Dan Jolin

Dan Jolin
Dan Jolin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Time Out
Biography:
Empire Magazine film critic
Publications: Empire Magazine, Time Out

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 47% The Little Things (2021) A throwback thriller which brings nothing new to a crowded genre, and has little to say along the way. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and, to be honest, they probably shouldn't. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 80% Synchronic (2020) A smart indie sci-fi which has much to say and some great ideas, all wrapped up in a designer-drug-based premise that makes it sound less interesting than it actually is. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
2/5 36% Schemers (2019) The cinematic equivalent of a lesser-celebrity autobiography, where the author is more enamoured of their own story than the reader could ever be. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) A mixed bag of bones and bodies, whose Southern Gothic atmosphere and superb performances - from Holland especially - are let down by the film's lack of narrative focus. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot (2020) A forgettable fantasy cheapie whose gruff earnestness feels hollow thanks to the unforgiveable thinness of its story and the weakness of its grip on its source material. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3/5 73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) It's worth watching, especially if you enjoy Herzog's lateral take on life, but it's hard not to wish he'd just made it as a straight documentary. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) The slapdash missions are shoot with a handheld immediacy but the plot and the action lose momentum after the midpoint. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 91% Weathering with You (2020) Weathering With You once again exemplifies Makoto Shinkai's visionary prowess as an animator. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 98% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) This is a finely wrought return to a modern Golden Age TV classic, which more than makes up for its lack of surprises with the almost tender treatment of its characters, and dialogue that's written to be relished. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 100% The Street (2019) It's not easy viewing, and its central message does feel laboured, but it remains effective evidence of the inhumane impact of austerity, gentrification, and the inability of Brexit to act as any form of solution to this country's problems. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 50% Tales from the Lodge (2019) Less Tales Of The Unexpected, more Tales Of The Unconvincing, this uneven comedy horror fails to handle its ambitious structure, or deliver on its promising premise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Starting the moment Breaking Bad ended, this is very much a 'what happened next' double-episode. Which means, short of resurrecting Walter White, El Camino does precisely what you want it do. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) As impressive as the two Will Smiths trick is, you'll be just as aware of the movie's hoary script and a fist-gnawingly awful turn by Clive Owen as the villain. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Thanks to 20th Century Fox's rich archives and the quality of the DVD extras, there is not much in 'Memory' that warrants its claim to be the 'untold' story of its origin. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 77% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The scares and monsters are effectively conjured, but if you're not familiar with Austin Schwartz's source material, you may be left a little cold. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 31% The Current War (2017) A stylish portrayal of a literal power struggle based on truly interesting historical figures and events. But it tries to take in too much in too little time, when all it needed was to centre on Edison and Westinghouse. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) It might not take us to the epic highs of its predecessors - which is, to be fair, a skyscraping bar to reach - but Toy Story 4 is certainly the strongest fourth series instalment since Mad Max hit that Fury Road. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Another lavish and largely entertaining Disney re-do, with strong turns from Massoud and Scott. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 98% Beats (2020) Coming on like Shane Meadows at 140BPM, Beats is a truly heartfelt rites-of-passage tale - an immersive, intoxicating portrayal of the rave scene at its peak. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) The film is let down by an approach that goes for impact over insight, but Last Breath is a worthy entry to the 'hostile environment' documentary subgenre. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) An impressive sift through one of the UK's weirdest pop-cult phenomena, even if it doesn't manage to unpick the strange relationship between Sievey and Sidebottom. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 88% A Private War (2018) Despite often being hard to watch, this is Rosamund Pike's best work yet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) When Alita pirouettes into action, Rodriguez doesn't fail to deliver. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 73% Destroyer (2018) A grim, dour dive into one LA cop's unravelling, which centres on a truly transformative performance from Nicole Kidman. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) A based-on-fact family drama whose truths may hit too hard for some, but are worth suffering if only to witness Timothée Chalamet's performance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
3/5 57% White Boy Rick (2018) A patchy follow-up to the searing '71 from director Yann Demange, but one which tells a compelling true story and offers a treat of a supporting turn from Matthew McConaughey. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Like Guy Ritchie's King Arthur, this tries hard to do something new and exciting with an old formula. It quickly makes you wish for something more traditional and straightforward. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 67% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) It's as predictable as an Advent calendar, but thanks to Kurt Russell's grizzly charms, The Christmas Chronicles at least gives us one of the movies' best Santas yet. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coens take another crazy concept and make it work with a series of stories that will amuse, shock, and even bring tears to your eyes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 82% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) An uneven but appropriately rousing attack on Trump, which occasionally loses its focus as it makes its bigger, scarier points about the United States' slide into despotism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2/5 78% Apostle (2018) A muddled Wicker Man-inspired horror that has bursts of style, but fails to find depth beneath its blood-spewing surface. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 65% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) A solid creepshow for (older) kids, which channels the visual appeal of '80s Amblin adventures while lacking their storytelling panache. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 33% The Predator (2018) Uneven, occasionally unsavoury and at times frustratingly muddled, but there's enough bloody, '80s-style fun in The Predator to give it a pass from long-term fans. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) A coming-of-age story which thoughtfully and heartfully tackles the repellent practice of conversion therapy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) It might look like a quirky take on the sports movie, but Puzzle is in fact an astutely crafted character drama, featuring a superb central performance from Kelly Macdonald. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
2/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Who Framed Roger Rabbit meets Meets The Feebles, in a disappointing adult comedy that never lives up to the promise of its premise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) If you wanted to know how it feels to be the only foreign inmate in a Bangkok prison, this is about as close as you could get. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Cruise commits to an insane degree, and in mainstream entertainment terms, 'Fallout' is up there with his best work. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 49% Marrowbone (2018) A solid rather than spectacular creepshow thriller that would have benefited from Sánchez employing a few more original ideas. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) The building may be taller than The Towering Inferno and the stakes may be higher than those faced by John McClane in Die Hard, but in comparison to both, Skyscraper is little more than a cinematic bungalow. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 38% Mary Shelley (2018) A disappointingly straightforward, romance-driven take on a fascinating story of creation, but one that's lifted by a superb central performance by Elle Fanning. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4.5 100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) 'Fantasy' often conjures visions of a Tolkien-esque mix of dragons, elves, quests and big blokes with axes, but Japanese writer-director Mari Okada's animated epic has done something impressively new with the genre. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) There's no getting away from the fact that Ant-Man And The Wasp, as fun as it is, lacks the sheer, mind-blowing heft of Infinity War... In this new era of Marvel over-achievement, it really does feel like a lesser work. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) A raw horror masterpiece from a first-time director that deserves to be mentioned in the same frantic breath as the genre's greats. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/5 69% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) A slick, swift-footed adventure which plays like a planet-hopping heist movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 87% Tully (2018) Sharply observed but tenderly realised, Tully brings back the Reitman we knew and loved, represents Cody's finest work since Juno, and reminds us why Theron deserved that 2004 Oscar. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
4/5 92% Beast (2018) A strong debut from director Michael Pearce, with a gripping performance by newcomer Jessie Buckley. So much more than just another serial-killer movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
4/5 78% Funny Cow (2017) A fractured jumble of a fictional rise-to-fame (sort of) story that's held together by a powerhouse performance from Maxine Peake. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
2/5 17% The Titan (2018) Low budgets are no excuse for aiming so low when it comes to your concepts and characterisation. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
2/5 21% Midnight Sun (2018) A soapy YA romance that'll have you yearning for gritty edge of Twilight. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018