David Keyes

David Keyes
""Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm." "People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.""

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 80% I Saw the Devil (2011) " As a living and breathing piece of cinema, it inhabits its beast in a manner that is arresting on the mind, and almost cringe-inducing to the eyes. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 20, 2015
3/4 100% Undocumented Executive " There is a certain sophistication to the characters, many of whom recognize their predicaments but wear them enthusiastically in the presence of an audience that would ordinarily dismiss them as victims of screwball intentions. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " A very thoughtful and bewildering drama about a man who was meant to do great things in a world that was not ready to accept his eccentricities. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Conspiracy (2001) " Watching it, I was paralyzed with a sense shame and disquiet. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 7, 2015
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Clich├ęd and predictable it may all be, there is no denying the infectious quality of pure optimism. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 2, 2015
0.5/4 63% Love Actually (2003) " Seldom have we seen such an extensive ensemble of talent in the movies yanked through the material like lambs on their way to a slaughter. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 31, 2015
4/4 100% Shadow of a Doubt (1943) " If the motives of filmmakers are revealed in the frames of their more obscure pictures, then 'Shadow of a Doubt' is a resounding testament to the power of Alfred Hitchcock's vast creative engine. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/4 96% The Birds (1963) " In the thick of an impeccable narrative that pays deep attention to all those involved, the great filmmaker manages to reach far inside the psychological chasm and find a rich inspiration. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 21, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Lambada (1990) " Some bad movies are simply bad because of incompetence or miscalculation; here is one that begins with the distinction of confusion and follows through with it until the last befuddling frame. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 17, 2015
3/4 19% My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) " Akroyd and Basinger give the film an infectious stroke of energy, and by the end we continue to smile even as we are exhausted under the weight of endless nonsense. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/4 30% Chappie (2015) " Too enthralled by the urgent rush of scenario to pause for the contemplation. It is one of those movies that reacts before it thinks. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 8, 2015
3/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " A celebration of the lost art of political incorrectness. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 3, 2015
1/4 14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) " This isn't a journey, it's a funeral procession. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/4 95% Whiplash (2014) " Utterly brilliant and intense. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 14, 2015
85% Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (2002) " All 87 minutes of the film consists of interviews, with no inclination to stage it beyond the words acting as reveals of insightful new information. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3.5/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " So well made and focused as an endurance test that our eyes refuse to turn away from the events, even as the movie drifts breezily through the material. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 31, 2015
2.5/4 13% W.E. (2012) " Does not end with any cohesive point, but as a study in style and technique it shows a woman enamored with the sensation of classic cinematic values. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/4 98% Boyhood (2014) " This is not only a great film, but an important landmark in how great films can be made. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 17, 2015
2/4 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " The plot uses the presence of the Greek gods as an indistinct outline to influence teenagers who are more interested in the prestige and glamor of their connection than the responsibility that comes with it. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/4 38% The Purge (2013) " An effective balance of mood and style, not overburdened by grotesque displays of violence but suggestive enough to create a space of believable bleakness that warrants our continued interest until the very last frame. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 8, 2015
1.5/4 53% The Interview (2014) " Like an amateur with a shotgun, the movie fires everything it can at the screen without ever hitting a target. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 3, 2015
2.5/4 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Into the Woods sulks under a deadening series of moments in which characters sit around contemplating their fates with morose undertones, often boring the audience to tears. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jan 1, 2015
92% White Dog (1982) " The central motive of the movie plays like a tragic melody. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 22, 2014
0.5/4 23% The Forbidden Dance (1990) " A film that defies all sense of merit by intercutting an endless array of pelvis gyrations and Latin-inspired grooves with a tone so inconsistent and downtrodden that it left me wincing in discomfort. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 16, 2014
3/4 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " As far as detached setups go, this is a movie that effectively rouses our suspicions into something of dogged interest. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/4 85% Gremlins (1984) " There is satire here: a sense of silly but thoughtful consideration on the Christmas traditions and how easily all the relatable facades crumble as a consequence of simple illusions being so easily shattered. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3.5/4 93% Birdman (2014) " To suggest that it had me eagerly leaning forward the whole time while feasting on its immeasurable details would be downplaying my enthusiasm. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Dec 4, 2014
4/4 98% A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) " Seeing the film reminds us instantly of our perennial desire to be swept up into a compelling story. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 29, 2014
2.5/4 19% Showgirls (1995) " It is a long, ambitious and shocking exercise that aims so high - and with such detached logic - that we are driven to watch on in the same manner that eyewitnesses watch on at a train wreck. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 24, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Not only surpasses its original but also brings with it the undeniable sense that yes, finally, all the maddening chaos and underlying pathos of this deeply political story has finally revealed an important subtext. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 23, 2014
1/4 41% Horns (2014) " There is a moment late in the picture where one almost envies the position of the deceased - because at least she has been provided some level of escape. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 15, 2014
4/4 68% The Goonies (1985) " Persists as one of the great fables of young adult cinema not merely because it's very skilled at what it does, but because it weaves that magic into the minds and hearts of kids that serve as identifiable facets of our universal journey towards maturity. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 13, 2014
0.5/4 29% Bad Johnson (2014) " The premise is a whopper of a bad idea, made all the more disheartening by the notion that someone thought highly enough of it to see it as a feasible outlet for movie comedy. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Here is a movie so brilliantly realized and exciting that its final act deserves far more than the traditional outlook of more recent studio cartoons. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 8, 2014
4/4 88% Gone Girl (2014) " Under the guidance of the remarkable David Fincher, this is one of those rare, elusive endeavors that contains nearly every important quality I cherish about moviemaking. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Nov 6, 2014
96% Peeping Tom (1960) " So many movies about the most depraved of life-takers also function as therapies for their audiences; this one makes us accessories to deplorable deeds, and rejects all opportunities to find relief from them. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 31, 2014
1.5/4 19% House of 1000 Corpses (2003) " Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses is a movie by a man without any sense of modulation. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/4 65% Mama (2013) " If horror movies can be regarded for their degree of effort, then here is one of the hardest-working of the recent past. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 26, 2014
0/4 9% Captivity (2007) " What a loathsome, reckless and sickening glimpse into madness this is. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 25, 2014
3.5/4 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) " Here is one of those rare movies that penetrates the membrane separating all those disposable "gotcha" scarefests from genuinely engrossing supernatural thrillers. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 22, 2014
3/4 54% Alien Resurrection (1997) " This is not a Hollywood space thriller at all, but an intergalactic fantasy driven by the same cheerfully eccentric impulses that have informed a myriad of high-spirited French filmmakers. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2009) " The movie thinks too diminutively of human intelligence, even by horror film standards. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 13, 2014
2/4 33% Burnt Offerings (1976) " One of those all-too-familiar movie rendezvous through the doldrums of horror mediocrity. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 12, 2014
3/4 80% The Thing (1982) " It personifies the definition of "popcorn entertainment" - that is, the kind of film that relishes the thrill of its many ambitious moments without seeking total transcendence. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 8, 2014
3.5/4 52% Devil (2010) " A taut, expert and engrossing thriller with sense of visual restraint that is refreshing in this age of abhorrent overexposure. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 7, 2014
2/4 49% The Hills Have Eyes (2006) " Falls into the trap of delivering its relentless arsenal of painful images with almost sedated enthusiasm. The movie has no venom. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2014
1/4 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " It replaces the fascinating context of Freddie Krueger's existence with a seemingly endless exercise in violence and unrelenting pain. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 5, 2014
1.5/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " A movie so utterly joyless that it makes all recent fantasies about young adults trapped in shattered worlds look like excursions through Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 30, 2014
3/4 95% Star Trek (2009) " For the first time in all my encounters with the Enterprise and the Federation, I actually cared about several of those important figures seated at the ship controls. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 28, 2014
1/4 71% Dirty Dancing (1987) " These are not characters, but objects of choreography used to push a thoughtless agenda of sound and movement. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 20, 2014
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