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Dan Jolin

Dan Jolin
Dan Jolin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 68%

Black Death (2011)

"An encouraging set-up soon descends into a grubby muddle, leaving you wishing you were just rewatching The Name Of The Rose instead." Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2010
4/5 82%

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2011)

"Tells the story of comedian Bill Hicks' tragically short life through the eyes of those who lived it with him." Empire Magazine
Posted May 13, 2010
4/5 43%

Robin Hood (2010)

"Grown-up but not too serious; action-packed but not juvenile." Empire Magazine
Posted May 10, 2010
3/5 59%

Centurion (2010)

"A gritty, brutal chase movie that's more about swords (and spears, and axes) than sandals -- although it could have done with a lot more character-meat on those bones." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3/5 74%

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

"Jeunet himself describes the film best: Delicatessen meets Amà (C)lie. But weâ(TM)d add that, while itâ(TM)s certainly breezy fun, itâ(TM)s not quite as good as either." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2010
2/5 49%

Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)

"Aside from a few neat flourishes, this is attention-sapping stuff, lacking texture in both its visuals and vocal performances." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2010
3/5 95%

Crude (2009)

"Not exactly genre-bending innovation or anything but a decent documentary about an important episode in history of oil company exploitation." Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 75%

The Road (2009)

"One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world's end ever put on screen - and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot." Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 73%

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

"A film for anyone who's ever climbed trees, grazed knees or basked in the comfort of a parent's sympathy as they've pulled you off the ground crying. It'll make your inner child run wild." Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 11, 2009
5/5 89%

A Serious Man (2009)

"Admirably low-key, deeply compelling and their warmest movie since Fargo." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 94%

An Education (2009)

"A decent but unremarkable film with a big, unforgettable central performance. Carey Mulligan passes with First-Class Honours." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 84%

Ip Man (2010)

"The action is enthralling even if the storyline doesn't always have the ring of truth about it." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 56%

The Soloist (2009)

"Intelligent and uncompromising, with knock-out performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx." Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2009
2/5 35%

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

"Bond without the style and Team America without the bellylaughs. The moronic script and nonsensical plot are good for a snicker, though." Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2009
2/5 15%

Year One (2009)

"Unless you pine for second-tier Mel Brooks, you'll find more laughs in the Old Testament itself." Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2009
3/5 87%

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (2009)

"A cast of cute kids and quirky teens make for an unorthodox but endearing documentary." Empire Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
4/5 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Once you get over the unlikelihood of Affleck and Crowe as buddies, State Of Play stands as a sterling thriller, benefiting from admirable convictions and an arguable return to form by Russell Crowe." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/5 96%

Shifty (2008)

"Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 50%

Observe and Report (2009)

"An odd one. Rogen's latest clown is an angry, confused man who you never feel entirely comfortable laughing at. There are laughs - you'll just feel guilty afterwards..." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 24, 2009
3/5 85%

Tony Manero (2009)

"It's intriguing and challenging, although Castro's Raúl never quite comes to full-blooded life, remaining a brittle vessel for the points Larrain seeks to score." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 86%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"Think Donnie Brasco, with the IRA instead of the Mafia. Jim Sturgess dominates with a star-making turn, although some stylistic slip-ups let him down a little." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 83%

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2010)

"A tangled narrative and damp-squib ending detract from an otherwise joyous Spaghetti Eastern." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2009
3/5 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"A film more concerned with 'how' than 'why' or 'who', Valkyrie would have benefited from more scrutiny and complexity. Still, once the bomb goes off, the thrills come in spades." Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2009
5/5 98%

The Wrestler (2008)

"An emotional smackdown. Rourke's never been better, and the change of pace and texture suits Aronofsky perfectly. The Raging Bull of wrestling movies? Oh, go on then." Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2009
3/5 53%

City of Ember (2008)

"Kenan's palpable affection for his central creation is so strong that once we're gasping fresh air, we want to dive back in, get to know Ember's intriguing denizens better and properly explore its claustrophobic hinterland. Something we're sadly denied." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 8, 2008
1/5 58%

Taken (2009)

"If you took Commando and replaced all its humour (intentional or otherwise) with snarling hatred, you'd end up with Taken - a risible male-re-empowerment fantasy." Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 82%

Tropic Thunder (2008)

"There are moments of comedy grandeur, but this isn't as consistently funny as you'd hope. Nevertheless, Downey Jr.'s Kirk Lazarus is instantly up there with the comedy greats." Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3/5 69%

Ben X (2007)

"Nic Balthazar's morality tale is a shrewd exercise in expectation-subversion." Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2008
1/5 14%

The Love Guru (2008)

"A film so numbingly unamusing that you seriously question whether you were mistaken to have ever found Myers funny." Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 31, 2008
5/5 96%

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

"Astonishing, unforgettable: you have to see it." Empire Magazine
Posted May 15, 2008
1/5 35%

P2 (2007)

"Unscary, uninteresting tosh from people who should know better." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2008
3/5 94%

Iron Man (2008)

"It's not sure where to go once the final Iron Man suit is constructed, and seems in a rush to get there, but Downey Jr and the supporting cast are so perfectly placed we're already looking forward to the bound-to-be-better sequel." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2008
1/5 11%

Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth (2008)

"Terrible, just terrible." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2008
4/5 93%

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

"Mike Leigh draws a bravura performance out of Sally Hawkins, and she in return makes Poppy one of Leigh's best characters yet - up there with the likes of Vera Drake or Beverly from Abigail's Party." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 18, 2008
4/5 74%

Son of Rambow (2007)

"A potentially disposable, tongue-in-cheek First Blood pisstake turns out to be a deeply effective, surprisingly touching tale of family and childhood friendship. If you only see one Rambo movie this year, make sure it's this one." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2008
2/5 40%

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)

"All the boys might love Mandy Lane -- discerning horror fans, however, will not." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 15, 2008
1/5 62%

Arctic Tale (2007)

"Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 8, 2008
4/5 66%

The Kite Runner (2007)

"An engaging melodrama whose less convincing plot points are superseded by some astonishingly affecting performances from the mostly unknown cast." Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/5 70%

I Am Legend (2007)

"While the sun shines, it's a four-star thriller with a superb turn from Smith. When the moon rises, it's a two-star horror cartoon with some of the worst FX we've seen all year. So, really, it has to average out at..." Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 26, 2007
4/5 82%

Into the Wild (2007)

"With the whole of America as his backdrop, Penn pulls off his most ambitious movie yet. The result is a beautiful and thought-provoking road movie." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2007
3/5 76%

Stardust (2007)

"Patchy but great fun, peppering plenty of black humour into a sweet if silly fairy-tale romance." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/5 97%

Once (2007)

"The year's most pleasant cinematic surprise. Once has enough heart, wit, verve and sheer songwriting genius to ensure you'll see it far more times than its title suggests." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/5 94%

The Counterfeiters (2007)

"A sharp and compelling war drama that delivers on the promise of its astonishing true-life origins." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2007
2/5 41%

Shrek the Third (2007)

"Another summer threequel, another case of slipping standards - not so much in the visuals, which remain predictably impressive, but in the all-important gag rate. To waste both Donkey and Puss is a crime..." Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2007
2/5 56%

Grow Your Own (2007)

"Plenty of over-British Britishness in this predictable drama." Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2007
4/5 93%

This Is England (2007)

"Deeply impressive, as both a recreation of â(TM)80s working-class England and an intimate tale of one childhoodâ(TM)s brutal end." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2007
1/5 11%

Perfect Stranger (2007)

"A twist-burdened techno-thriller that would be by-the-numbers if it could count." Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2007
4/5 82%

Days of Glory (2007)

"A war film more of sober, grim reflection than balls-out escapades. Yet it grips consistently, its bursts of combat delivering gut-punches of veracity." Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2007
4/5 91%

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

"A sharper account of the Iwo Jima conflict than Flags, this balances its unflinching handling of the horrors of war with its touching portrayal of those who face them." Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2007
4/5 76%

The Prestige (2006)

"Odd, but brilliantly so. It's a small film that feels big, a period drama that looks modern, defying comparison to anything but Nolan himself." Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2006
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