For 68 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hughes' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Still Alice
Lowest review score: 40 Season of the Witch
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 68
  2. Negative: 0 out of 68
68 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    Michael Haneke's Palme D'Or winner is uncomfortable, uncompromising, unflinching... and utterly unmissable. Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    As bleak, unflinching and utterly unmissable as its predecessor.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    Insightful, revelatory and profound, Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary combines riveting interviews, archive footage and - yes - state-of-the-art photographic effects to offer a unique perspective on the Israel-Palestine issue.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Ida
    Pawlikowski has a photographer’s eye for composition, and every crisp, monochrome frame could be a postcard from Poland’s tragic, turbulent past.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    A brittle black comedy that has plenty to say about modern manhood and the human survival instinct.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    Some of his Salgado's depictions of human suffering are not for the faint-hearted but, like this fine film, demand to be seen. Unmissable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Although the monochrome photography will invite comparisons with Manhattan, Frances Ha is closer in spirit to Godard than Woody Allen. Anchored by a charming performance from Greta Gerwig, it’s as light and breezy as a walk in Central Park, and just as refreshing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    If Chris Morris had grown up in Sweden watching Jacques Tati and Ingmar Bergman films, he might be making films like this. Based on Andersson’s mordantly funny observations about the human condition, the pigeon has it pretty good.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    With a debut film, Katalin Varga, shot entirely in Hungarian, Strickland isn't one for the easy option. This excellent follow-up plunges into equally unusual terrain with similarly pleasing results
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    Prepare to be shocked, disturbed, awed... and, if you expected justice to prevail at last, ultimately devastated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    A eye-popping visual treat and a journey into the creative spirit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    An indie with real pedigree and smarts, Holofcener's comedy of manners is well-observered and well worth watching.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Beautifully performed and tough as nails, Vinterberg's social drama could not be any more timely.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Mainstream audiences may find this too oddball to appreciate as a straight thriller. But tune into its strange frequency and there is much to enjoy — perhaps even adore.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Unlucky to miss out a Best Foreign Film Oscar, this moving war flick is a nerve-jangling odyssey into the underground world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    The Duplass brothers enter the mainstream with a touching, original and supremely funny film, whose improvisational style sets it apart from other comedies, and marks the emergence of two major new talents. Great performances, too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Joe
    An understated Nicolas Cage — there’s a phrase you don’t get to write too often these days — anchors a superbly realised film, which, like its eponymous hero, has a brittle outer shell concealing a surprisingly warm heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    It's hard to imagine that the prodigiously gifted Dolan is still in his early twenties. This is another work of marvellous maturity and assurance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Hughes
    Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career (no mean feat, given the strength of her previous work) in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming tale of a woman determined to hold onto her identity while under attack from a debilitating mental disease.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Recalling Harvey Keitel’s tortured cop in Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant, Devereaux is an unreconstructed, unrepentant monster with no hope of, or interest in, redemption. It’s a fearless, heroic performance in a provocative, important film. [Unrated Version]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Sarah Polley's second film is a masterfully painted portrait of an ordinary marriage under threat, dominated by a central performance of exquisite subtlety and observation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Given the obvious influences on The Double, it could have felt like a facsimile of other films. Instead, it has enough individuality, imagination and idiosyncratic invention to identify it as a true original.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    July's second film, while not quite as perfectly realised as her debut, nimbly avoids the 'sophomore slump', providing the curious with another window into her highly idiosyncratic world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Six years after "Little Miss Sunshine," Dayton and Faris deliver a comedy that sparkles with wit and substance. But from the script to her portrayal of the title character, Ruby Sparks belongs to Zoe Kazan, who joins the likes of Sarah Polley and Brit Marling in the rarified ranks of actress/screenwriter double-threats.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    An extremely interesting insight, proving that rap music is an art form in its own right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Even Oedipus would be left scratching his head by this bonkers but drily funny tale of one family's forlorn search for normality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    While it doesn’t defy genre conventions like "Cabin In The Woods," Wingard’s tale of a dysfunctional family under siege is an outrageously entertaining crowd-pleaser — if you have the stomach for it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Triebel is an outstanding presence in this slow-burning thriller, which continues to smoulder long after the credits roll.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Powerful, moving and melancholy. A low-key treat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    With his fourth film as writer-director, Judd Apatow has arguably made his most personal film yet, without forgetting to make us laugh.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    Christophe Honoré goes epic in a tale of interlocking lives that owes a debt to Jacques Demy. It won't be to everyone's taste but it's playful enough to win us over.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 David Hughes
    The former comedy co-stars (Knocked Up) are superbly cast in this fascinating, fact-based story.

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