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Dave McGinn

Dave McGinn
Dave McGinn's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Globe and Mail

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 76% Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) The film may not shed any new light on Hamilton, but the footage of him riding 100-foot-high waves is nothing short of awesome.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
1.5/4 29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) We see the young Salinger stuck at his desk lighting matches and throwing pages in the garbage. We see his trembling hand hovering above a page. There is sometimes music. When all else fails, there's a montage.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
2.5/4 83% Gutland (2017) [Director Govinda] Van Maele is in no rush to get to the climax and he takes a long time to begin to build suspense, but the slow burn pays off in the end.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2.5/4 86% Never Steady, Never Still (2017) The hardship of it is immediate, but it never feels forced or exploitative. [Kathleen] Hepburn cares for her characters too much to force matters in such a way.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/4 40% You Disappear (Du forsvinder) (2017) But after pondering the question of what makes us who we are over and over, you're reminded that the question is so much more captivating than the answers we're given here.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
1.5/4 No Score Yet Blood Honey (2017) While there are moments of intrigue and a good twist, the whole thing feels as if it's a B-movie horror that wants to be so much more.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1.5/4 34% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Like the Paul Simon song it pulls its title from, you've heard it too many times before and the ardour just isn't there.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) Patti Cake$ for the most part avoids feeling like a song you've heard before. It's too big-hearted and genuine not to love.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Integral Man (2016) There isn't a critical word voiced in the film - about the house or Stewart. But that's fine. This isn't meant to be a critique; it's a loving portrait.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
1.5/4 54% 47 Meters Down (2017) Even at 89 minutes, you can feel the oxygen running out of this movie.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2.5/4 57% Bang Bang Baby (2014) Dream, nightmare or reality?‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2015
2.5/4 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) Very much a heartwarming tribute, bordering on treacly.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) It's incredible. It sets the standard for blockbuster action movies, and manages to be even better than its predecessor.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Well before it finished I was numb from its bludgeoning excess.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/4 78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) While Gordon may be a minor figure at best, he is, as this film shows, exactly what a mensch should be.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Yes, there are a million ways to die in the west. Boredom shouldn't be one of them.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/4 80% Fed Up (2014) You won't look at grocery store aisles the same way after you've seen Fed Up.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 59% Draft Day (2014) There's plenty of shimmying here, maybe too much, and lots of spin moves, but it's missing on-the-field results.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
1.5/4 59% Non-Stop (2014) The problem is that Non-Stop tries to be something it's not. It has one too many scenes that border on ludicrous, and the big reveal barely makes sense.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
2.5/4 89% Rush (2013) An entertaining movie with two solid performances that only occasionally stalls because of its sometimes heavy-handed treatment of Hunt and Lauda's differences.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2013
2.5/4 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) Thor: The Dark World is a good model of how superheroes can save the world without forced gravitas, and have fun doing it.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2013
2.5/4 64% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 67% When Jews Were Funny (2013) It's fun viewing.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 71% Man of Tai Chi (2013) [An] ambitious but generic martial-arts movie.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2013
1/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) It's been 11 years since Jackass: The Movie, and three since Jackass 3D, although it feels a lot longer than that.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2013
1.5/4 No Score Yet Cottage Country (2013) Wellington can't quite pull off the tone of this dark comedy, where the jokes and drama often fit awkwardly together ...‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 50% Design Is One: The Vignellis (2013) Unfortunately, the filmmakers sometimes fail to provide much in the way of context.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
1.5/4 28% Machete Kills (2013) Machete kills, sure. Unfortunately, he overkills.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2013
2.5/4 95% After Tiller (2013) It's humanizing and heartbreaking.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) When [Salerno] drops the stylistic overkill and lets these people talk about Salinger, what emerges is a riveting picture of a contradictory, deeply selfish, troubled man.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/4 100% A People Uncounted (2014) Yeger's doc offers a sobering, often harrowing understanding of a people and the workings of genocide.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
2/4 64% Epic (2013) Children may enjoy it, but even they will be able to see all the boxes it systematically ticks.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 24, 2013
2/4 37% Peeples (2013) Chism doesn't know when to step on the gas and just go for belly laughs.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 10, 2013
2.5/4 43% Paris Manhattan (2013) The premise of Paris-Manhattan is simple enough; unfortunately, so is everything else about writer-director Sophie Lellouche's debut feature film.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/4 87% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) It's impossible not to feel a strong sense of nostalgic amusement, if not sheer delight, at the comings and goings of all these characters.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2012
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Prodigies (2010) The Prodigies pulls together a lot of familiar tropes from superhero movies without adding anything new or compelling to the genre.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2012
0.5/4 7% New Year's Eve (2011) This New Year's Eve leaves you feeling like you've got no one to kiss at midnight.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2011
2.5/4 68% A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (2011) The laughs may not be as strong as they were the first time, and the sense of discovering something fantastically illicit may have faded to mellow, familiar charms that come with the occasional giggle fit, but that's life as a stoner comedy.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2011
1.52/4 No Score Yet Afghan Luke (2011) Few people will gain a greater understanding of Canada's war from this movie. There are a handful of worthy moments, but it's too bogged down in cliché.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2011
3/4 66% Starbuck (2013) Scott deftly balances David's ridiculous mission with moments of real tenderness, making for several heartfelt moments that help carry you past the fact that such a situation couldn't possibly have the ending it does.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
2.5/4 28% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) [Marc Forster]is constrained by reality, and so is left with a story that lacks much of a satisfying climax or anything like a proper ending. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2011
3/4 64% Another Earth (2011) The metaphysics function as a metaphor in what's an affecting -- if slow-moving -- drama about having to live with the choices we make and our need to find redemption. ‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2011
2.5/4 82% Bugs! (2003) Much of what bugs do, unfortunately, isn't all that interesting.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted May 25, 2011
3/4 19% Bunraku (2011) With great chemistry between Hartnett and Gackt, and incredible visuals, the ambitions of director Guy Moshe's sophomore feature more than make up for what it lacks in substance.‐ Globe and Mail
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010