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. Ben Polkinghorne 98.3%  
 2. Scott Kelly 98.3%  
 3. Andy Clough 97.0%  
 4. Richard McGrann 97.0%  
 5. Francesca van Haverbeke 91.3%  
 6. Florence Poppy Deary 91.3%  
 7. Jim Hilson 90.8%  
 8. Jack Snell 90.8%  
 9. Joe Lovett 90.8%  
 10. Andy Parkman 89.3%  
 11. Joe de Souza 89.2%  
 12. Juan Sevilla 89.2%  
 13. Scott Taylor 88.7%  
 14. Andy Shrubsole 88.7%  
 15. Toby Allen 88.5%  
 16. Jamie Starbuck 88.3%  
 17. Eoin McLaughlin 88.3%  
 18. Paul Knott 88.3%  
 19. Prabs Wignarajah 88.3%  
 20. Tim Vance 88.1%  
 21. Matt Searle 88.0%  
 22. Olly Wood 88.0%  
 23. Hollie Walker 87.9%  
 24. Nicholas Hulley 87.5%  
 25. Nadja Lossgott 87.5%  

Five Star Work
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J P Wiser's
"The Beat"
30 Jun 2022
Garage music takes on meaning thanks to this well-choreographed J P Wiser's commercial from Canada. Ready to decompress after a hard day's work, a mechanic hears Fatboy Slim's 'Praise You' on the radio. This means it's time to punch out and rock out in that order.

Humane Society International
"Save Ralph"
3 mins 54s
29 Jun 2022
Taika Waititi provides the voice of Ralph the rabbit in this poignant film for the Humane Society International. The piece strikes a bittersweet tone from the start, as Ralph attempts to stay upbeat about his job as an animal tester despite already being deaf in one ear, blind in one eye, and covered in chemical burns.

Royal Navy
29 Jun 2022
Royal Navy’s latest ad to attract new recruits proficiently demonstrates what they have to offer and compares it to the average 9-5 office job. The office manager's clichéd and predictable quotes, "Every day is different" and "our new piece of kit" take on a whole new and literal meaning in the Royal Navy context as the action-packed visuals jammed into this 60” ad illustrate.

29 Jun 2022
The tried-and-tested 'owner dragged by dog' gag still works when it's done right. Cue this 30" spot for Petco, which sees Greg taken for a walk by his Labrador Retriever... if a walk means pulled along the ground through dog flaps and flower beds.

Amnesty International
"The Land of the Unfree"
1 min 37s
29 Jun 2022
After the US Supreme Court overturned women's constitutional right to abortion, Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves (a man) said: "This decision will directly result in more hearts beating, more strollers pushed, more report cards given, more little league games played, and more lives well lived. It is a joyous day!"

27 Jun 2022
4hero's ubiquitous cover of 'Les Fleur' provides the soundtrack to this lofty Neds commercial. When the protagonist wins $105 on the advertised betting site, his excitement launches him through the ceiling into the flat above. After an awkward pit stop, he continues his journey up a bookmaker's stab at architecture.

Channel 4
"Proud All Over"
24 Jun 2022
Size doesn't matter to Channel 4 when it comes to their new campaign for Pride month. The long-time supporters are celebrating Pride's fifty years of championing LGBT lives by setting up events in more remote areas of the country - making an effort to ensure fewer people have to trek to a big city to take part in their community.

UN Women Australia
"Equality: Our Final Frontier"
25 Jun 2022
UN Women Australia has torn up the rule book and decided that waiting another hundred years for a 50/50 planet is too long. Instead, they are working towards a 2030 deadline for gender equality... a highly ambitious target at the current rate of change as this clever animated commercial perfectly illustrates.

"The Numbers Game"
25 Jun 2022
Some of the Santander films featuring Ant and Dec have seemed more like commercials for the rival bank apparently run by the lovable Geordie duo, but not this time. While some of the scripts have accentuated the TV presenters' charming personas, this one depicts them as genuinely irritating and disruptive, and it's all the better for it.

National Lottery
"The Chase"
2 mins
25 Jun 2022
The National Lottery has adjusted its approach a few times over the years, but seldom has it aimed to make purchasing a ticket seem as much fun as it does here. Well, strictly speaking, this isn't about buying a ticket, it's about a big win... and then jeopardising the triumph by failing to keep hold of the ticket.

"Neonatal Nurses"
25 Jun 2022
The frankness of this recruitment film for the NHS is astounding. Rather than sugarcoat the experience of being a neonatal nurse, this film confronts the viewer with the immensely challenging reality of the role. By doing so, it must usefully filter out those with a more romantic notion of caring for premature babies.

Sony PlayStation
"PlayStation Plus"
2 mins 18s
22 Jun 2022
Easter eggs abound in this spot for PlayStation Plus, Sony’s equivalent to Xbox Game Pass. The protagonist, Mr Malcolm, is a man who tips his waitress, greets people on the street, and buys steak from the local butcher. So far, so humble. But the contents of Malcolm's house are anything but ordinary.

"Wooing Jeff"
23 Jun 2022
There's a superb brand of humour we've come to associate with New Zealand over the years, and as you can see from this TVNZ commercial, it's something director Damien Shatford can deliver in spades. One of three droll ads for the broadcaster, this instalment takes place on a dark and stormy night.

"Suicidal Doesn't Always Look Suicidal"
21 Jun 2022
The advertising industry isn't always at its best when it turns its attention to serious matters, but when it gets it right, the impact can be truly astounding, and this film addressing the immensely difficult issue of suicide deserves a huge amount of praise for the sensitive and compassionate manner with which it has been made.

20 Jun 2022
This 30" ad puts the spite in Sprite, as a woman bristles at the man at the front of a queue who's forgotten an item. Viewers who pride themselves on efficiency and accuracy when shopping will understand her frustration, especially when a headset-wearing chump is to blame.

"The Reluctant Sea Shanty"
1 min 35s
20 Jun 2022
Pandemic isolation left many craving human contact, so it's perhaps no surprise that the communal singing style of sea shanties had a wild resurgence in popularity. Nathan Evans - with his viral rendition of 'Wellerman' - led the charge, and he's using his fame for good with this commercial for the UNCHR.

The Undeclared War
"Emergency Broadcast"
1 min 40s
10 Jun 2022
Channel 4's new techno-thriller, The Undeclared War, revealed itself with a pseudo-breaking news segment starring Adrian Lester and Simon Pegg—two of the most recognisable actors on UK television. Even so, the stunt triggered some odd reactions from 'panicked' viewers.

19 Jun 2022
Last year, Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the US, become an official public holiday in America. MTV has marked the 2022 iteration with this excellent film which, in line with the music channel's recently implemented strategy of working with creators from a particular community when the messaging relates to that community, was directed by Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah.

"A Mountain of Entertainment"
1 min 55s
20 Jun 2022
Paramount promise "a mountain of entertainment" with their new streaming service, Paramount+. Ironically, the cost of living crisis means the brand also have a mountain to climb. Given how many customers have cancelled subscriptions for the likes of Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime in 2022, is this the best time to launch yet another streaming service? This two-minute ad from New Commercial Arts and directors Los Pérez thinks so.

Espolon Tequila
"Hecho a Mano"
17 Jun 2022
This gorgeous ad for Espolón Blanco tequila would also work as a hand cream commercial. The narrator recalls his father's scarred hands, "knuckles darkened with dust" after countless hours spent working agave fields teeming with spikes and stubborn leaves. Of course, this is only step one of the process.

Just Egg
16 Jun 2022
This Just Egg commercial may be the easiest gig of Jake Gyllenhaal's career. Some of the actor's roles have required him to lose thirty pounds (Nightcrawler), undergo police training (End of Watch) or transform himself into a light-heavyweight boxer (Southpaw)—this one asks him to eat scrambled eggs.

2 mins 24s
15 Jun 2022
Millions of refugees have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, and even those who made it out of the country safely are likely to suffer the impacts of war for a lifetime. This powerful film from UNCHR and director Andzej Gavriss reminds viewers that there's a very real mental as well as physical fight going on.

14 Jun 2022
Three over excited employees use every opportunity they get to talk about Autodesk’s cloud-based design and manufacturing app in this hilarious commercial. They’re a force to be reckoned with, unstoppable in their enthusiasm! They talk the ear off anyone who happens to share their space, plug the message to the unimpressed wife, write app inspired songs and even introduce the concept out into the wild!

15 Jun 2022
Tired? Weary? About to make your nth cup of coffee today? This Decathlon ad will make you feel a whole lot worse. Shot by Diego Santana Claudino and Guto Azevedo (aka Salsa), the film argues that children are "possibly the only human beings on Earth that never get tired." Cue nods of recognition/resignation from parents everywhere.

Swiss Tourism
15 Jun 2022
Forgot roadworks, car horns, and screaming children—the loudest thing people must endure is often the voice inside their head. Heinous rather than helpful, Ivano's voice reels off tasks and obligations 24/7: "I need to do my laundry, put away my laundry, call my grandmother", et cetera. He also needs to fill the three boxes that have somehow survived multiple moves.

Five Star Work
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