Eli Glasner

Eli Glasner
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 97% Roma (2018) Roma isn't just a film, it's a tidal wave of empathy with an undeniable sense of momentum, worth watching on the biggest screen you can find. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
1/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) ...then we're introduced to the most fearsome mechanism of all, the groaning monstrosity known as The Script‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
4.5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Thanks to a manic pop-art animation style, this is a version of Spider-man that both honours his comic-books origins while giving us a hero for today. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Though promising the audience an alternative tale of a world we thought we knew, Maleficent coddles rather than challenges us.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4.5/5 82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) This is a point of view experience. Often we're looking out of Van Gogh's eyes or gazing at Dafoe's face. That amazing canvas of pain, anguish, and ecstasy. ‐ CBC Radio
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) There's an insecurity to Ralph, accentuated by the fact Vanellope doesn't need Ralph's help anymore. The way they visualize that with a massive metaphor is both brilliant and heartbreaking.‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 83% Creed II (2018) What saves it is Michael B. Jordon. Sure, the first thing you notice is the power, the arm cocked, ready to fire. But his real strength is his openness...the way he allows himself to be emotionally vulnerable. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) As opposed to the Harry Potter films where the friends gain confidence and abilities as they mature, Fantastic Beasts is a world where magic is omnipresent and effortless. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) By giving Rodriguez, Davis, Debicki and Erivo characters worthy of their talents, McQueen has made one of the most vital films of the year. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This is the karaoke version of Queen. All the notes are there, but not the soul. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Collette is a woman who refused to be defined by her husband or what the world expected of women‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Imagine if Rick Moranis had an alien in his head that sounded like Freddy Krueger and you start to see where the movie is going.‐ CBC Radio
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born is a musical but without the hokiness. Each performance moves the story forward, with Cooper focused on capturing authentic moments. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4.5/5 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle rarely lets us escape, We're trapped, trying to read the sky and the stars using only math and a ruler etched on a window‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Curtis does a great job of playing a woman who has spent her life waiting for the worst. She's more than a badass, she's a survivor and we get a sense of the cost. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The brilliance of the construction of the is how it forces us to see everything through Starr's eyes‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) What a performance, transformational, by Bening. Oscar-worthy.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling has never been funnier. His timing is priceless. Great stuff from Crowe.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) An exercise in empathy and exuberance.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
85% Tully (2018) I think part of the problem is Reitman. With his style, he's really stretching to make a point. What feels gritty at first turns to a movie of extremes.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
69% The Seagull (2018) It feels like at times it's attempting to condense the drama...this leads more to the soap-ish end of the spectrum. There's an elliptical quality to the storytelling that I'm not quite sure works this time around.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
37% Life of the Party (2018) It's one thing to make a cringe-worthy comedy, but it's not funny at all. I feel bad, because Melissa McCarthy doesn't have to do that...‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) He attempts something that is kryptonite to this kind of character: sincerity...the movie is very good, but not as good as the first one.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) What frustrates me is that it seems the original directors were trying to build an element of unpredictability into pre-manufactured franchises. What we have is the heartwarming Han as our connection to Star Wars grows a little dimmer.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) The premise is fun...it's great.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Great fun, a great cast overall...the best thing that Ant-Man and the Wasp delivers is fun. This is just antics, fun gags, all sorts of sides and shenanigans. The best stuff is bite-sized entertainment.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) This is a real, beautiful, quiet movie.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) That beautiful voice is still ringing in our ears...it feels like the movie focuses on the end a little too much, but some stunning revelations and interesting examinations of politics...great doc for music fans.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) I like Dwayne Johnson...but it feels as if he is now so focused on doing the biggest films he can, with the biggest set pieces and budgets, that acting becomes very secondary. If someone gave him the right script or character...‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The specificity of the character that Hill plays...I don't know where that performance came from...what's interesting and apparent is that there's truth there, something real and his own.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) I went in expecting very little...and I was charmed. This is a movie that fulfills the expectations and promise that it makes the audience.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) I think there's an interesting connection between Cruise and the character he plays...there's a detachment, a sadness around him, what he's had to sacrifice to carry the world's burden on his shoulders.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) If they had a little more vision, a little more courage...it could have been something truly meaningful, instead of just another fuzzy warm journey.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) There's a simplicity to this film that I appreciate...but it just muddies the ground with Wahlberg's pessimistic growling...high-kicking action can't save this one.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Lavish, lush, gaudy...but the engine of the story it's telling, that works very well. Everything else is just padding...it's telling a more specific tale.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) It's not just that it looks nice; it has a palette, a color scheme...beyond all that, it's just a great, fun, interesting situation these characters find themselves in.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
21% Little Italy (2018) It's not the actors that are the problem, it's the material they've been given. The dialogue, the antiquated sense of humor, the obviousness of so many plot mechanics.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4.5/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is an epic tale sheathed in spandex, a super heroic soap opera. The Russos know how to deliver the bang, but also when to lay back.‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
4.5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Part of what makes A Quiet Place special is the devilish simplicity of the family's dilemma. ‐ CBC News Network
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
3.5/5 78% Into The Forest (2016) Into the Forest has its share of dramatic scenes, but Rozema is more focused on the emotional effects of the crisis...the result is a stark, emotional story about survival and sisterhood - depicting not dystopia per se, but a new beginning.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2.5/5 57% Me Before You (2016) Leaving aside the complex issue of assisted dying, one of the film's biggest problems is how much Me Before You shields the audience. For a supposed romance, it's surprisingly prudish.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/5 78% The Revenant (2015) The Revenant is visually stunning, but the story is simplistic...all that agony makes the movie something to endure rather than inspire.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/5 80% Furious 7 (2015) [Paul] Walker bows out with a fitting send off.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) McCarthy had been on an upswing with her films, like last year's Spy, but as disgraced business mogul Darnell, she's surprisingly unfunny.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Though initially sold as The Hangover set in Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is not an outright wacky comedy, but instead tells a much more subtle, dramatic story.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/5 78% The Shallows (2016) Where Open Water embraced the inescapable dread of the situation, The Shallows intercuts action with weepy monologues and blatant product placement, complete with jarring screenshots that clash with the elemental nature of the story. ‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/5 61% Race (2016) Race feels like a lustrous after-school special, suffering from an uninspired treatment that favours a cozy, glossy look over gritty authenticity.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3.5/5 77% Keanu (2016) [Key & Peele] stay true to form: spoofing stereotypes, changing attitudes and generally keeping the audience off-balance with unexpected references.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
1.5/5 58% Money Monster (2016) Money Monster is a flaccid farce masquerading as an issue film. The tepid hostage drama turns out to be a manipulative whodunit that lets the real bad guys off the hook.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
4/5 95% Sing Street (2016) Sing Street captures the happy/sad state of adolescence. It's a cinematic ear-worm you won't want to shake.‐ CBC News
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018