David Sexton

David Sexton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 81% Good Kill (2015) "Good Kill convincingly shows us a development in warfare that's only going to become ever more important, one that we've been preferring not to think too much about. " ‐ This is London
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 85% While We're Young (2015) "It's a rueful look at what those in their mid-twenties and mid-forties have to offer each other and what the cultural differences are between those whose time it is now and those whose time it was 20 years ago. " ‐ This is London
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/5 83% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "[It] has one great strength: an outstanding performance in this difficult, perhaps fundamentally incoherent, role from Carey Mulligan, far more intense, compelling and modern than Christie, much more intimately filmed. " ‐ This is London
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/5 54% Woman in Gold (2015) "It's a heartwarming story of belated justice, soppy enough in its pre-war flashbacks, but strong in its morality and sympathy: no ambiguities here. " ‐ This is London
Posted Mar 30, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "A remarkably faithful, full-hearted live action rendition of Cinderella, well cast and sumptuously staged, picking its way carefully between Walt Disney's classic musical animation of 1950 and Perrault's definitive text. " ‐ This is London
Posted Mar 27, 2015
2/5 16% The Gunman (2015) "This isn't so much a film in which every ageing male fantasist can invest as a film that works as an allegory for the state of Penn's career alone. A specialised taste, I suspect. " ‐ This is London
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/5 72% Suite Fran├žaise "How are you with the old parleyvoo? Not so hot? Suite Fran├žaise, the latest movie about France under the Occupation, neither. " ‐ This is London
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "The reality of Alzheimer's may be even harsher than its presentation here but that would surely make a film that would only dismay its viewers. " ‐ This is London
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Those who enjoyed, or at least stayed awake for, the first film will be well satisfied, for product continuity has been maintained perfectly. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) "The Duke of Burgundy, as well as being a loving homage to an antique genre of soft-core porn, shows how difficult it can be, not just making fantasy work but simply being with another person ... " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 42% Knight of Cups "It's a giant montage; a rhapsody and an elegy, cinema as prayer. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "[Taylor-Johnson] has very professionally rendered this potent rubbish much less ridiculous, much more of a marketable proposition, than could have been expected. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/5 99% Selma (2015) "In some ways it's beyond criticism as the first-ever major movie about this heroic campaigner. " ‐ This is London
Posted Feb 6, 2015
4/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) "I think I need to see it again, again. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 30, 2015
4/5 89% Ex Machina (2015) "Cool! It's a trip! All Alex Garland's creations are a trip. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Kingsman is a hugely enjoyable, super-styled, ultra-violent fantasia, pushing all those starchy, toff values that underlie Bond into absurdity but then making them work all over again. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) "Whiplash is an extraordinarily taut, accomplished piece of work for a debut feature. It's also unusual in having such a definite point to make - albeit perhaps a pretty objectionable one. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "It is, in many ways, beautifully made, giving its scenes the time to unfold, holding its shots patiently, showing, not telling. And the performances live up to this approach. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 9, 2015
3/5 90% Wild (2014) "Such a monologue of a film depends entirely on the one main actor being pretty much irresistible, however trying her character's frailties. Reese Witherspoon is great in the part. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 96% National Gallery (2014) "The real subject of this documentary is looking at people looking: it's the faces of all the people who pass through the National Gallery, some bored, some uncomprehending, others deeply moved, even transfixed. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jan 4, 2015
2/5 51% Unbroken (2014) "This is "a true story", we are told at the start - these things truly happened to Zamperini, truly a remarkable man. That makes it all the worse that such extreme suffering and heroism should be so unaffecting, actually boring. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) "What's to like? Just that it's Bill Murray, with that special charm, however grotty at first he seems. " ‐ This is London
Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) "Paddington is enchanting. " ‐ This is London
Posted Nov 28, 2014
3/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) "Simplified and conventionalised though it may be, this has to be accounted the most compelling dramatisation of Turing's story yet. " ‐ This is London
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) "As space operas go, this may yet be accounted one of the classics: dream material even. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "hat makes The Theory of Everything so deeply affecting is the two wonderful performances by its leads. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 27, 2014
3/5 47% The Judge (2014) "Every scene makes its point, every line of dialogue weighs in. But it works the material too hard - it's all so emphatic and over-egged and improbably tied together. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) "[An] extraordinarily intense and focussed film ... " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 82% Testament Of Youth (2015) "It's altogether a tearful experience - as contemplating such irrecoverable losses to a whole generation should be. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 42% Effie Gray (2015) "Well scripted, efficiently directed, handsomely dressed and furnished, and vigorously acted. " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 10, 2014
4/5 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Gone Girl grabs you by making you first believe one thing, then another, quite the opposite. It's that woman! No, it's that man! " ‐ This is London
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4/5 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) "It reveals itself as far more Cronenbergian than it first seemed, full of that dreamy enrapturement with aberration and perversity, offering no moral stance. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 26, 2014
2/5 51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "From the outset, Magic in the Moonlight is painfully artificial. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 19, 2014
4/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) "This is a terrific performance by Gyllenhaal, completely inhabiting a spook of a man, a ghoul to remember. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 16, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Second Coming "The main body of the movie is a slow, repetitious study of the family's daily life ... " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 75% Rosewater (2014) "If Rosewater has a moral, it is a liberal one. " ‐ This is London
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) "Besson is a keen pilferer of anything that's looked good in other people's movies. " ‐ This is London
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 36% God's Pocket (2014) "God's Pocket is the best Pete Dexter film, true to his louche, combative vision, tonally surprising, violent and alarming at one moment, then rudely funny and grotesque. " ‐ This is London
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "Finally, some jokey superheroes. " ‐ This is London
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 60% Hercules (2014) "Maybe you really need to be a 12-year-old boy to be absolutely thrilled by Hercules but then lots of us know one, inside or out. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "Dawn is nothing like as dramatically satisfying as Rise. It is slow, portentous and peculiarly dimly lit - for all of Matt Reeves's ambition has gone into creating what he calls "the photo-reality of things". " ‐ This is London
Posted Jul 18, 2014
5/5 98% Boyhood (2014) "Boyhood is not just a genuine epic, not just beautiful and moving, it looks like a classic already. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jul 11, 2014
2/5 86% Chef (2014) "Here's Chef to show us all, for now and evermore, just what a vanity project really looks like. A public service, in its way. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) "Clint can do no wrong for some of us. As we worship, so we believe. Jersey Boys, however, strains our faith. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 20, 2014
2/5 22% Devil's Knot (2014) "Why has Egoyan made this unsatisfactory, ultimately dismaying film, when this awful story has been so thoroughly treated already elsewhere? " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 13, 2014
4/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "Tatum and Hill are just a really great double act, as different and thus well matched as Laurel and Hardy, complementing each other perfectly. " ‐ This is London
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 82% The Homesman (2014) "Jones has made a classic Western about a dangerous trek across country, updating it from the likes of True Grit only by making it a journey in reverse, not manly pioneers heading out West but defeated women settlers heading back East. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 27% The Search "An immense (two hours and 29 minutes) and gravely serious film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War of 1999-2000. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
5/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) "The emotional impact of Two Days, One Night is overwhelming, a tearful experience. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
2/5 31% Lost River (2015) "These days models turn designer, footballers become managers - and actors direct. Why not? Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, is why not. " ‐ This is London
Posted May 23, 2014
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