Kate Erbland

Kate Erbland
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 82% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) If only every big screen adaptation of a beloved existing property could feel this funny and fresh, there'd be less to fear about an industry besieged by recycled material that never takes a risk. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ 22% The Kitchen (2019) Maybe "The Kitchen" would have fared better as a series, with more time for its potential material to simmer. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
C- 57% Brian Banks (2019) A Lifetime movie-like drama that falls short of engaging with the many thorny issues it dramatizes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B- 62% Them That Follow (2019) Despite a premise seemingly made for secular mocking, Poulton and Savage treat their setting and characters with care and attention. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 89% Always Be My Maybe (2019) It's not new, but it's just as powerful (and, yes, still funny) as it ever was. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
C- 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A sloppy, stitched-together offering with no sense of self. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
B- 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) The imagination that fuels the series' furry and frisky characters makes it fine entertainment for anyone who ever gazed at a pup or kitten and wondered what the hell they were thinking. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
C+ 57% Brightburn (2019) The terror is baked in - what if a super-strong space alien crashed to Earth and wanted to kill everyone? now that's an idea right there - but "Brightburn" isn't content to let that wicked concept do its magic. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
B- 57% Aladdin (2019) Smith's scenes help fuel the spectacle of a wild, candy-colored fairy tale packed with unexpected laughs and a series of impressive musical numbers. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
C+ 14% The Hustle (2019) A cheap remake barely worth the price of admission. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
C+ 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) For a film that should surprise and delight at every turn, "Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" is clunkier and more confusing than a film about adorable creatures has any right to be. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
C+ 75% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The movie is a maddeningly shallow look at Ronstadt's remarkable life. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ No Score Yet The film is smartly assembled, making the most of a limited indie budget and building a compelling world to boot. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 100% Blow the Man Down (2019) The film is smartly assembled, making the most of a limited indie budget and building a compelling world to boot. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 100% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) While the value of Stokes' tapes were disputed as she made them, their worth is no longer a question. Neither is hers. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
C+ 31% Red Joan (2019) A strange, bifurcated tale of love and espionage, with Judi Dench stuck in a thankless role that does nothing to capitalize on her talents. The film is worse for it. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
C 82% Someone Great (2019) While the latest Netflix-produced rom-com struggles to decide what it wants to be, it seems clear from the outside - this should have been a TV series instead. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
B 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) Working in a more minor key than such essential entries as "Chimpanzee" and "African Cats," but the artistry and relative magic of the series is still on full display. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
C- 60% Breakthrough (2019) "Breakthrough" tests how much audiences are willing to believe of a scenario that, though based on a true story, seems too undercooked for any kind of movie treatment. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
C- 44% The Chaperone (2019) If it's too much to ask for a Richardson-starring Louise Brooks biopic, is it then too much ask for a true two-hander in which she and McGovern actually share the screen? Apparently, and sadly, yes. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
B+ 90% Tigerland (2019) While "Tigerland" takes some time to find its footing, Kauffman eventually finds connections that go far beyond the superficial. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
B- 86% Sister Aimee (2019) Often wily, occasionally weird. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B 83% 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- 70% 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- 43% 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- 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) It's raw and entirely human. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
B 92% 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+ 90% 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 81% 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+ 82% 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+ 55% 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+ 80% 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+ 80% 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+ 49% 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+ 46% 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+ 51% 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+ 52% 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 93% 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+ 48% 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