David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 90% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Guardian [UK] , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
724
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 96% Rebel Without a Cause (1955) " A mighty, ageless jolt of teen petulance. Dean is supreme." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " Broomfield has always employed a blend of charm and innocence to expose the frailties of his subjects. But here that tactic somewhat backfires." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " The film is elevated by committed performances, and Bandele stages set-pieces, like a wedding under shellfire, with cinematic flair." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
5/5 88% Amélie (2001) " This is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 100% Blue Blood " Their various trials and tribulations make for sturdy docusoap-style viewing." — Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " Charming and whimsical, it's a feast for the eyes." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
5/5 89% Alphaville (1965) " Although this is drastically different compared to the rest of Godard's oeuvre, it has without a doubt had a lasting impact with its ground-breaking visuals." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/5 —— Peter Gabriel: Back To Front (2014) " A solid music doc that will please fans and newcomers alike." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
3/5 82% Salvo " A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
4/5 87% Funny Face (1957) " A timeless musical treat and the most fun you can have with really elegant clothes on." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3/5 79% Lamb Of God's As The Palaces Burn (2014) " A fly-on-the-wall look at the band that will thrill fans but may not convert too many non-believers." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 24, 2014
5/5 98% Patton (1970) " Combining blimpish bluster with moments of monstrous ego and unexpected humanity, Scott makes this magnificent film unforgettable." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 21, 2014
93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) " Although the prime influence on Lee's stately style and several of the film's themes is the Japanese genius Yasujiro Ozu, there is more than a hint of Woody Allen in this complex ensemble comedy." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 91% High Fidelity (2000) " This slickly scripted, knowingly played and cameo-strewn comedy stands on its merits as an Alfie for the millennial generation." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 10, 2014
2/5 70% Love Is In The Air (2014) " A romantic-comedy that isn't funny or romantic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 10, 2014
5/5 95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Neatly structured and full of genuine warmth for its characters, Richard Curtis's Oscar-nominated screenplay is superbly observed and well served by Mike Newell's deft direction." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/5 92% Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) (1958) " Malle made his feature directorial debut with this assured thriller, which recalled both the poetic realism of Marcel Carné and the brooding menace of American films noirs." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3/5 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " Those who don't often delve into the avant-garde and left-field film-making may struggle to warm to this atypical love story but there's no denying Nance has a distinctive voice." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 7, 2014
5/5 95% Amadeus (1984) " Amadeus is simply one of the finest biographical dramas ever made." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 4, 2014
5/5 97% Groundhog Day (1993) " Director Harold Ramis uses every cinematic trick in the book to keep what is essentially a one-gag movie brimming with life and fresh ideas." — Radio Times
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 88% Journal de France " Gently moving and subtly powerful, this will thrill Francophiles." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " Complemented by its black-and-white photography and a moody DJ Shadow score, this is a gritty yet often tender look at society's margins." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2014
4/5 88% Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) " What could so easily have become something false and tacky is handled with truth and restraint." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 17, 2014
5/5 81% Dances With Wolves (1990) " This is a marvel from beginning to end." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 75% Oh Boy " A snappy, quirky German indie that will thrill fans of early Jim Jarmusch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3/5 100% The Square (2013) " This is a cogent and courageous account of a complex and continuing situation." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/5 94% After Tiller (2013) " A laudably even-handed examination of a highly charged subject." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 86% Kiss the Water (2014) " It's a small film, but a quietly affecting one as well." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 91% The Last Emperor (1987) " One of the most visually arresting pictures of recent years." — Radio Times
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/5 100% Moon Man " Charmingly animated but a little unfuelled in its plotting." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2013
2/5 31% Age of the Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas " Cloddy period stodge." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2013
4/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " Powerful and mesmerising, this offers an fresh approach to a tough topic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2013
5/5 86% Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951) " This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 75% The Santa Clause (1994) " Tim Allen made his feature debut in this engaging yuletide comedy, which is likely to appeal to the whole family and brims over with plenty of good ideas." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
4/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " It's Rahimi's courage as both writer and director that makes this intense and perceptive picture so unflinchingly compelling." — Radio Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
3/5 81% This Ain't California (2013) " A fun and frothy mock-doc with a message buried in its axle." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
2/5 48% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013) " A maddeningly unquestioning look at a retail citadel." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
3/5 38% A Long Way From Home " Adroit performances abound in this ex-pat tale. Archipelago DP Ed Rutherford helps add to the Joanna Hogg-y feel, but this lacks the disquieting insights of Hogg's work." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière was Buñuel's screenwriter and this stark story of a life at odds with a society's laws bears the hallmarks of his earlier work. " — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 97% Spirited Away (2001) " Director Hayao Miyazaki's insistence on hand-drawn graphics gives the CGI visuals an ethereal charm that ensures the story is always a pleasure to behold, even during its rare moments of inaction." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 60% N.F.A. (No Fixed Abode) " Well-intentioned but clunky." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Hard-hitting stuff and tough medicine for American foreign policy loyalists." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 20% Who Needs Enemies (2013) " Solidly played but the pieces audibly clunk into place." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 94% The Blood of a Poet (1930) " Even if this is only a reverie on the illogicality of the subconscious, it's still a triumph of the imagination and provides invaluable insights into Cocteau's artistic vision." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2013
4/5 88% Delicatessen (1991) " Bizarre, brilliant, but wayward in its dénouement." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
5/5 93% Beauty and the Beast (2012) " It's cartoon Cocteau, but just look at the children's faces as they watch it." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
5/5 94% Beauty and The Beast (La Belle et la bête) (1946) " With interiors that owe much to the paintings of Doré and Vermeer, this visual feast is enhanced by the magical realism of Henri Alekan's photography, Christian Bérard's exquisite costumes and Georges Auric's audacious score." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2013
3/5 80% Kelly's Heroes (1970) " The action is flashy and intermittent, deliberately wallowing in a mire of revisionist grot, churned up vistas of European mud. Time has made it more intuitive and caustic a film, than its daft reputation might suggest." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2013
4/5 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) " This remains a wonderfully inventive comedy that brilliantly debunks the Dark Ages and legends of chivalry." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
4/5 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show." — Radio Times
Posted Nov 18, 2013
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