David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 89% of the time.

Publications:
Empire Magazine , Guardian , Radio Times
Total Reviews:
788
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 91% The Man Who Knew Too Much (2001) " 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 80% 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 91% 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
5/5 89% Queen Christina (1933) " The sheer presence of Garbo in this startlingly profound performance it completely and utterly mesmerizing, and an experience that can't really be done justice on the small screen." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2014
4/5 92% The Return To Homs (2014) " A ferocious, devastating doc and a must-see for anyone seeking an insider's view of the Syrian uprising." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2014
2/5 58% Keeping Rosy " There's the hallmarks of a decent thriller in the set-up, and Peake is terrific, but the execution is purest hooey." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " A fine performance from Fanny Ardant elevates Marion Vernoux's intriguing if rarely riveting study of late-life passion." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 20% I Love Trouble (1994) " If you can get your head round the idea of Julia Roberts as a ruthlessly ambitious newspaper reporter, then there's plenty to enjoy in this frivolous comedy thriller." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/5 19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) " Sadly, in common with so many non-Disney cartoons, the standard of the songs is poor and the animation lacks magic." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/5 54% The Doors (1991) " Val Kilmer does, however, pull off a remarkable impression of the troubled vocalist, although he's more convincing on stage than he is in his drunken, drug-fuelled reveries." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2/5 29% 3 Ninjas (1992) " It's just a pity that the three martial arts kids are so charmless." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 86% Bright Days Ahead (2014) " Fitfully amusing and poignant in its insights into ageing, this cross-generational fling saga lacks the character and depth to say anything genuinely significant." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 82% Camille Claudel, 1915 (2013) " As meticulous as one of Claudel's sculptures, Hors Satan director Dumont and his star do this true-life story justice with an empathetic telling." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2014
3/5 43% Common People " A folksy but charming celebration of communal life." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
4/5 100% Of Horses and Men " Vividly shot, this is a strange and seductive portmanteau of Icelandic tales." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3/5 77% The Dirties (2013) " For all its black comedic bravura, this is a touch too self-conscious to amuse, provoke or convince." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 43% Common People " Alexander's script deftly captures the sense of community that prompts strangers to make the effort to communicate with each other or do good deeds." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 86% The Travelling Players (O thiasos) (1976) " With its stately pace and obscure references to mythology and contemporary events, the film requires patience. But its power and intelligence more than repay the effort." — Radio Times
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/5 100% 36 " A leisurely paced but interesting hook on technology, memory and love." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2014
4/5 90% Chungking Express (1996) " The performances as a whole are a joy and the script is a gem." — Radio Times
Posted May 28, 2014
3/5 85% Korengal (2014) " The death of Hetherington in Libya imbues this Restrepo follow-up with pathos - as do the brutal conditions endured by its subjects." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 —— Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle " A smart, thoughtful piece of work. Recommended." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 92% A Farewell to Arms (1932) " Lacks the raw gusto of the book but beautifully played by its two leads." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
3/5 43% Mariachi Gringo (2013) " A road trip movie filled with simple pleasures. Ashmore does a solid job as a mariachi musician without a single grenade-launcher in his guitar case." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 78% Gertrud (1964) " Much maligned on its release, this mesmerising picture was subsequently hailed as one of the most remarkable achievements of a brilliant career." — Radio Times
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 82% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) " Robert Bresson's most earnest film is also his least engaging." — Radio Times
Posted May 22, 2014
5/5 96% La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973) " A sprawling study of sexual politics and smug 1960s intellectualism, Jean Eustache's masterpiece was the last hurrah of the French New Wave." — Radio Times
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 97% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) " Densely symbolic, yet never inaccessible, this is artistically unique and overwhelmingly powerful." — Radio Times
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) " Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subtle compositions and meticulous pacing draw the viewer into the heart of the drama." — Radio Times
Posted May 20, 2014
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