Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg
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T-Meter Title | Year
91% Four Hours at the Capitol (2021) Even a corner of this nightmarish story is unsettling to watch and worthwhile purely to prevent that day from slipping into the ether. But there are too many inevitable gaps and exclusions to keep Four Hours at the Capitol from feeling essential. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2021
86% Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021) Even if the Muppet sensibility of meta-commentary and aggressive punnery is completely compatible with that humor, this is the flimsiest version of it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
95% Listening to Kenny G (2021) Mocking Kenny G has become a three-decade game of one-upmanship. And who better than Penny Lane to serve as a sort of devil's advocate, so to speak. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
100% Attica (2021) You can't let stories like this get lost. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
No Score Yet The Real Charlie Chaplin (2021) The filmmaking choices all too frequently muddle any potential insight, yet the documentary contains so much good stuff that fans of the subject might be powerless to resist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
No Score Yet Torn (2021) One can easily imagine all the ways Torn could have become something sensationalistic and tawdry. Instead, it's a family drama that, rather than exploiting its jaw-dropping twists, aims for something more contemplative and much more emotional. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
90% Fauci (2021) Fauci has an actual structural focus that's smartly considered and interesting, even if it left me with myriad questions. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
82% Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song (2021) It turns out that even with this degree of focus, two hours is insufficient, though there's much to admire in the effort. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
93% The Alpinist (2021) Leclerc's lack of introspection - you never forget his youth - puts a lot of pressure on the other talking heads. Fortunately, The Alpinist can always count on Harrington for amusing or poignant beats. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2021
78% Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021) It's a simple story with ample room for exploration or discovery. Rofé does only a little of either. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2021
No Score Yet Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground (2021) Allison's project certainly isn't inaccessible as a stand-alone, but it just as certainly is an emotional and an artistic response to Eyes on the Prize, a provocative call to action for what the next foundational text should do. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
96% Ascension (2021) Like its documentary predecessors, Ascension finds aesthetic allure and fodder for debate in the complex symphony of industrialism and the people functioning within its order and disorder. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
87% All These Sons (2021) It's hard to watch without feeling deeply and immediately invested. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
91% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) It's an intensely painful documentary, one closer to the center of a raw, thoroughly unhealed, and yet very public, wound than I think I've ever seen before. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2021
52% Moby Doc (2021) For a man who has written multiple memoirs, Moby's introspection is somewhere in the range of "moderate," but his accumulated takeaways are close to nil. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
66% Friends: The Reunion (2021) Plenty of people will be overjoyed by the "10,000 spoons" tactic, and I got a lot of enjoyment here, despite thinking a different utensil would have been more ideal. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
No Score Yet Dirty Tricks (2021) You likely will have had enough fun not to stress out that a much more nuanced version of this story could have been told. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
80% The Day Sports Stood Still (2021) The Day Sports Stood Still is three potentially great documentaries spliced together into one decent documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
96% Alone Together (2021) A quirky artist's quarantine creativity, relatably captured. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2021
100% When Claude Got Shot (2021) Consistently engaging and frequently provocative, but maybe also a little frustrating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
100% United States vs. Reality Winner (2021) Gripping story, by-the-numbers film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
93% Lily Topples the World (2021) The subject shines, even when the storytelling gets clunky. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
77% Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021) There's enough good, previously unseen stuff in Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell to make it an easy recommendation, though seeing and hearing stuff you haven't seen before isn't the same as learning a lot of things you didn't know before. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
83% Misha and the Wolves (2021) The story at the center of Misha and the Wolves is so wild that most viewers probably won't worry that the most substantive and crucial piece of Hobkinson's documentary is the one delivered least convincingly. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
73% Fake Famous (2021) I was engaged, but completely unconvinced by Fake Famous. But I also have only 200 Instagram followers, so what do I know? - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
86% At the Ready (2021) An occasionally inspiring, occasionally disconcerting look at teens processing the world. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
95% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) If 107 minutes is maybe insufficient for something as important and layered as Sesame Street, that likely won't keep viewers from being satisfied. They'll just have to make a few more documentaries about this seminal show. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
86% Homeroom (2021) An often powerful look at an unprecedented school year. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
92% Elizabeth is Missing (2019) Wrap those big puzzles around a performance as great as Jackson's and this is a tightly told story well worth checking out, even if you may need the mystery to pique your initial curiosity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
40% Death to 2020 (2020) Death to 2020 is a generally hacky piece of recycled political satire and tired documentary parody reflecting on the year that was in a way that will feel fresh to you only if you've self-imposed a strict media blackout since February. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
93% 40 Years a Prisoner (2020) 40 Years a Prisoner has the potential to be a gateway documentary, to get people curious about the full story of MOVE and to stoke additional curiosity about why this particular story hasn't been given a definitive docuseries. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
91% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) I like the intellectual exercise of The Mystery of D.B. Cooper and how unavoidably unsatisfying Dower's approach is intended to be. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
93% A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (2020) I really admired the special's commitment to some of the deep ensemble players from the original episode. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
100% 537 Votes (2020) Democratic Party operatives should definitely check this one out before November. Republicans probably don't need to. Roger Stone is still around. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
67% The Swamp (2020) The Swamp is watchable and full of interesting pieces of Congressional trivia, some that I actually hadn't known previously. It's still a railroaded documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
90% Dave Chappelle: 8:46 (2020) In its own eerie vacuum, 8:46, however one wants to define it, is a fascinating snapshot of the moment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
No Score Yet The Happy Days of Garry Marshall (2020) I loved the stories of Marshall's many allergies, his refusal to take left-turns when driving, his marriage of 52 years. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) Michelle Obama's story is her story and she tells it well, peppering in the lessons that structure the book - usually messages about embracing her background, finding her voice and the responsibility to use this platform that she never wanted. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Not surprisingly, it's a love letter, far more polished and smoothed-out than the genre-defying trio might have deserved in their anarchic heyday, but as warm and reflective as you might expect from the middle-aged men they are now. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
No Score Yet East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (2020) This isn't an easy story, but as wonky as it may be, it's a never-dull reflection on the gap between American optimism and execution, how much we've closed that gap and the work that remains to be done. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
100% After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News (2020) You may need a shower after watching After Truth. That, plus subscribing to a trusted newspaper and deleting our Facebook presence may be the most we can do. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
91% Lance (2020) Every word he says in the documentary feels either lawyered to death or endlessly rehearsed over countless solitary bike rides. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
95% Feels Good Man (2020) Most of the lines it draws through online trainwreck culture and shifts in mainstream culture are clear, harrowing and appropriately cautionary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
82% Whirlybird (2021) Whirlybird is informative and thrilling. It's also profound and sad. And maybe it's got threads of inspiration and uplift as well. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
81% Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) A cliched portrait of difficult genius undermines a layered portrait of a classic TV show. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) An inspiring, lively birth-of-a-movement documentary. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
96% John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019) For 70 minutes of the odd and charming mixture of what Mulaney does best, check out his new Netflix special John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch, a note-perfect pastiche of '70s and '80s children's programming. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
52% A Christmas Carol (2019) Having watched to the conclusion, I'm pretty sure we aren't witnessing the premiere of a new holiday tradition. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is a high-quality piece of suspense and action filmmaking carried by Paul's still-tremendous performance as Jesse Pinkman. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
88% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' (2019) The pacing of the Jeffersons episode was far better than that of All in the Family, or maybe it's just that I appreciated how well Foxx and Sykes were working off each other. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019