Steve Erickson

Steve Erickson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Steve Erickson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Reader, Film Comment Magazine, Village Voice, Brooklyn Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"offers some fascinating glimpses into one of the world's most secretive countries, but it's far too concerned with looking cool" ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2016

Aferim! (2016)

"Yet another film about how superior we are to those awful racists from the 19th-century." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2016

Nuts! (2016)

"takes the uplifting story of success and triumph over adversity epitomized by Hollywood films like David O. Russell's Joy and shows the B.S. upon which they're built." ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2016

Unlocking the Cage (2016)

" a populist courtroom drama, akin to Michael Mann's The Insider" ‐ Brooklyn Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016

Futuro Beach (2015)

"Futuro Beach is as strong on texture as narrative." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015

E-Team (2014)

"This threatens to become yet another film about white Americans and Europeans telling the stories of Third World people. But the rest of the film does much to redeem that dubious trope ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 21, 2014

Fort McCoy (2014)

"If the film has a major flaw, it's the profusion of subplots in a 100-minute running time. Still, it is a real accomplishment." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Life's a Breeze (2014)

"The film's surface naturalism and visual grit simply cover up a screenplay that's as full of crap as the average recent Hollywood comedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2014

Louder Than Words (2014)

"Louder Than Words obviously means well, but its brand of cheap uplift is the kind of cheese that actually breeds cynicism." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014
No Score Yet

Rabindranath Tagore-the Poet of Eternity (2014)

"Bhattacharya talks to and quotes a wide range of famous people on the subject of Tagore, but few get beyond generalities and platitudes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 29, 2014

A Short History Of Decay (2014)

"For the most part, A Short History of Decay triumphs over its pretensions." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014

Love Is In The Air (2014)

"The film all but begs for a remake starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
No Score Yet

Beatocello's Umbrella (2013)

"Beatocello's Umbrella falls into the trap of so many films about well-meaning whites helping people of color in the Third World: It's only interested in Cambodian people's struggles to the extent that they contribute to Richner's nobility." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Dec 16, 2013

Drug War (2013)

"Not only does the film never question the ethics of a war on drugs in which dealers and manufacturers are subject to the death penalty, it appears to enthusiastically endorse it." ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2013

Mondays With William (2013)

"Mondays with William puts some interesting twists on the Behind the Music formula, but it ultimately feels like a sanitized take on the art world." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013

Lost For Words (2013)

"Perhaps only an expat like American-born, Hong Kong-based director Stanley J. Orzel could create a tribute to his adopted city as loving as Lost for Words." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2013

The Rambler (2013)

"The kind of movie where more effort seems to have gone into the cast's wardrobe than their dialogue." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013
No Score Yet

Fame High (2012)

"The dilemmas Fame High's four subjects face are real, and Kennedy gets plenty of drama from the prospect of failure and disappointment." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 4, 2013

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn (2013)

"Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn's vision of the Mafia comes filtered through a needlessly complex screenplay, as if the creators felt the need to prove they've seen a few Arnaud Desplechin films alongside Goodfellas." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Post Tenebras Lux (2013)

"Confusion often reigns here, but the film offers a degree of lush beauty that makes sitting through it well worth the occasional frustrations." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

"Mistakes messiness for complexity, while ignoring characterization and real-world politics." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 26, 2013

Room 237 (2013)

"Room 237 evokes the appeal of conspiracy theories while refusing to endorse or completely disavow them." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 26, 2013
No Score Yet

Once Every Day (2013)

"Even if its ultimate meaning remains elusive, the film is enthralling." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 5, 2013

Snowman's Land (2012)

"Unfortunately, the images are more inviting than the narrative." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 13, 2012

Winnebago Man (2010)

"The director's true subject, however, is the great American love of subcultures." ‐ Nashville Scene
Posted Dec 8, 2010

Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009)

"Tokyo Sonata marks a real comeback for Kurosawa -- his best film since Pulse, made eight years ago -- and a new direction." ‐ SpoutBlog
Posted Mar 16, 2009
2/4 44%

Nowhere to Hide (2000)

"Nowhere to Hide may not be devoid of substance, but beneath the virtuoso finish it's rotten to the core." ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 21, 2001