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 76% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 69%

Candyman (1992)

"The goals of the picture never come into focus, usually because it is too busy bouncing between the methodical deviations of the villain and the silent absurdity of injustice." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

"Every scene, every exchange and delivery lacks finesse, and actors move through the motions of a choppy screenplay with all the charm of underachievers in an after-school special." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
2.5/4 42%

Prom Night (1980)

"As I came to the movie for the first time in a very recent marathon of classic horror pictures, I was baffled, aghast and left overcome with insurmountable eye-rolls. But I was never bored." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

The Entity (1982)

"This is a film that intends to travel added miles in convincing us of the power of supernatural dangers." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"There is no doubt that Alvarez has a knack for creating effective framing devices, and the movie is chock-full of good suspense." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 25%

Halloween (2007)

"Most filmmakers would simply amp up the visual assault for the sake of stirring the minds of desensitized viewers; Zombie is brave enough to depart from the source and take insightful back roads that consider the psychology of the subject." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"Malick's points are more enriching than the mere mutterings from a confused filmmaker. One might even say he understands more about this strange existence than he is willing to admit in front of a camera." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"There is a lot of good stuff going on here, not the least of which is a climax so well-orchestrated that it plays right into our urge to peak at the screen behind clenched fingers, arguably the greatest of litmus tests for fear-inducing journeys." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"A film of nourishing visual insights and visionary storytelling that inspires as thoroughly as it dazzles." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Sep 22, 2016
3.5/4 65%

Watchmen (2009)

"A remarkable film, in many respects." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Not a happy portrait of a figure unburdened by the hard edge of criticism; it is a sad retelling, showing a woman who used the stage as a means to silence the nagging alarms of her demise." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 31, 2016
3/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Funny, enjoyable and beaming with positive energy, and nowadays that's more than enough to warrant the excursion." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/4 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"One of the most profound filmmaking experiences of my lifetime." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Into The Abyss (2011)

"A mark of tremendous insight that plays like another notch in the social dashboard from which Werner Herzog continues to find his inspiration." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3.5/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"A film that is equally as good as the original: a tightly-wound, precise and frightening excursion into the shadowy odyssey of paranormal dangers." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/4 97%

Jaws (1975)

"Relentless and intense, with characters that are the accurate realizations of their behaviors and special effects that dwarf the limits of the time." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 17, 2016
3/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"A delivery of careful and well-modulated tension when it could have merely been another run-of-the-mill bloodbath with bad special effects." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 17, 2016
2/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Much of this sounds rather exciting and whimsical when you paint a portrait in a movie review, but replace the dogs and cats with inanimate childhood objects and what you basically have is Toy Story." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2.5/4 55%

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

"Represents the thumbprint of a filmmaker who is inspired enough by the injustice of the world around him to see it as a viable laboratory for film observation." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 11, 2016
2/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The screen becomes immediately occupied with the earlier survivors, but who wants to see them at all, especially when their entire existence has become a morose consideration of the past rather than a trod through steady recovery?" ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/4 64%

Black Christmas (1974)

"A well-made excursion into the bloody unknown, driven by characterization and modulated by a tone that knows when to amplify the scares and when to back away from them, usually at the service of a story with the morbid curiosity to investigate further." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/4 83%

The Reflecting Skin (1990)

"Moves with dreamlike confidence through a culvert of hard realities that are unflinching and insufferable, sometimes to the point of personal discomfort." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/4 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"A quirky menagerie of all the fundamental ingredients of a passable Pixar vehicle: adventure, complex plot situations, perceptive dialogue, tongue-in-cheek awareness, joy, charisma, likable characters and visuals that inspire wonder." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"The texture of the endeavor is more than enough to sell the attempt. These are images with some level of depth and distinction to them." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 22, 2016
4/4 94%

Room (2015)

"To call the movie one of the great human achievements of recent cinema does not begin to describe the power that lives within its gripping frames." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 21, 2016
1.5/4 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Sitting through this adaptation left me with the impression that I was watching nothing more than overproduced cosplay." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"A brilliant and methodical consideration of strange cultural standards as they are practiced to the desensitizing peak of lunacy." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 12, 2016
3/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"What it lacks in the pitch of liveliness it more than makes up for in character exposition and effective trickles of story progression." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 91%

The Wrong Man (1956)

"A sullen drama from the first scene until the last, anchored by rather sincere performances and conveyed in the sorts of shadows and silence that were the staples of mainstream film noir." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 30, 2016

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)

"With each new viewing I come away feelings as if I have peeled away another layer on the characters and their buried motives." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 24, 2016
3/4 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"Very entertaining, and a far tighter production than much of Marvel's recent output." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 16, 2016
4/4 80%

Seven (Se7en) (1995)

"For nearly every movie about a sadistic criminal that would come after, some part of us recalls the words of Detective Somerset, who may be one of the first men in mainstream cinema that dares to ask why we easily dismiss serial killers as lunatics." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 16, 2016
4/4 96%

Son of Saul (2015)

"A modern masterpiece, full of awe and pathos, and justly sworn to a cause that reveals more about ourselves than we might be willing to deal with in isolation." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 83%

Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

"A small vehicle, simple and altruistic, but it rises to joyous consistency because Field grips us with her dependable blend of quirks for nearly every frame she occupies space. " ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 10, 2016
0.5/4 13%

Town & Country (2000)

"Here is such a colossally bad film that there is little wonder in how it failed so catastrophically in the public eye." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted May 2, 2016
2/4 86%

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

"Revenge stories don't get a pass just because they are about revenge. If there is a genuine meaning to the legend of Benjamin Barker and what he must go through, poor Tim Burton is no closer to understanding it than his predecessors were." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"When it comes to creating faithful screen adaptations of famous novels all while adding something fresh to the perspective, the movie conquers the summit of those challenges. Just don't expect yourself to get any closer to finding a meaning to it all." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 25, 2016
3.5/4 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"Just as the movie moves into all the familiar movements of a final confrontation between captor and captive, a climax arrives that hits us like a tidal wave of ingenuity." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 17, 2016
4/4 76%

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

"One of the great movie spectacles of this generation, an undertaking of vast scope made all the more fascinating by how it transforms commonplace undercurrents into rich sensations for every frame it possesses the screen." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 12, 2016
1.5/4 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"The most expensive prank ever committed to film." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 6, 2016
2/4 68%

Hard Candy (2006)

"An exploitation of a set of themes rather than a thoughtful consideration of them, and celebrates their austere nature in a stampede of scenes that cause only surface discomfort." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 6, 2016
3/4 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"How refreshing it is to see an animated movie that takes the initiative to climb above the restrictions of its formula." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/4 80%

Little Children (2006)

"That a movie can inspire smirks in the same scene where a potential predator is seen scuba diving in the community swimming pool underneath hundreds of young children is one of the most notable feats of any modern motion picture." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3.5/4 25%

As Above, So Below (2014)

"I have seen dozens of these "queasy-cam" vehicles in my 18 years as a writer of film, and so few of them ever surpass the limitations of their technique. This is one that carves out a spot in the upper tiers." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 26, 2016
3.5/4 77%

Cloverfield (2008)

"The characters are fleshed out participants in the mayhem, not merely disposable vessels designed to stand in all the right places when buildings come crashing down." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 18, 2016

Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935)

"The movie is the embodiment of an evil and destructive philosophy, but it must remain accessible for both new filmmakers and students of history, especially if it inspires them to contemplate the moral limits of their respective fields." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 14, 2016
4/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"A stirring assessment of the right and wrong of our humanity in the volatile world of a changing newsroom." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 7, 2016
2/4 91%

The Witch (2016)

"A movie that looks great, builds immense atmosphere and then allows it all to putter out well before we are even close to reaching any significant momentum." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Mar 2, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet

Hide And Seek (2014)

"Not so much a study of characters as it is a simplified examination of behaviors, all of them too far out of context to be the source of any significant dramatic depth." ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 23, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Exactly the movie you expect out of this character, and, well, how awesome is that?" ‐ Cinemaphile.org
Posted Feb 18, 2016
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