David Roark

David Roark

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7.2/10 95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) " Slow, calm and quiet with beautifully detailed imagery, the Japanese fantasy may not be the greatest achievement of Studio Ghibli... but it's a real charmer with a big imagination -- the sort of film children need to grow up on. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2014
33% Before I Disappear (2014) " The result is a dark yet poignant drama about depression and drug addiction captured in both form and content, as Christensen creates a surreal, melancholic tone through lighting and camerawork. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4.9/10 31% Gangster Squad (2013) " There's little to glean from Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad except for maybe a few modest laughs, whether the comedy be intentional or not, and some charm from Ryan Gosling. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2013
9/10 90% Lincoln (2012) " Thanks to a strong cast and a smart story that's historically, morally and politically rich, Lincoln will go down as one of Spielberg's greatest accomplishments. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3/10 21% 360 (2012) " Burdened with a dawdling pace and a contrived storyline (and the moral vacuum said storyline creates), 360 falls short on pretty much every level. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2012
7.5/10 74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) " In a time where movies continue to feel more and more disconnected and bleak, the film envelopes the viewer with its warmness -- a glowing optimism and sincere sense of humanity brought home with each punch zoom. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 25, 2012
3/4 83% Warrior (2011) " Even though Christ transforms hearts, believers aren't promised new lives devoid of suffering. Such an accurate depiction of faith is rare in Hollywood and even many faith-based productions. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
6.3/10 77% The Debt (2011) " The urgent plot, convincing performances and sudden spurts of violence saturate it with an overwhelming amount of suspense that makes it far more exciting than most thrillers this year. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2011
2.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Though silly and disposable, the film's heart and physical comedy make it relatively satisfying. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2.5/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " The film is dumb, hackneyed and, well, just plain bad - much like the 1982 original - but because it knows and makes fun of that, it plays for a smart and entertaining ride. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
1/4 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) " The original centered itself around some weighty ideas involving race, politics, and social class. Those same ideas may exist here, but director Wyatt doesn't really care. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
7.6/10 90% Attack the Block (2011) " The British film's quick humor, stunning visuals and a story that's entertaining, dense and timely make it the year's best extraterrestrial invasion. " ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2011
2/4 60% The Beaver (2011) " Settling for superficial sentimentality, it makes us feel sorry for the characters, especially Walter, but it doesn't enlighten or challenge us, which serious art should do. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 56% Unknown (2011) " The film doesn't make you feel or care. It doesn't grab you. In other words, it has all the elements of a good thriller except for, well, thrills. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
1/4 12% Jonah Hex (2010) " An awful excuse for cinema that ultimately fails in nearly every way possible. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/4 17% You Again (2010) " You Again has its heart in the right place, but it's artless, unaccomplished, and contrived. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " Spiritual, inspirational, and adventurous, Zack Snyder's latest -- while no masterpiece -- is a definite success. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/5 29% The Virginity Hit (2010) " It's crass, senseless and, consequently, void of humor. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 17, 2010
2.5/5 17% Legendary (2010) " Legendary relies heavily on veteran actors Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. However good they are, they're incapable of making it any better than a made-for-TV movie. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 10, 2010
4.5/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) " This kind of romance doesn't require depth; it's juvenile, irrational, adventurous - while at the same time totally pertinent. And such is the spirit of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 12, 2010
4/5 91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) " While the movie is far from perfect, those potential missteps are, in the end, part of what makes The Father of My Children so beautiful. " ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 6, 2010
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