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Dan Kois

Dan Kois
Dan Kois's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slate, Village Voice, Washington Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 89% Alle Anderen (Everyone Else) (2010) All that's certain is that we're getting to know these two characters exceptionally well and that their tics and flaws are as recognizable as our own. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2010
No Score Yet The Necessities of Life (2008) A well-acted but dreary drama of clashing cultures. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2010
49% The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Eclipse is the least laughable installment yet in the series, and director David Slade efficiently delivers the fan service that Twihards require. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 30, 2010
52% Knight & Day (2010) He's just so irritating, Roy Miller, each subpar quip delivered with a cocksure grin that makes you wish the bad guys were better at hitting back. ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jun 22, 2010
94% Winter's Bone (2010) Lawrence gives a guarded and watchful performance. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 8, 2010
3.5/4 86% The Square (2010) The Square suggests an exciting future for a pair of brothers with a dark view of pitiless fate. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2010
68% Babies (2010) For the most part, the strength of Babies is the way it babies babies babies babies babies universality babies babies babies, babies babies babies miracle babies babies. ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2010
2.5/4 18% The Back-up Plan (2010) The Back-Up Plan's blunt honesty about the messiness of pregnancy is refreshing. It's a shame that the movie couldn't find a similarly refreshing way to tell its uninspired love story. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2010
49% The Losers (2010) Director Sylvain White and screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Peter Berg strain to achieve the pleasurable mix of cheap laughs and expensive action that Lethal Weapon pulled off effortlessly with the help of its stellar cast. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 20, 2010
2.5/4 63% The Joneses (2010) By the end, The Joneses feels a little too satisfied with its own admittedly clever conceit and for the broad leeway it allows itself in the creative bandying of logos and slogans. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2010
0.5/4 28% Clash of the Titans (2010) The latest example of Hollywood's belief that any terrible script can be made palatable if you just throw enough money and British accents at it. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2/4 20% The Last Song (2010) Cyrus is game and appealing, but she's not nearly enough of a natural actress to pull off the emotional whip-cracks the story puts Ronnie through. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2010
3/4 74% The Exploding Girl (2010) Viewers willing to slow down their cinematic metabolism enough to watch The Exploding Girl at its own pace will find their patience rewarded by moments of great beauty... ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2010
63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) A fundamentally lazy comedy that will probably make you laugh like an idiot. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 24, 2010
2.5/4 53% Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Kids who realize they're fully ordinary -- that is, pretty much all of them -- will be pleased to see a world they recognize on the big screen. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 19, 2010
0.5/4 13% The Bounty Hunter (2010) The filmmakers clearly believe that their tangled storyline is madcap and delightful, but each new complication just serves to make us feel as though the blessed end of the movie is creeping further and further away. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 19, 2010
2/4 71% The Crazies (2010) Adapted from horror master George A. Romero's micro-budget 1973 classic, The Crazies delivers some satisfying scares but skims blithely over the darker ramifications of its story. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 26, 2010
2.5/4 38% Wonderful World (2010) If ... Wonderful World seem(s) a little tired, the film still has its own low-key pleasures, thanks to Broderick's restrained performance and a script that punctuates the inescapable saccharine of its storyline with tart little bursts of anger. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2010
84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) Efficient, well-practiced storytelling is what we expect from a Disney animated feature. The real story here for parents is the clever and careful recalibration of the princess archetype. ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 11, 2009
2.5/4 83% Collapse (2009) Ruppert unexpectedly breaks down, weeping openly for the lost future of humanity, and at that moment I was startled at how bad I felt for him -- and how nervous I was, suddenly, that this contemporary Cassandra might just be right. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 11, 2009
1.5/4 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2009
4/4 39% 2012 (2009) The crowning achievement in Emmerich's long, profitable career as a destroyer of worlds. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 13, 2009
2/4 89% The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009) The film holds their Disney songs in such high esteem, and discusses them with such little context, that The Boys sometimes feels as though it is set in Disneyland, not the real world. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2009
3/4 72% American Casino (2009) As Leslie Cockburn's camera roams the foreclosed rowhouses of Baltimore, their planked-up doors reminiscent of shots from The Wire, I thought: Baltimore needs some good PR. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2009
25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) A preposterous exercise in high-minded brutality, "Law Abiding Citizen" tries to pass itself off as a dialectic on justice betrayed, but instead plays like a snuff film with our nation's legal system as the victim. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2009
8% Post Grad (2009) A movie that never quite succeeds in capturing a generation adrift. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2009
92% Ponyo (2009) Ponyo isn't Hayao Miyazaki's greatest film, but his beautiful, quirky fable has magic other children's movies can't touch. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2009
35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is as polished and entertaining as war-mongering toy commercials get. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2009
64% Adam (2009) At its best, Adam makes the viewer understand the frustration of living in a world in which everyone is a stranger.‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2009
22% G-Force (2009) A dispiriting primer on the low regard Hollywood has for the intelligence and curiosity of children -- and the time and money of their parents -- G-Force is an aggressively stupid entry in the family-adventure genre from Jerry Bruckheimer. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) [Half-Blood Prince] might be the most enjoyable Harry Potter movie yet for people who don't particularly care about Harry Potter movies. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2009
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) As in the best horror movies, Drag Me to Hell keeps the audience on the edge of hysteria throughout, so that every thump sets the heart racing and every joke earns a slightly out-of-control laugh. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2009
93% L'Heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2009) If this enjoyable film is substantially more satisfying than those predecessors, it's also far less daring, a straightforward extended-family drama in the mode of last year's (more engrossing) art-house highlight A Christmas Tale. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 22, 2009
96% Tulpan (2009) To certain serious world-cinema aficionados, Tulpan's combination of understated comedy and documentary-level depiction of rural Kazakh life will be catnip. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 15, 2009
21% Next Day Air (2009) In the end, it's a fitfully amusing, sloppy comedy that doesn't work very hard for your 10 bucks. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 8, 2009
48% Battle For Terra (2009) Look past the movie's procreative protagonists and you'll find a thoughtful but muddled tale of clashing cultures, studded with battle scenes so explosion-filled that parents should think twice about bringing small children. ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 1, 2009
39% Fighting (2009) As painful as the movie's bloody bare-knuckle brawls can be to watch, they don't hold a candle to the frightening spectacle of Tatum brooding or, yikes, Terrence Howard doing whatever it is Terrence Howard's doing in this movie. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2009
55% 17 Again (2009) Efron has no edge. And although that edgelessness might prolong his career, it keeps 17 Again from having anything surprising to say about teenage life in 2009. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2009
96% Fados (2009) That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 9, 2009
16% Spinning Into Butter (2009) The film feels stuck in a particularly '90s-flavored argument -- about political correctness and culture wars on campus -- that you probably got tired of during your junior year. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 26, 2009
65% Duplicity (2009) A pleasant big-studio diversion, a screwball romance with beautiful movie stars set in gorgeous hotel rooms, deluxe office spaces and corporate jets. It's smart, it's for grown-ups and it lets Julia Roberts laugh, if just once. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2009
78% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) At times while watching it, I found myself fidgeting, my patience for long stare-offs exhausted; afterward, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2009
58% Taken (2009) A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 29, 2009
25% Bedtime Stories (2008) An innocuous but haphazard family comedy that seems less crafted for children than dreamed up by a team of them. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 29, 2008
89% Bolt (2008) That it falls short of Pixar's lofty heights doesn't mean the attempt isn't worthwhile; indeed, Bolt is the most entertaining and well-crafted Disney Animation movie in years. ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2008
100% The Order of Myths (2008) A well-constructed documentary about a surprising remnant of segregation in the new South, The Order of Myths gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts.‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 7, 2008