Erik Adams

Erik Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: AV Club

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Eugene Mirman: An Evening Of Comedy In A Fake Underground Laboratory (2012) It's a little messy, but you were warned by that mouthful of a title. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
100% Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour (2012) If this is a softer [Patton] Oswalt, at least it's his own brand of softness. And it's still hilarious. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
A- 100% Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) Buried Alive is a spectacularly entertaining hour-plus of stand-up, but it's also an intriguing bit of cultural anthropology. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
B+ 88% Oh, Hello On Broadway (2017) Its sense of humor is deeply specific and heavily referential... it's also proof that a specific perspective and an alienated audience don't necessarily go hand in hand. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
A 100% John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) You can tell why two broadcast networks and no less an esteemed comedy maven as Lorne Michaels thought John Mulaney should be a TV star. The stand-up comedian is great on camera, as he repeatedly demonstrates in his new hour-long special. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
B+ 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) It's Malcomson who runs away with Deadwood: The Movie. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 100% The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is joke-dense and visually rich, but comes up short on a key factor for making the Lonely Island big leagues: It doesn't invite the type of repeat viewing that built the cults of Hot Rod and Popstar. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) What follows is a special that manages to find some intimacy within what was once the world's largest auditoriums, while never once losing sight that, holy shit, Mulaney's playing Radio City. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
82% W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro (2018) A timely, energetic set that covers politics, racism, parenting, TV, and, in one of the stories he shares in Private School Negro, watching political TV coverage about a racist while parenting. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
56% Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) This is the best way to tell the Christmas story in Animagic: with the proper amount of pathos and levity -- and fun character design, too. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
75% The Little Drummer Boy (1968) A poignant third act restores his faith in humanity, all the while making up for some of the roughest animation work in the Videocraft catalogue. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
50% Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976) It all adds up to a largely nonsensical wintertime fairy tale, but with Rankin/Bass' seasonal powers in the process of diminishing, Rudolph's Shiny New Year represents a last-ditch effort to synthesize a number of imaginative concepts into a single story. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) [It] melds the big heart and "true Christmas spirit" of previous specials with the bonkers, hallucinatory imagery of those to come-leaving behind only the slightest hint of treacle. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
C- 24% The Happytime Murders (2018) The knowing handling of noir conventions and clever metaphor for race relations of Brian Henson's R-rated fluff bath were all treated with greater grace and more panache 31 years ago in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
B- 94% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) More than any cradle-to-grave narrative, these are the primary reasons to accept the documentary's titular summons: to witness Williams' artistry all over again, to see something unseen from a performer who was so ubiquitous and so prolific. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
A 100% Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (2017) Career Suicide is suffused with that spirit, a display of Gethard's deft ability to balance confessional honesty with a keen nose for the absurd. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
C 60% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015) A modern-day fairy tale starring fantastical creatures who communicate in Mad magazine sound effects ("Burble," "Zorp," "Squonk," and "Thwring") ought to feel a little more unconventional than Turkey Hollow. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
B 90% Love & Mercy (2015) Love & Mercy is so emotionally acute, it doesn't matter if some of the words turn out all wrong. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
B 89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) Marrying that source material to the stop-motion components of the original Elf, Buddy's Musical Christmas won't supplant its big-screen inspiration-but it sure is a sight to behold. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
B- 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) The Muppets are creatures of indulgence, and their sense of humor is one of excess. Muppets Most Wanted is a mess of a movie, but anything tidier would be a poor fit. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
C 30% Date And Switch (2014) It's a movie about being true to yourself that's reluctant to let its real character show. At any point that it looks likely to tweak sex-comedy convention or get truly weird, it reverses course at the last minute. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2014