Erik Henriksen

Erik Henriksen
Erik Henriksen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
83% Ad Astra (2019) If Ad Astra doesn't quite get there, it's not for lack of ambition, but rather the limits of even a movie screen to contain both the mind-breaking vastness of space and the quiet, internal emptiness that can feel just as big, and just as terrifying. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Mike Wallace Is Here remains clear-eyed and hard-hitting, just as, one imagines, the no-bullshit Wallace would have wanted it. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) While it isn't as graceful or inventive as Cronos or The Devil's Backbone, it subtly, effectively creates a sense of something being deeply wrong-both in our world and, perhaps, in one that's right next to it. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Even for all its sadness and threats of doom, Tarantino's film remains laugh-out-loud hilarious the whole goddamn time-you're going to want to see this with a crowd, to hear both the laughs and the screams, particularly during one remarkable sequence. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) It's goofy, gory, and great, and it's exactly the kind of rambling, lighthearted movie that should never be discussed using obnoxious phrases like "astonishingly rich oeuvre." - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
69% ANIARA (2019) For those onboard with its relentless, brutal fatalism, Aniara is remarkable. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
89% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Particularly given America's current relations with Russia, Meeting Gorbachev feels disarmingly affectionate-"Everything about Gorbachev was genuine," Herzog reflects-but the director never loses his usual clear-eyed gaze. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) There are punches and shoot-outs, and fiery speeches and glimpses of tenderness, and it's all beautiful and ugly, welcoming and dangerous. It's Deadwood. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum is just as good and fun and bats--t as the series' previous installments. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
96% Hail Satan? (2019) That's a fact that seems ominously and increasingly forgotten in Trump's America, so forget about the question mark. Hail Satan. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
56% The Beach Bum (2019) Personally, I derive a great amount of entertainment value from these things, but your mileage, I assume, will vary. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
48% MacGruber (2010) It's pretty fantastic, is what I'm getting at. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh's reliable skill aside, it's Holland, Gregg, and Beetz who end up with much of High Flying Bird's glory, turning in performances that're clever, vulnerable, and-most importantly-surprising. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) In Coogan and Reilly's performances, one senses a richness that never makes it to the screen, and hints of a better story that's left untold. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is super fun when it embraces its silliness-there's an octopus that plays the drums! There's an army of cranky crab-men!-but by the end, it just feels bloated and squishy. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma unfolds so naturally, so realistically, and so affectingly that it's best seen and heard on its own terms. So see it big, and see it loud. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Ugh. YOU GUYS. This movie is just SO GOOD. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
87% First Man (2018) First Man bears the familiar curse of the biopic-it somehow feels both overlong and unsatisfying-and never quite escapes the shadow of The Right Stuff. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
94% Wildlife (2018) The whole thing feels deflated and streeeeetched, with the story just kind of laying there... and even watching Mulligan and Gyllenhaal carefully, skillfully reveal different facets of their characters isn't enough to make Wildlife feel alive. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Watching Redford have this much fun is, as always, a goddamn delight. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The result is sharp, affecting, and fun story that climbs mountains, spans plains, and literally burns down barns. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) Mandy isn't for everyone. But for those it is for? It's a hell of a thing. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Look, usually blockbusters and sequels to blockbusters and blockbuster reboots and sequels to blockbuster reboots are just bland, but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom f---ing GOES FOR IT. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
32% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) It'd be easier to write off HBO's Fahrenheit 451 if it was just flat-out lousy. But it's not-thanks to Shannon, Jordan, and the bone-deep horror of Bradbury's ash-smeared world, much of it works. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) It's nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia, and by the time its end credits roll, one wonders if there was anything worth being nostalgic about in the first place. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The decidedly more kid-friendly Pacific Rim Uprising is rushed and nonsensical, with uninspired action and a script that seems almost cruel in its determination to squander talented actors. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is FANTASTIC, and regardless of whether you've read the book, you should see it IMMEDIATELY. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
18% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Ramshackle and clunky, The Cloverfield Paradox has the lurching feeling of a movie that's been edited and re-edited so many times that it's whittled away its identity. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is strange, sweet, and wonderful, and easily the greatest film ever made about a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with an amphibious fish man. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 2049's future feels safer and cleaner, lacking Blade Runner's sensuous grime (there's not a single cloud of cigarette smoke), but its imagery is no less striking, particularly when Villeneuve and Deakins go wide with hypnotic vistas of a decaying Earth. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) I guess it's technically possible you'll see another movie this year that'll be this much fun, but I doubt it. And even if you do, it won't have Space Goldblum. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Adam Sandler [has] nailed a few unquestionably great performances-Punch Drunk Love, Funny People-and with Meyerowitz, he adds another, expertly balancing sentimentality and self-loathing. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Is it a far-reaching indictment of America's lifestyle consumerism, or just a movie about how far Aronofsky has his head up his ass? Is it brilliant? Is it terrible? Is it both? It's Mother! - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
86% It (2017) For a movie with so much blood, It feels disappointingly bloodless. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
88% The Lobster (2016) [The Lobster] captures what it feels like to be single. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
27% Suicide Squad (2016) Suicide Squad leans hard on The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy as templates, but while Marvel's movies generally zip along, Suicide Squad lurches. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Thank god, this thing feels like a kids' movie that has actual stakes. Remember those? - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
100% For the Love of Spock (2016) It goes without saying that each of us was saddened by Nimoy's passing last year, and The Love of Spock reminds us we weren't alone. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) This Magnificent Seven feels formulaic, but it's a solid formula. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) In Jack Reacher: Never! Go! Back!, Reacher goes back. The only people who regret it are the bad guys. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
92% Into the Inferno (2016) Another filmmaker would be content to shoot some crazy exploding lava and call it a day. Herzog, though, finds more. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) As timely as Arrival feels, there's an element of timelessness in the film-a sense of the legitimately profound that marks a true masterpiece of science-fiction. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) Passengers veers from comedy to tragedy, from romance to action movie, before ending on a note that feels too rushed and too chipper, even by Hollywood standards. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
86% A Monster Calls (2017) A Monster Calls finds director J.A. Bayona ladling out sentiment in thick, gloopy globs, and what might have been an engaging story. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is beautiful throughout. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
93% Logan (2017) Logan isn't just a great superhero movie, it's a great movie. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
45% The Discovery (2017) [The Discovery] is an earnest search for meaning that ends up not revealing much at all. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
69% Free Fire (2017) In Free Fire, bullets and one-liners and shreds of emotion zip by-snatching you up, wringing you out, and letting you go, exhausted and exhilarated. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Is this movie for you? It is not for you. It is not for anyone. Do not look at it. Look anywhere else. Look anywhere but the sunken eyes of Johnny Depp. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
78% The Hero (2017) If Sam Elliott wasn't in it, The Hero would feel like a slog. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017