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
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) As a director, Ron Howard is more a storyteller than stylist, but at his best he can bring out the essential humanity of his characters, letting viewers into their lives with compassion and understanding. That's what he does with Hillbilly Elegy. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2.5/5 83% Porno (2020) If you're someone who enjoys movies by such classic shlockmeisters as Herschel Gordon Lewis and Ed Wood, Jr. (the latter of whose "Orgy Of The Dead" is glimpsed on a poster), you just might find yourself getting in the groove with this entry. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
2.5/5 69% Girl (2020) Girl is a small revenge thriller made watchable by Bella Thorne in the title role as she overcomes the twists and turns of the plot-and the problems with the script-through sheer force of will. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 78% Uncle Frank (2020) At a time when we may not be able to get together with our own family members, a visit with Uncle Frank proves to be most welcome. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3.5/5 84% Belushi (2020) For those who were fans, the movie provides moments of nostalgia tinged with sadness. For those who are only now being introduced to his work, it's a chance to get an overview of his career, where so much has been preserved and is ripe for rediscovery. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet It Cuts Deep (2020) The most notable thing about the film is how shallow it is. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3.5/5 32% Echo Boomers (2020) Echo Boomers provides the expected beats one wants in a crime thriller, but also turns out to have much more to say than that. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/5 88% The Nest (2020) There isn't any point, just nearly two hours of unpleasant people in unpleasant situations doing unpleasant things. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 95% The Life Ahead (2020) It's the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. If you let yourself be engaged, it provides a bravura turn for Loren and an uplifting story that may draw a few tears along the way. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 95% Dating Amber (2020) A delightful coming-of-age romantic comedy out of Ireland. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3.5/5 62% The Informer (2020) The Informer is a hard-bitten thriller that won't insult your intelligence. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) "The True Adventures Of Wolfboy" is a reminder that adolescence isn't easy for anyone in the best of circumstances, and that any flaw - actual or perceived - is especially painful at that point in life. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 22% Friendsgiving (2020) Friendsgiving is not destined to be a holiday classic, but it shows that with a good script and a talented cast, even an old formula can result in a surprisingly entertaining movie. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) As a filmmaker, Coppola has established her own impressive career. On The Rocks amply demonstrates why her work continues to be worth seeking out. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/5 49% The Witches (2020) The Witches is a family-friendly film that kids will enjoy and their parents will as well. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3.5/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is a good reminder that our reality in 2020 is far more insane than anything we could ever see on screen. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 41% Rebecca (2020) Rebecca should work for those who are new to the story, as well as those who are familiar with it. It is the sort of lush, intelligent drama that will take let you escape into its world for a couple of hours. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
3.5/5 50% Evil Eye (2020) It's not making a statement about showcasing its Indian characters. It's telling a compelling story where the characters happen to be Indian and then uses that to help drive the narrative. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 32% Death of Me (2020) In spite of using a familiar formula, there's enough fresh spin here to make "Death Of Me" a treat for fans of psychological thrillers and horror who are willing to go along for the ride. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
1.5/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) It doesn't matter how often they claim to clean the theater... You certainly shouldn't risk your health and well-being of your family for something ill-conceived and dismissible as The War With Grandpa. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2.5/5 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) If you're looking for a plot where the filmmakers thought through their premise rather than simply treating it as a contrivance, you'll probably want to give this a pass. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 43% The Lie (2020) It is a nightmare for any parent who ever wondered what they would do if things went horribly wrong. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) It's really an ensemble cast, but Quinto takes delight in Harold's slicing and dicing of the others while Parsons personifies Michael's realization that no matter how hard he tries, he'll not escape who he is. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 43% LX 2048 (2020) "LX 2048" is a thoughtful, disturbing look at a possible future which deserves to be noticed. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3.5/5 68% The Artist's Wife (2020) [Olin's] dignity and grace helps raise this to more than just another film about dealing with someone in gradual decline. It becomes a tribute to soldiering on. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3.5/5 88% Jay Sebring: Cutting to the Truth (2020) Jay Sebring... Cutting To The Truth effectively tells us who Sebring was and why we should acknowledge his accomplishments and continuing influence. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 100% The Swerve (2020) A bravura performance by Azura Skye as a woman spiraling downward makes The Swerve simultaneously engrossing and difficult to watch. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) The resolutions ofthe two mysteries are disappointing, relying on viewers to be so invested in Enola's success that the preposterousness of them don't really matter. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 48% Lost Girls & Love Hotels (2020) Lost Girls & Love Hotels may not have a profound answer to the universal human dilemma of seeking connection, but in exploring the questions it gives us some food for thought. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/5 76% H Is For Happiness (2019) H Is For Happiness won't appeal to older teens or cynical adults, but for families with kids of the appropriate age, it's a charmer. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
4.5/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) Whatever your political views, it should make you determined to cast your ballot and make your voice heard. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/5 88% Summerland (2020) It provides some laughs, but uses the excesses of the characters to explore what makes them tick. The result is a teen comedy that doesn't insult the intelligence of the viewer, which is acause for celebration all by itself. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
1/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) It's less a film than a self-indulgent mess that requires a decoder ring to figure out what he's trying to say. It's not worth the effort. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
1/5 24% The Binge (2020) What follows are scenes that we've seen in countless teen comedies, particularly the ones bereft of character or plot. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
1/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) Ham-handed, dull, and not particularly amusing, Get Duked! is a waste of time and effort. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 86% Robin's Wish (2020) Robin's Wish is a plea to examine our own feelings about such things and provide the support needed to those trying to cope as well as those trying to make a difference. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/5 33% Measure for Measure (2020) Paul Ireland and his collaborator, the late Damian Hill, take the plot of the play of the same name and turn it into an Australian crime drama, and it proves to be an engaging spin on the story. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 73% The Prey (2020) It doesn't break any new ground, with even the title so overused you may find it hard to track down information on this one on the internet, but for those craving non-stop action without requiring much else, it should do the job. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 41% Guest of Honour (2020) It may not be a feel-good movie, but it's not a despairing one. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4.5/5 83% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) As a cinematic study, this documentary is more than skin deep. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2.5/5 60% Tesla (2020) There's an interesting story here, to be sure, about the birth of the modern technological age, and how much ego and personality played a role in its development, but Almereyda is more interested in playing games with the audience. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3.5/5 58% Stage Mother (2020) Stage Mother is a sweet, funny film that will leave you smiling. These days, there simply can't be enough of that. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) An American Pickle may not become a film classic, but it gets its laughs while delivering the dual message that we must respect the past while also learning to embrace the future. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/5 94% Boys State (2020) It would not be fair to report the outcome here, as the suspense over the election is what drives the dramatic narrative. What's surprising is how seriously some of these would-be future politicians take the opportunity. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) [It] navigates that tightrope by telling a story not about entering adulthood but instead focusing on that tiny moment of revelation when you discover that the world is a lot more complicated than you realized... - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 88% Senior Love Triangle (2020) This unflinching portrait leaves food for thought about what the future holds not only for our elders but also for ourselves. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3.5/5 19% The Tax Collector (2020) Ayer gets some solid performances here, including from LeBeouf as the stone cold Creeper and a surprisingly gritty turn from comedian Lopez. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
5/5 68% Fisherman's Friends (2020) [An] utterly delightful movie. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 61% Radioactive (2020) It's worth seeing, but one is left wishing for the film that might have been. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3.5/5 100% Reel Redemption (2020) Smith takes a nuanced look at movies that a more strident critic might have dismissed out of hand. - North Shore Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020