For 677 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Kehr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Peggy Sue Got Married
Lowest review score: 0 The Price of Air
Score distribution:
677 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The picture gets to you more through its intensity than its craft, but Hooper does have a talent.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Highly original and filmed with perfect assurance, River of Grass is one of the finest independent films of recent years.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mr. Kelemer captures the sad textures of the Rogala brothers' lives with an appropriate balance of sympathy and detachment.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Even the walls seem to be sweating something viscous and unpleasant.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Though marred by Spielberg's usual carelessness with narrative points, the film alternates sweetness and sarcasm with enough rhetorical sophistication to be fairly irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Though undoubtedly a vanity project -- the music clearances alone must have cost much more than the film could ever hope to gross -- it functions pleasantly enough as an exercise in free association.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Glen's style...goes for the measured and elegant over the flashy and excessive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Sunny, pleasant, squeaky-clean family film in which nothing surprising happens, and that is the point. Ms. Wood has a poise and wistfulness beyond her years, and she seems likely to follow the path of the child star Diane Lane into more nuanced adult roles.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Better than it might have been, given the limitations of this kind of brand-name filmmaking. Hodges doesn't shirk his duties, and though the film lapses too often into easy facetiousness, much of it feels surprisingly substantial. The action moves smoothly and logically, finding a rhythm that engages your attention despite the patent lack of inspiration and genuine commitment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    There are subtitles to reduce everything to simple English declarative sentences. This gives the viewer a decidedly unfair advantage over the characters: we can understand what they cannot and are invited to laugh at their mutual incomprehension.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The surface plausibility is probably the contribution of Marlon Brando, whose performance has strength and detail enough to counterbalance Bertolucci's taste for pure psychological essence.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Maquiling creates an unusual and intriguing tone somewhere between sharp, deadpan comedy and a soft, dreamy surrealism.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Mr. Gudmundsson has created a sleek, light and entertaining work, with a few contrasting pockets of darkness and mystery.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The film is best when it takes itself seriously, worst when it takes the easy way out into giggly camp--as it does, finally and fatally, when Lex Luthor enters the action; Gene Hackman plays the arch-villain like a hairdresser left over from a TV skit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    A feel-good documentary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    For those looking for a vacation from the irony and the cruelty that have invaded so much of American popular culture, this scruffy little Indian film is a delightful getaway.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    This slick and entertaining 1975 film of Ken Kesey's cult novel will inevitably disappoint admirers of director Milos Forman's earlier work.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    The film uses standard techniques to tell its tale -- videotaped interviews with survivors interspersed with newsreel images from the period -- but does so with integrity and attention to detail.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Kehr
    Woody Allen's first film as a director, in which he plays Virgil Starkwell, Public Schmuck Number One. This ragged collection of gags and sketch fragments was reportedly pieced together from an incoherent mass of footage by ace film doctor Ralph Rosenblum.

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