David Ehrlich

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For 135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Ehrlich's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Witch
Lowest review score: 0 The Moment
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 135
  2. Negative: 24 out of 135
135 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    A saturated picture that courses with the raw energy of found footage while still feeling artfully composed, a movie that punches with the skittering violence of dubstep but careens through L.A. with the unbridled freedom of bebop jazz.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    Marrying the biting frenzy of Terry Gilliam’s film universe with the explosive grandeur of James Cameron, Miller cooks up some exhilaratingly sustained action. But the key to this symphony of twisted metal is how the film never forgets that violence is a sort of madness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    It’s a sexy concept that will thrill Assayas neophytes, but the director’s longtime fans will find its pleasures virtually pornographic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    The Witch is one of the most genuinely unnerving horror films in recent memory because Eggers has the guts to earn your fear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    Mistress America steamrolls through its mesmerizingly dense running time with such joyous violence that its themes only bubble up to the surface in retrospect, the heart of the movie identified like the dental records of a body that’s been burned beyond all recognition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    If the Coen brothers’ dramas are cautionary tales, their comedies are veritable how-to guides for people who can’t help but enjoy a mirthless chuckle at the humility of human existence. Yeah, the joke is on us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t funny.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    This spry, sharp and relentlessly clever middle finger to censorship is Panahi’s boldest act of defiance to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    Building to an emotional wallop that’s almost on par with anything found in one of Miyazaki’s or Takahata’s films, The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness is pornographically interesting for Studio Ghibli fans; as a delicate depiction of the artistic spirit, it’s equally essential viewing for everyone else.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Ehrlich
    A devastating and deceptively simple tale adapted from 10th-century folklore, Isao Takahata’s The Tale Of Princess Kaguya distills a millennium of Japanese storytelling into a timeless film that feels both ancient and alive in equal measure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 David Ehrlich
    The genius of Kikuchi’s performance is that – by the end – her slow descent into mania humanizes Kumiko precisely when it would have been so easy to reduce her into caricature.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 David Ehrlich
    Citizenfour offers a remarkably intimate look at history as it happened. In fact, the immediacy of Poitras’ film is so remarkable that, at least for the immediate future, her craft is likely to be overshadowed by her access, her storytelling overshadowed by her opportunity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Ehrlich
    For all of its provocatively cerebral ideas, the prevailing truth is that Goodbye To Language is actually a great deal of fun—not just to think about, but also to experience. It’s “Godard: The Ride.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 David Ehrlich
    While this is arguably Greengrass’ best film, it’s almost certainly his most urgent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 David Ehrlich
    An instantly and enduringly compelling documentary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 87 David Ehrlich
    Palo Alto is one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America (admittedly a low bar), blurring the lines between how unique it is to be a teenager, and how universal it is to feel like one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 David Ehrlich
    A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 David Ehrlich
    When Allen conceives of a character this great, it’s hard not to wish for him to slow down and maybe write that extra draft to refine his creation, but Blanchett – at once both repellant and eminently relatable – uses the casual tone to her advantage, the same way that monster movies use miniatures for scale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 David Ehrlich
    The human imperative informs every aspect of After Tiller, resulting in an unexpectedly warm film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 David Ehrlich
    The Expedition To The End Of The World courses with the zeal of Robert Flaherty, the fearlessness of Werner Herzog, and the fatalistic humor of Lars Von Trier. While individual moments echo with a familiarly mordant sense of alpha-male adventure, together they cohere into something wild and new.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 David Ehrlich
    Effectively portrays New York City as a cacophonous collision of disparate voices, sidestepping the nightmarish outcome of that child’s story in favor of a different, more enduringly visible disaster.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 David Ehrlich
    Rossi’s scathing (yet seemingly fair) documentary doesn’t just illustrate the institutional ironies of modern education. It also strives to understand why tuition is at an all-time high when knowledge is practically free.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 82 David Ehrlich
    Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy might have the scariest ending of any film ever made.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 David Ehrlich
    The Visitor might be a hot mess, the byproduct of tailspinning egos and the best drugs movie money could buy in the late 70s, but it certainly isn’t an accident.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    The film is essentially a war of attrition between emotion and pragmatism, the rare thriller fueled by stress rather than speed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage to find each other in it, Maxime Giroux’s Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of "Lost in Translation" without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    Tsai’s work sees generational defiance as a symptom of the ennui felt by their young subjects as they drift into adulthood, and Rebels’ unusually sharp focus on that theme makes it an accessible primer for the elements that would inform the more oblique masterpieces to come.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    Director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) has always enjoyed thumbing his nose at stuffy cinematic conventions, and while he’s obviously enchanted by Hardy’s text, his movie is fun because he’s keen not to give it too much respect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    Seymour unfolds like a Jewish Jiro Dreams of Sushi—Bernstein may look like your average NYC grandpa, but he lives like a monk and talks like a guru.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    Stearns saddles himself with a touch more plot than he needs, and some of the film’s late-game twists are more satisfying than others, but Faults never loses sight of the one thing Ansel can’t see: Free will may come cheap, but most people still can’t afford it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Ehrlich
    Like any good Western, Slow West percolates with the constant threat of violence, but debuting feature director John Maclean wrings the genre for its mythic value.

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