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 Review
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
B+ 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Cornish's playful sensibilities and strong sense of momentum keep the energy up, resulting in a new fantasy adventure for families to watch over and over again. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B- 46% The Prodigy (2019) Straightforward to a fault -- it could have used some red herrings -- but the 'creepy kid' scenario is effective. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
B 78% Share (2019) Anchored in reality but made with sympathy, the film is a thoughtful cautionary tale rather than a slog. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
C+ 83% Dirty God (2019) It's not quite gratuitous misery porn - it's ultimately more hopeful than that - but it's adjacent to it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
D 21% Serenity (2019) Being even-keeled and sincere makes it more palatable than a lot of bad movies, but make no mistake, it's still bad. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
B+ 77% Troop Zero (2019) An utterly delightful family comedy about girls learning to support each other. A few simplistic moments, but it has a sunny message. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- 65% Native Son (2019) Ashton Sanders' compelling performance makes up for the low impact of the intended message about the expectations placed upon black men. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
B 37% Glass (2019) A nerdy deep-dive into the filmmaker's ideas about superhero movies... Nutty, self-aware, periodically thrilling. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
B 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A grand but accessible historical biopic full of palace intrigue and political skulduggery. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
D 11% Replicas (2019) Never leans into any of the possibilities in favor of remaining a dumb, middle-of-the-road non-entity without purpose. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
D 40% The Upside (2019) A blob of unflavored Jell-O that you're supposed to find delicious just because it went through the motions. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
B- 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) The plot is harebrained, but once it gets to the dog's-eye-view of a perilous journey home, it's quality comfort food. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
B+ 72% Destroyer (2018) Intriguing details pile up quickly in this grimy, darkly comic neo-noir.... Kidman is exhilarating. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
B- 47% Escape Room (2019) A diet version of the Saw franchise: PG-13, modestly inventive, fun rather than gruesome, with a few characters who are even likable. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
B+ 92% Stan & Ollie (2019) A loving biopic with affectionate impersonations... Charming and funny, a sweet story about friendship and collaboration. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
B 59% Vox Lux (2018) Corbet's style is frequently ponderous, even "slow," but generally compelling as he explores the factory-like process of turning Celeste into a star. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
D+ 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The film occupies the uncomfortable space between being very serious and being completely absurd. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
B 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Above-average for a historical drama, with compelling legal maneuverings at its core. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
C+ 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Fitfully amusing, but insufficiently funny or clever (or cleverly stupid). - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
B- 66% Vice (2018) Often hilarious and inventive, but McKay has no point beyond 'Wow, what a load this guy was, eh?' - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
B 93% Bumblebee (2018) If the other Transformers movies had been like this, they, too, might have been enjoyable fantasy adventures. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
B- 65% Aquaman (2018) Like the title character, the movie is nice to look but does itself a disservice by speaking. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
B 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) If there had to be a sequel (which, again, there did not), this one is about as good as you could reasonably expect it to be. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
C 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Like the rolling city of London, the movie is a gigantic, lumbering waste of resources populated by nobody interesting. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
C 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Fans of Vincent van Gogh who have been clamoring for a lifeless, inert biopic, your prayers are answered! - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
A- 97% The Rider (2018) Authentic... Beautiful and understated... Full of heartbreak and humanity. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
A- 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Smart, funny, and mature... Focused on creating high-flying comic-book adventures that lead to surprisingly tender emotions. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
C+ 70% The Mule (2018) Unfussy direction, efficient but unhurried, moderately entertaining but nothing special... A weird, mediocre movie. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
B 94% Wildlife (2018) The emotions are sometimes raw, but there are no hysterics, no melodrama, and the performances are measured and honest. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C+ 64% Tyrel (2018) Tyrel is Get Out if you removed the horror, most of the comedy, and the point. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
A 94% The Favourite (2018) Immensely entertaining... With all of its cutthroat machinations, pathetic figureheads, and behind-closed-doors absurdity, you'd be forgiven for assuming it came from the minds behind HBO's Veep. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
B- 74% Clara's Ghost (2018) The family dynamics are funny and gently odd, and the film has the sort of quirky humor you'd expect from something with Chris Elliott's DNA in it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
B- 80% Green Book (2018) A pleasant, humorous movie, affable but extremely shallow. A well-intentioned but rather clueless feel-good effort. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
C 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Doesn't do anything with it that you haven't seen before ... or that you won't see again in a few weeks, when the next movie exactly like this one comes out. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
B+ 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Has a merry old time with the juxtaposition of Christmas and horror... This plucky and funny holiday treat shouldn't be ignored. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
B 64% Suspiria (2018) Moody, nightmarish... The goal is to unnerve and fascinate us... A bit overstuffed, but often transfixing in its dreamy weirdness and macabre possibilities. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
C 14% Robin Hood (2018) A dumbly anachronistic action-adventure that you will never believe was not directed by Guy Ritchie and written by 12-year-olds. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B- 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's approximately as funny and endearing as the first one (which is to say it's a good time, but nothing special). - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) It's a step down from its predecessor, but hey, aren't we all? It works well enough as yet another Rocky sequel. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2018
B+ 82% Instant Family (2018) Funny and relatable.... The happy tears and good feelings it produces are well earned, not forced. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
B 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Gives Steve Carell the opportunity to do some fine dramatic work as a loving father experiencing the multiple heartbreaks of parenthood. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) More fleshed-out, more real-world weighty than your standard popcorn caper, and it's a rush seeing these women take matters into their own felonious hands. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B 81% Boy Erased (2018) Like the similarly themed Love, Simon, it's a good movie that does a great thing. To be on the receiving end of a movie's empathy machine is a gift. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
C- 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The story lumbers along without urgency, Yates and Rowling believing they've earned the audience's loyalty just by using the Harry Potter font in the titles - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B- 59% The Front Runner (2018) Never anything more than a standard political biopic with a little zip to it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
C 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) An ordinary, mundane tech thriller whose only distinction is that it's connected to a previous movie. It's the very definition of a sequel nobody wanted. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B- 57% The Grinch (2018) Fitfully amusing, harmless, and negligible. It neither detracts from Dr. Seuss' legacy nor enhances it. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2.5/4 80% Overlord (2018) Shallow comic-book carnage with no subtext, but it successfully walks the line between serious and ludicrous without tipping over into campy. - Salt Lake City Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The sort of watered-down pablum that should be embarrassed to show its face in a world where Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story exists. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018