For 71 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 18% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Chute's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Spirited Away
Lowest review score: 20 Controlled Chaos
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 71
  2. Negative: 9 out of 71
71 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Chute
    The movie refers glancingly to dozens of Hollywood classics, from "West Side Story" to "City Lights," but at heart it is a debt of honor richly paid by Stephen Chow to his martial-arts forebears and to the traditions that shaped his sensibility. His gong fu is the best.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Chute
    Does full honor to Miyazaki’s teeming and often unsettling landscape, and to the conflicted complexity of his characters: Not a single frame was cut, and the voice casting and performances are uniformly excellent.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Chute
    The Incredibles creates so seamless a mood of exhilaration that we resent being pulled out of it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Chute
    Ghobadi's genius seems supercharged rather than weighed down by his higher calling, and his imagery is so boilingly alive that we come away from it feeling exhilarated rather than depressed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    The most seamless piece of sensuous expressionism Zhang has created since "Ju Dou" (1990).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    However shrewdly he's been packaged, Tony Jaa is the real thing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    Hitches some of the most irresistible conventions of Hindi movie melodrama to an earnest agenda of social protest.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    Surprisingly engaging, as is the Paul Simon theme song, and the film is enlivened by flashes of humor just rude enough to delight older children.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    Satoshi innovates not by pushing off into more extreme realms of adolescent fantasy, but by using all the resources of animation to tell complex dramatic stories, resources that in his hands seem almost limitless.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    Startlingly raw and honest, playing at times like one of those blistering Donald Goines blaxploitation pulp novels, only with Jesus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    The movie would be all crisp surfaces without the internal combustion of Menon, as a man who bears down on familiar procedures in order to avoid being overwhelmed by his emotions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Chute
    Eklavya contains only one song sequence, a lovely set piece for leading lady Vidya Balan (Salaam-e-Ishq), but it embraces the imperatives of dynastic family melodrama as fervently as any classic of Bollywood’s golden age. This is robust storytelling, with blood and thunder pumping through its veins, and real whiskers on its face.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    Paying off a somewhat laborious buildup in the first act with an escalating series of revelations and reunions in the final reel, Krrish is hearty pulp cinema that really sticks to your ribs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    Jodhaa Akbar is clear and solid and absorbing, but not quite exhilarating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    There are so many good ideas at the visual level that you can't help wishing the narrative elements had been more cleverly worked out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    The triumph here is a matter of craftsmanship rather than art, but it's rare enough even on that level for a film to be worth celebrating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    While it comes on like a flag-waver, it actually delivers something more nuanced. Its underlying skepticism about the Korean War seems to have jibed with the current national mood: The picture was, deservedly, a huge hit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    As a director of melodramatic peak moments, Karan Johar has no peer: He stages a chance encounter on a New York street between an adulterous husband and the two women in his life with the slow-motion virtuosity of a soap-opera De Palma.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    The film is a triumph of casting: In a role that is often about the sheer steamrolling force of his character’s personality, Abishek Bachchan’s attention to detail makes Guru accessible rather than intimidating, admirable but also plausible.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    Now this is more like it: Flirtatious repartee between glamorous stars in travel-poster international locations; a gratifyingly simple plot with puzzles and sleight-of-hand surprises; and, at regular intervals, outbursts of gaudy, energetic dancing infectiously exploding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    It weaves its familiar story with some fresh textures and even manages to invest the conflict on the field with a resonance that transcends the tick-tock turnover of the numerals on the scoreboard.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Chute
    As it's been done, with this ingratiating cast, a retro peach-and-turquoise color scheme that makes every shot look like a 1986 fashion layout, and a brace of insanely catchy Vishal Dadlani dance numbers, the movie isn't half bad.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    In the end, Curse also looks alarmingly like a dry run for the opening and closing ceremonies Zhang has been hired to direct for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    Mathews has obvious storytelling chops, and a sharp eye for absurdity. But there are sacred cows in hip, progressive America, too, and the truly fearless satirist has to be a carnivore.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    As a story it’s nothing much, but as eye candy it is world-class.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    A solidly crafted family comedy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    Perhaps only a filmmaker from a country steeped in Catholicism could turn out a consistently sharp and profane "divine comedy" (the title means "blessed hell") that is also, for the most part, theologically correct.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    In the final reel, the tension dissipates with a flabby hiss, as the film devolves into a banal, conventional ghost story.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    This shaggy-dog sequel is ultimately satisfying for the most low-tech of reasons: The competitive bond between the two central characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Chute
    Gandhi, My Father radiates sincerity. It’s a beautifully shot and staged period reconstruction, and is at times impressively acted, at least in the secondary roles. What it lacks is fresh insight.