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Eric Hynes

Eric Hynes
Eric Hynes's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Village Voice, Time Out, Stop Smiling

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) It uses realism as an effect, documentary as a style. You feel that you're really there, and you can't help but be moved. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 5, 2016
61% The Lost Arcade (2016) The fate of Chinatown Fair makes for a reasonably compelling, if familiar, story... [Yet] it's when the film wanders offsite that its true subject emerges. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 12, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) Though there's something inherently satisfying about seeing propaganda de-pantsed, Mansky has something greater to offer than easy irony. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2016
59% W. (2008) Not only does W. fail as both drama and comedy, it's unclear which sequences are meant to be which. ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Jun 14, 2016
29% Allegiance (2012) A genre-savvy, ethically entangled military thriller by first-timer Michael Connors. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) It's clear that Maggie's plan was ill-conceived from the start, and unfortunately Maggie's Plan proves ill-conceived through to the end. ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted May 25, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) The problem is that Weiner tells a fully expected story, leveraging laughs out of the politician's pre-mocked predicament, and shaping near-silent appearances by Abedin into a sympathy-courting foil. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 3, 2016
92% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) A goofy picaresque to rival Forrest Gump, Slumdog Millionaire has a similar power to please, shell-gaming the audience into emotionally investing in and celebrating its protagonist's dumb romanticism. ‐ Reverse Shot
Posted Feb 23, 2016
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) There are worse films than The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and those 15 masterful minutes may well justify the price of admission. But there's a lot of movie before and after Swinton's cameo. ‐ Stop Smiling
Posted Dec 12, 2015
5/5 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) Whether we're digging in, driving by, spending time with or merely glimpsing, going long or going short, there's not a frame of In Jackson Heights that isn't completely, fully, fascinatingly there. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
92% Queen of Earth (2015) The film would be nothing but a hollow exercise if its hollowness weren't so hauntingly precise. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
88% The Tribe (2015) Slaboshpytskiy's gambit is to thrust us into the domain of the deaf by eliminating the spoken word and withholding subtitled translation for the flurried sign language, making this a truly and pointedly silent movie. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
93% The Hunting Ground (2015) There's a dicey feeling of familiarity to Dick's new film, a sense of footage fitting into pre-existing slots ... Instead of putting a human face on appalling statistics, the faces are starting to look like just more quantifiable evidence ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2015
non-numerical 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) It's disappointing to see Hawking's life slotted into the conventions of the biopic genre, from a meet-cute at a Cambridge party to a centerstage ovation for our genius hero. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2014
95% Love Is Strange (2014) Sachs doesn't subvert his tearjerker enterprise so much as soften and parcel out emotion, empathizing no more with the distraught couple than with their hosts, whose lives are no less inconvenienced, or interesting. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) While the film is too candid about Ebert's ego, petulance, and late-career critical softening to be called hagiography, that very frankness does harmonize with the critic's own eleventh-hour turn toward full and fearless disclosure. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) Few contemporary filmmakers have James Gray's ability or ambition to match exquisite craft with emotionally complex storytelling. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) Jim Mickle remains firmly ensconced in B territory with this pulp crime thriller...Mickle may be just playing with genre, but at least he approaches it with vitality, inventiveness, and pleasure. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted May 9, 2014
93% Child's Pose (2014) While lacking the elegant formal conviction of the best Romanian New Wave films, Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is nevertheless a work of sophisticated and affecting storytelling, persuasively enmeshing the fate of individuals with that of society. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2014
2/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) Even by low standards, Grudge Match is astonishingly undercooked. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) It's the two young stars-one a whirlwind and the other a quiet protector-who make this only-slightly tall tale into something towering. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) Tim's finished Vermeer may resemble the real thing, but Tim's Vermeer never tackles the true mystery of why the latter is actually incomparable. ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 75% The End Of Time (2013) It leaves you without the net of linear temporality, frightened and freed by the implications. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 100% Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (1965) Visconti's approach is both classical and modern, etching tableaus of gone-to-seed opulence in high-contrast black and white while incorporating handheld camerawork, zooms and idiosyncratically framed shots. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 19, 2013
96% These Birds Walk (2013) Such callousness is refuted by Asad's battle-scarred empathy, old man Edhi's endurance, and the poetry of the film itself, which finds beauty not in poverty but in glimpses and gestures that transcend it. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) (1964) Nemec's debut stunner feels even more potent now that it's been freed of the expectations and delineations of a national movement. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) Even Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli wizardry can't ward off this story's jinxes. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 92% Medora (2013) It's utterly impossible not to pull for these boys, or for a film that sees them as complex individuals rather than sociological evidence. ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 75% Kill Your Darlings (2013) There's a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it's hard to hear it beating. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 15, 2013
1/5 8% CBGB (2013) Mythologizing by way of whip-pans and slapstick spit-takes, CBGB just might be the CBGB that we deserve. ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 8, 2013
79% Metallica Through the Never (2013) It's all very handsomely arranged, but even with the concert footage, nothing ever feels live. ‐ Slate
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 70% C.O.G. (2013) The ace in the hole is Groff, who fluidly slides between lip-curled sarcasm and teary-eyed vulnerability-he's the embodiment of the thrill and terror of being a not-so-little boy lost. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 17, 2013
4/5 93% Mother Of George (2013) Working from a script by playwright Darci Picoult, Dosunmu fashions a tale that's realistic, melodramatic and culturally specific, yet unmistakably archetypal. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/5 62% La Maison De La Radio (2013) Given only hints of personalities and the thinnest strands of stories, we're left with a hum of tinny snippets instead of anything that resembles the glorious noise of people putting on show after show after show. ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2013
1/5 13% The Lifeguard (2013) As listless and self-regarding as its protagonist, flitting among underdeveloped characters and subplots and indulging in rote emo shots by the pool, yet never figuring out how to dive into the deep end. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 27, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet El estudiante (The Student) (2013) Argentine screenwriter turned director Santiago Mitre's drama thrusts us into a maelstrom of intrigue and a bewilderingly fractious debate without fear of losing us along the way. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 83% Gatos Viejos (Old Cats) (2011) The wild-eyed Celedón and stealthily empathetic Saavedra introduce a farcical element to this otherwise mournful milieu, but the tonal clashes yield something genuinely cathartic, if also ultimately irresolvable. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
4/5 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) Evoking a contemporary fable but unfolding like a thriller, You Will Be My Son is most of all a devastatingly realistic depiction of the festering resentments shared between a father and son. ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 13, 2013
99% Toy Story 3 (2010) When teenaged Andy plops down on the grass to share his old toys with a shy little girl, the film spikes with sadness and layered pleasure -- a concise, deeply wise expression of the ephemeral that feels real and yet utterly transporting. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3/5 69% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) [Trueba and Carriere] imbue the material with genuine feeling-exploring the melancholy of waning days and a defiantly naive belief in artistic transcendence. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Centro Histórico (2013) The extreme variance of style and scrutability makes for wildly disorienting viewing. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 65% Unfinished Song (2013) It may be the equivalent of NBA stars tossing crumpled paper into a wastebasket, but you're no less compelled to watch old pros go through the motions. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 18, 2013
1/5 35% The Internship (2013) A movie sorely bereft of ideas, laughs and justification for the comic duo's undifferentiating self-regard. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) What elevates the film is a pervasive, palpable sense of loss-between lover and beloved, young and old, stage and screen. ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 4, 2013
4/5 100% The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974) What makes The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz great is also what makes it exasperating-namely its nonjudgmental dedication to the character's point of view, petty amoralities and all. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 28, 2013
2/5 76% The Kings of Summer (2013) Eager to please and easy on the eyes, The Kings of Summer sails right down the middle, safely tacking between sitcom setups and grandiose MGMT-scored montages without forming its own distinctive feel. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 28, 2013
3/5 76% Die Wand (The Wall) (2013) Though its blanketed voiceover narration can be too on-the-nose-it's a metaphor, we get it-the film packs a psychic punch, thanks to Gedeck's spectrally wearied face. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 28, 2013
4/5 73% Augustine (2013) Plays like a gothic prequel to David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, one in which human flesh is viewed as both horrific and erotic terrain. ‐ Time Out
Posted May 14, 2013
2/5 26% Erased (2013) An unabashed knockoff of the Taken films ... ‐ Time Out
Posted May 7, 2013
3/5 58% Kiss Of The Damned (2013) The film serves as a surprisingly persuasive allegory for enduring virgin-whore expectations ... ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 30, 2013