David Keyes

David Keyes
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Unpredictable and masterful.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
2.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star is Born is well-intentioned, but wants to play it far too safe for any of the good objectives to resonate.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1.5/4 57% The Grinch (2018) The concoction of overpaid simpletons who have opted for a more literal subtext and undermined the very spirit of the source in the process.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 37% Hunter Killer (2018) Far from being earth-shattering but competent enough to be worth a glance on a weekend matinee.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 28% Venom (2018) A movie that pushes any intellectual connotation warrants much more careful and precise technical values. Halfway through this film and I was ready to pop an ibuprofen.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Sharp and perceptive, unfiltered, confrontational, and driven by a deep dramatic current that sees reality without varnish or sanitation.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) At some point during the film, when my pessimism ought to have overwhelmed the occasion, I simply forgot I was an adult and descended freely into the material.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/4 95% We Are Still Here (2015) There is a skill working through the frames of director Ted Geoghegan's debut opus, providing us with enough allure and tension to more than make up for the maddening uncertainty.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
0/4 38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) All the dramatic cues are there, and many of the faces convey an eagerness that is admirable, but every simpering scene of false sincerity moves to the rhythm of some shallow after-school special.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/4 46% The Meg (2018) The movie is a long and absurd exercise in kitsch, without any high aims and even fewer incentives to inspire more than a passive glance.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Almost everyone involved here was working in the full scope of their abilities. Perhaps one day they can even collaborate on something with more than just a shoestring screenplay.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1/4 41% Rock of Ages (2012) One does not so much watch the movie as they stare on in maddening disbelief.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
2.5/4 83% Blockers (2018) A picture in the spirit of the early Farrelly brothers comedies, where a premise usually functioned as the glue holding together a mass of gross-outs.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
0.5/4 17% Father Figures (2017) A movie entirely without consequence, about people we don't care much for, a plot of impossible silliness, and situations that seem hauled through the grinder of exhausted mid-tempo farce.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
0.5/4 33% La casa sperduta nel parco (House on the Edge of the Park) (1985) What we are left with is a bunch of clueless faces standing around, submitting to the cause of a mistaken screenplay, and a director who has studied nothing of mood or context.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet The Initiation (1984) 107 minutes of witless nonsense, populated by performers who would look more at home in after-school specials, and filmmakers who ought to have been left stranded on the unemployment line.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
0/4 40% Maniac (1980) A loathsome exertion in perverse voyeurism.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
2/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The dinosaurs have ceased being sources of excitement and are now superficial showpieces in a plot that piles one ludicrous moment on top of another, without providing us much time to react or contemplate them.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/4 89% Hereditary (2018) The movie throbs with a relentless underlying terror that is frequently mystifying, sometimes aggravating, and almost always poised to keep the mind engaged in disquieting wonder.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3.5/4 81% Scream 2 (1997) A sharp collection of observations strung across two hours of bloodshed, intricate motives, pointed cultural references and nearly flawless examples of well-modulated tension.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/4 88% Annihilation (2018) Here is a movie so thoroughly realized, so utterly entrenched in the harrowing ordeals of its characters, that their struggles touch on the very nervous system of our need to endure.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
100% The Bridge (Die Brücke) (1959) One of the most confrontational war movies of its time. An act of profound audacity.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
93% Nashville (1975) To ponder Robert Altman's Nashville is not merely to examine a profoundly important movie, but to deal with the very birth of a filmic ideal.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
No Score Yet Voskhozhdeniye (The Ascent) (1978) A revelation. It calls to us from an unmitigated stasis that sees the act of war as the consequence of dangerous movements colliding inwards on each other.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
4/4 96% Vertigo (1958) Hitchcock's film is distinctive, above all else, because it is the only one in his long catalogue without a scornful mask separating the obsessions from the vulnerabilities, and into the frames he pours the living essence of his timeless panache.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 100% Images (1972) An experiment that embodied the bold risk of an emerging method of cinema, where a garden of new filmmakers was being driven by themes more than characters or story.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 57% Last Days (2005) A tremendously sad and unsettling film.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A marvelous film that is genuinely frightening, without the zeal or polish of a routine studio picture where all the scares are conducted to convention.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/4 74% The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Miller modulates the film from such a meticulous place that his fantasy develops with sincerity and humor, great underlying chemistry, and performances that inhabit the material rather than overplay it.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/4 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) The film works above standard because there is a powerful sadness motivating the characters.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
0.5/4 13% Geostorm (2017) A movie so bankrupt of ideas that it has the gall to masquerade as something more meaningful.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/4 33% Demon House (2018) Fashioned from a scorching creative eagerness that seems held back unnecessarily by a fear of visual or thematic excess.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/4 11% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) It's not a movie at all, but a sex toy with dialogue.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/4 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Yorgos Lanthimos has distanced himself from the mere notion of promising filmmakers and made "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a movie so strikingly perceptive that it moves him into the company of greater, more assured voices in the medium.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/4 88% The Post (2018) Here is a movie that is important for all the reasons you've undoubtedly heard about but is also something few of us could have expected: genuinely exciting.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3.5/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) At a deeper level it is a testament to the audacious power of pure elemental filmmaking.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) The sweet, charming "Lady Bird" is a love letter to the cinema of ambitious adolescents.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/4 99% Get Out (2017) Peele's parting thought is not to insist that we are destined to be slaves to the narrow thinking of others, but that we have a responsibility to remain cautious and vocal until such ideas have been destroyed. Get Out is an urgent call to that necessity.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) The movie leaves behind a profound afterthought, a feeling that we have just been roused by an idea that has not yet been spoken or discovered.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A sweet and loving film where the characters are less mindful of an outside response and more consumed by the amorous temptations they possess.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) A droll, listless experience of a movie, an exercise that functions only because it is made in the service of its actor, who is more than up to the challenge of conveying a seamless portrayal.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/4 96% The Florida Project (2017) Baker has made a movie that cuts out the melodrama of after-school specials and found the profound contemplation lurking underneath.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Here is one of the more pointed and thoughtful discoveries of the year.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) A rather perceptive little film about the creation - and eventual destruction - of an Olympic athlete.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/4 91% La La Land (2016) Ambitious, hopeful and loving... a celebration of musical culture.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Nearly every detail is lifted verbatim from the earlier picture, minus the finesse or joy. This is not a movie at all, it's an overzealous dress rehearsal.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
3/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A splendid entertainment, well-modulated by a steady directorial hand, and sincere in its depiction of individuals whose physical limits are meant to propel them towards wondrous - if suspenseful - adventures.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
2.5/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There is simply no joy in The Last Jedi. But all great legacies, I guess, are destined to fade.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2018
4/4 70% mother! (2017) In a climate where we are quick to diminish and disown artists for forcing their brutal honesty on audiences, "Mother!" is a challenge worth facing.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Breadwinner (2017) The movie throbs with a confidence that is as alarming as it is heart-wrenching.‐ Cinemaphile.org
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2017