For 101 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Carol
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 101
  2. Negative: 1 out of 101
101 movie reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    Gestures, looks and touches carry enormous weight, and Blanchett and Mara, both excellent, invite micropscopic readings of their every glance and movement.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Luckily, Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying. Winning, too, is the sense that this peculiar project, though imperfect, could grow old with its audience and its cast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    As ever with Leigh, Mr Turner addresses the big questions with small moments. It's an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    The Coens have given us a melancholic, sometimes cruel, often hilarious counterfactual version of music history. It's a what-if imagining of a cultural also-ran that maybe tells us more about the truth than the facts themselves ever could.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It’s no masterpiece, but it’s slick and tense, and the camerawork has something of the in-the-moment, on-the-ground immediacy of the French New Wave films.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    This is a whale of a movie, grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore. Its power and its horrors sneak up on you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a film of small moments and tiny gestures that leaves a very, very big impression.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    Most importantly, the film involves us: it draws us into the debate, makes us complicit, demands that we have an opinion, and then upends that same opinion a few minutes later. It's engaging and rousing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    At times, you ache to put the brakes on the chaos, but still Pixar manages to do with all this what they do best, turning the everyday rough and smooth of childhood experience into a thoughtful, inventive adventure, full of totally appropriate lurid and strange imagery.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Full of Anderson’s visual signatures – cameras that swerve, quick zooms, speedy montages – it’s familiar in style, refreshing in tone and one of Anderson’s very best films.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    When the film gets outdoors, it soars, and Ceylan continues to dig with acute intelligence into the dark corners of everyday human behaviour.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Citizenfour is at its most eye-opening and essential simply as a portrait of the then 29-year-old Snowden at a point of absolute no-return in his life as he spends almost a week hiding out in Hong Kong before disappearing into an entirely new existence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The writing and direction lean towards the obvious, but there’s much to chew on regarding tradition, progress and the power of the white lie.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    More than ever Payne allows the humour to rise up gently from his story rather than burst through it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s an exploration of all things surface, yes, but it has soul too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The original footage – devastatingly intimate; familiar yet alien – still stops us in our tracks more than six decades later.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    Alongside archive material and new footage of Chet shot in his signature romantic, B&W style, Weber elicits frank reminiscences from his subject and a host of ex-lovers and friends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Amy
    Anyone with a beating heart will be forgiven for allowing it to break during this unflinching and thoughtful account of the life and death of the soul singer Amy Winehouse.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The Assassin is a beautiful, beguiling film; it's impossible not to get fully lost in its rarefied world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    It’s intricate and often mature as drama, but it’s also meandering and at times heavy-handed, even melodramatic, and the tight control of time, place and action which made ‘A Separation’ so gripping is just not there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    '71
    Demange is a strong storyteller and masks the script’s tendency to nod to every opinion and social division by offering a masterclass in tension as soon as his dramatic bomb starts ticking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It’s not a pretty story, but its warmth lies in its fondness – love, even – for the two boys at its heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    The film conceals as much as it reveals, and its beauty is that it pretends to do nothing else. It embraces a mystery and protects it, and it’s thrilling to behold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Yes, The Lobster is arch: this is cinema in quotemarks, tongue-in-cheek storytelling that uses absurdity to hold a mirror to how we live and love. At its best, it has incisive things to say about how we shape ourselves and others just to banish the fear of being alone, unloved and friendless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Archipelago confirms Hogg as a daring and mischievous artist, and a major British talent whose next move will be intriguing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    A masterclass in how the most local, most hemmed-in stories can reverberate with the power of big, universal themes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There are no interviews, characters nor narration, and after an hour it can feel like a chore. Yet the images are staggering.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    You won’t know whether to laugh or cry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Tale of Tales might lack magic in the immediate, flashy sense, but its strange spell is altogether seductive and special.

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