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
5/5 Us (2019) Peter Sobczynski With "Us," Peele shows that he is no mere pretender to someone else's throne, but a unique talent in his own right who will almost certainly be looked upon as a source of inspiration from future generations of filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
The Waldheim Waltz (2018) Peter Sobczynski Beckmann presents a compelling portrait of a once-revered figure forced to come to terms with the sins of his past. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Le semeur (2017) Peter Sobczynski A quietly powerful work that eschews melodrama for something smarter and more effective and is brought beautifully to life by Francern's strong direction and the performances by Burlet and Lenoir. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Love and Bullets (Ammore e malavita) (2017) Peter Sobczynski Starts off amusingly enough, but the joke wears very thin very quickly, the attempts to satirize the recent vogue for entertainment inspired by the Camorra crime organization largely fall flat. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
L'homme fidèle (2018) Peter Sobczynski Although the film flirts with elements of rom-com, noir and those oh-so-French films... it never quite settles on what it wants to do before finally grinding to a halt. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Wonder Park (2019) Peter Sobczynski An animated film that spends its entire running time serving as a hymn to the power of imagination without ever demonstrating a sliver of such a thing itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Transit (2018) Peter Sobczynski The end result is akin to a surrealist spin on ''Casablanca'' that Petzold pushes through with equal parts suspense, romance and a certain degree of sly humor and which is aided by the undeniable chemistry on display between Rogowski and Beers. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Madonna and the Breakfast Club (2019) Peter Sobczynski Deep devotees might check it out for sheer curiosity value, but others will find themselves describing ''Madonna and the Breakfast Club'' with a word that is rarely applied to Madonna herself... boring. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Peter Sobczynski [Elizabeth Holmes'] clear detachment from reality, not to mention the willingness of so many to join her in that state, is what gives ''The Inventor'' its juice and will leave viewers flabbergasted. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Peter Sobczynski It is a great tale, to be sure, but as it turns out, it doesn't necessarily make for a great movie... EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Rob Gonsalves I was held by the performances and the tone, but a narrative like this seems more at home in the era it's about than the era we live in. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) Rob Gonsalves Meaning well counts for nothing in art. What does count is the ability of Mortensen and Ali to invest their characters with as much truth as they can. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Miss Hanoi (2018) Peter Sobczynski This is a fairly standard police procedural that nevertheless winds up standing out thanks to the admittedly unusual setting for the story and the compelling performance by Spetlikova. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Thou Shalt Not Kill (2018) Peter Sobczynski As one-person-versus-the-system movies go, this doesn't exactly shake the template up but it does succeed thanks to its genuinely angry tone and the strong performance by Suciu. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Rock'n Roll (2017) Peter Sobczynski The problem is that all the stuff involving Canet and his fumblings is pretty awful and just grows increasingly intolerable as the film goes on. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
The Ice King (2018) Peter Sobczynski Even if you have little interest in the world of figure skating, this is still an interesting look at a true pioneer whose innovations and influences can still be felt and recognized to this day. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Gaspard va au mariage (2017) Peter Sobczynski For everyone else, the whole enterprise will come across as more banal than outrageous and all the offbeat touches will come across as more grating than amusing. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Central Airport THF (2018) Peter Sobczynski This is an engrossing work by director Karim Ainouz that captures a particular sociopolitical moment in time in ways both educational and compassionate. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Eva and Lola (2010) Peter Sobczynski There is nothing in this story of star-crossed lovers that you have not seen in dozens of previous films, but it still makes for a reasonably entertaining, if unsurprising, viewing thanks to the undeniable charm of the two leads. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Time for Ilhan (2018) Peter Sobczynski While not exactly a hard and penetrating look at Ilhan, ''Time for Ilhan'' is still more than an extended bit of hagiography. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Climax (2018) Peter Sobczynski I found myself thinking that even though I have admired Noe's past films to one degree or another, this was perhaps the first one that I could see myself voluntarily sitting through again someday. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Peter Sobczynski It moves quickly and avoids the bloated running time that has plagued many of these films, it has some nice bits of humor sprinkled throughout and, most importantly, the strong and entertaining Brie Larson performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
The Wedding Guest (2018) Peter Sobczynski Unfortunately, while Patel and Apte are entertaining enough throughout, the second half of the film finally reveals once and for all that Winterbottom has failed to make either of their characters especially convincing or interesting. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Pájaros de verano (2018) Peter Sobczynski A sweeping portrait of power and corruption at its most basic and tragic, Birds of Passage is a powerfully effective variation on a standard theme. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Apollo 11 (2019) Peter Sobczynski This is a great and ultimately humanizing look at one of the most stunning achievements of our time, one that not only deserves to be seen but which cries out to be seen on the biggest screen imaginable. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Greta (2018) Peter Sobczynski It is trash done with a certain wit and style that helps it plow through some of the rougher patches and contains a performance by Isabelle Huppert that shows that even her B game as an actress puts the best efforts of most of her peers to shame. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Life After Flash (2017) Rob Gonsalves Life After Flash isn't enough about Jones to pass muster as a portrait of him, and not enough about the production to be an engaging making-of film. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Peter Sobczynski Hits the sweet spot of being broad and goofy enough for the kids to enjoy while containing enough moments of sly with to keep older viewers amused as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Row (2018) Peter Sobczynski Could easily pass for a newly unearthed 80s-era slasher movie, though most viewers will probably be eager to bury it again long before it stumbles to the finish line. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Puzzle (2018) Peter Sobczynski This is by far the best showcase for [Kelly Macdonald's] talents that she has had in a while and she makes great use of it in the way that she keeps her character from getting bogged down in a morass of cliches. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018) Peter Sobczynski At over two overstuffed hours, it may prove to be too much for some viewers, but there is so much nifty and bizarre stuff going on that those with a taste for the odd stuff can simply sit back and let it wash over them like an exceptionally vivid dream. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Captain (2017) Peter Sobczynski When it is all said and done, it is the kind of film that one can easily shrug off when it is over, something that one might think would be impossible given the source material. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017) Peter Sobczynski Watching Bowers cheerfully recounting his past will no doubt be amusing and eyebrow-raising for students of classic Hollywood in the same way that it can be fun to leaf through a copy of Kenneth Anger's equally salacious history ''Hollywood Babylon.'' EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Nico, 1988 (2017) Peter Sobczynski Not a particularly fun movie to watch, but it is indeed a fascinating one and, if nothing else, it should inspire most viewers, if they haven't already, to go back and revise the Nico discography for themselves. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Tell Me Your Name (2018) Peter Sobczynski We get the usual array of badly timed ''BOO!'' moments and gross-out bits that have been seen in dozens of ''Exorcist'' riffs over the years. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Peter Sobczynski This is the kind of smart movie for and about contemporary teenage life that has been in short supply in recent years. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Mile 22 (2018) Peter Sobczynski When [Iko Uwais] gets to show his action chops, the movie does briefly and thrillingly come to life, only to crash back to the ground once Wahlberg returns to jerk up the joint. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Alpha (2018) Peter Sobczynski Director Albert Hughes tells the story in a reasonably effective low-key manner that mostly eschews melodrama for realism. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Papillon (2017) Peter Sobczynski A lazy and remarkably unremarkable cover version. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Juliet, Naked (2018) Peter Sobczynski The film does have some very funny moments here and there and the three central performances are undeniably appealing. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Happytime Murders (2018) Peter Sobczynski So grotesque, so unfunny and so lacking in anything remotely resembling entertainment... EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Arizona (2018) Peter Sobczynski Often grotesque and thoroughly witless. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Searching (2018) Peter Sobczynski The new approach to the material helps to make it come alive in ways that might not have happened if it had been told in a more conventional manner. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Return Of The Hero (2018) Peter Sobczynski The basic comedic premise is an extremely thin one and the film never quite figures out a way to build on it to increase either the stakes or the laughs. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Minding the Gap (2018) Peter Sobczynski If ever there was a current documentary that deserved comparison to ''Hoop Dreams,'' ''Minding the Gap'' is the one. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Peter Sobczynski Fun enough for a little bit, but eventually becomes too formless and repetitive for its own good. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017) Peter Sobczynski A hugely entertaining tribute to a true cinematic maverick... You will want to immediately revisit his entire oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Bookshop (2017) Peter Sobczynski It is so lifeless and uninvolving that it will inspire most viewers to reach for a book to pass the time while it's running. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Peppermint (2018) Peter Sobczynski An odious would-be thriller that somehow manages to come across as both wildly offensive and incredibly boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Nelly (2016) Peter Sobczynski Mylene Mackay is good at suggesting the different aspects of her character, but the performance is not revelatory enough to overcome the otherwise half-baked nature of the film as a whole EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019