Erika W. Smith Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Erika W. Smith

Erika W. Smith
Erika W. Smith's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Bust Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 90% I, Tonya (2017) ... puts a powerful, post-Monica-Lewinsky-TED-Talk spin on the concept of public shaming.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand stands out in a sea of stellar performances-more than anything else, Three Billboards is a reminder that she should be starring in movies at least as regularly as Meryl Streep.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
93% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) ... The Center Will Not Hold is well worth watching, both for Didion fans and for those who want an introduction to her work and her writing.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 87% Novitiate (2017) It's hard to imagine a film that more thoroughly passes the Bechdel Test than Novitiate, a period drama about nuns coming to terms with the changes Vatican II brought to the Catholic Church in the 1960s.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Faces Places is a celebration of Varda for fans of her work, and a strong introduction for those who haven't yet watched her films.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 100% Dolores (2017) Dolores argues that Huerta should have a much bigger place in American history - here's hoping that this documentary can help make that happen.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
50% Bare (2015) Though you'll recognize familiar tropes, [Natalia] Leite's direction and Dianna Agron's performance mean that Bare is interesting in a way that feels new.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
32% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) Director Nicole Garcia creates a romantic drama that at times falls back on clichés, but also covers new ground with a love-it-or-hate-it unexpected ending.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
85% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) The Incredible Jessica James isn't reinventing the rom-com, but it doesn't need to. It's sweet, smart, and funny, and makes me want to see Jessica Williams star in all of the things.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Having a female action star isn't enough to make a film feminist, and like so many other action films, Atomic Blonde falls short in how it portrays women, and how it portrays same-sex relationships.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Jenny Slate's performance is fantastic, as are Edie Falco's, Abby Quinn's, and the rest of the cast. Make sure to bring a lot of Kleenex to this one.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Tore than a love story, this is a story about Kumail's relationship with two sets of parents, his own and Emily's -- and both are full of conflicts that range from hilarious to frustrating to incredibly sweet.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
84% Megan Leavey (2017) Cowperthwaite isn't doing anything particularly original with this film, but dog lovers will find it an enjoyable watch.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
46% Everything, Everything (2017) If you love romantic dramas, or YA novels, or Amandla Stenberg, or visually creative films, then see this movie.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
90% Paint It Black (2017) Tamblyn has a unique perspective as a director, and we're excited to see what she creates next.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
76% Manifesto (2017) Some scenes are visually beautiful, and Blanchett is of course brilliant, but unless you're deep into art theory or a Cate Blanchett completist, I'd advise rewatching Elizabeth, or I'm Not There, or both, instead.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) I enjoyed the remake but it definitely has its flaws, and nothing beats the original movie. Additionally, the remake worked for me because I grew up with the original and it was hitting the nostalgia feels HARD.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
93% All This Panic (2017) Beautifully shot -- the girls' constantly-changing hair colors are often a focal point -- All This Panic is a quiet, often-heartbreaking reminder of what it's like to be a teenage girl.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/5 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) Much of what's interesting about Dickinson comes from her written work, and while writer/director Terence Davies attempts to derive drama from her day-to-day life, he fails to create a captivating story.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Chastain gives a strong performance and is helped along by a script by Angela Workman that, along with Niki Caro's direction, puts Antonina, a far more interesting character than any of the others, right where she should be: at the center.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Assayas uses the supernatural to explore grief, and Stewart portrays Maureen's heartbreaking loneliness with skill. She completely carries the film.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/5 90% Always Shine (2016) Director Sophia Takal makes some interesting choices, but ultimately, the story doesn't quite come together‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
3/5 90% Loving (2016) Ruth Negga's performance is the best part of the film; she is all quiet determination, seeing the larger implications of her case when her husband does not.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) Gerwig will make you feel for her even as you cringe at her terrible decisions. But best of all is Julianne Moore as an over-the-top Danish anthropologist -- a character more like her comedic turn in 30 Rock than any of her recent dramatic roles.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2016
4/5 36% The Bronze (2016) Rauch's character could easily be too cutesy, too cruel, or just too annoying if played by another actress. But audiences will love her particular brand of arrested development.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Despite its flaws, the Handmaiden is worth a watch for its complex female characters, its captivating plot, and the gorgeous costumes and scenery.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2016
83% Belle (2014) Belle becomes the perfect movie for anyone who loves period romances, but wishes they were a little more diverse.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 87% Christine (2016) Rebecca Hall's performance is incredible. Her Christine is awkward, full of nervous energy, and impossible to look away from. But Campos missed an opportunity to fully explore Christine's mental-health challenges.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
82% The Intervention (2016) Clea DuVall's directorial debut, The Intervention, brings together so many of our favorite actors for a break-up-and-make-up dramedy.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) These characters are all fully realized and a lot of fun to watch, but so many of them get just one or two scenes -- especially the women.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
75% Happy Christmas (2014) If you're looking for a movie with complex female characters exploring female friendship -- and of course you are! -- Happy Christmas is definitely worth seeing. ‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
97% We Are the Best! (2014) Hilarious, touching, and thought provoking, this is a joyous celebration of punk music, female friendship, and, most of all, 13-year-old girls.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
70% They Came Together (2014) Not every gag completely works, but there's enough genuinely funny writing here to keep audiences laughing throughout the movie's 83 entertaining minutes.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
47% Save The Date (2012) Caplan and Brie deserve a much better movie than this.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are all absolutely, brilliantly hilarious -- I couldn't tell you which one made me laugh the most.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
92% In a World... (2013) For all its laughs, In A World... isn't short on messages or touching moments.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
85% Under the Skin (2014) Though Johansson barely speaks, she conveys her alien character's unfamiliarity with her body and her surroundings, as well as her growing awareness of what it means to be human, in every look and subtle motion.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
58% The Neon Demon (2016) I'll give the Neon Demon this: while it's nowhere near perfect, it's certainly interesting and unique.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
4/5 78% American Honey (2016) Beautifully shot and pleasantly rambling.‐ Bust Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016