For 122 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Mecca's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 91 The Farewell
Lowest review score: 25 Baywatch
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 122
  2. Negative: 5 out of 122
122 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 40 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Mecca
    Kranz succeeds in finding understanding in the unthinkable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Wright the filmmaker wrings out one of Wright the actor’s career-best performances.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Fatale works well as an updated throwback. It’s a well-made, well-acted neo-noir absent any sort of self-seriousness or superfluous posturing. An hour-and-a-half has rarely moved faster.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    At first glance, Ric Roman Waugh’s Greenland appears to be a spiritual sequel to Geostorm. Also starring Gerard Butler, that 2017 film is a silly, diverting disaster-action epic. Greenland is decidedly more nuanced, cerebral, and, frankly, memorable.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    There is an intentionality here that is overwhelmingly optimistic while also insisting on acknowledging all of the troubles of our current moment. And while this does not always mix well with some of the slapstick, the alchemy is ultimately fulfilling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Ultimately, it is hard to ignore a hard-edged genre piece showcasing three great performers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    There’s a lot to admire here, even it all of it doesn’t work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    In the world La Llorona creates, your sins will not only haunt until you make amends–it will haunt those who’ve protected you from those repercussions. Underscored with a foreboding sense of disquiet akin to last year’s Atlantics, the viewing experience is as satisfying as it is provocative.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    A film like Most Wanted is a welcome one, featuring a well-told version of this all-too-common real-world narrative.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    Every eye-popping sequence and strongly-performed scene feels too far from the next. Perhaps with a little less, there would be quite a bit more. There’s so much to respect in We Are Little Zombies, just not enough to hold on to.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    The difficulty here, as with many a modern war film, is tone. There is an impetus to honor these soldiers while also criticizing the framework that led them into what is essentially a deathtrap in the middle of Afghanistan. Screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy do their damndest to thread the needle, but the results do wear a bit thin.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    One hopes this is a smaller film that benefits from this moment. Many are staying in and staying safe, looking for art that will comfort them like a warm blanket. Look no further than The High Note.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Ultimately, it’s the upbeat energy from Sanders’ direction that keeps the engine going. The Call of the Wild is a welcome adventure for a cold winter’s night.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    The messy creativity on display is something to admire.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Frankly, one wishes The Glorias was a bit more radical in its presentation. As it stands, the film gets the job done.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Garner is effective, the camera rarely losing focus of her. This is an actress whose animated features tell an engaging story without needing much help.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Frankly, this is content that makes one feel a bit better about the future. All the poems may not connect, all of the performances may not stick, and the ending may play a bit more maudlin than intended, but the energy on display and the goodness therein should be enough to melt the coldest of hearts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Mecca
    Colangelo is a strong director of actors, but Borenstein’s script lets her down a bit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    For the first half of the picture, Bettany’s soft, contemplative performance investigates Frank’s self-hatred with such beauty that the re-introduction of the rest of the family feels like a detriment, despite the talent of the cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Mecca
    Promising Young Woman is always entertaining and it will linger for a long, long time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    Ultimately, Cooke and company do a satisfactory job of telling an incredible story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    While most of this authenticity reads as manufactured and a bit focus-grouped, it’s hard not to like this pop star. The phrase “she means well” can band-aid any manner of sins, but here it feels like a true descriptor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Clarke has been angling at legit leading lady status ever since she got called Khaleesi, to varying degrees of success. Last Christmas feels like the young actress is in full form. Forget the perceived genre limitations, this is a good performance. Her Kate is cutting, manipulative, charming, broken and funny. All at once! She’s fully human, a refreshing departure from some of her recent roles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    Ms. Purple is lived-in drama, expanding off familiar beats with fresh POVs, an authentic setting, and a DIY style that never feels cheap
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    Nothing is more subjective than comedy and this brand will surely turn many off. No matter. Those behind Greener Grass are clearly unfazed by the weirdness. They wallow in it, unabashedly. If only they kept it up for the whole one-hundred minutes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Mecca
    The X-factor is Costner. A household name for over thirty years, his vocal presence alone does wonders.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Mecca
    There’s a running joke that Chris Morgan will take this franchise to space since it’s all gotten so out of hand. Honestly, if he were to take these characters there, he’d figure a way to keep us engaged and involved.

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