Tom Dawson

Tom Dawson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Tom Dawson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Film4, The List, Total Film

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
4/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) "[An] inventive, urgent and humane prison drama, in which real-life Mafia and Camorra prisoners act in a version of Julius Caesar. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) "Shot in long, deep-focus takes, Beyond The Hills shows how not just the church but a whole society has failed these vulnerable young women. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 94% Lore (2013) "This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual's experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 17, 2013
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) "Details the ways, in the face of devastating evidence, that the Catholic Church attempted to cover-up a priest's serial criminality. " ‐ The List
Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/5 100% Victim (1961) "If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance. " ‐ BBC.com
Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/5 71% Everyday (2013) "It deserves its cinematic release, thanks to its lingering, poetic-realist images of uncluttered Norfolk landscapes and to Michael Nyman's yearning score. " ‐ The List
Posted Jan 25, 2013
3/5 85% Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012) "[It] displays plenty of visual imagination, but this overcooked film is in sore need of streamlining. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 18, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet The Lookout "After an impressively choreographed opening set-piece ... The Lookout soon runs aground. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/5 78% Hors Satan (Outside Satan) (2013) "A film which poses lots of questions, rather than provides any definitive answers. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) "The result feels dramatically and emotionally unconvincing, and a step backwards from Riklis's poignant allegory Lemon Tree. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 81% Boxing Day "Disappointing. " ‐ The List
Posted Dec 18, 2012
4/5 100% McCullin "A sobering primer in the hard-hitting photojournalism of the '60s and '70s. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Dec 17, 2012
3/5 58% I, Anna "A slice of modern London noir is served up in writer/director Barnaby Southcombe's debut. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 86% Yossi (2013) "This is a perceptive, warm-hearted work, anchored by Knoller's impressively less-is-more performance. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 27, 2012
4/5 94% The House I Live In (2012) "Persuasively argues that punitive laws against users have historically involved disproportionately targeting poor, non-white communities. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/5 93% The Hunt (2013) "The powerfully acted The Hunt concerns itself with how an innocent individual is caught up in a modern-day witch-hunt, based solely on the false memories of a child. " ‐ The List
Posted Nov 5, 2012
3/5 76% Alps (2012) "Absurdly amusing (in places), rigorously directed, and more interesting on an intellectual level than an emotional one. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 30, 2012
3/5 90% Keep the Lights On (2012) "Feels lopsided in its focus on Erik, with Paul remaining a strangely remote object of the former's romantic devotion. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Bienvenue parmi nous (Welcome Abroad) "There's plenty to savour in Chesnais' expertly judged performance, while Becker's warmth towards the gentle pace of life in provincial France is palpable. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 23, 2012
4/5 95% Sister (2012) "Like her 2008 debut Home, Swiss director Ursula Meier's accomplished follow-up focuses on those living on the margins. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
4/5 93% Elena (2012) "Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 17, 2012
4/5 89% In the House (2013) "Effortlessly shifts between genres, tones and styles, thus becoming an inquiry into this gifted if erratic filmmaker's whole career. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 9, 2012
4/5 80% Reality (2013) "The film itself serves a powerful metaphor for Berlusconi-era Italy, in which Catholicism has seemingly been supplanted by a hysterical collective craving for celebrity status. " ‐ The List
Posted Oct 9, 2012
3/5 71% Husbands (1970) "A gruelling and sometimes exasperating film, notable for its raw performances - as well as its avoidance of close-ups and point-of-view shots. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2/5 75% The Intouchables (2012) "Did the script really have to perpetuate such crass racial stereotypes? " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 11, 2012
4/5 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro "Shot in warm, summery tones, TSOK muses pertinently on justice and forgiveness while painting a moving portrait of an enduring marriage. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 3, 2012
3/5 64% In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (2010) "At a taut 81 mins, this crisply shot two-hander is further proof of how modern French cinema consistently allows Scott Thomas opportunities to excel in psychologically challenging roles. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 15, 2012
3/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) "Polley proves to be a perceptive observer of the body language between couples, particularly the passive-aggressive dynamic between Margot and Lou. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 8, 2012
4/5 56% L'oiseau (The Bird) "This thoughtful film is modest in scope, but remains quietly moving in its portrayal of both nature and the transience of human feelings. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 6, 2012
4/5 95% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) "Make allowances for Ivor Novello's hammy acting as the mysterious lodger wrongly accused of the killings, and relish instead Hitch's intuitive grasp of visual storytelling. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 67% Offender (2012) "The way the camera lingers on the lividly bruised and battered faces of his characters, plus the clichéd use of slow motion, epitomise the film's limitations. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 30, 2012
3/5 90% The Fairy (2012) "It's simultaneously a very knowing and strangely innocent film... " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 17, 2012
3/5 86% Electrick Children (2013) "The debut feature of twentysomething Rebecca Thomas, who herself grew up in the Mormon faith, this US indie is a decent coming-of-age yarn, adorned with some magic realist flourishes. " ‐ The List
Posted Jul 17, 2012
2/5 67% The Prey (2013) "Sweeping landscape shots and the reliable presence of Sergi López, here playing a scarred private investigator, can't distract from the clichés of a particularly dim-witted script. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 100% Les géants (The Giants) (2011) "Lanners makes effective use of a string of fairytale settings (woods, rivers, spooky houses) in this atmospheric coming-of-age yarn. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2012
100% Salute (2012) "A valuable reminder of how athletes can take a courageous stand. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2012
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) "A film that makes you ponder the mysteries of human existence anew. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 2, 2012
2/5 33% The Players (2014) "Greater female input might have alleviated the film's tiresome chauvinism. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 29, 2012
5/5 98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) "This is more than just a scathing satire on the political, religious and military representatives of the ruling elite. Ever the surrealist, Buñuel is also paying tribute to the poise and resilience of the very people he spent his whole career attacking. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 26, 2012
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) "Scripted by ITV news correspondent Tom Bradby from his novel, Shadow Dancer sidesteps many of the clichés of films relating to this particular armed conflict. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/5 0% Requiem for a Killer (Requiem pour une Tueuse) "Writer-director's Jerome Le Gris' sub-Hitchcockian thriller piles up the genre clichés to the point where you assume the whole enterprise must be an Agatha Christie-style parody. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/5 51% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) "Balancing sectarian tragedy and earthy humour is never easy, and Labaki crams in too many stereotypes. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 78% The Last Projectionist "A self-promoting yet revealing documentary from venue owner Tom Lawes. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/5 69% The Hunter (2012) "It's certainly enjoyable to watch the beanie-hatted, craggy-faced Dafoe set animal traps with his bare hands. " ‐ The List
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/5 87% Polisse (2012) "There are interesting ideas here about the gulf between the world-weary adults and the prematurely-sexualised and often foul-mouthed adolescents, but overall Polisse is a clear case of a film that needed much more stringent editing. " ‐ The List
Posted May 16, 2012
3/5 71% Free Men (2012) "Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed... " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 15, 2012
88% Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011) "It's an undeniably didactic drama, but scores points for stylistic ambition and its heartfelt sympathies towards the dispossessed. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
2/5 63% Café de Flore (2012) "An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
65% If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011) "Pistereanu mines a fine, compelling blend of menace and innocence. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
3/5 55% Beloved (2012) "Alex Beaupain's songs effectively convey emotion, but Beloved doesn't scale the heights of the Truffaut and Demy films it pastiches. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
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