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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
4/5 Luca (2021) Peter Sobczynski While Luca will probably not go down as one of the top classics in the Pixar canon because it lacks the conceptual genius of something like Up or Inside Out, it is nevertheless the most purely endearing original film that they have done in a while. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
1/5 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Peter Sobczynski This is the kind of film that is so bad that if you discover that someone you knew actually enjoyed it, you should seriously consider doing a thorough reevaluation of that particular relationship. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
5/5 In the Heights (2021) Peter Sobczynski It is a thrilling and exuberant sequence that kicks the film off on an incredible high and, if that weren't impressive enough, manages to sustain it for pretty much its entire running time. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2021
4/5 The Amusement Park (1973) Rob Gonsalves To call it Romero's "most terrifying film," as his widow Suzanne Desrocher has -- an assessment prominent in the film's publicity -- is to set it up for disappointment. Terrifying, no. Disturbing -- and fascinating -- yes. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
2/5 Spirit Untamed (2021) Peter Sobczynski In the end, Spirit Untamed is little more than a cinematic babysitter that has little more on its mind than to keep kids occupied for 90 minutes or so. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
5/5 The Amusement Park (1973) Peter Sobczynski As a major fan of Romero's entire career, I found The Amusement Park to be absolutely fascinating and anyone who has loved and cherished his work over the decades will no doubt jump at the chance to see a "new" film from him. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
Port Authority (2019) Peter Sobczynski Port Authority is a film that takes a potentially interesting story and then tells it in such an awkward manner that it winds up nearly nullifying all of the genuinely good things about it. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Endangered Species (2021) Peter Sobczynski While I can understand the reluctance to put actors and live creatures together in the manner of the still-startling Roar, the CGI rhinos, hyenas and additional creatures are laughably shoddy. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Peter Sobczynski A story like that could easily serve as the inspiration for a potentially fascinating film but American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally seems to go out of its way to somehow render it uninteresting. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Seance (2021) Peter Sobczynski A clumsy stumble through well-worn teen--oriented supernatural thriller tropes that not even a couple of impressively gruesome kills in the final sequence can quite goad to the level of being mildly interesting. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
The Retreat (2021) Peter Sobczynski Director Pat Mills presents the material in a lean, economical and swiftly-paced manner, the lead actresses are engaging and the film does not skimp on the gore. What it does lack, however, is any sense of originality or purpose regarding its existence. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
P!nk: All I Know So Far (2021) Peter Sobczynski A mostly tedious documentary that clearly wants to be this generation's "Truth or Dare" but misses the mark by a mile. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Peter Sobczynski The Perfect Candidate is a low-key charmer that manages to accomplish something that might seem otherwise impossible these days: it makes you feel slightly -- slightly -- optimistic about the contemporary political process. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
The Dry (2021) Peter Sobczynski The Dry has a few things going for it, primarily its literal tinderbox setting and a typically strong performance from Bana, but is fatally underdone by the fact that the mystery at the heart of the story is not very effective. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
Army Of The Dead (2021) Peter Sobczynski There is, despite the twin threats of zombie masses and an imminent nuclear explosion, a strange lack of urgency and tension throughout and what could have easily been a lean and mean 90-minute B movie has been stretched out to 2.5 hours. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2021
2/4 Army Of The Dead (2021) Rob Gonsalves The story is bloated and amorphous, and whatever targets it might have are murky. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
2/4 Cruella (2021) Peter Sobczynski [A] hollow exercise in corporate synergy that is all the worse thanks to its mistaken belief that it has some kind of rebellious, mold-breaking spirit that it simply does not possess. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Peter Sobczynski While Krasinski is obviously giving us a rehash of his previous success, I have to admit that he does it in a technically skilled manner. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 Oxygen (2021) Rob Gonsalves I enjoyed Oxygen while periodically feeling the pull and pinch of boredom, a perhaps unavoidable trap of such a confined narrative. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2021
1/5 In Action (2020) Erik Childress Just because it meets the minimal standards for what constitutes a feature-length running time does not mean it satisfies the basic ones for what passes as entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
2/5 Here Alone (2016) Erik Childress As the flashbacks are dribbled out right up until the final scenes, we are asked to project ourselves back into behavior and decisions made by Ann as a result of her obvious trauma. The problem is that no such convergence exists. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
2/5 Touch (2020) Erik Childress Opens with the promise of something deeper, illuminating and even sensual, and then falls down a wormhole into the days when Fatal Attraction reduxes were all the rage. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
1/5 Hot Water (2021) Erik Childress Hot Water is so stuck in a rut of its own intentions that it is impossible to either laugh or care about anything or anyone on screen. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 Transference: A Love Story (2020) Erik Childress The film faces a crossroads on whether to explore a more complicated dynamic or delve into cliched theatrics about scorned lovers and toxicity. Except the film is not sure which way to pull and it becomes more frustrating waiting on it to make a decision. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
3/4 The Djinn (2021) Erik Childress David Charbonier & Justin Powell are the next horror filmmakers to watch. Between this and The Boy Behind the Door they have figured out that less talking amplifies the terror. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
2/4 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Erik Childress The killers are the film's most interesting (and dumbest) characters and Taylor Sheridan seems to punt on a more interesting commentary on power in favor of sporadic "B"-movie thrills. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
2.5/4 Army Of The Dead (2021) Erik Childress Zack Snyder delivers another wicked zombie prologue but then takes his foot off the gas and allows too much talking and not enough tension to drain the energy out of its lengthy running time. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
1.5/4 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Erik Childress Another lame Saw entry from director Darren Lynn Bousman is not surprising, but its cowardly approach to a real world issue makes it the Disclosure of the franchise. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
1.5/4 Oxygen (2021) Erik Childress It is not hard to get ahead of the film's mysteries and once you do it is hard to care about the outcome especially when its central danger is rarely felt. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
2/4 The Woman in the Window (2021) Erik Childress As stupid, unsatisfying mysteries go, The Woman in the Window certainly lives up to that level. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2021
Timecrafters: The Treasure of Pirate's Cove (2020) Peter Sobczynski This is one of those dopey confections that parents convince themselves that kids want to see because it is fast and noisy and filled with slapstick silliness while forgetting just how bored they were by similar films when they were kids themselves. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
Profile (2018) Peter Sobczynski By taking a significant and scary topic like the one found here and then essentially reducing it to fodder for a gimmick film, Profile becomes the kind of rotten endeavor that is not only stupid but which leaves a bad taste in your mouth afterwards. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
Oxygen (2021) Peter Sobczynski I suspect that when it is all done, you will be thinking more about the many other films that have tackled the basic ideas presented here in a more satisfying manner than you will of this one. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
The Djinn (2021) Peter Sobczynski Even genre fanatics may find themselves surprised by just how well-made and genuinely creepy it is. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
1/5 The Woman in the Window (2021) Peter Sobczynski The Woman in the Window is one of those baffling films that seems to have everything going for it on both sides of the camera but cannot figure out how to make any of it work. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
2/5 Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Peter Sobczynski A slab of unrelenting mediocrity that appears to have been taken from a recently unearthed pile of rejected action screenplays from the mid-90s and brought to something that never quite manages to approximate life. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
1/5 Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Peter Sobczynski Nowhere near the radical reinvention of generic tropes that was at least implicitly promised, Spiral is just another lame and loathsome freak show. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2021
5/5 About Endlessness (2019) Rob Gonsalves The movie is an anthology of moments: some dreary, some distressing, some carefree. The anecdotes add up to a meditation on life as experienced individually and specifically by each subject. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2021
Wrath of Man (2021) Peter Sobczynski Even though Wrath of Man is ultimately not worth watching unless you are a charter member of the Jason Statham Fan Club, it is, with the possible exception of The Man from UNCLE, Ritchie's most tolerable effort since his first two films. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Water Man (2020) Peter Sobczynski The Water Man may not be the best family film out there right now, but [for] those looking for a low-key adventure suitable for all ages, it proves to be eminently watchable. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
The Paper Tigers (2020) Peter Sobczynski While The Paper Tigers is hardly essential viewing, it is not without its charms -- it has a nicely goofball spirit to it and the fight scene are nicely staged without ever becoming too brutal. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Initiation (2020) Peter Sobczynski The problem that ultimately sinks the movie is that pretty much right at the point where the blood starts flowing, the more provocative ideas in the screenplay are summarily abandoned in favor of tossing in a load of gore. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Here Today (2021) Peter Sobczynski It almost becomes compelling in a strange sort of way --you keep watching to see if it can possibly get any more shameless in its attempts to inspire laughs and tears. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Benny Loves You (2020) Peter Sobczynski Benny Loves You is a tiresome bore, one that will make viewers long for the relative subtlety of something like Meet the Feebles. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Above Suspicion (2019) Peter Sobczynski A clunky drama that takes a potentially shocking story and renders it virtually inert. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
About Endlessness (2019) Peter Sobczynski Although I confess to preferring his earlier works, About Endlessness is nevertheless an often-mesmerizing return to the mind of one of the most unique filmmakers of our time. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2021
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) Peter Sobczynski Cruel, ugly and mean-spirited in equal measure, and absolutely none of the excitement that one might reasonably expect from a Tom Clancy adaptation, Without Remorse is a singularly dreadful work EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
Things Heard & Seen (2021) Peter Sobczynski Things Heard & Seen is a near-total misfire that takes some of the hoariest genre cliches imaginable and mishandles them so completely that its artistic failures prove to be the only remotely scary things about it. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
Separation (2021) Peter Sobczynski A lazy rehash of cliches that has been assembled in such a haphazard and disinterested manner that it suggests nothing but contempt for anyone foolish enough to actually spend a few bucks and two precious hours on it. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) Peter Sobczynski A real rarity -- a family film that all members of a typical family will be able to enjoy in roughly equal measure. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021