Daniel M. Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Daniel M. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. His reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He is Boston correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the weekly Jewish Advocate and teaches film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for Clarkesworld and Space and Time magazine. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I'll Have What She?s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. His collection of essays, Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and other observations about science fiction movies has been nominated for a Hugo Award for "Best Related Work."
Favorites:
Annie Hall, The Producers, North by Northwest, Holiday, The Fly (1986), Lilo and Stitch, Dr. Strangelove, Sunset Boulevard, High Noon, The Stunt Man.
Publications:
Christian Science Monitor , New England Movies Weekly , Sci-Fi Movie Page , The Jewish Advocate , Variety , Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
2513
Total QuickRatings:
1123

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3.5/4 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " While several of the summer's films have had plenty of battles and destruction, this is the one that leaves us with something other than a conventional happy ending." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/5 23% Tammy (2014) " How many times can you play the same vulgar and aggressively stupid character before the audience moves on? " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " For those viewers who measure their ages in single digits, this will prove to be one of the best films of the summer. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jul 2, 2014
90% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Aaron Swartz's life story is a tragedy, but not for the reasons the makers of The Internet's Own Boy would have you believe." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 17% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " ...a bloated, incoherent mess that may divert children (and grown-ups who enjoyed playing with the toys) who have turned the last three films into international hits." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 26, 2014
5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Those of you who have despaired of finding any major studio release amidst the flood of monster, superhero, fairy tale, and goofy comedy movies now have something to go see. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
87% Obvious Child (2014) " It is an awkward, cynical film that clearly knows little about the romantic comedies its main character says she despises." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " ... raucous, goofy fun that doesn't assume the people who are watching are idiots." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " As a reviewer who greeted the first film with lukewarm praise the reaction is much different this time. It joins that short list of sequels that surpass their originals. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " You will laugh. You will cry. You will be surprised that a movie this manipulative is the best teenage love story so far this year." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " ...those willing to appreciate finely etched character studies of two women, trying to make sense of a discovered or rediscovered Jewish past, will find this both engaging and moving. " — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " ..a thoughtful, action-packed, and occasionally amusing take on the [time loop] premise melded into the alien invasion story. For summer entertainment, it will more than do." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 49% Maleficent (2014) " ...the film rides on the strength of Angelina Jolie's performance and she is, in a word, magnificent. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
1/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " There's so much bodily waste on screen that the film becomes the cinematic equivalent of a cesspool." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 14% Blended (2014) " ...an admixture that doesn't quite come together, as what might have been a romantic comedy about second chances-with kids-fights for screen time with more typical Adam Sandler fare." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It isn't the best of the series but it lets fans enjoy younger and older versions of some of the characters and play in this corner of the Marvel Universe." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted May 21, 2014
2.5/5 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " There's an ugly veneer of imperialism driving the film, not because it is deliberately disrespectful to its Indian characters, but because it treats them as little more than props. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " What Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein get is that while Godzilla is a monster, he is a monster we want to cheer. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted May 14, 2014
1.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " ...a moronic comedy pitched to the lowest possible denominator. No thought was given to anything beyond the initial premise. After that it's all sex, drugs, and people acting like idiots. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " ...strictly for the little ones, although serious students of computer animation may want to take a look as well." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
1/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Here is the optimistic wish that we have bottomed out for the year and the films to come will have to be better than this. It would take a special effort to be worse. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " It's so forgettable though that if you do see it you may want to make note of the title so that you don't accidentally rent it when it comes out on DVD." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 4, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " On the Marvel scale of recent films, this falls short of Captain America: Winter Soldier but was a lot less embarrassing than Thor: The Dark World." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Apr 30, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " Like "Defiance" (2008), which dramatized the resistance efforts led by the Bielski brothers, this is that rare Holocaust drama about Jews fighting back." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " ...an intelligent, complex movie about artificial intelligence that delves deep into some of the issues the overrated Her only touched on. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Costner gives his best performance in years as a decent man trying to steer a steady course knowing it may cost him his reputation and his job if he's wrong." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/5 74% Oculus (2014) " Compared to what passed for horror back in the 1980s-masked killers gruesomely murdering horny teenagers-this is a mature and satisfying movie in more ways than one. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " For those invested in the Marvel superheroes, it ranks high up there. It's not The Avengers or Iron Man, but it's better than most of the rest of them." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " By leaving us with such issues to ponder, Noah transcends the genre of mere 'Biblical epic.' It becomes part of the very discussion." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " Schwarzenegger plays it straight. There are no winks at the audience that this is just a goofy action movie. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 64% Bad Words (2014) " If you take this as, in a sense, a dirty fairy tale, it is absolutely hilarious. If you take it straight you're going to have a terrible time. You're also going to be missing the point." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The film works because it engages in some creative world-building... That said, its roots in other YA successes are painfully obvious. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " There's no getting around it. This is a dumb movie. However, if all you want out of it is cars going fast, it will fulfill your personal Need For Speed." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 14, 2014
77% Bethlehem (2014) " A disturbing and engrossing film, it offers a dark, pessimistic vision of the difficulties in the region, leaving viewers wondering anew what it will take to find a way out." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " ...a family film in the true sense. It is something that will appeal to all ages, even if your kids are laughing at different jokes than you are. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/5 41% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " ...it seems more like a video game than a real battle. One almost expects numbers in the corner keeping track of Greek and Persian casualties so we can keep score. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) " It isn't so much a story that needed to be told as a problem to be solved by the filmmakers." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 47% Stalingrad (2014) " While it fails as a history lesson, it scores in bringing home the emotional impact of the event, which might explain why this shattered box office records for a Russian movie. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 21% Son Of God (2014) " The flaws may be ignored by those for whom the film is a religious experience, but it doesn't mean they aren't there." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " If you like the fast-paced thrillers with twists that we've come to associate with Luc Besson then this should score. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 22, 2014
4/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " ...a delicate romantic fantasy that requires that you willingly suspend your disbelief and give yourself over to it. Cynics need not apply. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " As a review of the earlier film memorably noted, buying the book is less expensive and will be more satisfying than the movie. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 12, 2014
3/5 49% RoboCop (2014) " As a fan of the original, this reviewer really didn't want to like this one... but he did." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Feb 11, 2014
4/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " It's based on historical fact, it's got a great cast, and it even features a jaunty score by Alexandre Desplat. It's the first really good film of the new year." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The problem is that the plot is simplistic, the jokes aren't very funny, and if you're not a Lego aficionado you may be wondering what the fuss is all about." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " Reitman loves to give us characters we think we know and then show us we don't know them at all." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " ...a lesson for the twenty-somethings who are presumably the target audience. Older viewers may wonder what the fuss is about... " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/4 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " I, Frankenstein isn't a masterpiece, but it is a fast-paced and slickly made film that holds your attention." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jan 25, 2014
4/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " It turns out to be a solid thriller with a strong cast, some great set pieces, and a set up for many more films to come. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2014
1.5.5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Hart is moving dangerously close to Rob Schneider territory where his very presence in a film is a strike against it." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jan 19, 2014
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