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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
Volition (2019) Peter Sobczynski A clever and reasonably ingenious genre sleeper that will make viewers want to look into the future for themselves in order to see what Smith comes up with next. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Relic (2020) Peter Sobczynski This is an effectively creepy and surprisingly emotional chiller and marks James as a potentially fascinating new voice in the world of horror cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Palm Springs (2020) Peter Sobczynski For the most part, it is very funny, occasionally wise and the kind of film that should have no problem standing up to repeat viewing. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Mucho mucho amor (2020) Peter Sobczynski A wildly entertaining and touching work that takes one of the most unique and distinctive personalities imaginable and fully does him justice. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Money Plane (2020) Peter Sobczynski Look, I do not object to the fact that Money Plane is trying to be the most self-consciously dopey movie of recent memory. What I object to is that the whole thing is too stupid and lazy to accomplish even that not-exactly-lofty goal. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019) Peter Sobczynski Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo is not only the rare documentary about a living actor whose life truly deserves such treatment, his story and presence is so compelling and uplifting that you will come away from it wishing that there was more of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
The Beach House (2019) Peter Sobczynski A movie that is good and reasonably satisfying -- it is stylishly made, includes a number of nastily inventive gore sequences, and has a strong performance by Liberato that helps to anchor the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Archive (2020) Peter Sobczynski My problem, however, is not so much with the lack of originality displayed by writer-director Gavin Rothery as it is with the fact that he pretty much fails to bring any kind of new spin to the material that might have helped it go down better. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
2/5 The Old Guard (2020) Peter Sobczynski A disappointing banal action extravaganza that takes a potentially interesting premise and then never gets around to doing much of anything with it. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 Greyhound (2020) Peter Sobczynski Despite all of the obvious sincerity on display, the resulting film is kind of a dead bulb that is ultimately as dull as it is noble and boy howdy, is it ever noble. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
1/5 Guest of Honour (2019) Peter Sobczynski Guest of Honor is a film that goes off the rails so quickly and so thoroughly that you cannot even really get mad at Egoyan for whatever mad lapse of judgement he suffered that made him think that it was in good enough shape to put in front of a camera. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Suzi Q (2019) Peter Sobczynski For the devoted fan base, the film is an indispensable treasure trove... For those who have never been exposed to her or her music before, Suzi Q should prove to be an eye-and-ear-opening look. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Peter Sobczynski John Lewis: Good Trouble is a solid look at the life and work of a genuine American hero, a man whose innate bravery, spirit and noble grace is needed now more than ever. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
Four Kids and It (2019) Peter Sobczynski While it is clear right from the outset that Caine's participation in... Four Kids and It is little more than an easy paycheck gig for him, he proves to be the only real point of interest in this otherwise bland and lackluster story. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
Force of Nature (2020) Peter Sobczynski It almost feels as if director Michael Polish and screenwriter Cory M. Miller are trying to transform the material into self-parody. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/5 The Hunt (2020) Rob Gonsalves It's a sleek, short, well-wrought horror-thriller with buckets of gore, and a sharp performance by Betty Gilpin that deserved far more notice. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Rob Gonsalves No doubt about it: the movie works. And it works on a nasty personal level; it exploits our awareness that women are gaslighted by abusive men all the time, to perpetuate and add to the abuse. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 Hamilton (2020) Peter Sobczynski No, this is may not be the full-on film version of "Hamilton" that many have been clamoring for, but until the time for that finally comes around, this take will do the job quite nicely. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Rob Gonsalves At this point, I would sit for two hours of Delroy Lindo just monologuing into the camera, and maybe so would you after watching Spike Lee's epic new adventure-drama Da 5 Bloods. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
The Outpost (2020) Peter Sobczynski The Outpost is a strong and effective film that celebrates and honors the men who fought the Battle of Kamdesh without devolving into an empty-headed piece of jingoism. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
2/5 My Spy (2020) Peter Sobczynski A wheezy affair in which there is hardly a scene that cannot trace its inspiration back to an earlier, better movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
1/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Peter Sobczynski This is lazy hackwork made by people who have clearly run out of ideas and who are running on creative fumes. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
2/5 Irresistible (2020) Peter Sobczynski Irresistible is not without its good points... And yet, the rest of the is a strangely shallow affair that never quite works up the necessary head of steam required to put it over the top, either as comedy or as political commentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
The Short History of the Long Road (2019) Peter Sobczynski It may not seem like much at first glance but The Short History of the Long Road proves to be a journey that is definitely worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Roger Waters: Us + Them (2019) Peter Sobczynski A something that tries to bring new people into the fold. As such things go, however, it is an undeniably well-produced example that will presumably blow the minds of those who watch it. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Miss Juneteenth (2020) Peter Sobczynski The performances from Beharie and Chikaeze are solid enough to make Miss Juneteenth worth checking out and shows Peoples to be a promising new filmmaking voice worth keeping an eye on in the future. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
7500 (2019) Peter Sobczynski Cobbles together two reliable cinematic subgenres -- the disaster film and the gimmick film -- and adds in a healthy dose of pretension in the hopes of distracting viewers from how hollow and reductive the whole thing ultimately proves to be. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
2/5 You Should Have Left (2020) Peter Sobczynski It has been made with just enough professional skill to make you think that it just might turn itself around and become genuinely interesting at some point, but never quite manages to pull it off. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2020
Infamous (2020) Peter Sobczynski A genuinely dreadful movie that clearly yearns to be considered as the natural successor to Bonnie & Clyde and Natural Born Killers, but which even at its best generally fails in comparison with the ugly likes of The Doom Generation at its worst. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
I Like Money (1962) Peter Sobczynski The essential problem with the film, as it turns out, lies with the material more than anything else... screenwriter Pieree Rouve never quite figures out a way to make this transformation work in either dramatic or comedic terms. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Peter Sobczynski The unevenness is, more often than not, the result of Lee trying to do too much rather than not enough and that first hour is as compelling a slice of American filmmaking that you are likely to see this year. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
4/5 For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close (2020) Rob Gonsalves It's as worthy of its subject as any movie that isn't completely shambolic and unconventional can be. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
2/5 Lost Transmissions (2019) Rob Gonsalves It would've cost nothing extra to approach Lost Transmissions (a destined-to-be-misremembered title) on the script level more cleverly and even with more wit. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 The Wretched (2019) Rob Gonsalves The Wretched is a fine horror short story. It confines itself to a few locations and a few people; if converted to prose, it would fit nicely in an anthology alongside, say, Let the Right One In and It Follows and The Babadook. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Rob Gonsalves Despite its egghead premise and milieu, Shirley isn't a hostile art object. Unexpected warm breezes of intimacy waft through it. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
1/5 Verotika (2019) Rob Gonsalves If you wanted to imagine a movie fed on adolescent fantasies grounded in comic books and movies flooded with gore and T&A, what you imagine will undoubtedly be more entertaining than Verotika. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rob Gonsalves This last go-round neither disappointed nor thrilled me; it just exists. There's always something going on, and that's part of the problem: there's never not something going on, no pause for breath, no beauty or poetry. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 The Grey Fox (1982) Rob Gonsalves The filmmaking is "respectable" almost to a fault. But then the grainy solidity of an image catches and holds us, or Richard Farnsworth says something, it doesn't matter what, and we can't imagine he could be anything less than honest. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 Tommaso (2019) Rob Gonsalves Tommaso isn't bad; Ferrara simply can't sell out... But its "we have the actors and the locations, let's go do it" improvisatory spirit isn't enough to sustain our full engagement for almost two hours. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
2/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Peter Sobczynski Even if you factor out Davidson's limitations as a performer, the film suffers from the usual flaws that have become all too familiar in Apatow's work -- it goes on way too long. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 You Don't Nomi (2019) Peter Sobczynski It is worth a look, I suppose, but I suspect that most people watching it will come away from it talking about the movie that inspired it instead of the movie they just saw. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
4/5 Dreamland (2019) Peter Sobczynski Likewise, the actors do a surprisingly good job of finding just the right notes to make the thoroughly implausible material make some degree of sense. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Peter Sobczynski Like its title character, Shirley is flawed, flamboyant, often fascinating and occasionally frustrating-sometimes all at once. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Tommaso (2019) Peter Sobczynski This is a bracing, fascinating and occasionally frustrating work that is arguably the strongest thing that [director Abel Ferrara] has done in a while. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Judy & Punch (2019) Peter Sobczynski Foulkes does an excellent job of navigating the tonal shifts while keeping the potentially absurd story from flying completely off the rails. She also benefits from yet another in a string of strong and inspiring performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Hammer (2019) Peter Sobczynski The characters are not especially interesting, the storyline is equally one-dimensional, and when the whole thing finally comes to an end, it will inspire little more than shrugs from most viewers. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
The Grey Fox (1982) Peter Sobczynski The Grey Fox serves as an ideal legacy to these two prodigious talents and also happens to still be a stupendously entertaining film in its own right as well. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Becky (2020) Peter Sobczynski Gorehounds may get a kick out of the high and exceedingly nasty levels of bloodshed on display but when all is said and done, Becky is little more than a one-joke film whose punchline wears out its welcome long before it comes to its blood-soaked finale. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2020
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) Peter Sobczynski An eminently binge-worthy saga filled with excitement, drama, humor, history, beautiful photography and good performance EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
The Lovebirds (2020) Peter Sobczynski I suppose watching it is more fun than a pan of CGI bacon grease to the face, but you could just blindly pick something on Netflix and the chances are pretty good that it will turn out to be more memorable than it is. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020