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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
Trespassers (2018) Peter Sobczynski A disappointingly rote riff on the home invasion thriller sub-genre that is made with just enough style, thanks mostly to the contributions of cinematographer Noah Rosenthal, to make you wish that it was better than it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
() Peter Sobczynski A tedious exercise in ennui. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Stuber (2019) Peter Sobczynski A nonsensical, hyper-violent, and increasingly tiresome action comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Ophelia (2018) Peter Sobczynski A smart and exciting drama that casts new light on one of the more painfully misunderstood heroines in the history of western literature. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Peter Sobczynski Broomfield spends too much time recounting Cohen's life and career -- albeit in a manner too sketchy to be of much use to those unfamiliar with him and too pedestrian for Cohen's hardcore fans -- and not nearly enough on Ihlen. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Maiden (2018) Peter Sobczynski Stirring and captivating recounting of a story that is, for better and worse, as fresh and timely as can be and will leave viewers thrilled and inspired, though perhaps not quite as enraptured by the idea of sailing around the world as they were going in. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Peter Sobczynski If you come into the film knowing absolutely nothing about Guy-Blache, the film will serve as both a genuine revelation about the early days of filmmaking and a fascinating real-life mystery. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 The Perfection (2018) Rob Gonsalves Is it pleasurable? Here and there. It's more gripping than entertaining; it squeezes us, it pulls on the short hairs of our temples. It establishes and maintains control -- bullying control. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
1/5 Crawl (2019) Peter Sobczynski Crawl may be teeming with alligators, but when all is said and done, the whole thing is essentially a crock. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Nightmare Cinema (2018) Rob Gonsalves However much we want Nightmare Cinema to be a rollicking slice of throwback horror, it only lands sporadic punches. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Peter Sobczynski My hope is that in the end, it will prove to be just another uneven second feature from a talented newcomer who needed to clear the deck of some bad ideas before going on the make the kind of knockout film that takes full advantage of their talents. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Rob Gonsalves They Shall Not Grow Old is probably the finest thing Peter Jackson has had his hand in since Heavenly Creatures. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 London Fields (2018) Rob Gonsalves London Fields as its director intended it is a noble attempt, ravishingly shot by Guillermo Navarro and dotted with ironically sprightly needle-drops. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Rob Gonsalves The movie is spooky as hell, dealing hard and fast from a thick deck of symbolist cards, and ultimately Peele offers it as a suggestion to think about what society and prosperity are built on. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 () Rob Gonsalves Call Us Ishmael tells the compelling and, when you think about it, frightening story of a literary classic that acts like the monster under the bed, grabbing readers' ankles and pulling them into its hot close darkness. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Peter Sobczynski Even those who are virulently against the domination of superhero stories at multiplexes these days will find themselves coming out of this one eager for more. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
1/5 Yesterday (2019) Peter Sobczynski It introduces a potentially interesting concept and then lacks the wit and nerve to do anything remotely interesting or challenging with it. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Peter Sobczynski Toy Story 4 is a wonderful film and proof positive that a sequel -- a third sequel, no less -- can be just as strong and smart and surprising as the work that it sprang from, provided that it has been made with the same degree of care and ambition. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Plus One (2019) Peter Sobczynski Plus One is ultimately harmless and forgettable, but with better offerings in that genre currently out there, such as Long Shot and Always Be My Maybe, there is no burning reason to waste time on one as generic as this one. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
American Woman (2018) Peter Sobczynski I cannot fully recommend American Woman, but I do hope that casting agents get a look at it to recognize what Sienna Miller is capable of and provide her with a script that is more worthy of her talents. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Peter Sobczynski You would think that any film bringing together a collection of talents of that caliber would have to be interesting by default, but despite the amount of unique personalities at its disposal, the film never quite manages to generate one of its own. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
1/5 Shaft (2019) Peter Sobczynski Clumsy, inane and retrograde in all the wrong ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Peter Sobczynski Yes, Men in Black International is better than the previous "MiB" sequels, though that is primarily due to the fact that it doesn't feature a pair of co-stars who would obviously rather be anywhere else. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Peter Sobczynski The slapstick moments are not especially inspired, the heartfelt moments are about as profound as the musings found on generic greeting cards. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Peter Sobczynski If you have even the slightest interest in opera in general or Pavarotti in particular, you owe it to yourself to see Pavarotti in the biggest theater possible and with the best sound system available. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Peter Sobczynski Rather than being just a stuffy history lesson aimed squarely at a very specific audience demographic, Baffa has employed a more genial and laid-back approach that blends together history, humor and biography. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Framing John DeLorean (2019) Peter Sobczynski Amusingly, this film manages to simultaneously suggest both the undeniable appeal of DeLorean's story and the pitfalls that can ensue when ambitious filmmakers attempt to impose too much self-conscious style on top of the material. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Peter Sobczynski The idea of a heist film featuring characters who are entirely too smart for their own good sounds amusing enough, but 'The Fall of the American Empire' is not that movie, nor is it much of anything else. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
1/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Peter Sobczynski As an individual film, it does not work -- but as a wildly uneven conclusion to a franchise that has never quite managed to live up to its promise in any consistent manner over the years, it is, I suppose oddly fitting. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
0/5 Microwave Massacre (1983) Jack Sommersby Absolutely dreadful. Little gore, no nudity, no creative skills, no suspense, it's one limp noodle. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4.5/5 Cold in July (2014) Jack Sommersby Totally original and quietly mesmerizing, with Don Johnson's dynamic performance sealing the whole deal. A genuine work of art. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 mother! (2017) Jack Sommersby Before it self-destructs in its final-third, this is an absorbing, quite-original psychological drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 The Call (2013) Jack Sommersby Starts out just fine but grows more ludicrous as it plows along. Still, Halle Berry is okay for once -- she's much better in straight genre fare than in more challenging material. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
0/5 The Nice Guys (2016) Jack Sommersby Neither Crowe nor Gosling has so much as a speck of comic ability, and Black, who has some ability as a writer, has absolute none as a director. Unctuous, unfunny. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Jack Sommersby The ethereal Elsie Fisher is a real find, but this episodic teen drama is much ado about nothing. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 Central Intelligence (2016) Jack Sommersby Johnson and Hart make a wonderful comic team in this bright and snappy action-filled blast. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 The Florida Project (2017) Jack Sommersby Episodic, lumbering drama that could've done with some of Robert Altman's deftness. Only Willem Dafoe's superlative work makes this worth watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 Justice (2011) Jack Sommersby Predictable material enlivened by Cage's fine acting and director Donaldson's solid craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Still Alice (2014) Jack Sommersby Decently acted, but this mediocre material results in nothing more than a glorified TV Movie of the Week. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
0/5 Maps to the Stars (2014) Jack Sommersby If you've ever lusted for the sight of Julianne Moore passing gas on a toilet, this is the train wreck of a movie you've been waiting for. Only Mia Wasikowska's fine lead performance is worth positive mention. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/5 The Commuter (2018) Jack Sommersby Initially intriguing but eventually just too ridiculous to take seriously, it's an unfortunate misfire for its talented director and star. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
1.5/5 Non-Stop (2014) Jack Sommersby Ludicrous thriller that's light years behind the director's and star's 'Unknown' from three years prior. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 Run All Night (2015) Jack Sommersby Been-there/done-that material enlivened by director Collet-Serra's acuity and pungent performances by Neeson and Harris. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 The Hateful Eight (2015) Jack Sommersby The super-wide compositions are a joy to take in, yet the material is strictly second-rate and the characters are for the birds. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 A Walk in the Woods (2015) Jack Sommersby Pleasant but utterly forgettable comedy. Nolte's galvanizing work is its only real asset. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 First Reformed (2017) Jack Sommersby Decently acted but emotionally aloof character study that fails to register. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
0/5 Dog Eat Dog (2016) Jack Sommersby The most stylistically overbearing disaster since 'Only God Forgives.' Far and away Paul Schrader's career nadir. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 The Frozen Ground (2013) Jack Sommersby Nicolas Cage and John Cusack are excellent in this predictable but involving serial-killer thriller. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Jack Sommersby Considering how awful the director's 'The Paperboy' was, Lee Daniels's follow-up is shameless but admittedly affecting. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
0/5 The Paperboy (2012) Jack Sommersby Irredeemably awful, with some of the most inept camerawork of all time by the untalented, insult-to-composition Lee Daniels. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019