For 238 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Calhoun's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 20 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 238
238 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Calhoun
    It's impossible not to see Son of Saul as a corrective to past stories that have imposed a neat order (or worse) on such incomprehensible events. Nemes does that too, of course, simply by making this film – but he does so in a way that makes us think of these events afresh.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It’s no heroic tale; ‘The Mercy’ is thoughtful, uncomfortable viewing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    This new version features the voice of Pharrell Williams as the narrator, dipping in and out of Dr. Seuss’s warming rhymes. That binds to the film to its authentic source, but the gaps between the spoken verse still remind us that this is a slender story s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a feature.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    A lively, uncomplicated jukebox movie. Bohemian Rhapsody is a feature-length earworm that leaves “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rest of them wriggling in your cochlea and helping to drown out any inner whisper suggesting that you’ve just had the wool pulled over your eyes by these masters of rock theatrics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Kubrick himself rarely spoke about his work – which means this is a valuable insight into Kubrick's character and filmmaking process, as well as a frank look at what it means to give up your life to work at the side of a difficult creative genius.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    There are powerful and enlightening scenes, and there’s a catchy energy to the battlefield action. But the immediacy and credibility of the women’s mission feels compromised by one-too-many corny moments, unconvincing dialogue and a sense of uncertainty on Husson’s part over whether she wants to take a poetic or realist approach to her tale.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    One of the many powerful things about The Image Book is how it so aggressively rejects any sort of gloss or neat packaging. The telling is the story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    As Farhadi casts his roving, distracted eye over this unhappy community, sharing his story in a choppy, documentary style, it ends up feeling like a curiously detached exercise, more academic than wholly satisfying.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It's a road movie where the origin feels more interesting than the destination, but it's never less than warm and likeable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Bloodlight and Bami defiantly reflects the experimental whirlwind of Jones’s existence: her ability to look and feel relevant decades since she started out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The more the story unravels, the more of a sorry mess this feels.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    The elements are all in place – superb acting (lead actor Konstantin Lavronenko won the best actor prize at Cannes in 2007), masterly camerawork, an ethereal score, ghostly locations – but the problem is that the story never really connects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Happy End is more meandering and less contained, though, and it doesn’t have a central, gripping mystery like The White Ribbon to make you lean in more than you recoil. Rather, it’s a more diffuse film, and a more despairing one, although there are flashes of gallows humor to lighten the pileup of downers. As for the happy end? Happy hunting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Quietly epic and sad but never sentimental.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    If anything, this doc reminds you that all relationships are strange, hopeful experiments in intimacy. And it’s that same hope the filmmakers lend to Dina and Scott’s story: you find yourself willing them along, wanting their marriage to work. You end up feeling honoured to have shared these special moments with them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dave Calhoun
    Una
    Much of the challenging discomfort of the play is replaced with the easier, quicker wins of revenge, sex and redemption. It remains a daring project ­– but you’re better off reading the play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The film’s best scenes are a series of hilarious father-son encounters where the son wants to be loved and the dad just doesn’t get it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Even Dench, while adeptly highlighting the vulnerabilities of age and the loneliness of power, can’t distract from the soft treatment, which leaves little room for the harsh realities of prejudice which must have made this a more painful and ugly chapter for many involved than this film ever dares suggest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    This is Tavernier’s own film story so don’t expect a linear, full history of the cinema of the time. However, it’s anything but dry, as the film swoons with passion for Gallic films and filmmaking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    It’s full of sharp dialogue and entertaining characters and fuelled by a wryly enlightened view of our world and how it can be at once cruel and caring. For a story built on such dark foundations, it’s weirdly reassuring. It’s also enormous fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Human Flow is rooted in specific current national and political situations, yet it offers a portrait of forced human movement and suffering that feels almost timeless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    Pattinson is great in what is surely his best post-Twilight performance to date.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The action is the attraction. If that means some of the film feels a little distant and chilly, it’s in the admirable service of avoiding simplistic drama or easy sentiment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    Some prior interest in Berger would help, but even newcomers should find this an infectious portrait of independent thought and living.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    This is an unapologetically fluffy film that never digs deep into its characters’ lives. Its pleasures are patchy. Keaton offers an endearing performance, even if her chemistry with Gleeson (not on top form) is weirdly lacking.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    The mix of fact and fiction is a little confusing, but a strong sense of warm enquiry pulls it through.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    As storytelling, it’s pristine: it moves like a reptile playing the long game. But its cruelty is tough to bear.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    The Beguiled has its jolts and its laughs, but mostly this glides along like a mildly saucy yet poetically made parable, well-dressed, well-designed and well-performed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dave Calhoun
    There’s great energy to this film: quick dialogue, snappy performances and a lived-in feel make us quickly believe this world, its characters and their hang-ups.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dave Calhoun
    It ends up as a sweet-enough movie, and one that’s full of joy and invention – but also one that feels like a lot of effort has been put into serving a tale that maybe doesn’t fully deserve it.

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