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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Kois' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 88 And Everything Is Going Fine
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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Dan Kois
    Like Clueless or Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s a great American comedy, and like Boyhood and Dazed and Confused, another easygoing masterpiece from our reigning auteur of hidden depths.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Dan Kois
    Spalding Gray himself has the last word on his life, something this exacting storyteller would surely have demanded.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Kois
    Young Adult doesn't fully work, but it's still one of the year's most memorable movies.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Kois
    That a princess movie filled with brown faces and absent a love interest will be a slumber-party staple for decades may be its most important legacy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Kois
    The silliness is more than made up for with moments of stillness and quiet connection between characters learning to need each other in lovely ways. And most of all, there’s the glorious landscape.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Kois
    Pete's Dragon is a gentle, understated family adventure, one that feels notably unlike the simplistically sentimental product the Disney imprimatur might lead you to expect.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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