Dann Gire

Dann Gire

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Dann Gire's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 24% Zipper (2015) "This Zipper gets stuck halfway up to the moral outrage it clearly wants to inspire. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3.5/4 92% Grandma (2015) "A smart work where the jokes depend on truths, not punchlines, to work. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 27, 2015
2.5/4 40% No Escape (2015) "Reduced to its essence, No Escape gives us one-dimensional American family members struggling to survive faceless, objectified Asians out to purge their unnamed country of all Westerners. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 26, 2015
1.5/4 48% American Ultra (2015) "Crass, shallow, nasty and ugly, American Ultra devolves from a promising graphic-novel-like start into a hard-R-rated bloodbath just cartoony enough to stave off bolting from the movie theater to take a shower. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 83% Mistress America (2015) "A merry mashup of vintage Hollywood farce and terse social satire. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1/4 8% Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) "Friend cuts a striking, slender action figure, but lacks the resonant vocal qualities and sheer gravitas to carry off a character as formidable and menacing as Agent 47. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "This marks an amazingly auspicious debut for Heller, who adapts Gloeckner's novel with uncompromising and unsettling power, despite its slight incursion into a Hollywoodized upbeat ending. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/4 66% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "It would be a mistake to criticize Ritchie's U.N.C.L.E. just because it doesn't faithfully replicate the 1964-68 television series. It shouldn't. But the movie version should at least be as charming and tongue-in-cheek as the low-budget TV spy spoof. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/4 92% The End Of The Tour (2015) ""End of the Tour" does provide a fascinating insight into the relationship between a smart, semi-fawning journalist and his extremely perceptive subject. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) "Fontaine, who started out with dark psychological dramas, might have considered making Gemma Bovery a comedy. Its obtuse narrative structure is close to one already. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3.5/4 93% The Gift (2015) "Unnerving and jaw-droppingly memorable. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2/4 61% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "If you want to see and hear Streep get down with her Joan Jett self, go for it. Or you could just buy the rockin' soundtrack and watch the Ricki and the Flash trailer one more time. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Clearly, some superheroes seem much more credible and comfortable on the pages of a Stan Lee comic book than they do in the more literal arena of motion pictures. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/4 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "Shaun the Sheep is a sheer delight and an artistic achievement in animation. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Aug 5, 2015
2.5/4 26% Vacation (2015) "The result is a messy mashup of hilarious sight gags and sitcom humor propelled mostly by sheer shock value. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2015
2.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Rogue Nation comes equipped with overwritten, exposition-heavy dialogue that none of the IMF agents would actually say to each other outside of a movie. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 56% Samba (2015) "[A] sincere and well-acted romance-tinged immigration drama. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 67% Unexpected (2015) "Cobie Smulders' unadorned, low-key, ego-drained performance as a single, 30-year-old pregnant Chicago schoolteacher serves as the attractive hub of Kris Swanberg's carefully observed domestic drama Unexpected. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/4 84% Alleluia (2015) "I can't remember the last time I flinched during a horror movie. But I did it at least twice watching Alleluia. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 40% Irrational Man (2015) "Allen not only lets monologues handle the heavy dramatic lifting, he employs one of the silliest pieces of misdirection ever conceived, a narrative cheat that can't be revealed without spoiling a major plot point. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2015
1.5/4 17% Pixels (2015) "With all this talent and built-in market appeal, why is Pixels such a shrill and shallow movie experience starved of wit, intelligence, emotion and snappy pacing? " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 60% Southpaw (2015) "Chameleonic actor Jake Gyllenhaal's light heavyweight boxing champ Billy "the Great" Hope can take on any contender... But when he faces the greatest heavyweight boxing clich├ęs in movie history, he goes down for the count. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/4 86% Inception (2010) "Don't be surprised if your brain hurts. In a good kind of way. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 20, 2015
1.5/4 6% Safelight (2015) "Safelight would be better titled Lightweight. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 38% Lila & Eve (2015) "We already know that a performance by Hollywood empathy queen Viola Davis can improve great movies. In Charles Stone III's Lila & Eve, she proves a leading Davis character can also elevate a really ridiculously serious, R-rated vigilante drama. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "Yes, Ant-Man awkwardly vacillates between broad comedy and earnest adventure, and Pena's cartoony sidekick seems to belong in some other less serious movie. But Ant-Man works. In spots, it works well. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
1.5/4 16% The Gallows (2015) "A pedestrian found-footage tale with characters desperately justifying why they keep shooting video while fleeing for their lives. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 97% Amy (2015) "Amy offers no shocking revelations or critical evaluations of the singer, her life and music. It's mostly a celebratory work, laced with the acidic realization that nobody wanted to be a speed bump on the singer's road to self-demise. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 80% Batkid Begins (2015) "If you have the opportunity to see Batkid, I encourage you to buy a ticket. It won't change our world. But it could change us. Then we can improve the world. Batman would like that. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/4 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) "Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 still reigns as the supreme Spider-Man movie adventure, but Marc Webb's energized reboot The Amazing Spider-Man has its own set of attractive super powers. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2015
2.5/4 54% Minions (2015) "Those little Minions made terrific supporting players in their two previous adventures. As main stars, they're sporadically comical, yes, but not all that interesting. They don't particularly learn anything or evolve as characters. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1.5/4 20% Self/less (2015) "How seriously can you take any thriller where the bad guys put prisoners in an office with a working flamethrower in the corner? " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3.5/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "The most impressive aspect of "Cartel Land" is the trust and access Heineman's crew obtained to the two central figures of his report. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 77% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "Loach's sincerity bleeds through every frame, giving Jimmy's Hall just enough momentum to move forward, and then to be moving. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 50% Closer To God (2015) "In the end, Closer to God opts to drop all its ethical balls in the air in favor of a more traditional horror finale, one that sadly is neither shocking nor fun. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "A talky bromantic road movie that takes them forever to ramble from Tampa to a big strippers convention in Myrtle Beach. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "This movie sure looks new. But why do we keep thinking we've seen all this before? " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 30, 2015
4/4 99% Toy Story 3 (2010) "It affirms that change is inevitable, and even in this weird and fascinating universe of talking toys, love lives on in the next generation. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/4 75% Big Game (2015) "Helander has a twisted sense of humor for sure, but a poor sense of how to to use slow-motion. He employs it so badly so often that by the time Oskari finally pulls that bowstring back, the gimmick has already numbed our senses. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/4 82% The Overnight (2015) "Writer/director Patrick Brice's racy, low-key comedy The Overnight qualifies as a social horror movie, complete with suspense, plot twists and strange, intimidating characters you're never sure are exactly what they seem to be. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 45% Ted 2 (2015) "The result? A hit-and-miss-and-miss comedy infused with humor that's more than sketch. It's sketchy. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "A crackling smart, hallucinogenic adventure in which abstract thoughts ingeniously translate into characters plotting their way through a winding, Alice-in-Wonderlandish landscape of the mind. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 88% Dope (2015) "A liberating, full-throttle comedy not about the ethics of selling drugs, but about the ability of one smart black kid to do the math, and reconfigure Dope into a slippery slope of hope. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 86% The Wolfpack (2015) "The sheer idea that a New York family of nine could not only survive, but thrive while being sealed inside a Lower East Side Manhattan apartment most of their lives makes for fascinating viewing that no reality TV show can touch. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 8% Phantom Halo (2015) "Despite the cast's obvious dedicated efforts, Bogdanovich curiously studies her characters at clinical distances, preferring to observe them rather than be them. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2.5/4 93% The Farewell Party (2015) "This movie offers serious, empathetic moments... mixed with goofy sitcom jokes and a single bizarre musical number in which the characters sing about going to "Neverland" -- even corpses warbling as the sheets are pulled over their bodies. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 49% Live From New York! (2015) "Nguyen seems enamored with celebrity commentators. So he stuffs as many as he can into 90 minutes, even disgraced newsman Brian Williams revealing that live TV can be unpredictable. Really? " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/4 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "[Offers] fresh takes on death, memory and love. And making really bad home movies. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "If you've seen the three preceding Michael Crichton-inspired Jurassic adventures, you've pretty much seen this one already, with so many added scenes of gnashing jowls trying to eat screaming victims that they become mildly repetitious. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/4 94% Iron Man (2008) "It's Downey who anchors the movie's mayhem and special effects with a caustic wit and an intense, centered humanity. " ‐ Chicago Daily Herald
Posted Jun 9, 2015
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