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davidehrlich has written 35 reviews for films rated ½ .

  • The Happytime Murders

    The Happytime Murders

    ½

    IndieWire owes its readers an apology. Last week, in a moment of desperate optimism and/or extreme naïveté, this critic declared that “Mile 22” was “far and away the worst summer movie of 2018.” And while that statement was true at the time — and crucially made a clear exception for Dinesh D’Souza’s “Death of a Nation” — it failed to account for the season’s final batch of studio offerings, and the unfathomable awfulness that (at least) one of them had…

  • Death of a Nation

    Death of a Nation

    ½

    Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza presents film critics with two separate but inextricable dilemmas. The first is that any sincere effort to review one of D’Souza’s documentaries — he’s released a new one every other July since 2012 — fundamentally debases both the medium of film, and the act of criticism. The more insidious problem is D’Souza wants writers to pan his work and attack his person.

    A right-wing ideologue who has distorted American history since before it was cool, D’Souza…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ½

    FALLEN KINGDOM makes Jurassic World look like Jurassic Park.

    a tedious, infuriating, and braindead ordeal that knowingly epitomizes so much of what’s wrong with modern blockbusters. i *hated* every cheap, cynical, ill-considered moment of this stupid fucking movie.

    it's so thunderously awful that i almost *want* to watch the "Cinema Sins" video about it, just to try and keep score. almost. i can't think of a more damning criticism right now.

    please for the love of god put this franchise…

  • 211

    211

    ½

    Unwatchable even by the subterranean standards of a direct-to-video Nicolas Cage thriller, director York Shackleton’s “211” is the kind of low-grade schlock that leaves you with a newfound respect for the basic competence that most bad movies bring to the table. Not even the opening credits feel totally credible, as they insist the film is “based on a screenplay” by the filmmaker, a point of attribution that doubles as a brutal self-own.

    These are but a few of the many…

  • Action Point

    Action Point

    ½

    Johnny Knoxville may be one of the world’s foremost scholars of self-inflicted pain, but he’s never subjected himself (or us) to anything even half as excruciating as “Action Point,” a dismal new comedy that will leave you longing for the relative artistry and sophistication of the “Jackass” glory days. Because, as much as this might look like a “Jackass” movie — as much as it might provide a ridiculously great premise for a “Jackass” movie — this joyless aberration is…

  • Bright

    Bright

    ½

    There’s boring, there’s bad, and then there’s “Bright,” a movie so profoundly awful that Republicans will probably try to pass it into law over Christmas break. From the director of “Suicide Squad” and the writer of “Victor Frankenstein” comes a fresh slice of hell that somehow represents new lows for them both — a dull and painfully derivative ordeal that that often feels like it was made just to put those earlier misfires into perspective. The only thing more predictable…

  • Kidnap

    Kidnap

    ½

    Screeching into theaters towards the end of an unusually strong summer movie season, “Kidnap” is here to remind a nation of spoiled filmgoers that yes, movies really can be this bad. “The Emoji Movie” might have been a boring and brazenly cynical piece of corporate propaganda, but at least it had the courtesy to be offensive. “Kidnap,” on the other hand, doesn’t have the the courtesy to be much of anything.

    A Halle Berry vehicle with four flat tires, this…

  • Sing

    Sing

    ½

    Before we talk about “Sing,” let’s talk about Satan. Remember the scene in “Broadcast News” when Albert Brooks tries to convince Holly Hunter that her handsome new crush is Lucifer? She dismisses him, but Brooks is undeterred. He argues that the most insidious thing about true evil is that it comes to you like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. “He’ll never do an evil thing!…

  • Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

    Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

    ½

    “Hillary’s America,” the third documentary from author, filmmaker and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, begins with an undeniably fascinating premise: What if a Twitter egg made a movie? While D’Souza’s previous feature-length attacks on the Democratic Party were similarly falsified and foaming at the mouth (remember the part in 2014’s “America” when he argued that Hillary Clinton wants to use NASA to turn the United States into her own personal panopticon of terror?), “Hillary’s America” is different — this time, it’s personal.

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  • Demolition

    Demolition

    ½

    i *know* that art gets worse than DEMOLITION, but as i sat on my flight today and tried to make sense of what i just watched, i couldn't imagine how.

    fuck this movie straight to hell.

    beyond being terrible in every conceivable way, it's also bad in one pivotal respect of which i hadn't previously been able to conceive! everybody grieves in their own way (or *not really grieves,* as the case may be, here), but NOBODY, ever, in all…

  • Warcraft

    Warcraft

    ½

    “Warcraft” is a once-in-a-generation disaster, one of the most ill-advised and ill-conceived studio films of this modern blockbuster era, but you have to give Universal some credit for trying. At a time when films of this scale are defined by safety and defenestrated by compromise — at a time when blockbusters are rigorously engineered to appeal to the broadest possible audience — Universal went all-in on a summer movie so niche and nerdy that it makes “Willow” look like “Lord of the Rings,” and “Lord of the Rings” look like “Masterpiece Theatre.”

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  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    ½

    the worst thing that has ever happened.