David Thomson

David Thomson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Film Comment Magazine , Independent , L.A. Weekly , Movieline , The New Republic
Total Reviews:
99

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
91% 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
33% 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
89% 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
87% 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
95% 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
97% 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
34% 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
82% 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
93% Drive (2011) " What it had going for it was an uncanny and moving relationship between Gosling and Mulligan." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
97% The Killing (1956) " Faultless and enjoyable." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951) " It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 24, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Z has guts and energy. It starts its mayhem early and it never lets up." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 21, 2013
92% Take Shelter (2011) " In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
94% Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) " It came nowhere close to the numbers on Easy Rider, but it is so much more worthwhile as a film. Indeed, I'm going to push my luck and say there has never been a better film about sweaters." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
36% In Time (2011) " In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
92% Page Eight " Bill Nighy is the hushed engine of the film, just as Rachel Weisz is asked to be the emblem of a vein of decency and commitment that is worth defending." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
43% J. Edgar (2011) " The Hoover material is ugly and very American, and it might have made an authentic monster story. But the picture offered is muddled, cautious, and at cross purposes." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
89% The Descendants (2011) " The Descendants is humane, decent, and close to real quality." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " I believe the heart of the film, and the cleverest stroke of all, is Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, someone few of us will have heard of." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
79% Shame (2011) " The film's numb attitude assumes that Brandon's problem is beyond reach or rescue. So why are we watching, except for high-tone misery and something close to pornography?" — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
80% Young Adult (2011) " There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " The movie is riveting in the exact sense of the word: We feel nailed to the screen in the impossible task of working out what is going on-let alone why it matters." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
77% A Dangerous Method (2011) " It makes for an absorbing drama and leaves the mustiness of cigars in the theatre." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
98% The Artist (2011) " The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 20, 2013
99% A Separation (2011) " You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " It becomes a film about her [Swinton] scattered mind. That produces wonders from Swinton, but it ignores the plea in the title. What about Kevin? Kevin deserves so much more attention-indeed, he deserves being played by Tilda Swinton. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 19, 2013
84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The film shows precious little hunger and no sense of game. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 17, 2013
78% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " The movie is an exquisite period piece, slow and dank, and unduly persuaded that it's rendering a classic. " — The New Republic
Posted Jun 17, 2013
70% The Loneliest Planet (2012) " You have to see The Loneliest Planet, for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which ... well, you'll never forget it." — The New Republic
Posted Jun 17, 2013
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