David Lewis

David Lewis
David Lewis's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): San Francisco Chronicle Hearst Newspapers

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 19% The Virtuoso (2021) "The Virtuoso" covers well-worn territory - the assassin story is almost a genre unto itself - and director Nick Stagliano, hampered by a predictable script, can't bring much new to the game. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/4 91% Together Together (2021) The high points - and there are several - make the film worthwhile viewing, especially a breathtaking finale that will linger in the minds of those who watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
2/4 26% Voyagers (2021) Burger keeps things restrained and admirably avoids CGI excesses, but his characters aren't deeply enough realized for us to appreciate the complexity of the themes... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2021
3.5/4 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Beyond the superb acting, "Concrete Cowboy" gets a lot of mileage from its visually arresting riding scenes and its spot-on score, which is both haunting and inspirational. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
2.5/4 52% Silk Road (2021) "Silk Road" remains watchable because both Robinson and Clarke are interesting screen presences. And there's some humor, which consistently lands better than the thrills. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/4 87% Supernova (2021) Movies about the decay of the human mind can sometimes be unrelenting, or worse, sentimental, but "Supernova" is spare and understated. It manages to be an actors' showcase that isn't showy. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/4 100% Coded Bias (2020) A movie about algorithms might sound boring to the non-hacker crowd, but Kantayya keeps things lively and easy to understand by avoiding technobabble and personalizing her story. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 88% Monsoon (2020) Khaou succeeds in bringing the quiet - and chaos - of Vietnam to life throughout his film, and even if the dramatic thrust of "Monsoon" at times gets lost in translation as the movie ambles along, the final frames... are sweetly dazzling. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 89% Robin's Wish (2020) "Robin's Wish," of course, can't lessen the tragedy of Williams' death, but it helps us better reconcile the suicide of such a joyous, irrepressible soul. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
No Score Yet Broken Heart Land (2014) Overall, this is a personal story about folks who heretofore were afraid to get personal, and directors Jeremy and Randy Stulberg get excellent access to the family... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
78% Plynace wiezowce (Floating Skyscrapers) (2013) Operating in a country not known for its tolerance, or its output of LGBT films, director Tomasz Wasilewski goes against the grain... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
86% Violette (2014) This well-acted, wonderfully photographed biopic explores the troubled life of French feminist author Violette Leduc and her complicated ties to Simone de Beauvoir... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
48% Gerontophilia (2015) ...what we get is a relationship handled with grace, humor and sexiness. On the surface, this may appear to be a fetish film, but really, it's a coming-of-age love story. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Tru Love (2015) It's a pleasantly old-fashioned romance that will have wide appeal. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Folsom Forever (2013) This documentary is obviously a labor of love, and it can be enjoyed by longtime residents and newcomers alike. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy (2014) Mapa takes on many topics in this engaging, funny performance film, but as the title suggests, the highlight is the comedian's hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) tales of becoming a father to a foster-care kid. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
92% Born To Fly (2014) [It] puts the art of dance in a whole new light, and it's fitting that a documentary about her is so well choreographed, too. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% The Circle (2014) The final frames bring everything full circle, and will leave a smile on your face. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Kumu Hina (2013) ... it's hard not to admire Hina, who embodies the native Hawaiian values of unconditional love, honor and respect for all. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
93% The Way He Looks (2014) This exquisite film - about a blind teenager who falls in love with a classmate - will charm you from beginning to end. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
29% Helicopter Mom (2015) This wholesome family film features funny performances across the board, but the revelation here is Jason Dolley... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
91% The Case Against 8 (2014) Ben Cotner and Ryan White treat us to a riveting, satisfying journey, thanks to incredible access to the plaintiffs and lawyers from the earliest stages of the lawsuit. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
29% I Am Happiness on Earth (2014) The key to enjoying this film is parking your narrative instincts at the door and allowing the masterfully constructed sensual images to wash over you. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
No Score Yet Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda (2014) The film, which puts the campaign of hate into political context, includes LGBT folks from all walks of Russian life, and we can't help but marvel at their courage in a time of such peril. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/4 100% Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America (2019) Focuses on the world's asylum and refugee situation from a woefully overlooked angle: the journeys of LGBTQ people escaping violent persecution in their homelands and starting anew in the United States. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/4 93% Straight Up (2020) On the surface, Sweeney's film is a playful examination of sexual fluidity, but underneath the gags, it's really a universal, sweet movie about the modern complexities of finding a soulmate. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
2/4 82% Go Back to China (2020) Ting's conceptually solid film is briskly paced, and its heart is in the right place. With a more fine-tuned screenplay, it could have been better than a serviceable movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
2.5/4 75% Shooting the Mafia (2019) The unfocused yet still engaging documentary "Shooting the Mafia" is a compelling curiosity. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/4 100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) What makes the film emotionally satisfying, beyond the stirring music, is that we witness the healing and enlightenment of chorus members, some of them bearing scars from their oppressive red-state upbringings. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 83% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) In the end, the goal of the documentary, told mainly from the point of view of Enquirer alumni, is to be entertaining, and director Mark Landsman succeeds on that level, keeping things brisk and highly visual. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/4 90% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) "The Ground Beneath My Feet" consistently serves as a powerful showcase for the talented Pachner, who manages a performance that is both distant and achingly vulnerable. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/4 71% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) Fortunately, "Britt-Marie" doesn't pretend to be anything other than a feel-good film with a simple message: It's never too late to chase your dreams. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 93% End of the Century (2019) Overall, this is elegant, transcendent work, both modern and nostalgic. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) "Before You Know It" isn't without its moments, but it could have used more of them. Sometimes it's a slog. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/4 62% Becoming Nobody (2019) There's nothing particularly innovative about the filmmaking, but "Becoming Nobody" does its job: helping spread Ram Dass' message in a polarized world in which we tend to emphasize our differences, not our similarities. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/4 100% Vision Portraits (2019) There is not a whiff of self-pity or self-indulgence here, only a desire to tell a story from a viewpoint that rarely reaches the screen. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Zoabi relies on the old adage that we have more in common than not, but it's a lesson that bears repeating - particularly when laughs come with it. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/4 96% The Queen (1968) The gender identity and racial undercurrents of "The Queen" have a prescient quality, foreshadowing some of the tensions that the LGBTQ community is dealing with today. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4 90% Framing John DeLorean (2019) Like DeLorean, this documentary admirably is not afraid to take risks. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/4 93% Sauvage / Wild (2019) By the end, we've experienced one of the best films about street hustling ever made. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2.5/4 56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) "JT Leroy," despite some interesting performances, never quite catches fire. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/4 82% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) The film pleasantly meanders from time to time, but it knows exactly where it's going - and we embrace every step. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) The idea behind "Triple Frontier" could have easily supported a multi-layered movie filled with action, interesting characters and ethical quandaries. That was certainly the intent, to be sure, but the film comes up short in all three areas. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
1/4 19% The Aspern Papers (2019) It's like a Merchant-Ivory film - on Quaaludes. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/4 90% Bumblebee (2018) The script stays on safe, formulaic ground, but it's effective - and somehow breathes new life into a franchise that had become a junk heap. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/4 26% Mortal Engines (2018) There is fine craftsmanship on the screen, and the acting is competent, but the movie never quite reaches magical heights. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Equally fascinating, sad and scary... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/4 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Even if all these disparate genre elements don't always come together, the film exudes a sense of zaniness and breeziness that make it easy to watch. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Both a gentle examination of what constitutes a real family and a harsh dissection of Japan's faltering social landscape. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A 76-minute visual poem that pays homage to folks who still harbor hopes and dreams despite a hardscrabble existence. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018