David Denby

David Denby

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

New York Magazine , New Yorker
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Fa Yeung Nin Wa (In the Mood for Love) (2001) " So skillfully does the director brings us to a state of breathless expectation that when he refuses to deliver the goods he almost seems to have invented a new form of perversion." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 15, 2014
68% The Railway Man (2014) " A morally admirable but dramatically inert case of high-minded reconciliation ..." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 14, 2014
76% 8 Mile (2002) " In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop -- a story of triumph -- but, like Eminem's enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2014
56% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Law, saying farewell to his youthful good looks (Dom has scars and a little too much weight), makes this hyper-articulate ruffian the most intricately soulful character in current movies." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " In a single sequence, Aronofsky combines creationism, Darwinian evolution, original sin, the end of days, and radical environmentalism." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " The movie, a descendant of such eighteenth-century libertine texts as "Thérèse Philosophe," is less a slice of life than something told and chewed over." — New Yorker
Posted Apr 7, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The new franchise effort from Marvel charges through hyperkinetic chases and combat, though with slightly less finesse than its predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger."" — New Yorker
Posted Mar 31, 2014
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " A pornographic work of art-obsessive, repetitive, at times remarkably eccentric, but never simple-minded or dull." — New Yorker
Posted Mar 24, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The opéra-bouffe plot serves as a strand of bright golden wire on which Anderson hangs innumerable encounters, scampering chases, and an archly decorative style of commentary." — New Yorker
Posted Mar 10, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " Neeson, who brings enormous conviction to these late-career action roles, moves his big body through confined spaces ... with so much power that you expect him to rip out the seats." — New Yorker
Posted Mar 3, 2014
93% Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) " Allen weaves together the complex narrative strands with ease, punctuating the many variations on betrayal and love with three festive Thanksgiving dinners." — New Yorker
Posted Feb 10, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " The directors Paul and Chris Weitz -- the American Pie brothers -- have tried hard not to make a tearjerker, and at its best the movie is knowing and tart." — New Yorker
Posted Feb 10, 2014
63% Generation War (2014) " In all, "Generation War" has the strengths and weaknesses of middlebrow art-it may be clunky, even embarrassing, but it's certainly never dull." — New Yorker
Posted Feb 3, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " The film grows in power-it's unnerving and reassuring at the same time." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 21, 2014
76% Gladiator (2000) " Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 8, 2014
76% Lone Survivor (2014) " The director Peter Berg's exciting and harrowing re-creation of an actual operation that took place in Afghanistan, in 2005." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 6, 2014
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Fiennes and the screenwriter, Abi Morgan, have mounted an accurate re-creation of Victorian England, but the affair isn't much of a story-at least, not as realized here." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 6, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " The director John Wells's adaptation of Tracy Letts's play sits awkwardly on the screen." — New Yorker
Posted Jan 6, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Wolf is delivered, almost all the way through, at the same pitch of extreme aggression. It's relentless, deafening, deadening, and, finally, unilluminating." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 23, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle offers so many easy pleasures that people may not think of it as a work of art, but it is. In the world that Russell has created, if you don't come to play you're not fully alive." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 11, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The movie has an undeniable, dour force, but it's basically conventional macho filmmaking, and it's extremely violent." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 9, 2013
42% Homefront (2013) " The screenplay for this violent retro schlock was written by Sylvester Stallone, and the movie feels like something out of the early eighties." — New Yorker
Posted Dec 2, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " This handsome, beautifully designed Japanese animated film has the size -- though not the clarity -- of a great Japanese film epic." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 27, 2013
89% Shrek 2 (2004) " The movie is obvious, but consistently entertaining and animated in DreamWorks's "realistic" digitized style." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 25, 2013
85% At Berkeley (2013) " No other filmed portrait of higher education matches this one for hard-nosed insight, comprehensiveness, sympathy, and hope." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 25, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " Markus Zusak's enormously successful young-adult novel seems to have been adapted as a movie for middle-aged children." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 25, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " The grand climax, whose elements include a long piece of wire, a lightning bolt, and an electronic force field, is an incoherent, rapid blur that will send the audience scurrying back to the book to find out what's supposed to be going on." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 21, 2013
83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " The bitterest parts of Gibney's movie are the interviews with the former teammates who were caught doping, and whom Armstrong, when he was still officially clean, viciously turned on." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 21, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " The New Zealander director Peter Jackson, who wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, works with enough dramatic tension and pictorial grandeur to sustain us through long periods of complicated exposition and heavy bouts of swordplay." — New Yorker
Posted Nov 18, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " It's McConaughey's spiritual transformation that is most remarkable. His gaze is at once desperate and challenging." — New Yorker
Posted Oct 31, 2013
87% The Matrix (1999) " The movie is nonsense, but it does achieve a brazenly chic high style -- black-on-black, airborne, spasmodic." — New Yorker
Posted Oct 21, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " 12 Years a Slave is easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery." — New Yorker
Posted Oct 14, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " Chandor, who demonstrated a vivid talent for dialogue, mood, and characterization in the Wall Street meltdown movie Margin Call, here displays an ability to furiously carve up and then integrate a confined space." — New Yorker
Posted Oct 14, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity is not a film of ideas, like Kubrick's techno-mystical 2001, but it's an overwhelming physical experience -- a challenge to the senses that engages every kind of dread." — New Yorker
Posted Oct 4, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " The movie takes a roundhouse punch at male shallowness, but Jon, in and out of his clothes, is not an interesting enough man to be emblematic of anything." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 23, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " Salinger is self-important, redundant, and interminable." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 17, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " A sombrely impressive thriller in the style of Mystic River and Zodiac." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 17, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) " [A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ..." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 16, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " Seyfried, with her huge features crowding her small face, looks like Alice in a very strange Wonderland. But whatever possibilities she may have as an actress are eradicated by the filmmakers ..." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 2, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ..." — New Yorker
Posted Sep 2, 2013
90% The Simpsons Movie (2007) " The incomparable gang at full length for the first time, with enough jokes, satire, nonsense, and sentiment to justify the eighty-eight minutes." — New Yorker
Posted Aug 4, 2013
99% Toy Story 3 (2010) " There are many sweet laughs and joking allusions to horror and prison-break movies, but the Pixar gang gets at the most primary fear -- being cast off and no longer of use." — New Yorker
Posted Aug 4, 2013
98% Jaws (1975) " Spielberg may be the man who created the new Hollywood, but in his first megahit he summed up what was best in the old -- the humor, the perversity, and the storytelling integrity of Alfred Hitchcock." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 29, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Most of it has the melancholy sense of life just passing by -- until, that is, someone has the courage to grab it and make it take some meaning and form." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 29, 2013
23% The Canyons (2013) " The Canyons might have been more fun if it had a trashier, or less austere, style." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 29, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 29, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station sums up Oscar's life, but the act of summing up can tell us only so much, since a young life is still a maze of promise and indecision." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 24, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " In all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 24, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 1, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " Complicated nonsense about four professional magicians caught up in an elaborate revenge plot." — New Yorker
Posted Jul 1, 2013
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