For 591 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Denby's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 10 Arthur
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 591
591 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The movie is an O. Henry-like conceit--the slenderness of the initial premise is part of the charm--but the anecdote becomes almost momentous as it goes on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Easily the best American movie so far this year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    In this role Giamatti gives his bravest, most generously humane performance yet. Women may be repelled, but men will know this man, because, at one time or another, many of us have been this man.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Playful and happy and even naughty. It's partly a scientific brief, partly a song of sex, and it's enormously enjoyable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Complex and devious beyond easy recounting, Bad Education is about the fallout from the ending of a "pure" love between boys, consecrated in an Almodóvaran temple--a movie theatre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The film turns into a triumph for Don Cheadle, who never steps outside the character for emotional grandstanding or easy moralism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    As a piece of acting, Ganz’s work is not just astounding, it’s actually rather moving. But I have doubts about the way his virtuosity has been put to use.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Moreau's nocturnal wanderings are made unbearably poignant by an exquisite Miles Davis jazz score that became famous in its own right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    A satirical comedy--ruthless and heartbreaking, but a comedy nonetheless. The movie is also about disintegration and the possibility of rebirth. In other words, it’s a small miracle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    This is an elegant and stirring entertainment about the hard-drinking, hard-smoking reporters of "See It Now," the show that Murrow and the producer Fred Friendly put together every week.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    A sharply intelligent and affecting view of suburban blues.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    A sombrely beautiful dream of the violent Irish past. Refusing the standard flourishes of Irish wildness or lyricism, Loach has made a film for our moment, a time of bewildering internecine warfare.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The movie, Polley's feature début, is a small-scale triumph that could herald a great career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The brilliant Paprika, directed by Satoshi Kon--a masterly example of Japanese anime, intended for adults--is partly hand drawn, and features multiple areas of visual activity layered at different distances from the picture plane.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Though the facts in No End in Sight are well known, the movie is still a classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An uproarious and touching picture.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Juno is a coming-of-age movie made with idiosyncratic charm and not a single false note.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Apparently, the movie has caused annoyance in some quarters because it criticizes the American way of life. This it does, and with suavity and supreme good humor. WALL-E is a classic, but it will never appeal to people who are happy with art only when it has as little bite as possible.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Hancock suggests new visual directions and emotional tonalities for pop. It's by far the most enjoyable big movie of the summer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    It’s Cluzet’s intense performance that makes this genre piece a heart-wrenching experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Milk is a rowdy anthem of triumph, brought to an abrupt halt by Milk's personal tragedies and the unfathomable moral chaos of Dan White.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An enormously enjoyable hybrid, a romantic comedy set at the center of a caper movie. But the froth arrives with steel bubbles--the tone is amused and mordantly satirical.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    This tenacious artist has now given his father a proper memorial and has reasserted, with power and grace, the history and identity of his nearly effaced country.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    One of the gentlest, most charming American movies of the past decade. Its subject is less food as something to cook than food as the binding and unifying element of dinner parties, friendship, and marriage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The movie's story may be a little trite, and the big battle at the end between ugly mechanical force and the gorgeous natural world goes on forever, but what a show Cameron puts on! The continuity of dynamized space that he has achieved with 3-D gloriously supports his trippy belief that all living things are one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    What makes the movie extraordinary, however, is not so much the portrait of a poet as the accuracy and the detail of the period re-creation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvellously acted piece of work. Despite the grim subject, it's a sweet-tempered movie, with moments of explosive humor-an entertainment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An exhausting, morbidly fascinating, and finally thrilling experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An extraordinarily precise and well-made political thriller--the best thing Polanski has done since the seventies, when he brought out the incomparable “Chinatown” and the very fine “Tess.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    For the Coens, the plot elements are a given; the telling is all. [20 & 27 Dec. 2010, p. 144]