eFilmCritic.com

eFilmCritic.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Howe, Brian Mckay, Brian Orndorf, Collin Souter, Dan Lybarger, David Cornelius, Eric D. Snider, Erik Childress, Eugene Novikov, Greg Muskewitz, Kevin Thomas, Loey Lockerby, Oz, Peter Sobczynski, Rob Gonsalves, Scott Weinberg, Uri Lessing
Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Behemoth (2021) Rob Gonsalves The narrative just grinds on unpleasantly but artlessly -- except for those computer-generated nasties. They deserve to be in a better film, one that doesn't rely so heavily on them to work, and then doesn't work anyway. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
3/5 Pig (2021) Rob Gonsalves The narrative arrow couldn't be straighter -- Robin wants his pig back -- but the filmmaking lacks urgency. I wasn't feeling it, and I wasn't buying it. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
4/5 Val (2021) Rob Gonsalves In Val, we see him low and sad and sick, but it's still only the face he wants to put forward. He remains, somewhat triumphantly, off in his own zone. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
2/5 Kate (2021) Rob Gonsalves Kate is smoothly pieced together, but it simply echoes too many of its ancestors to earn a place among them. It's probably best for fans of Winstead and of gnarly action. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2021
The Nowhere Inn (2020) Peter Sobczynski The combination of odd humor, good music, and offbeat star power is just compelling enough to make it worth giving it a shot to see if you might be on its admittedly peculiar wavelength. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Live at Mister Kelly's (2021) Peter Sobczynski If you have any interest in the history of Chicago and popular entertainment in the 20th century, it is a must while others should enjoy it as both a celebration of a rich period of our cultural past. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Lady of the Manor (2021) Peter Sobczynski Lady of the Manor is the pits, the kind of film that actors do for a quick buck and then never mention again unless they are explaining to their current agents why they will be seeking new representation. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Cry Macho (2021) Peter Sobczynski What at first appears to be a cross-generational buddy film eventually transforms into the chronicle of an old man's effort-free redemption in which the younger character ends up serving as little more than a prop. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Copshop (2021) Peter Sobczynski Like practically all of Carnahan's previous films, this is little more than an empty stylistic exercise in which nearly every member of the cast seems convinced that they have the scene-stealing role and overact accordingly. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
Best Sellers (2021) Peter Sobczynski An aggressively mediocre comedy-drama whose only accomplishment is how it manages to largely waste the talents of Caine and co-star Aubrey Plaza. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
1.5/4 Karen (2021) Erik Childress While the film blindly jumps headstrong into 'so bad it's good' territory it nevertheless features a committed performance by Taryn Manning that holds our attention through laughable attempts at racial awareness. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
Zone 414 (2021) Peter Sobczynski Painfully dull and derivative. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
Worth (2020) Peter Sobczynski Worth may not be a lot of laughs and it may be a little too dry for viewers in search of something more conventionally cathartic, but it still stands out as a refreshingly adult-oriented drama/ EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
Cinderella (2021) Peter Sobczynski Cinderella is not so much a film as it is an extended screen test designed to test Cabello's potential for translating her musical stardom into a different medium, and the results are mixed. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
Afterlife of the Party (2021) Peter Sobczynski Afterlife of the Party is a tired stab at a fantasy-comedy hybrid comprised of elements that are so crushingly familiar that even the younger viewers that it is ostensibly aimed at will realize that they have pretty much seen all of it done before. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2021
Vacation Friends (2021) Peter Sobczynski John Cena certainly throws himself into the role of Ron with a heedless energy that is infectious... These efforts aren't enough to make Vacation Friends worth watching in the end, but his work does help to rescue it from complete disposability. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Together (2021) Peter Sobczynski Kelly's screenplay is an annoyingly contrived and absurdly theatrical contraption that would be bad enough on its own but which comes off even worse due to the film's inexplicable belief that it is somehow saying something profound. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
Reminiscence (2021) Peter Sobczynski While it has a nifty look and a potentially intriguing premise, it ends up squandering both on a tired and convoluted narrative that borrows ideas from any number of properties. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
He's All That (2021) Peter Sobczynski The casting is largely appalling. While the original was not exactly Shakespeare, or even "Pygmalion," it was at least populated by performers who knew how to deliver lines and observe the other basic fundamentals of screen acting. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
2/4 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Erik Childress An overreliance on CGI tempers the excitement of the action scenes until it gives into the effects entirely during a devolving stretch of underwritten characters and a story that does not do justice to its protagonist. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 Candyman (2021) Peter Sobczynski The problem is that while the film is perfectly willing to see Candyman and his legacy as potent metaphors for the eternal struggles in American regarding race and class, it doesn't know how to transfer those metaphors into a completely compelling story. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
Sweet Girl (2021) Peter Sobczynski Sweet Girl is a dud from start to finish, the kind of film that may get play for a few days on the strength of Momoa's presence before disappearing into the morass that is the Netflix catalogue, where it will almost certainly not be missed. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
Risen (2021) Peter Sobczynski Considering the ambitious nature of the story, Risen deserves some points for at least trying to do something different and if it is ultimately a miss in the end, at least it is a near-miss. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
Rare Beasts (2019) Peter Sobczynski Rare Beasts is a mostly terrible movie, but if you can somehow look beyond all the awkward things in it -- not an easy task, I admit -- it does show that Piper has a potentially interesting voice as a filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
The Protégé (2021) Peter Sobczynski The Protégé isn't so much bad as it is a snooze. The story has the lazy familiarity of a television pilot for a show trying to blatantly emulate a big hit film from a year or so earlier, the characters are equally hackneyed. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
2/5 White as Snow (2019) Peter Sobczynski An utterly bewildering import from French filmmaker Anne Fontaine with a premise so loopy that it almost has to be seen to be believed, not that I would exactly suggest anything that extreme. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
1/5 Demonic (2021) Peter Sobczynski It isn't thoughtful, it isn't ambitious beyond its initial setup, and it sure as hell isn't anything that could be remotely described as "scary." EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
1/5 Habit (2021) Peter Sobczynski In a film in which basically everything is terrible -- even the usually reliable Skye is wasted in a nothing part -- the worst thing about Habit is its presumed selling point, Thorne. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
80/100 Respect (2021) Dan Lybarger Franklin's recordings are groundbreaking and timeless. Perhaps it's unreasonable to expect that there are filmmakers who are just as gifted on set ready to tell her story. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Searching for Mr. Rugoff (2019) Peter Sobczynski The film has its share of flaws... That said, film fanatics will nevertheless love it as a tribute to both the man and to an essential moment in the history of film culture, both of which deserve to be more widely known and celebrated. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Raging Fire (2021) Peter Sobczynski Raging Fire is perfectly watchable and some of the action bits are legitimately startling, but I just wish that they had been put to use in the service of a stronger story. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Ema (2019) Peter Sobczynski Clearly Ema is not for everyone, but those who find themselves falling under its spell are unlikely to shake it anytime soon. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
Beckett (2021) Peter Sobczynski Beckett is slickly made and perhaps slightly more interesting than the films that have been popping up on Netflix as of late, but it too often feels like an idea for a thriller that just never got quite fleshed out in the way that it deserved to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/4 Vivo (2021) Erik Childress While it may be caught in the wave of Pixar plots like Coco and Soul, Vivo is still a pretty delightful tale with another collection of solid songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
3.5/4 Bring Your Own Brigade (2021) Erik Childress Nothing says 'Burn, Baby, Burn' faster than a room full of worthless politicians who have all the right info and still make all the wrong decisions. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
2/5 Free Guy (2021) Peter Sobczynski It has a intriguing concept at its center but, save for a couple of moments, it has no real idea of what to do with it and is instead simply content to offer up an increasingly tiresome jumble of overblown special effects. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
2/5 Every Single Someone (2021) Erik Childress These characters are not very bright but worse than that they are just not interesting - either as people or amalgams of a larger problem. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
Whirlybird (2020) Peter Sobczynski Whirlybird is a documentary that has enough promising material to fuel maybe three or four potentially fascinating films but never quite manages to pull it all together into a single satisfactory whole. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
Vivo (2021) Peter Sobczynski Vivo is cute and it will probably hold the attention of younger viewers for the duration of its running time, but anyone who goes into it expecting more than that is likely to come away slightly disappointed. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
2/4 Jungle Cruise (2021) Erik Childress For an hour it is the passable version of much greater and just average adventures until it leans hard into special effects leaving us with a less exciting and far less fun version of the initial Pirates of the Caribbean films. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/4 The Green Knight (2021) Erik Childress David Lowery's film is the kind that makes one reconnect with their love of the movies; an artform of grandeur & spectacle that can transport us into our own being to examine who we want to see in the mirror and on screen. Extraordinary filmmaking! EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2021
5/5 Annette (2021) Peter Sobczynski Even those who more or less know what they are in for will find themselves surprised at how much it gets under the skin, and even those who end up dismissing it may discover that it has still managed to get under their skin in unexpected ways. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
4/5 Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Rob Gonsalves Roadrunner shakes out not as a biography so much as an inquiry into grief. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
3/5 Fear and Loathing in Aspen (2021) Rob Gonsalves There doesn't seem to be much at stake. A certain lack of focus is probably baked into any Hunter Thompson story, but in that case we need more than a tepidly reanimated Raoul Duke to hold our attention. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
3/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Rob Gonsalves It's grim and stressful and relentless, but comes off even more hollow than the first film EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
2/5 Werewolves Within (2021) Rob Gonsalves The tone is just too offensively light; it plays like the pilot of a CW show that only lasts one season. Towards the finish, people keep lurching forward and seeming to reveal themselves. It's all amiably meaningless. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
4/5 The Suicide Squad (2021) Peter Sobczynski This is so clearly the film that they should have made the first time around that even as you watch it unfold with various degrees of delight and disbelief, you may find yourself hating the earlier film all the more. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2021
1.5/4 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Erik Childress Makes the first film look like Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Looney Tunes: Back in Action. My apologies for evoking either film in its presence. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
1/4 Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021) Erik Childress A cover of Dire Straits' 'Brothers In Arms' bookends the film as if they were singing about Bruce Willis slipping away on the battlefield. But he is not there for either performance and barely shows up in-between either, so best to just walk away. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
3.5/4 Val (2021) Erik Childress A genuinely moving portrait of an actor that neither the industry nor audiences appreciated enough when they had the chance. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021