Thom Ernst

Thom Ernst
Thom Ernst's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Original Cin
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T-Meter Title | Year
89% Oxygen (2021) Not great but interesting, director Aja's latest offers some suspenseful moments worthy of sharp inhalations. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B 76% In The Earth (2021) The viral-pandemic horror In the Earth takes a satisfying plunge into a variant of its own Heart of Darkness with an Annihilation chaser and intimations of Blair Witch. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B-minus 79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) Despite the film's willingness to playfully stir unrest, it never reaches its full potential, and the promise of confronting abusers who hide behind avatars gets second billing to a less exciting defence of free speech. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
C 62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) The idea of creepy side-show Hanna-Barbera rejects coming to life and killing unsuspecting travellers sounds fun. It should be. But this cleverly conceived plot is all idea, no story. And it's not entirely original. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
50% The Good Traitor (2020) Given its dramatic real-life back story, The Good Traitor should be way more suspenseful and dramatic than it is. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
C-plus 56% The Violent Heart (2020) There are some great performances here by Lukas Haas, Mary J. Blige, Jovan Adepo and Grace Van Patten, but the strength of their efforts is helpless against a script that plods towards its preposterous conclusion. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
20% Embryo (2020) This tiring Chilean sci-fi/horror proves, perhaps beyond belief, that violent tales of alien insemination can be dull. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
63% French Exit (2021) This adaptation of Canadian novelist Patrick DeWitt's story is almost unbearable both despite and because of Michelle Pfieffer's turn as main character Frances Price. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
36% The Marksman (2021) Director Lorenz's actioner is passable but both the film and star Liam Neeson show signs of genre fatigue. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
34% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) Eddie Izzard's espionage thriller is intriguing but unfulfilling. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B-minus 83% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk makes for a surprisingly formidable action hero. And regardless of how derivative Nobody is of better films, hardcore action fans will find it hard to resist. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
B 97% Slaxx (2020) SLAXX is a giddy confection contrived to meet the standards of a midnight movie crowd. There are enough gruesome kills to satisfy horror fans, including a memorable death by zippers. Ouch. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
42% Doors (2021) This weird end-of-days sci-fi thriller doesn't quite work but engages nevertheless. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
94% Rose Plays Julie (2021) This skillful revenge thriller tackles adoption/identity issue with powerful results. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
A 98% The Father (2021) For those who tremble in the presence of outstanding performances, The Father will hit like an earthquake. Hopkins and Colman are unspeakably good in their roles. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
C-plus No Score Yet Sacrilege (2020) Writer/director Creed's horror crucially (and perilously) lacks suspense, sucking the gravitas out of the film's climax. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
83% Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers (2020) Filmmaker Ryan Barton-Grimley's engaging DIY romp proves that, in the right hands, even super low-budget can be super-fun. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
77% My Salinger Year (2020) Neither great nor terrible, director Falardeau's adaptation of Joanna Rakoff's memoir about her association with J.D. Salinger aims high conceptually but misses the mark. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
B-plus 90% The Vigil (2021) Thomas creates not just the solemn aura of being in the deceased's presence, but of having crossed a threshold where there is no return. It's a satisfying work of suspense and mystery with well-executed jump scares. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
92% Cowboys (2021) There is plenty to like about Kerrigan's film even as it falls short of the strength and significance a story about youth and gender identity requires. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
B 55% Skyfire (2021) Unless you speak the language, it may be unfair to judge the awkward dialogue. But what doesn't get lost in translation is a blazing rock crashing through a glass observatory, or a flow of molten lava swallowing everyone in its path. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
36% Paradise Cove (2021) Any campy appeal the film might have is sunk by its questionable sense of humanity and lack of genuine thrills. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
27% Jiu Jitsu (2020) Only time will tell if Jiu Jitsu will achieve Showgirls-type cult status for its breathtaking badness but make no mistake: it's baaad. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
98% One Night in Miami (2020) A powerful imagining of one of the most intriguing private gatherings in contemporary history, Regina King's directorial debut is a remarkable experience. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
B-minus 84% Climate of the Hunter (2019) The melodramatic horror-thriller Climate of the Hunter is literally an acquired taste. That is to say, I watched it three times before I kind of "got" it. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
98% The Reason I Jump (2021) This lovely documentary reframes the notion that people living with autism are lesser or compromised, instead highlighting their unique gifts. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
46% Monster Hunter (2020) OK yes, it's based on a video game. But Monster Hunter is also fun and elevated (as expected) by the presence of Milla Jovovich, the reigning monarch of video game-based action films. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
C 83% Happiest Season (2020) A structurally efficient Christmas film that's rarely genuinely joyful. Though Duvall presents each scene as a gift wrapped in beautiful, hopeful packages, inside each one is yet another pair of socks. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
C-plus 29% Vanguard (2020) Let's be clear: Vanguard is not a great film. It's one of the lesser works in the Stanley Tong/Jackie Chan oeuvre. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B 83% Freaky (2020) Freaky is an entertaining plunge into a satirical world of teenage slasher films, tossing aside charm for full-tilt gore, double-entendres and explicit sexual references. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
88% Major Arcana (2020) This quietly compelling film, thought weirdly titled (Google its Tarot card connection), convincingly charts a man moving beyond a legacy of addiction. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
83% The Kid Detective (2020) Reminiscent of Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad in its weird bleakness, director Evan Morgan's mystery/comedy is greater than the sum of its parts... or its lame title. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
33% Darkness in Tenement 45 (2020) An intriguing premise and strong performances cannot save this relentlessly bleak sort-of thriller from collapsing under the weight of its imposed importance. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
78% Ravers (2020) It's low-budget and conceptually weird but Ravers is wild party of a horror movie amped to keep you up all night. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
C 57% Bullets of Justice (2020) Bullets of Justice is unmistakably crass and vulgar, full of body bits and fluids-a movie to answer those who claim to have seen everything by responding that everything was just the beginning. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
81% Over the Moon (2020) This charming animation from Beauty and the Beast director Glen Keane is sure to charm and inspire kids while advancing a girl-positive message. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
No Score Yet The Complex: Lockdown (2020) The concept is rich but this virus thriller lacks savvy execution... and thrills. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
B-minus 78% Percy vs Goliath (2020) Walken tones down the nervous energy that's dominated previous roles, and gives Percy the quiet dignity befitting a farmer who, as Johnson's story tells it, never expected to be anything more than a farmer. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
C-plus 72% The Cleansing Hour (2019) It's not a stretch to think that the filmmakers are attempting to say something via horror about the nature of social media and the new race for celebrity. But it does seem a stretch to say they've succeeded. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
64% The Last Shift (2020) Less a comedy than a curio of vexing stereotypes in the BLM era, director Andrew Cohn's film is saved by Richard Jenkins and little else. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
B-minus 64% Blackbird (2020) Yes, it's manipulative. It's stocked with Big Chill-like moments of irreverent humour, spontaneous sing-alongs, kitchen clean-ups, and stolen moments of thoughtful reprieve. Blackbird exploits all it can, but with a cast that can pull it off. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
A-minus 100% Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story (2020) Tighe doesn't pander to the "sad clown" archetype, but the overall take away is that comedy may be hard, but comedians fall harder. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
A-minus 72% Mulan (2020) Even the movie's stagiest moments seem perfectly suited to the spectacle Caro creates; stunning vistas of sand dunes, majestic snow-capped mountains cities popping with colour and scenes of jaw-dropping choreographed battles. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
B-minus 48% Unhinged (2020) What begins (save for the pre-credit killings) as a treatise on road rage quickly revs up to something far more violent. Horror fans won't complain about the film's extremes; they're gratuitous and explicit. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
44% Black Water: Abyss (2020) Director Traucki's non-sequel sequel to 2007's Black Water lacks all the requisite elements of a good thriller/horror, including thrills, horror, and a villain getting gory comeuppance. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) A strong cast and a surprisingly resonant plot carry this Italian-based adaptation of crime writer Charles Willeford's pulpy 1971 novel. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
93% Working Man (2020) A diamond in the rough, writer/director Robert Jury's aptly titled small town drama gains gravitas from excellent performers working through a heartfelt story. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2020
64% Enter the Fat Dragon (2020) This ill-advised remake of Sammo Hung's spoof of a Bruce Lee classic (still with us?) lands with a thud and wastes bankable lead Donnie Yen, who does not belong in a fat suit. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
A-minus 98% Hamilton (2020) Hamilton is a game-changer that redefines not only what Broadway offers, but how our stories are told and by who. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
41% Exit Plan (Selvmords turisten) (2020) With its somewhat plodding pace and shifting timelines, Exit Plan can be hard to follow, but this hallucinogenic, slow-burn thriller is worth following. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020