For 82 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Hughes' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 West of Memphis
Lowest review score: 40 Infini
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 82
  2. Negative: 0 out of 82
82 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    It's a surprise to see Wim Wenders embracing 3D in its full, feature-length glory but the medium works well to capture the graceful swirl of the German choreographer's work.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    Ultimately, this has the feel of a lazy literary adaptation of a half-remembered novel.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Walker was Oscar nominated for Waste Land this year, and while this occasionally unfocused doc doesn't hit those heights, it's still a valuable and scary film that should be seen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Polanski’s unavoidably stagy adaptation of David Ives’ celebrated Broadway play is an enjoyably witty two-hander, confined to its theatre setting, yet with much to say about gender roles in the world beyond.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    While Ascher brings the experiences to life in a way that could conceivably induce nightmares in casual viewers, the potency of these scenes is ultimately diminished by repetition.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    A documentary of two halves, Gibney's character study of Armstrong is tough and forensic. But whether through a lingering admiration or the film's origins as a straightforward celebration of the cyclist's talents, there are moments when its powder remains a little dryer than perhaps it should.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    The visuals are an animation student's wet dream, the dialogue an English student's nightmare - but for Japanimation fans it's a big-screen must-see.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Weir couldn't make a boring film if his life depended on it, and for any other director The Way Back would be laudable. It's good, but from this director we have come to expect great.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Funny, whimsical and as warming as a big bowl of Irish stew.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Gregg Araki's sci-fi is a weird and, just occasionally, wonderful skew on the college comedy. Slight but fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    There's undoubtedly comedy mileage in an irreverent sending up of the Signs/Magnolia school of everything-is-connected philosophy. Despite the calibre of the cast, the Duplass brothers mostly fail to find it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Moving if low-key, Jim Loach's debut feature is proof that compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking runs in the family.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    A musical with almost 100% sung verse is not for everyone but Kendrick is as bewitching as ever.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Reinforcing the very rom-com tropes it's sending up, this is a little too postmodern for its own good. Happily, Poehler and Rudd are as irresistible as ever.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Chilean writer-director Sebastián Silva’s neither-fish-nor-fowl narrative plays tricks on our minds, without fully engaging our senses.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Cage and Wood make a hugely enjoyable double act (has True Detective season three been cast yet?) in this deceptively dark thriller with comic undertones, arguably sunk by a seismic tonal shift that not only wipes the smile off your face, but leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Tune into its offbeat frequency, however, and there is much to enjoy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    The ever-versatile Winterbottom's loose and limber adaptation doesn't entirely mesh with Hardy's more formal narrative, leaving this feeling disjointed and underpowered. Nevertheless, there's still plenty to enjoy in the director's customary flourishes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    Intermittently funny but erratically structured, it's a rare disappointment from Shelton.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Whether or not the metaphorical aspects excite you, an unshakeable tolerance for high camp and lowbrow humour may be required to fully appreciate Almodóvar’s broad, bawdy comedy — even for fans of his early, funny films.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    Good fun, but O'Nan doesn't take this film nearly as far as it could go, leaving the plot and its characters somewhat two-dimensional in their obvious stereotyping.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Totally crackers but it gets powered by pure invention and eccentricity alone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    The late, great Robin Williams brings great nuance to the anguished Nolan’s inner struggle in a slight but sensitive story about a man facing a life-changing choice. It’s a worthy legacy for a beloved, talented and much-missed actor.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    A desire to Know What You Did Last Installment is likely to be the biggest draw for Scream number four, but if this proves to be the last in the series, it's a bloody shame it ended not with a Scream but a whimper.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Far from the giant mess you’d expect from the delayed release, late title change and a production history as muddled as the source material, Singer’s tall tale is snatched from disaster by an all-hell-breaks-loose third act.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    Newcomers will be puzzled by the clumsy contextualisation and muddled motivation of characters who, robbed of their inner lives by a clunky script, are left floundering amid the melodrama and speak-the-plot dialogue.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    If only he had probed a bit deeper, and widened his scope beyond the predominantly white, male subjects (including our own Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Stephen Merchant), this could have been a fascinating film as well as a funny one.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Another bravura performance from Juliette Binoche glosses over the flaws in a soft-focused glimpse at the seamier side of student life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Hughes
    If this ‘power corrupts’ potboiler had been made in the 1990s — with, say, Andy Garcia, Gene Hackman and Kim Basinger — it would already have felt old-fashioned. Forget it, Jake, it’s no "Chinatown."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    Better than "The Transporter" but not as much fun as "Crank".
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Hughes
    If weapons and wizardry get your blood up, and you prefer your movies dark and brooding and minus the sandals, Solomon Kane fits the bill. It may lack The Lord Of The Rings' majesty, but Robert E. Howard fans will lap it up.

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