Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
B- 100% Sister Aimee (2019) Often wily, occasionally weird. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B 75% Go Back to China (2019) An unexpectedly sweet coming-of-age comedy. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Serendipity (2019) Few films feel this immediate and vivid, and Nourry's abilities as a creator translate wonderfully to the medium. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
C- 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) While it may be too early for another reset, Tree and her time loops deserve better than a sloppy rehash that doesn't remember what made the first one tick. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B+ 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Every trope, twist, and trick of the genre is up for skewering in the comedy, but the film keeps things light and smart, never dipping into darkness or crass jokes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
B- 44% The Prodigy (2019) "The Prodigy" could stand to stretch its R-rating to even ickier ends, but its psychological surprises are the ones that really stick. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
A- 100% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) It's raw and entirely human. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 90% Before You Know It (2019) The multi-hyphenate and her partner Jen Tullock craft the kind of indie offering that doesn't always work anymore, but this strange family comedy is an amusing exception. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B+ 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The greatest trick of Colaizzo's winning comedy: it doesn't need that cheese factor to inspire plenty of tears and cheers. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B 100% Knock Down the House (2019) An energetic look inside history as its being made, even when the results aren't always the ones that are so fervently hoped for. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B 89% Animals (2019) It revels in the messiness of life, and the many love stories it can contain. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B- 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The beats of "Fighting With My Family" are comfortingly familiar, and the soap opera pomp of the wrestling world is eye-popping to both fans and neophytes alike, but it's Pugh that is always fresh, surprising, and wily. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
C+ 86% Always In Season (2019) Olive's attempts to fold three uniquely wrenching stories into one wide-ranging feature only further highlights how hard it can be to bridge that gap. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B 100% Premature (2019) It's a compelling concept for a coming-of-age story. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C No Score Yet The Sunlit Night (2019) Even the most clearly emotional scenes are undone by the outlandish surroundings. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) More sad than salacious, it's the rare film about a criminal that offers human details without humanizing a man who so many agree was a monster. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 76% Late Night (2019) Stuffed with truisms and heart, "Late Night" is also the one thing that any and every late night talk show has to strive for: funny as hell, and with something to say. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
B+ 83% Perfectos Desconocidos (2019) Perfect Strangers takes too much time to get to its big game, but once it kicks into gear, the effect is dizzying. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
C+ 48% Escape Room (2019) For all its of-the-moment charms, "Escape Room" can't shake its more basic genre trappings, eventually giving itself over to tired and predictable revelations and flimsy twists. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
C+ 44% Second Act (2018) Second Act never recovers from its big reveal, a cataclysmic (and nearly catastrophic) piece of narrative nuttiness that derails every scene, every performance, every subsequent revelation. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
D+ 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) It's all a shell of itself, with Fred Savage on hand to occasionally note how weird this all is. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
B 85% Dumplin' (2018) It presents a world that's a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more willing to see the good in people than the current standards these days. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
C+ 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli abandons all sense of wonder and opts for a dark weirdness that will likely turn off audience members of all ages, while scarring a few of them along the way. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B 100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Garver's film blossoms into something more comprehensive than complimentary, a film that doesn't balk at the trickier aspects of Kael's career, even as it never fully engages with the tensions that informed her. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B+ 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's funny and absorbing, and Moore and Johnston unload some real zingers for the internet age (their interpretation of a comments section will speak to anyone who works on the 'net, chilling to the bone). - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
C+ 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" is hampered by the unwieldy meshing together of disparate plots that could service their own films. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
C+ 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Lisbeth is never going to be cuddly or sunny, but that doesn't mean she has to be robotic or impossible to read. That's something that Foy and Alvarez clearly understand, and the result is a heroine not only worth cheering for, but one worth loving. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
C+ 100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) Underneath all the kiddie stuff, there's real terror. It just needs to be unleashed a bit more the next time around. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ 46% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Sandel's sequel adheres so closely to the first film's story arc - a bunch of monsters dreamed up by author R.L. Stine come to life and terrorize a small town and some plucky kids - that it removes the possibility of any surprises. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 29% Little Women (2018) Most damning is that Niederpruem fails to engage with her central, powerful idea. Despite setting Little Women in modern times, the film is disinterested in using the new period to explore the bigger questions at the heart of Alcott's novel. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B- 54% Greta (2019) A "bad" movie that's made suddenly good by the involvement of a game audience and Jordan allowing Huppert to go certifiably batshit on a doe-eyed Moretz. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 91% The Weekend (2018) Meghie is adept at sliding between subplots and mixing her characters into talky combinations, all the better to maximize the film's slim 86-minute running time, but it's Zamata and her Zadie who steal nearly every moment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
D 13% Life Itself (2018) It's a movie made for people who can't be trusted to understand any storytelling unless it's not just spoon-fed but ladled on, piled high, and explained via montage and voiceover. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B 100% Maiden (2019) While Maiden is satisfying on its own, it's tailor-made for a remake that can dive deeper into a story that has so much life left in it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
C+ 85% A Simple Favor (2018) A Simple Favor is compulsively watchable, a downmarket spin on Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train that is enthralling mostly because it's never clear what the hell is going to happen next. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B+ 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a film that contains multitudes, and only asks for a world willing to do the same. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B 48% Destination Wedding (2018) Most of all, "Destination Wedding" makes the case that the two-hander isn't dead, even if it struggles a bit when forced to come to a neat, movie-ready conclusion. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
B 97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) To All the Boys keeps a tight grip on the formula of every rom-com and adapts it for the younger set. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
B+ 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A loving take on Kwan's books, bundled up in a wildly entertaining package. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
B+ 100% Night Comes On (2018) Fortunately, Night Comes On continues to dial back its sense of drama for its long-awaited final confrontations, which offer open endings that hint at a future worth pursuing. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
C+ 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's live-action debut contains all the hallmarks of the kind of film that could have done brisk business five years ago, but now seems doomed to join other one-offs. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
B- 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) It's the rare rehash that works. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
B+ 91% Set It Up (2018) Set It Up is a classic rom-com brought to life by a pair of wonderfully well-matched stars who seem to revel in the genre. This is cinematic comfort food, the kind we've been starving for. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
B- 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) We want to spend time with these characters, and when the film switches into heist mode, "Ocean's 8" loses sight of the women who drive it, opting to focus on a heist that's fun, but not nearly as fun as watching the characters prepare for it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
D 18% The Kissing Booth (2018) In another film, the sentiment would be a romantic one. In The Kissing Booth, it feels like a cage. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
B 67% Ibiza (2018) Nevertheless, "Ibiza" smartly plays with narrative expectations to deliver a film that's both very funny and filled with genuine girl power. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
C+ 53% Book Club (2018) It's light entertainment meant to be shared, a big glass of summer fun that goes down easy. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
B+ 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) It may be a prequel, and it may ostensibly stand alone, but it fits into the wider galaxy with ease. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Wisecracking and fourth wall-breaking as ever. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B- 83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) One of Pope Francis' closing messages rings out, undiluted by a muddled conclusion: "We have so much to do, and we must do it together." - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018