For 183 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 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Turner
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 183
183 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The word exploitation comes to mind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Skarsgård himself is fairly bland as Greystoke, delivering a po-faced Byronic spin on the character, all velvet coats and dreamy romantic stares at his belle while sitting barefooted in the boughs of trees. But at least the animals are memorable – best of all is a pack of scene-stopping silverback gorillas digitally created for the movie. This Tarzan isn’t quite the jungle VIP – but it’s got a little swing.
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    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Just the name ‘George Galloway’ – this doc’s presenter and co-writer – will have some vowing to go nowhere near this lively character assassination of Tony Blair. But anyone expecting wall-to-wall ranting and raving might be surprised by it’s relative sobriety.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    To enjoy the film's arresting musings on language, time and how much we can ever understand others, you'll have to close your eyes and ears to the wealth of schlocky hokum surrounding them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There’s plenty of warmth and compassion here, and the true story is a belter, but this ‘Lion’ doesn’t quite roar.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Fitfully entertaining, with some grabby trial scenes, the film struggles to find a proper, engaging focus.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a sad project, a testament to lives cut short and stories half-told.
    • 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.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    It’s just impossible to get past the core ridiculousness and arm-twisting manipulation of the plot.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    [A] baggy revenge thriller consisting of short violent set pieces interspersed with far too many talky debates about the morality of protecting a killer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The Immigrant promises rich territory to explore, but in the execution it’s overly stately, dreary and unconvincing.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    There are only so many scenes anyone can take of Law (never suited to the geezer role) strutting down streets shooting his gob off. If it was all in service of a smart story, so be it. But it isn’t.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Beneath the well-tuned atmospherics lurks a schlocky, fairly ludicrous and pretty distasteful yarn that ultimately puts the stress in all the wrong places.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Grace of Monaco could have been a camp delight, but it feels too much like a stodgy, outdated television movie to work even as kitsch.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Sentimental and shallow, although just passable as a kids’ movie.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The cast fail to gel and the tone of the film sways uneasily between melodrama and something more gentle. It’s too twee and theatrical to take seriously.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Burton lets Waltz run wild, sucking the air out of every scene with his hysterics, and the always-endearing Adams is left looking like a rabbit in the headlights.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    This limp, sometimes lifeless business-trip comedy can’t decide whether to aim for teenage boys or their fathers. So it plumps for – and misses – both.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The thriller tendencies here are as half-cocked as its compassion for the struggles of parenthood, even if there are some admirable, if hard-to-watch, moments when Bier refuses to turn away from horror and pain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    What Hooper fails to do is get to grips with sexual identity in any way that's intellectually or emotionally provocative or surprising. That makes for a cold, pretty, delicate movie – one that too often relies on scene-stealing production design or the overwhelmingly insipid score for its otherwise strikingly absent emotional power.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The list of co-stars – Jane Fonda, Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul – is so impressive that it’s hard to know what attracted everyone to such a soapy, cloying script.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Daddy’s Home raises the occasional smile, but it’s not exactly Wahlberg or Ferrell’s finest hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    As the determined but fragile son, Reynor has a strong presence, but Collette’s character is too thinly sketched to make much sense.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Writer-director Billy Ray (the writer of Captain Phillips and the first The Hunger Games) honours the Argentine original with keynote scenes set in a mirrored lift and a crowded sports stadium, but the mood is too often sluggish and pedestrian.

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