Dave Kehr

Dave Kehr

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% 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:
2434

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
89% Omar (2014) " This gripping Palestinian thriller evokes Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers in its depiction of not only the psychological pressures faced by people under occupation, but the murky moral consequences of retaliating." — Chicago Reader
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) " It's a funny, frequently rousing film, with a warmly appealing acting partnership at its center-between basketball hustlers Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/4 81% Flight of the Navigator (1986) " When the film shifts into the action mode in its second half -- the flying saucer returns to aid in David`s rescue -- it becomes quite bright and lively." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Wages of Fear (1953) " Turning the screws with a relentlessness that impresses even in this age of the ruthless, high-tech thriller, Clouzot strings together situations of vividly, almost sadistically imagined danger." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3.5/4 96% GoodFellas (1990) " The most profoundly Catholic of contemporary filmmakers, Scorsese has here imagined a world without the slightest notion of sin-everything is permitted, and he is both fascinated and appalled by the total freedom of his characters." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/4 40% Can't Hardly Wait (1998) " There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin." — New York Daily News
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) " One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time." — New York Daily News
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/4 88% Titanic (2012) " If computer-generated special effects have overpowered human-generated drama, Cameron seizes that dangerously cold technology and recasts it as dream and delirium, profoundly human in its sources and longings." — New York Daily News
Posted Feb 25, 2014
3.5/4 88% Platoon (1986) " There are images in Platoon so powerful that they seem, rather than simply imprinted on celluloid, to have been burned into memory." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 24, 2014
—— An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat) (1928) " Clair's talent would not survive long into the coming of sound, but at this point in his career he seems marvelously assured, creative, and playful." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " Despite the emphasis on Oedipal conflict, the film expresses no desire to enter the grownup world; happiness here is associated with eternal adolescence, following the '70s (and now, apparently, '90s) ideal." — New York Daily News
Posted Feb 13, 2014
61% About Last Night... (1986) " The shocks of recognition are largely absorbed by the standard narrative structure that replaces Mamet's blackouts; the characters, instead of functioning as archetypes, look underwritten, half alive." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 88% RoboCop (1987) " RoboCop relies for most of its impact -- and, more disturbingly, for much of its comedy -- on an absurd exaggeration of physical force." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 11, 2014
3/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " Chasing Amy is not yet a mature work Smith still needs a style to go with his sensibility but its yearning for maturity is palpable and touching." — New York Daily News
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/4 92% Moonstruck (1987) " It isn't great art -- it`s too closely concentrated on immediate emotional effect for that -- but it is highly sophisticated craftsmanship." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Feb 7, 2014
83% Gaslight (1944) " This 1944 film is one of the few psychological thrillers that is genuinely psychological, depending on subtle clues -- a gesture, an intonation -- to thought and character." — Chicago Reader
Posted Feb 4, 2014
2/4 75% The Lost Boys (1987) " Schumacher`s sputtering, short-term approach to the material is a disappointment, because there's something in it that ought to make for a good movie, and from time to time makes The Lost Boys good enough." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 21, 2014
2/4 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " The important issues raised by the film- centered on the cultural, racial and moral struggle that took place on the American frontier-are glossed over in favor of a juvenile fantasy of male bonding around the campfire." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/4 90% Rain Man (1988) " It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/4 91% The Last Emperor (1987) " It is a hesitant, conservative approach that yields great elegance and a rhythm that carries the viewer along. Yet the film is haunted by a sense of opportunities not taken, of an artist deliberately reining in his artistry." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 83% The English Patient (1996) " The film is a smashing success on its own terms, though as a transcendent love story it lacks the firm foundation in human reality that characterizes Lars Von Trier's superior Breaking the Waves." — New York Daily News
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " For Tandy, it's her most substantial film role since her sublime work in Alfred Hitchcock`s 1963 The Birds, and she takes full advantage of it; never playing for sympathy, she earns it completely." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Jan 6, 2014
3/4 100% The Witches (1990) " There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 22, 2013
94% The Blood of a Poet (1930) " Despite its flaws, the film remains a fascinating souvenir of a vanished avant-garde." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 22, 2013
—— Enthusiasm (Entuziazm: Simfoniya Donbassa) (1931) " I still find Vertov more interesting in the abstract than in the concrete, but his movies should be seen, particularly because they so often serve as inspiration for politically committed filmmakers." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3/4 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " Beauty and the Beast is certainly adequate holiday entertainment for children and their more indulgent parents... But the film has little of the technical facility, vivid characterization and emotional impact of Disney past." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/4 94% Aladdin (1992) " Aladdin is a marvel of the cartoonist`s art." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 19, 2013
80% Kelly's Heroes (1970) " An attempt to blend the war epic and the caper film that doesn't quite come off." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) (1959) " This sort of thing was considered high art not so long ago; now it seems forced and ponderously symbolic." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 94% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1998) " There is much to see on this journey, all of it presented in the abundant, deep-focus detail that is Gilliam's visual trademark." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.5/4 92% The Little Mermaid (1989) " It may not be a transcendent masterpiece of the Disney canon, but The Little Mermaid is still very heartening: It suggests the Disney magic isn`t lost after all." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/4 85% Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990) " What Jodorowsky lacks is a sense of humor, in the absence of which his films turn ludicrous." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Nov 15, 2013
—— The Law (La legge) (1960) " full of campy star turns, melodramatic confrontations, and relentless moralism" — Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2013
82% Excalibur (1981) " There is humor here (in the form of a vaudeville Merlin, played by Nicol Williamson) as well as a diminution of scale that seems intended to help audiences through the thornier byways of Boorman's vision." — Chicago Reader
Posted Nov 6, 2013
70% Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (1967) " Although dated as propaganda, it's still one of the most effective political documentaries ever made." — Chicago Reader
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " Yes, it's Grumpy Old Presidents, in which most of the comedy comes from the supposed shock of hearing two senior citizens cursing at each other in terms Beavis and Butt-head would find inelegant." — New York Daily News
Posted Oct 22, 2013
80% Scream (1996) " Scream builds to a splattering finale that should leave genre fans highly satisfied. Here's one of the year's better thrillers." — New York Daily News
Posted Oct 6, 2013
3/4 98% Evil Dead 2 (1987) " Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively -- a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Oct 1, 2013
3/4 85% Yaaba (1989) " Ouedraogo films all this with great formality and stateliness of pace." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Sep 12, 2013
80% True Heart Susie (1919) " One of D.W. Griffith's most beautiful films, a pastoral fable of a sort that no one could ever make again, because the sensitivity and spirit have vanished along with the landscape." — Chicago Reader
Posted Aug 19, 2013
3/4 88% Misery (1990) " Like any good work of popular culture, Rob Reiner's film of Stephen King's best-selling book Misery functions on more than one level." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2013
1/4 94% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) " It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2013
3/4 88% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) " McNaughton's direction combines a strict social realism with a cool, Fritz Langian sense of pre-determination, while his work with actors has the improvisational freshness of a John Cassavetes." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/4 91% The Fly (1986) " The Fly seizes on our ingrained, instinctive horror of sexuality, the sense of shame that our fundamentally puritanical society can't help but teach us, and by confirming our worst fears, helps us, for a moment, to move beyond them." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3.5/4 93% Out of Sight (1998) " There isn't a character in the large, excellent cast that doesn't emerge with depth and precision." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 4, 2013
3/4 69% Cliffhanger (1993) " Like the roller-coaster ride Cliffhanger clearly wants to be, the film sends you out pleasantly rattled and wobbly of gait." — Chicago Tribune
Posted Aug 3, 2013
88% Nico Icon (1995) " As recorded in the great wealth of documentary footage Ofteringer has assembled, the cheekbones slowly collapse and the blue eyes become watery, their owner becoming more and more dependent on hard drugs and fast living." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 2, 2013
91% Men in Black (1997) " Its attitude is poised somewhere between the deadpan ghoulishness of the Coen brothers and a Letterman-like sense of the absurdity of life in New York's rich ethnic stew." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 2, 2013
100% Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) " The sense of well-being is immense." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 2, 2013
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " Saving Private Ryan is Steven Spielberg's best war film and one of the two or three best movies the director has made." — New York Daily News
Posted Aug 2, 2013
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