Daniel M. Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Daniel M. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. His reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He is Boston correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the weekly Jewish Advocate and teaches film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for Clarkesworld and Space and Time magazine. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I'll Have What She?s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. His collection of essays, Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and other observations about science fiction movies has been nominated for a Hugo Award for "Best Related Work."
Favorites:
Annie Hall, The Producers, North by Northwest, Holiday, The Fly (1986), Lilo and Stitch, Dr. Strangelove, Sunset Boulevard, High Noon, The Stunt Man.
Publications:
Christian Science Monitor , New England Movies Weekly , Sci-Fi Movie Page , The Jewish Advocate , Variety , Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Critics' Group:
Boston Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
2529
Total QuickRatings:
1123

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 36% The November Man (2014) " It's got suspense, a complex spy thriller plot, and some top-notch action, and it is surprisingly entertaining." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " It's not exactly a "check your brain at the door" sort of movie, but it is one that appeals to our more animal instincts." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " What might have been simply a cheap bid for tears turns into a complex portrait of a girl navigating an extremely difficult path to adulthood. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " While many critics have noted how much it owes to '80s action films, Stallone has a deeper debt to movies like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Who Framed Roger Rabbit." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 32% The Giver (2014) " In the movies, as in life, timing is everything. In the case of The Giver it's a movie that's several years too late." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " ...this is the movie version of a tuna fish sandwich, not haute cuisine." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1/5 19% Into The Storm (2014) " The best way to describe Into the Storm is that it is weather porn." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The kids may enjoy this movie because kids enjoy most anything that's not broccoli. Adults may be another story." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " It turns out to be the goofy and action-packed antidote to most of the summer's blockbusters. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " ...it can't distract us from how familiar the story feels, even if you know nothing at all about Brown. What makes the film worth seeing are the two lead performances. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/5 61% Hercules (2014) " In exploring the power of myth to inspire men to fight, it aspires to be something more than just a lot of guys clanging swords, shields, and clubs. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 66% Lucy (2014) " ...behind the shootings and special effects is a smart movie that may surprise you." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " The movie is mush, featuring a two-dimensional turn by Diane Keaton and a truly atrocious performance by the usually dependable Michael Douglas." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " This is a movie with plenty of violent action-including a chase through a subway tunnel involving a flame thrower-but that also has a brain in its head. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Its not unlike the porn videos that inspired it: with bad acting and a flimsy script it may temporarily satisfy but will soon be quickly forgotten." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 17, 2014
41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " He understands the secret that parents keep from their children: We're making it up as we go along... a sweet film that reminds us that we're not alone on the journey." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " While several of the summer's films have had plenty of battles and destruction, this is the one that leaves us with something other than a conventional happy ending." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/5 24% Tammy (2014) " How many times can you play the same vulgar and aggressively stupid character before the audience moves on? " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " For those viewers who measure their ages in single digits, this will prove to be one of the best films of the summer. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jul 2, 2014
92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Aaron Swartz's life story is a tragedy, but not for the reasons the makers of The Internet's Own Boy would have you believe." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " ...a bloated, incoherent mess that may divert children (and grown-ups who enjoyed playing with the toys) who have turned the last three films into international hits." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 26, 2014
5/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " Those of you who have despaired of finding any major studio release amidst the flood of monster, superhero, fairy tale, and goofy comedy movies now have something to go see. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 20, 2014
88% Obvious Child (2014) " It is an awkward, cynical film that clearly knows little about the romantic comedies its main character says she despises." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " ... raucous, goofy fun that doesn't assume the people who are watching are idiots." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " As a reviewer who greeted the first film with lukewarm praise the reaction is much different this time. It joins that short list of sequels that surpass their originals. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " You will laugh. You will cry. You will be surprised that a movie this manipulative is the best teenage love story so far this year." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Jun 6, 2014
94% Ida (2014) " ...those willing to appreciate finely etched character studies of two women, trying to make sense of a discovered or rediscovered Jewish past, will find this both engaging and moving. " — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " ..a thoughtful, action-packed, and occasionally amusing take on the [time loop] premise melded into the alien invasion story. For summer entertainment, it will more than do." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " ...the film rides on the strength of Angelina Jolie's performance and she is, in a word, magnificent. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
1/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " There's so much bodily waste on screen that the film becomes the cinematic equivalent of a cesspool." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 29, 2014
2.5/5 14% Blended (2014) " ...an admixture that doesn't quite come together, as what might have been a romantic comedy about second chances-with kids-fights for screen time with more typical Adam Sandler fare." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 26, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It isn't the best of the series but it lets fans enjoy younger and older versions of some of the characters and play in this corner of the Marvel Universe." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted May 21, 2014
2.5/5 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " There's an ugly veneer of imperialism driving the film, not because it is deliberately disrespectful to its Indian characters, but because it treats them as little more than props. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " What Edwards and screenwriter Max Borenstein get is that while Godzilla is a monster, he is a monster we want to cheer. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted May 14, 2014
1.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " ...a moronic comedy pitched to the lowest possible denominator. No thought was given to anything beyond the initial premise. After that it's all sex, drugs, and people acting like idiots. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/5 16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " ...strictly for the little ones, although serious students of computer animation may want to take a look as well." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 8, 2014
1/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " Here is the optimistic wish that we have bottomed out for the year and the films to come will have to be better than this. It would take a special effort to be worse. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 4, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " It's so forgettable though that if you do see it you may want to make note of the title so that you don't accidentally rent it when it comes out on DVD." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted May 4, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " On the Marvel scale of recent films, this falls short of Captain America: Winter Soldier but was a lot less embarrassing than Thor: The Dark World." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Apr 30, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " Like "Defiance" (2008), which dramatized the resistance efforts led by the Bielski brothers, this is that rare Holocaust drama about Jews fighting back." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Apr 28, 2014
3.5/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " ...an intelligent, complex movie about artificial intelligence that delves deep into some of the issues the overrated Her only touched on. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 18, 2014
4/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " Costner gives his best performance in years as a decent man trying to steer a steady course knowing it may cost him his reputation and his job if he's wrong." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/5 74% Oculus (2014) " Compared to what passed for horror back in the 1980s-masked killers gruesomely murdering horny teenagers-this is a mature and satisfying movie in more ways than one. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Apr 12, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " For those invested in the Marvel superheroes, it ranks high up there. It's not The Avengers or Iron Man, but it's better than most of the rest of them." — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Apr 3, 2014
4/5 77% Noah (2014) " By leaving us with such issues to ponder, Noah transcends the genre of mere 'Biblical epic.' It becomes part of the very discussion." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " Schwarzenegger plays it straight. There are no winks at the audience that this is just a goofy action movie. " — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3.5/5 65% Bad Words (2014) " If you take this as, in a sense, a dirty fairy tale, it is absolutely hilarious. If you take it straight you're going to have a terrible time. You're also going to be missing the point." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3/4 41% Divergent (2014) " The film works because it engages in some creative world-building... That said, its roots in other YA successes are painfully obvious. " — Sci-Fi Movie Page
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " There's no getting around it. This is a dumb movie. However, if all you want out of it is cars going fast, it will fulfill your personal Need For Speed." — New England Movies Weekly
Posted Mar 14, 2014
79% Bethlehem (2014) " A disturbing and engrossing film, it offers a dark, pessimistic vision of the difficulties in the region, leaving viewers wondering anew what it will take to find a way out." — The Jewish Advocate
Posted Mar 7, 2014
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