Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
The situation is hopeless, but not serious. Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Dan Lybarger's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Cinderella (2015)

"It might be easy to deride Disney for once again playing the Cinderella card, especially so soon after the meta-musical Into the Woods. But let's be thankful the people commissioned to retell the fairy tale didn't treat it as a moldy relic." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Mar 13, 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"Big Hero 6 manages to be so much fun that it's easy to forget that it's yet another superhero origins story." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 5, 2015

The Drop (2014)

"At times, the setting seems ready to swallow Bob whole. Roskam's leisurely pace only seems to make the inevitable seem more ominous." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 5, 2015

The LEGO Movie (2014)

"It's oddly refreshing when a movie intended to sell toys winds up being thoroughly delightful on its own." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 3, 2015

The Discoverers (2014)

"The setup sounds gloomy, but the film is clever and often quite funny." ‐ Pitch.com
Posted Sep 9, 2014
2/5 21%

Into The Storm (2014)

"While 'Into the Storm' deals with tornadoes that flatten whole towns in seconds, it generates all the excitement of a mild breeze." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 7, 2014
1/5 8%

America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

"D'Souza has a gift for stating his opponent's position without actually addressing it. " ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/5 84%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"In fact, much of the bawdy humor in 22 Jump Street comes from its makers' staunch refusal to take anything about the venture seriously. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"DeBlois thankfully remembers everything the two of them did right in the previous film." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 14, 2014
4/5 81%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"For a movie involving cancer, youthful fatalities and other heartbreaking developments, The Fault in Our Stars is remarkably entertaining and achieves a balance most tightrope walkers would envy." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 50%

Maleficent (2014)

"With only her voice and her sense of bearing, Jolie effortlessly makes the notoriously wicked fairy seem real. Hardly anyone else involved in Maleficent seems to have that magic." ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 4, 2014
2/5 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"Haiku MacFarlane should have Watched Blazing Saddles instead of remaking it. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/5 83%

Belle (2014)

"Belle does wrestle with a corner of history that most books have avoided. Nonetheless, those are the corners that most worth exploring." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jun 4, 2014
1/5 13%

Winter's Tale (2014)

"Through the power of garbled mythology and questionable artistic decisions, it's guaranteed to cure the incurable romantic, on Valentine's Day, no less." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 15, 2014
1/5 11%

I Will Follow You Into The Dark (2013)

"Robinson apparently believes the best way to jolt an audience is to have several sequences where darkness and silence linger on the screen before having loud music wake viewers up from a well-deserved slumber." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Oct 12, 2013
2.5/5 67%

Turbo (2013)

"The buildup to the inevitable big race is a lot more fun than the climax itself." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Because there are a lot of memorable characters like Betty in 'The Way, Way Back,' Duncan's suffering and eventual triumph become a viewer's delight." ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
1.5/5 13%

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

"Audiences who want something more than lazy puns and the word "Smurf " used every few seconds as though some weird contractual obligation existed should look elsewhere for entertainment." ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
3.5/5 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"Much of the reason Wolverine has become everyone's favorite Canadian mutant is because, despite his origins in the Marvel Universe, he doesn't act much like a superhero." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Aug 5, 2013
1/5 7%

The Big Wedding (2013)

"It's best not to use your brain when watching The Big Wedding." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Apr 25, 2013
0/5 26%

21 And Over (2013)

"With '21 and Over,' Lucas and Moore finally have a chance to demonstrate that they can be as witty as well as sophomoric. I'm still waiting for them to at least start trying." ‐ KC Active
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3/5 60%

John Dies at the End (2013)

"It is refreshing that Coscarelli is willing to offer viewers something that at least tries to take the rules of cinema into new directions." ‐ KC Active
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2.5/5 59%

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

"Oz the Great and Powerful should probably have been titled Oz the so-so and Kind of Entertaining or Oz, At Least It's Better than The Wonderful Land of Oz." ‐ KC Active
Posted Mar 17, 2013
4/5 90%

A Place at the Table (2013)

"Jacboson and Silverbush know how to make this potentially unpleasant news palatable and inspiring." ‐ KC Active
Posted Mar 17, 2013
2/5 44%

The Call (2013)

"The story could be about how Jordan deals or doesn't deal with the helplessness of the situation, but that would have required more work than anybody involved with 'The Call' was apparently willing to make." ‐ KC Active
Posted Mar 17, 2013
3.5/5 56%

Snitch (2013)

"It is easy to fault Snitch for trying to be two seemingly incompatible films at once. I, for one, am deeply grateful that Waugh does a passable job of juggling when too many filmmakers have trouble keeping one ball in the air." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 21, 2013
1.5/5 19%

Identity Thief (2013)

"'Identity Thief' gets off to a shaky start and never recovers." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 7, 2013
4/5 83%

Side Effects (2013)

"Thankfully, Burns and Soderbergh have more on their agenda than simply trashing the pharmaceutical industry." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 7, 2013
4/5 69%

Les Misérables (2012)

"Director Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), for the most part, balances Hugo's gritty, if romantic tale, with the larger-than-life demands of an adaptation of the 1985 stage musical." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
3/5 51%

This is 40 (2012)

"But for everything Apatow gets right, he bungles something else." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
3/5 62%

Jack Reacher (2012)

"It's easy to like the idea of a Jack Reacher movie; it takes a little more effort to like the one writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (who penned 'The Usual Suspect's) has made." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 64%

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

"If Jackson had focused simply on Bilbo's party and their attempts to get a proper homeland for the dwarves, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' would have been a leaner, more engaging tale." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 84%

The Flat (2012)

"'The Flat' has a strange staying power that the objects in the apartment didn't. " ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 63%

Anna Karenina (2012)

"Knightley has a rare gift for making viewers willing to follow her characters even as they make catastrophically stupid decisions." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
1/5 12%

Jack and Diane (2012)

"Little movie, called Jack and Diane. Must have been sitting too long in the can. No, it doesn't have the Mellencamp song. And it gets everything thing else terribly wrong." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 94%

The House I Live In (2012)

"Our search for easy answers to the evils of drugs is an addiction we must wean ourselves from." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
2.5/5 37%

Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

"Perhaps Hyde Park on Hudson would have been more edifying if it hadn't been released in the wake of The King's Speech." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
2.5/5 70%

Not Fade Away (2012)

"Unfortunately, Chase's failed group is no more interesting than one you or your friends might have played in." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
3/5 51%

Promised Land (2013)

"In attempting to make 'Promised Land' more than a simple diatribe about the evils of fracking, director Gus Van Sant ('Good Will Hunting,' 'Milk') oddly makes the story seem less authentic." ‐ MovieMaker Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4/5 81%

The Impossible (2012)

"Unlike a lot of movies that have the "based on a true story" tagline, 'The Impossible' doesn't have to do much to remind us that its harrowing tale is genuine" ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
1/5 31%

Gangster Squad (2013)

"It's fitting that 'Gangster' Squad deals with crime because charging admission to this torpid film is robbery." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 2, 2013
4.5/5 92%

Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

""Zero Dark Thirty" is less a celebration how terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was found and killed than an engrossing examination of why it took a decade to deal with him." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 82%

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012)

"Through restraint, French director Jacques Audiard does a better job of tugging on viewers' hearts than most filmmakers can achieve with excess." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 79%

Quartet (2013)

"At 75, Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with 'Quartet' and demonstrates some real promise if the acting thing doesn't work out." ‐ KC Active
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 80%

Warm Bodies (2013)

"Screenwriter-director Jonathan Levine has an uncanny gift for milking comedy and even romance from unlikely places." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Feb 1, 2013
4/5 60%

The Last Stand (2013)

"No, Schwarzenegger is unlikely to deliver an Oscar acceptance speech, but he and everyone else have their tongues firmly in cheek (that's not an Austrian thing)." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3.5 78%

A Late Quartet (2012)

"While classical music sometimes seems to exist in a bubble protected from the real world, the people who play it struggle with the same issues everyone else does." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 74%

Killing Them Softly (2012)

"These fellows are hardened criminals, but they're often darkly hilarious and mesmerizing when viewed from the safety of the big screen." ‐ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4.5/5 89%

A Royal Affair (2012)

"Sometimes falling in love can really change the world or at least the fate of a nation." ‐ KC Active
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4.5/5 92%

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

"Loaded with pleasant surprises, this adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel combines romantic comedy, dysfunctional family woes and a sense of danger without ever losing its way." ‐ KC Active
Posted Nov 29, 2012
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