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.

David Keyes's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 53% Minions (2015) "An idea is only as good as its execution, and after spending three sessions with these characters, one is left with the speculation that some ideas, perhaps, would have been better left as part of a rough draft on the printed page. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 31, 2015
1.5/4 18% Pixels (2015) "Though it ought to have inspired something tremendously amusing, the movie functions like a rally of egos down at the story conference workshop. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 28, 2015
3/4 95% Spy (2015) "This isn't one of those run-of-the-mill sitcoms stretched to an unendurable length, but a very sharp and pointed espionage romp that allows its ensemble of actors to deliver the material with a fresh sense of gusto. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 28, 2015
4/4 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) "In a time when the cynicism of the real world often mandates the tone of our films, here is one that acknowledges it all with unwavering joy. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 13, 2015
4/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "A smart, sophisticated and perplexing blend of wisdom and attitude that takes bold risks, sneers at convention and then still has enough audacity to rewrite the history books for one last daring climax. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 10, 2015
3.5/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "A stirring little piece of psychological drama in which all the optimism and joyful human interactions have been stripped away, leaving behind only the negative extremes. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 27, 2015
4/4 98% Inside Out (2015) "It isn't just a wonderful family entertainment, but a warm and creative embrace of the quirks that make us who we are day after day. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 20, 2015
4/4 89% Zodiac (2007) "Among a plethora of skillful thrillers about repeat offenders in the realm of mass murder, David Fincher's wonderful film has easily become the benchmark of the modern era. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4/4 78% Philadelphia (1993) "Jonathan Demme's thoughtful human drama was certainly not the first movie to confront the AIDS crisis, but it was, even in the conventional skin of a courtroom drama, the most heartbreaking and passionate undertaking of its kind. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 14, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "A very self-aware blockbuster that uses its core values for a greater good, which is to deliver a lightweight story in the skin of a very skillful science fiction creature feature. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 11, 2015
2.5/4 18% Poltergeist III (2010) "Among the well-known of legendary bad movies, Poltergeist III is a sequel with more scope and perspective than most. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Mad Max: Fury Road possesses the most elusive of cinematic virtues: it fits no mold other than its own. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 31, 2015
4/4 86% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) "It magnetizes us through profound degrees of mystery, psychology, dramatic intensity and perceptive dialogue, and then still retains enough power after the closing credits to leave us in thoughtful contemplation of its more cerebral perspectives. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 27, 2015
2/4 37% Poltergeist II: The Other Side "Here is a film that offers a few shining moments of inspiration and then does exactly what the audience expects it to: throws it all away in a mad dash of conventional exchanges between characters that undercut the purpose of their struggles. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 27, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "It has color, great delivery, amusing interludes, a cohesive story, and a payoff that doesn't betray the sensibilities of its direction. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 24, 2015
1.5/4 33% Poltergeist (2015) " As far as exterior circumstances go, one wonders if the most tragic sacrifice was supplying this material with voices too passive to suggest something a little less derivative. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 23, 2015
3.5/4 93% No Country for Old Men (2007) "One of the most thoughtful and startling snapshots of the human condition of the last ten years. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 17, 2015
4/4 89% Moon (2009) "A cue to the responsibility of filmmakers in a time when most seldom trust their audiences to think about answers, and asks questions that paralyze us in intricate fascination long after the final shot has left an imprint. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 9, 2015
0/4 6% Chaos (2005) "A worthless and hateful celebration of evil that not only delves into excessive cruelty, but has the insolence to frame it all within the perspective of a pretentious moral obligation. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 6, 2015
2.5/4 86% Willow Creek (2014) "Enthusiasts of the simplicity of the original "Blair Witch" picture will admire that it falls well within the tradition of keeping things low-tech. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 6, 2015
3.5/4 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Here is a movie that regards people with sympathetic gazes rather than details, fully aware how all things will pan out but fascinated enough by the inner-workings of flawed psyches to keep our eyes watching on in sobering deliberation. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 27, 2015
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 of 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 31% 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 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "This isn't a journey, it's a funeral procession. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 28, 2015
4/4 94% 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 52% 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 92% 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
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