For 126 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Kehr's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Fly
Lowest review score: 25 Cool World
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 126
  2. Negative: 12 out of 126
126 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    It sounds like standard Cinderella stuff (and the script comes complete with plenty of allusions to princesses in towers), but it's played here with an emphasis on possessions and possessing that borders on the obscene… It's a pretty ugly movie. [23 Mar 1990, Friday, p.C]
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    Verhoeven does not explore the dark side, but merely exploits it, and that makes all the difference in the world. [20 Mar 1992, Friday, p.C]
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    It has a lack of ambition and energy that is almost total: It's the most this movie can do to roll over and ask for a little more lotion on its back. [22 July 1987]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    The confusing screenplay, by John Eskow and Richard Rush, makes a few fumbling attempts to get a plot going (Downey crash-lands and has to be rescued by Gibson; later, their CIA bosses try to frame them for drug smuggling), but mainly the movie tries to get by on attitude, which is a mistake when Mel Gibson is its main perpetrator. [10 Aug 1990]
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    In Harlem Nights, Eddie Murphy continues his one-man war against the female gender. Those women he doesn't kill outright are punched, maimed and slugged with garbage cans. But apparently they deserve it-there isn't a single female character in the film who isn't a prostitute. [17 Nov 1989, p.A]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    None of the characters has been written with any personality, and none of the actors succeeds in discovering any. [05 Mar 1993]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    Brooks' own timing as a director doesn't seem up to its usual snuff. Light-years stretch out between the set-up of a gag and its payoff, and for a director who has always depended on the quantity of his jokes rather than the quality, the gap is fatal. When a character is introduced as "Pizza the Hut," and then shown as a melting mass of mozzarella and tomato sauce, the result is to turn a fairly clever pun into something thuddingly obvious and vaguely nauseating. [24 Jun 1987, p.3]
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    A fatally compromised, half-realized execution. [ 10 Jul 1992]
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    The first starring vehicle for shock comic Andrew Dice Clay, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, turns out to be the kind of detective spoof worn out 30 years ago by Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, though refitted with salty language, graphic violence and an attitude toward women that makes the Marquis de Sade look like Phil Donahue. [11 Jul 1990, p.18]
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    Superman IV is a pathetic appendage to the series, a dull, shoddy film that makes the minimal 1950s TV series seem rife with production values by comparison. [27 July 1987, p.10C]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    Vincent & Theo is a by-the-numbers art biography that barely succeeds in recapping the best-known events in the life of its subject, Vincent van Gogh. There is something almost chilling in the degree of the director's evident disengagement from his material and the complete lack of craft with which he has filmed it.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Kehr
    Given the grosses of the original, a sequel to Teen Wolf was inevitable-and it was inevitable, too, that the sequel would lose the quality of innocence and unconscious artfulness that made the first film work. The material has been broken down, analyzed and reassembled with scientific precision; what was instinctive in the original has become self-conscious and calculated in the followup, and the spirit is gone.