Hot Button

Hot Button is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): David Poland
Rating Title/Year Author
Tropic Thunder (2008) David Poland It is easy to laugh your 20 laughs and walk out of Tropic Thunder with a shrug of the shoulders. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2008
The Dark Knight (2008) David Poland This is not a Batman movie -- this is a 2008 version of The Untouchables with The Batman as Elliot Ness, The Joker as Al Capone, and much better toys. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2008
Sex and the City (2008) David Poland Some will be disappointed that it wasn't more adventurous. Some will love it because it is familiar. Some will wonder why all their friends are watching this crap. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2008
7/10 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) David Poland Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is, in spite of claims otherwise made, a CG version of an Indiana Jones movie... for better or for worse. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2008
The Brave One (2007) David Poland It is tough and challenging and twists and turns in ways that are not expected or obvious or easy. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2007
Ratatouille (2007) David Poland Ratatouille is a major revelation. It is the first great American animation for adults first. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2007
We Are Marshall (2006) David Poland A surprisingly sturdy little film. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2006
Children of Men (2006) David Poland My problem with the film was expecting too much, because it kept telling me to expect more. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2006
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) David Poland Many will find it to be a critics darling, languid and lacking in humor. But for me, it was a powerful experience. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2006
Lady in the Water (2006) David Poland This movie is not as bad as it's being made out to be. But it isn't really good either. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2006
You, Me and Dupree (2006) David Poland The problem is not the stars. The problem is that the basic conceit of the movie was bent out of shape by the bigger issue of "Who is the star?" EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2006
Sin City (2005) David Poland Sin City is nothing but a video game on a big screen without the interactivity. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2005
5/5 The Verdict (1982) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2004
2/5 Assassins (1995) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2004
3/5 Above the Law (1988) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2004
The Brown Bunny (2003) David Poland Never have men who wear raincoats to movie theaters had so much in common with the filmmaker. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2004
Spider-Man 2 (2004) David Poland Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever Supe'man 2 did. Hero faced, with a choice, Kirsten's dress, it gets moist, Look out! Here comes the Sequel-Man. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2004
5/5 FM (1978) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
2/5 Michael Collins (1996) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
4/5 Presumed Innocent (1990) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) David Poland But more than anything yet seen in Moore's career, this film was made in the bubble and breathes truly rarified air. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2004
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) David Poland The only earthquake you'll feel is the natural sensurround of people snoring in their seats and then again as people run for the exits EDIT
Posted May 28, 2004
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) David Poland Not only is this the best Harry Potter movie, it is the first Harry Potter movie that actually qualifies as cinema. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2004
The Terminal (2004) David Poland The key to this is not bigger, faster or more intense. It is the simple clarity that is at the core of all great storytelling. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2004
Troy (2004) David Poland So far, with Van Helsing and Troy, the very strong theme of the summer seems to be "More is Less." EDIT
Posted May 13, 2004
The Last Samurai (2003) David Poland The Last Samurai is not a bad film. But it is an evil one. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2003
Big Fish (2003) David Poland A truly wondrous film of love and renewal. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2003
The Missing (2003) David Poland The Missing is a genre changer that doesn't call attention to that fact. It is a big, yet intimate, classic Hollywood western that does the job the way a movie is supposed to. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2003
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) David Poland It is, first and last, a hardcore genre movie. The teens are hot, horny and high. The massacr-teers are grotesque, angry and out for blood. The air hangs heavy with death. And you're never quite sure what's coming next. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) David Poland Weinstein seems to be letting Tarantino have his way with a double release, turning one potentially great film into two flashy mediocrities. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
The Rundown (2003) David Poland I forgot how much I loved this genre and how much it was missed. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2003
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) David Poland "Lots of people would pay to see Cameron Diaz take a crap on a see-through toilet. Why not?!?!" EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2003
Hulk (2003) David Poland There is no joy in Hulkville. And intellectually, I know that is how it should be. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2003
4/5 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
1/5 Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1990) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
5/5 All That Jazz (1979) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
2/5 The Car (1977) David Poland Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) David Poland It feels like an old-fashioned Smokey & The Bandit romp with all the high-tech thrills of a CG world. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2003
Down With Love (2003) David Poland It's cute fluff and there is enough there to make up for the weight that keeps it from flying. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2003
Finding Nemo (2003) David Poland Finding Nemo is like a great foreign film, its visual and energy having such clarity that subtitles (or words or stories) are almost unnecessary. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2003
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) David Poland Reloaded is a movie of expansive questions about all of the ideas that we found so comfortable the first time around. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2003
X2 (2003) David Poland Bryan Singer's X2: X-Men United is a mutant leap forward in comic book filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2003
Old School (2003) David Poland So what's wrong? It's really simple. Todd Phillips really isn't much of a director. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2003
The Life of David Gale (2003) David Poland A movie that keeps telling you that you are supposed to respect it that fails miserably at almost ever turn. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2003
The Hours (2002) David Poland Meryl Streep is breathtaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2003
Daredevil (2003) David Poland If all you need is the most surface of surface, you might like Daredevil. If you choose to think about it for a second, you can't. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2003
Stevie (2002) David Poland While it was well worth seeing, it didn't have the lift that I might have liked, literally and figuratively. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2003
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) David Poland Clooney has made a remarkable, if unsettled and unsettling picture. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2003
Training Day (2001) David Poland Denzel Washington's performance is tremendous... really up there amongst the best of his career. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2003
Insomnia (2002) David Poland It's not quite as ambiguous as the original, but it's not a sell-out either. Good movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2003