David Gritten

David Gritten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Telegraph , Independent
Total Reviews:
200

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 200
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Even on the rare occasions it falters, you have to applaud the ambition." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 3, 2012
4/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " These are two towering performances in a film of genuine power. Rust and Bone may not be for everyone; but it's a complex, assured, demanding work. " — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " A worthy addition to Anderson's canon -- his deadpan wit meshes nicely with a generous view of human imperfections." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 16, 2012
2/5 55% Beloved (2012) " It feels like a vanity project, and it doesn't help that the songs - tremulous, world-weary and melancholy - sound much the same despite the changing times." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 11, 2012
3/5 65% All In Good Time " None of this quite adds up to great filmmaking, but its populist appeal is undeniable. You'd need a hard heart not to empathise with the young couple's plight." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 11, 2012
3/5 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " Good intentions alone do not make a great film, and it's certainly not: but it's sweet-natured, good-hearted and decent." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 23, 2012
4/5 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) " It's a rare film that leaves you wondering where it's going, how it may end - and afterwards, even questioning what actually happened. It's an intriguing enigma." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 17, 2012
2/5 69% Hadewijch (2010) " Though Dumont sets a painstakingly slow pace, Céline's story feels maddeningly incomplete, and vague both in theological and psychological terms" — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2012
4/5 94% Hugo (2011) " Scorsese films the action with immense brio, his cameras swooping and dashing along platforms and tracks, ladders and walkways, snaking round the clock's intricate gears." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 23, 2011
51% The Iron Lady (2012) " One can think of a few talented British actresses who might have acquitted themselves well in the role, but it's hard to imagine them doing it better than Streep." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 15, 2011
2/5 65% Trishna (2012) " As usual with Winterbottom's work, Trishna evokes its locations vividly; as a story with a tragic arc it's less effective." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 23, 2011
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " Few films have captured so perfectly our awkward reactions to grieving that may be inappropriate - or merely human." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 20, 2011
3/5 99% Le Havre (2011) " It has immense, minor-key charm, and Kaurismaki's understated deadpan wit is never far from the surface." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 18, 2011
4/5 93% Coriolanus (2011) " This is a strikingly imaginative adaptation." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 17, 2011
5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " A superb adaptation of John le Carré's brilliant, intricate Cold War spy novel, the film is a triumph." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2011
4/5 84% Contagion (2011) " It's a cut above most Hollywood thrillers, and I'll certainly remember it the next time I use the Tube." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 5, 2011
3/5 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) " It's Knightley that one remembers, for a full-on portrayal that is gutsy and potentially divisive in equal parts." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/5 71% Carnage (2011) " It's well-acted and giddily enjoyable, if slightly less so once the characters start to analyse their descent into barbarism." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 1, 2011
3/5 13% W.E. (2012) " W.E. is rather better than expected; it's bold, confident and not without amusing moments." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 1, 2011
4/5 85% The Ides of March (2011) " A political thriller exploring themes of loyalty, ambition and the gap between public ideals and private fallibility, it engages the brain within the context of a solid entertainment." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2011
0/5 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Kevin James is the hero of this "comedy", which boasts five screenwriters and not a single amusing moment." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 28, 2011
2/5 10% Horrid Henry: The Movie (2013) " Shrill, over-eager and frankly disappointing." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4/5 94% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " Mostly, Arrietty is simply gorgeous, embracing the ravishing colour of garden flowers, wildly sprouting vines, the perfection of a raindrop on a leaf." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 28, 2011
4/5 84% Beginners (2011) " An oddly charming concoction." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/5 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " Overall, a pleasant surprise." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 21, 2011
4/5 100% Cutter's Way (1981) " An underrated classic." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 23, 2011
4/5 92% Incendies (2011) " Incendies is in essence a family drama, astonishingly intense but impressively poised." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 23, 2011
4/5 81% Countdown to Zero (2010) " Countdown to Zero leaves you uneasy enough about the threat from nukes, but also amazed that to date, at least, no blunder has ended in annihilation. " — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jun 23, 2011
2/5 48% Angel of Evil (2011) " Angels of Evil is just one damned thing after another." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 26, 2011
84% The Tree of Life (2011) " We were still discussing the film 45 minutes later, when the lobby had to be cleared. This is what Malick does." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 23, 2011
4/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " Almodóvar's story-telling is nowhere near as shrill as it once was: as a mature artist, he has refined his skills to a point where these soap-opera tropes assimilate smoothly into a complex whole." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " Durkin's film is calm and restrained - but it maintains its atmosphere of escalating dread." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 60% The Beaver (2011) " The refusal of Foster and screenwriter Kyle Killen to conform to familiar narrative rhythms makes The Beaver curiously intriguing." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 17, 2011
3/5 82% The Way (2011) " A sincere, well-intentioned story about grief and faith, it feels almost daringly old-fashioned." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 90% Attack the Block (2011) " Attack the Block's attempts to straddle horror and comedy are doomed: it's neither scary nor funny enough." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 12, 2011
2/5 35% New York, I Love You (2009) " This sequel to the superior Paris Je T'Aime is pleasant but inconsequential." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 3, 2011
5/5 86% Submarine (2011) " Submarine feels like the most refreshing, urgent and original debut the British film industry has seen in years." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 27, 2010
2/5 59% The First Grader (2011) " It's one thing to trace the story of an inspirational life on film, quite another for the film itself to do the life justice." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 27, 2010
4/5 66% The American (2010) " Excuisitely shot, with every frame impeccably composed, The American is essentially a European art-house film." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/5 67% Conviction (2010) " Bears many of the marks of prominent award-season films -- a genuinely interesting true story with a plucky heroine overcoming extraordinary odds." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/5 87% Buried (2010) " There's something faintly quixotic about a filmmaker who, faced with technical limitations in a script, chooses to embrace them rather than fight them. Such is the case with Buried, an uncompromising suspense thriller from Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés. " — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 2, 2010
4/5 96% Back to the Future (1985) " Delightful and sophisticated to a degree beyond the dreams of today's movies in similar vein." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 2, 2010
2/5 85% Meek's Cutoff (2011) " The film, which clearly owes a debt to Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, proceeds at a snail's pace." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 9, 2010
3/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " Stylish, perceptive and often amusing." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 9, 2010
2/5 42% Dinner for Schmucks (2010) " You may feel an idiot for staying with it till the end." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
3/5 51% The Switch (2010) " There's an interesting story in there somewhere about nature and nurture, and the pros and cons of being clever or merely good-looking." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
1/5 26% Why Did I Get Married Too (2010) " Even a scene with Janet Jackson trashing a living room cannot lighten the laboured atmosphere." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
1/5 25% Splintered (2012) " Not enough twists or shocks to make it interesting or scary." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/5 65% Cherry Tree Lane (2013) " Deeply unpleasant, tightly scripted and well executed..." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/5 81% No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009) " Amiable enough, though it resembles a marketing tool for Beavan's book about his project." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
2/5 75% Soulboy " Feels oddly detached from the compelling genre of music it claims to advocate." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 2, 2010
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