Daniel Gelb

Daniel Gelb
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: TV Guide, AllMovie

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 48% Going in Style (2017) Perhaps required a handshake agreement with Warner Bros. that [Braff] would be barred from including a Shins song on the soundtrack. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1.5/5 49% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) A hollow, two-hour blast of stifling backstory, product placement, and big-budget nonsense. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
4/5 91% Raw (2017) A nimbly crafted bit of subversive horror. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
2.5/5 63% Before I Fall (2017) It's refreshing, at least, to see a YA film that doesn't feel the need to hide behind a postapocalyptic conceit. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 36% The Great Wall (2017) It's hard not to be cynical about this film. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 7% Rings (2017) Gutiérrez and his team of writers tried to deepen the mythology of the Ring universe, but it's ultimately an exercise in futility. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2.5/5 35% Live By Night (2017) An overstuffed, paint-by-numbers gangster drama that does little to distinguish itself from the crowded mediocrity of its contemporaries. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
1.5/5 20% The Bye Bye Man (2017) A sloppy, derivative collage of the worst studio-sanctioned genre trappings. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
3/5 92% Fences (2016) It's a testament to the movie's soaring performances that they are able to elicit interest and evoke strong emotions despite Fences' aesthetic deficiencies. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) A beautiful little paean to the trivialities and triumphs of everyday life. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
1/5 14% Collateral Beauty (2016) Director David Frankel and his dishonorable scribe Allan Loeb have crafted this interminable, manipulative weepie under the guise of doling out some greater truth or beauty. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) The directors get so wrapped up in their underwritten characters and slipshod finale that you'll almost forget this is supposed to be a Christmas movie. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
4.5/5 87% Jackie (2016) Larraín pieces together the fabric of Jackie's character with striking command and unmistakable purpose. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1.5/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Plays out like a seventh-grader's mimicking of the original: chock-full of sex, booze, and four-letter insults, but stripped of any originality or subversive pluck. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) By not belittling the melancholies of adolescence, and staying away from the twee trappings of the genre, Kelly Fremon Craig's debut rings true with authenticity. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) A strikingly human film, one that's concerned much more with the feebleness of language and the fragility of time than with its mysterious extraterrestrial visitors. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
2.5/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) While [Gibson's] portrayal of Doss' heroism on the battlefield is moving and honorable, neither the tedious setup nor the ham-fisted delivery should get a free pass. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins' emotionally resonant and ambitious approach to filmmaking allows the picture to outshine its shortcomings. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 18% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) Harmlessly funny, albeit immediately forgettable. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3.5/5 75% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) The gregarious Hart's presence is more than enough to fill the cavernous football stadium. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 79% American Honey (2016) Alive with the splendor of youth and the wandering sense of freedom that so many other road movies have tried and failed to harness. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Disappointments Room (2016) Caruso's completely unremarkable attempt at a psychological-horror flick is a mixed bag of clichés and loose ends. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/5 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Its depictions of searing guilt amount to little more than tight close-ups of teary-eyed actors. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3.5/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Unquestionably dumb and distasteful, but stakes its claim as the funniest film of the season. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
1/5 14% Nine Lives (2016) Sadistic cinematic punishment. The folks at the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have just been handed a masterpiece. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/5 67% Nerve (2016) Eventually sunk by its cobbled-together premise and the filmmakers' inability to deliver an appropriate payoff. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/5 71% The Infiltrator (2016) Furman has a true story and a compelling cast on his side, but his bland direction leaves The Infiltrator struggling to find its own identity. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Packed with industrial-size schmaltz and about six too many subplots. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
2/5 58% The Neon Demon (2016) Pretension and poor writing dressed up as art-house cinema. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 93% Tickled (2016) Farrier and Reeve do yeoman's work in getting to the bottom of Jane O'Brien Media, and the evidence they find constitutes an engrossing work of documentary filmmaking. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
2.5/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) A highbrow rom-com of the most vanilla variety. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
1/5 3% The Darkness (2016) So remarkably bad by just about every metric by which it could be judged. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
4/5 88% The Lobster (2016) Lanthimos takes our intrinsic desire for companionship, filters it through a funhouse mirror, and reflects it back to us brilliantly. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
2/5 23% Being Charlie (2016) Buoyed by some nice performances, but it's too full of on-the-nose messages and platitudes to be appealing. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/5 20% Ratchet & Clank (2016) It's tough to understand why this adaptation is happening now, but parents looking for a matinee outing for their young ones could do a lot worse than this. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
1.5/5 17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Even the dexterous A-list cast can't save the day...Winter's War is dead on arrival. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 90% Green Room (2016) Saulnier has his finger on the pulse of the audience throughout the entire flick, and his understanding of genre filmmaking is a force to be reckoned with. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
2.5/5 52% Demolition (2016) Vallée and screenwriter Bryan Sipe throw subtlety to the wind in this flat, heavy-handed look at coping with an immense personal tragedy. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) Linklater balances the wistful glow of memory with a quick-witted script, a tremendous young cast, and a vibe of effortless cool that has defined his filmmaking career. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016
1/5 8% God's Not Dead 2 (2016) So woefully misguided, so self-aggrandizing, that it becomes the antithesis of the values of the man it wishes to defend. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) A rare genre film that's as emotionally involving as it is visually appealing. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
3.5/5 88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Budreau's melding of fact and fiction mostly succeeds, thanks in large part to a never-better Ethan Hawke as the jazzman. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
2/5 18% I Saw the Light (2016) The seminal events of Williams' life and career, as well as his essence as a performer, take a backseat to the clumsy, cookie-cutter storytelling. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
1.5/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) The third entry in the Divergent series arrives with barely a whimper; no longer able to skate by on the charisma of its cast. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2016
3.5/5 96% Krisha (2016) Despite the familiarity of its conceit, this is a bold debut feature. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/5 25% The Perfect Match (2016) Doesn't have nearly enough laughs or emotionally involving moments. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
4/5 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Trachtenberg impressively weaves together a delightful amalgamation of past influences, red herrings, and unrelenting tension. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Meditative, melancholy, and terrifically moving. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
2.5/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) There's a really slick crime thriller here that doesn't have room to breathe under the weight of the overstuffed cast and muddled plot. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) A hypnotic and psychologically engrossing picture. - AllMovie EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016