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Daniel Etherington

Daniel Etherington
Daniel Etherington's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Film4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) Code Unknown is an unusual example of a movie that is socially aware, but that is thankfully equally aware of how tiresome moralising and preaching can be.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2014
21% Magic in the Water (1995) A formulaic (think Free Willy meets Loch Ness) but pleasant enough family film.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 5, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) Not as over-the-top as you might hope, but also not as bad. Daft and moderately entertaining.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 3, 2014
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Not entirely successful, but colourful, charming and packed to the gunwales with talent.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2014
87% 28 Days Later (2003) The film doesn't confine itself to wry satire -- it's an effective action adventure and an emotional journey for its protagonist Jim.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 96% The Iron Giant (1999) Disney is getting fierce competition in the animated feature department these days.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2013
23% Dying Young (1991) A decidedly dubious early 1990s love story from Joel Schumacher. The Kenny G sax solos don't help either.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2013
80% Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) (1952) A great British film that celebrates technological achievement while also questioning the virtues of such achievement.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 1, 2013
3.5/5 48% Saw (2004) Inventive and diverting entertainment for fans of moody horror mysteries. And the end is cool. Say no more.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2011
3.5/5 82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Those who adore the books may bemoan the flat emotional landscape of the films, which are less easy to engage with. Fans of the first film will be suitably entertained.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2011
71% The Ring (2002) For a remake and a modern Hollywood horror, it's pretty good.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 29, 2011
5/5 80% Oldboy (2005) Intense and dark but also humorous and moving, this is an ambitious film that fulfils its promise, despite an arguably overly protracted denouement. Excellent.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2010
5/5 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) A film to enrapture children, and make adults weep. Plastic cowboy hats off to Pixar once again.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2010
3/5 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) A reasonable exercise in popcorn entertainment, and not half so bad as many a film based on a videogame.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted May 25, 2010
2.5/5 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Considering it's about vampires, it's ironic the whole affair is mostly bloodless and decidedly toothless.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2009
3.5/5 39% 2012 (2009) It's the end of the world as escapism. It's an event movie. It's daft. The visual effects are amazing. See it on a big screen.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2009
4.5/5 80% Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) One of the true delights of 1990s American cinema.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2009
3.5/5 83% Bright Star (2009) An eloquent, well-crafted return to form - and return to corsets and period frocks - for Jane Campion, who uses the character of Fanny Brawne, the survivor, to give a unique perspective on the creative, terminal period in the life of John Keats.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2009
3/5 59% The Vanishing of the Bees (2011) Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2009
4.5/5 100% Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (Ghost in the Shell 2.0) (2008) A considerably better re-tooling than certain other 'reimagined' sci-fi films we could mention. A classic given extra class.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2009
2/5 8% 31 North 62 East (Too Close to the Truth) (2009) As a low-budget, quickly-made Brit flick, this is impressive for its ambition, but as a globe-spanning political thriller it lacks credibility and veers into the absurd.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
2.5/5 28% Gamer (2009) If you are a gamer, and like shooters, science fiction, action, and wouldn't consider gratuitous boob shots gratuitous, you won't feel short-changing on leaving the cinema after watching Gamer.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2009
3.5/5 45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009) Although it's a film that's constructed around wish-fulfilment gone awry and a series of madcap chases, Shorts also has a heart. Rodriguez's best kids film yet.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2009
2/5 40% Imagine That (2009) Short of laughs, sense and morality, this is an awkward, peculiar, peculiarly American, endeavour.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2009
4/5 94% Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (1992) It's lean and vibrant.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2009
2.5/5 73% The Meerkats (2008) Visually striking but not a nature documentary for people who like their wildlife presented with the emphasis on knowledge and information, rather than on story, cuteness and anthropomorphism.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2009
2.5/5 16% Crossing Over (2009) While the film certainly has some viable, provocative points to make about the US's attitudes to migrants and the labyrinthine horrors of getting citizenship, it lacks the subtlety and eloquence it really needs to succeed.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2009
3.5/5 64% The Disappeared (2008) Despite a few cliches and a slightly predictable climax, this is an atmospheric, well-made feature debut for the new filmmaking partnership of Kevorkian and Murphy.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2009
3.5/5 78% The End of the Line (2009) A classical, stately documentary, that blends striking imagery with informed commentary to credibly present the facts of another human-shaped, greed-fuelled global mega-cock-up.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2009
3/5 40% Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009) While it doesn't quite achieve the same standards as its recent forebears in British genre comedy, this modest film has amiable, convoluted charm.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2009
63% Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) The admirably unrestrained Taylor and Neveldine just about manage to sustain the charge in this fizzing battery of a movie, which only starts going flat towards the end.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2009
3.5/5 72% Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) A comprehensively entertaining package. If there's a lack of originality, the film is bolstered by the sheer verve of the animation and effects.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2009
2.5/5 24% The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) A thoughtful, if sentimental, semi-successful attempt to craft a drama about life and choice around the difficult subject matter of a school shooting.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2009
2/5 54% Surveillance (2009) Nasty, brutish and not short enough, this is a muddled, unpleasant film that falls half-way between not very entertaining horror and not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is arthouse.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2009
3.5/5 87% Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008) A heady take on the wartime resistance tale that drags you right into the dismay felt by its heroes.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2009
2.5/5 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) Moronic, but even moronic humour can be passingly entertaining, in parts.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2009
3.5/5 45% Sex Drive (2008) Although the Hughes tone in the first half slowly gives way to more predictable frattish comedy, alongside Superbad Sex Drive is one of the funniest American high school comedies in ages.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
3/5 57% Defiance (2009) Manly virtues, melodrama, conflict and combat are all deployed to tell a fascinating, little-known story of remarkable WWII heroism.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
90% Minority Report (2002) The most fun a Spielberg film has been for a long while.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2008
3/5 48% Twilight (2008) Not quite the solid grounding a major new franchise needs, but a stylish and enjoyable supernatural emo romance.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2008
2.5/5 56% The Tale of Despereaux (2008) Visually it's special, but while the characters may inhabit a wonderful environment, they just don't inhabit a satisfying narrative.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/5 38% Inkheart (2009) A convoluted story but otherwise this is solid fantasy fare, nicely performed and handsomely made.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
4/5 85% Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008) A charming, unique film, well crafted and boasting some great performances, notably from the spry Peter O'Toole.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2008
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2006) A heartfelt story of men who managed to find camaraderie and humanity in the face of the torrent of bellicose rhetoric coming from their respective authorities...‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2008
2/5 37% Transporter 3 (2008) With its eco-trappings, car chases and fights, the film feels very sub-Quantum Of Solace. The fact that Quantum itself felt very sub-Bourne says even less for Transporter 3. Even if you're a Statham fan, this series is starting to feel tired.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2008
2.5/5 58% The Secret Life of Bees (2008) Fanning and Latifah form the proficient core of this reliable if humdrum American period drama.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/5 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) Not quite on a par with the original but not bad as sequels go.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2008
3/5 55% Flawless (2008) Ignore the dull framing device and this is a watchable period crime drama. Pity about the dull, oft-used title though.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2008
3.5/5 58% Quarantine (2008) Just like its forebear, this is bluntly effective exercise in first-person horror.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/5 16% Max Payne (2008) Among the best films adapted from videogames. Say no more.‐ Film4
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2008