David Denby

David Denby

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
72% Big Eyes (2014) " A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 12, 2015
90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Some of the menacing atmosphere, and even a few scenes, descend from the first two "Godfather" movies. But, in fact, Chandor has done something startling: he has made an anti-"Godfather." " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jan 5, 2015
73% American Sniper (2015) " Both a devastating war movie and a devastating antiwar movie, a subdued celebration of a warrior's skill and a sorrowful lament over his alienation and misery. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 15, 2014
99% Selma (2015) " DuVernay has made a very good movie. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 15, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) " An interminable, redundant, unnecessary epic devoted to suffering, suffering, suffering. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 15, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) " "Mr. Turner" is a harsh, strange, but stirring movie, no more a conventional artist's bio-pic than Robert Altman's wonderful, little-seen film about van Gogh and his brother, "Vincent and Theo." " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 1, 2014
90% Wild (2014) " "Wild" is about the renewal of self, but it's a film made without sanctimony or piety. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Dec 1, 2014
88% Happy Valley (2014) " "Happy Valley" is a devastating portrait of a community-and, by extension, a nation-put under a spell, even reduced to grateful infantilism, by the game of football. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 17, 2014
75% Rosewater (2014) " The hard-focus clarity of the images (Bobby Bukowski did the cinematography) leads to an intimacy with anguish that passes into expressionism. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 17, 2014
96% National Gallery (2014) " The museum's interior is neoclassical, and Wiseman's severely restrained style of filmmaking matches it perfectly. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 10, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Redmayne uses his eyebrows, his mouth, a few facial muscles, and the fingers of one hand to suggest not only Hawking's intellect and his humor but also the calculating vanity of a great man entirely conscious of his effect on the world. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 5, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) " "Interstellar," a spectacular, redundant puzzle, a hundred and sixty-seven minutes long, makes you feel virtuous for having sat through it rather than happy that you saw it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Nov 3, 2014
93% Diplomacy (2014) " The principal suspense in this fascinating movie is generated by the polite, and then not so polite, ferocity of the arguments between the two men. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 20, 2014
77% Fury (2014) " "Fury" is literally visceral-a kind of war horror film, which is, of course, what good combat films should be. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 20, 2014
78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see "Kill the Messenger." " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 6, 2014
31% Men, Women & Children (2014) " Reitman and Wilson have many good ideas, but "Men, Women & Children" has too many men, women, and children. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 6, 2014
61% The Equalizer (2014) " The director, Antoine Fuqua, relies on small details, which anchor the vigilante-as-saint myth in at least a minimal degree of reality. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 29, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " Nothing in the movie makes sense, but I prefer to think that "Ride Along" is just a badly told joke, rather than an insult to its audience. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
52% Jimmy P. (2014) " This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " It's an accomplished, stately movie -- unimpassioned but pleasing. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " It was shot in dark, lurid, vital Hamburg; Hoffman is the star; and I was completely held. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) " We may have gained something in humor by not taking the saviors in the art-rescue story very seriously, but we've lost just about all of the romantic pleasures of heroism. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
88% The Immigrant (2014) " The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " "Shadow Recruit" is fun in a minor, winter-season way. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) " The memoir is strongly written, and I wish that the movie, directed by John Curran (Marion Nelson did the adaptation), had more excitement to it. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
92% Pride (2014) " Warchus has directed many successful theatrical productions, including musicals, and in this, his first movie in more than a decade, he appears to have an instinctive grasp of film tempo and mood. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " [An] unusually cohesive and exciting prison drama ... " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
95% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " As a portrait of America in a moment both of idealism and betrayal, the movie is heartbreaking as well as inspiring. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
62% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " What remains is knowing and allusive, but muffled-the earnestness is stalled by pauses and misgivings and occasionally made handsome with long tracking shots. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
61% Bird People (2014) " An artful experiment that only half works. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 15, 2014
86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
74% The Congress (2014) " The anger drains out of the picture, and we watch in a state of passive appreciation and indifference. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
80% Get On Up (2014) " Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
83% Begin Again (2014) " Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made "Once." " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 14, 2014
80% Land Ho! (2014) " A well-meaning, good-souled, essentially naïve dud. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 14, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " Violent, often absurd, but full of brilliant surprises. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jul 14, 2014
80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " Complicated beyond imagining, and, in the end, a genuine shocker. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 30, 2014
85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " 22 Jump Street is hardly fresh, but the picture has enough energy to get by. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 18, 2014
23% Third Person (2014) " Third Person is the kind of eccentric and emotionally exhausting movie whose ardent sincerity remains in memory after smoother, more conventional works have passed into oblivion. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 18, 2014
86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) " The movie has more anger than it knows what to do with; that's its fascination and its weakness, too. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 16, 2014
98% The Rules of the Game (1950) " The word "Mozartean"... gets thrown around a little too eagerly by critics, but one movie, as almost everyone agrees, deserves this supreme benediction -- Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 3, 2014
85% Night Moves (2014) " What interests Reichardt is the physical realization of how the act is done; her feeling for the weight and the palpability of the world, and for continuity within sequences, has become masterly. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Jun 2, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " As a record of the war, the two films are imperishable. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 26, 2014
85% Cold in July (2014) " Strictly for connoisseurs of violent genre pulp. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 26, 2014
95% Germany, Year Zero (1949) " The colossal rubble of Berlin is not just an analogue to the collapse of the social order but an amazing sight, and the movie makes you feel the weight of every smashed façade and fallen stone. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 20, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Charming and stirring. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 19, 2014
36% God's Pocket (2014) " Slattery goes for lower-depths naturalism, including extensive scenes in a neighborhood bar, and then tries, without sufficient brio, to transform the misery into black comedy. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 12, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Saulnier spills a lot of blood, but he's an extraordinarily responsible and appealing craftsman. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " The movie is rhythmless, shapeless, and, with the exception of a few shots, cheesy-looking. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted May 5, 2014
61% Draft Day (2014) " Ivan Reitman's dull-witted movie about the flurries of player trading on N.F.L. draft day might be a commercial for professional football. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Apr 21, 2014
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