David Ehrlich Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 90% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) Howard untangles the knotted emotions of that awful predicament by focusing on the bureaucracy involved in starting over. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Nadia, Butterfly (2020) From the very first shot, it's clear that "Nadia, Butterfly" is serious about its swimming; that the people behind and in front of the camera alike have spent a serious portion of their lives in the pool.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
B- 74% The Rental (2020) Even in spite of its obvious nowness, this thing is such a lean, mean, and utterly merciless old school programmer that it might seem anachronistic if not for the fact that it's being released onto many of the same drive-in screens that would have shown. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
B- 64% Animal Crackers (2017) If "Animal Crackers" never quite matches the mania of "Meet the Robinsons," nor the comic wit of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meetballs," it still moves so fast that less generic animation might have seemed like a waste.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
B- 90% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) Watching a movie that's so at peace with its own infinitesimal stakes, we really only feel robbed of seeing anything below the surface in the rare instances when Fried acknowledges trouble in the water. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
C+ 81% The Painted Bird (2020) The rest of the time it's more like a vulture picking at the carcass of history, and there's only so much meat on those bones.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
C- 63% The Tobacconist (Der trafikant) (2018) While "The Tobacconist" is always watchable, its inability to find meaning in a mess of uncooked symbolism prevents the movie from being worthy of Freud, and from doing justice to his parting words.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
B+ 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Whatever demented game its characters are playing, Nagahisa's live-action Twitch-fest is delightful for how it lets us watch along.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
C- 79% Greyhound (2020) When a torpedo careens right off the side of the Keeling at one point, the action beat stands out from the shapeless cacophony of screams and explosions that "Greyhound" substitutes in lieu of coherent naval warfare.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
B 92% The Outpost (2020) For all of its heart-in-your-throat excitement, "The Outpost" resonates as a cautionary tale more than anything else.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
A- 98% Hamilton (2020) This is "Hamilton" as you always wanted to see it, and it always will be.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
B+ 100% Slalom (2020) If Lyz can find a way to be proud of herself, that might prove to be the most lasting victory of all.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
B+ 100% House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2020) Sensitive and lived-in and strong in ways that a more forceful version of this story could never have been, Bora's debut sketches a portrait of a girl coming into her own strength. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
B 98% Beats (2020) If "Beats" slows down on its way to the rave, it makes up for that and then some when it finally gets there.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
C 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) One way or the other, the biggest issue with "The Story of Fire Saga" is that most of it is just too limp and anodyne to register.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
C 40% Irresistible (2020) Not fable-esque enough to be this divorced from the reality of our political systems, but too pointed against the reality of our political systems to feel like this much of a fable, "Irresistible" only winds up feeling like it's resisting itself.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
B 92% A Whisker Away (Nakitai Watashi wa Neko wo Kaburu) (2020) What "A Whisker Away" loses in terms of flow and legibility, it makes up for in its celebration of the fullness of human life. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
C 74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Meeropol has more to say than Cohn ever did, but it's a shame that she doesn't say it here.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
C 82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) If nothing else, Hunter's film offers some of the most hi-octane Scrabble action ever captured on camera. That scores it a few points at least, if not enough to win.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
B+ 73% The King of Staten Island (2020) "The King of Staten Island" might lack the lightning-in-a-bottle magic that made Apatow's first movies such instant cultural touchstones, but this sweet film crystallizes the feeling of being too scared to escape your own shadow.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
D- 0% The Last Days of American Crime (2020) A braindead slog that shambles forward like the zombified husk of the heist movie it wants to be, "The Last Days of American Crime" is a death march of clichés that offers nothing to look at and even less to consider.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B- 78% Judy & Punch (2020) "Judy and Punch" feeds on the comic violence that has always informed this material, and finds any number of amusing ways to weaponize it against the irredeemable puppetmaster who's due to become the butt of his own joke.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
B+ 92% End of Sentence (2020) Casually cathartic at times, cathartically casual at others, this affecting little film about fathers and sons knows that some wounds never heal, but it's never too late to stop the bleeding.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
C- 65% The Lovebirds (2020) "The Lovebirds" is all too happy to embrace its destiny as a disposable movie in a throwaway year.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
B+ 95% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) "The Wolf House" reminds us that fairy tales are powerful because, once upon a time, we were all young enough to believe them.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
B- 65% Castle in the Ground (2019) "Castle in the Ground" knows that everything is not going to be okay, but nothing is never that easy to accept in its place.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
C+ 65% Clementine (2019) "Clementine" is too prone to navel-gazing to leave a strong impression.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
C- 41% Capone (2020) We're made to understand their suffering, but given no reason to root for their salvation.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
B- 65% On a Magical Night (Chambre 212) (2020) It's best when it surrenders to the whimsy of its premise, but often is so busy articulating its ideas that it misses the fun of bringing them to life. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
B 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) [It] may have been an even richer film if it hadn't looked past its more lurid details, but Wolf's film still makes certain to make its point about Biosphere 1: We all have to live with the fact that, on this Earth, nothing happens in a bubble.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
B 100% Pahokee (2020) Shaggy and unformed as Pahokee often seems, the film - like its subjects, and the town where they live - is more than the sum of its parts.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
C- 58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) There's nothing this forgettable documentary can give you that one tab of LSD wouldn't let you keep.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
C+ 90% Blood Quantum (2020) "Blood Quantum" struggles to reconcile the shlockiness of its making with the sensitivity of its design. But when it works it works...‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
C+ 56% All Day and a Night (2020) It's a matter of semantics, but if this is a film that often flubs the little things, it gets the most important detail right.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Like its source material, Pemberton's film takes a wide view of the last three centuries in order to argue that the system itself has never been as flawed as the people who try to rig it in their favor.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
C- 67% Extraction (2020) There's a fine line between awe and tedium, and sometimes not even Chris Hemsworth is able to blur it for us.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
B+ 100% Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) In 1927, filmmaker Walter Ruttman rendered Berlin as a cinematic symphony; in 2020, TT the Artist uses her camera to remix Baltimore into a 65-minute banger.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
C 56% Resistance (2020) "Resistance" can't stop finding new reasons to ignore its protagonist, or flatten him into anonymity.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
B- 82% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2020) "The Platform" is not a subtle film. But these are unsubtle times, with unsubtle problems, and the most alarming thing about this grimly affecting Spanish allegory... is that it sometimes doesn't seem like an allegory at all.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
B 100% I Will Make You Mine (2020) The chemistry between all of these characters is harmoniously electric, like the soft feedback that fuzzes out of an amp when it's turned back on. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
B+ 89% Shithouse (2020) Whenever "Shithouse" starts drifting towards a more generic energy, or gets the tiniest bit too plotty for its own good down the home stretch, Gelula is there to bring things back on course.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
C- 50% I Still Believe (2020) Maybe if the Erwins depicted people with half the same detail with which they dote upon Jesus, "I Still Believe" wouldn't feel so insufferably forced to those of us who don't.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
B- 56% The Hunt (2020) "Glow" star Betty Gilpin plays [Crystal] with almost sociopathic cool in an inspired and strange performance that splits the difference between Linda Hamilton and "No Country for Old Men" baddie Anton Chigurh.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
D 36% Spenser Confidential (2020) There's almost nothing about this ultra-disposable programmer that doesn't feel derivative to the point of self-parody. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
B 83% The Way Back (2020) "The Way Back" course corrects in a big way towards the end, as the movie careens past its expected destination and into a gracefully subdued fourth act that reaffirms the underlying truthfulness of this story.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
C- 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Borrowing from a dozen better movies as it tries to blur the line between a forgery and a masterpiece, Capotondi's film manages to undercut its thesis with each new stroke. ‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
C 77% The Banker (2020) As a result of its poor investments, "The Banker" never achieves the cogent moral velocity it needs to sell this story.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
C 38% The Roads Not Taken (2020) While it's touching how Potter tries to restore a measure of humanity to someone who's being robbed of what little they have left, her movie never takes you anywhere because there's nowhere for Leo to return.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
B- 22% The Jesus Rolls (2020) The Jesus Rolls only gets more seductive as it ambles towards oblivion and textures its story with a gentle sense of cosmic justice... and its genial vigor gradually comes to excuse Turturro's abject lack of style.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
B- 100% Charlatan (2020) Polish director Agnieszka Holland has made another fascinating but disjointed biopic about a little-known figure whose story helps to reveal the soul of 20th century Europe.‐ indieWire
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020