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
War and Peace (1966) Peter Sobczynski This is a constantly interesting and exciting film to watch that sees Bondarchuk finding an audacious visual approach that uses every trick in the book at that time to keep viewers interested... EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Trial by Fire (2018) Peter Sobczynski Simply too one-note and manipulative for its own good -- so much so that even those who are passionately against the death penalty in all circumstances are liable to find it to be little more than a well-meaning bore. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Peter Sobczynski As if someone took a delicately prepared filet mignon and then dumped a gallon of marshmallow fluff on it. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
All Is True (2018) Peter Sobczynski All is True is an odd, uneven and occasionally affecting work that is kind of a mess in the broad strokes but which does contain some strong and worthy moments here and there. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
All Creatures Here Below (2018) Peter Sobczynski A grim but hollow dud that will leave most viewers feeling bored rather than despairing. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Peter Sobczynski Detective Pikachu merely veers between dullness and incoherence in a battle in which there are no winners, especially amongst ticket buyers. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Peter Sobczynski The whole thing winds up having all the wit, energy and fizz of a not-incredibly-funny joke being told for a third time. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Satan & Adam (2018) Peter Sobczynski Proves to be surprisingly touching and engrossing for the most part, even as you keep wishing that it filled in more of the details about the life and work of Satan & Adam. Oh yeah, the music is pretty good as well. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Mary Magdalene (2018) Peter Sobczynski Unfortunately, rather than explore what exactly it was that drove [Mary Magdalene] along, Garth Davis's film is more content to simply push her personal narrative to the side while going about the usual Bible-movie business. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Intruder (2019) Peter Sobczynski The Intruder is such an aggressively dumb movie in so many ways that even the least discriminating of moviegoers will sit through it while trying to figure out how something so idiotic could have ever made it before the cameras. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Peter Sobczynski Westheimer is as delightful as ever and to see her simultaneously looking back on her life while continuing to press forward with her life's mission to improve sex lives is touching, inspiring and ultimately quite entertaining. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Peter Sobczynski The end result is a work that contains enough charm and wit to sort of warrant a recommendation, but only with the caveat that some of the elements on display are really not going to play well with some audience members. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Stockholm (2018) Peter Sobczynski After a while, ''Stockholm'' itself begins to feel like an ordeal, but it is unlikely that its victims -- sorry, viewers -- will wind up on its side by the time it concludes. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Peter Sobczynski A strangely frustrating misfire thanks to a couple of key flaws that cripple it right from the start. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Family (2018) Peter Sobczynski These performances are all good and amusing, but they never quite keep you from having the sense that Family is less a movie and more like an extended sitcom pilot that did not get picked up for any number of very good reasons. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Peter Sobczynski Avengers: Endgame is mostly adequate, if overlong, but if it had spent a little more time on imagination over spectacle, it might have had a chance of being the kind of overwhelming cinematic epoch that it is clearly aiming to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 Glass (2019) Rob Gonsalves There's something about a self-assured director that makes an audience feel secure that they're in competent hands. That's what happens here. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Rob Gonsalves I feel a bit fond of it, because the whole thing understandably expresses a certain happy relief that's been absent from Gilliam's work for a while. But I don't think I want to see it again. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Peter Sobczynski Once it establishes its conceit, the film doesn't really have anyplace else to go. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Little Woods (2018) Peter Sobczynski There is something about the miseries that it doles out that come across as pure soap opera than neo-realism. The storyline never quite feels as authentic as it clearly wants to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Peter Sobczynski Though some of it may be a little too stomach-churning for some viewers, Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse is a solid piece of filmmaking and announces Lukas Feigegeld as a name to keep an eye on in the future. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
5/5 Her Smell (2018) Peter Sobczynski The film, like the character at its center, is a nightmare, but one that is presented in such a fascinating manner that you cannot turn away from it. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Peter Sobczynski The film proves to be a weird and wobbly sort-of triumph. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Missing Link (2019) Peter Sobczynski An absolute delight--the kind of film that is perfect for the entire family (though a couple of the action beats might be a tad intense for the younger ones) and is worth turning up for even if you don't have any kids to bring along as an excuse. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) Peter Sobczynski Those with a taste for martial arts cinema or are member of the Michelle Yeoh fan club should come away from it feeling reasonably satisfied. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Crypto (2019) Peter Sobczynski A plot that is so generic and devoid of surprise that you keep half-hoping that it is trying to lull you into some state of complacency before going full-tilt gonzo. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Chaperone (2018) Peter Sobczynski One of those movies that has an initial premise that sounds so good when you hear it that you end up feeling kind of befuddled by how the whole thing doesn't quite work. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Peter Sobczynski The cinematic style employed by Pollack is as simple as can be. However, with a performer like Franklin at its center, even the most elaborate visual pyrotechnics would come across as puny and inadequate next to her. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) Brian Orndorf The concept of "Fabulous" is crystal clear, but the execution of the film is a disorganized splatter of motivations, studio-mandated recutting, and half-realized subplots. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Rob Gonsalves Once in a while, Momoa lets out a gut laugh or barbaric yawp that cements him as that rare thing, a king you want to have a beer with. A king and a fool -- a Falstaff with a six-pack. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 Diane (2018) Rob Gonsalves Diane is not strictly a work of entertainment, but its level of craft and insight makes it enjoyable; the way it lingers on the subtle, the quiet, the unspoken human moment, and trusts us to be patient and adult, is refreshing. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Rob Gonsalves Until its shoulder touch becomes a little grating, Spider-Verse is good raucous fun -- fluid and fast, though swollen with incident. If nothing else, it's a wet finger held up to the winds of where animation is now, technically. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Rob Gonsalves Zahler gets top-shelf performances from Gibson, Vaughn (again), and Kittles, with another fun drop-in from Udo Kier. The scenes are protracted and talky without being in the slightest boring. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Peter Sobczynski Not every moment adds up, of course, but the stuff that does work is presented with such heedless energy and mad ambition that only the stoniest of hearts could fail to respond to them. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
The Wind (2018) Peter Sobczynski A stylishly made but ultimately confused work that never comes close to hitting as strongly as one hopes that it might. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Storm Boy (2019) Peter Sobczynski I confess I have never been a big fan of films involving kids and animals bonding, but even I will admit that as long as Storm Boy sticks to this particular path, it is uncommonly good. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Public (2018) Peter Sobczynski A film that has both a good idea and good intentions going for it and absolutely nothing else. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Peter Sobczynski The stuff that I liked -- chiefly Gonzalez's impressive appropriation of the standard gallo visual tropes and the performance by the undeniably charismatic Paradis -- were more than enough to keep me going. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Peter Sobczynski A spectacularly tasteless and dramatically inept take on the tragedy that tries to add an element of the paranormal to the proceedings in order to goose things up for reasons that elude me. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
The Brink (2019) Peter Sobczynski 'The Brink'' may prove to be essential, even if you want to take a long ''Silkwood''-style shower afterwards. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Ash Is Purest White (2018) Peter Sobczynski Ash is Purest White may be a sprawling epic -- albeit one grounded more in emotion than spectacle -- but Zhao proves to be the beating heart at its center that gives it life and makes it into something that you should not miss. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Shazam! (2019) Peter Sobczynski Zachary Levi is easily the best part of "Shazam!"... Unfortunately for him, the film more or less turns out to be a one-man-show that sags considerably when he is off the screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Screwball (2018) Peter Sobczynski Proving once again that truth is much stranger than fiction... Screwball is no home run, it is still a solid base hit of a film. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Making Babies (2018) Peter Sobczynski A major misfire that is one of the least funny comedies to come around in many a moon. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Peter Sobczynski There is no earthly reason for anyone to sit through what is certainly one of the least enjoyable cinematic experiences of recent memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
We (2018) Peter Sobczynski Yes, there is plenty of material on display here that might conform to the dictionary definition of ''shocking,'' but it is all so devoid of any point, purpose or meaning that you will walk out of it feeling as benumbed as the characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Touch Me Not (2018) Peter Sobczynski How much it will work for you will depend to a great degree for your tolerance for hearing other people talk at length about their sexual problems... Interesting enough for those curious by the description to consider checking it out. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Emma Peeters (2018) Peter Sobczynski I confess to finding myself losing patience with both the character and the film fairly early on and never recovering it. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Aleksi (2018) Peter Sobczynski Slim and decidedly lame work that offers up some pretty scenery but precious little else. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 Starfish (2016) Peter Sobczynski Smarter, trippier and more consistently ingenious and thought-provoking than any dozen studio genre behemoths that you or I could name. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019