For 628 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Denby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Casablanca
Lowest review score: 10 Wild Wild West
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 628
628 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    At the center of the movie, in place of the ardent, emotionally pulverizing Judy Garland, there is James Franco...as he smirks and winks, his reflexive self-deprecation comes off as a gutless kind of cool, and it sinks this odd, fretful, uncertain movie like a boulder. [18 March 2013, p.86]
    • The New Yorker
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    Feels like a pointlessly nagging play.
    • The New Yorker
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    The movie is like a monstrous balloon that keeps re-inflating. If Salinger were around, he would reach for a pin.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 David Denby
    The story, devised by David Benioff and Skip Woods, is largely meaningless, and the emotions are no more than functional—they set up the next fight.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 David Denby
    The movie is exhausting, utterly without feeling, and pointless -- though Smith looks great in his Western outfit.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 David Denby
    Has so many things wrong with it that one can only stare at the screen in disbelief. [25 April, 2011 p. 89]
    • The New Yorker
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    The movie is hectic, exhausting, and baffling. It's an embarrassment.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 David Denby
    In the end, Dreamcatcher is an abominable-worm picture. The movie is also an unholy mess, a miserably organized and redundant collection of arbitrary scares and thrills without a unifying visual or poetic idea. [31 March 2003, p. 106]
    • The New Yorker
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 David Denby
    The self-confident fatuity and condescension of the movie is offensive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 David Denby
    One of those hyper-articulate messes which inspire awe and a kind of nauseated pity. [3 March 2003, p. 94]
    • The New Yorker
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    Falls below even minimal standards of dramatic decency. John Q is a trashy, opportunistic piece of pop demagoguery. [4 Mar 2002, p. 90]
    • The New Yorker
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    The movie is all whoosh and whack and abrupt closeups -- jerky digital punctuation. It's alienating experience, without emotional resonance or charm. [28 March 2011, p. 116]
    • The New Yorker
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    Pfeiffer, enormously likable in the role, almost saves the movie. [28 Jan 2002, p. 90]
    • The New Yorker
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    What it's really about, of course, is the very delicate marketing problem of turning a super-bland pop star into an acceptable human being onscreen. [4 Mar 2002, p. 90]
    • The New Yorker
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 David Denby
    Carrey, unable to pretzel himself in this role, has to do a normal job of characterization, but he never fills in the blank spaces in Peter Appleton. [28 Jan 2002, p. 90]
    • The New Yorker
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 David Denby
    This shameless piece of sentimentality is indignantly on the side of feelings and spontaneity and against coldhearted technique, as if those were the only two choices in training doctors.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 David Denby
    The only thing that Butler and Aniston have in common, however, is identical Aruba-bronze skin tones: they seem to have been sprayed with the same can.

Top Trailers