Michael Dance

Michael Dance
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Cinema Source

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 78% Burn After Reading (2008) Unlikable characters who do stupid things. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B 45% Sex Drive (2008) A hilarious movie with a particularly stupid romantic subplot attached. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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D+ 68% Synecdoche, New York (2008) I call B.S. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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C+ 64% High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Mostly harmless. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B+ 65% Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008) Enough major jokes that land that I recommend it for anybody who's not turned off by the premise. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B 89% Bolt (2008) Super-cute, even though there's not much there. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B- 49% Twilight (2008) I'm glad it wasn't that bad. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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D 38% Transporter 3 (2008) As a fan of Statham and the Transporter series, it's a massive disappointment. The story makes no sense, and there aren't even very many fight scenes. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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D+ 55% Australia (2008) Did I mention it's really long? - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B 66% Cadillac Records (2008) Messy, but with great musical performances. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B+ 29% Punisher: War Zone (2008) If you can stomach the gore and pick up on the underlying humor, you'll likely have a good time. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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A- 93% Frost/Nixon (2008) It's surprising how well the film works as pure entertainment. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B+ 52% Nothing Like the Holidays (2008) Enormously appealing characters. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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A- 26% Seven Pounds (2008) Melodramatic and manipulative, but passionate. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B 62% Valkyrie (2008) Put away the knives aimed at Cruise and just enjoy the solid work he keeps putting out. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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C 14% The Spirit (2008) Is it trying to be a parody of itself? - The Cinema Source EDIT
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A- 57% Defiance (2009) Of all the Holocaust movies this season, this one's worth seeing. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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C+ 71% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Holds your interest, but it's ultimately pointless, and the ending lets him off the hook. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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C+ 49% Towelhead (2007) Brings up some interesting points, but it's also too eager to shock and too eager to condemn. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
C- 18% Righteous Kill (2008) Direct Avnet is just plain terrible, and screenwriter Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man) should be ashamed of himself. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 85% Ghost Town (2008) A funny story with winning performances, and if you look closely, you might even find a surprisingly thoughtful message about grief. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B 61% The Duchess (2008) More absorbing and honest than your typical costume drama. Fiennes's performance of the painfully antisocial Duke is impeccable. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B- 37% Igor (2008) I can't really recommend it, but Igor provides all the clever puns and non-sequiturs and hipness that you'd expect from a mid-range computer-animated movie. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B 55% Choke (2008) It's a mishmash of a lot of cool scenes that don't really build, but those individual scenes are usually terrific. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 33% Miracle at St. Anna (2008) Little imperfections prevent it from being the classic epic it wants to be, but Lee accomplishes quite a lot here. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 27% Eagle Eye (2008) A big, happily implausible blockbuster action movie, and on that level it totally succeeds. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B- 60% Flash of Genius (2008) On its simplified terms of one man against the machine, the movie works, thanks almost entirely to Greg Kinnear's performance. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 74% Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Cera and Dennings both play more or less real people, much smarter and more thoughtful than your average movie teenagers. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
C- 55% Body of Lies (2008) DiCaprio plays a hero with terrible judgment, while Crowe hams up a pointless part to the detriment of the movie. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 61% The Express (2008) The Express plays it big and safe and conventional, but really, that just means everybody's going to like it. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2008
B+ 41% Hancock (2008) Smith and Bateman are great, and the first half of the movie is terrific. The second half...well, you'll either go with it or you won't. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
B- 86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) The makeup and costumes are great, but for something so otherwise creative, the story is obvious and predictable. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B+ 81% Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Allen actually lets his characters have conversations with each other. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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B+ 43% The House Bunny (2008) For something that looked as potentially stupid as it did in the trailers, you'll be laughing a heck of a lot. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
C+ 62% Hamlet 2 (2008) I laughed enough while I watched it, but as I write this review, I realize how shabby it really is. And Marschz is annoying. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
C+ 39% Henry Poole Is Here (2008) There's a version of Henry Poole is Here that I would've liked to see, and the painful thing is that it's not that far off from the real thing. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
B+ 65% Traitor (2008) A film that aims to examine Islam in order to separate the true believers from those who have hijacked it for terrorism. (Sound boring? It's also a taut thriller.) - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
B+ 41% The Longshots (2008) It's rare to see a well-made movie that empowers young girls the way this one does. So who am I to complain about the plot being formulaic? - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
A 81% Tropic Thunder (2008) It's hilarious, and there are a lot of fun cameos and explosions. Did Stiller just steal comedy back from Apatow? - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2008
A 73% Hallam Foe (Mister Foe) (2007) A worthy addition to Holden Caulfield's coming-of-age subgenre of off-kilter teenage boys let loose in big cities. Bell and Myles give terrific performances. - The Cinema Source EDIT
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D+ 55% Step Brothers (2008) When a 23-year-old male Anchorman fan would rather see a romance with Jenkins and Steenburgen than an R-rated comedy with Ferrell, you know something went horrible wrong. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2008
A 94% The Dark Knight (2008) Squaring off the best-ever Batman and the best-ever Joker would've been enough, but director Nolan sticks them inside an ensemble crime saga that should make Scorsese proud. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2008
A- 96% Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008) The unique point of view -- from a guy who used to take steroids and has two brothers who still do -- is the reason to see this. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
B+ 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) A collision of Black's signature humor with a succession of surprisingly awesome fight scenes. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
B 37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) There are a handful of legitimately funny jokes, even though -- though it frightens me to say so -- I don't get as excited as I got when I was fifteen. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
B 67% The Incredible Hulk (2008) I'm still not too enthusiastic about the character, but the film is fast-paced, well-acted, and captures that elusive 'comic book feel.' - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
C- 18% The Happening (2008) Usually Shyamalan can hide his limitations as a screenwriter behind his skill as a director. Here, that skill fails him as well, and the whole movie falls apart. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
C 14% The Love Guru (2008) Myers has a borderline-pathological need to mock Verne Troyer's height. It stops being funny quickly. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
B- 50% Get Smart (2008) Even if you've never watched the TV show in your life, you'll have the nagging feeling that you've seen it all before. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008
B 71% Wanted (2008) It's fun, but it's sillier than The Love Guru. - The Cinema Source EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2008