Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Summer of Soul is a breathtaking chronicle of Black culture in a pivotal moment. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
92% Tina (2021) Tina is, in many ways, a triumph: a compelling exploration of one of rock's most important performers, crafted in a way that, finally, might allow her to stop talking about a history that remains damaging to revisit. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) It actually succeeds. In more ways than I ever expected. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
84% Mosul (2020) "Mosul" isn't the kind of easy, sentimental TV viewing often provided during the holidays, but it is a potent reminder of the deadly struggles and sacrifices some people have endured to earn their freedom. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
83% You Don't Know Jack (2010) Even as stars Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and Brenda Vaccaro dim their wattage with clumsy Michigan accents, bad wigs and dowdy clothes, a compelling story about Kevorkian's advocacy for euthanasia emerges. - Tampa Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
94% Black Is King (2020) It's obvious that she has been very deliberate about who she works with, what she says, what it looks like. And it makes a powerful statement when you bring it all together. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
94% The Weight of Gold (2020) There are two non-white athletes, Jones and Ohno. But the lack of darker-skinned competitors leads to concerns about colorism and seems a serious lapse in an otherwise well-crafted film. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) "On The Record" makes a powerful case. But left unanswered is a question for all of us. Once the silence is broken, what comes next? - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) Even with its flaws, Becoming is a compelling documentary, offering a carefully revealing look at a whip smart, ferociously practical woman trying to understand how her historic time in the White House changed herself, her family and the nation. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
70% Purple Rain (1984) Purple Rain became a generational manifesto, while providing the largest megaphone yet for one of the greatest geniuses in pop music. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
61% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) The perfect marriage of outlandish concept, amateurish acting and middling production values. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
100% Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014) Mr. Dynamite is a fitting reminder of the singer's power and influence; the story of an artist whose rise mirrored the journey of black America from segregation to success. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) It doesn't make for the most entertaining holiday special, but as a quirky Christmas card from the patron saint of down-to-earth stardom, it's not half bad. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
83% Confirmation (2016) "Confirmation" soars when it shows how badly a group of middle-aged white male senators fumbled the race and gender issues raised by Hill's allegations. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Whitney. "Can I Be Me provides a compelling portrait of a supreme talent isolated by fame, dysfunctional relationships and a crushing drug habit, slowly diminished by the same qualities that originally made her a superstar. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) When fake news can affect real elections, there is no better time to consider the lessons of this modernized "Fahrenheit 451." - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
94% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) In providing a loving and reverential tribute to a legendary comic, "Come Inside My Mind" hesitates to fully explore the darkest corners of Robin Williams' complex story. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996) I was blown away by its power. You could see, with his brash attitude, button-pushing material and ability to say things the audience didn't even know they were thinking, Rock had brought a new voice to the world of comedy. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet American Masters: Sammy Davis Jr. - I've Gotta Be Me (2019) Pollard's film expertly depicts the line Davis always had to negotiate between his ambitions and what society would accept. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) "Deadwood" movie is a pleasing reunion, giving the characters and Milch the kind of ending this groundbreaking series always deserved. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) For fans of the show who know these characters, that's a welcome conclusion for a story we didn't even know we missed until Vince Gilligan showed it to us. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) The result was an experience that often felt like a ride at a Disney theme park - great for young fans, less so for more experienced eyes, even when star Auli'i Cravalho offered a note-perfect performance as the Little Mermaid herself, Ariel. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
88% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) So even while I was impressed by the scope of ABC's revival, I was also a bit disappointed. Is the future of network television really going to be so focused on re-creating its past? Still, there were amazing moments. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
79% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) [Gibney] shows how Holmes and her supporters pushed the limits of Silicon Valley's culture of risk-taking and overpromising until they created a house of cards that collapsed under close scrutiny. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
100% Icebox (2018) Swedish director Daniel Sawka has created a film as authentic and direct as a news report. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) It's a compelling story made more poignant by the fact that it's told by Dinklage, a performer who seems to be the exact opposite of Villechaize. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Ultimately, "The Tale" is a wrenching, heartfelt success. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2018
90% The Problem with Apu (2017) The Problem with Apu often unfolds like a movie-length Daily Show segment -- and that's a compliment -- deftly outlining the stereotypes South Asian people still struggle with in media depictions. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) It has deeply affecting moments, but they don't quite knit together into a consistently powerful film. But it does succeed by showcasing Winfrey in one of her best roles yet. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) At a time when the country is reeling... there is no better time to experience a soothing, expertly executed celebration of family, friendship and black culture. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
36% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) The real sign that Sharknado 3 is beating a dead horse - or shark - into a fine paste is the fact that none of this feels fresh, new or remotely funny anymore. - NPR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
A- 87% Django Unchained (2012) Thanks, QT, for the best Christmas present this fan of racially conscious films and blockbuster action movies could ever imagine. - Tampa Bay Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2012