Dave Calhoun

Dave Calhoun

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 100% 45 Years " It's a film of small moments and tiny gestures that leaves a very, very big impression. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 20, 2015
2/5 35% Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2012) " The film is poorly structured, and most of Sudler-Smith's conclusions are trite. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 89% Glassland " This sombre, artful but fatally unfocused Irish drama takes us to some grim places. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 13, 2015
3/5 100% Dark Horse " Just as Dream Alliance never quite escapes his lowly background, so 'Dark Horse' sometimes feels like a small-screen runner trying to jump big-screen fence. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 13, 2015
2/5 73% Altman (2014) " This ho-hum doc about the late, great American filmmaker Robert Altman is a disappointment. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 30, 2015
3/5 52% The Face Of An Angel (2015) " The Face of an Angel ties itself up in some strange knots, but Michael Winterbottom conjures up a haunting gothic atmosphere in Siena. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 24, 2015
2/5 45% En chance til " There are some admirable, if hard-to-watch, moments here, but the film's thriller tendencies are as half-cocked as its compassion for the struggles of parenthood. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 17, 2015
5/5 100% Kes (1969) " Kes is one of the most astute, engaged films about education and what it takes for kids to be excited about learning or passionate about anything, really, whether in the classroom or roaming the fields with a feathered friend. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 14, 2015
3/5 100% Elle L'adore " Sandrine Kiberlain shines in this pacy, Paris-set and just-silly-enough thriller. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 9, 2015
4/5 100% X+Y " At the core of this tender-hearted and moving British indie film is a fascinating relationship between a single mum and her autistic teenage son. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 9, 2015
3/5 60% High Tide " A mature, thoughtful story, grounded in Melanie Walters's intelligent understanding of the woman she plays. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Silver fox Richard Gere is the magic card up the filmmakers' sleeve for this warm if rambling sequel. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 23, 2015
2/5 84% Chariots of Fire (1981) " Oddly, for a film about triumph over adversity, there's nothing as uplifting as the opening and closing jogs along a windswept beach. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 21, 2015
2 50% Snow in Paradise " A film that leans on more crime-movie clichés than anyone involved would probably admit. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 9, 2015
4/5 100% Shaun the Sheep " Only Aardman could find an irresistible movie in industrial amounts of clay and a story of an amnesiac farmer and his flock at loose in the big city. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 2, 2015
3/5 67% No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers " This fan-made doc about the Welsh slogan rockers is a rough-and-ready DIY affair. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 91% Mommy (2015) " Cinema doesn't come much more exuberant and raw. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 20, 2015
5/5 96% Summer (1999) " What might easily feel loose and inconsequential ends up feeling like sly magic. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2014
2/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) " Burton lets Waltz run wild, sucking the air out of every scene with his hysterics, and the always-endearing Adams is left looking like a rabbit in the headlights. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3/5 90% Eastern Boys (2015) " Illegal immigration, unequal relationships and gay sex are put under the microscope in this compelling and slyly urgent drama. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 2, 2014
4/5 100% Kajaki " Director Paul Katis gives us a sense of the fine line between sanity and madness. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 25, 2014
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) " This first-ever movie take on Peru's furriest export is a cuddly triumph. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 25, 2014
2/5 59% My Old Lady (2014) " It's too twee and theatrical to take seriously. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 18, 2014
5/5 100% Playtime (Play Time) (1967) " Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 80% Sacro GRA " The film's stories have a mysterious, collective power that's undeniable. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 4, 2014
4/5 99% Leviathan (2014) " This is a whale of a movie, grotesque and a little bloated but impossible to ignore. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 4, 2014
5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " A bold, beautiful cosmic adventure story with a touch of the surreal and the dreamlike. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 27, 2014
3/5 91% The Way He Looks (2014) " This portrait of love and friendship among middle-class teens in São Paulo is sweet and sensitive, even if it has little especially new to say. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 21, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) " Citizenfour is at its most eye-opening and essential simply as a portrait of the then 29-year-old Snowden at a point of absolute no-return in his life. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 16, 2014
4/5 74% Bjork: Biophilia Live (2014) " Exactly what those links between music and nature are is not totally clear, but there's an entrancing harmony between what we see and hear. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/5 47% The Judge (2014) " A charismatic performance from Downey Jr and the growling presence of Duvall make up for a multitude of sins in this big and brash family drama . " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/5 97% '71 (2015) " The film's mix of hard-nosed realist drama with more heightened genre elements - action, certainly; horror, even - means that it's always distinctive and has you in its grip from start to finish. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 7, 2014
3/5 89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) " Fans and followers of the provocative French writer will surely gain the most from this tricksy, rough-and-ready, documentary-style comedy. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
4/5 100% Night Will Fall " This wise, sober new documentary is a reminder of historical horrors, but it's also a tale of censorship. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
5/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " We spend one day on Earth with Nick Cave, from dawn til dusk, via family, friends, a recording session and a gig, but it's just a neat device, and much of the film plays out like drama. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 16, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Jack to a King - The Swansea Story " For diehard Swansea FC fans, this doc detailing the club's rise from near-bankruptcy to the Premier League will have them crying and punching the air with nostalgia. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/5 78% Ballet Boys " At 75 minutes it's too brisk and feels like a TV series edited down to the bare minimum, with questions left hanging. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
5/5 92% Pride (2014) " It's a joyous film, full of love and warmth but unafraid to admit that with sticking out your neck comes struggle and sorrow. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 9, 2014
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " Hidden codes, secret meanings and mixed messages pulse through the reliable, old-fashioned, buzzing copper wires of this true-life British period drama. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 3, 2014
2/5 59% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The filmmakers hope for a fable-like charm rather than gritty credibility, but the whole thing feels as cynical as the villagers' convoluted mission. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 29, 2014
5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) " The Dardennes are never less than reliable, but this is one of their best, up there with The Child or Rosetta in its cast-iron sense of purpose. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/5 81% Lilting (2014) " This is a quiet, thoughtful London-set study of love, grief and cultural differences. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 13% A Promise (2014) " Despite decent performances, a promising dramatic set-up leads to little of real interest. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 29, 2014
2/5 56% Love Me Till Monday " The cast are a mixed bag, their inexperience not helped by some bum lines. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2014
3/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Hats off to Dreamworks for offering some bold surprises in a respectable sequel filled with moments of humour and emotion among its ample noise and movement. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 69% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) " An amiable mess. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 100% The Man Whose Mind Exploded " An intimate documentary portrait that oozes love and warmth. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 24, 2014
2/5 43% Common People " Feels more like a community am-dram project than anything to be taken too seriously. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
3/5 83% Belle (2014) " A good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Jun 10, 2014
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