NYC Film Critic

NYC Film Critic is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Ethan Alter
Rating Title/Year Author
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) Ethan Alter The lack of any memorable story elements or overall narrative drive might not be so pronounced if this post-apocalyptic future were even halfway interesting. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2015
The Hunting Ground (2015) Ethan Alter The Hunting Ground directly and, at times, bluntly argues its case, appealing directly to the audiences' sense of moral outrage. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2015
The Wrecking Crew (2008) Ethan Alter The musicians' memories, coupled with the murderers' row of killer tunes that play on the soundtrack, carry you along and recreate a period in the music industry that's long since vanished. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2015
Cinderella (2015) Ethan Alter For a movie that has no reason to exist beyond maximizing Disney's back catalogue, Kenneth Branagh's live action Cinderella is an entirely enjoyable piece of fairy tale theater. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2015
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Ethan Alter Up until now, Jackson's movies have fired up my imagination -- this one seems intent on shutting it down. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2014
The Trip to Italy (2014) Ethan Alter Taken on its own terms, though, it's a pleasant trifle aided immeasurably by a setting that's just as sumptuous (if not more so) than any of the rustic Italian meals the stars chow down on. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Ethan Alter Even with its various stumbles and shortcomings, Days of Future Past provides consistently earnest and entertaining comic book movie spectacle EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/4 Midnight in Paris (2011) Ethan Alter A few rough patches aside, I found Midnight in Paris to be a delight EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2011
2.5/4 Empire of Silver (2009) Ethan Alter Handsomely mounted and packed with interesting historical details, Empire of Silver unfortunately falls short on providing emotionally rich drama EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2011
3/4 X-Men: First Class (2011) Ethan Alter A solid, sturdy comic book movie that combines X2's showmanship with the first X-Men's strong narrative throughline. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2011
4/4 The Tree of Life (2011) Ethan Alter It is at once both the movie I hoped it might be and also completely unlike anything I could have expected. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2011
2.5/4 We Are the Night (2010) Ethan Alter As vampire movies go, it's a damn sight better than Twilight. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2011
3/4 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Ethan Alter Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson keeps the action swift and the tone light, but the movie lacks both the subtle grace notes and compelling characterizations that would make it a richer viewing experience. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2011
3/4 Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (2010) Ethan Alter While entirely pleasant viewing, it's worth noting that Hey Boo isn't particularly distinguished filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2011
3/4 Yves Saint Laurent 5, Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002) Ethan Alter What captured and mostly held my interest was the film's melancholic mood and its touching portrait of a man attempting to move beyond a great personal loss. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2011
2.5/4 Everything Must Go (2010) Ethan Alter After a strong first half, Everything Must Go ends up selling its leading man short. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2011
3.5/4 Bridesmaids (2011) Ethan Alter Bridesmaids moves with poise and confidence, making the hard business of earning honest laughs look easy. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2011
2/4 Thor (2011) Ethan Alter Rhymes with bore. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2011
3/4 Dumbstruck (2010) Ethan Alter A grounded, sometimes painfully honest look at a group of people dedicating themselves to a profession that the rest of the world doesn't completely understand. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2.5/4 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Ethan Alter Too bad the film surrounding the fight scenes is there to be tolerated rather than fully enjoyed. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
2.5/4 Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Ethan Alter The entire movie is about as superficial as your average commercial EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2011
3.5/4 The Princess of Montpensier (2010) Ethan Alter The film draws you in with its formal rigor and measured storytelling. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2011
3/4 Blank City (2009) Ethan Alter While Blank City's overall tone is celebratory, Danhier doesn't entirely shy away from some of the less admirable aspects of her subjects' lives. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2011
1.5/4 Cat Run (2011) Ethan Alter An extended trailer masquerading as a feature film EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3/4 Illegal (2010) Ethan Alter Although made in Belgium, Olivier Masset-Depasse's drama depicts a scenario that should resonate on these shores as well. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3.5/4 The Four Times (2010) Ethan Alter Thanks to the director's inquisitive camera and the sheer beauty of the setting, I fell under [the film's] spell early on and remained captivated throughout. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3/4 Circo (2010) Ethan Alter The difficulty of the [central character's] predicament lends the movie considerable dramatic weight. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2.5/4 In a Better World (2010) Ethan Alter Bier's latest film-which just took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film-is not the strongest example of her considerable talent. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
3.5/4 Source Code (2011) Ethan Alter A well-told sci-fi yarn. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2/4 Bereavement (2010) Ethan Alter Gruesome in the moment, but your memory of it is easily wiped clean. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2011
3/4 Making the Boys (2009) Ethan Alter A comprehensive look at the creation and afterlife of a significant work of art. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2.5/4 Elektra Luxx (2010) Ethan Alter Too ramshackle and sloppy to leave much of a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
2.5/4 Jane Eyre (2011) Ethan Alter This particular screen version never generates a lot of heat or intrigue EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2011
3/4 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) Ethan Alter Perhaps the best way to experience Uncle Boonmee or really any Weerasethakul film is to let his odd vision of the world sweep over you and not sweat the details too much. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2011
3.5/4 Rango (2011) Ethan Alter One of my favorites of this young year and among the most unique features I've seen from an American animation house in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2011
2.5/4 Putty Hill (2010) Ethan Alter In its low-key way, Putty Hill effectively shows how tragedy can unite young people that are otherwise disconnected from their community. Watching it though, I too often felt disconnected from the movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2011
3/4 Orgasm Inc. (2009) Ethan Alter This thoughtful-if at times clumsy-film is the latest salvo in the ongoing debate over the increased power of the pharmaceutical industry. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2011
2.5/4 Home (2009) Ethan Alter Less interesting as a feature-length movie than it is as a filmmaking and distribution experiment EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2011
3/4 Sanctum (2011) Ethan Alter A film of modest ambition that mostly lives up to the low bar it sets for itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2011
2/4 Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009) Ethan Alter The Other Woman firmly plants its feet and slaps you across the face until it wrests that precious, precious salt water from your eyes. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2011
2.5/4 No Strings Attached (2011) Ethan Alter As factory-assembled rom-coms go, No Strings Attached isn't as dire as last year's Killers (also starring Kutcher) or 2009's Bride Wars. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3.5/4 Kaboom (2010) Ethan Alter A film that speeds through a dizzying array of silly plotlines in its 86 rambunctious minutes. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/4 The Way Back (2010) Ethan Alter It's a visually arresting adventure, but it arrives at its final destination with little dramatic resonance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2011
2/4 I'm Dangerous With Love (2009) Ethan Alter I'm Dangerous with Love isn't particularly compelling or trustworthy as a character portrait. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2011
2.5/4 Plastic Planet (2009) Ethan Alter Plastic Planet isn't a particularly distinguished film, but it delivers a worthwhile message. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2011
3/4 Somewhere (2010) Ethan Alter While the final scenes strike a false note, so much of Somewhere rings true. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2010
3.5/4 Black Swan (2010) Ethan Alter Whatever missteps the films makes along the way are almost completely made up for by its terrific third act. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2010
4/4 Another Year (2010) Ethan Alter A film that's not easy to shake. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2010
3/4 Family Affair (2010) Ethan Alter The [filmmaking] process obviously helped Colvard and his sisters heal in some small way and may have the same effect on certain viewers as well. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2010
2.5/4 Burlesque (2010) Ethan Alter Burlesque gets by for a little while on its spirit and general eagerness to entertain....But it quickly becomes clear that Antin has miscalculated in some major ways. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2010