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 83% Chinese Roulette "Unfortunately, [Fassbinder's] cynical detachment leaves us appalled but unmoved. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet 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 74% 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 63% 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 63% 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
3/5 100% Station To Station "Plenty to admire, amuse, contemplate and provoke. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 85% 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% 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 93% 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 10% Return to Sender "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 87% 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 96% 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
3/5 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "A charming insight into the life and art of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has played Big Bird on Sesame Street since it was launched in 1969. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 100% Bloody Daughter "While much of the imagery is intimate, the reluctance to delve into crucial artistic, romantic or health issues means that this is always more affectionate than illuminating. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2015
4/5 100% Exit "An unassuming gem. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2015
3/5 100% Hotori no Sakuko "Fukada shows flashes of Rohmeresque wit. But, for all his allusions to art and politics, he is currently a better image-maker (in conjunction with cinematographer Kenichi Negishi) than a storyteller. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 60% The Invisible Life "Some may find all this too mannered and theatrical to intrigue, or engage, but a bit of background reading will reward those prepared to find the subtextual meaning. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 100% Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat) (2015) "Reitz (who was in his eighties during production) directs with peerless finesse, as he mines authenticity from an inexperienced cast and brings a bygone era to vivid and engrossing life. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 100% Dark Horse "Osmond might have delved deeper into the morality of National Hunt racing, but with editor Joby Gee she ably relates the account with archive footage, photographs and a few blurry re-constructions. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 92% Jauja (2015) "A quest saga whose metaphysical digressions and dream interludes will fascinate and frustrate in equal measure. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 80% Drone "The argument is enervatingly imbalanced and sensationalised, so it lacks both trenchancy and authority. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 50% Bypass "For all the doughty naturalism of the performances, the photography, editing and sound design, the film feels overly detached from the reality it is supposed to be conveying. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 22% Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (1967) "Fascinating, but a failure nonetheless. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 7, 2015
4/5 92% Jauja (2015) "Challengingly spellbinding. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/5 100% I Used To Live Here "Berry delivers an uncompromising study of a tragic trend that owes much to Andrea Arnold's brand of social realism and within that, he captures the anxieties of a dead-end adolescent existence with laudable sensitivity. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
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