For 60 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David D'Arcy's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 90 Strong Island
Lowest review score: 40 The Book of Love
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
60 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David D'Arcy
    A documentary of stunning beauty and tragic violence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David D'Arcy
    Spain’s J. A. Bayona is essentially stirring the same Jurassic pot here, with little that’s inspiring from his cast, unless you count the dinosaurs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David D'Arcy
    If the intimacy of small town existence is cherished here, there’s also an ominous sense of that same life being eroded and undermined.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    Zoe
    Both McGregor, close cropped, and Seydoux, in retro bangs, give tender performances, although there’s not much that’s new in the love story once you push the robotics aside. Tech-heads who rush to Zoe may leave the theater feeling under-charged.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David D'Arcy
    There is not enough in the performances or the script to set it apart from the constant flow of indie crime dramas.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s classic play about failed hopes and tangled attractions, is solid and satisfying in Michael Mayer’s intimate retelling for the screen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    The 12-year project – commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation – is evidence that Timoner, who made documentaries before, can craft a nuanced dramatic feature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    This culture clash plays more with delightful nuances than with big surprises, but David Zellner brings plenty of American innocence to the role of a fortune-seeker brought to his knees; as they say in Texas, he’s all hat and no cattle.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David D'Arcy
    It’s ambitious, and she hits some of the right notes, but much of it ends up off-key.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    Some of the most fun in Uprising comes from its elder statesmen, holdovers from Pacific Rim who play for laughs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    Even with uneasiness dripping from Smith as Adrian, the acting in 1985 is like the script – stiff. 1985 gets the notes right, and its foreboding look takes us back to a dark age. It’s a lesson worth remembering. Yet with all the prejudice and pain, the film still feels a lot like a sermon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David D'Arcy
    Theron will put to rest any doubts about her feel for comedy; the darker the better.... As Tully, Mackenzie Davis is radiant.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    Cerebral and emotional, Tempestad is a road movie fuelled by the memories of unjust punishment. It’s a bumpy but illuminating ride.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    It’s a rare inside glimpse of how a cosmic moment is stitched together.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David D'Arcy
    This documentary reminds us that justice can be as elusive in the US suburbs as anywhere else, and that having guns keeps people who are born different from getting too close.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    Silver infuses some novelty into his Perils Of Pauline narrative, thanks to an extreme performance by Burdge, who plays the credulous lovesick naif to the hilt.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    The debut feature by Janicza Bravo takes on a perennial comic genre yet, like its main character, it’s best described as a work in progress.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    Soul on a String is visually stunning.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David D'Arcy
    Brian Shoaf does not break any new ground in Aardvark (besides featuring an actual aardvark in an independent film), yet his pairing of stalwart female characters with troubled men is a welcome twist of gender stereotypes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    The Lovers is shrewd, even if it’s not altogether satisfying.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David D'Arcy
    No one says too much in this film’s underdeveloped dialogue, yet Ryan’s steely demeanor reflects the jumbled toughness and vulnerability of people dependant on land that isn’t giving them much.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    We’re lucky that moralists like Ponsoldt and Eggers have a sense of humor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    The spectacle gives you enough action from enough famous names to sustain the momentum of its legacy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    There’s plenty of Lynch-light in dark interiors and empty staircases as Katz’s portrait of hipster La La Land winds through familiar territory. Gemini may not show too much that’s novel about that noir world, but we see new strengths in its lead actress.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David D'Arcy
    Tickling Giants shows how a window of freedom and hope can unleash surges of creativity, like the improbable overnight success of a surgeon satirist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David D'Arcy
    The message of doom is mitigated by the comraderie of men and women determined to do good, but more so by the wondrous species of coral under threat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David D'Arcy
    The documentary, as it grieves for those losses, points to divisions in American society that are as glaring as ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David D'Arcy
    In a bittersweet film like this, you wouldn’t call that magical, but you could call it real, as if the Dardennes came to Brooklyn, only funnier. That mood succeeds thanks to understated performances by Weinstein’s cast of mostly non-professionals, who seem to be working according to a life-script that they know well.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David D'Arcy
    Kelly’s film is a competent feature debut – elegantly filmed and paced to keep viewers with Franco on an improbable ride. Yet the script views Glatze from a distance, never really entering his head to penetrate beyond the character’s own apologia for a bizarre life change.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David D'Arcy
    City of Ghosts shows us the power of media to bring the grim truth about life under ISIS to the world, even when under a death sentence. In keeping our eyes on Raqqa, it also reminds us of the limits of that power.

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