Eric D. Snider

Eric D. Snider
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I was born and raised in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (it's boring; don't go there!). I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in journalism, and once killed a guy with my bare hands in a bar fight in Tijuana. I was film critic and various other entertainment-y things for a daily paper in Utah, and now work as a freelance writer. I have a column called "Snide Remarks" that I publish on my Web site, as well as an e-zine (fancy word for "e-mail newsletter") of movie reviews called "In the Dark." In addition to my own site, I write for Film.com and Cinematical. When I grow up, I want to be Scott Weinberg.
Favorites:
Memento, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Mary Poppins, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raising Arizona, Anchorman, Jaws, Psycho
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Portland, OR
Official Websites: hollywoodbitchslap.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 22% The Kitchen (2019) The ultra-lean screenplay has no chitchat, no color, no personality. But the actors have plenty of charisma and magnetism of their own, which makes the movie passable grown-up entertainment. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B- 100% BIT (2019) It's all about as good as low-budget vampire flicks tend to be, with an added flicker of righteous anger. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B- 82% Socrates (2019) The story is slight, the themes overly familiar, but the film's deep compassion for its subjects redeems it. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B- 63% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A reasonably OK science-fiction police procedural... The meat of the story is exciting sci-fi business. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
B 68% Sister Aimee (2019) A picaresque Western with some "Chicago"-style razzle-dazzle (including a song!) about a confident, successful woman finding out what her limits are. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
C+ 25% Gemini Man (2019) It's fitting that a movie about clones should seem so much like a copy of other movies. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
C+ 41% The Addams Family (2019) A few chuckles, but the story is bland, warmed-over "be yourself" pablum you've seen a thousand times. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
B+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) If you can take some rough chuckles, it's a wonderfully spirited and deeply humane story that revels in ridiculing antisemitism and small-mindedness. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
B 100% 4x4 (2019) Doesn't lose steam until we leave the vehicle... As long as we're confined to a small space we're caught in the thrill of Ciro's struggle for survival. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
C 68% Joker (2019) A gritty, Very Serious, faux-provocative movie with nothing to say. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
D 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Gross, stupid, sleazy, exploitative and almost certainly falsely titled. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's all fine. It's Downton Abbey. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B+ 76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) A funny story that addresses topics normally played straight. The whole thing sounds like a joke, and it is, but it's not the joke you're thinking of. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- 83% Judy (2019) As is so often the case, we're left with a terrific, endearing, pitch-perfect performance trapped in a movie that isn't nearly worthy of it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 48% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) I don't see how the film is of any value other than as a technical exercise (for filmmakers and actors, not murderers), but the craft of it is undeniable. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
B 84% Synchronic (2019) Enthralling sci-fi... The style is languid but never draggy, complemented by a dreamy musical score. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
C+ 38% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Starts with a perfectly good premise, it soon turns into a formulaic police procedural with the most obvious, easily guessed resolution. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 88% Hustlers (2019) I've never been prouder of my sisters/happier I don't go to strip clubs. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
C 63% It Chapter Two (2019) An epic-length but novella-deep exercise in mild, jokey horror. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
B 87% Ford v Ferrari (2019) A sturdy, old-fashioned movie, made from a template but delivered with gusto. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
A- 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) A perfect example of how genre films can help us engage with real-world crises without being overwhelmed or discouraged by them. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
C- 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Gerard Butler is not good at anything, and it's time we stopped trying to make him be. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
B 89% Ready or Not (2019) Fun, just-gory-enough mayhem with a wicked sense of humor and a smattering of "eat the rich" populism. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
C+ 42% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) The shark attacks are always good for a jolt, but the rest of the movie is absolutely nothing special. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) It seems the best way to make a movie out of a smartphone game is to ignore almost everything about the game and just have fun with the characters. Who knew? - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B 79% Good Boys (2019) The endearing performances and the characters' underlying decency give it a lot of heart, besides being very funny. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The creatures are terrifically unsettling, and Øvredal taps into the frenzied logic of nightmares with unnerving accuracy. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
C 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Should feel tearjerkingly familiar to fans of Ventimiglia's TV show This Is Us; it has that gentle broadcast-television gloss to it. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
B- 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) There's no educational value, but hey, at least it's not making your kids any stupider. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
D+ No Score Yet Airplane Mode (2019) We may think that as a society we have done nothing to deserve the image of a lactating Nick Swardson, but we are fooling ourselves. This is who we are. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
C+ 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The action is fun, but everything in between, especially Hobbs' tacked-on family issues, is tedious, and the whole thing overstays its welcome by a good 30 minutes. Like I said, it's a Fast & Furious movie. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
B 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Highly amusing deadpan comedy about toxic masculinity... A few things in common with 'Fight Club,' including a morbid sense of humor and a willingness to shock viewers. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's moseying, sentimental love letter to Hollywood of 50 years ago is surprisingly tender - 98% of it is one of his gentlest movies (the other 2% - YIKES). - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
D- No Score Yet Purge of Kingdoms (2019) A staggeringly cheap debacle full of easy, obvious lameness. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
B+ 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A well-acted and lovingly detailed slice of 21st-century life. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
C 53% The Lion King (2019) A spiritless, nearly shot-for-shot remake - with enough padding and slow pacing to make it 30 minutes longer than the original - that looks incredible and feels hollow. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
B 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) With a perfect, scrappy little guy in the lead, the growing number of excellent supporting players, and a fun-loving director who's determined not to let Peter Parker grow up too fast, there's plenty of potential. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 82% Crawl (2019) Like an alligator, the movie is efficient, mean, and behaves the way you'd expect. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
C+ 42% Stuber (2019) Most of the film's sporadic laughs are situational, the result of a Mr. Magoo cop and a hysterical civilian stumbling around together taking out bad guys. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B 83% Midsommar (2019) A sunlit pagan nightmare that is (deliberately) less scary than 'Hereditary' but almost as disturbing. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
B- 62% Yesterday (2019) 'Yesterday,' a song about regret over the way things turned out, is perfect for the movie Yesterday, which should have been better. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
B 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A sturdy, stylish, meat-and-potatoes haunted-house movie better than anything in the series other than the first two Conjurings. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
C 64% Child's Play (2019) One of those movies where they threw a lot of things at a lot of walls, then dumped everything into theaters without waiting to see what would stick. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) My least favorite of the four, but least favorite compared to three grade-A movies is still pretty good. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
C 36% Anna (2019) Most of it's bland, formulaic espionage nonsense with Google-translated dialogue, ungainly attempts at comedy, and Besson's leering gaze. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
C 79% Late Night (2019) Eventually the real-world story gives way to sitcom-y improbability.... Nothing is 'skewered'; 'poked meekly' is more like it. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
C 23% Men in Black International (2019) It takes considerable effort to render a pair as charismatic as Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson boring, but the makers of 'Men in Black: International' are up to the task. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
D+ 32% Shaft (2019) What a tedious and embarrassing, non-badass spectacle. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B- 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A mild, playful surprise with the confidence of a long-running franchise. Amusing enough. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
C- 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A boring story with low stakes... The 'saga' aspect of this franchise has become the focus more than the exciting superhero tales, and I just don't care anymore. - EricDSnider.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019