David Gritten

David Gritten
David Gritten's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Independent (UK), Daily Telegraph (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

"One has to say this for The Man Who Fell to Earth: such a bold, imaginative work would never get made in today's fettered, cautious film industry, either here or in America. Roeg's work may have its faults - but its ambition is beyond reproach." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 13, 2016
4/5 95%

The King's Speech (2010)

"It's an uplifting audience pleaser that also showcases film-making arts and crafts at an exalted level." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 20, 2015

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

"Clearly, such material appeals primarily to teenage fanboys, but del Toro's dark humour broadens its scope." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 8, 2014

Saw (2004)

"[A] contrived, unlovable gore-fest with a high-concept premise." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 27, 2014
5/5 93%

The Lives of Others (2006)

"Reopens our eyes to the cruelties and soul assassinations that were carried out daily in the name of state socialism." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2014
3/5 55%

Fading Gigolo (2014)

"It's one of Allen's best film roles in years; acting in someone else's movie, he looks liberated, with a spring in his step: at one point, he almost skips his way through a scene." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 96%

Particle Fever (2014)

"Where it excels is in depicting the various personalities involved." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4/5 80%

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

"It's sweet-natured and amusing, with a story to captivate kids; yet the script has enough witty touches to keep adults laughing too." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 95%

Her (2013)

"Her is a strikingly inventive work, and Jonze (who also wrote its script) once again shows his flair for approaching big ideas from oblique angles." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 90%

Guys and Dolls (1955)

"Brando wasn't producer Sam Goldwyn's first choice as Sky (that was Gene Kelly) but he acquits himself outstandingly." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 78%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Smart, witty entertainment. Job done. Spit spot." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 21, 2013
4/5 No Score Yet

Very Extremely Dangerous (2012)

"Can such a lost soul ever be redeemed? Duane skilfully leaves it to the end to suggest an answer. This is eerily watchable ..." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/5 33%

Not Another Happy Ending (2013)

"The film's ending was indeed a happy moment, but not in the intended manner." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 11, 2013
4/5 100%

Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington (2013)

"One imagines the charismatic Hetherington, once met, would be unforgettable: Junger's film is a decent, heartfelt tribute." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 100%

Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)

"Director Wiese, proceeding at a cautious pace, gleans one horrific fact of life in Camp 14 after another." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 92%

The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013)

"There are those who find iek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 79%

Metallica Through the Never (2013)

"This is a lame shaggy-dog narrative, and there's no one to blame but Metallica, who authorised Through the Never and take producing and writing credits." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"Paul Greengrass has the rare gift of working with action-thriller material and making something cohesive, layered and complex from it." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 29, 2013
4/5 59%

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

"With the magnificent Elba to anchor it, the film gradually achieves a sort of grandeur, in the manner of the hero it depicts." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
3/5 85%

Hawking (2013)

"It marshals its facts thoughtfully, and makes a decent stab at presenting a whole man - flawed yet unique. On its own terms, as a modest Brief History, it's fascinating." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1/5 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"It's billed as a supernatural action-adventure comedy, but its laughs are almost non-existent, its action depends on seen-it-all-before CGI trickery and much of its plot defies comprehension." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 19, 2013

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

"Never wastes a minute of your time, right up to its abrupt ending: this is condensed, intense story-telling that never once loosens its grip. " ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 79%

42 (2013)

"Boseman gives Robinson personal self-assurance to match his physical confidence; and it's enjoyable to watch Ford stretching into a character role as the stubborn, shrewd but good-hearted Rickey." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 92%

In a World... (2013)

"It's tempting to call In A World... one of the best romantic comedies of the year, but that would short-change it - a romcom counts for about 20 per cent of all it is." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 69%

El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013)

"This is a slim story but a tranquil, beautiful piece of work." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
1/5 73%

Borrowed Time (2012)

"It's a mess through and through." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 100%

The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

"It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 8%

Diana (2013)

"It's hardly fascinating. It doesn't offer new facts about the Princess's life. And it certainly doesn't explain her complexity or contradictions." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 86%

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (2013)

"A smart morality tale about the illusory nature of celebrity, and the pressures it exerts once attained." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 79%

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

"Lowery's film has a solid, grounded storyline, rooted in crime thrillers and film noir tradition." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
2/5 50%

Jadoo (2013)

"The story may not engage the mind, but your saliva glands will be working overtime." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 100%

More Than Honey (2013)

"Elegant, handsomely shot and often instructive, and its remarkable extended close-up sequences of bees' social structure are fascinating." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 89%

Rush (2013)

"Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"Warm, funny - and even fresh." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 29, 2013
4/5 87%

What Maisie Knew (2013)

"Handsomely shot and stopping just short of cloying sentiment, this is an accomplished, engaging work." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 53%

Lovelace (2013)

"Lovelace tells a difficult story creditably, yet its period detail has the effect of distancing the story, and its heroine remains an enigma ..." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 93%

Jurassic Park (1993)

"A thrill ride worthy of a real-life amusement park." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 60%

Google and the World Brain (2013)

"In a brisk 89 minutes, the argument gets a thorough, workmanlike airing." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 14, 2013
3/5 82%

Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013)

"With its fast pace and its enviable access to the key players, it has a light on-its-feet quality reminiscent of news journalism." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 84%

Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

"Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is a delight - agreeable, amusing and played with knowing charm." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3/5 51%

Thérèse (2013)

"While Tautou's delicate restraint as Thérèse is admirable, the vagueness of her character's disquiet becomes an irritation." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 73%

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)

"Meadows sustains a ragged feel, allowing the rhythms of shooting and editing to parallel the band's visceral appeal." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 6, 2013
3/5 98%

Mud (2013)

"It's a lovely, coherent piece of storytelling, with a unique sense of place. Nichols has carved out a niche as a distinctive film-maker." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 27, 2013
4/5 96%

Muscle Shoals (2013)

"Overall, it's joyous, uplifting - and as funky as the music at its heart." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
4/5 85%

Upstream Color (2013)

"My immediate desire when it ended was to stay in my seat and watch it all the way through again." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3/5 86%

Robot & Frank (2012)

"Here's a film with a premise that could have played horrendously in the wrong hands." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2/5 63%

Broken (2013)

"It feels relentlessly miserable and shocking - as if all the most lurid events in two decades of Brookside had been squeezed into 90 minutes." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/5 77%

The Bay (2012)

"Gruesome but oddly riveting." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 28, 2013
3/5 93%

Sleep Tight (2012)

"Wildly malevolent, but shrewdly executed and creepily watchable." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 28, 2013
1/5 12%

Safe Haven (2013)

"Almost nothing happens for long stretches before a plot "twist" so obvious that only the dull-witted could fail to see it coming." ‐Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 28, 2013
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