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Steve Erickson

Steve Erickson
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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Lean on Pete (2018) Without the pop pleasures of Sean Baker's The Florida Project, it offers a similar critique of contemporary America, very convincingly acted and directed with a fine eye.‐ Nashville Scene
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot plays like a chamber drama with an absurd penchant for tragedy.‐ Nashville Scene
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Custodian (El custodio) (2006) While it may not add up to a major film, [director Rodgrigo] Moreno has a rare, confident command of his medium.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
76% O Céu de Suely (2007) The film never integrates its taste for beautiful landscapes with its devotion to the quotidian: the two rest side by side without gelling.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
84% Frownland (2007) If not for its dark sense of humor, "Frownland" would be unwatchably grim.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
33% Boarding Gate (2008) "Boarding Gate" is mired in secondhand, vaguely political notions about globalization and unwilling to really let itself go to extremes.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
70% Salvation Army (2015) [Director Abdellah] Taïa, whose book fleshes out his story more completely, has adapted it into a subtle film with less explication but no less power.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
77% Full Battle Rattle (2008) One wonders what attracted the filmmakers to a subject about which they have so little to say.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
93% La France (2008) Impossible to classify, it's a war movie with a love story that only flowers in its beginning and then in its closing moments.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
43% What We Do Is Secret (2007) "What We Do Is Secret" makes a bid for entering Crash into rock'n'roll mythology.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
85% Zentropa (Europa) (1992) For all its devotion to directorial style, Europa is also impressive for the way it continually juggles narrative threads.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
80% I Served the King of England (2008) ... the film dishonors the history it glides through by lacking any sense of real danger.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
No Score Yet Meotjin haru (My Dear Enemy) (2008) My Dear Enemy often threatens to turn into a conventional romantic comedy, but it ends up flirting with such bromides rather than indulging them.‐ Artforum
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
57% Sukiyaki Western Django (2008) Everything in "Sukiyaki Western Django" has been said before...‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
78% Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) (2009) The film is so carefully structured that its narrative seems to emerge haphazardly, almost unconsciously. Only in retrospect is director Corneliu Porumboiu's degree of craft apparent.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
97% Sweetgrass (2009) Whatever one decides, [director Lucien] Castaing-Taylor deserves a great deal of respect for documenting a dying tradition.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
73% Les égarés (Strayed) (2003) However prosaic the conclusion seems, the film's vision of wide-open space-both physical and mental-cannot be extinguished.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) "A Wrinkle in Time" would be much stronger if it recognized that a girl's actions don't need to be up there with Gandhi , Mandela, and Einstein to tame her demons and give her self-respect.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
86% Black Swan (2010) Darren Aronofsky is not gifted with a light touch.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
92% Another Year (2010) This turnaround isn't enough to completely salvage it, but it turns it from Leigh's worst film into an interesting, honorable failure.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
88% Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2011) No one else is making films this exciting and challenging.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
100% Rey (2017) The actors seem to be non-professionals portraying their ancestors. However, the rest of the film does serious damage to the idea of following a straightforward and believable narrative.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
No Score Yet La vendedora de fósforos (2017) ... "The Little Match Girl" becomes something more than a collage and less than a totally coherent narrative while remaining entirely engaging the whole time.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
88% Nocturama (2017) Part of what's so refreshing about "Nocturama" is that it arrives at a time when the Western media assumes that political violence is always linked to Islamic fundamentalism, and TV and films rarely represent the far left...‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) ...this film just doesn't quite gel.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
90% Rat Film (2017) Theo Anthony's "Rat Film" is the most original and unique documentary I've seen this year.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) ... there's something timid about it; ultimately, it's too devoted to reconstructing the early '70s rather than finding parallels to our present, where misogyny seems to be gaining ground over women's rights.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) ..."Loveless" offers the sort of critique of modern European life that directors like Haneke, Ruben Östlund, and Yorgos Lanthinos are aiming for, without going overboard on misanthropy.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Alanis (2017) The film's final 20 minutes suffer from the notion that a film about sex work must contain violence, but "Alanis" is otherwise fairly respectful and shows director [Anahi] Berneri's skill at imagining her character's world.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
67% Happy End (2017) I disliked but did not hate "Happy End" until its final five minutes. Then it sinks into a nihilism that reveals its contempt for youth and women, while indulging in a "beauty" that's completely inappropriate to what it's showing.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
85% Vazante (2018) "Vazante" is another go at that ambitious goal, one reflecting the fact that its director [Daniela Thomas] has degrees in both history and cinema.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) ... it's a great deal of sheer fun, showcasing Coogan as one of the best comic actors working today.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
84% The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) This is radical chic without the radicalism, seemingly geared toward people who find Guevara vaguely admirable but would be turned off by talk of class struggle and revolution.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Good Postman (2016) ... formally impressive, framing the village in long shots containing both natural beauty and decrepit buildings.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) The sense of Iraq as one big rubble heap may be familiar from the American media; Nori's ability to depict it from the inside is something new.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
100% No Dresscode Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa) (2017) A love story at heart, "No Dress Code Required" shows the power of persistence and activism as well as having a famous friend who can appear in a video on behalf of your protest.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
70% The Duchess of Langeais (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache)(Don't Touch the Axe) (2007) By offering such a faithful interpretation of an old-fashioned vision of love, "The Duchess of Langeais" challenges us to ponder whether our own relationships might not be equally tortured.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
89% The Unforeseen (2008) While [director Laura] Dunn's style is closer to Terrence Malick than Paul Thomas Anderson, Bradley becomes a figure as tragic and memorable as the fictional Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood."‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
76% The Hunter (2012) Rather than evoking neo-realism, it recalls some of the thrillers of French director Jean-Pierre Melville, which synthesized American film noir and European art films into a lean hybrid.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
43% J. Edgar (2011) ... contradictory to the point of incoherence.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
68% Protocols of Zion (2005) ... a tabloid treatment of issues that deserve a more nuanced treatment.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
80% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011) Detective Dee brings back the excitement of great pop cinema that drew cinephiles to Hong Kong in the first place.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
91% The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) The territory covered by "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" is relatively fresh, especially for viewers who didn't live through the period.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
93% Drive (2011) The film's combination of sentiment and bloodshed also recalls much of Takeshi Kitano's best work.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
95% Cowards Bend the Knee (2004) Shot in five days, "Cowards Bend The Knee" is not exactly automatic writing-Maddin knows exactly which Greek tragedies he's pillaging-but it feels like a direct flood from the unconscious. His most dreamlike film, it's also his most heartfelt.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
99% Le Havre (2011) "Le Havre" is far less measured, but it builds toward a lovely double ending.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
86% Tahrir: Liberation Square (2012) The film avoids all the clichés of made-for-TV documentaries. Savona never appears on camera, supplies voice-over, or interviews his subjects directly. Instead, he lets Egyptian protesters speak for themselves.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
79% Melancholia (2011) ... von Trier has finally written troubled women who aren't completely defined by their neuroses. "Melancholia" is a welcome surprise.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
80% The Skin I Live In (2011) Banderas' performance achieves a perfect chill.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
48% Sleeping Beauty (2011) [Director Julia] Leigh shows great confidence as a visual stylist and director of actors.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018