David Berry

David Berry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
National Post
Total Reviews:
41

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 41 of 41
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 91% 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
1.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " The very blatant set-up makes the gags feel a bit like vaudeville punchlines, coming from miles away and that much duller for their inevitability. " — National Post
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " It's not like every biography needs to be a takedown, but in this case it misses something significantly deeper. Part of why Gordon is so interesting is because he's a bit of a good guy gone bad, or at least living in a dark world." — National Post
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Gray is one of the most deliberate of American filmmakers, capable of turning an underground beating by the cops into a scene of two-toned aesthetic beauty, and never letting a frame go by with deep, moody meaning." — National Post
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " More than anything Tom at the Farm is a rippling pool of grief, a dark parable about what it means to accept loss and move on, with the main group of three passing through states of denial, self-abnegation and aggressively bitter confrontation." — National Post
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/4 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Amongst the flying robots and the claws coming out and the ceaseless wisecracks, there isn't really much of a human story to grab on to." — National Post
Posted May 23, 2014
3/4 74% Godzilla (2014) " This may be the exceedingly rare American remake of a movie that is at its best when it isn't trying to engage with the original's legacy." — National Post
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 89% Locke (2014) " The extreme contrivance of the scenario extends to a lot of Locke's lines to the people he's on the phone with. It may never leave the car, but it wants to stuff that car full of as much meaning and drama as it can." — National Post
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 73% Neighbors (2014) " It lacks some of the left-field comic surprise of last year's This Is The End, but if you're the kind of person who's happy to watch Rogen do his thing, he fits into fatherhood surprisingly well." — National Post
Posted May 8, 2014
1/4 42% The Face of Love (2014) " If your way of dealing with grief is basically to decide that anything you do is fine as long it gets you back on your feet, you are essentially a sociopath." — National Post
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2/4 57% Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It (2014) " Given how established their roles are, Don't Legalize It could really use some sort of narrative pull, but it is mostly just content to stand in the middle and watch everyone circle in their fitfully funny ruts." — National Post
Posted Apr 18, 2014
1/4 8% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " The other flavours in A Haunted House 2's neapolitan ice cream are people getting hurt and sex jokes." — National Post
Posted Apr 18, 2014
2/4 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " It has a mawkish streak a quarter of the film wide." — National Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/4 99% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Few of us get to change the world, but fewer still have the vision and ambition of Jodorowsky, and it's a heady thrill just to be in his orbit for a little while." — National Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/4 40% No Clue (2014) " If [Butt] could make the serious bits feel bigger, as opposed to just windrow dressing to his jokes, he'd have a parody worth really taking seriously." — National Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1.5/4 21% Son Of God (2014) " For a film aimed squarely at dyed-in-the-lamb believers, it sure treats the audience like first-timers." — National Post
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1.5/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " This is the stuff of pure nonsensical romance, almost nothing resembling what we might understand adolescence or love to be." — National Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3.5/4 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The movie is built like a child's game (on a few levels), the sheer chaos of pieces spread out across the screen and assembled with a furious kind of fun." — National Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 56% At Middleton (2014) " As is it is a pleasant enough little diversion where the life lessons come on far too strong." — National Post
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/4 33% Labor Day (2014) " Labor Day is too often stifling rather than steamy, and a lot of that, curiously, has to do with the way people talk." — National Post
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 63% Linsanity (2013) " It's pretty much just trekking through the territory that got written up in all those game day reviews." — National Post
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " If you don't know anything about the case, Devil's Knot is too shallow to do it much justice; if you do know about the case, Devil's Knot is too aimless to offer any new perspective. " — National Post
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " A buddy cop-ish movie that would need a healthy dose of inspiration to even count as boring." — National Post
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " In short, then, there are no major missteps, although it's missing some of the life that animated its subject (though only a touch of the length)." — National Post
Posted Dec 24, 2013
1/4 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " This is a national history that feels like your great uncle trying to remember the time he went to Disneyland's Hall of Presidents." — National Post
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/4 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Gibney does a good job of relating [the] viciousness to Armstrong's powerful will to win - or at least his will to beat people." — National Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2.5/4 50% InRealLife " Given that we're not even sure of the effects that always being connected have on the world, it feels somewhere between premature and panic-y to make the children the primary cause of our hand-wringing." — National Post
Posted Dec 6, 2013
1/4 60% GMO OMG (2013) " Starting from a place of ignorance and never going much further, Seifert omits anything that might hurt his obvious anti-GMO thesis." — National Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
1/4 —— All the Wrong Reasons " This is a film that's trying for a lot of things, and accomplishes exactly none of them." — National Post
Posted Oct 31, 2013
2.5/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " There's a reason candid camera stuff has been with us since we figured out how to hide cameras, and Knoxville's grinning rambunctiousness is enough to keep it far away from Just for Laughs Gags territory." — National Post
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2.5/4 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " There is nothing you wouldn't expect, but at least it's all done with flair. " — National Post
Posted Aug 30, 2013
0/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " [The Shadowhunters are] a bunch of half-angelic beings tasked with fighting demons and watching over the "mundanes," which I swear is actually what they call humans, I guess because "boring poo-poo stupidheads" might be a touch on the nose." — National Post
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2.5/4 73% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " At times maudlin and at other times just smug, dabbed with just enough humour to keep from being insufferable, it's like a victory lap that serves to dull and distress the hard-earned footsteps that came before it." — National Post
Posted Aug 16, 2013
1.5/4 27% Jobs (2013) " Jobs is nothing but a collection of moments, with no particular aim, no attempt to really explain the man, even reductively." — National Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
1.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " It's less a movie than a 92-minute bet that children will be amused by/willing to purchase anything with googly eyes slapped on it." — National Post
Posted Aug 9, 2013
2.5/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " It's a shame the story couldn't carry some of the heft of the hulking battlebots, but then I guess when the giant Gundam starts battling Godzilla, no one's curious about how they feel. You just stare, mouth agape, at the impressive display in front of you." — National Post
Posted Jul 11, 2013
1/4 38% The Purge (2013) " It would like to be high concept, maybe even darkly philosophical, but it mistakes recognizing questions with trying to understand them, and then it clubs you in the face with that recognition with twice the zeal of any of its purging characters." — National Post
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Like an addled six-year-old, though, what the sixth film in the franchise has going for it is a playful imagination not even aware, much less bound, by anything resembling reality." — National Post
Posted May 24, 2013
1/4 35% Peeples (2013) " The arch and resolution are some indication of how utterly lifeless Peeples is, both in the sense of lacking vitality and having no real connection to how people think, feel and react to situations." — National Post
Posted May 15, 2013
2.5/4 71% My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2013) " My Awkward Sexual Adventure is a genial and funny, if slightly conventional, date." — National Post
Posted Apr 18, 2013
1.5/4 50% Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013) " There are myriad problems with Bert Stern: Original Mad Man -- not the least of which is a title that shamelessly and needlessly gropes for relevance by attempting to cozy up with Don Draper and co." — National Post
Posted Apr 18, 2013
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