Alan Dale

"I am not what I am."

Agrees with the Tomatometer 59% of the time.

Favorites:
The Pawn Shop, Doktor Mabuse, Pandora's Box, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Rules of the Game, The Wizard of Oz, The Magnificent Ambersons, A Streetcar Named Desire, Magical Maestro, Jules and Jim, Bay of the Angels, Nashville, Taxi Driver, Pennies from Heaven, Shoot the Moon, My Beautiful Laundrette, Six Degrees of Separation
Publications:
Blogcritics.org
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
116

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 116
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 (La Mala educación) (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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