David Reviews

 "You're not an artist, Peggy. You solve problems." Don Draper.

These scores are compiled from a combination of our in-house rating system and user ratings. Only UK work from the last two years is considered.
 1. Rupert Reynolds-Maclean 90.9%  
 2. Charlie Phillips 90.4%  
 3. Debbie Ninnis 90.3%  
 4. Samantha Chitty 90.3%  
 5. Kwok Yau 90.1%  
 6. Holly Vega 90.1%  
 7. Hanna Bayatti 89.9%  
 8. Fergus Brown 89.6%  
 9. Archie Johnston Stewart 89.4%  
 10. Benji Howell 89.4%  
 11. Lucy Gossage 89.1%  
 12. Simon Monhemius 88.8%  
 13. Peter Knowles 88.8%  
 14. Lindsay Turnham 88.6%  
 15. Sam Chitty 88.5%  
 16. Siobhan Murphy 87.7%  
 17. Tracey Cooper 87.3%  
 18. Lauren Highman 87.2%  
 19. Phil Barnes 86.7%  
 20. Theo Hue Williams 86.5%  
 21. Emma Butterworth 86.3%  
 22. Simon Cooper 86.3%  
 23. Myles Payne 86.0%  
 24. Neil Andrews 86.0%  
 25. Polly Ruskin 85.8%  

Five Star Work
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"Birthday Party"
12 Jul 2024
This McDonald's commercial, made in 2024, is set in the 1980s, though the UK got its first Maccy D's in 1974. With us so far? Good. You are now ready to attend a birthday party where kids dance to 'Know How' by Young MC. 'Bust a Move' would have been too obvious or just too damn '80s.

Channel 4
"Considering What? (with Audio Description)"
2 mins 20s
11 Jul 2024
There cannot be a greater challenge faced by any creative department in the world than that faced by 4Creative every four years when it's time to create a new trailer for the Paralympics. This is the fourth instalment since the audacious debut film of 2012 introduced the Superhumans, and – despite everything achieved by its earliest predecessor – it represents a significant rejection of its message.

"Because They Can't"
11 Jul 2024
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) know what nature can and cannot do. It can soothe, inspire, and enrich people—it cannot fight back when people destroy habitats, poison rivers, and dump waste in the countryside. Yet the animals in this excellent stop-motion campaign have other ideas.

"And That’s Why We Use... (DC)"
1 min 50s
9 Jul 2024
This director's cut of a commercial for HubSpot previously featured at DAVID, is a much more expansive exploration of the original idea, and is all the better for it. At almost four times the run length of the client version, you might expect it to be self-indulgent, but it uses its canvas wisely and there is not an ounce of fat on it.

St Germain
"Sophie Turner"
10 Jul 2024
When you see how ads are over-complicated these days, it's refreshing to be reminded how much can be achieved with an exotic location, a slyly witty script and a sparkling central performance. This commercial for St Germain Hugo Spritz is a perfectly compiled piece of silliness, and every element is designed to capture and hold the viewer's attention.

"Athletes in the Making"
9 Jul 2024
This AAMI (Australian Associated Motor Insurers) spot is all about the next generation of athletes—kids who swim in the bath, chuck a frisbee like a discus, or turn a broom handle and forty pounds of kitty litter into a barbell. Practice makes perfect, but it also makes a hell of a mess.

8 Jul 2024
This AA commercial from agency The Gate and directors Si&Ad is ropey in the best way possible. Shot in black-and-white, the ad sees a motorist distracted by something up ahead late at night. He bumps into the car in front as a result, but that is the least of his concerns.

BlueForge Alliance
"Built to Last"
1 min 50s
1 Jul 2024
During World War II, American women were told that "we can do it" in a poster which depicted the iconic Rosie the Riveter, and in this film reminding women of 2024 that there are alternatives to the multi-gig lifestyle endured by so many, Rosie has been brought back to life by director Nick Ball, and put through her paces to illuminate this modern hardship.

2 mins 48s
1 Jul 2024
You know Lisa from BLACKPINK is a rock star because she can shut down two of the busiest thoroughfares in Bangkok, Thailand to shoot a music video. DAVID also tried to close Yaowarat Road and Phetchaburi Road once, but that’s a story for another day.

"That SKy Feeling"
27 Jun 2024
Andrew Garfield is all in in this charming commercial for Sky which introduces an advertising idea that could run and run. It's a variation on the 'If Carlsberg made...' notion which formed the backbone of a long-running campaign, and continues with the already established idea of how everything falls neatly into place with Sky.

Pure Leaf
"Tea Break"
27 Jun 2024
Lindsay Lohan inspires her colleagues with a rousing speech about the need to take a proper break in this entertaining commercial for Pure Leaf tea. With bottle in hand, Lohan amiably challenges the assorted oddballs to join her in stepping away from the habits which keep them from having a proper rest from everything.

2 mins 03s
26 Jun 2024
Anyone who has stirred in the middle of the night because of an anxiety dream about incomplete admin will find the sequence of events in this darkly funny commercial extremely relatable. Director Ian Pons Jewell slyly leaves the viewer puzzled as events unfold, and the intrigue rises and rises until the reveal.

Triple the Vote
"Triple the Vote"
1 min 41s
25 Jun 2024
Fed up of party political broadcasts already? Then maybe this plug for triple-voting will help. Directed by Abigail Wilson (she also stars as a woman who refuses to pay £14.50 for a sausage roll and two coffees), the ad darts between four young voters sick to the back teeth of a country out of whack.

AT & T
"Epic Bad Golf Day"
25 Jun 2024
There are bad rounds of golf and there are bad rounds of golf—this AT&T spot features one of the latter. The unfortunate golfer is not DAVID for once, but Ben Stiller, who starred in 'Happy Gilmore' with Adam Sandler but never hit a ball in anger. Now we know why.

Riyadh Season
"The Spectator"
2 mins 45s
20 Jun 2024
Want to feel old? Then let this plug for Tyson Fury versus Oleksandr Usyk take you back to November 13, 1999. The protagonist remembers it like it was yesterday. Why? Because it was the night Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in a rematch to end all rematches.

19 Jun 2024
Every World Cup, every European Championship, every Nations League (that one might be a stretch), a particular sort of fan appears. The kind that not only supports the team, but wears the team. Replica shirt? Check. Face paint? Check. Novelty hat? Check. Air horn? Double-check. Suffice it to say, they attract attention wherever they go.

"Kango Kian"
18 Jun 2024
Vanessa Carlton provides the soundtrack to this Irish Three commercial from agency Boys+Girls and director Nick Roney. Protagonist Kian may be the happiest fibre installation engineer on the planet with his pneumatic drill and lack of supervision. Carlton would walk a thousand miles, but Kian would drill it.

"Awaken Your Madness"
2 mins 22s
18 Jun 2024
Erling Haaland, Vinicius Junior, and Kylian Mbappe each have a screw loose. They train hard, work hard, and play harder than anyone else—Mbappe even talks to the ball ("Top left") like King Charles talks to plants. If Wimbledon were the Crazy Gang, this is the Crazy Trio.

INEOS Automotive
"Built for More"
17 Jun 2024
This fantastic commercial is an excellent reminder that the best car commercials do not advertise vehicles, but instead advertise drivers. It's not a question of whether the INEOS is worthy of you so much as whether you are worthy of the INEOS. At its best, this approach breaks through our natural tendency to stay with car brands we know and trust, and opens our minds to a new possibility.

"What a Time To Be a Live Sports Fan"
17 Jun 2024
According to this YouTube TV commercial, spectators have been missing big moments since the Stone Age. Sure enough, a caveman's view is blocked by tall-ass tribespeople—a boulder kick fan's worst nightmare. How about the Roman who gets knocked to the floor by an errant flail? Or the medieval nobleman blinded by a flag at a jousting tournament?

"Follow That Kea!"
17 Jun 2024
Stefan Hunt directs this madcap spot for outdoor brand Kathmandu. A bird puts the kea into kleptomaniac when, straight from the 'Untitled Goose Game' playbook, it steals a man's wallet and flies away. Some hikers would give up and let nature triumph, but not this one.

"Bring Your Wave"
17 Jun 2024
The longest Mexican wave on record took place at the 2019 Rocket League World Championship, where fans waved for over twenty seventy minutes. To promote Euro 2024 at Ladbrokes, agency Neverland and directors The Sacred Egg only have a minute or so to play with.

"Believe in Chicken"
1 min 50s
14 Jun 2024
On Mother London's watch, KFC have exhibited an astonishing willingness to draw attention to the animals used to create the food on offer at the fast food chain. It blasts right through the cognitive dissonance of the modern meat-eater, and it doesn't quite make sense that it works as well as it does.

"Hate. Not in My Shirt: England"
14 Jun 2024
One of two anti-hate commercials directed by Sam Aminzadeh for EE, this instalment focuses on England. Scored by 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' (geddit?), the ad drowns out the sort of vitriol that makes fans and players alike despair. Marcus Rashford may have missed out on a place in the England squad for the Euros, but the brand acknowledge his importance to the cause with a brief cameo.

Lemonade Dolls
"Swing It, Girls"
14 Jun 2024
"Our all-new technology prevents boob wobble." That's all comedian Jayde Adams before she goes off script in this Lemonade Dolls commercial. "Fuck it," she says, confident that the men have tuned out by now. Two unconscious crew members confirm the coast is clear.

Five Star Work
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