David Gritten

David Gritten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Telegraph , Independent
Total Reviews:
201

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 93% The Lives of Others (2006) " Reopens our eyes to the cruelties and soul assassinations that were carried out daily in the name of state socialism. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " It's one of Allen's best film roles in years; acting in someone else's movie, he looks liberated, with a spring in his step: at one point, he almost skips his way through a scene. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 95% Particle Fever (2014) " Where it excels is in depicting the various personalities involved. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " It's sweet-natured and amusing, with a story to captivate kids; yet the script has enough witty touches to keep adults laughing too. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 94% Her (2013) " Her is a strikingly inventive work, and Jonze (who also wrote its script) once again shows his flair for approaching big ideas from oblique angles. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jan 10, 2014
4/5 87% Guys and Dolls (1955) " Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Smart, witty entertainment. Job done. Spit spot. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Very Extremely Dangerous " Can such a lost soul ever be redeemed? Duane skilfully leaves it to the end to suggest an answer. This is eerily watchable ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/5 36% Not Another Happy Ending " The film's ending was indeed a happy moment, but not in the intended manner. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4/5 100% Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013) " One imagines the charismatic Hetherington, once met, would be unforgettable: Junger's film is a decent, heartfelt tribute. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 100% Camp 14: Total Control Zone " Director Wiese, proceeding at a cautious pace, gleans one horrific fact of life in Camp 14 after another. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " There are those who find iek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " This is a lame shaggy-dog narrative, and there's no one to blame but Metallica, who authorised Through the Never and take producing and writing credits. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Paul Greengrass has the rare gift of working with action-thriller material and making something cohesive, layered and complex from it. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/5 59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " With the magnificent Elba to anchor it, the film gradually achieves a sort of grandeur, in the manner of the hero it depicts. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 85% Hawking (2013) " It marshals its facts thoughtfully, and makes a decent stab at presenting a whole man - flawed yet unique. On its own terms, as a modest Brief History, it's fascinating. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " It's billed as a supernatural action-adventure comedy, but its laughs are almost non-existent, its action depends on seen-it-all-before CGI trickery and much of its plot defies comprehension. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 19, 2013
100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960) " Never wastes a minute of your time, right up to its abrupt ending: this is condensed, intense story-telling that never once loosens its grip. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 79% 42 (2013) " Boseman gives Robinson personal self-assurance to match his physical confidence; and it's enjoyable to watch Ford stretching into a character role as the stubborn, shrewd but good-hearted Rickey. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 92% In a World... (2013) " It's tempting to call In A World... one of the best romantic comedies of the year, but that would short-change it - a romcom counts for about 20 per cent of all it is. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " This is a slim story but a tranquil, beautiful piece of work. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/5 73% Borrowed Time " It's a mess through and through. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 100% The Stuart Hall Project " It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2/5 8% Diana (2013) " It's hardly fascinating. It doesn't offer new facts about the Princess's life. And it certainly doesn't explain her complexity or contradictions. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 86% The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013) " A smart morality tale about the illusory nature of celebrity, and the pressures it exerts once attained. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " Lowery's film has a solid, grounded storyline, rooted in crime thrillers and film noir tradition. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 50% Jadoo " The story may not engage the mind, but your saliva glands will be working overtime. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " Elegant, handsomely shot and often instructive, and its remarkable extended close-up sequences of bees' social structure are fascinating. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 89% Rush (2013) " Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Warm, funny - and even fresh. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " Handsomely shot and stopping just short of cloying sentiment, this is an accomplished, engaging work. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " Lovelace tells a difficult story creditably, yet its period detail has the effect of distancing the story, and its heroine remains an enigma ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " A thrill ride worthy of a real-life amusement park. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 60% Google and the World Brain " In a brisk 89 minutes, the argument gets a thorough, workmanlike airing. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/5 82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " With its fast pace and its enviable access to the key players, it has a light on-its-feet quality reminiscent of news journalism. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is a delight - agreeable, amusing and played with knowing charm. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " While Tautou's delicate restraint as Thérèse is admirable, the vagueness of her character's disquiet becomes an irritation. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 73% The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013) " Meadows sustains a ragged feel, allowing the rhythms of shooting and editing to parallel the band's visceral appeal. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 98% Mud (2013) " It's a lovely, coherent piece of storytelling, with a unique sense of place. Nichols has carved out a niche as a distinctive film-maker. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 28, 2013
4/5 96% Muscle Shoals (2013) " Overall, it's joyous, uplifting - and as funky as the music at its heart. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " My immediate desire when it ended was to stay in my seat and watch it all the way through again. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " Here's a film with a premise that could have played horrendously in the wrong hands. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/5 63% Broken (2013) " It feels relentlessly miserable and shocking - as if all the most lurid events in two decades of Brookside had been squeezed into 90 minutes. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/5 77% The Bay (2012) " Gruesome but oddly riveting. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 93% Sleep Tight (2012) " Wildly malevolent, but shrewdly executed and creepily watchable. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 1, 2013
1/5 12% Safe Haven (2013) " Almost nothing happens for long stretches before a plot "twist" so obvious that only the dull-witted could fail to see it coming. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 28, 2013
2/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " It takes a fairy tale and plays it for laughs, without being remotely funny. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " There's just enough here to make the inevitable sequels a not-entirely-unwelcome prospect. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 14, 2013
4/5 94% The Queen of Versailles (2012) " The temptation to be moralistic must have been overpowering, yet Greenfield finally manages to summon sympathy for people who at first seem vain, selfish and greedy. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3/5 67% Lawless (2012) " You may be laughing out loud at the very moment you're also feeling appalled. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 6, 2012
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