David Thomson

David Thomson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

David Thomson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Independent, L.A. Weekly, Movieline, The New Republic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Gone Girl (2014) "Gone Girl promises to be an unnerving portrait of marriage as ruin, but then it opts for madness and implausibility. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 4, 2015
86% The Blue Room (2014) "The ultimate triumph in what Amalric has done is to show us all the different forces that can be at work in an affair. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 1, 2015
88% Still Alice (2015) "Julianne Moore is extraordinary at revealing the gradual loss of memory and confidence, and at showing the hulk of physical persistence that remains after intellect and reference have gone. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 3, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "This is a dream on your screen, absurd, languid (if not slow), and possessed by the calm of an inevitable beauty. This is what cinema was invented for. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 20, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "It's understandable that Bennett Miller should have been fascinated by the du Pont-Schultz case and wanted to make a film from it. But sometimes the defense of "based on a true story" evades both the real facts and their fictional potential. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 13, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) "Interstellar is an entertainment disaster for reasons that have dogged our films since they began: ridiculous story; implausible segues; laughable dialogue; the absence of character, drama, and command. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 6, 2014
52% Low Down (2014) "Low Down is a knockout, a candid picture of much of jazz, and one more step for a master actor. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Oct 23, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) "This is a student film in rampant overdrive and it will attract attention and offers. So I just hope Mr. Chazelle doesn't believe too much in his film's dumb message. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Oct 9, 2014
88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "The puzzle-like premise of A Most Wanted Man is a fabrication, but you cannot escape the fascination of Hoffman waiting for despair to be confirmed. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 29, 2014
52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "Magic in the Moonlight is awful and unnecessary. There is no magic, no moonlight, no chemistry, and no impediment to 98 minutes seeming like a day and a half. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 23, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) "The most bracing and liberating thing about Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer is not just its lyrical forward motion, but the exuberance with which the film revels in its plot predicament. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 25, 2014
76% The Last Sentence (2014) "[Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2014
23% Third Person (2014) "This really is one of the dark-horse pictures of the year. Its deepest feelings are for narrative puzzle and its solutions, so it is some way from the blunt emotional impact usually associated with movie success. See it once; see it twice. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 18, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "Long before the end, it's an old-fashioned high tech army fighting the Mimics, who are as spirited and pretty as Blunt. The combat is endless and predictable. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 4, 2014
88% The Immigrant (2014) "This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 28, 2014
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) "Prostitution in polite society is still a nettle fearfully grasped. You see, society is not polite and it's about time movies stopped peddling that fluff. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 20, 2014
100% Miele (2014) "Seek it out. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 8, 2014
96% Ida (2014) "Quite soon in watching Ida, you recognize that you are going to have to see the picture again and again. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 6, 2014
73% The German Doctor (2014) "The German Doctor is both predictable and oppressive. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted May 2, 2014
91% Locke (2014) "Locke is the most unexpected, brilliant, captivating movie of the year so far. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Apr 24, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) "The poster for the film begs for a counter-punch: printed over a gloomy close-up of Depp there is the warning, "Yesterday Dr. Will Caster Was Only Human." To which we might add, "And the Day Before Johnny Depp was an Actor." " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Apr 18, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) "I suspect that I would have lapsed into merciful sleep at some point in a four-hour Dune, but I had a very good time with Pavich's documentary and I believe in its magical vision. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Mar 20, 2014
88% Le Week-End (2014) "Don't run away with the idea that this is a film for your parents. There is no reason why people under 40 or pushing 30 shouldn't see it. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Mar 18, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "There are hints that Fiennes has it in him to portray a worthwhile human being here -- tender, smart, impulsive, humane, and witty -- but this potential is smothered by Anderson's chronic preference for guest stars and demented art direction. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Mar 6, 2014
92% Liv & Ingmar (2013) "As it is, this adoring but congealed documentary takes them at Liv's estimate, as soulmates. But what we deserve is a much fuller portrait. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Feb 21, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) "This is one of the most dreadful, smug, and incoherent films I have ever seen, and a travesty of its many large subjects. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Feb 6, 2014
92% From Here to Eternity (1953) "In From Here to Eternity, you can glimpse an uneasier future for America, with the social wreckage and the pretending. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 29, 2014
85% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) "True Detective has the aggressive casualness and dense texture of a novel by a writer who doesn't care if he's only ever going to be mid-list. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 17, 2014
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) "DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 9, 2014
97% The Selfish Giant (2013) "The Selfish Giant is a film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it -- so long as you go to see it in the first place. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jan 3, 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) "Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 19, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) "Loose, wandering, and often monotonous. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 13, 2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) "[Davis] doesn't seem to possess the inner life that an artist has to bring to the surface. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Dec 5, 2013
96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "It is a film that necessity and education demand seeing. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 25, 2013
64% Bastards (2013) "This is a film so anxious to be taken seriously that it has evaded seriousness itself. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 25, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) "This is a Fellini project, if you like, but it is a film full of music, dance, Rome's crème brûlée light and a sensual tenderness, so that it might have been made by Renoir. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Nov 25, 2013
35% The Counselor (2013) "The Counselor is a very bad film, and I suspect that a lot of the actors knew that already as they did their work. It lacks clarity, plausibility, suspense, and purpose. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Oct 24, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) "All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving, and a harking back to an age when the best mainstream films might be the best pictures America made. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Oct 4, 2013
81% Prisoners (2013) "Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Sep 26, 2013
93% Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Top of the Lake is written and directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis. That's reason enough for taking it seriously, but for being disappointed too. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Sep 13, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) "This is a hell of a film, a marvelous experience, far more beautiful than sentimental, so long as you don't have to have a mind made up for you. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 16, 2013
23% The Canyons (2013) "The Canyons is inept and de-energizing, and Lindsay Lohan is enough to make you cry. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) "It is made by documentarians who show more concern for feminism than for fiction or fantasy. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 7, 2013
76% Ray Donovan: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Ray Donovan is so way ahead of Lovelace or The Canyons in conveying the sexed swagger of Los Angeles. "Ray Donovan" is the one of these three items to watch-so long as you can live with a little nastiness. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Aug 1, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "Sooner or later a major film-maker has to give us someone we will never forget. Jasmine is that someone. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 25, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) "This is a ludicrous, showy film, and we are left to reconcile those two antagonistic qualities, or get out. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 18, 2013
86% In the Fog (2013) "In the Fog, which seems to me a masterpiece, is about occupation and the destruction of an understanding of one's own history. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jul 2, 2013
82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) "Caesar [the main ape] is the reason to see this daft, breathless picture. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
100% Brighton Rock (1947) "Anyone interested after seeing this film [the 2011 version] should go straight to the 1947 original and the uncanny way in which the steadily decent and amiable Attenborough was so scary. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
51% Brighton Rock (2011) "Drab in color, with very little of Brighton-they shot in neighboring Eastbourne, apparently because Brighton is too posh now to be its old self. " ‐ The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
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