David Berry

David Berry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

David Berry's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): National Post

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 85%

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016)

"There is a world of charm and wisdom in the film, much as there is in the man himself. " ‐ National Post
Posted Jul 29, 2016

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

"You've got to be pretty savvy to come across as completely clueless." ‐ National Post
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 84%

The Meddler (2016)

" It all adds up to something rare and gorgeous, a slice of life that appreciates the amount of wear and tear life can inflict." ‐ National Post
Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 73%

Miles Ahead (2016)

"It's all a little too pat, though, reducing Davis rather than expanding on him, simplifying him to a driving impulse." ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 33%

No Men Beyond This Point (2015)

"Combined with some stiff performances (even for fake talking heads), it's hard not to feel like No Men Beyond This Point is just one long "men are from Mars, women be shopping" joke." ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 22%

The Boss (2016)

"The thing that consistently holds this latter kind of movie back is McCarthy's inability, or unwillingness, to give anyone else anything interesting to do." ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"I Saw The Light meanders aimlessly from then on, not even really grasping at things to say about Williams so much as ignorant of the fact it might need to." ‐ National Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/4 100%

Here Come the Videofreex (2016)

"Some subcultures stay buried for a reason, although it can be fun to trace their ruins. " ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016

The Brainwashing of My Dad (2016)

"Maybe I could say that if Christopher Guest rounded up his usual troupe and did a verbatim, shot-for-shot remake, it would be one of the funniest films of the year." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/4 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"The effect of this thriller... is ultimately one of a particularly tense (and well-acted) roundtable: a lot of very good ideas about what to think, but rarely does it ever succeed at hitting below the neck." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 25, 2016
1.5/4 33%

The Bronze (2016)

"Credit where it's due: The Bronze does not waste any time diving into how aggressively unpleasant former Olympic bronze medalist Hope Ann Gregory (Melissa Rauch) really is." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/4 44%

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"It kind of reduces all those questions of faith to a self-help book." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 82%

River (2016)

"The danger of being a wanted man is only compounded by his inability to speak the language, and his sticking out like a sore thumb, making him increasingly desperate as he tries to reach the embassy and get back home." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 11, 2016
3/4 88%

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"The Chet Baker of Born to Be Blue would say he's just trying to live a little. Budreau and Hawke are smart enough to find someone who was running from life as much as trying to live it." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 11, 2016
2/4 59%

Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) (2016)

"As the man says, Barney Thomson is nasty, brutish and short, but not quite funny enough to always get away with it." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/4 43%

Numb (2015)

"The quartet makes unbelievably dumb decision after unbelievably dumb decision, and get a few assists from some very conveniently tension-filled happenstance, before everything really goes to frozen-over hell." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/4 100%

Older Than Ireland (2016)

"As the title would imply, this gang of people predate the actual country they live in, and even just through relating their life manage to speak to the rather profound changes that have hit in that time." ‐ National Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
1/4 16%

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"[A] feckless fantasy." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 26, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet

End Of Days, Inc. (2015)

"When things get absurd, which is never far around the corner, it is downright grating." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

Guantanamo's Child - Omar Khadr (2015)

"Reed and Shepherd do a reasonable job of injecting some level of balance into their straightforward retelling." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2016
4/4 96%

The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

"A documentary with no easy antecedents, The Russian Woodpecker is at once a glance inside a wondrous mind, a journey back into the twisted mire of the Cold War and an experience that can't stop provoking questions." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3.5/4 87%

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"[The Club] works through not just guilt and our impressive ability to bury it, but the very precarious path of anyone walking a moral high ground." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 19, 2016
3.5/4 96%

Nina Forever (2016)

"It finds real grief tucked next to bitingly dark humour, splattering the muddled desires of the living right next to the requests of the dead." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/4 49%

How To Be Single (2016)

"Most of the moments of either comedy or romance feel a bit too manufactured to really land, although certainly if you're a fan of these things, being manufactured has never been much of an issue." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
3/4 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Watching Deadpool feels a bit like downing a shot of something stiff, while simultaneously having the same again thrown in your face. It's bracing, and if you're not ready for it, it can rock you back on your heels." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
1.5/4 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"No movie about such a wild and trailblazing figure has any right to be this wilfully prosaic. " ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/4 55%

4th Man Out (2016)

"It isn't backwards or hateful so much as inexplicable: these 2016 dudes (playing early 20s but looking early 30s) act like their only exposure to gay life is someone else telling them about a Will & Grace episode." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Mojave (2016)

"At a certain point in Mojave, a shady film producer played by Mark Wahlberg makes a looping, passionate and not entirely persuasive case for making a movie about a rich person's problems." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 96%

Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015)

"If you can stomach a metaphorical climax where a parade of hippies create a colourful phoenix with the power of music, but it loses a battle with an evil raven created by the military's black procession, you will probably be downright touched." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 15%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"Buddy comedies usually need two people willing to do something for a laugh to really work - one guy trying twice as hard really isn't enough." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/4 87%

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"As Perfect as Black is for Po, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a pretty good indication that everything runs its course. Time to let the bear live on as another actor's impression on Saturday morning TV." ‐ National Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
1.5/4 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"Pointedly and joylessly explaining everything turns out to be this movie's favourite thing, I guess because aliens tend to struggle with our human emotions." ‐ National Post
Posted Jan 21, 2016
1.5/4 9%

Point Break (2015)

"Honestly, if this wasn't a remake, it's a fair bet you might not have any idea of what exactly was supposed to be going on." ‐ National Post
Posted Jan 1, 2016
2/4 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Everything here is roughly that plodding, managing to make what actually should be a life-and-death issue into something with all the nuance and depth of a Law and Order courtroom capper." ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 23, 2015
1/4 6%

Extraction (2015)

"There are, I guess, some decently staged fight scenes, including clever use of some pool balls, but they in no way make up for having to sit there and watch Lutz garble out warmed-over tough guy dialogue." ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2.5/4 80%

Macbeth (2015)

"His Macbeth does at times fall into that all-too-common trap of Shakespeare: more concerned with cleverly - or, in this case, gorgeously - playing with well-known themes than actually making us feel them." ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/4 94%

Carol (2015)

"Carol is the rare film that couldn't just get away with being silent, but could probably also be just as engrossing completely still -- just sitting there, watching Mara and Blanchett watch each other." ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 61%

Legend (2015)

"How you start with an epic crime tale and Tom Hardy at his most Hardy and end up with something this tepid might even be a more interesting story than the movie itself." ‐ National Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
1.5/4 24%

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

"McAvoy might be able to make himself froth at the mouth while screaming "It's alive!" but no one concerned ever manages to make the movie feel like the same thing can be said of it." ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 93%

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015)

"It's safe to say there's never been many like Peggy Guggenheim." ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1.5/4 81%

Man Up (2015)

"Honestly it would be nice if on occasion a film like this at least tried harder than making the main character somewhat dissatisfied and assuming that would be enough to get everyone identifying with her." ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 66%

The Night Before (2015)

"The Night Before is loose and wild enough that it's easy to forget the backstory and just revel in ridiculousness." ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3.5/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"For a story of such monumental scope, which asks some awfully big questions about what constitutes good, writer/director Tom McCarthy seems finely attuned to minor, but infinitely human, moments." ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 34%

By The Sea (2015)

"There is just so much lived-in luxury and poorly borrowed Euro art-film grandeur and repressed nothing that you half expect some French narrator to intone "Dépression. By Clinique."" ‐ National Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 35%

Our Brand is Crisis (2015)

"When Our Brand actually pops its head into the real nuts and bolts of shaping a candidate, it feints toward something resembling satire without ever quite biting." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 29%

Burnt (2015)

"For a movie about a chef who just will not shut up about how great everything needs to be, he sure is stuck in a movie that otherwise screams milquetoast, in both ideas and execution." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1/4 16%

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

"I say from some experience that there's a lot to recommend in a good ol' game of Dungeons and Dragons, especially if you have a little imagination. There's absolutely no reason to sit down and watch someone else do it, though." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2.5/4 63%

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

"Sleeping With Other People has plenty of bad habits, but at its core is a refreshing and sometimes downright sad look at what love can do to people, dressed up with the sweet hope of new love." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
1.5/4 62%

This Changes Everything (2015)

"Klein and husband/director Avi Lewis can't make a rhetorically strong enough case for the central idea... so they fire up the waterworks and hope you'll feel bad enough to let them have their way." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 9, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet

People Hold On (2015)

"Unfortunately, all of this has to work against writing that is chokingly self-conscious, starting with the well-worn set-up and extending to dialogue that always sounds like screenwriter-y tics." ‐ National Post
Posted Oct 9, 2015
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