For 81 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Great Beauty
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 81
  2. Negative: 1 out of 81
81 movie reviews
    • 97 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The original footage – devastatingly intimate; familiar yet alien – still stops us in our tracks more than six decades later.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    With Dolan, you feel you're in the company of a truly original voice and one unafraid to make his mistakes right up there on the screen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
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    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a joyous film, full of love and warmth but unafraid to admit that with sticking out your neck comes struggle and sorrow. Truly lovely.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    One of the most pleasing things about Blue Jasmine is that it feels truly knotty and never obvious in how it unfolds.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s an intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Baldwin and Toback make a snappy comic duo, and half of their talks with a line-up of luminaries focus on the art of filmmaking rather than the business.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    This is a portrait of cycles and change. But the mood of the film suggests that we should be impressed that this ever-growing, ever-changing city of ours is still chasing after new versions of the modern.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Only Lovers Left Alive drags its feet and shows serious signs of anaemia as a story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It's a terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The Immigrant promises rich territory to explore, but in the execution it’s overly stately, dreary and unconvincing.

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