Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Reader , Chicago Tribune , Citysearch , Film Comment Magazine , New York Daily News , New York Times
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2487

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 85% Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) " Whatever the grammatic contortions of its title, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock `n` Roll offers a compelling portrait of a hardened veteran of the business called show. " — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/4 89% Light Sleeper (1992) " For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Crows (1996) " A brief and powerful mood piece, with the concentration and purity of a fine short story." — New York Daily News
Posted Sep 9, 2014
3/4 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) " There are still enough bad makeup jobs, pretentious lines, and coy sexual situations to give the chattering puppets plenty of fodder." — New York Daily News
Posted Sep 2, 2014
83% How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) " The stars save this 1953 entry, through fruitful collision if not smooth collaboration." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/4 69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) " As long as the movie refuses to commit itself, it is a truly creepy, nerve-jangling experience." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 23, 2014
3/4 95% Apollo 13 (1995) " Tom Hanks is on his way to becoming the American Everyman, an exemplar of boyish goodwill and quiet moral force." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 22, 2014
90% The Scarlet Empress (Catherine the Great) (1934) " Josef von Sternberg's 1934 film turns the legend of Catherine the Great into a study of sexuality sadistically repressed and reborn as politics, thus anticipating Bertolucci by three decades." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 20, 2014
100% Indiscreet (1958) " A fine light comedy, with unexpected passages of seriousness, marked by the Donen touch in its adventurous visuals and vivacious performances." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2014
97% To Have and Have Not (1944) " In many ways the ultimate Hawks film: clear, direct, and thoroughly brilliant." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/4 31% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) " One finds in them the same unabashed enjoyment of color and movement, of spectacular athletics and outrageous stunts, that animates the Hong Kong action cinema as a whole and makes it so superbly entertaining." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/4 41% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990) " The results are lively and funny enough to keep adults enthralled as well as kids." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 6, 2014
97% Notorious (1946) " The virtuoso sequences -- the long kiss, the crane shot into the door key -- are justly famous, yet the film's real brilliance is in its subtle and detailed portrayal of infinitely perverse relationships." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/4 6% Solo (1996) " The action is neither big nor imaginatively filmed enough to satisfy fans of the genre, though Van Peebles seems to be enjoying his crack at sad-eyed, Chaplinesque pathos." — New York Daily News
Posted Jul 27, 2014
1/4 10% Woo (1998) " A romantic comedy that strains for the screwball heights of Bringing Up Baby but mainly seems unfunny and unpleasant." — New York Daily News
Posted Jul 26, 2014
2/4 6% A Smile Like Yours (1997) " Keith Sample's film aspires to the innocent charm of a newlywed comedy like Barefoot in the Park, but gets bogged down in witless sex jokes." — New York Daily News
Posted Jul 22, 2014
2/4 16% The Karate Kid, Part III (1986) " About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 15% Dead Man on Campus (1998) " Oddly, the troubled Cliff is more sympathetic than the two self-involved protagonists." — New York Daily News
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/4 19% Navy Seals (1990) " Director Teague does stage the action sequences with logic and clarity, though there isn`t much he can do with the dramatic passages." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/4 19% Rude Awakening (1989) " It's far from being a professional job, but Rude Awakening probably wouldn't be as much fun if it were." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/4 100% The Golden Coach (Le Carrosse d'or) (1953) " As with all of Renoir`s films, it is impossible to define the tone of The Golden Coach, so smoothly does comedy shade into drama, joy into despair, warm optimism into cool cynicism and vice versa." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/4 14% Howard the Duck (1986) " In the absence of anything resembling structure, character, point of view or sense of purpose, there is no place else for this empty project to go." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 9, 2014
2/4 11% Batman & Robin (1997) " There's plenty to look at but nothing to feel." — New York Daily News
Posted Jun 18, 2014
2/4 54% The Doors (1991) " Hysteria, however skillfully maintained, should never be mistaken for art -- a caution that applies equally to Stone and his subject." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/4 34% Tango & Cash (1989) " The film looks like the sort of queasy fever dream that might be produced by sitting through an entire Orson Welles film festival while eating pepperoni pizzas." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 11, 2014
51% Cruising (1980) " What's left is the framework for a graphic, brutal, sickening film, without the violent effects that might have made sense (however illegitimate) out of the conception." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 9, 2014
2/4 34% She's Having a Baby (1988) " She's Having a Baby wants to be everyone's story, but its hollowness makes it no one's." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2014
69% Wild in the Streets (1968) " Shelley Winters, as George's mother, gives the most tasteless performance of her career, while Barry Shear directs as if he'd seen Dr. Strangelove a few too many times." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 4, 2014
4/4 81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) " This is a very rich, very sympathetic piece of work." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% Diner (1982) " Levinson's dialogue feels fresh and improvised, yet it hits its mark every time, and the performances he gets are complex and original." — Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) " The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/4 78% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) " A gripping and original piece of work, itself sure to be remembered as one of the finest films of the year." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) " Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess." — New York Daily News
Posted May 28, 2014
60% Running Scared (1986) " A functional 1986 actioner about two wisecracking Chicago cops (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal) and their vendetta against a Latino crime lord (Jimmy Smits)." — Chicago Reader
Posted May 27, 2014
4/4 96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " Maddening and brilliant, confessional and slyly evasive, insistently perverse and blissfully naive." — New York Daily News
Posted May 22, 2014
4/4 100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) " A City of Sadness is a great film, one that will be watched as long as there are people who care about the movies as an art." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/4 76% Licence To Kill (1989) " Dalton revives the cool, ironic detachment of the Connery years, but he also allows a touch of obsession to show through Bond`s surface aplomb." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
2/4 39% Days of Thunder (1990) " This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 20, 2014
3/4 80% Singles (1992) " There is something new here, and very fresh." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 19, 2014
2/4 46% The Babe (1992) " It doesn`t matter that these things really happened, because the thin staging and sentimental exaggeration make them seem extremely phony in any case." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 9, 2014
2/4 57% The Sandlot (1993) " In The Sandlot's nostalgia for simpler times, a single-sex world seems to be a key component." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 7, 2014
3/4 82% Major League (1989) " It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
3.5/4 86% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) " The Naked Gun is hugely funny, but it`s also liberating-precisely because it centers its aim on that cold, closed system and blows it apart. The straight lines are shattered; the empty spaces in the images are packed full until they burst." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 6, 2014
1/4 12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) " The impoverishment here is not merely of means, but of spirit." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 5, 2014
2/4 4% Wired (1989) " Given the impossibility of his assignment, Michael Chiklis doesn't do half badly as Belushi -- he`s clearly a better actor, though not necessarily a better comic, than the original -- but otherwise Wired can claim only camp value." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 0% Folks! (1992) " [Director Kotcheff] treats material that might have been effective as dark, nightmare comedy as something bright, bouncy and frivolous, an approach that kills all the laughs and turns shock into mere tastelessness." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 4% Cool World (1992) " A few of Bakshi`s inventions, such as a rattled telephone that panics every time it rings, are amusing and well animated, but most of the characters are grating and dislikable." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 4, 2014
1/4 23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) " A Stranger Among Us is eerily devoid of precisely the kind of urban detail and atmosphere that has always given Lumet`s work its authority, even when his storytelling falters." — Chicago Tribune
Posted May 3, 2014
1/4 0% Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987) " Jaws is looking a bit long in the tooth these days." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
3/4 81% A Few Good Men (1992) " By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 30, 2014
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