David Denby

David Denby

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
New York Magazine/Vulture , New Yorker
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
593

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
79% 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
75% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see "Kill the Messenger." " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Oct 6, 2014
28% 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
62% 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
17% 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
91% 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
87% The Immigrant (2014) " The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 22, 2014
55% 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
93% 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
96% 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
63% 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
58% 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
76% 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
79% Get On Up (2014) " Chadwick Boseman gives a startling and galvanic performance. " ‐ New Yorker
Posted Sep 5, 2014
82% 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
77% 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
84% 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
24% 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% Germania Anno Zero (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
35% 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
60% 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
90% 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
66% 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
59% 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
75% 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
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