Dan Jolin

Dan Jolin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Biography:
Empire Magazine film critic
Publications:
Empire Magazine
Total Reviews:
133

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 —— A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Like a good butcher's cleaver, it's weighty, solid and sharp - an effective matching of director and star in what is hopefully the first of a new film series." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " Formulaic, familiar and predictable, but also likable and well-cast, with enough verve to keep it out of the rom-com bargain bucket." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 76% The Congress (2014) " A fascinating and visually impressive intellectual helter-skelter ride, but the lack of narrative coherence lets down its promising sci-fi concepts and satire." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Colourful, tongue-in-cheek fun, purpose-built for grown-up lovers of kitsch '80s science-fiction." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 60% Hercules (2014) " With Hercules, Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson are out to entertain you - no more, no less. And that is just what they do." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " A playful and frantic science-fiction twister which mimics the best (Aliens, The Matrix, Groundhog Day) while offering something fresh and - most importantly - thrilling." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " While Miyazaki's two-hour-long, historical-melodrama swansong is destined to be his most divisive film yet, it is also his most adult and interesting, and never less than visually breathtaking throughout." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 74% Informant (2013) " Sadly underpowered by the standards of Dafri's previous scripts and unconvincingly plotted, this thriller goes down as a disappointing misfire." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " It may climax with an overly formulaic splurge, but The Winter Soldier benefits from an old-school-thriller tone that, for its first half at least, distinguishes it from its more obviously superheroic Marvel cousins." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " Inventive, ambitious, brutal and beautiful: a potent mythological epic. But also willfully challenging, as likely to infuriate as inspire." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " A tender, nostalgic and warm 'family' drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 21, 2014
5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Beautiful, heartfelt and utterly enthralling." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Patchy and in need of a rigorous edit, but amid all the weeds there is some ripe comedy - satire, even - for the plucking." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 87% Computer Chess (2013) " It's fashionable to dismiss mumblecore as prone to obtuseness, but Bujalski offers a wryly funny slice of nerd-vana." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 17, 2013
2/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Bitty and frustrating, its bigger laughs are set against some off-balance storytelling and crude comedy. Not one to take your nan to." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2013
5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2013
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Writer / director team Kureishi and Michell add to their partnership with an insightful look at a life-long commitment." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Violent, silly, embarrassing, clumsy, confusing, juvenile, occasionally offensive, occasionally a little bit fun." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " A decent, cogent, greyly atmospheric thriller with something to say about War-On-Terror America." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Ruddy hilarious. Just what big-screen comedy needed." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3/5 100% The Deep (Djúpið) (2013) " Kormákur has made a suitably dramatic recreation of a remarkable episode." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 96% The Deep (2013) " Back on home turf, Contraband director Kormákur has made a suitably dramatic recreation of a remarkable episode. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2013
5/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " Polley's fearless personal journey is a huge achievement, a genuine revelation - but the less detail you know beforehand, the better. Go in cold, come out warmed." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 41% Spike Island " Following Made Of Stone, this is another slice of nostalgia for baggies of a certain age." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " It feels the right Superman origin story for our era, and teases what would be a welcome new superfranchise." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Who'd have thought Michael Douglas and Matt Damon would make such an astonishing, convincing on-screen couple? Steven Soderbergh, that's who..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2013
5/5 92% My Neighbor Totoro (1988) " An otherworldly tale of childhood and a definitive work of imagination." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 20, 2013
4/5 98% Mud (2013) " A bold, intelligent, 21st century take on Mark Twain - with added occult tendencies." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 5, 2013
3/5 55% The Look of Love (2013) " A solid, straightforward biopic about a fascinating individual and his destructive relationships, with strong performances and a healthy sense of naffness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2013
4/5 51% Welcome to the Punch (2013) " A confident, ambitious and action-rich Brit thriller, albeit one whose characters and clarity suffer from the frantic intensity of its pacing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2013
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " A lurching misstep from the Dead Snow director." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2013
4/5 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Another strong, sparky and bloody entry in the QT canon." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2013
4/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " The Hobbit plays younger and lighter than Fellowship and its follow-ups, but does right by the faithful and has a strength in Martin Freeman's Bilbo that may yet see this trilogy measure up to the last one. There is treasure here." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2012
4/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " An honest, affection-hooking, coming-of-age drama which proves that there is life beyond Hogwarts for Emma Watson." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2012
3/5 88% Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012) " A great concert movie framed around a substantially less enthralling interview." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " As beige as an old PC, but beneath the surface the blood pumps bright scarlet. An intelligent and emotionally charged spy drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2012
2/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " The grave tone makes it stiff and leaden, the digi-saturated look is a turn-off. Damnable and disordered." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2012
3/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " A strong visual style tussles with flaccid storytelling in this ambitious retelling of Grimm." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 28, 2012
3/5 81% Get the Gringo (2012) " The closest Mel Gibson's come to playing Martin Riggs since the last Lethal Weapon." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2012
3/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " For horror hounds who love a larf, and those of us who always wondered exactly what that dry-ice stuff that rises out of the forest-floor moss is." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) " Just about every sci-fi/fantasy/superhero adventure you ever loved is in here somewhere." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2012
3/5 74% Rampart (2012) " A familiar story oddly presented, but with a powerful central performance from Woody Harrelson." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2012
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " A marvellous follow-up to 2004's Sideways - well worth the wait." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " One of Streep's finest-ever performances." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2012
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) " A starkly effective ensemble drama which could well do for the sniffles what Jaws did for great whites." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2011
3/5 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) " Stupid, with three o's. But also fun, never boring, and never insulting (to anyone other than Dumas) - unlike certain of the summer's A-pics..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2011
5/5 83% Warrior (2011) " It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like The Fighter, but with kicking." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2011
4/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " A simple entertainment in a summer of overcomplicated disappointments. Also much harder-edged than you may have expected." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 15, 2011
4/5 98% Project Nim (2011) " Gripping, heart-wrenching, powerful and a sad indictment of scientific practice, which shows that 'human' and 'humane' are all-too-often mutually exclusive." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2011
4/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " A beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2011
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