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Erica Abeel

Erica Abeel
Erica Abeel's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International, Hollywood Reporter

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Foxtrot (2018) Mingles realism and the surreal to convey the immorality of war.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
94% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
81% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Coasts mainly on surfaces. Issues and questions are raised, grazed, but remain unexplored. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
52% 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
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
46% 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
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
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
93% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
92% Certain Women (2016) A moving if somewhat elusive meditation on human aloneness and independent women at odds with their environment.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
51% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
98% 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
Read More | Posted May 10, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016
90% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
73% Youth (2015) At once visually stunning and a candidate for the season's most irritating and pretentious work.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
96% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
40% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2015
91% The End Of The Tour (2015) Lacks narrative heft and momentum.‐ Film Journal International
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
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2015
85% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) A nuanced, humanistic portrait of a town besieged by jihadists, its images of violence suffused with almost surreal dreaminess.‐ Film Journal International
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2014
81% Land Ho! (2014) But Stevens and Katz give naturalism a bad name by making it boring. Land Ho! intends to affirm that even for the graying population, life offers surprises, renewals, fun. Sadly, they're only experienced by the gents onscreen.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) In its focus both on the looming disaster of climate change and the swelling economic disparity between the rich and everyone else, it's both timely and relevant, while keeping the entertainment quotient high.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2014
89% Venus in Fur (2014) This pungent comedy set in combat's erogenous zone is Polanski at the top of his game.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2014
64% Filth (2014) Filth, another wild ride drawn from Irvine's fiction, will likely appeal only to diehard proponents of the writer's dystopian vision. Complicating the issue, though, is the performance of James McAvoy, which is nothing short of extraordinary‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
83% The Double (2014) The Double draws on past literary giants to nail a current malaise with offbeat humor and visionary flair.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
94% Le passé (The Past) (2013) This brilliant dissection of family dynamics and the tyranny of the past weds honesty with slow-burn drama and peerless acting.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) Despite the offbeat-pun intended-casting, in Kill Your Darlings the richly gifted Krokidas delivers a terrific entertainment which updates this origin story with its stinging critique of homophobia.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) And though the plot is wafer-thin, 'Bodies' is less about story than mood and visual poetry, playing like a folk ballad about criminal lovers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) A way-cool account of a real-life crime spree in Southern California that trips on Sofia Coppola's failure to take a directorial stance.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) This third chapter hits new highs as Richard Linklater gets down and dirty about the challenges of long-term commitment. The ongoing saga of Jesse and Celine makes for one of the most engaging love stories in contemporary cinema. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
94% Stories We Tell (2013) A genre-twisting documentary with a fictional vibe that playfully bares the elusive truths about a family of storytellers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2013
74% Love Is All You Need (2013) Departing her trademark dramas, noted Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier remixes the rom-com in a sparkling cocktail that celebrates the messiness of life.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted May 3, 2013
44% On the Road (2012) The period detail is perfect and the lensing nails the novel's frenzied rhythms, but a literal-minded approach and miscast lead stall this baby before the finish line.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2012
77% A Late Quartet (2012) In this classy, immersive drama, a renowned string quartet must recalibrate following the illness of its patriarch.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2012
43% The Paperboy (2012) Southern pulp trash centered on a miscarriage of justice during the Civil Rights era that's wildly entertaining due to fearless turns from Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and a half-naked Zac Efron.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2012
5% 30 Beats (2012) A heat wave draws a group of New Yorkers into a ring of seduction and desire in this shoddy exercise marked by posturing and pretention.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2012
77% Unforgivable (2012) A rich, multi-strand excursion into fatherhood, creativity and desire anchored by a dream cast and set amidst offbeat Venice locales.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2012
75% Sound of My Voice (2012) A riveting, deftly crafted sci-fi thriller that plays mind games with the viewer.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2012
74% Norwegian Wood (2012) A seductive if uneven attempt to bring to the screen a cult novelist's vision of young love.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2012
12% I Melt with You (2011) A reunion of four college friends sheds little light on the male psyche in this garbled and unwatchable film‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2011
78% Shame (2011) This riveting, knockout punch of a film about a sex addict works the intersection of art, tone poem and social critique.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2011
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) This shivery account of the fallout from a creepy cult on a young woman deftly combines the horror-thriller genre with naturalistic drama and marks the arrival of a gifted young director.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2011
72% Like Crazy (2011) This indie gem explores with uncommon insight the eroding effects of long distance on love.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2011
85% Happy, Happy (2011) A dour Nordic humor informs this small but appealing comedy of couples in crisis in the snowy North.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2011