Tom Dawson

Tom Dawson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

Publications: , Film4 , The List , Total Film
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Showing 151 - 200 of 442
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 76% Cold Weather (2011) " Unfolding in wintry Portland, this is a beautifully photographed tale, where the mystery itself is a red herring." — Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2011
4/5 92% Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione) (1965) " Revolution is vibrantly shot, scored and edited, yet permeated by a mood of disenchantment." — Total Film
Posted Mar 30, 2011
4/5 81% Louise-Michel (2008) " The laughs are defiantly non-PC, but there's no doubting the sympathetic handling of the working-class heroes, nor the righteous rage at the injustices of contemporary capitalism." — Total Film
Posted Mar 23, 2011
3/5 94% Passenger Side (2010) " There's nothing earth-shattering here, but the acting's credible and the wrap-up unexpected." — Total Film
Posted Mar 18, 2011
4/5 92% Ballast (2008) " Powerful, semi-improvised performances bring us closer to the isolated characters, who movingly earn themselves the possibility of redemption." — Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2011
4/5 —— Southern District " Valdivia captures his characters' bubble-like existence without neglecting the bigger social picture." — Total Film
Posted Mar 3, 2011
4/5 95% Archipelago (2014) " British writer/director Joanna Hogg follows her debut Unrelated with another insightful, impressively acted study of upper-middle-class family friction." — Total Film
Posted Feb 22, 2011
2/5 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011) " It's a marginal improvement on previous outings, if only because Lawrence is slightly lower in the mix." — Total Film
Posted Feb 16, 2011
4/5 84% Nenette (2010) " If the tea-drinking Nénette remains an enigmatic figure, Philibert makes fascinatingly clear how we humans project our own feelings and thoughts onto her." — Total Film
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 80% The Clink Of Ice (Le Bruit Des Glacons) " Despite the theatrical execution, it's winningly acted, while Blier provides a typically defiant resolution for his transgressive lovers." — Total Film
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 55% How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster? (2012) " There are no dissenting voices to be heard in Norberto López Amado and Carlos Carcas' movie, but then it's easy to admire Foster..." — Total Film
Posted Jan 31, 2011
3/5 81% The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa) (2009) " Despite the distancing preciousness, there are compensations in the beautiful Lisbon vistas, fado music and unexpectedly moving resolution." — Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2011
4/5 100% Living On Love Alone (d'amour Et D'eau Fraiche) " Heeding Jean-Luc Godard's maxim that all you need to make a movie is a "girl and a gun", Isabelle Czajka's freewheeling feature is built around a captivating turn from French rising star Anaïs Demoustier." — Total Film
Posted Jan 26, 2011
3/5 71% Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) (2010) " Ozpetek could have trimmed some of the sub-plots, but it's broadly amusing (especially when our hero's camp pals pitch up) and the performances are as warm as the southern setting." — Total Film
Posted Dec 20, 2010
4/5 —— The War You Don't See " Pilger assembles an impressive range of interviewees, including 'embedded' war correspondents and whistleblowers." — Total Film
Posted Dec 20, 2010
4/5 100% Enemies of the People (2010) " Enemies incisively interweaves archive footage with revealing interviews..." — Total Film
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 67% In Our Name " Anchored by Froggatt's powerful performance, this is stark social realism steeped in honesty and humanity." — Total Film
Posted Dec 13, 2010
4/5 93% Of Gods and Men (2011) " Beautifully acted by its ensemble cast (especially Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale), it immerses us in its subjects' rituals, everyday tasks and spiritual dilemmas." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2010
3/5 89% An Ordinary Execution (2010) " Shot in a gloomy palette of greys and browns, Execution offers a chilling re-creation of everyday life under Stalin." — Total Film
Posted Nov 17, 2010
5/5 95% Peeping Tom (1960) " Misplaced critical vitriol torpedoed the original 1960 release of director Michael Powell's psycho-horror. Fifty years later, it's an undisputed British masterpiece." — Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2010
3/5 86% Fit " There's a genuine vibrancy and the championing of sexual diversity and tolerance is heartfelt." — Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2010
4/5 100% Out Of The Ashes " Entertaining and enlightening, this sporting underdog doc chronicles the efforts of the fledgling Afghan national cricket side to reach the World Cup Finals." — Total Film
Posted Oct 27, 2010
4/5 94% Carlos (2010) " The ambition, scope and drive impress greatly, as does Ramírez, who nails his character's fascinating contradictions." — Total Film
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2/5 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) " Performances are perfectly pleasant, but more of Ramona's flights of fancy and less lingering on the adult romance would've added some oomph." — Total Film
Posted Oct 21, 2010
3/5 57% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) " Nowrasteh's approach is hardly subtle, favouring didactic dialogue and overblown scoring. That said, a 20-minute stoning sequence possesses the shocking brutality of The Passion Of The Christ" — Total Film
Posted Oct 21, 2010
4/5 82% Collapse (2009) " Unearths the flawed humanity behind the apocalyptic theorising." — Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2010
4/5 83% Peepli Live (2010) " Drawing on India's rural-versus-urban divide, Rizvi spins a dynamic, enjoyably-acted yarn that balances farcical humour with a satisfying seriousness." — Total Film
Posted Sep 23, 2010
4/5 87% Budrus (2010) " Following events over several years, director Julia Bacha uses visual sources and interviewees (including Israeli soldiers) to sculpt a timely testimony to the power of peaceful resistance." — Total Film
Posted Sep 23, 2010
4/5 91% The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010) " A superior procedural." — Total Film
Posted Aug 19, 2010
4/5 79% Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura) (2010) " Contrasting elegant surfaces and heartfelt feelings, it's an enigmatic gem -- and at 64 mins, truly succinct." — Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2010
3/5 86% Rough Aunties (2008) " A moving tribute to the dedication, humanity and camaraderie of its female subjects." — Total Film
Posted Jul 22, 2010
3/5 69% Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur) (2010) " Worth seeing for Duris' athletic, charismatic and quick-witted performance, not to mention his snake-hipped recreation with Paradis of Dirty Dancing's pas de deux. And yes, he does dance like Patrick Swayze." — Total Film
Posted Jul 7, 2010
3/5 68% Leaving (Partir) (2010) " Moving fluently between the film's contrasting worlds, writer-director Catherine Corsini's emphasis is less on exploring her characters' psychological motivations than showing how they are overwhelmed by their emotions." — Total Film
Posted Jul 7, 2010
4/5 66% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) " A wonderfully eccentric offering from Resnais, with fine ensemble performances to match." — Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2010
3/5 88% Journey to Mecca (2009) " The storytelling may be pedestrian, but the swooping aerial images of the massed pilgrims journeying on camels and circling the Kabba are wondrous to behold." — Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2010
92% Vincere (2010) " Writer/director Bellocchio boldly orchestrates a whirl of archival newsreel footage, silent-movie clips and fictional re-enactments." — Total Film
Posted May 20, 2010
3/4 84% Eyes Wide Open (Einaym Pkuhot) (2010) " A sensitively directed and movingly acted story of forbidden love." — Total Film
Posted May 20, 2010
4/4 81% The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010) " Handling potentially lurid material with restraint, Llosa finds a measure of beauty in the rituals and superstitions of community life." — Total Film
Posted May 6, 2010
4/5 88% La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009) " Even if you don't know your pliés from your jétes, it's impossible not to be impressed by the athleticism, agility and stamina on display, though the star of the show is the ballet's imperious artistic director, Brigitte Lefèvre." — Total Film
Posted Apr 29, 2010
3/5 83% Bananas! (2009) " Drawing on vivid archive footage of working conditions in rural Nicaragua, director Fredrik Gertten also benefits from a charismatic protag in Juan Dominguez, the Ferrari-driving lawyer representing the underdogs." — Total Film
Posted Apr 22, 2010
4/4 72% Double Take (2009) " A single viewing only scratches the surface of this dazzling montage-based Hitchcock quasi-doc." — Total Film
Posted Apr 2, 2010
2/5 56% She, a Chinese (2009) " The functionally photographed She, A Chinese isn't at all lacking in thematic ambitions, but there's a disappointing sketchiness to the storytelling and Lu's opaque central turn hinders an emotional engagement in her character's quest." — Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2010
3/5 22% Freestyle (2004) " Admittedly, the characters are schematically drawn, but there's real chemistry between the freestyling leads and, refreshingly given the milieu, there's not a gun in sight." — Total Film
Posted Feb 26, 2010
2/5 57% Burlesque Undressed " That Blaize is also the producer might explain the absence of any dissenting voices in a work which seems happy to act as a cheerleader for her career." — Total Film
Posted Jan 22, 2010
4/5 100% Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008) " Koreeda's big theme is the transience of all our lives, but he doesn't make a meal of it. Instead, he essays a moving restraint that evokes Ozu's vintage domestic dramas - no mean feat." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2010
3/5 78% OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010) " Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius amusingly sends up the genre's visual and verbal codes, and relishes satirising OSS 117's sexist and anti-Semitic views by pairing him with a beautiful female Mossad agent." — Total Film
Posted Jan 15, 2010
4/5 74% Unmade Beds (2009) " Beautifully shot on HD video and Super 16mm, this tender film channels the romantic spirit of Wong Kar-wai, über-cool soundtrack and all." — Total Film
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/5 80% Le Premier Jour du Reste de ta Vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) (2008) " Despite being engagingly acted and smartly structured, this ambitious effort from Rémi Bezançon ultimately presents a sentimental vision of la vie famille." — Film4
Posted Nov 20, 2009
4/5 87% Welcome (2010) " Strong echoes of Michael Winterbottom's In This World in this affecting immigration drama from French writer-director Philippe Lioret." — Total Film
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 100% L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno) (2010) " Bromberg tells the fascinating story of a controlling director who was given free rein to push back the boundaries of cinema, only to find his own sanity jeopardised." — Total Film
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/5 94% Tales from the Golden Age (2011) " Shot with clarity and plenty of dry humour, this impressive collection of five short films is proof of the youthful vitality of the New Romanian Cinema." — Film4
Posted Oct 30, 2009
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