For 11 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Kois' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 88 The Way Back
Lowest review score: 25 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
11 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Dan Kois
    Actors aren’t Navy SEALs, I know, but Johansson was, in fact, brave to take on this role: brave in that it’s a sharp left turn from what audiences expect or even like; brave in that she embraced an artistically bold method of building a movie when most other movie stars would have said no thanks to the idea of chatting up random Scotsmen in a van.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Dan Kois
    Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Dan Kois
    The Way Back diligently catalogs the outrages through which extreme cold, hunger and thirst put the body, and Weir's camera finds the terrible beauty in his actors' chapped lips, windburned cheeks and tenderized feet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Dan Kois
    Spalding Gray himself has the last word on his life, something this exacting storyteller would surely have demanded.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Kois
    Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Kois
    Should you see Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol? By all means, and in the big, big, biggest theater you can find.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Kois
    Jackass is also a touching ode to male friendship at its most primal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Kois
    Kato's often the best part of the movie. Britt calls him a "human Swiss army knife," and he's right; Kato is not a sidekick, but a fully formed hero who's full of surprises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Kois
    If Richard J. Lewis's film can't re-create the novel's complex stew of grievances, dirty jokes and misremembered anecdotes, it's still a warm tribute.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Kois
    Sarah spends her downtime drawing her friends and family in her sketchbook - the art is by Brown - and the figures she makes are not stylized or caricatured but just well-observed, scruffier versions of real life. It's fitting that those same drawings adorn the opening and closing credits of this sweet and sympathetic movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Kois
    It’s a welcome sight, seeing him carry a movie again. He’s austere and fascinating in The Rover, and his seriousness of purpose undercuts any possible campiness in the film’s world-gone-wrong setting: Each scene may be more dire than the last, but we care about Pearce, so we care about the movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Kois
    I can’t say that this austere, beautiful movie satisfied my impatient desire for answers. (It seems, in fact, to be a rebuttal to that desire.) But I’ll be thinking about Kumiko’s journey for a long time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Kois
    The movie itself is not unsatisfying, though it’s less fun than previous Jackass films, and has a worse title.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Kois
    Igor may be the most important composer of the 20th century, but he is a mere human. Coco, in this beautiful but indulgent French film, is a work of art.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Kois
    For a movie about a groundbreaking gay rebellion, Stonewall Uprising plays it much too straight.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Dan Kois
    And the action? It's especially hard to determine who's fighting whom in "Legends," because, well, because they are a bunch of owls.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Dan Kois
    In Faster, it's a car, not actors, that drives movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Dan Kois
    An uninspired studio product that demands as little from the audience as it did from its writers, directors and actors.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Dan Kois
    The realities that Crowe creates all seem like pleasant enough places to be, but you'd never mistake them for real life. The fuzzy, squishy world of We Bought a Zoo may be the Cameron Crowe-iest of them all.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Dan Kois
    Is it mindless fun for the kids in an air-conditioned environment? I guess, sure, but it's maddening how many details in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore are swiped wholesale from other stories.

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