David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Guardian , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
817
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 90% Down by Law (1986) " Jim Jarmusch's uneven but stylish comédie noire is an astute mixture of prison picture, road movie and downbeat screwball." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 86% At Berkeley (2013) " For once, Wiseman seems to be pushing a message, as he warns that a society that devalues learning will fatally undermine itself." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 86% At Berkeley (2013) " At the venerable age of 84, documentary maven Wiseman hasn't lost his touch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 78% Ballet Boys " The delicate bond that emerges between young boys under unusual pressure is the highlight of an otherwise fairly conventional doc." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2/5 59% Finding Fela! (2014) " Such was Kuti's star power that even the Tony-nominated Sahr Ngaujah feels like an unnecessary distraction from the archive performance footage." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
3/5 67% Maverick (1994) " Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though." — Radio Times
Posted Sep 2, 2014
4/5 75% Green for Danger (1946) (1946) " This is the kind of brisk, bright and thoroughly engaging comedy thriller that the British film industry has, sadly, forgotten how to make." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
5/5 100% The Spider's Stratagem (Strategia del ragno) (1970) " Bertolucci's superb dramatic thriller packs a powerful punch." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " At times, the movie comes close to hagiography. But the archive clips reveal Swartz to have been sincere, clear-thinking and selfless." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 74% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) " If some of the political theorising is somewhat naive and the direction is occasionally manipulative, the acting, particularly from Juliette Binoche, is superb." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2014
5/5 75% Yol (The Way) (1982) " Anger and sadness lie at the heart of this treatise on the perpetuation of the patriarchal prejudices underpinning Turkish society." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 73% Daisies (2012) " A surrealist fantasy of the banality and conformity of Czech society." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/5 67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) " It is a defiant assault on revisionist history that shows, through a series of harrowing flashbacks, that the crimes of the past cannot simply be buried and forgotten." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3/5 75% Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) " The huge potential of this all-star vehicle was mainly squandered through a lack of subtlety or irony." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 25, 2014
4/5 100% The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) " Beautiful and innovative -- age only adds to its brilliance and charm." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 19, 2014
4/5 75% Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) (1933) " It's the stylised beauty of [Riefenstahl's] direction that takes this simple moral fable on to a higher plane and landed her the post of Hitler's film-maker." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 96% Charulata (1964) " Deliberately paced and painfully sad, this may not be the ideal first-date movie but its subtle power will get under your skin." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
1/5 33% The Art Party! " Clunking and ill-executed, this a piece of art that wouldn't even make Tony Hart's gallery." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
2/5 25% Die Frau des Polizisten (The Policeman's Wife) " Divided into 59 chapters but feeling more like 590, Gröning's drama is long, staccato and offers little by way of dramatic satisfaction." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
5/5 98% 8 1/2 (1963) " This is a complex and painfully honest study of a man in a personal and professional crisis." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 13, 2014
4/5 100% Nagaya shinshiroku (Record of a Tenement Gentleman) (1947) " Cleverly using camera angles to create a sense of place and parallel motifs to unify the action, Ozu reveals his directorial genius, which is confirmed by his light handling of his splendid ensemble cast." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 12, 2014
4/5 92% A Touch of Zen (1969) " A Touch of Zen is at the same time a study of rural life, a ghost story, a discussion of philosophical ideas and a thrilling fight film, with each element being handled with rare skill by Hu." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 12, 2014
2/5 53% Blood Ties (2014) " Canet, who showed his aptitude with the gripping Tell No One, can't bring this dull period piece to life." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 31% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze (1991) " This sequel is less abrasive than its predecessor and was considerably less successful at the box office." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 6, 2014
5/5 97% Notorious (1946) " This dark romantic thriller isn't as thematically complex or technically audacious as some of Alfred Hitchcock's later classics. But it's still hard to beat for pure, polished entertainment." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2/5 13% A Promise (2014) " The lack of chemistry between Madden and Hall drains the film of energy and their unrequited longing is often unintentionally amusing." — Radio Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 91% The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) " James Stewart is superb, and Bernard Miles and Brenda de Banzie make admirable adversaries." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 29, 2014
1/5 6% In the Army Now (1994) " There's no satire, no farce, no wit -- just dumb utterances and whimsical slapstick." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3/5 82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " It's like an Agatha Christie plot." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 100% Branded to Kill (1967) " Director Seijun Suzuki outdid himself with this astonishing blend of yakuza movie, film noir and nouvelle vague." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 33% Believe " Whether wondering why he survived the 1958 Munich air disaster or bantering with Georgie and team-mates, who have no idea who he is, Cox is a delight." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 86% The Lady from Shanghai (1948) " The plot's pleasingly convoluted, the performances amusingly varied, the mood sinisterly sustained. But the set-pieces are the work of a genius." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/5 6% Son of the Pink Panther (1993) " The kidnapping plot is inane, the slapstick inept and the cast ineffectual. All in all, mind-bogglingly bad." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 23, 2014
4/5 92% Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) (1940) " It's fast, furious and funny but, even with that master of atmosphere Carol Reed as director, it could have done with a couple of fresh tricks to keep us guessing." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 57% Blonde Venus (1932) " Atmospheric and visually stimulating but Josef von Sternberg's morality tale is a little thin." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 56% Promoter (1991) " It's solid stuff, but too many involved seem to be marking time." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
5/5 96% Some Like It Hot (1959) " Fifty-five years old and still a comedy masterpiece." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " A gripping if occasionally overwrought drama radiated by a standout turn from Seydoux." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " Filipino maven Diaz delivers a bravura, literary human drama that does justice to its great source material." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " An intriguing look at a lost voice." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) (1969) " Godard abandoned the conventions of narrative cinema and adopted a loose picaresque format around which he could arrange subversive generic tropes, poetic digressions, political ideas and comic-book escapades." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2014
1/5 17% Mannequin 2: On the Move (2008) " The script is so full of old gags it must have been chiselled on stone tablets, while Stewart Raffill's direction is a model example of how not to let the action get in the way of product placements." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 17% Masters of the Universe (1987) " It is exceedingly difficult to make convincing live-action versions of cult cartoon strips, and this big-screen version of the momentarily popular TV series is one of the least successful attempts." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 100% Tristana (1970) " It's bitter, biting and brilliant." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 67% El Año y la Viña " The odd gag does fall flat and Sáez's performance is an acquired taste, but the photography and music are as delightful as the premise of this low-key flight of fancy." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 4, 2014
5/5 99% A Hard Day's Night (1964) " At a time when Elvis and Cliff were still making old-style musicals, this forerunner of the modern music video smashed the mould." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " Some of the slapstick feels forced, but Le Guay's intertextual wit is as sharp as the performances." — Radio Times
Posted Jul 4, 2014
4/5 —— Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie " As funny and charming as its subject, this is manna for Otway's devoted fans." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2014
4/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " Beautifully performed by its two leads, Cycling With Molière is a comic treat." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " The performances are spirited and touching and cinematographer María Secco expertly frames the vulnerable youngsters against various hostile environments." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
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