For 111 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Jolin's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 King Kong
Lowest review score: 20 Perfect Stranger
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 111
  2. Negative: 1 out of 111
111 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Admirably low-key, deeply compelling and their warmest movie since Fargo.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    An emotional smackdown. Rourke's never been better, and the change of pace and texture suits Aronofsky perfectly. "The Raging Bull" of wrestling movies? Oh, go on then.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Polley’s fearless personal journey is a huge achievement, a genuine revelation — but the less detail you know beforehand, the better. Go in cold, come out warmed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    A kids’ movie for grown-ups. A grown-up movie for kids. Exactly what you’d expect -- and hope for -- from the latest, and we’re guessing final, Woody and Buzz adventure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    A bravura documentary which balances the personal and the political as it peers into the First Lebanon War, its animated approach never feeling like a novelty. Astonishing, unforgettable: you have to see it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    A complex, unique and engrossing journey into the murky recesses of an unhinged mind. It really needs to be seen to be believed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s this year’s "Drive."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Impossible to recommend as a great Friday night out, yet agonisingly vital as thought-urging cinema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Unlike its newly trim director, Kong does boast some flab around the middle but by the final reel there’s little doubt that what could have been Jackson’s folly is a triumph, the kind of romantic action spectacle that makes the big screen silver and provides box-office gold. Puts the prime in primate.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Inside Llewyn Davis throbs with melancholy, hunches under heavy skies, revels in music history's unsexiest scene and unapologetically leaves you dangling. It is also beautiful, heartfelt and utterly enthralling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like "The Fighter," but with kicking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Jolin
    Absurd, outrageous, gross, disturbing, insightful, and so funny it’ll burst half the blood vessels in your face.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    An honest, affection-hooking, coming-of-age drama which proves that there is life beyond Hogwarts for Emma Watson.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    An old-school espionage thriller with a movie-biz comedy twist, all the better for being (almost) entirely true. It is to Ben Affleck's credit that the tension and laughs complement rather than neutralise each other.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Without doubt, Jaa's a star — a man very possibly worthy of the 'new Bruce Lee' tag.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    A superb thriller and a worthy biopic of a real hero. It’s also simultaneously an encouraging follow-up for Headhunters’ Morten Tyldum, an impressive debut for screenwriter Graham Moore, and a big-screen career highlight for Benedict Cumberbatch.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    As much as Guardians largely thrives through its lovably scuzzy style, it cannot avoid the immense tractor-beam pull of The Big Marvel Studios Final Act.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    The odd conclusion renders it somewhat oblique, but Perfume is a feast for the senses.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    The Hobbit plays younger and lighter than Fellowship and its follow-ups, but does right by the faithful and has a strength in Martin Freeman's Bilbo that may yet see this trilogy measure up to the last one. There is treasure here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Once you get over the unlikelihood of Affleck and Crowe as buddies, State Of Play stands as a sterling thriller, benefiting from admirable convictions and an arguable return to form by Russell Crowe.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    As beige as an old PC, but beneath the surface the blood pumps bright scarlet. An intelligent and emotionally charged spy drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    A tender, nostalgic and warm ‘family’ drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    The Prestige traces the course of their bitter feud, as their respective acts of sabotage become ever more deadly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    A war film more of sober, grim reflection than balls-out escapades. Yet it grips consistently, its bursts of combat delivering gut-punches of veracity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Like a good butcher’s cleaver, it’s weighty, solid and sharp — an effective matching of director and star in what is hopefully the first of a new film series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    One of the most chillingly effective visions of the world’s end ever put on screen -- and a heart-rending study of parenthood, to boot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Inventive, ambitious, brutal and beautiful: a potent mythological epic. But also wilfully challenging, as likely to infuriate as inspire, whether through its unmitigated Old Testament harshness or its eco-message revisionism. If only more blockbusters were like this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Jolin
    Gripping, heart-wrenching, powerful and a sad indictment of scientific practice, which shows that 'human' and 'humane' are all-too-often mutually exclusive.

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