Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Daniel Barnes is a Sacramento-based film critic and podcast host, as well as a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. His work appears regularly in the Sacramento News & Review, The Sacramento Bee, E Street Film Society and other print and online publications across the country.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go Bernadette is Linklater's 19th feature film, and it's also his worst. - Sacramento News & Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Infinity War at least had the good taste to abstain from Jeremy Renner. No such luck in Endgame. - Sacramento News & Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Nobody except the suits at Disney clamored for a fourth Toy Story movie, and yet Pixar somehow made an unnecessary sequel that feels indispensable. - Sacramento News & Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Writer-director Greta Gerwig makes the material feel vital and modern, delivering an equally challenging and crowd-pleasing movie. - Sacramento News & Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) From the ska-punk version of "Silent Night" that plays over the opening credits to the 10-minute end credits sequence filled with bloopers and beatboxing, this is a 79-minute film that feels like it will never end. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
1.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) A film that misunderstands the appeal of The Beatles more thoroughly than the 1978 disaster Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 57% Aladdin (2019) You can never unsee dance sequences directed by Guy Ritchie. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan reaches the rock bottom of hacky gimmicks and clueless storytelling. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's the perfect mix of the director's penchants for tidy symbolism and unhinged tonal shifts, with a strong ensemble cast led by longtime Bong favorite Song Kang-ho. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Instead of the flash-bang Casino clone that many people expected, Scorsese gave us a bleak, somber story about the inexorable rot created by corruption and violence. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Come for the metacommentary, but stay for the face-melting concert footage. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are both marvelous in the lead roles, while Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda and Julie Hagerty contribute strong support. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 94% In Fabric (2019) Strickland packs more wildly ravishing moments into the first 15 minutes of In Fabric than most filmmakers could muster in their entire careers. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Florence Pugh gives a gut-wrenching turn as a grieving student who follows her turd of a boyfriend to Sweden, only to find terrors beyond comprehension. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
4.5/5 66% Peterloo (2019) Riveting from start to finish. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt deliver the most emotionally vulnerable performances of their careers as soon-to-be has-beens in 1969 Hollywood. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 91% Uncut Gems (2019) Directors Benny and Josh Safdie double down on the pure rush of their 2017 success Good Time with this adrenaline-soaked thriller. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
1.5/5 64% Love Actually (2003) The film exhibits a real soft spot for sexual predators, while also promoting the notion that Christmas is the perfect time to publicly dump your love on the near-stranger you're tenderly stalking. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
1.5/5 17% The Fanatic (2019) If you judged acting by volume alone, Travolta would win every Oscar for his performance. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Almodóvar never experienced a creative dry spell like the one depicted here, but after a couple of relatively ho-hum efforts in I'm So Excited! and Julieta, Pain and Glory feels like the work of a new man. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 79% Downtown 81 (2001) An intermittently electric movie that plays like a hybrid concert documentary, genre parody and art film fairy tale. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 14% Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987) It plays like an extended Family Ties flashback episode, only with significantly more stabbings. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/5 7% An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) An exhausting and chaotic pseudo-sequel to John Landis' 1981 horror-comedy classic,An American Werewolf in Paris offers one affront to the senses after another. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
1/5 16% Vampire Academy (2014) The movie offers 104 minutes of breathless exposition, just one elephant-sized plot dump after another. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/5 8% The Last Face (2017) Theron and Penn are both deeply committed to these causes in real life. However, the film's bumbling mix of drippy romance, fetishized violence and self-serving sermonizing in a context-deficient void only makes a mockery of that commitment. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 90% And Then We Danced (2020) Equally sad and ecstatic, And Then We Danced fully commits to the concept of dance as expression. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 100% Rewind (2019) Rewindis easily one of the most disturbing films of the year, but it's also a non-exploitative and rewarding story about confronting past horrors. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 100% Fourteen (2019) The elevator pitch for Fourteen is Broad City goes Mumblecore, although that diminishes the film's emotional intelligence and impact. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon does the material justice, taking his time and staying true to the themes of faith and forgiveness. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 100% Aurora (2019) Not many original parts here, but it's a charming vehicle nonetheless. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) Dangerously low on substance. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
1/5 45% Stepmom (1998) If you're going to make children say such terrible things, you should at least back it up with a movie about divorce and death that is sincere and penetrating. In other words, the type of film that Chris Columbus wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 20% Brainscan (1994) Brainscan offers a grab bag of intriguing ideas, but the pieces never fit together. Even without the clumsy execution, though, no film could surmount Furlong's complete lack of charisma, energy, talent and screen presence. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
3.5/5 93% Monos (2019) Monos is not a great film, but Landres shows signs of greatness. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 50% Bad Timing (1980) Bad Timing gets assembled from the memories and assumptions of multiple unreliable sources. The flamboyantly cinematic camera moves and angles, shock-cut edits and Scorsese-style soundtrack all contribute to a sense of dislocation. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) Powerful and disturbing. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 90% White Zombie (1932) Lugosi's legendarily mesmeric glare is used to stunning effect here, but every other actor is a total stiff, and the tone and pace feel incredibly uneven. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/5 77% The Hero (2017) Elliott is as magnetic as ever, but very little here feels authentic. - Sacramento News & Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 100% Chulas Fronteras (1976) Rather than rely on false framing devices or obnoxious narration, Blanks lets his words and images explain everything. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) Carradine seems barely conscious most of the time, while everyone else onscreen overacts as though their lives depended on it. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Official Secrets is a pretty sorry substitute for predecessors like Spotlight and Snowden, which were both pretty sorry in their own right. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
1/5 23% Inferno (2016) Hanks returns as Massive Headwound Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon, who this time around suffers from amnesia. After watching Inferno, we should all be so lucky. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 36% Angels & Demons (2009) The even-trashier sequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons is another mirthless Catholic scavenger hunt from director Ron Howard and author Dan Brown. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
2/5 28% Warcraft (2016) A film that only serves to set up the many sequels that will never get made, Warcraft is all ambition and no execution. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) For all the violence, the film is more thoughtful than exploitative, with raw power and unfortunate relevancy. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 80% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) Scouring the community for actors, they inadvertently cast starcrossed youths Hossein and Tahereh as the leads. Their relationship lends a new level of reality that only undermines the film-within-a-film's carefully contrived verisimilitude. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 88% Close-up (Nema-ye Nazdik) (1999) The gauzy, overlapping layers of identity and performance that Kiarostami uncovered in Close-Up still tantalize. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
1/5 7% Cool as Ice (1991) The Artist Formerly Known as Rob Van Winkle plays John "Johnny" Van Owen, a charmless, disgusting misogynist and talentless performer. It's quite literally the part he was born to play. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) An open and affecting look at the little white-haired man inside of the giant yellow suit. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3.5/5 94% The Wrecking Crew (2015) Tedesco doesn't shy from the harsh realities of the session player's life. However, this isn't an angry or bitter film by any means. The goal, almost to a fault, is to celebrate these musicians and the songs they created. - Dare Daniel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019