Dan Kois

Dan Kois

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Mascots (2016)

"Mascots is determinedly minor-league. But like the bruschetta- and anchovy-scented cups sold at the event for male mascots to stuff into their costumes, it's offbeat and refreshing nonetheless." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"Pete's Dragon is a gentle, understated family adventure, one that feels notably unlike the simplistically sentimental product the Disney imprimatur might lead you to expect." ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"I worried I'd be disappointed by Everybody Wants Some!!, even though one of my favorite directors made it. But I loved it." ‐ Slate
Posted Mar 30, 2016

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"I didn't love everything about The Good Dinosaur, but I loved visiting the world Pixar made." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 25, 2015

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"Most of The Peanuts Movie is very funny indeed." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 5, 2015

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

"I can't say that this austere, beautiful movie satisfied my impatient desire for answers. (It seems, in fact, to be a rebuttal to that desire.) But I'll be thinking about Kumiko's journey for a long time." ‐ Slate
Posted Mar 20, 2015

Paddington (2015)

"Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid." ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 16, 2015

The Rover (2014)

"Blood is spilled, as is to be expected in a film that explores a world on the brink of ruin, but each death echoes through the story the way the hero's gunshots echo across the Outback." ‐ Slate
Posted Jun 12, 2014

Under the Skin (2014)

"I was willing to watch more to discover what was underneath the surface. Once I found out, I was frozen in place, and then Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer had their way with me." ‐ Slate
Posted Apr 4, 2014

Frozen (2013)

"The movie is like an ice cube that's started melting from the inside: sharp and bracing around the edges, but hollow at the center." ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 26, 2013

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)

"What impressed me again and again is how unflappably polite Americans can be." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 25, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

"[A] creepy, inventive, nearly successful little movie ..." ‐ Slate
Posted Oct 11, 2013

Jack Reacher (2012)

"Jack Reacher is an absurdly self-confident, sociopathically laser-focused detective-bot. That is to say, he's a hero that only Tom Cruise could love." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 23, 2012

The Impossible (2012)

"The movie is not, as the trailer suggests, a tale of the triumph of the human spirit. It's about luck. It's about sadness. But it's also about the way that victims of the disaster -- of any disaster -- band together." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 19, 2012

Save The Date (2012)

"Save the Date ... is appealingly ambivalent about whether growing up is really such a great idea." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 13, 2012

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

"Watching the overlong, overfeeling, overdirected We Bought a Zoo made me glad to return from Cameron Crowe's world to the real world, where things aren't quite so simple." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 22, 2011

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

"Along with many other things, the fourth Mission: Impossible movie also functions as a primer on how to use IMAX technology to immerse an audience." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 15, 2011

Young Adult (2011)

"Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies, a ruthless portrait of a heroine with a serious love/loathe relationship with herself." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 8, 2011

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

"Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time." ‐ Slate
Posted Dec 2, 2011

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

"Condon delivers the most authoritatively directed Twilight film so far, which only brings into sharp relief how tonally incoherent its story is." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 17, 2011

50/50 (2011)

"50/50 mostly succeeds as a movie about a young man fighting cancer that doesn't give in to sap or sentiment." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 27, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

"Your brain cells perish by the thousands, their howls of agony lost to the cacophony inside your skull. Vast quantities of money, roughly equal to the GDP of Tonga, travel from America's wallets into the coffers of Paramount." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3.5/4 90%

And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

"A brilliantly conceived documentary, one with uncommon respect for -- and understanding of -- its subject's life and art." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 28, 2011
3/4 80%

Barney's Version (2011)

"Yes, it's well acted and frequently touching. But it's the thoughtful, tasteful indie-film version. It's not exactly Barney's version." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3.5/4 75%

The Way Back (2011)

"Weir's movie is superbly made, but its fancy-dancing around history gives a hint of inauthenticity to a film that otherwise thrives on its reverence for historical detail." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/4 43%

The Green Hornet (2011)

"This morning, the unconscious bodies of three pickpockets were found in front of the Post's offices. Safety-pinned to one was an envelope containing the following movie review." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 13, 2011

The Time That Remains (2011)

"Suleiman's a more assured director than he is a comedian. But individual, Tati-worthy gags still have great power." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 4, 2011
1.5/4 13%

Yogi Bear (2010)

"Fart jokes? Check. 3-D spit takes? Check. Yogi shaking his ursine rump to "Baby Got Back"? Dear Lord, check." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 16, 2010
1.5/4 43%

Faster (2010)

"By the end of this underwritten wanna-B movie, only the black-and-white muscle car is left standing with its dignity intact." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 23, 2010

Tangled (2010)

"Tangled is unusually attuned to the emotional frequencies of mothers and daughters, considering that, like basically every Disney/Pixar feature, its writer (Dan Fogelman) and directors (Nathan Greno and Byron Howard) are a bunch of dudes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 23, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010)

"Watson's brainy, practical Hermione drives the film's narrative; Grint's fiery, jealous Ron provides its relatable (that is, non-magical) conflict." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 16, 2010

Four Lions (2010)

"Though Chris Morris's very funny movie revolves around a cell of hapless would-be terrorists, its chief concerns, and strengths, have little to do with ideology-and everything to do with comedy." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 2, 2010

127 Hours (2010)

"A passionate, bloody argument for engagement with the world." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 1, 2010

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

"Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys is so underwritten that, despite a more energetic performance, Stewart makes much less of an impression." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Wild Target (2010)

"Wild Target is the kind of movie that actually uses that angry-cat-yowl sound. That is the kind of movie that Wild Target is. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 26, 2010
3/4 64%

Jackass 3 (2010)

"Indebted as director Jeff Tremaine is to Artaud's Theater of Cruelty and the works of Luis Buñuel, "Jackass 3D" remains surprisingly accessible." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2010

Freakonomics (2010)

"The 20-minute shorts range in style from traditional fly-on-the-wall narrative to a kind of hyperactive PowerPoint presentation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 28, 2010
1.5/4 50%

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)

"Children with a particular affection for epic tales, no matter how derivative or cacophonous, will probably enjoy Legend of the Guardians." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2010

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

"[A] pleasure of a film." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 14, 2010

Highwater (2010)

"Sure to become a sacred text to surf-movie enthusiasts, but surprisingly watchable even for those who think "goofy-footing" is a new Southern hip-hop dance craze." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Lottery Ticket (2010)

"It's comforting, really, to see the movie's soft-pedaling of actual ghetto problems; realism isn't Lottery Ticket's game." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2010
2/4 84%

Stonewall Uprising (2010)

"For a movie about a groundbreaking gay rebellion, Stonewall Uprising plays it much too straight." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 17, 2010
2/4 52%

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010)

"Beautiful but indulgent." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Spring Fever (Chun feng chen zui de ye wan) (2010)

"For long stretches of this tantalizing, romantic, aggravating film -- until just before its extremely satisfying ending, in fact -- I wished Lou had caught a little spring fever himself, cranked up the volume, and turned on the lights." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2010
1/4 14%

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

"Cats and dogs working together for the greater good? Woof." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2010

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

"Paramount Pictures and director Jay Roach would like to invite you to a dinner they're hosting, at which you are welcome to laugh at these poor jerks. That's a little messed up." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2010

Orlando (1992)

"A silly and serious work of art that isn't afraid to entertain." ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 26, 2010
3/4 70%

Ramona and Beezus (2010)

"Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2010
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
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The Necessities of Life (2008)

"A well-acted but dreary drama of clashing cultures." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2010
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