Dan Callahan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Bright Lights Film Journal , House Next Door , Reverse Shot , RogerEbert.com , Slant Magazine , ToxicUniverse.com
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
211
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1.5/4 20% Expecting (2013) " A fairly laidback movie that isn't serious and isn't funny and isn't much of anything." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/4 69% S#x Acts (2013) " Probably a lot of people who see this film will get fed up with Gili's passivity, but some people in life are passive in a way that feels like a defiantly inactive reaction to ill treatment." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 —— Skinwalker Ranch (2013) " The somewhat charming thing about "Skinwalker Ranch" is that it takes itself seriously." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1.5/4 43% Sal (2013) " All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
1/4 36% Last Love (2013) " This is a glacially paced movie, filled with sickly picture postcard imagery that seems designed to put you to sleep." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 34% The Counselor (2013) " The film might be a real hoot if everyone had gone over the top, but the actors all seem too awkward and uneasy for that to really happen. It's as if they're all thinking, "Wait, is this script by Cormac McCarthy really as bad as it sounds?"" — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 25, 2013
3/4 50% A.C.O.D. (2013) " "A.C.O.D." is a sharp, dark-ish character comedy, settling for a dry tolerance in its point of view that is very appealing and even admirable." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2/4 9% Runner Runner (2013) " "Runner Runner" is the kind of meat-and-potatoes genre picture that might be passable if the people involved in making it had given the same thought and concentration to the development of the plot and the ending as they did to the fairly involving set-up." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " You can admire the skill that has gone into the shaping of these scenes while also rejecting their ultimate aim." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
70% C.O.G. (2013) " People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Sep 20, 2013
79% Quartet (2013) " Hoffman, of all people, should have respect enough for Smith to give her something meatier to chew on." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 2, 2013
70% Les Misérables (2012) " As Fantine, a gaunt Anne Hathaway plunges into her character's suffering with such unseemly relish that she practically licks her chops with self-indulgent woe. " — Reverse Shot
Posted Dec 27, 2012
75% Damsels in Distress (2012) " This is a very funny movie, and in some ways a dirty movie, in the old Ernst Lubitsch sense of innuendoes standing in for outright sex talk." — House Next Door
Posted Jul 3, 2012
78% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " "When Davies is able to get away from the bed-sitting room Rattigan chat, he creates some of his most lushly romantic emotional spirals upward set to popular music."" — House Next Door
Posted Mar 24, 2012
100% Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962) " The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) might be my favorite Robert Bresson film, and Florence Delay, who plays Joan and who went on to become a respected novelist in France, my favorite Bresson lead." — House Next Door
Posted Jan 9, 2012
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Like most of Meryl Streep's films, The Iron Lady is mainly just a vehicle for her performance, a pretext for role-playing, another acting master class." — House Next Door
Posted Dec 21, 2011
79% Shame (2011) " Shame feels like the first real Fassbender vehicle in that it hinges entirely on him and his minute facial reactions and (especially) on the constant workout of his body walking and running through space. " — House Next Door
Posted Nov 29, 2011
95% Paul Goodman Changed My Life (2011) " I sometimes feel like I like the idea of Paul Goodman more than the reality of most of his writing, but it is this cheering idea of him as utopian sexual and societal prophet that Lee's film brings back most seductively." — House Next Door
Posted Oct 15, 2011
86% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " My Own Private Idaho is a seminal movie for many people. It certainly has been for me." — House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2011
—— À double tour (Web of Passion) (Leda) (1959) " Chabrol was a hedonist who made no bones about how much he relished food and sex, usually in that order." — Reverse Shot
Posted Aug 1, 2011
67% New York, New York (1977) " A downbeat homage to bright-lights showbiz dramas, an epic orchestration that indulges in stubbornly obsessive riffs, Martin Scorsese's New York, New York (1977) seems to value awkwardness and indecision above all else. " — House Next Door
Posted Jun 16, 2011
88% Deep End (1971) " In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady." — House Next Door
Posted Jun 10, 2011
94% Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) (2011) " Delphine is the sort of person who would rather be unhappy than compromise her own expectations of life; this is a woman who's idea of beach reading is Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. " — House Next Door
Posted Jun 9, 2011
97% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) " "I am the earth mother, and you are all flops," Martha proclaims toward the end, and Taylor never had a line of dialogue that better suited her fighting maternal spirit." — House Next Door
Posted May 22, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) " Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life never stops moving forward. " — House Next Door
Posted May 22, 2011
75% Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1963) House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
50% Mildred Pierce (2012) " Haynes's Mildred Pierce finally seems like the most elaborately produced critical close reading of a novel of all time." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2011
—— Red Line 7000 (1965) " Howard Hawks is a great film director; his reputation is assured and seldom assailed today, so the revelation of a Red Line won't do him much harm." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
—— Poil de Carotte (The Red Head) (1932) " Duvivier's Poil de carotte (1932, Carrot Top in English) is one of the most touching films about unhappy childhood that I've ever seen." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
66% The Blind Side (2009) " The Blind Side, which has reportedly made close to 200 million dollars, is based on a true story (the operative word is "based," of course). " — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
75% The Eclipse (2010) " No, this is not The Eclipse where Monica Vitti and Alain Delon fail to rendezvous on Antonioni's empty street corner." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
63% Howl (2010) " Like one of those ghastly Vanity Fair black and white photo spreads where hot young actors dress up and pose as bygone icons." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
87% Black Swan (2010) " Stuck in some netherworld of not-quite-exploitation and maybe-serious." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " This is very tricky material to parse, mainly because the movie is telling us one thing in dialogue and showing us quite another visually. " — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
96% The Social Network (2010) " I've read a lot about The Social Network at this point, mostly raves about how it supposedly captures The Way We Live Now, but no one has really zeroed in on how deliberately alienating it is." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
—— Hôtel Monterey (1972) " Akerman sets herself a technical goal and fulfills it admirably." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
80% Les Rendez-vous d'Anna (The Meetings of Anna) (1978) " A not particularly believable, conventional narrative about a film director (Aurore Clément) who feels alienated (surprise!) and listens to a lot of disparate people talk, talk, talk. " — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
100% I, You, He, She (Je, Tu, Il, Elle) (1975) " Akerman must have had enormous confidence in herself to be so bold both aesthetically and sexually so early in her career." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
60% My Son John (1952) " Robin Wood has written about how McCarey loves romantic couples but seems to loathe families, and this point is borne out most harrowingly in My Son John, the skeleton film in his closet, and one of the most personally revealing." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
—— A Matter of Time (Nina) (1976) " Vincente Minnelli disowned his last movie, A Matter of Time (1976), when it was taken away from him by its producers, American International Pictures, and after its initial release it pretty much disappeared from view. " — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
—— Mademoiselle (1966) " Jeanne Moreau made a lot of seminal movies in the 1960's,but her feral contribution to Tony Richardson's Mademoiselle (1966) has acquired a deserved cult following all its own." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
71% Somewhere (2010) " Coppola has shamelessly retreated to what worked for her before in Lost in Translation." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
77% Tiny Furniture (2010) " Dunham is a comedian of the Elaine May school; she's not as freakishly talented as that comparison might suggest, but there are moments in this film when Dunham very much resembles May's own daughter, the actress Jeannie Berlin." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
67% Kitten with a Whip (1964) " The laughs keep coming, and the biggest one is always when existentialist Grant (Richard Anderson) barks to Troy Donahue-like Ron (Peter Brown), "Now cool it, you creep, and co-exist!"" — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
82% After Dark, My Sweet (1990) " Patric plays one of those sweet and totally limited ex-boxers that only seem to exist in the movies and in pulp novels." — Reverse Shot
Posted Feb 23, 2011
90% Public Speaking (2011) " One of the greatest movies based around talk of all time." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
74% Heartbeats (2011) " So much of the impact of Heartbeats is erotic because it always withholds sex or breaks it up into pieces." — House Next Door
Posted Feb 23, 2011
25% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009) " Markell has valiantly created a mild bit of Williams ephemera that could have been more than a curiosity piece with a more dynamic actress at its center." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2010
80% A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Will o' the Wisp) (1958) " Sirk is a past master of handling the most dubious writing and acting and still somehow making it conform to his overall vision." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 15, 2009
—— La Bandera (1939) " Was Julien Duvivier an auteur (like his countryman Jean Renoir), a skilled craftsman (like Michael Curtiz) or a pure hack (like, say, Ray Enright)?" — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2009
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