For 130 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Let's Get Lost
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 130
  2. Negative: 1 out of 130
130 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Kormákur creates such a convincing world – the craft of this film is astonishing – that you’re willing to forgive its less delicate touches in favour of its totally compelling depiction of what it must be like to ascend into a place that’s heaven one moment and hell the very next.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    This punky adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth is a glossary of grimness, a dictionary of darkness. But it also dishes up humour that’s blacker than a winter’s night in the Highlands and unpolished anarchy that’s true to Welsh’s out-there, frighteningly frank prose.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    As filmmaking, X+Y is unassuming and not entirely remarkable, but the relationships play so sweetly and memorably.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Skyfall is a highly distinctive Bond movie. It has some stunning visual touches.... Also, it mostly manages to convince us that there’s something at stake by giving a hint of Bond’s emotional life beyond this story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Rush is fast, slippery, stormy and dangerous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Maybe an hour would have been enough, but even the slower patches have charm to burn.
    • 94 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    You won’t know whether to laugh or cry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Feels both modern and traditional – a halfway house between the broodier Nolan way of shaking things up and the louder, bone-crunching style that director Zack Snyder established with films such as ‘300’ and ‘Sucker Punch’. Man of Steel is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It’s lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It has a rigorous, even unrelenting, grey, green and brown palette and, narratively, it’s tough to penetrate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Thematically, White Elephant is a vague animal and its true interest never truly comes into focus.

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