Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Dave Kehr's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "We'll have to wait for Manchevski's next feature to know whether he's an artist or a shrewd entertainer. In the meantime, Before the Rain is one of the more worthy efforts of the season. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 27, 2015
92% All the President's Men (1976) "The opening of the film, with Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) first stumbling over the story, is involving and sometimes exciting, but from then on it degenerates into confusion and repetition. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 22, 2015
17% Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) "The movie is about manic energy, but you can feel everyone straining just to get the next shot on the screen. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 21, 2015
1/4 54% Blade (1998) "Has the comic-book movie reached the end of the line? The glumly familiar, been-there-done-that aspect of Blade certainly suggests so. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Jul 15, 2015
83% Chinese Roulette "The camera seems much more interested in exploring the glass and chrome furnishings than in examining the characters, and by the time the film is finished, so is the audience. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 6, 2015
86% Betrayal (1983) "Not a total loss-some wit and a few well-sketched moments survive-but the betrayal here is largely one of the talent involved. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jul 3, 2015
1/4 37% Fletch Lives (1989) "With arbitrary laugh lines coming along to strip the credibility from every situation and the integrity from every character, there's hardly a moment in the new film that seems as authentically alive as a California Raisins commercial. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/4 61% Back to the Future Part II (1989) "Glum, claustrophobic and often oppressive. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 29, 2015
94% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 23, 2015
3.5/4 70% The Land Before Time (1988) "The Land Before Time is as handsome and honest an animated feature as any produced since Walt Disney`s death; it may even be the best. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jun 8, 2015
90% Secret Agent (1936) "The film has a fine cast and a fine look -- shot in the Swiss Alps, much of it makes use of unusual white-on-white compositions. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Jun 3, 2015
94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) "Keaton's appreciation of the formal paradoxes of the medium is astounding; his observations on the relationship between film and the subconscious are groundbreaking and profound. And it's a laugh riot, too. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted May 29, 2015
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) "Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 5, 2015
2/4 81% Jungle Fever (1991) "Jungle Fever may be a failure, but it is the kind of failure that engenders hope: It finds Lee refining the skills he already possesses and striking out in encouraging new directions. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015
1/4 0% Hot to Trot (2010) "It`s true that there has been a shocking dearth of talking-horse pictures lately, but even so, Hot to Trot has few pleasures to offer. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 21, 2015
3/4 69% Die Hard 2 (1990) "Even when the script wanders into cynical overkill, Harlin makes sure the violence has some impact, some moral consequence, by sketching in characters for a few representative victims. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 3, 2015
35% The Woman in Red (1984) "The project as a whole is a lot less mawkish than we've come to expect from Wilder's directorial efforts. Still, it ain't exactly state of the art. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 23, 2015
68% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht) (1978) "The first half is oppressive, cluttered, and funny, but as the film forsakes its artificial settings for more open spaces, it becomes pale and mechanical. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 18, 2015
71% City of Women (La citt√† delle donne) (1981) "Federico Fellini covers his bets in this hallucinatory survey of the women's movement -- it isn't reactionary enough to offend or progressive enough to matter. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 16, 2015
3/4 82% Talk Radio (1988) "As a director, Stone has a way of merging with the point of view of his protagonists, which is to say that his films are as jittery, wired-up and fragmented as they are. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
89% The Stunt Man (1980) "Pretentious, overenergized, muddled, intellectually bogus, and very entertaining for it. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 13, 2015
86% Accident (1967) "Dirk Bogarde's crumbling don is the sharpest of the many similar performances he has given, and Stanley Baker is superbly chunky as Bogarde's rival for a young Austrian student (Jacqueline Sassard). " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 12, 2015
67% Frances (1982) "Jessica Lange brings so much energy and personal involvement to her portrayal of Frances Farmer that you can't help but feel sorry for her; nothing else in the film remotely matches her talent and dedication. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015
100% King Creole (1958) "Elvis, young and relatively untamed, in a superior star vehicle from 1958. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 9, 2015
82% Nostalghia (2013) "The film is lovely but punishingly slow, packed with imagery that seems at once hopelessly obscure and crushingly obvious. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "It's depressing to see how much credit Lee has been given simply for painting his characters in shades other than the purely good and the purely evil, as if the gesture reflected anything other than an appreciation for a basic human truth. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 3, 2015
100% Wild River (1960) "This 1960 drama is probably Elia Kazan's finest and deepest film, a meditation on how the past both inhibits and enriches the present. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 19, 2015
96% Schindler's List (1993) "Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 17, 2015
72% Forrest Gump (2014) "A dark and driven work, haunted by violence, cruelty and a sense of the tragically absurd. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Feb 17, 2015
2/4 86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "Red October is an idealized, dreamy fantasy of life in the business world-harmless as airplane reading, a bit dull on the big screen. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/4 54% Valmont (1989) "Valmont is a superb piece of craftsmanship, impeccable in every detail from lighting to costuming, but as a work of art it remains tentative and blurred. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 72% Apartment Zero (1989) "It's that grab for political significance that does Apartment Zero in -- that turns what might have been a modestly successful psychological thriller into a messily failed art film. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 9, 2015
2/4 71% Cry-Baby (1990) "Cry-Baby doesn`t have a subject, but only a format-a rickety framework erected to support a few broad gags and a few indifferently filmed production numbers. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 20, 2015
3/4 80% Batman Returns (1992) "There are flashes of commercially oriented action and humor, but the overall feeling is one of a languid depression sprung straight from the heart of its author. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 14, 2014
2/4 67% Prancer (1989) "Prancer remains a real curiosity -- a movie that`s far from being successful on its own terms, yet better than those terms would suggest. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Dec 13, 2014
93% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) "Special-effects buffs generally cite this 1963 effort by Ray Harryhausen as the master's masterpiece, and his work does a great deal to enliven the tired plot and vacuous stars. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3.5/4 93% Blue Velvet (1986) "Blue Velvet is a throughly unpredictable, frequently disturbing and sometimes jaw-droppingly funny film. There isn't anything else quite like it, and it's pretty wonderful. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) "The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Nov 11, 2014
94% Shock Corridor (1963) "This 1963 film is harsh, grotesque, and violent-and, incidentally, brilliant in a very original way. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 30, 2014
1/4 0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol (1987) "Jim Drake is credited with the direction and Gene Quintano with the script, though they'd probably appreciate it if you kept it to yourself. " ‐ Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 22, 2014
89% While the City Sleeps (1955) "The story is a cynical twist on Lang's famous M. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2014
91% Ministry of Fear (1944) "Lang at his finest and purest. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 15, 2014
97% 35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (2008) "A sort of ballet of emotions, executed with weightless grace and poise. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
37% Nine (2009) "Largely, the numbers just sit on top of the dramatic action, adding little to our understanding of the characters and seldom contributing to the advancement of the story. " ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 24, 2014
3.5/4 80% Underground (1995) "Delirious in its excess, but never less than ferociously intelligent and operatically emotional, Underground represents one of those rare, exhilarating moments when an outsize artistic vision is fueled by an apparently unlimited budget. Not to be missed. " ‐ New York Daily News
Posted Sep 23, 2014
89% The Firemen's Ball (1968) "With Loves of a Blonde, it's the best work Forman's done, rooted in a social reality that has eluded him in his American projects. " ‐ Chicago Reader
Posted Sep 19, 2014
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
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