Daniel Carlson

Daniel Carlson
Daniel Carlson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter Pajiba Movie Mezzanine

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
48% MacGruber (2010) It's funny but forgettable. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
55% Australia (2008) Australia is as big, lumbering, vast, dry, and aimless as the catch-all title would lead you to believe. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
52% The Fountain (2006) For all its missteps into mythological navel-gazing, The Fountain manages to stand apart as Aronofsky's personal exploration into the nature of love and the willingness to pursue an object of obsessive desire. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
76% The Prestige (2006) Yes, the film is built on deceptions, and yes, it features a series of interconnected twists, but like all good movies and magic tricks, it doesn't lose any glory in a repeated performance or viewing, only gains it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) In keeping in line tonally with the rest of the series, as well as for the way it adds new texture to old ideas, "Razor" becomes not so much an anomaly as a valuable part of the story so far. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
C+ 72% Interstellar (2014) There's clear ambition here, but no direction; emphasis, but no meaning. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2014
C- 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) There's a resigned manner in the way Before I Go to Sleep plays out. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2014
B- 63% Rudderless (2014) ...there are many things about Rudderless that do work in smaller sections. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
A- 77% Fury (2014) ...the film's real power comes from the ugly way it inverts more traditional modern war-film narratives, particularly with its examinations of mercy. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2014
A- 59% Bird People (2014) Bird People is slight but never inconsequential, dreamy but never unbelievable. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2014
C+ 72% Forrest Gump (1994) Forrest Gump is never sure of what it is or what it wants to be. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2014
C+ 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) As Coogan warns Brydon early on, "It feels odd to do something for the second time." Like all good advice, though, it falls on deaf ears. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2014
B+ 44% About Alex (2014) About Alex is familiar inside and out, but that doesn't make it any less true. Just the opposite. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2014
F 18% Video Games: The Movie (2014) It takes a certain mix of hubris and willful ignorance to begin a documentary about video games with a quote from Gandhi. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
D+ 16% Sex Tape (2014) It stretches to fill 90 minutes of screen time, yet feels so, so much longer. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2014
C+ 48% Premature (2014) I remember laughing, but I don't remember why. It's a little like being stuck in time. - Movie Mezzanine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
92% Drive (2011) [Nicolas Refn] made a gripping, moving, heart-stopping, revelatory thriller, and as he moves fast through the turns and floors the gas, you never want him to stop. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2011
50% Turkey Bowl (2011) The most fun I've had at a movie in a long time. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2011
85% Black Swan (2010) The director's earlier works are difficult to watch (let alone revisit) for the powerful emotional toll they exact on the viewer, but Black Swan earns the same fate for a far less satisfying reason: it's just not worth it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2010
89% Tangled (2010) An original film would at least have had the distinction of being an interesting failure. This one's merely boring. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2010
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) A rousing, exciting, and engaging film that flies with the better angels that have often felt just out of reach for the other installments: its humor spot-on, its conflicts utterly real, its sacrifices painfully felt. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2010
93% The Town (2010) Affleck's made a great film buried inside a moderately good one. All he needs to do is discover how to let it out. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2010
65% The American (2010) Too muted and pensive to work as a thriller, too withdrawn to be a character study, and too cold to evoke any sympathy, the film is instead a dull and alienating exercise in how to take a strong actor and interesting premise and mostly waste them. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2010
81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) When your hero can just hit the reset button, it's awfully hard to worry about him. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2010
72% Machete (2010) Watching Machete is like nodding smugly for 100 minutes in a hall of mirrors, with nothing but fragmented glimpses of hollow satisfaction as a reward. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2010
51% The Switch (2010) Good intentions plagued by mediocrity. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2010
81% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) It gets caught up in its fevered passion to chart a different course and neglects the importance of making that journey worthwhile. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2010
93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) Cholodenko's film is about building a family that will come back when you call it, even when you didn't know you wanted to. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2010
86% Inception (2010) The film is a thing of cold and sweeping beauty, wonderfully rendered and constantly engaging. Like all good dreams, it's over too quickly. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
51% Observe and Report (2009) Observe and Report is a random and immediate film, a blast of weird humor that's as entertaining for the roundabout way it discovers its voice as for what it's using that voice to say. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
50% Lebanon, Pa. (2011) Lebanon, Pa. is a few strong moments of storytelling lost in a sea of indie cliche. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
62% The Joneses (2010) It's not sharp enough to be a satire and not engaging enough to be a character study. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) The film adaptation of [Larsson's] novel is a gut-wrenching, propulsive thriller, packed with emotion, horror, and fascinating characters. And running through it all, like a slender thread, is a harrowing sense of reality. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
76% Kick-Ass (2010) What starts out potentially compelling devolves into a lame joke, as resistant to feeling as its hero's deadened nerves. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
48% The A-Team (2010) The A-Team is still an enjoyable ride, and the quintessential summer movie that offers maximum return on minimum investment. It could be better, sure, but it could also be a hell of a lot worse. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
72% Get Him to the Greek (2010) It's impossible to take seriously %u2014 to even trust it as real %u2014 when it's so clearly designed to feel like nothing more than a version of events tossed together from abandoned ideas left behind by a much better film. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
98% Toy Story 3 (2010) Are there moments in Toy Story 3 that work? Yes, and when they hit, they're very good, which is what makes the film's overall mediocrity so much harder to take. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2010
32% The Lovely Bones (2009) The cast is determined to do something with the material, but given the way Jackson shields them with effects, they can only do so much. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2010
39% Hot Rod (2007) Instead of poking fun at its characters or using their interactions to drive the laughs, Hot Rod merely hopes that you're as willing as Samberg is to find it entertaining when comedians re-enact movie scenes from 20 years ago. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
53% Across the Universe (2007) The music is fantastic and some of the songs' interpretations are downright inspired, but Taymor tries to cover too much musical and cinematic ground. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
80% District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006) From top to bottom, District B13 is a beautifully styled film that delivers a surge of adrenaline at the start and then coasts gently for 90 minutes. There are worse ways to kill an afternoon. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2006