David Elliott

David Elliott
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Bear (1984) The Bear hawks the oldest line in sports films, telling us in various ways that Bryant was a "maker of men." We can believe it, and even admire it, because Busey brings out Bryant's courtly grace, his instinctual decency. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
75% The Cotton Club (1984) This movie would have been ruined by good taste. It is spendthrift on every level but logic, and at times inane, yet a smashing entertainment. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
19% City Heat (1984) Imagine The Sting without charm, and you have a fix on City Heat. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
40% The Evil That Men Do (1984) The Evil That Men Do is an efficient C.B. machine. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
71% Under the Volcano (1984) There are nips of beauty and terror, but the movie starts small and then shrinks. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
36% National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) It must have been fun for the film's makers to work in London, Paris, Rome and Southern Germany, but their fun didn't get exported to us. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
96% Ran (1985) This film is the visual epic of the year, and one of the few really great movies of the 80s. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
67% The Stone Boy (1984) This film is sincere, earnest and irritating. - Gannett News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
97% Lost in America (1985) With co-writer Monica Johnson, his collaborator on Real Life and Modern Romance, Brooks has scripted the perfect outing for his gifts. - Copley News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Maturing performances are a bonus, but the show's the thing, and by now it seems much richer than any theme park that could ever be made from it. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
3/5 100% Waste Land (2010) With Walker and cinematographer Dudu Miranda, Muniz has a hawk's eye for the weird beauty of bulldozed hillocks of trash and the catador faces that he chose to star in photographic portraits. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 33% Wild Target (2010) A few tart, amusing lines echo the fabled Kind Hearts and Coronets, yet this British movie based on a French farce falls into morbid silliness. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
2/5 86% Kings of Pastry (2010) The makers are left, finally, a few cookies short. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
73% Prometheus (2012) The story is a lurching carnival of budget blasts. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/4 80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Devout fans will have to go. For the rest of us, the best rewards of this show were long ago, in a galaxy that now seems far, far away. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
3/5 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Strong effects, good design, and an exciting use of nature help to empower Stewart and Theron, who inject a rich, double dose of feminism. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/4 91% Crime After Crime (2011) Despite its plodding tactics, the movie is an alarming witness. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 92% Children of Men (2006) Here is your post-holiday depression pill: Children of Men. Not to relieve depression. To cause it. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2015
4/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) The film is richly rooted, with splendid trappings, including pea-soup fogs. For all the pomp and protocol, it's an intimate story about a scared man who must find his voice if he is to rise, in regal stature, above his epaulets. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/5 95% The Artist (2011) Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
3/4 71% Carnage (2011) The acting marathon is adroitly blocked and paced by Polanski and impeccably shot by Pawel Edelman. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2015
95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) It's very pretty (plus a song that is like a gumdrop melting in your ear). Girls may enjoy the sweet, rather wistful story more than most boys. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
4/4 87% Howl's Moving Castle (2005) Like Tiepolo, Miyazaki is a winged artist who flies in his own space, taking gravity with him. He can put us into a childish stupor of anticipation, then satisfaction. His vision is so free that it captivates. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014
3/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) The grand finish, if not always inspired, feels necessary. In a sustained, imaginative way, this is the best of any movie series. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2014
4/4 94% Moneyball (2011) Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin. - San Diego Reader EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
6% Underclassman (2005) The finish, a rush of climaxes, can make you feel zoned at 3 a.m., trying to decide between TV and the wallpaper. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2013
2/4 96% Persepolis (2007) Persepolis feels abstract, never deeply personal, because Satrapi offers only surfaces and push-pin thoughts while sharing here sincere but glib sisterhood with Iranian history. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
3.5/4 91% There Will Be Blood (2007) Anderson is a gambler who likes wild cards. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
2.5/4 21% Mad Money (2008) What's not to believe? A lot. But asking for bolted logic and dramatic structure in such a movie is about like asking former Fed chief Alan Greenspan to open a mosh pit in Miami. Anyway, the money in the bank here is Keaton. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
1/4 40% 27 Dresses (2008) The film 27 Dresses only seems like a lobotomy. In fact, this is public surgery to install a new vacuum tube for airheads into the generic chick flick, model 2008. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2008
3/4 98% Diva (1981) Had Wile E. Coyote chased Jean-Luc Godard, the result might have been Diva. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2008
3/5 40% The Bucket List (2007) The Bucket List gets through its list while rarely seeming a chore. Its two great stars invite us into their company, often amusingly, always humanly. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2008
2/4 87% The Orphanage (2007) The truly disturbing element is the heavy reliance on childhood loneliness, fear and sickness. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2008
2/4 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) It would be inhuman not to empathize with the actual man's plight, but the movie is a sophisticated prod, pushing us inside its own Bauby. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2007
3/4 66% The Kite Runner (2007) Afghanistan is a nation tortured by history, but the core feeling in The Kite Runner is heartburning love of the place, its proud people and dusty, rugged beauty. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
2/4 89% The Savages (2007) The movie greedily uses its rich cast. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/4 32% Youth Without Youth (2007) Coppola has conviction even with the airiest elements. The churn and sweep of time, memory, karma, the whole enchilada of fate, give the story a weirdly compulsive charm. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
3.5/4 82% Charlie Wilson's War (2007) The movie's energizing strength is intelligence. It is so entertainingly adult. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2007
4/4 83% Atonement (2007) Atonement, a triumph of adulthood, atones for a lot of shoddy stuff at the movies in 2007. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2007
2/4 28% Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) It's a free-fall into total plastic. Kids deserve better. Alvin, Simon and Theodore deserve better. But 'tis the season to take what you get. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2007
3/4 56% What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) An amiable but also angry documentary. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
3.5/4 94% Juno (2007) Not since Election has a female star talent hit the screen with such a sting of arrival. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2007
1.5/4 16% The Perfect Holiday (2007) The cast is game, the script is watered nog, the kids push their charm hard, Murphy is often excruciating, Union is pleasant in a sitcom mommy way, and Lance Rivera is a zero stylist. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2007
2/4 52% Margot at the Wedding (2007) It's a movie in which everyone wants answers without being able to formulate the questions. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2007
2/4 42% The Golden Compass (2007) There may be box-office gold from The Golden Compass, but panning for it while viewing is a real day at the mine. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2007
2/4 26% Love in the Time of Cholera (2007) What is missing is the novel, its strange time shifts and lusciously compiled details and playful, god-like viewpoint. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2007
3/4 38% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) Get into the right and light holiday spirit, and you should be pleased. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2007
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Old fox Lumet deals out some flash cutting and time frame back-and-forths that, if not the Tarantino tango, are fairly adventurous. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2007
27% Lions for Lambs (2007) This jabbering, photographed pamphlet might spark some discussion, but as a movie it suffocates on gas. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2007
2.5/4 65% Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) It's a soaper about a doper and a classy widow. Keep that in mind, even if you give way to seduction. - San Diego Union-Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2007