Dave Lee

Dave Lee
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film and pop culture enthusiast, reviewer and commentator from Australia. With a deep love for film from all walks of life, from modern Blockbusters to Classic Hollywood, Dave runs Dave Lee Down Under, where he delivers the latest movie coverage, while championing the classics of yesteryear. Dave is also devoted to continuing the stories of past animated classics - with a particular knowledge in the history of American animation.
Publications: Dave Lee Down Under

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 67% Godmothered (2020) A delightfully charming Christmas flick that throws back to Disney classics, with a tonne of heart, great humor and enchanting performances. Without a doubt (it) will become a Christmas favourite for years to come. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
3/5 45% Black Beauty (2020) A sweeping epic with an enormous heart... incredibly moving and whimsically charming... A slightly slow narrative keep this one from reaching its full potential, but its gorgeous cinematography and engaging performances make it a joy to watch. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 76% Clouds (2020) An incredibly touching story, told through the lense of a talented and authentic filmmaker. It's harrowing, raw and emotional - but also full of life, love and heart. Make sure to keep the tissues nearby because this one is an absolute rollercoaster. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 59% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) A fairly enjoyable flick that feels part Disney Channel / part CW superhero program. It sports great performances from its lead stars and is sure to be a huge hit with its younger demographic. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
4.5/5 74% Mulan (2020) A wonderful piece of filmmaking, with absolutely gorgeous choreography, elegant design, a euphoric score and impeccable cinematography... a respectful, traditional take on the tale quite easily makes this one of Disney's best remakes to date. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 100% Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (2020) An incredibly solid telemovie with a lot of charm and plenty of big laughs. Despite knowing pretty much nothing of the original series beforehand, I had an incredibly enjoyable time, and look forward to checking out the series when I get the chance. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) A tremendously charming and cinematic film, with great characters, wonderful performers and a touching, feel good adventure, that is marks above pretty much any movie Disney has relegated to the streamer so far. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
3/5 42% Magic Camp (2020) A charming and surprisingly enjoyable flick with a great heart and a decent story... It certainly isn't anything incredibly special, and sure, it's fairly predictable and schmaltzy, but the younger ones should have a good time. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
5/5 93% Howard (2020) This is a beautiful portrait of such a beautiful soul... [it's] a superbly crafted documentary... one that will shatter you into a million pieces before lifting you up by the power of the human spirit. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) A really really great movie [with] fantastic action set-pieces... great humour... heart... soul... [and] story - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Whacky, zany, irreverant, bombastic and totally over-the-top.... An absolute visual feast... A tonne of balls-to-the-wall, goofy fun... unashamedly a really good time... It is a joy, a delight, and a blast from beginning to end. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 87% Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) It's corny, it's cheesy but charming and funny. It's kind of like the Disney of old... It really does kind of remind me of the films that I grew up with as a kid, and I think I would've loved this had it come out like 20 years ago. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3.5/5 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) A film with gorgeous locations and cinematography, filled with plenty of family adventure, heart and soul... It's a really wonderful family film that the kids are certain to love... but it has plenty to offer the adults as well. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell puts a brilliant spin on this character that I've honestly felt has never been used to his full potential... It could quite possibly be the single best Universal Monster revival film we've ever had. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3.5/5 88% Onward (2020) A fantastic, original premise, but... I do feel like I've seen similar adventures from other studios... Regardless, with Pixar putting their own spin on it... you simply forgive its few flaws thanks to the heart and soul of the story and its characters. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 72% Stargirl (2020) A very nice, whoelly inoffensive little film with a really nice style, and fantastic performances... I really, really appreciate what this movie is trying to do, I just feel like I've seen it done way better numerous, numerous times before. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3.5/5 78% The Banker (2020) Not once did I lose interest or enjoyment in it, I just can't help but feel it could have been told better... A great, feel-good story and one that really does deserve to be told, inside a movie that does deserve to be watched. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 91% The Willoughbys (2020) An incredibly unique animated film and a pleasure to watch. For that alone, I implore all animation fans to check it out. Amongst the usual selection of generic flicks, this quirky adventure is totally worthy of your attention. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
3/5 67% Extraction (2020) An incredibly fun, exciting and action-packed Blockbuster, which I really enjoyed! It's everything we were promised... and not much else. But for a film like this, not much else is really needed... switch your brain off and have some mindless fun. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) A bland, unexciting family fantasy of the kind we've come to expect from Disney originals. It's completely devoid of charm, or any Disney magic... Disney made a wise decision to dump this on their streamer, where it certainly belongs. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
5/5 98% Hamilton (2020) A completely transformative experience. Not only because the Broadway show is an insanely good... maybe even perfect stage production, but because the filming of it is so fantastic as well. - Dave Lee Down Under EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020