For 149 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Mecca's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 91 The Hero
Lowest review score: 25 Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 149
149 movie reviews
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Mecca
    There is something admirable about the sheer hopelessness of this narrative. It’s not altogether surprising given Schrader’s imprint, but it lacks the nuances of something like First Reformed or The Card Counter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    McGehee and Siegel are at the top of their game, building to an emotional and memorable climax. Nothing is too shocking, but nothing happens exactly as expected either. One could look at the premise of this film and convince themselves they’ve seen it before. They’d be wrong.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Mecca
    While Memory does not fully succeed in its goals, it’s yet another reminder of Neeson’s sheer presence––a movie star if ever there were one. Watching him act against Pearce is also a brief delight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Hello, Bookstore is ultimately a profile of a man as much as it is a document of a place; Zax knows that the man is the place. And vice versa. What a thrill to root for an everyday hero.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    This is ultimately a picture that offers no answers. No clean resolutions. No overtly happy endings. This is a strength. Bialik is more interested in the journey to an ending, rather than the ending itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Mecca
    Simultaneously, Cyrano feels like something new and something old. The best of both worlds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Mecca
    Do not let the brief runtime or spartan setting dissuade you. This is nuanced drama, well-felt and well-told.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Mecca
    Any pain is endured and ultimately enjoyed (save the insane gags Knoxville pulls), allowing audiences a guilt-free good time at the movies. It may not be smart, but the feeling of joy sure as hell ain’t stupid.
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    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Too often do we take for granted the miraculousness of the moving image. Stigter’s creative extension and exploration of Kurtz’s film reminds us. What can we glean from three minutes of film shot in 1938? Plenty.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Brody is great here, his long face and animated eyes doing a lot of work. It’s a quiet performance, an arena where the actor has always excelled. Without doing much, we know Clean: who he is and who he’s trying to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Mecca
    Master is ultimately undone by its overreaching scope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Credit to all involved: here’s a story about real humans and real subjects with real emotional stakes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Formally, Living is unimpeachable. . . . That said, Living begins and ends with Nighy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    892
    Despite some narrative and aesthetic reservations, there is an edge and an engagement throughout that make 892 worth a recommendation. Abi Damaris Corbin and John Boyega have done solid work in bringing Brian Brown-Easley’s tragic end to the masses.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    While the structure is fairly standard and its overall aesthetic sometimes appears limited by scope, The Laureate is a solid, heady account of a particularly tumultuous time in the life of poet Robert Graves.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    The pace is never stagnant and the final moments are pointedly effective. Ultimately, The Real Charlie Chaplin is an imperfect film about an imperfect filmmaker.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Joy Ride is the perfect example of “less is more.” One imagines there could be a three-hour cut of these adventures, but who needs that? This feels like the best bits from the bunch, and Goldthwait is economical in his pacing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Minyan is at its best when it is observing its characters. Often the narrative turns feel a bit abrupt, even forced. The slower bits work the best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    If not necessarily the Craig era’s resounding victory lap some might wish, it’s still an exceptional time in a cinema, begging for the largest screen possible. More importantly, a bold, exciting gesture of good faith in 007’s path forward.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    What starts as a documentary about film reels discovered near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge becomes a chronicle of the Soviet Union through the lens of a popular actor’s successes and failures.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    There’s more than a few moments where saccharine is the easy option. And while some will say the film is perhaps too understated, it meets its star at the right level. A little goes a long way here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Huda’s Salon recalls Hollywood mysteries from the 1940s in both its brisk pace and disarmingly simple style, resulting in a sparse, intelligent thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    Though the overall quality of the picture may leave a bit to be desired, this documentary serves as a necessary monument to a legend who never got enough credit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Who You Think I Am works as both an actor’s showcase and a thriller with some meat on its bones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    The fourth-wall breaks grow a bit tiresome and its final scene fails to build on the intensity of what comes just before, but leading turns and the topical setting prove memorable. How much you would like to be reminded of our current state of affairs is, of course, up to each and every viewer.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    Despite its shortcomings, Sweet Girl is a fairly enjoyable watch. These are easy people to root for, no matter how complicated their actions get.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Ultimately, it’s the archived, audio recordings of Ailey that give the documentary its soul.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    At under two hours, however, the pulpy entertainment is welcome, including a bevy of twists that recall the recent (and slightly better) Den of Thieves.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Offering plenty left to discuss and ponder by the film’s end, this is a haunted house thriller with a good deal on its mind.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Mecca
    There is an honest bleakness to Jarecki’s tale that certainly matches the tragedy of the real-life opioid crisis, though all of it feels surface level. Without a central rooting interest that’s engaging, all of the drama suffers. There’s plenty to admire in Crisis, just not enough to recommend.

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