For 610 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Denby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Good Shepherd
Lowest review score: 10 Arthur
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 610
610 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    A wonderfully entertaining movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Zodiac is superbly made, but it's also a strange piece of work.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Burnett used many kinds of African-American music on the soundtrack, and the movie itself has the bedraggled eloquence of an old blues record. The amateur actors, who occasionally burst into fury, combined with the black-and-white cinematography, bring the poverty of Watts closer to us emotionally.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    You come out of the movie both excited and soothed, as if your body had been worked on by felt-covered drumsticks.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The movie is exhilarating in a way that only hard-won knowledge of the world can be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    In this movie, Fonda really is iconic. 3:10 to Yuma may be familiar, but, at its best, it has a rapt quality, even an aura of wonder.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    No one could mistake the movie for a documentary, but the picture has some of the rectitude of a good documentary--a tone of plainness without flatness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    In truth, I’ve never seen so much lovemaking in an aboveground film, but the revelation, and great triumph, of Lou’s work is that these scenes are never pornographic--that is, never separated from emotion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    It’s all fascinating. Gilroy is an entertainer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Furious and entertaining little morality play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The pace of the movie is rapid, almost hectic, the touch glancing. Until the confrontation between Frank and Richie at the end, nothing stays on the screen for long, although Scott, working in the street, or in clubs and at parties, packs as much as he can into the corners of shots, and shapes even the most casual scenes decisively.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Vital, honest, and engaging.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The Spanish director Isabel Coixet works with candor, directness, and simplicity. She isn't afraid of lengthy scenes of the two actors just talking to each other, mixed with lavish but respectful attention to Cruz's body, especially her bare chest, which is treated as one of the wonders of all creation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Along with “No End in Sight,” this movie is one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The Counterfeiters is a testament to guile. Ruzowitzky scored the picture with tangos, and the tangos are meant to be Sally’s music--seductive, insolent, triumphant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    With the screenwriters Alice Arlen and Victor Levin, Hunt adapted the story from a 1990 novel by Elinor Lipman, and has turned the material into a fine, tense, unpredictable comedy of mixed-up emotions and sudden illuminations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Allen can be literal-minded about his thematic polarities, but, in this movie, he has put actors with first-class temperament on the screen, and his writing is both crisp and ambivalent: he works everything out with a stringent thoroughness that still allows room for surprise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    One of the most eloquent records we have of a tragedy that brought out some of the most impressively alive men and women in New Orleans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Offers considerable insight into the Nixon mystery, without solving it; the movie is fully absorbing and even, when Nixon falls into a drunken, resentful rage, exciting, but I can't escape the feeling that it carries about it an aura of momentousness that isn't warranted by the events.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    A genuine love story might be difficult for a young audience to handle, but this fantasy is blissful madness--an abstinence fable sexier than sex.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Claudel turns out to be very good at the psychology of intimacy. An observant man, he has assembled a large (and, to us, unknown) cast of actors around his star, and he dramatizes her slow reawakening with an infinite number of small, sharply etched details.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The movie was not written for Eastwood, but it still seems to be all about him--his past characters, his myth, his old role as a dispenser of raw justice.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Coraline is a beautifully designed, rather scary answered-prayer story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Up
    The movie is packed with lovely jokes, some of them funny in inexplicable ways.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    He [Bahrani] encloses his two characters in a motel room, but he doesn't make them buddies, as a Hollywood movie would. They are characterized in great detail as separate beings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Infinitely charming new romantic comedy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Apatow’s richest, most complicated movie yet--a summing up of his feelings about comedy and its relation to the rest of existence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Some of the episodes are ripely satirical, others almost heartbreaking. Allison Janney appears as a coarse drunk who taunts her kids; Maggie Gyllenhaal is a pushy New Age mom whose aggressive virtue saps the strength of everyone around her.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    For many of this movie's likely viewers, the sting built into Food, Inc. is the realization that, without unending effort, they are not all that much freer in their choices than that hard-pressed family.