Alan Dale

Alan Dale
I am not what I am.

Agrees with the Tomatometer 59% of the time.

Alan Dale's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
60% Oliver Twist (2005) "[T]he maddening thing is not just that we hardly need another movie adaptation of [Oliver Twist] ... but that there are other Dickens books that haven't been given the major movie treatment that would better suit Polanski's temperament. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 26, 2005
85% Pride and Prejudice (2005) "[A]dapted ... by Deborah Moggach and directed by Joe Wright with as much feel for what it means to be a novel as any adaptation of one I can think of. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 26, 2005
71% The Ref (1994) "[Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey] play this strident high comedy duet with a self-sustaining brio that easily puts them on the level of the stars of Twentieth Century, The Awful Truth, The Philadelphia Story, and His Girl Friday. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 19, 2005
82% Walk the Line (2005) "[The mesmerizingly instinctual] Phoenix can't make lyric art of Cash's songs, but he can make performance art of the moment in which he sings them. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 11, 2005
90% Capote (2005) "[W]hatever advantage the moviemakers gain from their knowing detachment [from their impish, narcissistic protagonist] is discounted by the fact that they take for granted the greatness of In Cold Blood. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 11, 2005
64% Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005) "[A] polluted oasis for refugees from 'positive,' heartwarming, family-friendly entertainment. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 1, 2005
67% The End of the Affair (1999) "The whole thing is beyond purple and yet so careful and reverent you can't even enjoy it as camp. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 19, 2005
68% North Country (2005) "Victorian melodrama in feminist workduds. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 19, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) "Good Night, and Good Luck. isn't memorable, even in the short run, because it creates a desire for information that Clooney has no intention of fulfilling. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 12, 2005
62% Proof (2005) "[A]n infantile fantasy ... of not just being daddy's favorite but being chosen, by some mysterious power, to inherit his gift. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 9, 2005
98% The Lady Vanishes (1938) "[R]epresents Hitchcock's work at its most charming.... [T]he suspense is tonic rather than truly frightening, and almost comically glamorous. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 9, 2005
38% Flightplan (2005) "The makers of Flightplan have trimmed all the meat off The Lady Vanishes as if it were fat and served us the bone. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 9, 2005
72% Separate Lies (2005) "Fellowes is so committed to the artistic means of naturalism, and so judicious, that his work is absorbing in a way that movies of broader scope almost never are. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Oct 26, 2005
88% Tony Takitani (2005) "Heedlessly drawn to Eiko ... Tony takes a step onto spiritually hollow ground and falls through.... That's what this kind of ironic protagonist does, from Adam on down.... " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Oct 25, 2005
61% Lord of War (2005) "Niccol squeezes his cartoonish irony for pathos, as if retelling Superman from the dark side but softening it to make us lament, 'Poor Lex Luthor. Poor, lost Lex Luthor'. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Oct 12, 2005
84% The Constant Gardener (2005) "The political ambitions of le Carré and ... Meirelles are quite insistent, but the story feels like a story, not like the truth-it's both far-fetched and predictable. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Oct 12, 2005
98% Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972) "[A]n anti-epic about European conquest that, while based in part on ... an ill-fated historical expedition, is as macabre as a Poe story. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Sep 26, 2005
93% Grizzly Man (2005) "Herzog, who remains immune to Treadwell's projections and to his self-regard, works here as a poet of the first order [in Ruskin's hierarchy]. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Sep 26, 2005
94% March of the Penguins (2005) "[A] dream visit to the zoo. You aren't actually there, but you couldn't see more than this movie shows you if you were. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Sep 26, 2005
54% Happy Endings (2005) "[Roos']s writing is facile--he needs actors like Kudrow and Gyllenhaal to give his work depth and texture, and he seems to sense it without jealousy. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Aug 3, 2005
85% De Battre mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (2005) "Whether the scenes add up to anything or not, however, Duris holds the screen like a natural. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Aug 3, 2005
84% Mysterious Skin (2005) "The perennial golden touch in Hollywood is to make old stories seem new. In Mysterious Skin [writer-director Gregg] Araki "achieves" the opposite. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jul 19, 2005
75% House of Sand and Fog (2003) "The dramatic scheme is to show how two people ... intersect "tragically," but what we see is a group of characters who act as wrongheadedly and intransigently as imaginable. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jul 19, 2005
75% Crash (2004) "The L.A. of Crash is a distorted scale model of the city that [writer-director Paul] Haggis treats as if it were the city itself. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jul 19, 2005
93% La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969) "I doubt such an unrelenting challenge to the Christian faith, in both its substance and its expression, has ever been made in a more easygoing fashion. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jun 26, 2005
100% Viridiana (1961) "The man who made Los Olvidados believes in ... reform. In Viridiana he more fully, and comically, acknowledges the immense hurdles to reform set up by human corruption. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted May 28, 2005
42% Palindromes (2004) "[If Solondz isn't] having fun relating Aviva's determinedly depressive misadventures then what has he invited us into the theater for? " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted May 28, 2005
78% Sin City (2005) "[I]f you go for the dimensionless, porny style, hey, unbuckle and enjoy. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Apr 27, 2005
80% Oldboy (2005) "[T]he movie approaches us as if we were both a primitive religious congregation and a benumbed action-picture audience, in either case a group in need of shocks. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Apr 27, 2005
74% The Upside of Anger (2005) "[L]ike Leaving Las Vegas, The Upside of Anger provides a galvanizing turn for its star--a daring alloy of pungent misery and jaw-dropping antics. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Apr 25, 2005
91% Downfall (Der Untergang) (2004) "[A]n epic without an epic hero, an epic of deserved defeat. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Mar 28, 2005
91% Fear and Trembling (2004) "The movie is slight but in a way that makes it the opposite of pushy; it's companionably easy to laugh with. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Mar 16, 2005
85% Wandâfuru raifu (After Life) (1998) "When his instincts are just right Kore-eda has both the perfect technique and the perfect touch for suggesting (without explicitly defining) the immanence of human experience. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Mar 8, 2005
93% Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004) "[Kore-eda has developed]a paradoxically quiet expressionistic technique, a virtuosic way to make the audience feel as if we were observing without intruding. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Mar 8, 2005
15% The Affair of the Necklace (2001) "Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Feb 1, 2005
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) "Hilary Swank [deserves] an award in a new category for the most winning performance in the movie I'm least likely to watch again. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Feb 1, 2005
83% Finding Neverland (2004) "Finding Neverland moved me at times but didn't transport me, either to Edwardian London in the first instance, or from there to Neverland. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 26, 2005
43% The Village (2004) "[The love story] between the two young, uncorrupted stars suffuses the entire movie and has made me forgive, if not forget, the movie's flaws. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 13, 2005
87% The Aviator (2004) "No movie directed by Martin Scorsese has ever felt more like work for hire. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 13, 2005
90% Kinsey (2004) "Writer-director Bill Condon has come up with a nifty ironic conception of Alfred Kinsey, his sex-researcher hero. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 13, 2005
81% Ray (2004) "Some of the performances of Ray Charles's greatest hits send you right over the void at the center of the movie. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 13, 2005
90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) "When I say that I would happily watch Cheadle and Okonedo in anything ... I don't mean more movies like Hotel Rwanda. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 10, 2005
80% Waking Life (2001) "Linklater's most visually distinctive movie, with exquisitely detailed renderings ... that are at the same time unstable, floaty, in a way perfect for a dreamed reality. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 9, 2005
95% Before Sunset (2004) "[A]n experiment can be valuable without being successful. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 9, 2005
88% Bad Education (2004) "It's hard to make a good film noir if you're uncomfortable with your audience's corruptibility. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Jan 4, 2005
42% Beyond the Sea (2004) "You can't get much more Hollywood than a movie about a performer in which success is synonymous with quality. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 17, 2004
97% Maria Full of Grace (2004) "Marston has made an amazingly lean debut feature.... But everything he trimmed wasn't fat. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 6, 2004
88% House of Flying Daggers (2004) "[T]he sense of wonder Yimou strains for would be seriously hampered by his lack of humor even if he were one of the great stylists of movie history. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Dec 3, 2004
92% Vera Drake (2004) "[T]his can't be called naturalism ... Vera has to represent the bad medicine that fills the gap for low-income women, the bad medicine that results inevitably from bad law. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 28, 2004
78% The Saddest Music in the World (2004) "When a director's "primitive" style is as developed as Maddin's, your aesthetic response can seem like all the emotion you need, his thrill your thrill. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 19, 2004
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) "[Y]our expectations of climax, resolution, consolation fall away and you're quite simply present in every detail of every moment. " ‐ Blogcritics.org
Posted Nov 19, 2004
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