Dan Zak

Dan Zak
Dan Zak's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Washington Post
Publications: Washington Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
10% Couples Retreat (2009) Why couldn't Couples Retreat have been lighthearted and zany throughout, instead of trying to push across a message about picket-fence monogamy? - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2009
62% Extract (2009) Extract may be the most disappointing American comedy of the decade, partly because it's jokeless and joyless but mostly because it squanders an all-star cast of superb comic talent. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2009
25% Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) The peculiar, comic-book-like computer graphics -- artful at first -- finally overtake Blood and make it look like a video game instead of a graceful, graphic martial arts movie. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009
90% Moon (2009) Storywise, Moon fails to live up to the promise of its premise. There's plenty of atmosphere, but little gravity. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2009
81% Unmistaken Child (2009) Adorable, moving, bewildering, sad and, ultimately, peaceful. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2009
68% Public Enemies (2009) Public Enemies, despite packing thunderous rounds of ammunition, is a touch too remote. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2009
91% O' Horten (2007) Depending on your patience for oddball mood pieces, you will either sleep through O' Horten or be oddly captivated. Either way, it'll be like dreaming. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
98% Avaze gonjeshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows) (2009) At times tedious but ultimately beguiling, Song of Sparrows morphs from a sly dramedy about running a household into a fable about two ways of life (urban and rural) that can't coexist. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
52% Easy Virtue (2009) What might've been a scrumptious, chocolatey dessert of a movie -- a Noel Coward delite -- is instead a scoop of lemon ice, not filling, faintly sweet and mostly water. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
63% Adoration (2008) Adoration is a delicate rumination on how innocence and truth evolve in the aftermath of catastrophe, as people stake emotional ownership in tragedy. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2009
73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) This is not a sports movie. But for lovers of Luna and Bernal, especially Luna and Bernal together, Rudo y Cursi will be a quick, harmless, caffeinated booster shot until their next collaboration. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
43% The Limits of Control (2009) Jarmusch has taken the idea of a caper, drained it of plot, action and suspense, and set it against an absurdist background, where every symbol, person and incident should convey meaning but doesn't. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2009
78% Outrage (2009) A crisp, efficient, sometimes petty but often infuriating documentary about alleged gay politicians who actively campaign and vote against gay rights. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2009
93% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) A ponderous tragedy about put-upon manhood? A verite snoop into cultures that are sexually mingled but publicly uneasy? A pill to be swallowed in the name of serious filmgoing? Maybe all of these. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2009
88% Sin Nombre (2009) Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking: a great story told in beautiful images. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2009
76% 12 (2007) The film transforms Rose's play into a ballet of sorts. The story is as much about movement as it is about words. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2009
19% Obsessed (2009) As far as the crazy-stalker-chick genre goes, Obsessed isn't horrible. It's just intensely simple-minded. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2009
63% Lymelife (2008) Lymelife, directed by first-timer Derick Martini and produced by Martin Scorsese, balances grimness and levity with relative success. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2009
12% The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009) The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2009
No Score Yet Royal Kill (2009) Not a bad premise -- it's kind of like The Princess Diaries meets Kill Bill meets Terminator 2 -- but the movie doesn't make one right turn. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2009
72% The Great Buck Howard (2009) Under the direction of, say, Alexander Payne or David O. Russell, Malkovich might have flourished in a deeper, darker, more madcap version of the film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2009
74% Sunshine Cleaning (2009) Sunshine Cleaning should have been a madcap comedy of the macabre, or a tangled yarn about the metaphorical biohazards of living life at the margins, but it shoots for the middle and ends up being just that: middling. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2009
16% An American Affair (2009) An earnest, fictional coming-of-age story is squeezed from a bitter, true-life local tragedy. And it works. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2009
70% Brothers at War (2009) A drama about sibling rivalry and reconciliation that just happens to be filmed under extremely dangerous circumstances. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2009
25% Friday the 13th (2009) The movie knows it's a slasher flick made solely for commerce, it knows we know what it is, and yet it insists on feigning the song and dance. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009
23% Push (2009) It's the perfect brain vacation for those overtaxed by Oscar-nominated movies. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2009
46% Yes Man (2008) In a comedy era ennobled by the crackling wit of Vince Vaughn, Steve Carell and Tina Fey, Yes Man comes across as innocent, quaint, pitiable, as one-note as borscht belt humor and not committed enough to support great slapstick. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2008
24% Four Christmases (2008) Several maraschino cherries short of a fruitcake. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2008
55% Elsa & Fred (2008) Elsa & Fred feels not substantial enough to bear the weight of its themes. It dissolves like cotton candy, making proper digestion impossible. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2008
34% Reno 911!: Miami (2007) Reno 911!: Miami will suffice for fans hungry for new material and tired of waiting for the show's fourth season to end or the fifth to start. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2007