For 48 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 83% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 15% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave White's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 95 Toni Erdmann
Lowest review score: 30 Nine Lives
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
48 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Dave White
    The approximately 270-minute running time becomes a hushed demand for the viewer to sit with historical cruelty and listen as its victims teach to the future, its effect a cumulative cry of warning for today.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Dave White
    As a document of a special creation, Maria by Callas is very nearly enough, thanks in no small part to that generous helping of footage where she fulfills that very destiny. It’s a powerful reminder that private walls can stay put when she’s singing Bellini’s “Casta diva,” that the music is more than enough, that we can let the mystery be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dave White
    Tea With the Dames, from director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”), is as cozy and satisfying as its title suggests.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Dave White
    Subject matter alone makes Pick of the Litter, if not especially memorable, a gently lovable outing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Dave White
    It’s Dyrholm’s performance that anchors everything.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Dave White
    McQueen is formally traditional, and guided by a respectful approach to a complicated man. It’s lovingly told, even as it refuses to gloss over ugliness.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Dave White
    The major problem with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — the fifth installment in this dinosaur series, and the second of a prospective trilogy — is that the makers treat the action and suspense sequences in the way most of us go to the dentist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    What Whannell wants most to do is torment and eventually pulverize most of the people in his narrative orbit and make you laugh while he does so.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    It’s a life — and now a film about a life — built from disparate strands of experience, but one that makes sense exactly because she is Grace Jones, and being Grace Jones means synthesizing Grace Jones from all available material.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Dave White
    As handsomely mounted, TV-movie-quality cinema goes, “Light in Darkness” is at once the best looking, most coherent, and least histrionic of the franchise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Dave White
    This is filmmaking that demands to be noticed, if not always trusted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    A Ciambra is intimate and documentary-like, approaching and then backing away from larger issues of marginalized and immigrant communities, showing rather than preaching, and most importantly, prioritizing Pio’s adolescent face and the way his eyes scrutinize his surroundings as they constantly look for opportunity, weak spots to break through.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Dave White
    Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle is the Christmas tentpole release that aims to please and succeeds, a funny family entertainment product that subverts more expectations than it was obligated to contractually.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Dave White
    Same Kind of Different as Me works more effectively when its talented cast is given freedom to engage on an interpersonal level and its various political subtexts are sidelined.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Dave White
    A wonderfully humane, funny, and moving chapter in Varda’s documentary phase.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Dave White
    The Mulleavys have what it takes to continue in film if they decide to pursue this path, with a firm, confident hold on light, texture, color, mood, sound, and physical space. So if Woodshock is, ultimately, unsatisfying, it’s not because they haven’t put in the time to immerse you in their obsessions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Dave White
    If the film had simply been the man talking about his cultural influences, that would have been enough, a survey in beauty from a man who knows how to translate that ineffable idea into a shoe that sprouts feathers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 65 Dave White
    For the millions of true believers out there, however...the film provides a blissfully melancholy roll call of pleasures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Dave White
    The filmmaker’s outsize, and sometimes unnerving, stylistic choices jump into the frame and vanish just as quickly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    It Comes at Night is not a horror film, though it is horrifying, mining the depths of paranoia and fear when unknown forces intrude on domesticity and create desperate rats out of otherwise reasonable human beings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dave White
    Whatever nuance existed in the original novel, whatever detail regarding the complicated emotional existence of actual human beings, is reduced here to not-quite-suspenseful-enough plot points and an impossible forbidden romance that makes almost no sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Dave White
    A respectful, reserved, and charming documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dave White
    Diaz has made an epic-length small film about the powerless, one full of moral urgency that he chooses to elongate and slow down to a crawl. It’s a quiet consideration of grief and mercy, of control taken and freely given up.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 65 Dave White
    Framed like a phantom in black shadow and silvery silhouette by legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff”), Heigl slices through this silly little universe, consumed with her mission, bigger than all of it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Dave White
    Layered images, un-erased pencil strokes, odd color blocking, jagged edges, heavy lines, painted frames with visible brush strokes, juxtapositions of marker, crayon, and charcoal, collage techniques, photographic effects, a set of psychedelic human lungs: this is is low-budget ambition firing on all cylinders.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Dave White
    Brought to life on screen, Wilson is a fractured, heartsick, funny adventure in mundane misery.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dave White
    The failure of Catfight lies not with the leads, then, but with wasted opportunity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Dave White
    “Girl” might be the most inadvertently appropriate analog to life in 2017’s increasingly unstable world, by suggesting that it may very well become necessary to co-exist with ongoing terror, especially if the only other option is walking directly into the path of a flesh-eating pack.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    Kim’s not interested in tidy resolution, and has a strong affinity for missed connections between people who know each other very well. That’s the greatest strength of Lovesong.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dave White
    Their initial meeting, as orgiastic as it can possibly be, is shot by first-time cinematographer Manuel Marmier without pornography’s genitalia-focused aesthetic tropes, and with as much intimate and magical lighting as any old-fashioned musical sequence.

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