Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
The situation is hopeless, but not serious. Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Dan Lybarger'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
4.5/5 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) "Loaded with pleasant surprises, this adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel combines romantic comedy, dysfunctional family woes and a sense of danger without ever losing its way. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Nov 29, 2012
2.5/5 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) "It takes a unique film to make Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy seem dreary or even unappealing. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4.5/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) "Taiwanese director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) poses intriguing philosophical questions while also providing some of the finest eye candy in recent memory. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) "If Chasing Mavericks is short in the originality department, at least directors Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) know how to make the film seem believable. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 26, 2012
2/5 25% Fun Size (2012) "Like the candy, Fun Size is short and occasionally sweet, but not all that fun. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 26, 2012
1/5 12% Alex Cross (2012) "Imagine Bob Uecker pinch-hitting for Stan Musial, and you get an idea what it's like to see hyphenate Tyler Perry step into Morgan Freeman's shoes. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 19, 2012
2/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) "Like American filmmakers, it seems the French don't know when to quit, either. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) "Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh doesn't make movies; they're more like balancing acts. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/5 34% The Oranges (2012) "Essentially, the movie feels like a one-night-stand that's overstayed its welcome. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
1/5 55% V/H/S (2012) "Perhaps it's time to put the "POV, found footage" horror subgenre out to pasture, the way the western faded into obscurity. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) "Tim Burton more than redeems himself by resurrecting something he made nearly 30 years ago. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
3/5 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) "Kevin James is an appealing performer who'd probably be even more likable if he could pick out better scripts. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
4.5/5 96% Argo (2012) " Now that Affleck taken up directing and chosen his acting roles more carefully, the wait between his films seems intolerably long. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Oct 14, 2012
2/5 60% 10 Years (2012) "This should be a new rule for filmmakers: If the people you're following aren't as interesting as the real folks you know and love, your movie won't be much to leave home for or come home to. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/5 44% Hotel Transylvania (2012) "About the only thing interesting about 'Hotel Transylvania' is its release date, September 28, World Rabies Day. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/5 39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) "Just because a movie is subtitled doesn't mean it's any more imaginative or better crafted than domestic films. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Sep 17, 2012
4/5 83% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) "There is something worthwhile about a comic who has the guts to admit not everything that arises from his lips is worthy of Mark Twain. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Sep 17, 2012
.5/5 0% Last Ounce of Courage (2012) "It's a call for the faithful to rise up if they, or any heathens who stumble in the audience, can wake from their naps or their fits of helpless unintentional laughter. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Sep 17, 2012
3.5/5 57% Sparkle (2012) "'Sparkle' is a solidly, if not imaginatively, made showbiz tale that might have escaped notice had it not been for that fact that one if its stars, singer Whitney Houston, died after she completed her work in it. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 97% Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) "Klayman deserves a lot of credit for being in the right place at the right time with the right person. Ai is a treat to follow around, and his courage is clearly more than a pose. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) "It scores a lot of laughs at the Siegel's bad taste and odd ways of adapting to their newfound misfortune. Thankfully, Greenfield also makes the Siegels sympathetic. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4.5/5 78% Killer Joe (2012) "'Killer Joe' is a deep-fried, jalapeƱo-flavored noir that tests audience endurance. It dares viewers not to look at the depravity onscreen while gently nudging viewers to revel in it. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 26, 2012
1/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) "Mark Twain once lamented, 'The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.' Nor is there any humor to speak of in the new comedy 'Hit & Run.' " ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2012
3/5 75% Premium Rush (2012) "New York bicycle couriers lead such dangerous lives that it seems it would be possible to make a thrilling movie about them without having conventional villains or plots. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 26, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) "Haiku Ruby Sparks Creations don't stay abstract long when they become flesh and blood women " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 10, 2012
4/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) "Haiku Take This Waltz Sarah Polley can make stupid decisions seem well worth repeating " ‐ KC Active
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3/5 64% The Campaign (2012) "By sheer volume and force, laughs emerge. You just have to wait for them. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 10, 2012
2.5/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) "It's too bad that Universal wasn't content with merely letting amnesiac superspy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) end his saga with dignity. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 10, 2012
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) "Sadly, like a lot of SNL alumni or proteges, Schaffer has trouble coming up with 100 minutes of funny material. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2012
3/5 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) "Nobody buys a ticket to see a Step Up movie expecting to hear Harold Pinter-esque dialogue or to decipher elaborate plots. That's why they're titled 'Step Up' instead of 'Speak Up' or 'Think Deeply.' " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 29, 2012
2/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) "One of the surest signs climate change is upon us may be that Ice Age movies ceased to be fun a long time ago. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 50% Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012) "While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 10% Red Scorpion (1989) "Because it was produced by disgraced (and imprisoned) Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the movie is now loaded with an eerie unintentional laughter it didn't have for its original viewers. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jul 7, 2012
3/5 51% Savages (2012) "With 'Savages,' the mind behind 'Platoon' and 'Born on the Fourth of July' has apparently declared unconditional war on subtlety. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 6, 2012
4/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) "Shankman makes a lively, consistently entertaining film that blends two seemingly incompatible art forms: a Broadway musical and '80s rock 'n' roll. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3.5/5 55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) "There are jarring changes in mood, which may be as appropriate as they are unsettling. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) "The folks at Pixar are skilled enough to make a medieval Scottish royal named Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire) seem sympathetic instead of spoiled. " ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
2.5/5 20% That's My Boy (2012) "Without the handy chapter select features that come with DVDs and Blu-Rays, it's a long and painful wait for the good, I mean, bad stuff. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 90% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) "'Safety Not Guaranteed' is a little comedy that makes the world safe for personal ads. " ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4.5/5 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) "It's an oddly charming and entertaining film that works because it's willing to embrace the less savory side of its characters. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jul 1, 2012
3.5/5 55% People Like Us (2012) "Director Alex Kurtzman occasionally makes some decisions that undermine the veracity of the tale. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) "Anderson's movies work best if they're about kids or cartoon animals. " ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2012
4/5 67% Ted (2012) "Just as he has done for cartoons, Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane has made what could have been a children's story safe for raunch. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 30, 2012
1/5 29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) "It's a bad sign when Jane Fonda has to work to pass for an old hippie. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 9, 2012
4/5 73% Prometheus (2012) "'Prometheus' is not so much a prequel to Ridley Scott's 'Alien' as it is a remake. Fortunately, Scott remembers what made his unsettling 1979 classic work. " ‐ Rotten Tomatoes
Posted Jun 8, 2012
4/5 75% Sound of My Voice (2012) "The odd "wait-a-second" feeling that director Zal Batmanglij imbues the film with makes it more memorable than its conventional peers. " ‐ eFilmCritic.com
Posted Jun 4, 2012
2/5 18% For Greater Glory (2012) "Curiously, rookie director Dean Wright can't seem to make a struggle for one of the most basic rights all that interesting. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 4, 2012
3.5/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) "Theron portrays the malevolent monarch Ravenna with over-the-top zeal and almost makes the tyrant sympathetic. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 4, 2012
2.5/5 22% Darling Companion (2012) "Today, however, it's hard to watch a film about people who live in a bubble with problems that might earn them a spot on WhiteWhine.com. " ‐ KC Active
Posted May 26, 2012
4.5/5 96% Undefeated (2012) "Not only does the truth set one free but also acknowledging unpleasant realities sometimes makes the platitudes seem like more than something off a locker room poster. " ‐ KC Active
Posted May 26, 2012
1.5/5 69% Men in Black III (2012) "Lighting has clearly escaped from the bottle. " ‐ KC Active
Posted May 26, 2012
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