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Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boxoffice Magazine, Film.com, indieWIRE, Film School Rejects, The Playlist, MSN Movies, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 31% Poltergeist (2015) A cautionary tale about the necessity of disclosures when purchasing an older home, Gil Kenan's "Poltergeist" borrows liberally from the classic film to revisit the story of a family, a house, and the portal that upends their lives, with limited results. ‐ The Playlist
Posted May 23, 2015
3/5 67% Seeds Of Time (2015) Seeds Of Time neatly utilizes stunning nature photography, zippy animation, map-centric graphics, and stock footage to further clarify its subject matter. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 21, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet The Surface (2015) The film is a true two-hander-and Astin and Mulkey are mostly up for the task-but inept storytelling sinks the picture faster than anyone can bail it out. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2015
B+ 29% Every Secret Thing (2015) Elizabeth Banks, traditionally known for her comedic stylings, turns in an understated and intriguing turn as Detective Nancy Porter. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted May 11, 2015
1/5 0% Any Day (2015) Branaman's script piles on low-level drama, bad decisions, and enough misdirection to make the film's baffling ending feel not just unearned, but entirely unbelievable. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 30, 2015
A- 81% Man Up (2015) The golden age of the meet-cute rom-com fizzled out long ago, but the snappy, smart, and undeniably sweet "Man Up" fills that gap with ease, a new wave rom-com unafraid of old school trappings. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 24, 2015
B+ 50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016) "When I Live My Life Over Again" is a low-key pleasure with big rewards, the kind worth crooning about. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 24, 2015
1.5/5 38% Planetary (2015) Its message is repetitive without being enlightening, and the film and its participants insist on hitting the same beats without pause, until the concept loses all meaning. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
C+ 50% Ashby (2015) For all its half-cocked plotlines, "Ashby" is able to maintain a consistently humorous and light tone. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Apr 21, 2015
2/5 36% Beyond The Reach (2015) The film aims to puts a compelling twist on the "most dangerous game" trope, but its few good ideas are overshadowed by baffling character decisions and grating plot twists. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 16, 2015
B- 76% Alex of Venice (2015) Winstead can telegraph more with a head tilt or a flicker of her eyes than most of her generation can do with a wild hand toss and a mess of expositional dialogue. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 33% Apartment Troubles (2014) Despite their characters' inability to function as adults, both Prediger and Weixler deploy enough charm to keep Olivia and Nicole engaging and interesting to watch. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1.5/5 8% Growing Up and Other Lies (2015) Although the film is supposedly about movement, Growing Up And Other Lies frequently stalls out, and whole patches of it grind on without momentum or purpose. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
1.5/5 5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) Although the film appears to be aiming for pitch-black humor, it's all so mirthless that the result is genuinely ugly. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1.5/5 50% Like Sunday, Like Rain (2015) Like Sunday, Like Rain is so out of tune that even late-breaking attempts at emotion can't strike a chord. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 11, 2015
2/5 68% All The Wilderness (2015) The stakes of All The Wilderness aren't high, because Johnson never directs his attentions to the real issue at hand. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
1.5/5 64% The Rewrite (2015) Keith is one of Grant's worst roles to date, and even his sparkling personality wears thin by the film's halfway mark. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
B+ 92% Prophet's Prey (2015) "Prophet's Prey" is a skin-crawling chronicle of one of America's biggest criminals and the community that allowed him to flourish. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B 98% Welcome To Leith (2015) The story of Leith may not be over yet, but viewers will clamor for some kind of resolution, if only to help them sleep at night. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
C 79% Cop Car (2015) Early interest in exploring low-grade delinquency, the kind of wacky wish fulfillment only a kid could pull off, are the film's high points, and it's too bad Watts couldn't keep careening down that path, lights cheerfully flashing, sirens giddily blaring. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
C+ 85% The Wolfpack (2015) Although it's not essential for a filmmaker to insert their own experiences and opinions into a documentary that chronicles the lives of other people, Crystal Moselle's "The Wolfpack" proves to be a confounding exception. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
B+ 63% Sleeping with Other People (2015) Although there are a handful of missteps, "Sleeping With Other People" is ultimately a satisfying charmer with a big payoff. ‐ The Playlist
Posted Feb 7, 2015
2.5/5 29% Love, Rosie (2015) The good-hearted and intermittently sweet Love, Rosie attempts through sheer force of will to convince viewers that its good-looking protagonists are a good match. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
3/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) Son Of A Gun, twists together a surprisingly original heist story with a more commonplace meditation on the ugliness (and the sometimes inevitability) of revenge. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Black Sea loosely rejiggers history to allow for a fantastic-sounding story-and treasure-to be pursued in a tightly wound twist on the common heist film. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 96% Appropriate Behavior (2015) Desiree Akhavan cleverly skewers so much of what makes Brooklyn-set indies the subject of derision, but she does it with grace and humor, not with potshots or exaggerated gags. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2015
7.9/10 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) The film has enough charm and humor to keep it appealing to a wide audience, and dumbing things down doesn't feel particularly smart or canny, and proves to be a minor distraction to an otherwise majorly entertaining feature. ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B 89% Le Week-End (2014) At turns charming and subtly complex, Le Week-End is no grand affair to remember, but it's a fine enough showcase for two winning talents and the sort of mature take on romance we don't see nearly often enough. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 6, 2015
8.1/10 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Frank's film is much more of a noir outing than a straight action feature, and Neeson slips right into the tone and feel of the hard-boiled detective offering. ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 6, 2015
A- 89% Obvious Child (2014) It's bold, but it's not a film that's just trying to be bold; it's just trying to be real -- and it is. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 5, 2015
7.2/10 90% The Guest (2014) Wickedly entertaining. ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 90% Wild (2014) Wild doesn't aim for high inspiration or fussy performances, and it benefits from staying honest and rich, instead of going for big speeches and bigger set pieces. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 5, 2015
B+ 90% The Imitation Game (2014) Cumberbatch is the main event here, making something almost impossible (capturing such a man as Turing in a tidy two-hour package) look easy, important, and appropriately imperfect. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 4, 2015
A 95% Nightcrawler (2014) Make no mistake, Nightcrawler is a major work for everyone involved. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 4, 2015
8.3/10 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Lord and Miller's sensibilities are continually clever, and The Lego Movie works hard to gradually deliver surprising payoffs to what seem to be throwaway bits. ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A- 91% Birdman (2014) This thing flies, and even if its audience is reduced to looking up and pointing skyward, that's a pleasure in itself. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Jan 2, 2015
8.2/10 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is not his grandest work yet, but it is one worth an extended stay. ‐ Film.com
Posted Jan 2, 2015
2.5/5 18% Free the Nipple (2014) With's rapid and multiple changes of heart fly fast and furious in the film's first act, making it difficult to get a handle on either her motivations or her basic character. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
A- 91% Love & Mercy (2015) Love & Mercy may be built on its headlining talent, but Pohlad has also snagged a solid supporting cast to aid Dano and Cusack. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2.5/5 67% The Barefoot Artist (2014) The film skips around from time and place, a handful of transitions are smooth and natural while others don't fare nearly as well, and the effect is choppy and unrefined. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/5 88% Red Knot (2014) Cohen's insights into relationships are sharp, and Red Knot is an auspicious start for the filmmaker, one rife with good instincts, smart direction, and crisp writing. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
1.5/5 10% All Relative (2014) All Relative fails to engage because the emotional connection between all parties is weak to nonexistent. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
2/5 69% Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014) Its connections run shallow, and most of its action-particularly in the over-the-top third act-feels spectacularly unearned. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 17, 2014
3.5/5 78% Butter On The Latch (2014) Decker's sure hand and unique style keep Butter On The Latch swirling onward into weirder, woolier territory. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 17, 2014
2/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) Before I Go To Sleep vacillates so wildly between aims and issues that the conceit seems worthless. ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 3, 2014
A- 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) Both Redmayne and Jones have been hovering on the cusp of breaking out in a big way, and The Theory of Everything is the ideal vehicle to capitalize on their talents and push them to the next level. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 27, 2014
4/5 96% Citizenfour (2014) The intimacy and immediacy of the situations and experiences it does portray are compelling and satisfying enough to stick with viewers for long after the film has ended. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Oct 16, 2014
8.7/10 88% Gone Girl (2014) Gone Girl is a rare bird: a tricky, weird mystery that benefits from people knowing its twist from the outset. ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 29, 2014
A- 63% Life Partners (2014) Life Partners travels some very familiar ground, but the strength of its writing, the honesty of its plot, and the charm of its leading ladies means that it's a real cut above the rest of its genre brethren. ‐ Film School Rejects
Posted Sep 29, 2014
3.2/10 6% The Identical (2014) The music-heavy second half doesn't zip with much pizzazz, and even the film's many dips into song-and-dance fail to keep it moving along with anything resembling style. By its third act, things have flatlined. ‐ Film.com
Posted Sep 4, 2014