David Berry

David Berry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

David Berry's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 96% Best Of Enemies (2015) "As an introduction to a pivotal moment in how the media frames politics, it's essential stuff: this is the moment when pundit culture was born. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/4 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "There's little comfort here, no easy way to reconcile anything. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2/4 70% Unexpected (2015) "It mostly fails to acutely capture the careful observations and shaggy, handmade structure that makes a movie still feel animated and close to the heart. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 55% Paper Towns (2015) "Following the mystery injects some welcome momentum into what's otherwise the standard laundry list of end-of-school projects, and Green does have a way with the mildly pathetic drama of geeky youth. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 76% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "It's all that talk that makes [Loach's] latest, Jimmy's Hall, more than just a particularly dour, Depression-era remake of Footloose. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
4/4 85% The Tribe (2015) "The Tribe builds to a revolution in your attention, forcing you to change not just how you watch the film but how you feel its characters, but director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky is sly enough to ease you in. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "There's plenty of space for cynicism in this bitter, cold world, but Batkid Begins makes a fine case for an authentically rare mass moment of everyone acting like a decent person. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
1/4 No Score Yet My Ex-Ex "Little about this script -- stuffed with dudebro jokes, wacky accents and "funny" rapping that would have seemed tired in the days of Sir Mix-a-Lot -- seems thought out beyond the premise. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
97% She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014) "This survey of second-wave feminism has considerably more verve than your standard talking-heads doc, thanks mostly to its engaging front-line fighters, most of whom are still animated with the fire of smashing the patriarchy. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/4 58% The Great Museum (2015) "You might be better served by taking your own long, slow walk through the scenes your local museum has set for you. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "It's a simpler experience, but then doesn't everyone (or everywoman) need a little mindless worship now and again? " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
1/4 19% 7 Minutes (2015) "There isn't a character here... who doesn't feel like a low-res scan of a shaky photocopy of a faded polaroid of a character in a better crime drama, none of which is helped by a plot that's too simple to generate tension even from its narrative tricks. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 89% Dope (2015) "It's not always a perfect movie, but it really knows what it feels like to be alive, and there's a good chance it will push you out the theatre door reverberating with its potent and particular energy. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 86% (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015) "A documentary that's interesting both as sociological study and as a bit of advice. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 5, 2015
2.5/4 90% Sunshine Superman (2015) "The two sides of the documentary more often exist alongside each other, rather than supporting them. Still, especially for people who aren't going to be throwing out chutes any time soon, it's a thrilling ride. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/4 32% Entourage (2015) "The overarching mood is self-congratulation, which no doubt helps the sugary medicine of lifestyle fantasy go down. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/4 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "Though it is shaggy and loose, Welcome to Me wants to confront us with how casually and confusingly we tend to treat mental illness, laughing in its face or vaguely romanticizing it or tightly stigmatizing it. " ‐ National Post
Posted May 22, 2015
3/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "Its overarching point is incisive. " ‐ National Post
Posted May 14, 2015
0/4 No Score Yet 88 "88 is so bafflingly convinced it has a breakneck pace and a rat's maze of twisting plots that it can't make it five minutes without flashing back to something that happened just moments ago. " ‐ National Post
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 50% Big Muddy (2015) "It dawdles and meanders a little too much in the getting there, but at least once Martha and Stan are in the same house, Big Muddy starts livening up its beat-up setting. " ‐ National Post
Posted May 7, 2015
1/4 No Score Yet Being Canadian "Cohen's not trying to do anything resembling a serious examination of the country, of course, but even wink-nudge examinations of identity could at least use a few new jokes. " ‐ National Post
Posted May 7, 2015
2/4 41% Preggoland (2015) "Much of the satire is drained out, practically and formally, by a turn toward the rom-com. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2.5/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "For a story that's all about choice and consequence, the way it rips through plot points in the latter half makes the ending feel more like an inevitable contrivance than a maturation. Although, in fairness, the scenery always stays just as beautiful. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
1.5/4 6% The Forger (2015) "Tragically for the film's momentum, there's no sense of drama or tension to the heist. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/4 63% The Water Diviner (2015) "This is truly a story about the wounds that wars leave even on those who don't fight in them -- and all the lengths to which Crowe will go to convince you that strong men also cry, sir. Strong men also cry. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 66% The Dead Lands (2015) "There's plenty you haven't actually seen in The Dead Lands, a blood-spurting martial arts epic that sets its ultraviolence amongst warring Maori tribes... It's a shame that everything else about it follows such a strict action movie template. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 32% Cut Bank (2015) "This is one script that no doubt read a lot better than it was ever going to look or sound. " ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 9, 2015
1.5/4 81% Queen and Country (2015) "The actual antics feel as tonally dated as the story, school-boyish shtick that went corny even before M*A*S*H married screwball shenanigans to wartime bleakness. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Resurrection of a Bastard (2015) "Helped along by a sharp visual style, Bastard is slightly slow and enigmatic, but surefooted enough to keep you intrigued right up to its surprisingly sincere finale. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 29% Get Hard (2015) "If Get Hard isn't quite the biting satire that its premise would imply - though it's more unabashedly eat-the-rich than some critics have given it credit for - it's consistently ridiculous enough to be funny more often than not. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2.5/4 78% Danny Collins (2015) "If Danny Collins the film did a little more getting down to earth, and a little less hamhandedly reminding you that that's what it was trying to do, it'd really be something to sing about. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Price We Pay "[It] does a fine job of laying out how much more complicated this issue is in the digital age, when even what corporations do is as ephemeral as the way they treat their money " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "Merchants is full of incredibly telling interactions and visuals to help make its case. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet Monsoon "Not content with mere metaphorical forces of nature, Sturla Gunnarsson's latest documentary dives headfirst into one of our most impressive literal ones, the torrential rains that in many ways define Indian culture. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet The Intruders "The Intruders would like to be more clever than it is, but it's hamstrung by a script that's a bit of a fixer-upper. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1.5/4 11% Unfinished Business (2015) "This is a movie that treats everyone like grey specters in a faceless corporation. Not that you would expect much else from a movie that openly admits its premise is boring. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 5, 2015
1.5/4 13% The Lazarus Effect (2015) "For a film that has pulled a reasonably overqualified cast with solid dramatic chops, it is regretfully short on any characters that stick out in any way whatsoever. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 72% The DUFF (2015) "Where Bianca and Wesley are going is obvious from the outset, but it builds naturally through a pal-ship with a genuine spark. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
1/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "I fault no one for whatever it is that gets their crank turning, but if this movie is working you need to take that thing out for a spin far more often. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 79% McFarland USA (2015) "As it is, it's an underdog story that follows the obvious track, though it should get there just fine if you're pulling for it. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/4 77% Rosewater (2014) "Almost deliberately stripped of humour (and, incidentally, vigour), Rosewater is an odd choice for Stewart the satirist, a mushy, carefully sincere story that lets its message smother its delivery. " ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/4 94% Whiplash (2014) "Horrifyingly hypnotic. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/4 90% Mommy (2015) "It succeeds because it manages to fill every frame with the stuff of life, suffuse every scene with the wonderful horror of being. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 3, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Good Lie (2014) "It still deserves credit for fore fronting the latter's story, but as with any issue, it's never really just enough to acknowledge that you're looking at it. " ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 3, 2014
3/4 80% The One I Love (2014) "Moss and Duplass do a nice, natural job of putting these characters at odds with each other with neither really spoiling for a fight. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2/4 No Score Yet SeƱoritas "SeƱoritas has its moments, but never really manages to make them more. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) "Thanks to some of the shoddiest henchmannery this side of Super Mario Brothers, Sly is able to escape and round up the old (figuratively and literally) team, plus a few new recruits. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 15, 2014
1.5/4 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) "Say what you will about the rubber-suited '90s films, at least they explored the dynamic a little. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/4 80% Get On Up (2014) "We get a lot of what happened to James Brown without a lot of who he was, or even really why he mattered. " ‐ National Post
Posted Aug 1, 2014
2.5/4 88% Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago (2014) "[Smith] gets at the essential inward journey of most of her subjects, and she makes the concept of walking 800 kilometres seem remarkably appealing. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 18, 2014
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