David Ehrlich Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 100% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) An epic look at the intimate frustrations of two massively powerful young women who spend most of their energy navigating between who they are and what they represent.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 70% Bleed For This (2016) Teller is appreciably committed to the character, but he's only given one note to play, his full-bodied passion wasted on a movie that would rather win on points than go for the knockout.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C+ 80% Instant Family (2018) Never as hackneyed as it is heartfelt, "Instant Family" takes the stuff of real life and turns it into a touching reminder of what love can do for the people who need it.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C- 58% The Grinch (2018) The feeble script by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow... never lets us forget how low the bar has been set for such family entertainment.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
D+ 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The compromised result is suspended between a childlike sense of discovery and a corporate sense of duty - at no point does it feel like the story and the graphics are talking to each other, or even in the same language.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
B+ 93% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) Persistence is the name of the game, and Esparza's steadfast cast of first-time actors seems to know it in their bones. There isn't a false note between them.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
D+ 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The critical failure of Bohemian Rhapsody is that, 134 minutes after the lights go down, the members of Queen just seem like four blokes who've been processed through the rusty machinery of a Hollywood biopic. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
C 87% The Night Comes For Us (2018) Here's hoping that someone of Tjahjanto's visceral talent eventually finds a way to stop the bleeding.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
D+ 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Even among Gerard Butler vehicles, this one sinks right to the bottom.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
B- 71% Galveston (2018) The coda abruptly re-configures a tired crime saga into an altogether different kind of story, one that doesn't see redemption as something Roy might achieve for himself, but rather as something that he can give to the people who need it from him.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B 87% A Private War (2018) Watching the film scramble towards its inevitable conclusion, one gets the sense that Heineman sees Colvin as a kindred spirit. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
C- 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Perhaps a case could be made that something about this series is lost in translation, but it's all delivered in plain English. Johnny English.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
B- 97% Maria By Callas (2018) The film resolves as a passionate tribute to a woman who commanded the world's attention, but was never afforded its decency. It's a curtain call for Callas, and a chance for the great singer to be heard again.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
A- 88% Diamantino (2018) Part B-movie spoof, part handcrafted satire, and always driven by a genuine vision for a better tomorrow, Diamantino is like looking at today's Europe through a funhouse mirror, and somehow seeing it more clearly as a result.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B 93% Hotel by the River (2018) Hong continues to find playful new ways of organizing his obsessions. He's got a natural genius for rearranging the furniture, and it makes a virtue of the fact that he's always working inside the same house. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B+ 89% Studio 54 (2018) Studio 54 is resonant because it offers such a reasonable and poignant answer.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
B+ 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The film only becomes more fun as you get hip to what it's doing, with Goddard's big cast continuing to balloon over the course of this 140-minute epic.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
B+ 88% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) A lucid crystallization of both Arulpragasam's private life and her public mission, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. offers an intimate profile of a righteously modern renegade without ever feeling like propaganda or a plea to stream her latest album on Spotify.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
D 29% Night School (2018) It's really too bad the big set-pieces don't work, because the rest of the film is just a tired mess of grimacing reaction shots, all of which are smelted together by a David Newman's wall-to-wall Cheez Whiz score.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
B 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) All Things Are Photographable isn't contemptuous of Winogrand's boorishness; any honest reflection of his life and work has to deal with the unvarnished whole of both, as he always did.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
C 80% Freaks (2018) The fatal flaw of Freaks is that Lipovsky and Stein's tantalizing approach gives way to mundane results, as the questions raised by their screenplay are considerably more interesting than any of the answers that follow. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
C 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) This fast-paced, hyper-functional kind of storytelling doesn't allow for the depth of feeling it needs in order to work.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
B 88% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Fleet, lucid, and very watchable, the film is as ruthlessly effective and goal-oriented as its namesake.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C 84% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) The decision to spend a little time on a lot of different characters results in a splintered story that muddles - rather then clarifies - its protagonist's roundabout journey back to himself.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
C 71% The Hummingbird Project (2019) There's a good reason why no one's ever made a movie about this before - in fact, there are probably a few.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B+ 72% Maya (2018) Maya is an off-kilter experience that never allows you to get settled, but it sinks deep under your skin because of how adamantly it refuses to get stuck in place.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C- 33% A Million Little Pieces (2018) An adaptation that's little more than a watered-down version of a story that's already lost so much of its original consistency.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
B+ 81% Her Smell (2018) More loudly stylized than his earlier films, "Her Smell" is visceral nightmare from the moment it starts; if the script evokes John Cassavetes, the aesthetic seems more inspired by Gaspar Noé.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B+ 100% Angels Are Made of Light (2018) It's not always riveting, and it's not always clear, but Angels Are Made of Light manages to find several human beings, and not just by inviting us to admire our own reflections.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
A- 85% High Life (2018) High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 78% Hotel Mumbai (2018) What redeems "Hotel Mumbai" from morbid opportunism is that, in all but its slickest and most Hollywood moments, the thrills of Maras' heart-wrenching re-enactment are never an end unto themselves. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 67% Teen Spirit (2018) What's so brave and exciting about Max Minghella's directorial debut is that it refuses to compromise on either end, a sweet pop spectacle at once both proudly generic and unafraid to be itself. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 84% Ben is Back (2018) Always underplayed, but never more than a millisecond from losing his grip, Hedges' performance exists in the narrow space between coming back for a day, and being gone forever. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B- 57% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2018) The film is always watchable, even for all of its sluggishness.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C- 58% Outlaw King (2018) The craft on display is often as undeniable as the cast that Mackenzie has assembled to bring it all to life, but "Outlaw King" is a moribund piece of storytelling. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
B+ 97% In Fabric (2018) The source may be different for everyone, but the thrill is always the same. "In Fabric" doesn't know what you want, but Peter Strickland is certain that it will drive you wild.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
C+ No Score Yet Trial by Fire (2018) What Zwick lacks in artistry, he makes up for in anger, and Trial by Fire burns with a righteous fury that spreads right off the screen.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
B 100% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's ultimately because of Gorbachev's seeming unwillingness to fit the director's usual mold that Meeting Gorbachev is able to become such a different and engaging bio-doc.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
C 58% The Front Runner (2018) The film is broadly sympathetic of Hart's situation; it doesn't absolve him of being a shitty husband, but it side-eyes the press for whipping the story into a national firestorm. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
B+ 85% Boy Erased (2018) While Edgerton's fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalizing his characters... "Boy Erased" regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
A- 62% Suspiria (2018) "Suspiria" is a film of rare and unfettered madness, and it leaves behind a scalding message that's written in pain and blood: The future will be a nightmare if we can't take responsibility for the past. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B+ 99% Free Solo (2018) "Free Solo" is so absorbing because it strives for even a tenuous grip on the balance between love and need. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
B+ 85% Non-Fiction (2018) Olivier Assayas' sly and delightful Non-Fiction... feels like such a lark at first - like a master filmmaker clearing his throat between more significant projects. That's exactly what Assayas wants you to think.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
C+ 100% The Island (2018) Unsupported by any sort of greater mythology, few of these asides are worth the time Bo spends on them. At best, they distract from the film's disinterest in more plot-driven mysteries.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
B+ 90% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) "John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" is a sports documentary unlike any other, a beguiling and delightful piece of visionary non-fiction that uses its namesake to investigate the ontological nature of watching tennis.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
D- 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Stupefyingly risk-averse, as though its greatest aspiration were to trigger those unsuspecting parents who bought tickets for their kids. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
C+ 59% Operation Finale (2018) "Operation Finale" doesn't feel ambiguous so much as it feels like it lacks a point of view.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
C- 36% Blue Iguana (2018) A kooky, disposable caper that's light on charm and heavy on nonsense.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
D- 23% Mile 22 (2018) The spectacular failure of the film's aesthetic makes for a tremendous waste of Uwais, whose talents as a brawler surpass anything that Berg has ever had at his disposal before.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B+ 57% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) This isn't a movie about set-up and payoff, it's a movie about the torment of being stuck in your head, and the insoluble loneliness of walking through a crowd of people who are oblivious to your private suffering. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018