Eric Hynes

Eric Hynes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 41%

Midnight's Children (2013)

"Midnight's Children has the paradoxical misfortune of being both too rushed and too wearingly long." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/5 89%

In the House (2013)

"Luchini's dependable deadpan goes a long way toward making the puzzle pieces snap pleasingly into place, but as with most such endeavors, In the House is about its own construction and nothing more." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 16, 2013
3/5 88%

The Angels' Share (2013)

"Loach coaxes an endearingly poised performance out of nonprofessional Brannigan, and largely sells these scuffling characters as neither hopeless nor heroic-just terribly human." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 9, 2013
2/5 50%

Down the Shore (2013)

"Brando-wheezing Gandolfini never slums it, but there's still no shaking the sense that a pro has shown up for amateur hour." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 2, 2013
2/5 53%

Come Out And Play (2013)

"Even by the low standards of scary-movie plausibility, mononymous first-timer Makinov exhibits brazenly little interest in psychologically grounding his story." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/5 67%

I am Secretly an Important Man (2010)

"By all accounts, this secretly important man was tough to live with, but not too hard to love or admire." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 6, 2013
4/5 83%

Welcome To Pine Hill (2013)

"Welcome to Pine Hill precariously navigates the line between representing the perspective of a black male and projecting a white man's guilt onto it." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 26, 2013
3/5 59%

The End of Love (2013)

"Though the loss that underlies Mark's emotional state feels like a scripted conceit, The End of Love excels at conveying the moment-to-moment frustrations and exhilarations of being a dad." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 26, 2013
5/5 93%

Little Fugitive (1953)

"Like childhood itself, it's over before you're ready to let it go." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 29, 2013
2/5 36%

LUV (2013)

"With its rock-skimming male bonding alternating between grisly homicides and a florid Mexican standoff that begets a tidy take-the-money-and-run finale, this tale seems less timely than merely tall." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 15, 2013
4/5 93%

Barbara (2012)

"No special effect this year comes close to what Hoss can accomplish with simple but unbearably explosive eye contact." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2012
2/5 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"When it comes to human emotions ... the filmmaker is all thumbs, crassly fumbling for audience response via clichéd uses of dropped-out sound and the occasional twinkling piano." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 18, 2012
3/5 43%

28 Hotel Rooms (2012)

"Dismaying affectations aside-the characters go needlessly unnamed-the movie articulates the enduring allure of a love defined, and heightened, by restrictions." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2012
2/5 17%

Coming Up Roses (2012)

"An escalating melodrama in which drug deals, suicide attempts and sexual predation evoke playtime fabrication rather than world-weary experience." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 6, 2012
2/5 5%

Nature Calls (2012)

"There's nothing wrong with slack misanthropy, but as piss-takes go, Nature Calls offers a pretty thin stream." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 6, 2012
2/5 53%

Vamps (2012)

"The film's comedic potential is defanged by a pervading tone of embittered nostalgia. Goody doesn't mock our smartphone-loving society with barbed affection-she just wants it to go away." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 31, 2012
3/5 63%

Café de Flore (2012)

"The film's delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Alex Cross (2012)

"A strong candidate for dumbest film of the year ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/5 90%

Gayby (2012)

"The film develops into a sweet, surprisingly persuasive comedy about friends transitioning into family." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2012

Atlantic City (1980)

"[Sarandon is] shirtless before she even has a name, but her desire to be ogled is granted dignity and power; gradually and unassumingly, she upstages a terrific Burt Lancaster." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2012
2/5 43%

The Paperboy (2012)

"Merely, if spiritedly, profane." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 2, 2012
No Score Yet

Avé (2012)

"Outside of a final shot that's more poetically convenient than emotionally convincing, Avé follows a progression that feels intimate even as it mimics things iconic." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 2, 2012
1/5 34%

The Oranges (2012)

"Oh, suburbia: how we love condescending to thee." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 2, 2012
4/5 67%

Headshot (2012)

"Its vision of contemporary Thailand is recognizable as another society undeserving of redemption, but worthy of poetry." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 25, 2012
5/5 96%

Port of Shadows (Le Quai des Brumes) (2012)

"From Gabin's fatigued magnetism to cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan's woodcut-worthy attention to texture, this is movie melancholia of the very highest order." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2012
2/5 55%

Little Birds (2012)

"Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and pistol-whipping showdowns all too readily conform to indie-film form and style." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 28, 2012
3/5 88%

Somewhere Between (2012)

"The film is overcrowded with story lines and short on thrust, but fortunately, its protagonists carry the day with their candor and precocious poise." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 21, 2012
3/5 73%

Chicken with Plums (2012)

"With all the furious wand-waving, the story itself never gets to cast much of a spell." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 14, 2012
4/5 94%

Ouwehoeren (Meet the Fokkens) (2012)

"If there's a tug of sadness to this (off-)colorful tale, it has less to do with sympathy for these resilient women than with how easily their compromised lives can be related to our own." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 7, 2012
3/5 19%

Goats (2012)

"Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 7, 2012
3/5 88%

Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)

"[An] essential, if artless, baseball exposé..." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 10, 2012
2/5 63%

Union Square (2012)

"What initially plays like a broadly drawn, Odd Couple-style farce flips, literally overnight, into a sober family drama replete with death, addiction, adultery and suicidal tendencies." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 10, 2012
4/5 55%

A Burning Hot Summer (2012)

"A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 26, 2012

Unforgivable (2012)

"Téchiné piles a staggering amount of incident into 111 minutes, ever pushing the narrative forward and never letting scenes dawdle." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 26, 2012

Stella Days (2012)

"Thanks to its understated elegance and surpassing central performance, this modest, too-eagerly schematic period drama is more engrossing than it has a right to be." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 19, 2012
4/5 82%

Corpo Celeste (2012)

"Alice Rohrwacher's debut fictional feature is an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood, assisted in no small measure by Vianello's disarmingly naturalistic performance." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

"Like a big-screen Big Gulp, this third installment of the billion-dollar animated franchise contains as much cinematic confection as an 85-minute movie can bear." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Bel Ami (2012)

"What could be hotter than a bed-hopping bodice-ripper in which the movie hunk of the moment plows through three of the sexiest actresses of the 1990s? Most everything, it turns out." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 5, 2012

Hide Away (A Year in Mooring) (2012)

"The film stays afloat, if barely, thanks to Elliot Davis's uncluttered camerawork, a surprisingly unsentimental denouement, and performers who deftly undersell the script's corniest pretensions." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 30, 2012

6 Month Rule (2012)

"As with the latest Kate Hudson comedy, it's a formula for irrelevancy pretty much as a rule." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 29, 2012
3/5 90%

Portrait of Wally (2012)

"Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 29, 2012
4/5 90%

Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) (2012)

"Brazilian filmmaker Júlia Murat's first narrative feature is a mesmerizing, slow-build marvel." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 29, 2012

Battle Royale (2000)

"It may suit a certain worldview, but Battle Royale's cynicism is still a form fantasy-a balm as well as a bomb." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 22, 2012
2/5 8%

Virginia (2012)

"Black's overactive melodrama is more than a representation of schizophrenia; it's the embodiment of it." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 15, 2012
1/5 24%

The Samaritan (2012)

"Despite its exploitation ambitions, this Samaritan is good only for a last-ditch swerve into schmaltz." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 15, 2012

Mahler on the Couch (2011)

"[An] eccentric and expressionistic reverie on love, loss, and the birth of modern marriage." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012

What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

"For all the fear, loathing, and overthinking that Murkoff's bedside text engenders, its journey ends with the hopeful beginning of a new life, whereas the movie leaves you hoping for a swift end to your own." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 15, 2012
3/5 100%

Under African Skies (2012)

"Under African Skies is less interested in hagiography than in the moral ambiguities of making art." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 8, 2012
No Score Yet

You Hurt My Feelings (2012)

"It lacks a center, a sense that within its strenuously ambiguous story is a thrumming motor." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 1, 2012

Grand Canyon (1991)

"This is the sound of a filmmaker wrestling (transparently) with ideas, talking at but not quite down to his audience." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 17, 2012