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Dan Fienberg

Dan Fienberg
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
14% The Ledge (2011) How much should one admire this attempted fusion of disparate elements when "The Ledger" proves to be such a dismal thriller and such a banal meditation on faith?‐ HitFix
Posted May 6, 2011
61% The Beaver (2011) It's possible Mel Gibson is *too* good and Foster was too willing to let the tone of Gibson's performance steer the tone of the movie, rather than the tone of Killen's script.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted May 6, 2011
59% Scream 4 (2011) Craven and Williamson can't let go of the original stars, whose sullen characters and cruise control performances add a layer of dullness on top of the by-the-numbers scares.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2011
54% Perfect Sense (2012) Despite a thuddingly bad title - What, "Senseless" and "Insensitive" were too on-the-nose? - "Perfect Sense" makes an honest and often worthy attempt to do right by its story.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 26, 2011
12% I Melt with You (2011) Two-plus hours of cocaine-snorting, pill-popping, alcohol-swilling middle-age crisis montages, punctuated periodically with The Whining of the Dispossessed White Male‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 26, 2011
86% Terri (2011) Another coming-of-age Sundance flick about a lovable outcast who comes to appreciate his own individuality with the help of an oddball authority figure? Yes. But a good one.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 24, 2011
83% Tyrannosaur (2011) "Tyrannosaur" features tremendous performances in all key roles, even if the overall film occasionally strays into that well-trod genre of British blue collar misery porn.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 23, 2011
95% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) People love Elmo, but it's also pretty clear that "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is a documentary that plays well to a crowd on its own.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 23, 2011
No Score Yet Miss Representation (2011) It may feel like the barely cinematic equivalent of a grad school thesis, but it's also a documentary that will spur conversations, one that could inspire and change lives. ‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2011
98% Project Nim (2011) A gripping animal biopic that takes audiences on a journey that begins with laugher, amusement and bemusement and ends, in the case of several viewers around me, with tears.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2011
94% The Guard (2011) "The Guard" is a fish-out-of-water story, an upside-down Irish Western, a crime drama, a diabolically self-aware comedy and a marvelously acted character study.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2011
92% Senna (2011) "Senna" premiered in countries where he is a household name, but the doc is designed to be every bit as enjoyable for viewers whose only exposure to auto racing is NASCAR.‐ HitFix
Posted Jan 22, 2011
87% Black Swan (2010) "Black Swan" may prove to be too arty and dance-y for horror fans. It's equally likely to prove too horror-y for some art house moviegoers. It shouldn't work. But it does.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2010
95% The King's Speech (2010) We're prone to thinking it's an insult to compare a film to an HBO movie. It isn't. 'King's Speech' is clever & well-acted, but occasionally left me yearning for more depth.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2010
56% The Freebie (2010) The chemistry between the stars makes them an easy couple to root for.‐ HitFix
Posted Sep 16, 2010
51% The Switch (2010) Bateman's character annoyingly embodies all of the cliches from the man-child meets real-child genre, the cliches that "The Kids Are All Right" so successfully debunked.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2010
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Michael Cera makes Scott Pilgrim into an afterthought, so it ends up being Edgar Wright's whiz-bang pop culture joy that's the real star of this sweet, funny, exciting film.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2010
49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Since "Eclipse" is showing in IMAX, it'll be kibble for fans wanting to experience the sensation of climbing up Lautner's nose or burrowing deeply into Pattinson's pores.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2010
10% Grown Ups (2010) "Grown Ups" is the least funny theatrical release that any of its stars have ever been a part of. Now look at the cast and think about what that means.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2010
67% Date Night (2010) Even in down seasons, a Thursday block of "The Office" and "30 Rock" delivers better writing, tighter direction and more laughs than 88 minutes of "Date Night." For free.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2010
39% 2012 (2009) It's over two-and-a-half hours of Roland Emmerich simulating the experience of the "ID4" dog outrunning the fireball. It's slaphappy ludicrousness taken to an epic level.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
25% Fame (2009) The devotion to the PG rating is damning, because 8 p.m. shows airing on ABC Family can be edgier and more topical than the new "Fame."‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2009
87% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) Lord & Miller have found a way to make smart film about our culture of excess without losing the massive pancakes, swimming pools of nacho cheese and tornados of pasta.‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
16% Love Happens (2009) More truthful (equally generic) titles might include: "Death Happens," "Psychobabble Happens" or "Lazy Screenwriters Make Love Happen Even If The Leads Have No Chemistry"‐ HitFix
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
58% Art & Copy (2009) It's indispensable.‐ HitFix
Posted Aug 19, 2009
86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) A chick flick for guys, a workplace comedy in the Billy Wilder/Cameron Crowe mold, a new spin on a familiar genre, "500 Days" was one of the best films I saw at Sundance.‐ Film Threat
Posted Jul 16, 2009
26% Land of the Lost (2009) You sit for long stretches where set pieces fail on every level and then laugh at a PG-13-skirting entendre or an strange reference or a rambling bit of improv from McBride‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 6, 2009
79% The Hangover (2009) "The Hangover" pretty much demands you leave your Political Correctness Cap at home and urges you to eschew your Thinking Cap as well.‐ HitFix
Posted Jun 6, 2009
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) We're 9 years past the first "X-Men" movie and computer-driven effects have only improved, so how is it possible that Wolverine's metallic claws looked worse now?‐ HitFix
Posted Apr 30, 2009
89% Adventureland (2009) "Adventureland" is the sort of film that seems simultaneously slavishly derivative of countless other coming-of-age stories, but also admirably personal and specific.‐ HitFix
Posted Apr 3, 2009
65% Watchmen (2009) As technically talented as he may be, Snyder is at best a gifted mimic. Far from delivering a unique point of view, he's only able to reproduce what was already represented.‐ HitFix
Posted Mar 9, 2009
3/4 95% Casino Royale (2006) Craig is a marvel, but the decision to have Bond engaged in a game of Hold 'Em poker is a betrayal of the character and an embarrassing bit of pandering. Small detail, I know.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Nov 17, 2006
3/4 84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) The movie is driven not by the desire to explore one or two specific aspects of the problem in any depth, but to run through the long list of Dick's frustrations superficially‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
1/4 61% Crank (2006) It boils down to 83 minutes of Chev journeying through LA's ethnic 'hoods dispatching minorities. Granted the movie can't be taken seriously, its cavalier racism is shocking.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Sep 4, 2006
2/4 48% Idlewild (2006) There's a certain oddness to a movie that casts Paula Patton as a singer only to dub her voice but leaves legends like Ben Vereen and Patti LaBelle in non-musical parts.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 25, 2006
3/4 71% Invincible (2006) Credit Invincible with varying the Disney formula just a bit. While still a "feel good" movie, it's a dark and miserable road that must be traveled along the way.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 25, 2006
2/4 41% Beerfest (2006) Beerfest is a one-joke movie ("Hey what if the Olympics had cool competitions like beer pong?") and the level to which it sustains that one joke is almost admirable.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 25, 2006
2.5/4 74% The Illusionist (2006) The story is about ineffable things, but the police procedural aspects of The Illusionist make it all too effable.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 18, 2006
2.5/4 37% Accepted (2006) Unlike recent supposedly pro-outcast movies like "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Benchwarmers," "Accepted" seems to have actual affection for its characters.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 18, 2006
1.5/4 3% Zoom (2006) Featuring a bizarrely dated soundtrack fueled by new music from Smash Mouth, Zoom was designed as a film of training montages. I stopped counting after a half-dozen.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 11, 2006
1.5/4 19% Step Up (2006) The stars blend decently when they're flailing their limbs, but faced with the horribly earnest dialogue written by Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg, neither stands out‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 11, 2006
3/4 68% World Trade Center (2006) Stone doesn't shy from bawling wives, gauzy sentimental flashbacks or rousing musical cues, but there's little doubt that he could have gone more overboard.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 11, 2006
2.5/4 72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Talladega Nights is a tighter, more structured film than Anchorman, which is probably both to its advantage and determent.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 5, 2006
3.5/4 85% The Descent (2006) Can audiences weaned on the murky sadism of the Saw movies and the Hills Have Eyes remake even recognize what a truly scary movie looks and feels like?‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Aug 5, 2006
2.5/4 40% Scoop (2006) Scoop is surely a slight and flimsy film, but it's pleasant to watch Woody Allen wander around London and to watch Allen's new favorite leading lady expand her range.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 28, 2006
2.5/4 91% Little Miss Sunshine (2006) A Sundance-tested slice of American Domestic Dysfunction proving, once again, that no matter what Tolstoy said, sometimes unhappy families are unhappy in very familiar ways.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 28, 2006
1.5/4 24% Lady in the Water (2006) Lady is a solipsistic and sour fairy tale that sets out to be about the value of community and magic, but ends up as the director's somber celebration of himself.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 24, 2006
2.5/4 74% Monster House (2006) Ultimately, the environments are far more interesting than the humans navigating within them.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 24, 2006
2.5/4 63% Clerks II (2006) Although it's as funny as any movie this summer, Clerks II has to struggle to achieve the level of universality that the original "Clerks" seemed to hit effortlessly.‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 24, 2006
2.5/4 54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) Watching Depp in The Black Pearl was like discovering a new acting continent. Watching him here is like returning to a warm, familiar place - nice and all, not exciting‐ Zap2it.com
Posted Jul 4, 2006