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 Review
3/5 90% 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 59% 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 72% 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 69% 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 58% 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 70% 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 91% 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 81% 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 67% 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 32% 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 87% 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 45% 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 46% 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 40% 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 88% 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 70% 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 85% 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 76% 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 19% 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
3/5 39% Mary Magdalene (2018) An interesting new take on a very well-known tale and a praiseworthy act of revisionism, but one which doesn't ultimately deliver on its early promise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
4/5 80% Unsane (2018) A raw, lean and abrasively effective thriller from Steven Soderbergh, which features Claire Foy as we've never seen her before. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
2/5 19% Mute (2018) Fans of Moon and Source Code be warned: Mute is sadly, almost tragically, not worth the wait. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson does gothic romance in prestige Brit picture style, eliciting a worthy final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis that's admirably matched by newcomer Vicky Krieps. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) "I know it's hard, but act like you've seen it before," one character says to gawking young hero Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) on arrival. Not hard at all. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 71% Hostiles (2018) A finely crafted Western which doesn't flinch from portraying the horrors inflicted during that violent era, and which boasts an astounding performance from Christian Bale. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) By turns amusing and harrowing, and with a compelling figure at its heart, The Prince Of Nothingwood proves how the show really can go on, no matter how terrible the circumstances. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/5 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) A lightweight, tinselly film with some nice touches and appealing performances, though it never lands its darker moments. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) Churchill's darkest hour is Gary Oldman's finest. Gripping, touching, amusing and enlightening, his performance is the prime reason this film must be seen - but not the only one. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2/5 40% Justice League (2017) It dives headlong into a scrappy, Swiss-cheese plot which, while true to DC Comics' mix-and-match mythology, clumsily slaps together its disparate elements. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
4/5 88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) Psycho's accepted greatness means we can leave it on the shelf as we look for newer sensations. This prompts an urgent desire to revisit it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
5/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Visually immaculate, swirling with themes as heart-rending as they are mind-twisting, 2049 is, without doubt, a good year. And one of 2017's best. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
3/5 95% Pecking Order (2017) A sufficiently engaging delve into a niche interest and those who feel defined by it. But one which, narratively at least, backs the wrong gamecock. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) As ultraviolent as the first film, and as ultrasmutty, The Golden Circle will leave the Kingsfans grinning, even if its characters have less growing to do this time around. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
4/5 65% Victoria & Abdul (2017) A sorta-sequel to Mrs Brown deals effectively with another of Queen Victoria's unconventional friendships and reprises Judi Dench's powerful and unparalleled portrayal. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 70% mother! (2017) Like all our most vivid bad dreams, it snags the mind. With barbs. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/5 93% Williams (2017) An affectionate but unflinching portrait of a family consumed by its dedication to Formula 1, thanks in main to its seemingly unstoppable patriarch, Sir Frank Williams. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) A fiendishly effective holiday-gone-wrong thriller that's better at cranking up the agoraphobic action than fleshing out its characters. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A wildly ambitious space opera, but also a self-indulgent narrative morass. Sometimes, it seems, creativity can benefit from a few limitations. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
4/5 97% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) A gorgeously rendered and deeply personal portrayal of a young woman's life in the part of the world where history's greatest conflict reached a devastating conclusion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/5 15% The Mummy (2017) An odd but frothily entertaining genre cocktail, which coasts on the charisma of its two biggest names and keeps things just fun enough to forgive its considerable lapses in narrative. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017