David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

David Parkinson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Guardian, Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 No Score Yet En équilibre "Dercourt avoids overt melodramatics to explore the narrative's various bonds of trust, as Marc strives to regain the confidence of his horse and Florence reassesses her loyalties. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 92% L'Eclisse (1962) "Returning to his recurrent themes of the desensitising impact of urban life and the hopelessness of love, Antonioni presents his bleakest portrait of the modern age ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Addicted To Sheep "A rare glimpse at the hardslogging realities of country life. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 100% The President "Even though this offers poignant insights into childlike incomprehension and trust, it's less effective as a treatise on the cyclical nature of violence and the state of the modern world. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "Menacingly entertaining. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 100% Theeb (2015) "Smart and enthralling. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Death Of A Gentleman "Essential for lovers of Test cricket. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 88% Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) "It's a bold attempt to do something dazzlingly original, although some of the gags are spectacularly unfunny and Pee-wee's nervous prattling can become irritating. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 91% Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994) "Director Milcho Manchevski brings an imposing portentousness to this portmanteau picture, but too often he mistakes ponderousness for gravity. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 27, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "Outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) "Flecked with tension, wit and slick martial artistry. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 95% The Wonders (2015) "Superb star turn from Maria Alexandra Lungi but this doesn't grip as it might. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 59% Elser (13 Minutes) "This compelling moment in history really deserves a more insightful reconstruction. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 83% Chinese Roulette "Unfortunately, [Fassbinder's] cynical detachment leaves us appalled but unmoved. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 88% Återträffen (The Reunion) "The high-school reunion set-up fizzes with a Festen-like savagery, but ultimately its sapped by a resistible narcissism. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 71% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) "Stuffed with fascinating details about the stage, radio and screen achievements of the wunderkind who never quite fulfilled his potential. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 83% The First Film "This is a meticulously researched investigation into the achievements and mysterious disappearance of Le Prince, who vanished without trace while travelling on the Dijon-Paris express in September 1890. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 80% All American High Revisited "The snippets from the classrooms are fascinating, as is the charming pre-reality TV naturalness of the teen subjects. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 57% Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) "While beautiful, early scenes of shocking violence give way to philosophising and gauche symbolism. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Faberge: A Life Of Its Own (2015) "Little analytical insight or visual flair in this lacklustre documentary. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Gimmicky but making a valid and useful point. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet 51 Degrees "Ambitious and innovative, the science is cogently presented but the plot fails to compel. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2015
5/5 100% The Third Man (1949) "Set in postwar occupied Vienna, the plot is a corker, littered with memorable moments and played to perfection by an unforgettable cast that's led with distinction by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Even ignoring the documentary's more obviously imitative aspects, this is far too gimmicky to persuade viewers to put down their soft drinks and pay more attention when reading the ingredients listed on packaging. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 77% Station To Station (2015) "Plenty to admire, amuse, contemplate and provoke. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 74% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) "Provides a stark insight into the demands made of junior doctors in a health system hamstrung by staff shortages and antiquated apparatus. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/5 0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow (1994) "Rarely have one and a half hours felt so like a life sentence. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 86% Natural Resistance (2015) "Charming if scattershot ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 76% Love at First Fight (2015) "The leads are splendid, with Azaïs's genial vacancy and Haenel's deadpan gravity persuading viewers that they could be a genuine couple. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 100% Spite Marriage (1929) "The chaos Buster causes as a stage stand-in and the sequence when he tries to put a drunken woman to bed just about save the day. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2015
3/5 82% Lagerfeuer (West) (2014) "For all the claustrophobic acuity of Tim Pannen's production design and the disorientating effect of Frank Lamm's kinetic camerawork, this fails to generate sufficient empathy or suspense. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 70% The Land Before Time (1988) "If your little dinosaur lovers are still a bit young for Jurassic Park, then this charming cartoon should have them in raptures. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 8, 2015
4/5 97% 1971 (2015) "Grips like a thriller but it also amuses ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/5 100% Four Corners "Cinematographer Vicci Turpin achieves a brutal poetry in exploring the sprawling poverty of the Cape Flats shanty town ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/5 94% Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) "Delights in flouting generic convention at every twisting turn. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/5 90% Secret Agent (1936) "John Gielgud might not be everyone's ideal Hitchcock hero, and contemporary critics were quick to point out his lack of derring-do, but, in fact, he acquits himself admirably in this engaging thriller. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2015
3/5 80% Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927) "It's unabashed melodrama, but nevertheless wholly cinematic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2015
3/5 100% Four Corners "Compelling and powerfully played, but sometimes fussily flashy. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
5/5 94% Sherlock Jr. (1924) "Buster Keaton's third and shortest feature ranks among his best. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 29, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Ankur (1974) "Shyam Benega made his feature debut with this astute drama, a key work in the politically committed alternative to mainstream escapism known as Parallel Cinema. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 26, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "Exceptional human filmmaking. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
2/5 7% Return to Sender (2015) "The camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 93% Hear My Song (1991) "This is a treat. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 16, 2015
2/5 88% A Fuller Life "A clumsily constructed documentary that compounds its cockeyed chronology by devoting too little time to the movies on which Fuller's reputation rests. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 14, 2015
3/5 71% The Offence (1973) "Gritty police programmes are now so much a part of the TV landscape that it is hard to realise that a feature like The Offence once packed quite a punch. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 12, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) "Karan Johar's directorial debut was much hyped before its release, but it offers little to distinguish it from the average Bollywood melodrama. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2015
2/5 86% Honeytrap "Despite a strong central performance this is undermined somewhat by melodramatic plotting and gauche characterisation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 99% Phoenix (2015) "A gripping study of treachery, identity and survival. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
2/5 64% We Are Monster "The film certainly succeeds in generating a mood of claustrophobic menace, but the dramatic elements are too often clumsily realised. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
2/5 41% In the Blood (2014) "Screenwriter Andy Bloom struggles to sustain the tensions between the holed-up thugs, with much of the talented supporting cast having too little to do. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
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