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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)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
51% What Just Happened? (2008) Pure razzle-dazzle, of course - fittingly for this industry, it's a con-trick. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 28, 2008
4/5 100% Dialogue avec mon jardinier (Conversations with My Gardener) (2007) Such life lessons could clearly seem maudlin and patronising. But director Jean Becker and his two excellent leads opt for understatement, and the film finally achieves a subtle triumph - a mood that is both celebratory and bittersweet. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/5 43% Blindness (2008) There is much to admire about Blindness, but this striking work is all too often undermined by its sense of its own importance. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
1/5 54% Choke (2008) This adaptation of a novel by American provocateur Chuck Palahniuk is profane, offensive and obscene, and packed with balefully weak jokes. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/5 90% Special People (2009) Well-meant but gruel-thin British comedy in which a failed film-maker helps wheelchair-bound teenagers to make a movie. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
3/5 90% 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris (2007) Annoyingly, Raymond de Felitta intrudes into his own movie, yet he also makes the case that here was a distinctive if wayward talent. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2/5 69% Belle Toujours (2007) The film is a maddening mix of mild fascination and boredom. Bulle Ogier plays Séverine, as Deneuve opted not to reprise her role. Without her, the film lacks the required frisson. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 21, 2008
100% Heavy Load (2007) This is intriguing, though it gives Rothwell another excuse to appear on camera, which he does with irritating frequency. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2008
59% The Fall (2006) The Fall is hugely ambitious, but ultimately it's just an intriguing folly. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2008
37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) It has been pared down to a light comedy with a little romance on the side, and works competently in these terms. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Oct 3, 2008
77% Appaloosa (2008) A pity that Harris's homage to westerns should be compromised so intrusively. For most of its length, in terms of its themes, pacing and visual sweep, it's a treat. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
53% Steep (2007) In this handsomely shot documentary about extreme skiing, thrill-seeking devotees boast of their exploits, but shed no light on what drives them to risk their lives. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
54% The Foot Fist Way (2006) From a bunch of minor Judd Apatow protégés, a dispiriting low-budget series of witless, misogynistic sketches masquerading as comedy. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
58% Taken (2009) This queasy, violent revenge fantasy becomes more preposterous as the body count rises. Taken is notable mainly for its racist stereotyping of Arabs and eastern Europeans. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
68% Redbelt (2008) Emily Mortimer is impressive as a jittery, unlikable attorney whose impulsive actions trigger Mike's descent. But it's Ejiofor's film all the way. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) It's absorbing to watch, and the two leads offer an acting masterclass. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
38% Swing Vote (2008) Swing Vote is a benign but telling satire. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 26, 2008
42% Wild Child (2008) A tweenie comedy with an uplifting American-style sports movie awkwardly bolted on, it's a mess - far inferior to the recent Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 15, 2008
79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007) Essentially a soap opera. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 15, 2008
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Between a series of stunt-driven set-pieces, implausibly linked, the film gets bogged down in wearying talk. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2008
38% Flashbacks of a Fool (2008) Fatally, Craig's self-obsessed Joe never develops into anyone more interesting. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 18, 2008
79% Black Water (2008) Writer-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki calibrate the tension with creditable skill. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2008
71% w Delta z (2006) A little too close to torture-porn for most tastes, but debutant director Tom Shankland shows promise. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 22, 2008
66% Be Kind Rewind (2008) A film that's sweet and well-intentioned, but with a heart where its brain should be. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
93% U2 3D (2007) Inadvertently, U2 3D mimics perfectly the empty, intimacy-free spectacle that is stadium rock. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) Little more than a cartoon, Rambo caters only for those still smitten by the rat-a-tat of continuous gunfire. ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 22, 2008
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) In its favour, there's nothing here to upset the children. (Not, that is, unless they're allergic to Hoffman's hammy, Method-derived acting.) ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 14, 2007
93% Enchanted (2007) A triumphant return to form. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 14, 2007
83% The Sacrifice (1986) It's long, stately and po-faced (all reasons why Tarkovsky seems faintly unfashionable these days), but if it's extended, beautifully composed tracking shots you want, he's your man. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2007
75% Hotel Harabati (De particulier a particulier) (2006) In terms of keeping his plot obscure, director Brice Cauvin tips his chapeau in the direction of David Lynch, but ultimately it's rather lifeless. File under "calculatedly enigmatic". ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2007
4% Code Name: The Cleaner (2007) The one laugh is in the production notes, where director Les Mayfield claims this is a comic take on the Jason Bourne movies. As if. ‐ Independent (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2007
75% Km 31 (2006) Supernatural thriller elements finally combine with an old Mexican folk legend. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2007
70% A Very British Gangster (2008) A Very British Gangster, his portrait of Manchester crime boss Dominic Noonan, raises awkward questions about his methods, as well as the question of whether "documentary" is even the right word. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Dec 7, 2007
14% Hitman (2007) Rubbish, of course, but some teenage boys love this stuff. Don't rule out sequels. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2007
56% This Christmas (2007) It's laboured and obvious, and not even a Yuletide movie: Christmas is little more than a device to bring the family back under one roof. Still, its plot is as overstuffed as any turkey. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2007
76% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Above all, there's the sense of immersion in a world of harsh beauty whose time is running out. It's to be hoped that non-American audiences embrace this film: it's one of the year's very best. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Nov 30, 2007
85% Le Serpent (The Snake) (2006) Taut, stylish French thriller, based on a novel by Ted Lewis. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
56% The Legacy (L'Héritage) (2006) This brilliant premise falls apart in the final act. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
44% A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) (2007) No film starring Juliette Binoche can be totally negligible, but this comes close. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
67% Shoot 'Em Up (2007) OTT action and amoral humour are the entire point. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
41% December Boys (2007) Well-intentioned, but teeth-grindingly earnest, with a voice-over that seems to consist entirely of clichés. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
85% In the Hands of the Gods (2007) Certainly the story's climax in Buenos Aires is unexpected, yet many scenes resemble staged reality TV moments: group hugs, tears, mumbled monologues about overcoming obstacles. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
69% Disturbia (2007) Disturbia's limits are those of its hero - an amiable, faintly clueless young man with a brief attention span. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Sep 14, 2007
20% Death Sentence (2007) Literally laughable. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2007
79% 1408 (2007) Cusack, who is in almost every scene, is astutely cast: his sardonic persona gradually disintegrates as the room plays its malevolent tricks on him. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2007
70% Year of the Dog (2007) Shannon, a born comic sidekick, cannot carry the central role; disappointingly, the story sputters out into a sentimental finale. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2007
42% No Reservations (2007) There's not an unpredictable moment in Carol Fuchs's plodding, syrupy script; this dreadful remake of the moderately pleasing German film Mostly Martha is misconceived from start to finish. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2007
84% Breach (2007) Intriguing and intelligent, Breach may be too understated for its own good. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Aug 31, 2007
69% The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005) It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 16, 2007
97% Casablanca (1942) There's a reason the world loves this wartime film, now digitally restored: more memorable dialogue than should be strictly legal, heartbreaking performances from the two leads and a plot that works with Swiss-watch precision. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 16, 2007