Dave Kehr Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dave Kehr

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% The Shout (1979) [The Shout] is shrewd, imaginative moviemaking.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
100% El Dorado (1967) A very funny, very moving work, graced by the cinema's cleanest, most classical style. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Fort Apache (1948) The nonlinear narrative, with its infinite digressions and asides, is designed less to tell a story than to present a world-a world dense in physical detail and fraught with moral challenges.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
80% Duel in the Sun (1946) There's no doubt that it goes too far in almost every direction-but that touch of obsession is exactly what saves‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/4 62% Home Alone (1990) Home Alone seems to be nominating itself as a Christmas classic [and] the film does go some way toward getting the job done. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
96% Touch of Evil (1958) Made in 1958, it was Orson Welles's last Hollywood film, and in it he makes transcendent use of the American technology his genius throve on; never again would his resources be so rich or his imagination so fiendishly baroque. ‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 No Score Yet Talking to Strangers (1988) Talking to Strangers makes no attempt to cozy up to its audience, to provide the comfort of conventional values or a guided, linear narrative form. It`s a confrontational film.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
3/4 59% Nothing in Common (1986) It`s hard not to respect the kind of professionalism on display. ‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
90% Gallipoli (1981) Classy and lifeless.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
No Score Yet All Screwed Up (1974) [A] tiresome Lina Wertmüller comedy.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3.5/4 90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) Devoid of sentimentality, self-satisfaction and subconscious sexiness, A Short Film about Killing has the coolness and rigor of a mathematical proof. Yet few films have cried more passionately and articulately against the cycle of human violence. ‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
49% King Kong (1976) It's madness to try to remake a myth, but even so, John Guillermin's jokey, low-camp film seems awfully inadequate.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
2/4 87% Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle Erobreren) (1988) The chilly, oppressive Danish film Pelle the Conqueror has only one artistic aim: to wrench as much pity as possible from its audience.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
3.5/4 48% The 'Burbs (1989) The 'Burbs doesnit quite go the distance, but for most of its length it is a superbly inventive, insightful and funny black comedy.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2017
3/4 89% The Color of Money (1986) It is a surprise, and a disappointment.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
3/4 95% Cold Fever (1996) The film has an engagingly hip sensibility that never descends into snobbery and an underlying seriousness that lends a touch of poetry to the self-consciously bizarre proceedings.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/4 71% Empire of the Sun (1987) Empire of the Sun wants very badly to be a great film, though as Steven Spielberg really ought to know by now, wishing doesn't make it so.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) A former art director, Fuest gives the film a preposterously lush, Ken Russell-ish look. Highly enjoyable.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
2/4 98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) It's a film that functions on curiosity rather than real interest (given the fact that the characters are thinly drawn and largely unsympathetic), yet in the end punishes the audience for wanting to have its questions answered.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) This 1946 film is one of [Siodmak's] least interesting.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
100% Bluebeard (1944) Edgar G. Ulmer somehow managed to transform the absurd limitations of the scripts, budgets, and actors he was given to work with into a mad aesthetic principle.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
90% The Magnificent Seven (1960) What was wonderful in the Kurosawa film -- the recruiting and training of the mercenaries -- is just dead time here.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 93% Howards End (1992) Howards End provides more than enough in the way of production values-impeccable set decoration, elaborate costumes, beautiful locations and exquisite cinematography-to keep its primary audience entertained.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 83% Jerry Maguire (1996) Zellweger's rumpled, anti-star quality plays in perfect contrast to Preston's buff and polish. She redeems Jerry Maguire and Tom Cruise, too by making him human again.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
71% Black Sunday (1977) Violence (more than 30 on-screen deaths) makes a poor substitute for suspense, while sloppy, rear projection work drains most of the excitement from the climax.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 45% Everybody's All-American (1988) The characters are simply postulated, given whole, from the start; there`s no depth or development in the performances; and each scene exists only to make a single plot point.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
3.5/4 87% Sid and Nancy (1986) This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/4 54% Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) Bill and Ted have a guileless, immediate way of dealing with the world that makes them both very likeable and highly entertaining to watch.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
91% The Sugarland Express (1974) The pace falters near the end, but overall this is a brilliantly calculated audience pleaser.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 85% Sign o' the Times (1987) The utopian rocker, whose manner and music promise a blissful, dreamy union of the races and the sexes, doesn`t need a story line to communicate his meanings, which remain by pop standards unusually complex and considered.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
68% Purple Rain (1984) Prince's 1984 movie debut seems more like his deification, with an aggressively stupid plot line that serves only to set him up as a paragon of artistic integrity, sexual prowess, and superhuman sensitivity.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
55% Jungle Book (1942) It's a formless, often dull time, but the verdant Technicolor (shot by Lee Garmes) gives it a nice gloss.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
50% Privilege (1967) Peter Watkins's hysterical vision of rock and roll fascism was timely in 1967, though it now seems too much a stern warning to youth to be taken seriously.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2016
100% Ordet (The Word) (1954) The film is extremely sensual in its spareness, a paradox always at the center of Dreyer's work.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2016
78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) Sternberg's universe is a realm of textures, shadows, and surfaces, which merge and separate in an erotic dance.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2016
71% Murphy's Romance (1985) The picture just lumbers along, lightly propelled by a series of contrived conflicts ... and anecdotal observations that don't add up to much.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
87% Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935) Nazis or no, two hours of marching and speechifying is pretty damn dull; maybe this is what they mean by "the banality of evil."‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/4 60% Happy Gilmore (1996) The comedy is never more than sudden, outsized explosions of violence from the otherwise placid, childlike Happy. But director Dugan maximizes the laughs through careful timing and counterpoint.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
3/4 78% GoldenEye (1995) Under the direction of Martin Campbell, GoldenEye is a film that respects its predecessors. No new heights are scaled here, but it's nevertheless a handsome, well-engineered film that gets the job done.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2015
3/4 71% The Living Daylights (1987) In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2015
64% Topaz (1969) Few directors are capable of this kind of structural experimentation so late in their careers, and Hitchcock deserves much credit for his audacity.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2015
No Score Yet Illusion Travels by Streetcar (La Ilusion viaja en tranvia) (1954) Not a great Buñuel, but it has a certain warmth that his other films often lack -- to say the least.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
75% Used Cars (1980) Most of the time, I didn't know whether to laugh or shudder, and I ended up doing a lot of both.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
3/4 93% Salaam Bombay! (1988) Much to Nair`s credit, she exploits neither the exoticism of her locale (there are no tour-guide, look-at-this flourishes) nor the misery of her subjects (suffer they may, but they do not demand pity).‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2015
3/4 81% A Dry White Season (1989) This is filmmaking meant to engage the heart -- and other visceral organs -- more than the mind; its effects are simple, broad and directly put.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
80% Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) The themes are female friendship and a woman's fulfillment, and it is one of Arzner's most coherent and accomplished films.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/4 91% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) This is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature.‐ New York Daily News
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
32% Grease 2 (1982) I don't mean to deny the self-evident second-rateness of the project, just to suggest that it's preferable to the third-rateness that has become the norm in the genre.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2015
91% The Dirty Dozen (1967) Robert Aldrich dissects the underlying ideas with just enough craft and thoughtfulness to make the implications of this gritty 1966 war drama unsettling in not entirely constructive ways.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
50% La Luna (1979) Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained.‐ Chicago Reader
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2015