Tom Dawson

Tom Dawson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications:
BBC.com , Film4 , The List , Total Film
Total Reviews:
443

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 62% Underdogs (2015) " Impressively designed throughout, The Unbeatables also keeps the laughs kicking, both in its characterisations and its nods to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Citizen Kane. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 64% Pandora's Promise (2013) " The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 8, 2013
4/5 17% Love Tomorrow " The leads struggle with an undernourished script, and there's a cheapo televisual vibe throughout. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 93% Child's Pose (2014) " It's through the dysfunctional mother-son relationship at its core that a pointed critique of the corruption bedevilling Romanian society emerges. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 67% A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) " It's an elegantly shot and designed tale, yet strangely lacking in emotional weight. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Sticking tightly to its heroine's everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " An affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama's understated turn and Koreeda's typically graceful visual storytelling. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " Propelled by the powerfully credible performances of its non-professional teenage leads, and punctuated with contemplative images of post-industrial landscapes, The Selfish Giant ultimately achieves in its poignant coda a note of unexpected grace. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " Assembled from a plethora of visual sources, including the title footage, this impressively edited and dynamically scored film successfully combines visceral bursts of action with intimately observed sequences ... " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 91% The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013) " The motormouthed Zizek serves up an intellectually provocative psychoanalytical dissection of Hollywood movies. " ‐ The List
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " There's something trance-like about the flow of images here, as close-ups of details within illustrious paintings are juxtaposed with shots of faces and buildings in the streets of contemporary Vienna, alongside numerous fades to black. " ‐ The List
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " Feels slightly diffuse in its analysis. " ‐ The List
Posted Sep 3, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " Unwinding at its own gentle pace, Museum Hours delicately explores a platonic friendship between two emotionally reserved people. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent) " It's an intimately focused, calmly composed drama, albeit one that can't help seeming a little outdated given the ongoing upheavals in Egypt. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 93% Kuma " A confident, vigorously acted debut, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive 'family values'. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 50% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) " There's a dream-like quality to this nimble-footed tale, in which coincidences, repetitions and digressions abound, and where various characters appear seemingly magically within scenes. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 7, 2013
4/5 93% Our Children (2013) " Expertly avoiding sensationalism, this potently acted drama reminds us of Jean Renoir's celebrated dictum, that everyone has their reasons. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 90% Silence (2014) " Closer to Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone In Love) than Berberian Sound Studio, it's a lyrical if emotionally muted journey. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 71% Foxfire " Cantet's film avoids period nostalgia, paying attention to the solidarity and tensions in the proto-feminist band as they struggle to break the shackles of mainstream society. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " Against the odds this is a sometimes droll and surprisingly tender affair, and a fitting end to Seidl's magnum opus. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 100% Les Invisibles " A beautifully assembled film which pays close attention to nature and judiciously incorporates black and white photographs and home movie footage alongside its interviews. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 75% Out in the Dark (2013) " [Conveys] a palpable mood of claustrophobia, which gives the desire of the characters to escape abroad a convincing emotional resonance " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/5 38% Paris Manhattan (2013) " Sophie Lellouche's slick debut is chock-full of Woody-com quotes and references, yet it remains an inconsequential, undernourished trifle that does sod-all with its potential. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 69% Renoir (2013) " Overly dependent on the beauty of its Edenic setting, which is lushly photographed by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 30, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Opppenheimer's high-risk strategy of avoiding historical analysis and giving the film over to bragging mass murderers pays huge dividends. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3/5 57% I Am Nasrine " Gharavi finds an element of poetry in the wide-open spaces of the North East countryside through which Nasrine passes in her journey of self-discovery. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 94% Shun LI And The Poet (2013) " Francois Couturier's score is overly emphatic in places in tugging at our heartstrings, but the film's gentle humanity is to be cherished. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Evil has rarely seemed so banal. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 73% Paradise: Love (2013) " Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet's Haiti-set Heading South, Seidl's gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 35% Summer in February (2014) " Though it struggles to transcend its Sunday-TV feel, Christopher Menaul's film boasts sturdy turns from its three leads, while the outdoor lensing is a breath of fresh air. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 82% Like Someone in Love (2013) " Like Someone In Love explores familiar Kiarostami themes - how we slip between roles in our relationships - with a terrifically light touch, making for his best since 1999's The Wind Will Carry Us. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
5/5 98% Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) (1972) " A classic that screams to be seen on the big screen. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 3, 2013
3/5 73% Populaire (2013) " The colourful retro designs and the leads' sparkling chemistry help to Tipp-Ex over some of the predictability. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 17, 2013
4/5 82% Something in the Air (2013) " Assayas ensures that nostalgia and cynicism are kept at bay, keeping us aware of the doubts and insecurities of youthful characters. " ‐ The List
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " In her process of cinematic adaptation, Nair has removed much of the source novel's ambiguity. " ‐ The List
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 98% Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012) " A fascinating rockumentary that pays tribute to its subject's impressive musical odyssey, while illustrating the enormous emotional costs he's incurred along the way. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 100% White Elephant (2013) " Writer/director Trapero arguably crams too much into the film's running time, but potent turns and Michael Nyman's yearning score are among the compensations. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 17, 2013
4/5 82% Scarecrow (1973) " It's strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 17, 2013
4/5 86% In the Fog (2013) " The performances possess a powerful authenticity, whilst the poignancy of the fog-bound finale lingers in the mind. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " [An] absorbing documentary, which charts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Six Day War to the presentday. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2013
3/5 33% Home (Yurt) " There's a quiet power in the mood of loss and loneliness, while the landscape lensing is little short of stunning. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 100% Teen Kanya (Two Daughters) (Three Daughters) (1961) " Gracefully shot, it's an amusing film that's imbued with Ray's generous humanity. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 18, 2013
3/5 73% One Mile Away " The strength of One Mile Away is that it gives the viewer a palpable sense of what it's like to be caught up in these 'postcode' wars ... " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 68% Trance (2013) " A self-aware, genre-subverting piece of postmodernism, which culminates in a deliberately OTT finale. " ‐ The List
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) " With its inventive sound, masterly lensing and diverse mix of characters, Filho reveals a society haunted by both its past and by the threat of future violence. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 12, 2013
4/5 80% Reality (2013) " The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 12, 2013
3/5 70% The Spirit of '45 " It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 89% Shell " It's refreshing to see a British film in which place and character are so entwined. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 1, 2013
4/5 45% To The Wonder (2013) " In the face of the film's overwhelming visual beauty, no official religious faith is required to feel that you are witnessing paradise gained and lost. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 18, 2013
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