For 627 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Denby's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Secret in Their Eyes
Lowest review score: 10 Wild Wild West
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 627
627 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An intimate epic.
    • The New Yorker
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    A blood-soaked, hellish experience -- a midnight special for lovers of a violent genre -- yet it has been made with a mixture of ferocity and sweetness which leaves one exhausted but at peace. [27 January 2003, p. 94]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    It’s Cluzet’s intense performance that makes this genre piece a heart-wrenching experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Though the facts in No End in Sight are well known, the movie is still a classic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    An exhausting, morbidly fascinating, and finally thrilling experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Juno is a coming-of-age movie made with idiosyncratic charm and not a single false note.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Happy Valley is a devastating portrait of a community — and, by extension, a nation — put under a spell, even reduced to grateful infantilism, by the game of football.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Quiety sumptuous movie. [15 April 2002, p. 98]
    • The New Yorker
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Easily the best American movie so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    The movie comes closer to pure happiness than anything else in the theatres at the moment, and it has an intriguing and moving subtext: the Cubans' buried but irrepressible love of things American.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    This Franco-Italian-Scottish co-production, directed by Damian Pettigrew, is an extraordinarily controlled piece of film. [14 April 2003, p.88]
    • The New Yorker
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    It captures the city's bitter, wire-taut mood after September 11th, and I hope that Disney -- finds some way to bring this acrid and brilliant little picture to the large audience it deserves. [13 January 2003, p. 90]
    • The New Yorker
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    Trashy and opportunistic as some of it is, Training Day is the most vital police drama since "The French Connection" or "Serpico."
    • The New Yorker
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Denby
    This is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking; it offers a glancing, chilled view of a world in which brief moments of loyalty flicker between repeated acts of betrayal.
    • 94 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The Barbarian Invasions might be called an idyll of death. Without excessive sentiment (but without slighting sentiment, either). [24 November 2003, p. 113]
    • The New Yorker
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Langella is superb, and Starting Out in the Evening is a classy film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Coraline is a beautifully designed, rather scary answered-prayer story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Mario Van Peebles creates what can only be called a lucid fantasia; the movie quickly reaches a pitch of manic activity and stays there. It’s an exhausting, and exhaustingly pleasurable, entertainment. [31 May 2004, p. 88]
    • The New Yorker
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    For all its missteps, the movie powerfully suggests that Wal-Mart is capable of demoralizing a community so thoroughly that it doesn't have the spirit to carry on its life outside the big box.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Furious and entertaining little morality play.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    Fury is literally visceral— a kind of war horror film, which is, of course, what good combat films should be.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Denby
    The principal suspense in this fascinating movie is generated by the polite, and then not so polite, ferocity of the arguments between the two men.

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