Daniel Goodwin

Daniel Goodwin
Daniel Goodwin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Little White Lies HeyUGuys
Publications: Little White Lies, HeyUGuys

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 70% Cryptozoo (2021) The slender story meanders amidst an influx of crank characters, jarring violence and profanities, which entomb its crux and anaesthetise viewers, despite all the wondrous creatures, visuals, and imagination on display. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 78% Kandisha (2020) A strong horrorshow from Alexandra Bustillo and Julien Maury, made with love and respect for what came before as well as staking out frightning new ground. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
1/5 20% Let Us In (2020) Writer/director Moss fails to conjure the kind of tense and tangible air that would make Let Us In frighten or resonate as anything other than a bland and weary hotchpotch of derivative ideas and cheap VFX. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
5/5 79% In The Earth (2021) In The Earth is an outstandingly original mind-blitzing masterpiece. It is a stunning psychedelic nightmare, and the most relevant horror of the year so far. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
2/5 30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Though the usual Studio Ghibli ingredients are present, there is a distinct lack of magic in the mix. The move to CG should not necessitate the loss of the hand-made feel, and yet Earwig is a poor relation to its timeless brethren. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3/5 100% Bank Job (2021) A compelling exploration into a deep and dank money pit, with a sharp, vivid focus on the humanity at the centre of artistic and social endeavours. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Kidnap Me (2018) There is an intriguing premise here, and the cast do good work with it, however the crass nature of the execution brings the whole enterprise down. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
5/5 80% Fried Barry (2020) A gift-wrapped snow globe full of cocaine and spangle. This debauched adventure is pure drunk, cinematic carnage. Consider that the highest recommendation. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
3/5 38% The Resort (2021) The Resort treds familiar ground but brings enough charm and fun to make it a worthwhile journey. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
2/5 63% Sacrifice (The Colour of Madness) (2021) The palpable eerie atmosphere and doom-laden Lovecraftian overtones promise a lot, but the narrative unspools quickly. There's a good deal here to enjoy, it's a great shame the hold on the story could not have been stronger. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/5 74% Archenemy (2020) Archenemy is a lively, kaleidoscopic romp with a compelling premise and some fine performances, However this is a film where a deeper dive would have made all the difference. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Another fascinating dive into the fabric of how we understand the world. A Glitch in the Matrix is a wild ride, but not a weighty one. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) With a spirited turn from Mikkelsen, and a steady hand with the high concept from Vinterberg this is a fun, if surprisingly light, film. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Beautiful and bonkers, though sometimes ponderously slow. Like The League of Gentlemen meets Freaks, the Blair Witch and David Lynch for a fist fight with the Grimm Brothers in a coagulating blancmange (on Groundhog Day). - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
2/5 90% Peripheral (2018) The script shimmies into Cronenberg/Raimi terrain throughout the second act and momentarily improves, but instead of running fearlessly in this exciting new direction, it backtracks onto a more budget-friendly path. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
1/5 48% Unhinged (2020) The thrills do elevate for a moment when a chase scene ensues after far too long a build-up, but this moment of thankfulness is short lived as Unhinged deteriorates into 90s DTV dreadfulness dotted with ferocity while straying into unpardonable pap. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 90% The Vigil (2021) A strong start builds a compelling atmosphere, however the last act falls afoul of an unconvincing adversary and some unwelcome jump scares. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 84% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Like Donnie Darko Raising Cain for a Fight Club up Jacob's Ladder, this mind frying, retina searing, penal gland pickling cult in the making should be sought out and seen on as big a screen as possible to be believed and best appreciated. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
1/5 21% The Grudge (2020) Hammy acting and trite dialogue don't help this tepid subgenre re-tread of Shimizu's original. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
4/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Diop mends magic and realism with a dab hand winningly making her sublime, dreamy debut unique and frequently stunning. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 74% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Despite the potential double product cross marketing MO, Super Size Me 2 resounds as a heart-felt follow-up and Spurlock's best film since the original. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
7/10 77% Judy & Punch (2020) While Judy & Punch has a slightly slack structure and lacks a commanding genre / identity, its imperfections and refusal to adhere also make it interesting. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
6/10 45% The Addams Family (2019) There have been a fair few Addams Family adaptations over the years but, following a clumsy set-up, this latest entry (the first in two decades) ends up as exultantly kooky, spooky, and consequently ooky as its predecessors. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
8/10 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep deserves to be canon, for Flanagan's film is freaky, unique, creepy and captivating as both a standalone horror and heart-felt hat tip to Kubrick and King. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) What we're left with is passable urban action jaunt which, despite being bolstered by some fitting realism thanks to its grim, inner city locations and acting, resounds as nothing more than sub-par corrupt US cop fodder which passes time but rarely rivets - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
6/10 70% Tommy (1975) Despite classic, controversial scenes being cemented in pop culture, Tommy, on the whole, is a brash whack of chaotic clutter - a vivacious mess that teeters on incoherence before slumping into a claggy, monotonous finale. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/10 4% Jacob's Ladder (2019) Once again the Hollywood remake machine regurgitates another classic for contemporary audiences but botches every attempt to make it unique and invigorating. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
9/10 89% Rocketman (2019) Rocketman is far more than just a biopic. It's an experience. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A perfunctory piece of well-polished dross with one good performance, bland supporting characters, middling set-pieces and iffy effects. ACH seems too scared to deviate from the "how to make a horror film" handbook to truly terrify or seem original. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Aster makes your brain feel flayed or your eyes have popped out then injected with poisoned quills, or like someone slid a snake in your skull. For Midsommar is both a warped but gorgeous masterpiece and retina searing freak-out. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Aesthetically warped, immensely unnerving and miraculously manages to exceed expectation by flourishing out of genre trappings into a pioneering genre masterpiece. One of the films of the year. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
1/5 68% Climax (2019) A limp stab at being loud and provocative, almost totally devoid of what used to make Noé exciting and current; Climax has nothing to say, but is still desperate to be controversial. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 33% King of Thieves (2019) A bungled mess, disappointing given the cinematic nature of the story and the fine cast. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 24% The Nun (2018) Given the film's talent, and the inventive, subepidermal shocks of its forebears The Nun is a hollow affair. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 65% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The perfect horror film for kids. Engaging characters expertly written, with a playful sense of menace and dread lurking around every corner. A triumph. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 60% Us and Them (2018) A thought-provoking film but its wayward tone and uneven execution lets it down. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
5/5 90% Arctic (2019) An invigorating, brave and bracing survival thriller that stuns by way of its breathtaking direction/ cinematography and raw heart at its core. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 95% The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018) The Bill Murray Stories is a joyful gathering of moments and a momentous delight that will make everyone smile as much as those enlightened by the man himself. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 77% May the Devil Take You (Sebelum iblis menjemput) (2018) Clumpy, gore-laden, inglorious fun that's a structural sham, but gets by on frights and freaky demon monsters! MTDTY provides cracking comedy amongst the gunk, but the clumsy script, gawky dialogue and strained duration are hard to disregard. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) It's rare to say striking visuals and hyper violence should take precedence over character development, but that is the case with Knife + Heart which prevails with the former, slacks at the latter and tops it all off sufficiently with saucy humour. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 63% The Cannibal Club (2019) Great performances and a plush looking production can't stop this vacuous, gory sex fest from rotting a tad too soon. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 85% Tumbbad (2018) Tumbbad offers a lot more than frights and fables! It's enriched with double edged family drama that prolongs the plot, but augments the horror with indispensable suspense. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
1/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Despite asking us to do so, Guadagnino struggles to give his soul to the dance and leaves Suspiria ailing on screen like an insipid, off-colour endurance challenge that's about as exciting as an eye test. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 43% The Prodigy (2019) A stock bad seed thriller that just about hits the beats and has a couple of decent creepy bits which keep it from being terrible. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 72% Lords of Chaos (2019) Lords of Chaos proves a fascinating character clash/ study and fandom exploration that enhances the surface narrative. It also makes for twisted, gruesome quasi-factual account that bends boundaries, tests endurance and turns stomachs. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 98% The Last Tree (2020) Shola Amoo delivers a fine exploration of the loss of identity and the multiple external and internal pressures which go to rebuild it. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
1/5 56% Tag (2018) Big stars, high concepts, low humour and a waste of time. and talent. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 49% Marrowbone (2018) A fine ghost story, close to being something truly special, however missteps with some performances and a whiplash of tonal changes hamper its greatness. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 92% The Endless (2018) A bold attempt to tell a familiar tale in a new way, however a loose hold on tone and execution mar what could have been a cult favourite. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Creepy, gory awesome fun that's also smart, scary, subversive and massively entertaining. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019