For 135 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Hynes' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Little Fugitive (re-release)
Lowest review score: 20 To Age or Not to Age
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 135
  2. Negative: 15 out of 135
135 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The extreme variance of style and scrutability makes for wildly disorienting viewing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    As this engaging, if rote, doc points out, the name Eames, much like Victorian, now defines the style of an era. Yet how many of us knew that the industrial designers behind those midcentury molded mod chairs were an eccentric married team?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    When Gonzo divulges his classmates' darkest secrets, we're meant to disapprove of his transformation from swaggering New Journalist to WikiLeaks extremist. In the real world, we've still haven't decided which ethical version we prefer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Loach coaxes an endearingly poised performance out of nonprofessional Brannigan, and largely sells these scuffling characters as neither hopeless nor heroic—just terribly human.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Director Madeleine Sackler favors an agenda of advocacy over complexity, making The Lottery an effective, if unapologetically one-sided, piece of agitprop.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Despite being as pathetically penile-obsessed as any postmillennial comedy, Goon prevails where other sports-film farces fail thanks to Scott's winning, unwinking performance; Liev Schreiber's spot-on turn as a wizened, clock-punching rink assassin; and a pucked-up love of a bloody game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    An adaptation of a short story from David Sedaris’s best-selling Naked collection, C.O.G. (short for “Child of God”) struggles from the outset to retain the snap of the NPR favorite’s hyperbolic humor while also grounding it in authenticity—a tonal disconnect that nonetheless serves to destabilize a potentially predictable coming-of-age tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Gil's alternative history gets one thing bang-on right: If Butch were to live into his senior days, he'd absolutely have to be played by Shepard. Wrinkled, leathery and densely carpeted in a salt-and-pepper beard, the 67-year-old playwright and actor still exudes intellectual mischief and hard-stare sex appeal; his self-styled ruggedness is a perfect match for an infamous gringo living incognito.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    A train station finale is textbook tearjerker territory, but it still teems with exquisite sorrow.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Though its blanketed voiceover narration can be too on-the-nose—it’s a metaphor, we get it—the film packs a psychic punch, thanks to Gedeck’s spectrally wearied face.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The film works to inform as well as to preserve an air of mystery around Bernstein, an apt approach that occasionally slips into the willfully opaque. By all accounts, this secretly important man was tough to live with, but not too hard to love or admire.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    How the geriatric ensemble dramedy became the last bastion of British cinema is a bit of a riddle, but like Cadbury Creme Eggs and Manchester soul, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Unlike satires that coast on winking self-satisfaction, Anusha Rizvi's debut is both a heartfelt and a genuinely funny skewering of India's convoluted caste-consciousness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The film clandestinely captures marauders in action while embedding itself in the imperiled home of aging farmer Michael Campbell. He's not the movie's ad hoc martyr, but something more compelling: a simple man whose fight for personal justice has matured into patriotism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    This impassioned documentary could have the same real-world impact as Errol Morris's "The Thin Blue Line," and help to free a wrongly convicted man. The filmmaking could be better, but it's hard to argue with that kind of potential.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Even as it stands as a cinematic monument to mass suffering, Korkoro can't help but swing, strum and celebrate life for as long as it lasts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Poised between childhood and adolescence, arrogance and insecurity, the kids still make for compelling subjects.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Shared tragedy can bind together the most unlikely of people. Movies often make too much of that truism, but surprisingly committed performances from actors like these can still make it feel like something meaningful.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Jiro’s genius is godlike, but his personality is nonexistent; time is too-briskly spanned, then ground into blow-by-blow melodrama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Though it’s culled from 600 hours of footage, Medora feels thin in terms of memorable imagery, and bounces a little too hastily between scenes. But it’s utterly impossible not to pull for these boys, or for a film that sees them as complex individuals rather than sociological evidence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    It’s a kind of self-portrait made out of quotidian meals, naps and scattershot car-seat conversations, and though the loss that underlies Mark’s emotional state feels like a scripted conceit, The End of Love excels at conveying the moment-to-moment frustrations and exhilarations of being a dad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The backbeat anarchy is fun while it lasts, but without a persuasive purpose, it's all just noise in the end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Fellag does for the film what his Lazhar does for the pupils: He's soothing and entrancingly enigmatic enough to keep us fixed to our seats.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Farmiga persuades as a kooky monster of a matriarch, while Javier is an ideal vessel for Duchovny's laconic line readings (he's grown into an even more deadpan Bill Murray). Goats may cover an all-too-familiar terrain, but at least it grazes it well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    There's some magic in the grab-bag method, but with all the furious wand-waving, the story itself never gets to cast much of a spell.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Messina and Ireland thrive under that gaze, and dismaying affectations aside-the characters go needlessly unnamed - the movie articulates the enduring allure of a love defined, and heightened, by restrictions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Point Blank fires nothing but blanks in the end, dealing in increasingly ludicrous plot twists and one fizzle of a finale.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The Virginity Hit is elevated by its cast of very funny young actors who match good comic timing with relaxed spontaneity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Time and changing tides have been kind to Graceland (and to the local musicians who've since become internationally renowned), but an on-camera meeting between the songwriter and ANC leader Oliver Tambo finds their conflict between creative freedom and revolutionary solidarity fascinatingly unresolved.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The movie indulges a few too many whims, but it's never less than alive.

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