David Gritten

David Gritten

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Daily Telegraph , Independent
Total Reviews:
200

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 90% Special People (2009) " Well-meant but gruel-thin British comedy in which a failed film-maker helps wheelchair-bound teenagers to make a movie." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/5 87% 'Tis Autumn - The Search For Jackie Paris (2007) " Annoyingly, Raymond de Felitta intrudes into his own movie, yet he also makes the case that here was a distinctive if wayward talent." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2/5 68% Belle Toujours (2007) " The film is a maddening mix of mild fascination and boredom. Bulle Ogier plays Séverine, as Deneuve opted not to reprise her role. Without her, the film lacks the required frisson." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 21, 2008
100% Heavy Load (2007) " This is intriguing, though it gives Rothwell another excuse to appear on camera, which he does with irritating frequency." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2008
59% The Fall (2006) " The Fall is hugely ambitious, but ultimately it's just an intriguing folly." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2008
36% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) " It has been pared down to a light comedy with a little romance on the side, and works competently in these terms." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Oct 3, 2008
76% Appaloosa (2008) " A pity that Harris's homage to westerns should be compromised so intrusively. For most of its length, in terms of its themes, pacing and visual sweep, it's a treat." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
53% Steep (2007) " In this handsomely shot documentary about extreme skiing, thrill-seeking devotees boast of their exploits, but shed no light on what drives them to risk their lives." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
53% The Foot Fist Way (2006) " From a bunch of minor Judd Apatow protégés, a dispiriting low-budget series of witless, misogynistic sketches masquerading as comedy." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
58% Taken (2009) " This queasy, violent revenge fantasy becomes more preposterous as the body count rises. Taken is notable mainly for its racist stereotyping of Arabs and eastern Europeans." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
67% Redbelt (2008) " Emily Mortimer is impressive as a jittery, unlikable attorney whose impulsive actions trigger Mike's descent. But it's Ejiofor's film all the way." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) " It's absorbing to watch, and the two leads offer an acting masterclass." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
38% Swing Vote (2008) " Swing Vote is a benign but telling satire." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 26, 2008
42% Wild Child (2008) " A tweenie comedy with an uplifting American-style sports movie awkwardly bolted on, it's a mess - far inferior to the recent Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 15, 2008
79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007) " Essentially a soap opera." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 15, 2008
78% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) " Between a series of stunt-driven set-pieces, implausibly linked, the film gets bogged down in wearying talk." — Daily Telegraph
Posted May 18, 2008
38% Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) " Fatally, Craig's self-obsessed Joe never develops into anyone more interesting." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 18, 2008
79% Black Water (2008) " Writer-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki calibrate the tension with creditable skill." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 22, 2008
71% W Delta Z (The Killing Gene) (2008) " A little too close to torture-porn for most tastes, but debutant director Tom Shankland shows promise." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 22, 2008
66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) " A film that's sweet and well-intentioned, but with a heart where its brain should be." — Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
92% U2 3D (2007) " Inadvertently, U2 3D mimics perfectly the empty, intimacy-free spectacle that is stadium rock." — Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) " Little more than a cartoon, Rambo caters only for those still smitten by the rat-a-tat of continuous gunfire." — Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) " In its favour, there's nothing here to upset the children. (Not, that is, unless they're allergic to Hoffman's hammy, Method-derived acting.)" — Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 14, 2007
93% Enchanted (2007) " A triumphant return to form." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 14, 2007
83% Offret (The Sacrifice) (1986) " It's long, stately and po-faced (all reasons why Tarkovsky seems faintly unfashionable these days), but if it's extended, beautifully composed tracking shots you want, he's your man." — Independent
Posted Dec 7, 2007
75% Hotel Harabati (De particulier a particulier) (2006) " In terms of keeping his plot obscure, director Brice Cauvin tips his chapeau in the direction of David Lynch, but ultimately it's rather lifeless. File under "calculatedly enigmatic"." — Independent
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4% Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) " The one laugh is in the production notes, where director Les Mayfield claims this is a comic take on the Jason Bourne movies. As if." — Independent
Posted Dec 7, 2007
75% Kilómetro 31 (Km 31) (2006) " Supernatural thriller elements finally combine with an old Mexican folk legend." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 7, 2007
67% A Very British Gangster (2008) " A Very British Gangster, his portrait of Manchester crime boss Dominic Noonan, raises awkward questions about his methods, as well as the question of whether "documentary" is even the right word." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Dec 7, 2007
14% Hitman (2007) " Rubbish, of course, but some teenage boys love this stuff. Don't rule out sequels." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 30, 2007
55% This Christmas (2007) " It's laboured and obvious, and not even a Yuletide movie: Christmas is little more than a device to bring the family back under one roof. Still, its plot is as overstuffed as any turkey." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 30, 2007
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) " Above all, there's the sense of immersion in a world of harsh beauty whose time is running out. It's to be hoped that non-American audiences embrace this film: it's one of the year's very best." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Nov 30, 2007
85% Le Serpent (The Snake) (2006) " Taut, stylish French thriller, based on a novel by Ted Lewis." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
56% The Legacy (L'Héritage) (2006) " This brilliant premise falls apart in the final act." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
44% A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) (2007) " No film starring Juliette Binoche can be totally negligible, but this comes close." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) " OTT action and amoral humour are the entire point." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
41% December Boys (2007) " Well-intentioned, but teeth-grindingly earnest, with a voice-over that seems to consist entirely of clichés." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
85% In the Hands of the Gods (2007) " Certainly the story's climax in Buenos Aires is unexpected, yet many scenes resemble staged reality TV moments: group hugs, tears, mumbled monologues about overcoming obstacles." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
68% Disturbia (2007) " Disturbia's limits are those of its hero - an amiable, faintly clueless young man with a brief attention span." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Sep 14, 2007
20% Death Sentence (2007) " Literally laughable." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2007
78% 1408 (2007) " Cusack, who is in almost every scene, is astutely cast: his sardonic persona gradually disintegrates as the room plays its malevolent tricks on him." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2007
69% Year of the Dog (2007) " Shannon, a born comic sidekick, cannot carry the central role; disappointingly, the story sputters out into a sentimental finale." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2007
41% No Reservations (2007) " There's not an unpredictable moment in Carol Fuchs's plodding, syrupy script; this dreadful remake of the moderately pleasing German film Mostly Martha is misconceived from start to finish." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2007
84% Breach (2007) " Intriguing and intelligent, Breach may be too understated for its own good." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 31, 2007
69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) " It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
97% Casablanca (1943) " There's a reason the world loves this wartime film, now digitally restored: more memorable dialogue than should be strictly legal, heartbreaking performances from the two leads and a plot that works with Swiss-watch precision." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
94% Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) (1952) " Casts an unblinking gaze on the wretched lives of amoral Mexico City slum kids without sentiment or preaching." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
0% Truth About Love (2005) " An awkward, last-minute romantic dash to Bristol's Temple Meads station in the style of Richard Curtis only serves to underline the air of creative bankruptcy." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
5% Because I Said So (2007) " Laughter is largely absent from this sorry, shrieking mess." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
91% Hot Fuzz (2007) " It's overlong, and finally falls apart, stuttering towards a number of indecisive endings. But mostly it's a smart, funny, affectionate love letter to all things uncool - and far more skilful than its self-effacing humour suggests." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Feb 16, 2007
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) " This is the best Harry Potter film to date." — Daily Telegraph
Posted Jul 3, 2004
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