David DeWitt

David DeWitt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

David DeWitt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
40% Isn't It Delicious (2014) ""Isn't It Delicious" has so little nuance that it's sad in unintentional ways. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
No Score Yet Skating to New York (2014) "In all, something of a squandered opportunity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
No Score Yet Do You Know What My Name Is? (2014) "The film recording it all has only a little more appeal than a pleasantly narrated DVD to train employees of assisted-living facilities. At least it's a peek inside life in such places. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
41% Comet (2014) "These occasionally obnoxious, certainly neurotic young lovers have beating, sometimes broken hearts, and that, as the apostle Paul once noted, tends to trump all. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
93% Copenhagen (2014) "[Raso's] absorbing film has a delicate nuance that will linger after the popcorn's gone. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
No Score Yet Precious Caterpillar "Well meaning though it is, "Precious Caterpillar" is sometimes hard to follow, and only the rare audience member will find it absorbing. But it has a Zen appeal. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
0% I Am Happiness on Earth (2014) "At one point my notes included the gut reaction "This is awful." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 14, 2014
100% Underwater Dreams (2014) "Modest yet meaningful, "Underwater Dreams" has a political point of view, shining light on underground Americans who deserve recognition. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
No Score Yet Still I Strive (2014) ""Still I Strive," by the filmmakers Adam Pfleghaar and A. Todd Smith, is a remarkable find, a tale of uplift in a too-little-seen environment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 8, 2014
52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) ""NOW," in the end, celebrates a warm and particular type of family values. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 1, 2014
80% Bei Jing yu shang Xi Ya Tu (2013) ""Finding Mr. Right" has the standard odd-couple pairing you've seen on the menu before, but there are moments of substance in this macaroon of a movie. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
60% The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013) ""The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 7, 2013
3.5/5 64% The Human Scale (2013) "If the result sometimes feels like a sedate lecture, the global journey strongly enlivens the lesson; it's fascinating how alike and how different cities can be, and more fascinating to imagine what they may become. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 71% Blood Brother (2013) ""Love is making someone who is sad feel happy," one girl says, answering an interviewer's question. "Blood Brother" showed me that love. I doubt I'll be the only one. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 71% Forgetting The Girl (2013) "The frequent use of direct-address narration feels too much like a fiction writer's device, however much it wants to be a hook. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2/5 50% Five Dances (2013) "There's an interesting vibe there, but it's not enough to save what seems like a failed experiment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 82% Bridegroom (2013) "[A] simply told but exceptionally moving documentary. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Arise (2013) "There's a sense of watching an overearnest public service message scored by the softest world-music sounds from Lilith Fair. Still, "Arise" always feels unified, a genuinely felt and executed womanist letter to the world. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/5 10% Jewtopia (2013) "You feel sorry for everyone who's working so hard to prop up the farce - especially Mr. Fogel, the director, whose work seems alternately desperate and lost. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/5 85% Hawking (2013) "The movie has the typical mix of interviews and archival pictures, serving mostly linear storytelling, with hardly a frame of surprising or pretty filmmaking. Maybe creativity can take a rest when you're letting an oddly charismatic genius have his say. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 29% Tio Papi (2013) "[A] well-photographed, lively and lightly comic film. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
2/5 63% My Father and the Man in Black (2013) "Here these men are but ciphers; we want understanding, but we get only suggestion. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Wampler's Ascent (2013) "At ... moments, the tension and pressure are palpable. It's then, as nature documentary and inspirational device, that "Wampler's Ascent" finds its power. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/5 71% The United States Of Autism (2013) "Yes, the animated opening sequence has a professional polish that the rest of the film lacks, but the documentary's chosen angle is meaningful: The world of autism is as diverse as the nation. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/5 78% Rising From Ashes (2013) "A film that lacks complex human dimension to fill out this likable if promotional tale of good will and achievement. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2.5/5 No Score Yet Postales (Postcards) "While the film is let down by its plot, it is much too smart for reductive visions of "the other." " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 40% Colossus (2013) ""Colossus" will leave you reeling in the best of ways, dizzy from a rock 'n' roll Tilt-A-Whirl that swirls with duplicity and hilarity. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet The Romeows (2013) "History should record their weekly - but rare - achievement more often. Thank goodness this gentle, affectionate documentary does it. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2/5 11% Killing Season (2013) "It's not worthless, but it's not good. As a genre film, it's too ambitious; as an art film, it's too obvious. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2.5/5 40% The Secret Disco Revolution (2013) "Faddish taste may be interesting for some, but for others it will devolve into the banal, as cultural history as well as entertainment. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 28, 2013
4/5 100% Free China: The Courage to Believe (2013) "[The] stories, unobstructed by any attempt at balance, build in narrative power ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fame High (2012) "A not-so-eager-to-please effort that understands Alan Parker's original vision - of rejection, hard work and self-discovery - and depicts it with clear eyes. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 17% A Green Story (2013) "This stately film lays out the good, the bad, the sad and the proud in stark patterns, to mostly soporific effect. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 23, 2013
3/5 67% One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (2013) "A fine enough documentary, a nice enough introduction to a charismatic figure with a fascinating life, an unusual art and worldwide fans. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 7, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (2013) ""Turtle Hill" is inconclusive from start to finish, and while that appears purposeful, it's also pretty dull. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 3, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Married And Counting (2013) "Simple, worthy and sweet ... " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Disneynature: Wings of Life (2013) "Thank Heaven for Disneynature; someone (besides National Geographic and such) needs to have the skill and desire to make documentaries of this sort. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Apr 5, 2013
3.5/5 43% Mariachi Gringo (2013) "As the moving concluding scenes cement, "Mariachi Gringo" is right on pitch - and, happily, not simply as you'd expect. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Mar 14, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet Murder 3 (2013) "Despite slick cinematography, "Murder 3" induces more lethargy than thrills. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Feb 15, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet Drivers Wanted + Into The Middle Of Nowhere (2012) "There's an authenticity to "Drivers Wanted" that seems so true and tough that it overwhelms any standard immigrants-up-from-their-bootstraps theme. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 29, 2012
4/5 No Score Yet Sahkanaga (2012) "A thoughtful, atmospherically heavy study of reactions to an inexplicably inhumane act. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Dec 6, 2012
3/5 62% Love, Marilyn (2012) "The intelligence and dynamism of Ms. Garbus's approach could hardly fail to make you appreciate Monroe's growth as an actor. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Nov 29, 2012
2.5/5 10% Just 45 Minutes From Broadway (2012) "The boldness is welcome, the execution awkward. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 16, 2012
3.5/5 89% The Iran Job (2013) "This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 11, 2012
5/5 53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) "With its exhilarating World War II narrative and performances that touch notes intimate and grand, "Simon and the Oaks" has an exquisite, and epic, ache. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/5 60% Electoral Dysfunction (2012) ""Electoral Dysfunction" pulls off an admirable trick: It's pleasant. It treats Democrats and Republicans respectfully, and its humor, with the comic Mo Rocca as guide, is closer to Garrison Keillor than to Michael Moore. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 68% Step Up To The Plate (2012) ""Step Up to the Plate" asserts how family, in multifarious ways, can be the most deeply affecting of ensembles. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2.5/5 50% The Manzanar Fishing Club (2012) "All this is welcome; all this is too little. The Zen appeal of a river running through it is at best postcard-pretty, and not much deeper. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2.5/5 20% That's My Boy (2012) "Mr. Sandler manages a frame or so of genuine sentiment, and the caricature is so ugly it's cute. He's a performer, and there are moments when audiences will surrender to his shtick. Moments. " ‐ New York Times
Posted Jun 14, 2012
2/5 0% Sexual Chronicles of a French Family (2012) "Most of the camera time goes to airy, awkward sex (no genitalia, though plenty of breasts and backsides), and while it's never titillating, it's also never involving. " ‐ New York Times
Posted May 31, 2012
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