Eli Friedberg

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For 16 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Eli Friedberg's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 83 Final Account
Lowest review score: 42 Da 5 Bloods
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
16 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    What I can’t help but miss in all this is the poetic free spirit and deep human interest that once defined most things associated with Hideaki Anno—his concerns, it seems, have shifted from individual to structural, and perhaps people just aren’t so compelling to him anymore. Higuchi’s evidently having a great deal of fun, however, and surely has more of those rubbery monsters up his sleeve. He’s doing fine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Eli Friedberg
    The film’s intentionally amateurish visuals are deployed on audiences with the precision of a jackhammer, all in the interest of obscurantism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    Evangelion 3.0 + 1.01: Thrice Upon a Time is so bewilderingly maximalist in its ambitions, so conflicted in its heart, so dense and idiosyncratic from its title on down that it’s hard to know where to even begin gauging one’s own reaction to it except by probing inward.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    Many Saints comes bursting out of the proverbial shed with so many new ideas that one gets the sense it easily could—perhaps should—have been a new season of television.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 Eli Friedberg
    Blomkamp, one suspects, does not possess the same imagination for interior worlds he’s exhibited for external. Demonic largely proves this thesis correct.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Eli Friedberg
    In a rare moment of open self-criticism, Gorbachev ponders that he was perhaps “too soft” on those traitorous countrymen who rallied to unseat him; that he ought to have had them “sent away.” It’s the lone sobering, tantalizing, self-aware peek into the savage realpolitik lurking beneath his noble words.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    This is Imaishi’s world. Every cut, gesture, and line of dialogue here is punctuated by maximum comic book-style exclamation points. Every spectacular action feat is escalated several different times over the top, crossing from coolness through self-parody and back to coolness in a way that’s bound to make the attention-deficient among us stand up and cheer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    Though not a film as big or bombastic as North Korea’s political gestures, nor one to ruminate on larger questions about the political state of East Asia’s former Third World and the Western observer’s role to bear, White’s picture pokes its head above the masses of drably shot, dryly informational documentaries currently dominating streaming services with both its clear and concise journalism and its deft command of narrative and genre.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Eli Friedberg
    Action sequences are choreographed and edited with a degree of tight conceptual and spatial coherency that puts nearly any Marvel movie to shame, whether close-quarters scuffles or epic woman-on-kaiju confrontations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Eli Friedberg
    The Holocaust is one of the most exhaustively documented events in history, yet it can seemingly never be documented enough. This is not only due to the relentless persistence of antisemites and fascist sympathizers in trying to sow doubt as to its veracity, but because many more seemingly benign parties have managed to distance themselves from fascism’s warning to the West, and the world.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Eli Friedberg
    It’s a familiar traced sketch of 20th century imagined dystopias, but Gen-Z trappings evocative of our own looming dystopia offer a slightly new shade of color. It just isn’t vivid enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Eli Friedberg
    Hit or miss as it may be, Borat 2 at least doesn’t fall short on sheer audacious vulgarity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Eli Friedberg
    Having come upon a provocative allegory for the endemic dissociation of the hyper-digital age, though, Nikou does not interrogate it as intensely or from as many angles as possible in the lean, character-driven 90-minute film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 42 Eli Friedberg
    A timely but confusing mess of styles, tones, and subject matter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Eli Friedberg
    What it lacks in formal finesse or educational scope, the film more than compensates as a taut illustration of the profound disconnect between high-level social engineering and the lived social realities that totalitarian policies entail. It’s quiet, feminist rage against Big Brother.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Eli Friedberg
    It’s not a disaster, just a lukewarm bellyflop, and a series of X-Men’s loudness and longevity deserves more.

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