For 219 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Anomalisa
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 219
219 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The connections might be a little more strained and diffuse than in "Nostalgia for the Light", but their cumulative power is strong nonetheless.
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    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    David Sington (In the Shadow of the Moon) shows extreme confidence in his subject by revealing the deeper truth in fragments, essentially allowing Nick to deliver a monologue or one man show, drawing us deeper and deeper into his story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Sometimes you find yourself wishing for an alternative version of the film unfolding before your eyes. ‘Belle’ is a good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The relentless gloom can feel oppressive, but there’s plenty of ambition here, especially in the layered storytelling and woozy sense of time and place, with plenty of soaring aerial shots that nod quietly to the all-seeing eye of a computer game.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Nobby is hardly a character for the ages. He's a basic fool. The movie, too, is chaotic and crude. But its lack of sophistication, like its odd mix of souped-up action and base comedy, ultimately feels like a badge of honour.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Even Dench, while adeptly highlighting the vulnerabilities of age and the loneliness of power, can’t distract from the soft treatment, which leaves little room for the harsh realities of prejudice which must have made this a more painful and ugly chapter for many involved than this film ever dares suggest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It has a rigorous, even unrelenting, grey, green and brown palette and, narratively, it’s tough to penetrate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There's no escaping it: Money Monster is a basic, silly movie. But it has on its side a top-notch cast and an entire absence of self-seriousness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall makes up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama that puts the heavy emphasis on drama over family.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    This is a thoughtful film, but one that's slightly limited by its own careful restraint.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    While it fascinates as much as it frustrates, the film’s saving grace is that it always feels honest and never cynical. It seems both relevant to us and personal to the filmmaker.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It’s an uneven work, mysterious in its refusal to tell us much at all about Daniel, but it has a ring a truth to it even when it slips into less enigmatic thriller territory.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Wears its heart a little too much on its sleeve. But it also manages to pack a punch, and the lead performances from Bercot and Cassel are strong.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The film’s pace barely leaves you time to think – blink and you’ll lose the plot. But there’s plenty of imagination here to honour the spirit of Carroll’s topsy-turvy tales, even if the emotional resolutions are of a distinctly twenty-first-century sort.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There’s a pleasing no-frills tone to the whole enterprise as well as a convincing grasp of the rituals and beliefs of the age.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a film that moves to the convincing rhythm of real life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    What Luhrmann makes intoxicating is a sense of place – the houses, the rooms, the city, the roads – and the sense that all this is unfolding in a bubble like some mad fable. Where he falters is in persuading us that these are real, breathing folk whose experiences and destinies can move us.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Frantz is a slightly over-polite and overly careful, and the black and white palette is unappealingly washed out – more like a collection of greys. But the sense of festering postwar anger and pain is strong, and there are intriguing questions here.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There’s nothing groundbreaking about the animation or script. That said, the characters and story still offer low-key charms.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It's a bold film, full of energy and spunk, but a patchy, half-formed, rambling one too.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    War Dogs simply doesn’t dig deeply enough into the duo’s personalities to be more than a fitfully entertaining escapist spin on a ripped-from-the-headlines yarn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    If you’ve never been to a burlesque show, now you know what you’re missing. The dedication and warmth of the performers are infectious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The film’s best scenes are a series of hilarious father-son encounters where the son wants to be loved and the dad just doesn’t get it.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    If its script is a little unwieldy and overwrought at times, Broken is still a work of delightful moments and strong promise for many of those involved. Norris works hard to inject some joy and wonder into what could easily be a much more dark and miserable experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Visually, it’s never less than arresting. Gently amusing, too, is the relationship between Keitel and Caine, even if the dialogue Sorrentino writes for them often displays a fondness for empty epigrams.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Luckily, there are just enough truths about ageing beneath its corny, farcical surface. Also, it’s hard not to enjoy two hours in the company of this cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The word exploitation comes to mind.

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