Dan Jardine

Dan Jardine
It's a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Dan Jardine's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

DVD Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88/100 100%

The Pawnbroker (1965)

"One of the first Hollywood films to dramatize the psychological impact of the Nazi concentration camps, while daringly drawing parallels to contemporary conditions of New York City ghetto life." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Dec 27, 2014
62/100 77%

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

"The film gives us a Bluto meets Gordon Gecko treatment that lacks the knee slapping humour of the former (though the quaalude scene IS pretty funny) and the moral outrage of the latter. " ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jan 19, 2014
54/100 97%

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

"A manipulative, disingenuous exposé about a dysfunctional family convicted of crimes that is only worthy of attention for the sake of slummy voyeurism." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Dec 29, 2013
67/100 75%

Hakuchi (The Idiot) (1963)

"The Idiot is essentially a long string of talking-heads sequences that, despite being elegantly framed by Kurosawa's cinematic eye, tend to all run on longer than seems necessary." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jun 13, 2013
86/100 94%

Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne) (1954)

"As a contemporary comment on the powerful element of suffering and redemption that is the centre of the Christ story, Diary of a Country Priest is a very interesting and unexpectedly moving experience." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Mar 24, 2013
88/100 97%

The Road (La Strada) (1954)

"La Strada has an unmistakable other-ness to it, as it is an early precursor to the sort of magical realism the would take hold in Fellini's late-career efforts." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Sep 13, 2012
50/100 67%

Reefer Madness (2005)

"A film you can only appreciate if you view it as pure camp, or make a drinking game out of spotting cliched expressions of mental illness" ‐ Cinemania
Posted Sep 12, 2012
81/100 95%

Giant (1956)

"The dust-up in a small diner between Rock and the racist owner proves to be a rollicking knock-em-down, drag-em-out conclusion to an uneven, but satisfying variation on the traditional western. " ‐ Cinemania
Posted Sep 11, 2012
91/100 95%

Before Sunset (2004)

"A realistic romance of disillusionment, bitterness and heartbreak. A fine film of, for and by middle age." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 22, 2012
93/100 100%

Before Sunrise (1995)

"This realistic romance is intelligent, open-hearted and hopeful; the best work of, for and by youth." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 22, 2012
90/100 95%

Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985)

"Perhaps the most devastating war film ever made. A masterpiece." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
62/100 84%

Taste of Cherry (Ta'm e Guilass) (1998)

"While the film is at times intriguing, its last act comes close to being a covert confession by Kiarostami that even this much telling of the tale has been a complete waste of time." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 13, 2012
85/100 87%

Le Corbeau (1943)

"Le Corbeau stands tall above and beyond the criticisms of the day as a biting comment on the degenerative effects of using vicious and paranoid practices to bind together in fear any society of people. " ‐ Cinemania
Posted Aug 22, 2011
88/100 96%

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

"Band of Outsiders is the celebration of amateur cinema that Godard had been reaching for since Breathless but hadn't been able to reach yet because - to modify a line from Elvis Costello - he kept on getting in the way. " ‐ Cinemania
Posted Aug 20, 2011
82/100 100%

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

"Justice appears to be an afterthought in this case in which procedure and self-interest, rather than a pursuit of the truth, control the process." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2010
90/100 100%

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"Ground zero for film noir. Iconic." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Dec 23, 2009
88/100 100%

The African Queen (1951)

"Part buddy action flick, part screwball comedy, it's all good." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Dec 23, 2009
76/100 90%

District 9 (2009)

"Intriguing premise; unfulfilled promise" ‐ Cinemania
Posted Dec 21, 2009
93/100 94%

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"A great American-ization of the classic Scrooge tale, told from the POV of Bob Cratchet." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 21, 2009
89/100 95%

Hero (2004)

"Extras include a making-of featurette and a conversation with actor Jet Li and the movie's key North American promoter Quentin Tarantino." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Sep 10, 2009
92/100 99%

Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

"Kubrick's overt connection of sexuality and violence underlines many of the film's best jokes while placing an exclamation point on many of his most critical assertions" ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 30, 2009
94/100 94%

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"Kubrick's film not only changed the way I viewed film, but the way I experienced art and life" ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 23, 2009
78/100 50%

Code 46 (2004)

"Complex and cold, intelligent and aloof, fascinating and off-putting" ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 18, 2009
71/100 82%

Jerry Maguire (1996)

"competently made parallel plotted film whose buddy sports film elements outshine its rom-com aspects." ‐ Cinemania
Posted Jul 2, 2009
94/100 90%

Hunger (2009)

"Worthy of comparison to Dreyer and Tarkovsky. Yes, McQueen's film is THAT good." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Feb 3, 2009
85/100 94%

The Truman Show (1998)

"Extras on the disc include a substantial documentary, one sufficiently lengthy to have been split into two parts." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Dec 12, 2008
90/100 80%

Audition (Ôdishon) (1999)

"Takashi Miike is the Tasmanian Devil of contemporary filmmakers." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 7, 2008
79/100 74%

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

"Politically correct Cheech and Chong" ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 5, 2008
89/100 88%

Titanic (1997)

"The 10th anniversary edition DVD is deceptively well-endowed with extras." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Nov 21, 2007
74/100 92%

Face/Off (1997)

"The DVD extras start with two full-length audio commentaries, one by director John Woo, and a second by writers Mike Web and Michael Colleary." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Sep 18, 2007
88/100 95%

Hamlet (1996)

"The two-disc special edition DVD release of Hamlet is spectacular." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 23, 2007
58/100 No Score Yet

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955)

"A commentary by Aubrey Solomon that kicks in only during select scenes is one of" ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 22, 2007
52/100 No Score Yet

Stopover Tokyo (1957)

"This film's beautiful Japanese scenery comes across very nicely on this widescreen DVD." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 22, 2007
56/100 25%

Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

"This movie at least looks great on DVD." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 22, 2007
47/100 No Score Yet

Sea Wife (1957)

"The DVD version of Sea Wife benefits from the sharp look provided by Technicolor Cinemascope filming that was on the cutting edge in its day." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Aug 22, 2007
61/100 No Score Yet

Seven Thieves (1960)

"Released as part of a five-movie Joan Collins set, the disc offers a few minor special features." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 24, 2007

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

""Pushes the whole British nobility paradigm into the realm of twit psychosis."" ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 19, 2007
56/100 No Score Yet

Expo: Magic of the White City (2005)

"The DVD version of the movie comes without any extras." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 16, 2007
60/100 68%

Everything's Gone Green (2007)

"Everything's Gone Green is available on DVD in both its original 'rated' form, or as an 'unrated' version." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jul 8, 2007
76/100 No Score Yet

Shenandoah (1965)

"Released as part of a five-movie 'Screen Legend' set featuring the performances of James Stewart, this is a DVD with just a single extra feature: the movie trailer." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 28, 2007
67/100 88%

The Glenn Miller Story (1953)

"Released as part of a five-disc James Stewart 'Screen Legends' collection, this DVD comes with no extra features." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 27, 2007
65/100 No Score Yet

You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

"Available on DVD in a five-movie set of James Stewart films." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 27, 2007
63/100 No Score Yet

Thunder Bay (1953)

"There's just a single extra feature: the movie trailer." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 27, 2007
75/100 No Score Yet


"The movie is available on DVD as part of a four-film James Stewart set." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 25, 2007
84/100 81%

Looking for Richard (1996)

"Has but one special feature - a half-hour epilogue." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 25, 2007
62/100 No Score Yet

Pacino - An Actor's Vision (1996)

"Al Pacino offers an audio commentary, one that varies wildly between informative and off-the-wall." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 23, 2007
73/100 73%

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

"The two-disc HD-DVD release of Flags of Our Fathers includes a set of sharp looking featurettes created in high definition." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 18, 2007
48/100 21%

Dead Silence (2007)

"Enter at your own risk." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Jun 15, 2007
83/100 95%

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

"Among the many pieces of supplementary material in this two-disc set are excerpts from a 1970 documentary on director Jean-Pierre Melville's career." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted May 9, 2007
86/100 87%

A History of Violence (2005)

"Clearly, David Cronenberg takes DVD content seriously, and viewers are the beneficiaries of this." ‐ Apollo Guide
Posted Apr 21, 2007
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