Daniel D'Addario

Daniel D'Addario
Daniel D'Addario's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Observer Salon.com TIME Magazine Variety

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T-Meter Title | Year
63% This Is Paris (2020) This documentary seems so intent on excavating her trauma, up to and including animated re-enactments of her time in purgatorial prep school, that it loses sight of her. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
63% On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020) It's easy to care about the women in On the Trail, and the issues they face. But the film around them doesn't feel built to last -- or to exist in a moment beyond the one for which it was intended. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
93% Howard (2020) Disney makes both a stirring, if not unexpected, case for his, and its own, legacy. It also introduces viewers, more fully than skeptics of the studiously family-friendly corporation might expect, to Ashman. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) Gadsby tends, more than ever, to generate more powerful applause lines than audience laughs, and to generate admiration more from her ability to plainly state her beliefs than through the comic sleight-of-hand at which she's adept. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
88% AKA Jane Roe (2020) The sadness of McCorvey's life, captured well by Sweeney, is that she was at the center of a fight for women's freedom, and yet was herself so unfree, buffeted by waves that she endured with unimaginable forbearance. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
No Score Yet Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (2020) Converts into unpleasant spectacle what was always implicit in the star's legal project: That, for her, reform... comes in the package of the beneficent gift of individual attention to telegenic and unthreatening cases, rather than... reform. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
90% Lance (2020) It's a work with a precise moral compass about a person who comes to seem as though he lacks one entirely - and a work that, most strikingly of all, seeks to understand rather than condemn him. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
80% Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times' (2019) Plopping contemporary stars into old scripts and trusting it'll move us feels like a cop-out. As the broadcast itself bore out, people in 2019 have a lot else on their minds. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
52% A Christmas Carol (2019) Pearce is undeniably good, but the script, with its aphoristic philosophy planted in the mouth of a character who'd historically been a fairly unintellectual money-hoarder, never allows him to compel us. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
92% Fyre (2019) "Fyre" drills down on a story of [Billy] McFarland as a unitary figure of special malice, which feels both less interesting and less true. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
36% The Little Mermaid Live! (2019) ABC's broadcast was a lovingly made reminder of "The Little Mermaid's" greatness that cleverly didn't seek to outshine its source material. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Though the path Gilligan and company took was at times a dubious one, "El Camino" can't, finally, be said to have lost its way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) [T]his journey to the past may end up feeling ultimately less nostalgic than backward-looking. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) [T]he whole enterprise feel[s] indulgent, a vanity project for one of Netflix's biggest stars and not one that demands in any real way to exist. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
80% Brexit (2019) Brexit's problem isn't that it is too flip about recent history. It's that it takes every possible branch of history seriously, and doesn't do the work of discerning which ones matter more. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) Dinklage shines as Hervé Villechaize, but the character is too far on the margins of his own story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
38% Queen of the World (2018) Perhaps the film's best touch is the degree to which it sets up a contrast between the royal for whom Queen of the World is a valedictory document and the one for whom it's something of a debut. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
64% Believer (2018) Reynolds seems to push Believer towards sharing the spotlight by bringing in other voices; in so doing, he shows viewers exactly what the role of a good ally is. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) Dern's mastery is so complete that it makes conversation about the actor's skill or the awards she'll likely win seem unworthy; her performance ignites the screen with increasing tension. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) This Fahrenheit 451 too often feels like an emojified version of its source material, cutting off anything more complex than an easy picture. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
91% Love, Simon (2018) Kids like Simon, in 2018, already have a good shot of fitting in. They don't need this movie. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
100% Too Funny To Fail (2017) Too Funny to Fail is a fascinating story of just how much risk Hollywood was willing to accept back then. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2017
73% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) Its very existence is owed to Gaga's expressiveness, even as it documents a period of time a career-minded singer might have kept hidden. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
76% Hairspray Live! (2016) I just am unsure the story of a white girl who finds her inner strength through learning about black culture and using it to win a white-run dance contest is as inspiring as everyone put their efforts into convincing me it is. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
85% Tallulah (2016) Ellen Page, who played a pregnant teen in Juno, goes fantastically further in a new tale of accidental motherhood. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
89% Looking: The Movie (2016) For fans, Looking's conclusion will be welcome. For the uninitiated, it's a moodily made argument to check out a series that deserves a long afterlife. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Onscreen, Hill tells the Senate that she only wants its members to "fully consider this information ... and take this seriously." Decades later, a medium newly inspired by complex stories of social justice has accepted her challenge. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
100% Everything Is Copy (2016) Telling the story through his own perspective, and doing so in a medium that's new to him, is Bernstein's way of showing that after all, he's his mother's son. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
91% The Wiz Live! (2015) The Wiz is by far NBC's most sophisticated live musical broadcast yet; it's also one that felt, movingly, of its time. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) It's exactly the sort of thing there should be more of. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2015
98% Iris (2015) The film exists as a document both of a witty, good-natured society fixture and of a very particular moment in history. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
61% The Water Diviner (2015) Crowe needs, badly, a director to push back against his default mode: The script for The Water Diviner posits that Joshua Connor is the most interesting man in the frame at all times, but Crowe's performance doesn't earn that. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2015
12% The Boy Next Door (2015) The Boy Next Door wastes Lopez's talents, just as much of the schlock classic actresses like Joan Crawford or Bette Davis appeared in wasted theirs. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2015
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Horrible Bosses 2 has ditched its predecessor's universality, but kept its amiable good will. - TIME Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2014
71% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) A film that starts with a breakup and moves toward, well, no resolution that's traditionally satisfying, is a film that truly understands the sublime and painful comedy of having been in love. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2012