Dan Jolin

Dan Jolin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Empire Magazine film critic
Empire Magazine
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 60% Arctic Tale (2007) " Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2008
4/5 65% The Kite Runner (2007) " An engaging melodrama whose less convincing plot points are superseded by some astonishingly affecting performances from the mostly unknown cast." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/5 70% I Am Legend (2007) " While the sun shines, it's a four-star thriller with a superb turn from Smith. When the moon rises, it's a two-star horror cartoon with some of the worst FX we've seen all year. So, really, it has to average out at..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2007
4/5 82% Into the Wild (2007) " With the whole of America as his backdrop, Penn pulls off his most ambitious movie yet. The result is a beautiful and thought-provoking road movie." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2007
3/5 76% Stardust (2007) " Patchy but great fun, peppering plenty of black humour into a sweet if silly fairy-tale romance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/5 97% Once (2007) " The year's most pleasant cinematic surprise. Once has enough heart, wit, verve and sheer songwriting genius to ensure you'll see it far more times than its title suggests." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/5 94% The Counterfeiters (2007) " A sharp and compelling war drama that delivers on the promise of its astonishing true-life origins." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2007
2/5 40% Shrek the Third (2007) " Another summer threequel, another case of slipping standards - not so much in the visuals, which remain predictably impressive, but in the all-important gag rate. To waste both Donkey and Puss is a crime..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2/5 56% Grow Your Own (2007) " Plenty of over-British Britishness in this predictable drama." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2007
4/5 93% This Is England (2007) " Deeply impressive, as both a recreation of â(TM)80s working-class England and an intimate tale of one childhoodâ(TM)s brutal end." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1/5 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) " A twist-burdened techno-thriller that would be by-the-numbers if it could count." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2007
4/5 82% Days of Glory (Indigenes) (2007) " A war film more of sober, grim reflection than balls-out escapades. Yet it grips consistently, its bursts of combat delivering gut-punches of veracity." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2007
4/5 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) " A sharper account of the Iwo Jima conflict than Flags, this balances its unflinching handling of the horrors of war with its touching portrayal of those who face them." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2007
4/5 76% The Prestige (2006) " Odd, but brilliantly so. It's a small film that feels big, a period drama that looks modern, defying comparison to anything but Nolan himself." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
4/5 58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) " The odd conclusion renders it somewhat oblique, but Perfume is a feast for the senses. Smell it with your eyes..." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2006
5/5 91% United 93 (2006) " Impossible to recommend as a great Friday night out, yet agonisingly vital as thought-urging cinema." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2006
5/5 91% Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) " Absurd, outrageous, gross, disturbing, insightful, and so funny it'll burst half the blood vessels in your face." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2006
2/5 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) " On the Ferrellometer, Talladega Nights sits just above Kicking & Screaming, when it should be redlining it up there with Anchorman." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2006
3/5 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) " Thankfully, the bits that matter most -- the dust-ups -- are superb." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2006
3/5 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) " Too long, and too wrapped up in its various plot contrivances to notice it's veering off course. But Jack just about pulls the wheel back, aided by Verbinski's flair for cartoonish comedy action." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2006
3/5 86% Thank You For Smoking (2006) " Structural scrappiness aside, it remains a laudably amoral and superbly caustic comedy for those who like their satire strong and unfiltered." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2006
3/5 58% X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) " Singer's absence is felt but not fatal. By adding too much new blood Ratner loses some of the original DNA, but with its nifty set-pieces and a few nasty surprises, X3's still a worthy enough sequel to ensure it's no Last Stand." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2006
2/5 15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) (2005) " An amiable enough micro-caper which offers savoury titters over out-and-out laughs without ever living up to the concept's comedic potential." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 6, 2006
5/5 96% Sideways (2004) " Brilliantly observed characters are becoming second nature to Payne and Taylor, and the performances here are uniformly terrific. This is wonderful, original stuff." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 62% I Heart Huckabees (2004) " If you're up for it, you'll discover a fresh, funny little romp unafraid to tackle the biggest issues of all." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 58% Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor) (2006) " Twisted, mysterious, bold and compelling, this is a raging cyclone of a movie, sucking up elements from the likes of Blade and The Matrix and whirling them into something new." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 90% Hotel Rwanda (2004) " Who cares about overdone orchestral blasts or signpost-waving lines of dialogue when such raw, naked, painful humanity is displayed by Don Cheadle in the central role?" — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 93% Grizzly Man (2005) " Part punk wildlife doc, part diary of a twisted soul, part cautionary tale, Grizzly Man is a complex, unique and engrossing journey into the murky recesses of an unhinged mind." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
5/5 84% King Kong (2005) " What could have been Jackson's folly is a triumph, the kind of romantic action spectacle that makes the big screen silver and provides box-office gold. Puts the prime in primate." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2006
4/5 73% V for Vendetta (2006) " Setting out more to challenge us with its ideas than make us whoop at the action, Vendetta can be clumsy, but there are enough impressive flourishes to make up for its stumblings." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 11, 2006
3/5 36% Dear Wendy (2005) " It's a cold, brittle film, capable of grabbing attention but unable to emotionally absorb." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2005
3/5 46% Dark Water (2005) " Interesting and unsettling, but never terrifying." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2005
4/5 85% The Descent (2006) " Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2005
3/5 72% Open Water (2004) " As it dawns on the couple that they've slipped several links down the food chain, you're right there with them." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2004
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