David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 90% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 No Score Yet Honeytrap " Despite a strong central performance this is undermined somewhat by melodramatic plotting and gauche characterisation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 100% Phoenix " A gripping study of treachery, identity and survival. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
2/5 44% 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 78% 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 No Score Yet 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) " 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 91% 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 No Score Yet 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 91% 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
3/5 73% Altman (2014) " While this makes a decent introduction to a principled artist and major force in contemporary American cinema, it leaves far too many gaps about his personal and professional exploits for it to be considered definitive. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) " With quirky support from Will Patton's caustic mechanic and Walter Dalton's sympathetic security guard, this is a bittersweet triumph. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 100% Blind (2004) " Every twist and shift of the mise-en-scéne adds to the complexity, ingenuity and artistic bravura of this mesmerising treatise on the refusal to be beaten by disability. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 81% Dior and I (2015) " More compelling when focusing on long-serving staff and their skills and opinions. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 73% The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) " Particularly memorable are the walking figurehead, the hideous centaur and the multi-armed statue that tests Sinbad's swordfighting skills to the maximum. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2015
2/5 33% All Good Things (2010) " A story that's overloaded with research and unbridled speculation, all told with no clear direction. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/5 86% La Signora Senza Camelie (1953) " Although casting a dismissive eye over the Cinecittá ballyhoo, Antonioni is more concerned with the psychological impact of Bosé's lonely predicament. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 16, 2015
5/5 100% Kes (1969) " Ken Loach seems to acquire a surer mastery of his art with each picture, yet this, one of his earliest features, is still one of his best. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 82% Talk Radio (1988) " This gripping picture dating from the time when director Oliver Stone made good films rather than sensational headlines, features a tour-de-force performance from Eric Bogosian. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 29% Gabriela " The film's focus should have been on the way the unswervingly chauvinistic Mastroianni is forced to compromise his principles to save his marriage. But such is Barreto's fixation with Braga's body that the tone is almost risibly soft-core. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 100% Tampopo (1985) " Charming and touching, this film about the relationship between the widow and the trucker is a pleasant surprise. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 100% Elle L'adore " Well played, especially by Sandrine Kiberlain, but Jeanne Henry's film lacks consistency to be great. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 86% My Name Is Salt " Punishingly poetic profile filmed in breathtaking surroundings. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 86% My Name Is Salt " Pacha makes no attempt to construct a narrative from their existence. Instead, she and cameraman Lutz Konermann maintain a discreet distance to capture a unique trade in mesmerising detail. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 71% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) " Helped by the shimmering photography of Nicolas Roeg and hindered by a straitjacket of a script by Frederic Raphael, this laudable, lengthy adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel might have benefited from a less respectful treatment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
5/5 100% Salesman (1968) " An uncompromising documentary which simply lays its subject bare and dares us not be moved by the raw humanity on display. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 9, 2015
4/5 79% Life of Riley (2014) " It's Resnais's genius for making complex formal experimentation seem mischievously accessible that makes this so enjoyable. He will be much missed, but leaves a matchless legacy. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 82% Difret " While Mehari's motives could not be more honourable, his methods leave much to be desired. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 79% Life of Riley (2014) " A final opportunity to see a master at work in this mischievously melancholic delight. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 60% High Tide " Thoughtful study of how children see their parents. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 100% Dreamcatcher (2015) " A sensitive, sincere and humbling profile which is truly inspirational. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 82% Nostalghia (1998) " A hauntingly beautiful film. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3/5 86% Major Barbara (1941) " A bit theatrical in places, which is not surprising when you consider its provenance but it suffers for it. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 4, 2015
5/5 89% M*A*S*H (1970) " The quality of this acerbic study of life in a Korean War field hospital has been too often overlooked because of the popularity of the TV series it spawned. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 3, 2015
3/5 85% A Canterbury Tale (1949) " Curious allegorical epic which was supposed to speak to Allied spirits during the second world war but was a trifle obscure in its symbolism even then. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 3, 2015
4/5 88% The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) " Only the slightly muddled structure detracts from what is otherwise an audacious cinematic experiment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
4/5 100% Maidan (2014) " Belarusian director Sergei Loznitsa returns to his documentary roots for this mesmerising account of the events that transformed the Ukraine between November 2013 and February 2014. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 100% Maidan (2014) " Courageous and indelible account and an invaluable perspective of the protests. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 78% Going My Way (1944) " Although writer/producer/director Leo McCarey bagged three Oscars for this effortless piece of Catholic whimsy, its enduring charm rests with the Oscar-winning performances of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 18, 2015
3/5 84% Dancing In Jaffa (2014) " Exasperatingly trite, but also rather sweet. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/5 34% Two Night Stand (2014) " Charming performances from both leads and insightful vignettes makes up for occasional clumsy writing and plot developments. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 54% Valmont (1989) " While Frears's is truer to the calculating spirit of the book and has the showier cast, Forman's has greater human interest and the more heartfelt performances. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 9, 2015
4/5 64% Benny's Video (1992) " The desensitising nature of popular culture is a theme that recurs throughout most of Michael Haneke's films, but rarely has it been more chillingly debated than in this almost nonchalant study of dysfunction and death. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 6, 2015
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