David Gritten

David Gritten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

David Gritten's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph, Independent

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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 72% 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 95% 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 90% 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 61% 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 36% 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 71% 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
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