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David Parkinson

David Parkinson

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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 Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) "More impressionistic and contemplative than dramatic and analytical, this is an intriguing memoir of a significant female artist. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3/5 91% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "Although packed with compelling archive footage, this never quite gets into Joplin's head, heart or soul. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 96% Rams (HrĂștar) (2016) "Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 88% Innocence Of Memories "Coolly intelligent and noirishly compelling. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4/5 100% Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans And The Last Nazi War Crime "The co-directors not only chronicle a landmark scoop, but also highlight the importance of investigative journalism. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 57% The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant) "In truth, Bejo and Attal lack a certain romantic spark, but Barbier still manages to spring several neat surprises in the final stretch. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 44% Lost in Karastan "While bullishly played by all, this raises more broad laughs than potent points about art and politics. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 81% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) "Tellingly, little actual dancing is shown as Read snoops backstage, only scratching the surface of the scandal, though with plenty of simmering intrigue and splendid archive material. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 100% Sherpa (2015) "Combining stunning vistas with intimate insights, Jennifer Peedom's compelling account of life on Mount Everest is an astute appreciation of the Sherpa existence and their value to a $350 million business that often takes them for granted. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues "Christian Duguay directs steadily and makes the most of Christophe Graillot's handsome photography. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/5 91% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "While this is always informative, it often feels like an illustrated lecture that over-scrupulously avoids the contentious topic of Guggenheim's taste in both painting and men. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 100% Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) "This is fascinating stuff, though the fussily faux soundtrack and heavy-handed hagiographic tone occasionally intrude too much. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 94% The Forbidden Room (2015) "Once again, Maddin draws his inspiration from cinema's transitional phase between silent and sound, and he is abetted wonderfully by production designer Galen Johnson and cinematographer StĂ©phanie Weber-Biron. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 100% Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) "The archive footage is compelling, but the soundtrack is a muddle of voice-over, music and effects. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 94% The Forbidden Room (2015) "Exquisitely designed, this cornucopia of melodramatic fragments and movie pastiches will enchant Guy Maddin fans. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 100% The Show of Shows "A nostalgic, but considered tribute to an almost extinct lifestyle that kept the masses entertained for over a century. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/5 84% Urok (The Lesson) (2015) "The suspense is superbly maintained as the excellent Gosheva struggles to stay on her pedestal. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 100% The Show of Shows "Eschews cosy nostalgia to focus on the skills, perils and exploitation involved in the acts and the communality of life on the road. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
5/5 83% Doctor Zhivago (1965) "This adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel has all the sweep and stateliness that characterised David Lean's mastery of the epic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2015
2/5 42% Love (2015) "[A] teasingly semi-autobiographical, but decidedly underwhelming melodrama. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 95% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) "A corking conspiracy lies at the heart of Chad Gracia's debut documentary, whose darkly comic proceedings are strewn with covert recordings and animated interludes. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani) "Mesmerising and wondrously atmospheric ... " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 86% Tell Spring Not To Come This Year "The camaraderie and courage on display is humblingly affecting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 92% The Fear Of 13 "Gripping ... " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 100% Warriors "Hugely engaging and quietly potent ... " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
5/5 89% Brief Encounter (1945) "The leads are outstanding, but credit should also go to the forgotten Cyril Raymond, whose decent dullness as Johnson's husband makes those stolen Thursdays seem so special. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 17% Ronaldo (2015) "As much an exercise in showcasing conspicuous wealth as an insight into the man and his achievements, this is a vulgar vanity project that massively misses a unique opportunity. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 86% Microbe and Gasoline "Audrey Tautou has a poignant cameo and the production design is charming, but the magic Gondry tries so hard to inject is missing. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 86% Thunderball (1965) "Director Terence Young never quite solves the pacing problems posed by filming underwater, but John Stears's Oscar-winning special effects more than compensate. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015
60% Conspiracy of Hearts (1960) "If you want to know what the ultimately synthetic box-office film would look like, then try this weepie. " ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 25, 2015
4/5 71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) "Time will tell, but Brand's fans and foes alike will find much to delight and disquiet them in this difficult, but consistently fascinating documentary. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
3/5 92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015) "Exploring activism's role in the '60s struggle for civil rights, this is a powerful look at a contentiously iconic movement. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/5 94% Born Free (1966) "Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill, this charming adaptation of Joy Adamson's bestseller is one of the great animal films. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2015
2/5 70% The Living Daylights (1987) "This was Timothy Dalton's debut as 007 and it was already pretty clear that he lacked the necessary ironic touch that made the credibility-straining action seem fun rather than ridiculous. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/5 43% The Diabolical (2015) "Although the plot becomes needlessly busy, Legrand fails to generate palpable terror and the ending feels rather rushed. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 64% Topaz (1969) "Prhaps the poorest film of [Hitchcock's] Hollywood career. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2/5 24% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) "This lacklustre romantic comedy seems a little like a lost episode in the life of Helberg's Big Bang Theory character, Howard Wolowitz. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 42% Octopussy (1983) "This was the 13th Bond movie and it's possibly the most frivolous in the series to date (it's certainly the most careless). " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/5 89% The Harder They Come (1973) "Whatever the film's shortcomings, though, the music is superb. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
4/5 86% By Our Selves "Mesmerising, challenging and defiantly unique. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 92% Salaam Bombay! (1988) "Dickensian in its empathy with the poor, uncompromising in its realism and ambitious in both scope and technique, this debut feature from Mira Nair is one of the most arresting studies of street life ever made. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2/5 30% Two Minute Warning (1992) "While the acting styles of John Cassavetes and Charlton Heston clash like cymbals, director Larry Peerce preoccupies himself with grandstanding camerawork that does little to heighten tension or make us care for the potential targets. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 27, 2015
4/5 82% Papillon (1999) "But Dustin Hoffman produces a splendid depiction of cunning corruption that acts as a perfect balance to McQueen's superstar charisma. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2015
5/5 92% Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player) (1960) "A superb combination of genre movie and Truffaut's special brand of perfectly observed, humanist detail. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
4/5 100% A Syrian Love Story "Providing an intimate insight into the realities behind the headlines, this provocative and compassionate study is both timely and essential viewing. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 88% Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) "The provocative themes ultimately get lost in the surfeit of overwrought emotions. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 70% Pasolini "Even cineastes with a good working knowledge of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life and works are going to struggle to navigate this capriciously intricate account of his final days in November 1975. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 95% How To Change The World (2015) "This spends more time on the tensions between the dominant trio than their landmark campaigning. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 71% Rubble Kings (2015) "Despite its sketchiness, this offers a vivid insight into the rejuvenation of a decaying city through fury, activism and music. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 90% Cartel Land (2015) "Lacks the necessary perspicacity, objectivity and trenchancy. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
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