Dan Jolin Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
3/5 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) For horror hounds who love a larf, and those of us who always wondered exactly what that dry-ice stuff that rises out of the forest-floor moss is.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) Just about every sci-fi/fantasy/superhero adventure you ever loved is in here somewhere.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2012
3/5 74% Rampart (2012) A familiar story oddly presented, but with a powerful central performance from Woody Harrelson.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2012
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) A marvellous follow-up to 2004's Sideways - well worth the wait.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2012
3/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) One of Streep's finest-ever performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2012
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) A starkly effective ensemble drama which could well do for the sniffles what Jaws did for great whites.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2011
3/5 24% The Three Musketeers (2011) Stupid, with three o's. But also fun, never boring, and never insulting (to anyone other than Dumas) - unlike certain of the summer's A-pics...‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2011
5/5 82% Warrior (2011) It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like The Fighter, but with kicking.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2011
4/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) A simple entertainment in a summer of overcomplicated disappointments. Also much harder-edged than you may have expected.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2011
4/5 98% Project Nim (2011) Gripping, heart-wrenching, powerful and a sad indictment of scientific practice, which shows that 'human' and 'humane' are all-too-often mutually exclusive.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2011
4/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) A beautifully crafted, intimate adventure movie and - presented in hand-drawn 2D - one of the most visually arresting you'll enjoy all year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2011
4/5 92% Senna (2011) A worthy paean to a true talent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2011
3/5 86% X-Men: First Class (2011) All you'd expect from an X-Men film (or spin-off, or prequel), but not all you'd hope for. It smacks of rush and compromise, but there's thankfully enough to make you feel optimistic about the series' future once more. ‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
3/5 23% Sucker Punch (2011) Ambitious and visually impressive as a pop-video mash-up, but, lacking a strong emotional core, it doesn't quite cohere as a fully satisfying movie.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2011
4/5 87% Submarine (2011) A perfect blend of cool, quirky comedy and warm-hearted drama, crafted with such poise that it should see the transcendence of Ayoade from TV nerd-comic to true big-screen talent.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
3/5 45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Still no signs of the master re-living past glories, but more than worthwhile for Allen diehards.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2011
4/5 71% Never Let Me Go (2010) A beautifully realised adaptation of a profoundly affecting novel.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2011
4/5 87% Black Swan (2010) An extraordinary, intoxicating movie. Its hard, twisted edges may turn off some, but there's no faulting either Aronofsky's technical mastery or Portman's flawless performance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2011
5/5 72% Monsters (2010) An amazing achievement for a 'first-time' filmmaker, which measures up to the finest indies for performance and character-work, and the biggest blockbusters for jaw-dropping effects.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2010
4/5 88% Let Me In (2010) Not as deep as the original, but certainly more of a crowdpleaser -- and it's hard to imagine a more intelligent and well-crafted American horror being released this year.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2010
5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) A kids' movie for grown-ups. A grown-up movie for kids. Exactly what you'd expect -- and hope for -- from the latest, and we're guessing final, Woody and Buzz adventure.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2010
3/5 49% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) This is unlikely to win Kathryn Lansky's antipodean owl fantasy any new fans, but even the bemused (and confused) can luxuriate in some grand-scale visual storytelling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/5 55% Mr. Nice (2011) A solid, often entertaining life-of-crimer which benefits from some stylistic touches and a faithful, convincing central performance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) Odd, confident, challenging, and featuring a brilliant turn by Williams. If only there was just a little more to it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2010
2/5 69% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2010
4/5 83% 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2010
4/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) Grown-up but not too serious; action-packed but not juvenile.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 74% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2009
5/5 90% A Serious Man (2009) Admirably low-key, deeply compelling and their warmest movie since Fargo.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/5 95% An Education (2009) A decent but unremarkable film with a big, unforgettable central performance. Carey Mulligan passes with First-Class Honours.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
4/5 56% The Soloist (2009) Intelligent and uncompromising, with knock-out performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
4/5 96% Shifty (2008) Good central performances in this highly, entertaining character-driven debut.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
3/5 83% The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom) (2010) A tangled narrative and damp-squib ending detract from an otherwise joyous Spaghetti Eastern.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2008