" exists in a liminal space between genres, which is fitting for a film about the skeletons that might hide inside the walls of an old house. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B+ 89% Luca (2021) It may not be the best Pixar movie, or the riskiest - it sure as hell isn't the most ambitious - but "Luca" is also one of the precious few that feels like it isn't afraid to be something else. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
B- 57% Italian Studies (2021) Kirby is so magnetic and half-opened as a woman who's forgotten everything besides her own force of will that no one will ever second-guess why Leon agreed to work with her before he even had an idea of what they would make together. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
B- 89% Catch the Fair One (2021) There isn't much for "Catch the Fair One" to find at the end of the line, but it looks for its invisible women - indigenous and otherwise - with the urgency of someone who knows what seeing them would actually mean. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
C- 29% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Earwig almost never leaves Mandrake's house once it moves there, and it doesn't take long for the movie to grow as bored and stir-crazy as its pre-teen namesake. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
B 76% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2021) Mexican filmmaker Yulene Olaizola's fifth and most assured feature seduces you away from the legibility of its premise so gradually that you don't realize you've lost your bearings until it's already too late... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
D 16% Infinite (2021) "Infinite" only runs 106 minutes, but you'd do anything not to live through it again. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
C 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) It's really, really hard to work up any real hatred for a goofy action programmer in which Antonio Banderas plays a psychopathic billionaire named Aristotle Papadopolous. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
B- 57% The Real Thing (2021) The journey these characters take on their way to stop lying to themselves is worth your time, but when they finally arrive, it's hard not to think there wasn't a faster or more honest way there. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
D+ 52% Moby Doc (2021) It's genuinely upsetting to feel your answer to that question growing more cynical as the film goes on. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
C 29% Ghost Lab (2021) The more outlandish "Ghost Lab" becomes, the more it seems like the kind of thing that Wee and Gla might've made fun of before they fell down the rabbit hole, and the movie's icky efforts to maintain its knowing edge over the competition. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
D- 15% American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Whatever Williams spent on the front-row seat she may or may not have bought herself here, we can only hope it was more worth it for her than it will be for anyone else. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
B- 90% The Dry (2021) Bana delivers a strong performance as an unsolved case unto himself, though the slow churn of this two-pronged whodunnit story keeps him penned in for much of the film's runtime. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
A- 96% In the Heights (2021) So exuberant and full of life that it would probably convince you the movies were back even if they hadn't gone anywhere... - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
B+ 94% Riders of Justice (2021) Mikkelsen wouldn't know how to be uninteresting on screen if he tried, but his performance here might have felt overly familiar if not for how the rest of Jensen's cast plays against him. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
C 75% North Hollywood (2020) The result is a lived-in movie that knows its characters by heart and remains ineffably true to them during their most candid moments, but can't muster the momentum it needs to push them towards places they aren't ready to go. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
B 89% Dream Horse (2021) For all of its wry moments of humor, the film doesn't laugh at its characters so much as it delights in their newfound zeal. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
C+ 73% F9 (2021) The world of "Fast & Furious" has never felt more outta control than it does here, but for the first time in a long time it feels like it's drifting in the right direction again. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
C 82% Cliff Walkers (2021) While there are some riches to be found under the surface for anyone who feels like watching this with a flow chart, Zhang is so clearly seduced by the spell of his own movie magic that everything else feels like an inadvertent side effect. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 98% The Paper Tigers (2021) Funniest of all is "Enter the Dojo" star Matthew Page, who seems to have made a whole career out of caricaturing the recognizable phenomenon of the white guy who turns Asian cultural appropriation into a lifestyle. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C 47% Here Today (2021) It's amusing at best, deeply uncomfortable at worst, and always capable of stopping the movie's emotional undertow on a dime. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C 88% Oxygen (2021) Alas, "Oxygen" is too busy gasping for itself to embrace the Socratic method, and so there's precious little payoff to the answers that it gradually teases out from MILO. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C+ 36% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) The film's interest in any of the script's weightier themes only stretches so far before its skin begins to bleed at the seams. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
C 66% Wrath of Man (2021) The ultimate sin of "Wrath of Man" is that it doesn't realize it's really a story about pride. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
C 39% Things Heard & Seen (2021) The emphasis on Catherine puzzling out the house's past grows tedious... and while Seyfried acquits herself and then some, an actor of her talent is wasted on a character that spends most of the movie just connecting the dots. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
C- 44% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Director Stefano Sollima isn't able to find much light or urgency in a story that's enervated by the same numb "what would Denis Villeneuve do?" mindset that he brought to the similarly lifeless "Sicario: Day of the Soldado..." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
B+ 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) However you slice it, this is the rare CGI movie that radiates its own kind of inventive beauty, slick without feeling plastic, and the artistry that made it possible deserves to be celebrated on its own merits. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
C 97% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) Anyone who's hacked through enough "Demon Slayer" to keep pace with "Mugen Train" can surely handle what this movie has to offer. It's the rest of us who might want to think twice. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
C+ 61% We Broke Up (2021) A relationship isn't necessarily a waste of time just because it doesn't lead to the altar, Rosenberg affectingly reminds us, just as a movie isn't necessarily a waste of time just because it doesn't seem to be leading anywhere else. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
D 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) This "Mortal Kombat" is more broadly watchable than the 1995 version ever was, but it's hard to shake the dull sensation that video game movies are now playing us. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
B- 79% Beast Beast (2021) Chen is extraordinary in a third act that strips Krista down to the bone, and it's easy to imagine how this entire movie would've fallen apart with a lesser actress to steer it home. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
B+ 67% Ride or Die (2021) Right at the moment when it seems like "Ride or Die" might run out of gas, someone drops by to remind us how powerful it can be when people let their most primal emotions take the wheel. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
C 61% The Banishing (2020) "The Banishing" ends with such a walloping undertow of "wait, that's it?" that it earns little more than the backhanded compliment of realizing you expected a lot more from it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
C 92% The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021) "The Man Who Sold His Skin" stretches itself so thin that you can almost see its veins struggling to circulate the blood Ben Hania needs to bring her story home. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
C+ 69% Night in Paradise (2020) "Night in Paradise" begs not to be watched until after dark. But Park's latest allows in just enough light to illuminate his genius, even if it leaves you wishing that there was a little bit more to see. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
C 26% Voyagers (2021) "Voyagers" may chart an 86-year course across the galaxy but it certainly doesn't take viewers anywhere they haven't already been. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
C- 50% City of Lies (2018) Furman's movie lacks the craft or the confidence to address the unresolved questions of institutional cancer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
B+ 83% Nina Wu (Zhuo ren mi mi) (2020) "Nina Wu" becomes such a searing indictment of systemic exploitation in the entertainment industry because it takes that idea to its most literal conclusion. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
C- 43% Shoplifters of the World (2021) "The Breakfast Club" approach to sorting these characters into archetypes is unrewarding, and there's no trace of the personal connection that everyone brings to their most passionate fandom. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
C+ 89% Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free (2021) Wharton does an expert job of lacing the songs themselves in between the context she provides for them, but amidst the studio sessions and tour footage "Somewhere You Feel Free" can't avoid a kind of trap that music docs often fall into. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 69% Happily (2021) "Happily" is eager for your attention, but secure enough in its own identity not to require your approval. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) Janisse's voice is just as expressive through the shape that she gives to the film, and the connections that she draws between disparate traditions. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B+ 96% Alone Together (2021) "I only threw this party for you / For you, for you, for you," Charli sings. As long as she and her Angels keep saving a space for each other, it doesn't matter if anyone else shows up. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
B+ 86% Recovery (2021) "Recovery" is hardly a cure for COVID or any of the damage it's done, but if laughter is the best medicine, this might just be enough to hold you over until the vaccine. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
B- 67% The End of Us (2021) "The End of Us" just sparks to life whenever it dares to take a deep breath and look beyond the endlessness of the current moment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
C 67% Long Weekend (2021) "Long Weekend" is so narrowly enchanted by the idea of meeting someone who might save your life that it only bothers to explore it in the most literal terms. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
B- 50% Yes Day (2021) Actually manages to feel like a labor of love from time to time. Whether you're talking about family movies or family itself, that's good enough to get by. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021