For 552 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Kehr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 My Own Private Idaho
Lowest review score: 0 The Price of Air
Score distribution:
552 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Polished, well-structured film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Because the characters are so well established -- Ms. Perkins is particularly good as the shy, resentful Brigitte -- the film can have fun with its own premises without turning into an empty camp exercise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Whether or not you buy Mr. Broomfield's findings, the film acquires an undeniable entertainment value as the slight, pale Mr. Broomfield continues to force himself on people and into situations that would make lesser men run for cover.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The picture unfolds as a light romantic comedy that adults will probably find familiar but tolerable, while their age-appropriate offspring will be transported to new heights of cinematic enchantment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Revels in directorial assertiveness, including an omniscient narrator and an intrusive use of slick, magazine-style graphics to identify characters and spell out slogans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Ms. Slesin sums up the complicated feelings of Secret Lives with one well-chosen phrase: what these people are suffering from, she says, is the "trauma of gratitude." Her film is as complex and moving as that formulation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Whether he's working in nonfiction or science fiction, Mr. Cameron remains an artist of great instinctive power. In Ghosts of the Abyss, he uses every means of probing that modern science has put at his disposal -- electronic, mechanical, sonic -- only to find that the tragic reality of the Titanic, its myths and its meanings, remain tantalizingly beyond his reach.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Has the undiscriminating temperament of a fan, blithely placing Mr. Coppola's magnificently made "Godfather" on the same plane as Mr. Hopper's slapped-together, and today all but unwatchable, "Easy Rider."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    While previous editions have had six or seven short films, Boys Life 4: Four Play requires only four titles for its 87-minute running time, a sign of how much more substantial and ambitious work in the field has become.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Functions best in its voyeuristic, sociological mode, offering fragmentary glimpses of complicated lives and the complicated social rituals that shape them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Using a fly-on-the-wall camera technique that suggests the cinéma vérité documentaries of Frederick Wiseman, Ms. Cammisa and Mr. Fruchtman vividly capture the dynamic of tenderness and rage that characterizes Sister Helen's relationship with the 21 men who live under her roof.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    There is no denying the force of Mr. Brisseau's bizarre imagination and the personal conviction he brings to it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Works in the end because of its commitment to its characters and a handful of fine performances.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mr. Gudmundsson has created a sleek, light and entertaining work, with a few contrasting pockets of darkness and mystery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Offers no answers and is all the more moving for it. An honest befuddlement may be the most apt and true response to the world as it is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The beauty of Mr. Naderi's filmmaking lies in his combination of acute social observation (with the subway population providing its habitual cross section of New York classes and cultures) and pure, almost mathematical formalism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The messages blend seamlessly into the fantasy and comedy in what is surely one of the best films for older children in quite some time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mr. Ratnam is a dynamic, natural filmmaker who happily uses every device at his disposal, from rapid-fire MTV editing to sped-up action scenes that recall silent serials, to keep his lengthy film moving at a brisk pace. The film flags only when Mr. Ratnam must turn his attention to the soggy romantic subplots.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mario Van Peebles, of course, inhabits a very different world from that of his father: a world that his father, in some small way, helped to create. It is his awareness of this paradox, of the progressive import of his father's film and of the repressive import of his father's personality, that informs this modest but interesting work.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    A feel-good documentary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The writer and director, David Barker, discards the didactic tone of so much American independent filmmaking in favor of a character study that leads to no easy conclusions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    After a summer of computer-generated blockbusters, the amiably low-tech Benji: Off the Leash! seems like a breath of fresh air.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Americans now want a rooting interest in their journalism, just as they do in their sports and entertainment. Mr. Moore knows how to give that to them, and so - in a much more dignified, documented way - does Mr. Greenwald.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mr. Anderson's screenplay provides a steady series of inventive action situations, and the director, Alexander Witt, makes the most of them. His work is fast, funny, smart and highly satisfying in terms of visceral impact.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    It is a strange, beautiful, disturbing and at times literally painful work, an original and distinctive expression by a gifted young Philadelphia-based filmmaker who here confirms the talent he displayed in his 2001 film, "A Chronicle of Corpses."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    It is an endearing, likable film, though its benign surface may cover some subtle propaganda on behalf of China's centralized government.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    A spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental look at the plight of illegal Mexican immigrants massed at the United States border.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Each of these stories is terribly sad and terribly moving in its own right. Yet the film that Mr. Corcuera has spun around them only increases the viewer's sense of helplessness and passivity. No solutions are suggested, no actions are proposed, no reflection is invited. The misery of these people becomes just another voyeuristic spectacle, to be consumed and forgotten.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    In trying to reproduce the griot's tone, Mr. Kouyaté rejects psychological nuance and dramatic shading: this is a tale that advances quickly and boldly, peopled by deliberately one-dimensional characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Though 30 Years to Life doesn't break any new ground, it's a light, engaging, well-carpentered film, with a quick wit and a sense of character just deep enough to lend some weight to the laugh lines.

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