Eric D. Snider

Eric D. Snider
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I was born and raised in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (it's boring; don't go there!). I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in journalism, and once killed a guy with my bare hands in a bar fight in Tijuana. I was film critic and various other entertainment-y things for a daily paper in Utah, and now work as a freelance writer. I have a column called "Snide Remarks" that I publish on my Web site, as well as an e-zine (fancy word for "e-mail newsletter") of movie reviews called "In the Dark." In addition to my own site, I write for Film.com and Cinematical. When I grow up, I want to be Scott Weinberg.
Favorites:
Memento, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Mary Poppins, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raising Arizona, Anchorman, Jaws, Psycho
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Portland, OR
Official Websites: hollywoodbitchslap.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C 57% Aladdin (2019) Improves on the original in no way whatsoever and is only palatable if you've never seen the other one. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
C 61% Trial by Fire (2019) Takes a fascinating, suspenseful true story and waters it down into a generic, maudlin, anti-death-penalty message. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B- 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) This is a respectable, earnest, down-to-earth romantic drama, not the crazy Nicholas Sparks kind. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
B- 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Do not underestimate just how thin it wears, hearing a medium-grade soap opera plot filtered through a dog's mentality -- but it works, all right? It's shameless, but it works. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It is the battles for which this franchise exists, and Stahelski and his crew deliver an almost relentless series of epic ones, filmed and edited in such a way as to spotlight the skill of the performers. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B- 69% Wine Country (2019) Gets too wacky by the end but is generally almost as funny and comfortable as you'd expect a real-life hangout session with these women to be. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film does nothing to show what made Bundy tick, glamorizing him instead. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) Intelligent, witty, and profane. Charlize Theron can do anything, apparently. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
A- 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Great and beautiful... Aretha Franklin's voice is as earth-shakingly powerful as it would ever be. It feels raw and intimate. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
D 34% Poms (2019) Squirts a bunch of faux-sentimental ideas on the screen and trusts that people who only see one or two movies a decade will find it charming. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
B- 15% The Hustle (2019) Finds a respectable supply of laughs... Light fun, generally amusing with pockets of hilarity. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C+ 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Mostly keeps a straightforward tone, going through the steps of unraveling the mystery and exploring the movie's various daddy issues. The plot is insane, yet somehow also rudimentary, even formulaic. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
C 30% The Intruder (2019) A mediocre domestic thriller with a plot that's entirely predictable... Nothing you haven't seen before. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C+ 29% UglyDolls (2019) The world-building is half-baked, and the director seems content to deliver a medium-grade, brightly colored babysitter rather than something memorable. Could be worse, though. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
B 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Deadpan comedy that's altogether more charming and sweet than you might expect an Emily Dickinson biopic to be. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 75% Family (2019) A sunny and likable small-scale comedy about a bad role model and a hopeless kid. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Kudos to directors Anthony and Joe Russo just for keeping things organized, let alone coherent, which they also manage. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
B 95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) The tension and sinister omens build almost unbearably. It's a singular tone poem that evokes powerful unease. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
B- 73% I Trapped The Devil (2019) Has just enough malevolent gloom to make it a modestly unnerving effort for horror connoisseurs. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
C 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Toothless, inoffensive horror at its most toothless and inoffensive. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
5% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) It's a cheerfully stupid endeavor. - MTV EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
C 45% Little (2019) A feeble comedy about flustered idiots. Marsai Martin is a firecracker, but the movie is bland piffle. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
B 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Presents a suspenseful, satisfying action movie without sensationalizing the tragedy. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
C- 16% Hellboy (2019) A movie in which the main character fists a giant's eye socket should be more entertaining than this. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
B- 89% Missing Link (2019) Simple to a fault, the story and script could have used some punching-up to give it more personality, more zip - more anything. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
C- 48% Unplanned (2019) Bland acting, boring writing, everyone doing their best but simply not being very good at the things they're trying to do, bless their hearts. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
C+ 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) A shiny, shallow trinket based on true events that, in the hands of first-time feel-good filmmaker Robin Bissell, seem made-up. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
C+ 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Maybe it's just that it loses some of its horror potential when you already know the story, but this version, while duly atmospheric and dread-filled, has an air of the perfunctory about it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
B- 90% Shazam! (2019) It's fine as a superhero movie but better as a warmhearted story about makeshift families. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
C 54% The Beach Bum (2019) An unwitting tribute to white privilege.... The movie is a nightmare, only it doesn't acknowledge that it is one. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
D+ 47% Dumbo (2019) Turgid, labored, bloated. Why do these things that are obviously bad ideas to begin with keep turning out so bad? It is a mystery. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
B- 92% Giant Little Ones (2019) Has formulaic elements, but it's a thoughtful, tender-hearted drama about sexual identity. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
B- 97% Starfish (2019) Melancholy sci-fi drama... A.T. White surrounds his intriguing plot with a moody atmosphere and effortlessly cool indie-rock soundtrack. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
B 94% Us (2019) A serious, methodical, intensely focused horror story that plays with light and shadows visually as well as thematically. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
40% Cherry 2000 (1988) Look, I don't know what's going on. I didn't write the movie. Nobody wrote the movie. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Well acted... Hews pretty closely to reality while checking off the boxes for what a weepy teen romance is supposed to look like. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B 45% Captive State (2019) Geeky, serious sci-fi told with a straight face... A bit overlong, but the earnest intensity had me hooked for most of it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
D+ 32% Wonder Park (2019) Unsurprisingly, a story set in a pretend place with low stakes and no real-world consequences yields unsatisfying results. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
B 80% Level 16 (2019) Plucky, rough-around-the-edges thriller... Low budget, but it has an engaging sci-fi story. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A middling, good-enough episode... The dynamic between Larson and Jackson is lively. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
B 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Based more on tension and uncertainty than on shocks, the film's horror is never unbearable or grotesque... An effective little chiller. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
C 59% Greta (2019) It needed either more camp or more terror to really be effective. As it is, it lacks oomph until the climax. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
D 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Typical of Tyler Perry's Madea series: excruciating, baffling; garishly lit and cheap-looking; woefully overlong and ham-fistedly plotted because Perry has no incentive to improve. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
C+ 45% What Men Want (2019) It's ultimately just another romantic comedy full of blah rom-com tropes. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
B 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) As enjoyable as the riffs on rom-com cliches are, the film's best attributes are its positive messages for young women. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) This chapter, about growing up and moving on, has heart but lacks the warmth and comfort of its predecessors. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
C+ 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Listless futuristic mumbo-jumbo without a single interesting character, building to a conclusion that's really just a setup for the next film. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B+ 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Like the plastic bricks themselves, these movies are as much fun for adults as for kids. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
B 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Fans of the first film will find the scenario much more pleasing than the main character does. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
B- 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) If the film's dramatic elements are generic, the humor, especially in the first half, is buoyant enough to make it worthwhile. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019