Daniel M. Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Daniel M. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. His reviews appeared in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years and can now be found at Northshoremovies.net. He is Boston correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the weekly Jewish Advocate and teaches film at Suffolk University. He writes on classic science fiction films for Clarkesworld and Space and Time magazine. His book on the history of FOX TV, <em>The Fourth Network</em>, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, <em>The Dream Team</em>, and <em>I'll Have What She?s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies</em>. His collection of essays, <em>Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and other observations about science fiction movies</em> has been nominated for a Hugo Award for "Best Related Work."
Favorites:
Annie Hall, The Producers, North by Northwest, Holiday, The Fly (1986), Lilo and Stitch, Dr. Strangelove, Sunset Boulevard, High Noon, The Stunt Man.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 87% Hustlers (2019) Writer/director Lorene Scafaria takes what could have been a tired and predictable tale and takes it in unexpected directions. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) In a particularly strong cast for this kind of film, Hader emerges as MVP. He may not carry the film, but he makes a difference. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) In some ways, this is covering the same ground - albeit in a horror context - as last year's Crazy Rich Asians. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) ...the point of the series is that it provides visceral and violent action, delivering plenty of jolts mixed in with a dash of humor. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) ...the point of the series is that it provides visceral and violent action, delivering plenty of jolts mixed in with a dash of humor. - Sci-Fi Movie Page EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Blanchett is one of the finest actresses working in film today, easily moving between comedy and drama, and who threads the needle here in handling both. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 79% Good Boys (2019) It is believed to be the first time a movie got an R rating for sex, drugs, and language "all involving tweens." This is no "Afterschool Special." - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Although the book series remains popular, the road is littered with would-be movie franchises that never got beyond the first episode. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 59% Brian Banks (2019) ...a thoughtful movie that celebrates those who persevere over injustice, but also allows us to see what's being done in our name. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 21% The Kitchen (2019) As a crime film it's a mild diversion, but nothing special. As a metaphor for women struggling to find a place in the world, it takes some surprising turns. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) ...while the end of the movie may leave you teary, the intent is to leave you smiling as well. This is not Old Yeller. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 18% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) There are times when one must question whether a film goes too far, even in a genre noted for pushing the boundaries. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) For all his movie savvy, Tarantino's take on Hollywood is broad but shallow. It can be entertaining, but it falls short of the filmmaker at his best. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The notion that a 25-year-old film is so sacrosanct it should not be remade will come as a surprise to those who have made a hit of Julie Taymor's creative stage adaptation. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) At a time where the studios play it safe with lot of pre-sold sequels, Midsommar takes a chance on something different. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday is a tribute to the Beatles as well as a rich comedy... it's one of the best movies you're likely to see this year. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) If you've enjoyed the series, this will work, but beyond that it's hard to see this entry winning new converts. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) So, after the brilliant and emotional conclusion to Toy Story 3, was there possibly anything left to be said? As it turns out, there was. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) If there's a reason to see this, it may be to watch Hemsworth continue his emergence as more than beefcake, but a genuinely funny performer. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 32% Shaft (2019) It's a movie where the action and the comedy are more important than the plot. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3.5/5 80% Late Night (2019) While it might seem formulaic to some extent, the film works because the characters are complex and sharply defined. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3.5/5 33% Domino (2019) DePalma shows he's still in full control of his signature visual style. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) ..while it may not rank with the very best in the series neither is it just going through the motions.. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) ... a fun entry for the younger set that may fall short of the original but manages to work on its own. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) ...it's all just marking time until the main event, which is Godzilla battling King Ghidorah at Fenway Park. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Let's face it - it wasn't supposed to work. But this Aladdin does work... and beautifully. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) This may be one of the most unnecessary remakes since Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's not clear if [there's] if they'll just play it out until Reeves or audiences get bored. Until then, no one is likely to be bored with John Wick: Chapter 3. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 83% Her Smell (2019) ...a tour-de-force for Moss, playing a character who for much of the film is utterly unsympathetic. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) The notion of these two as a cinematic couple seems beyond bizarre and yet, somehow, it works. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) After a payoff like this, it's fair to ask where the genre goes from here. This will be a very tough act - if not an impossible one - to follow. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) ...a competently made horror film that probably wouldn't have attracted much notice if it wasn't billed as part of The Conjuring universe. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 92% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) For the Disneynature films, it's not about survival of the fittest, but the survival of the cutest. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 17% Hellboy (2019) As a reboot (instead of a sequel to the earlier films), the task here was to reintroduce the character and tell an engaging story. They get it half-right. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 65% The Public (2019) Estevez is more interested in making a point than in making a blockbuster. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) ...an even darker variation on King's original tale, with an ending that is arguably more chilling. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 91% Shazam! (2019) ,,,a fun entry in the superhero genre that dares touch on the underlying theme of all these films: they're wish fulfillment for nerdy kids who feel put-upon in real life. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Certain family films are ones where parents ought to flip a coin with the loser having to [go] to the movie. Not this time - Dumbo is a movie that everyone can enjoy. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 93% Us (2019) Us may be flawed, but it's well worth seeing. Indeed, if this had been Peele's first film, we'd be proclaiming him a talent to watch. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
4/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [It] gives us a heroine to cheer on, and a breakthrough in special effects that amazes. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Larson has to play a character who is both reclaiming her past and discovering her future. It's a surprisingly complex role which may be why some fans have been put off by it. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/5 75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If you're able to buy into the admittedly odd premise, this is a movie that defies expectations. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) ...an entertaining and surprisingly touching story that may not turn you into a pro wrestling fan but will make you appreciate the effort and hard work that goes into succeeding in that world. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Those who do recognize the thinness of the script may not find the vivid animation is enough to overcome it. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 23% Miss Bala (2019) It's not deep and its lurid story may not stand up to logic, but if all you ask is that it's got action and someone to root for, it delivers. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) ...something that should please school-age viewers and should be tolerable for parents who may accompany them. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) As an example of the British crime film, [it] may not break new ground but it does provide a showcase for its stellar cast. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) ...the jaw-dropping performance here is that of John C. Reilly as Ollie. Sure, he's in a fat suit , but it's his acting, not the latex, that is amazing. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 82% All These Small Moments (2019) Whether it's a confession, a revelation, or a reconciliation, this is a movie about people trying to live their lives... It resonates because the characters seem real. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) As with Shyamalan's other films, characters don't act like human beings but are simply plot devices. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019