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 Happythankyoumoreplease
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 135
  2. Negative: 15 out of 135
135 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Lilien certainly captures Pale Male's wild animal beauty in loving close-up. What his film needs, however, is distance.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    It's another episodic, shaggy-dog parade of L.A. denizens caught in moderately compromised positions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Despite a few moments of surprising insight, Twelve Thirty comes off as more mechanistic than organic; it's composed rather than truly lived.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    It's a functional sequel, but with all that spirited slicing and dicing, the director could have at least broken a sweat.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Rote ageist jokes abound (“Do you guys have drugs?” asks a bachelorette; “Does Lipitor count?” responds Kline), but they come with an inclusive, self-deprecating spirit that grows more endearing over the duration.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Eric Hynes
    Cassavetes adopts a grammar that occasionally slides into parody but mostly comes across as committed style. Kiss of the Damned contributes little new to the genre save a taste for alluringly tactile sex scenes and an avoidance of gore.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    While Shapiro does a fine job of emulating kink classics like "Blow Out," his film lacks one element that De Palma wouldn't have been caught dead without: a sense of humor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    The culture wars may be simmering throughout writer-director Ben Hickernell's script-the Save the Whales and pro-choice bumper stickers on Will's VW invite a brutal barfly beatdown-but the real casualties are momentum and narrative cohesion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Eric Hynes
    Neither Janney nor Keener can rise above the rote hatefulness of their madwoman caricatures, whereas Laurie and Meester fare better at playing liberated dreamers who go against the dreaded grain. But shooting fish in a barrel tends to unintentionally conjure sympathy for the fish - or, in this case, for perfectly unhappy suburbanites.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Eric Hynes
    Radnor tries to pin a tail of significance on this donkey, but he seems content with light comedy and mere proficiency. To which we can only reply: Nothankyounomoremilquetoast-please.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    The problem is that the filmmaker brings D-grade craft to these B-movie exertions, making his florid maximalism more entertaining to talk about than endure - despite the best efforts of his ardently slumming A-list cast.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    This remake of ’70s Spanish horror film "Who Can Kill a Child?" is less a contemporary upgrade than an eagerly creaky exploitative throwback.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Impassioned, but wearisomely didactic, diaspora drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Eric Hynes
    A movie sorely bereft of ideas, laughs and justification for the comic duo’s undifferentiating self-regard.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Jaglom can craft a scene and stage organic conversations, but if his saps and suckers never wander beyond a hermetic view of the real world, then so what?
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    The problem is that screen mayhem has a tendency to translate as hip posturing, and Little Birds' scenes of shoplifting shenanigans and pistol-whipping showdowns all too readily conform to indie-film form and style.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    It's entertainment designed to resemble a good time without aspiring to provide one.
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    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Convention plays like 11 cameras in search of drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Despite committed and heartfelt performances - especially from the perennially charismatic Peters - director Lisa Albright's soapy semi-autobiographical tale fails to scale the low hurdle of believability.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Eric Hynes
    No one expects a Samuel L. Jackson thriller to be Shakespeare, but David Weaver's wanna-be '70s-grindhouse cheapie doesn't even achieve serviceability.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Like a "Training Day" for spy thrillers, The Double provocatively pairs Gere and Grace as a gray-green odd couple, only to unravel as the double-crossed absurdities pile up and the duo start trading bad Russian accents in a private Mexican standoff. Oh nyet you didn't!
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Spacey is ever the pro, shilling Axle's absurd redemption and countenancing the likes of Johnny Knoxville and John Stamos as if a third Oscar were in the offing. Yet his female costars fare worse, forming an unfortunate collection of dismal, man-dependent stereotypes, from Belle's perma-pouting idealist to Heather Graham's breast-obsessed, sapphic-by-choice ballbuster.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    Even by low standards, Grudge Match is astonishingly undercooked.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Eric Hynes
    The movie's twitchy, diabolical monster is neither persuasive nor historically tenable, and unlike Arendt's Eichmann, he's far too easy to dismiss.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Eric Hynes
    It's hardly worth slogging through a full hour of unexplained bondage and a so-bombastic-it-seems-sarcastic score, only to be rewarded with a plea for tolerance that's both insincere and inept.