For 212 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 20 The Last Face
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 212
212 movie reviews
    • 93 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s an exploration of all things surface, yes, but it has soul too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike, and yet it always feels grounded in its own deadly serious reality.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a film of small moments and tiny gestures that leaves a very, very big impression.
    • 95 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s both soaringly romantic and truly sad.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s a more subtle, damning film for implicating the media – as much as the church, the courts, the legal profession and other Boston institutions – in the systematic, wider cultural cover-up it describes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    Everything about this film makes you look with fresh eyes at the familiar.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    What’s most winning about ‘The Club’ is how Larrain manages to allude to the wider structures, behaviour and corruption of the church without ever making this claustrophobic, moody and very local story feel anything but crucial, thrilling and disturbing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s not a despairing movie – Mungiu even suggests that a new generation might put things right – but it’s a brutally honest one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It’s enthralling and haunting.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    The film’s no-nonsense, visually plain documentary-style of shooting feels utterly appropriate to its sly evocation of the absurdities and banalities of modern life. Just brilliant.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    What Dominik gives us is a portrait of an artist and a man and a family at a low. He doesn’t try to understand, but he does find some beauty and truth among the chaos and despair.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    The talk is pointed and careful in a household that savours the power and meaning of words, but it’s as much the imagery that makes this film such a painterly joy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    That Anderson, the film’s writer-director, whose Boogie Nights was a riot but Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love both noble failures, has come to make this intelligent and enthralling masterpiece is both a little surprising and intensely satisfying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    The film’s real success is that Puiu impresses both with his compassion for human behaviour and his tight grip on realist, documentary-style filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Overall, there aren’t many shades of gray in Hacksaw Ridge, but it’s a movie that fulfills its purpose with vigor, confidence and swagger, and those battle scenes are impossible to take your eyes off.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Along with the film’s hippy-ish musings on the relationship between humans and the elements, it gives the film a moving, supernatural touch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The animation itself might not be the most inventive out there (this isn’t Pixar), but where Sing soars is in its one-by-one attention to its ensemble of beasts and its obvious passion for music: It’s nearly impossible to watch this film and not be humming the Beatles’ "Golden Slumbers" for days afterward.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The Beguiled has its jolts and its laughs, but mostly this glides along like a mildly saucy yet poetically made parable, well-dressed, well-designed and well-performed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Pattinson is great in what is surely his best post-Twilight performance to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    A stop-gap tale that’s modest, fun and briefly amusing rather than one that breaks new ground or offers hugely memorable set pieces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Scarecrow’ feels like an existential fairytale squarely rooted in the reality of America’s fraying backroads and small towns. It’s all a little rambling and anarchic, but later scenes in a jail have real bite. And when the sadness behind Lion’s smile is revealed, it’s also genuinely moving.

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