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 34% 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 32% 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 57% 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 40% 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 15% 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 89% 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 84% 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 30% 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 61% 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 57% 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 90% 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 94% 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 74% 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 93% 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 22% 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 80% 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
5/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Jones, seeming to realize that she is depicting an American icon, portrays her with dignity but not as a clay idol. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) If it isn't a great artistic achievement, it is a well-crafted movie that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. If you find such material appealing, it will work. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/5 40% The Upside (2019) The film is predictable in too many ways, but when it works it's because of the rapport that develops between Cranston and Hart. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2.5/5 49% Escape Room (2019) It's one of those "jump scare" films that will generate screams, clutched arms and - for the more cynical - rolling eyes. It's definitely check-your-brains-at-the-door time. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) ...a missed opportunity to shed light on a key moment in history, using it instead to export contemporary concerns to the past. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
2.5/5 66% Vice (2018) Its obvious strength is a bravura performance by Christian Bale as Cheney. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) ...an ambitious film that proves to be less than the sum of its parts... but fans of Natalie Portman won't want to miss her risk-taking performance here. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) ...a movie that makes these figures in old footage more than historical curiosities, but real people which, of course, they were. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
2.5/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) The problem is in the script, as filmmaker Hedges doesn't seem to have asked himself why an audience would want to subject themselves to this. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The unspoken message seems to be that we're lucky that Hogancamp was brutalized and nearly died because, as a result, he's now making imaginative art. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) As superhero origin stories go, it's actually an improvement over most of the movies based on DC comics. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) ...less than a sequel than a muddled attempt to clone the elements of the original film. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) What makes it fascinating even for those unfamiliar with the source material (like this reviewer) is its stunning visual design. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3.5/5 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) It's not going to be a blockbuster and won't engage the majority of moviegoers, but for those it does, it's priceless. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 78% Green Book (2018) Green Book is about two men from very different worlds and experiences who discover their common humanity. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's in the grand tradition of the classic Hollywood cartoons in that it provides entertainment for all ages, even if you end up laughing at different things. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) For Rowling's loyal fans this is an exciting next chapter. For those who haven't paid much attention, it provide some fantastic moments but may seem otherwise impenetrable. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 91% Widows (2018) ...an entertaining thriller that grabs you from the start and puts you through the wringer. It may not be art, but it's rattling good entertainment. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) ...a historical melodrama that will engage the eyes and stir the blood. - New England Movies Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018