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
88% Onward (2020) By the time Onward's skillful, moving climax rolls around, it's clear that the important things here aren't the magic spells or the long-lost maps. The important things are the fears and hopes of a sometimes strong, sometimes fragile family. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) The Safdies aren't interested in morality tales but amorality tales, and their stories' no-holds-barred recklessness, while at first freeing, steadily grows exhausting. Thankfully, the Safdies also know how to shoot, cut, and score like nobody else. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) What makes Marriage Story so remarkable isn't just how deeply Baumbach, Driver, and Johansson care about these characters, but how effectively the movie captures something that's impossible to put into words: The feeling of life as it changes. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out quickly spirals into unexpected territory. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
89% Dark Waters (2019) Art-house director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Carol) oversees things here, capturing Dark Waters' sickening story in chilly blues and jaundiced yellows while knowing exactly how to get the most from his cast. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
82% The Report (2019) Expertly distilling an infinitely complicated, infinitely disturbing chain of events, writer/director Scott Z. Burns follows the efforts of increasingly troubled Senate staffer Daniel Jones. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) The end result is still stunning: A saga that's horrifying and funny and melancholy, sometimes in different scenes, sometimes all at once. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Sure, Flanagan's no Kubrick, but he does pull off the too-rare trick of capturing the sprawling, earnest, weird vibe of a decent Stephen King novel, where the grotesque usually walks hand-in-hand with silliness. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
90% The Lighthouse (2019) Things get weird, and sad, and unexpectedly touching; Dafoe and Pattinson are both great, and if you're going to descend into Eggers's particular brand of fraught, bleak madness, one could hardly ask for better company. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There's more to the complicated Jojo Rabbit than first appears, and only a director as committed, inventive, and life-affirmingly good-hearted as Waititi would even have a chance of pulling it off. He does, to unforgettable effect. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) If nothing else, Dark Fate has one thing going for it: Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton is back, which means there's a Terminator movie worth watching again. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Maybe it was wrong to expect something along the lines of Adam McKay's excellent The Big Short, which examined a similarly complicated matter with sharp, gutsy wit, but where it should cut, The Laundromat merely leaves a faint bruise. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Plenty of the clips in Memory feature Ripley, but Weaver herself is MIA, and making an Alien documentary without Weaver is... well, it's about as good of an idea as making any other Alien movie without her. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
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
95% 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
54% 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
71% ANIARA (2019) For those onboard with its relentless, brutal fatalism, Aniara is remarkable. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
86% 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
98% 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
89% 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
91% 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
92% 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
95% 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
93% 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
86% 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
90% 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
47% 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
33% 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
42% 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
91% 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
21% 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
88% 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
92% 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
68% 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
87% The Lobster (2016) [The Lobster] captures what it feels like to be single. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
26% 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