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 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eric Hynes' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Little Fugitive (re-release)
Lowest review score: 20 The Oranges
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 135
  2. Negative: 15 out of 135
135 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    What elevates The Sky Turns beyond a lovely little elegy and into the realm of greatness is Álvarez's refusal to shape the film as a tragedy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    Armed with archival footage and wrenching interviews, filmmaker Chad Freidrichs revisits one of our nation's darkest hours - and emerges with a scrupulous, revelatory consideration of the varied factors that turned a worthy plan into a horrific, state-sanctioned nightmare for a generation of working-class African-Americans.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Though overly dependent on a roundelay of talking heads, the film escalates into an ace legal thriller, spinning a web of shame that snags everything from the Austrian government to America's most beloved not-for-profits.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    It’s a film defined by momentum, by the spectacle of an unformed young man rapidly becoming someone.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Boy
    Boy needn't be pop-culturally fluent to be relatable; believable human characterizations would have sufficed.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    What elevates the film is a pervasive, palpable sense of loss — between lover and beloved, young and old, stage and screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    It's no recipe for hilarity or pitter-pattering hearts, but like our hero's sweets, this pleasant, delicate confection goes down easy enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    Truthfully, watching septuagenarian whores spank mildly titillated johns and test-drive sex toys has never seemed so ho-hum - or so oddly familiar.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Bergès-Frisbey and Duvauchelle make for a deliciously ripe pair - their cheekbones defy both gravity and sound facial architecture - but Auteuil is less interested in young lust than old world values.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    The film is overcrowded with story lines and short on thrust, but fortunately, its protagonists carry the day with their candor and precocious poise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    It’s a human-size tragedy, one that shows how deadening it can be to remain subject to those who give us life.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Rather than an argument or exposé, the movie is a condescendingly narrated demonstration of how money makes the movie world go round. (Stop the presses.)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    he wild-eyed Celedón and stealthily empathetic Saavedra introduce a farcical element to this otherwise mournful milieu, but the tonal clashes yield something genuinely cathartic, if also ultimately irresolvable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    The first major motion picture to come out of Congo in decades happens to be one of the best neonoirs from anywhere in recent memory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    Alice Rohrwacher's debut fictional feature is an uncommonly insightful portrait of nascent womanhood, assisted in no small measure by Vianello's disarmingly naturalistic performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    There’s a heart here, but with all the superficial noise, it’s hard to hear it beating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    The unveiling is unnerving, and suggests that some dangers are now permanently beyond our control.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Eric Hynes
    There are subtler, more allusive films about stormy conflicts of the heart, but A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    While never uproarious, Punching the Clown exudes the clever, warped sincerity of its star, eschewing uppercuts for a series of playful jabs.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Eager to please and easy on the eyes, The Kings of Summer sails right down the middle, safely tacking between sitcom setups and grandiose MGMT-scored montages without forming its own distinctive feel.
    • 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.