Erica Abeel

Erica Abeel
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Climb (2020) With its insights into the less inspiring byways of the male psyche, The Climb is very much a guy movie. Yet any woman who's observed a bunch of dudes huddled together and cracking open the Bud Light while watching the [NFL] will "get" this film. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
73% French Exit (2021) Defiant and tonally offbeat, French Exit mirrors, in a sense, its female protagonist, who doesn't give a damn what the world thinks of her. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
84% The Traitor (2020) What ultimately makes the film worth watching is its epic sweep, the deft way Bellocchio and his below-the-credits team carve out the dramatic highlights of the 20-year war with the Cosa Nostra. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) 1917 is a stupendous war movie about WWI that's quite unlike any other in the canon. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig's brilliant cast succeed in making Women a feel-good escapist movie with brains. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
81% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life raises filmmaking to heights that will thrill Malick fans, thanks, in part, to the camera work of his D.P., Jorg Widmer. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) Perhaps there's a second, even more intriguing story, lurking like a palimpsest behind Marriage Story. Still, viewers should enjoy the phenomenally crafted tale. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Portrait is a masterly work of historical realism done in high-flying poetic style. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) You'll not soon see another film so rich in cultural references. Visually, The Lighthouse is a knockout. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) What remains so seductive about Almodovar is the way he replicates the movement of thought, creating a seamless weave between the story moving forward - rather minimal in this case - and the richer, more luminous past. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
45% After the Wedding (2019) The remake also features a powerhouse cast, including an under-used Billy Crudup as Theresa's sculptor husband -- but oh what a clunky, at times cringe-worthy affair the film turns out be. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) For all its bite, Fall is oddly endearing, too, leavening its harsh portrait of money-madness with aw-shucks moments of solidarity and kindness. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
67% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow, wisely, offers up no easy answers regarding why Rudolf Nureyev defected. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
93% Diane (2019) What elevates these ordinary lives is director Kent Jones's elegiac distance; the narrative has the feel of a memory piece. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) In a visually stunning, formally immaculate and darkly romantic film, Pawel Pawlikowski sets a story of star-crossed lovers against the turmoil of post-war Europe. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) A bracing rethink of the historical costumer. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Flouting the usual conventions of the biopic, this ravishing, light-struck portrait of Van Gogh's time in Arles is squarely camped in the heart and mind of the artist. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
87% Colette (2018) This timely and gorgeously shot account of a beloved French writer foregrounds Colette's remarkable freedom from conventional norms as she finds her artistic voice. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
67% The Seagull (2018) Michael Mayer captures much of [Chekhov's] genius thanks to screenwriter Stephen Karam and a fine cast anchored by a star turn from Annette Bening. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) A wrenching, exquisitely rendered drama about women grappling with the workload on farms during World War I. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
81% Chappaquiddick (2018) A riveting recreation of the famous accident that quashed Ted Kennedy's presidential bid and the cover-up by his political fixers. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
73% Final Portrait (2018) Alberto Giacometti paints a portrait of his friend James Lord in this sterile exercise that fails to gain dramatic traction from the artist's quest for perfection. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) Trafficks in exploitative images of women in the guise of art-film license. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
70% Happy End (2017) [A] blistering and timely account of the privileged classes, relayed with dark humor and impeccable craft. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
94% Foxtrot (2018) Mingles realism and the surreal to convey the immorality of war. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
82% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Oh hell, it's refreshing to see a woman give a man a taste of his own Don Juan. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
85% The Square (2017) This Palme d'Or winner is a meaty film of ideas with instant-classic set-pieces and moments of mind-blowing freakiness, a stunning follow-up to Force Majeure. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) Coasts mainly on surfaces. Issues and questions are raised, grazed, but remain unexplored. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
48% War Machine (2017) Brad Pitt nails it as a four-star general out to win an unwinnable war in this savage, often hilarious but tonally uneven satire skewed at thinking adults. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
47% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) A well-crafted bagatelle about the self-renewal of a neglected wife that hits all the Screenwriting 101 points. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
75% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) An elegant anthem to one man's effort to make sense of a tortuous past and achieve closure, anchored by mesmerizing turns from Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) A scalding, perfectly wrought film about a man's struggle to assert his dignity in a bureaucratic system that's rigged to destroy it. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
91% Certain Women (2016) A moving if somewhat elusive meditation on human aloneness and independent women at odds with their environment. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
53% Genius (2016) A misfire from distinguished stage director Michael Grandage about the artistic and emotional interplay between Thomas Wolfe and fabled Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
97% Love & Friendship (2016) A delicious marriage of Whit Stillman and Jane Austen in a comedy of manners with a contemporary spin that delights from start to twisty finish. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) Ralph Fiennes steals the show in a riveting erotic thriller from the director of I Am Love about a foursome up to no good on a Mediterranean getaway. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Golden Days [...] feels too insular, as if created for [director Desplechin] and a circle of intimates, rather than the rest of us sitting out there in the dark. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
97% 45 Years (2015) A stunning cinematic achievement thanks to gifted director Andrew Haigh, who pulls indelible turns from Brit screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
72% Youth (2015) At once visually stunning and a candidate for the season's most irritating and pretentious work. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) An old-school, emotionally soaring take on an Irishwoman's new life in America, interrupted by the lure of the old sod, featuring a star-making turn by Saoirse Ronan. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
44% She's Funny That Way (2015) A screwball comedy from a master filmmaker reaches moments of inspired pandemonium, but a plot centered on lecherous men quickly palls. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) Lacks narrative heft and momentum. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) A lovely addition to Ken Loach's cinema of working-class heroes, this true story of Irish agitator James Gralton is intelligent, gorgeously shot, and makes the heart sing. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Madding Crowd will remind viewers of how hungry they are for an epic romance minus the cynicism and snark. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
84% While We're Young (2015) Sharply observed, often LOL comedy about artistic integrity and the shrinking horizons of middle age. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
61% Maps to the Stars (2015) Exercising spectacular control, director David Cronenberg permits not a single iota of humanity or altruism to sneak into this twisted tale. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2015
98% Timbuktu (2015) A nuanced, humanistic portrait of a town besieged by jihadists, its images of violence suffused with almost surreal dreaminess. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2015
89% A Most Violent Year (2015) In the marvelous, immersive A Most Violent Year, [J.C.] Chandor broadens his canvas, proving himself a major filmmaking talent. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2014
97% Mr. Turner (2014) Timothy Spall etches an indelible portrait of the great painter, aided by a marvelous supporting cast who make the period spring alive. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
87% Foxcatcher (2014) Foxcatcher weaves its spell through the cunning use of unhurried silences...-rarely does a director display such control of his materials. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014