David N. Butterworth

David N. Butterworth
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
David N. Butterworth studied Film & Television Production and History of Art at West Surrey College of Art & Design in Farnham, England before relocating to the United States in 1983. He started writing film reviews in 1988 for the "Daily Pennsylvanian," the student-run newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania. His first review was of Godfrey Reggio's visually resplendent yet wordless tone poem, <em>Powaqqatsi</em> -- he figured it should get a little easier after that! Since that time, David created and edited the film review website, "La Movie Boeuf," and served as Film Editor for OFFOFFOFF.com -- "the guide to alternative New York arts, entertainment, and culture." Author of "Celluloid Friends: Cinematic Quakers, Real and Imagined (1922-2012)," David has also worked as a staff writer and film critic for various print and online publications including the "Ritz Filmbill," the "Las Vegas Weekly," and Philadelphia's "Broad Street Community Newspapers." He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey with his wife Emily Lockwood Corse and has four daughters -- Zoë, Grace, Lilla, and Bailey.
Location: Moorestown, NJ, USA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Style becomes substance in this captivating throwback to those classic science fiction films of the 1950s. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
2/4 76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) A meditative yet muddled Canadian horror yarn that quickly unwinds if you look at it too closely. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Writer/director Baumbach coaxes the very best out of his players. "This is why I love Scarlett and Adam..." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
1.5/4 76% Military Wives (2020) Painfully formulaic of its "crowd pleasing" ilk. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/4 77% Judy & Punch (2020) A canny debut from Ms. Foulkes, with surprisingly few missteps. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2020
2.5/4 63% Cremaster 5 (1997) Barney climbs the stage of the Budapest opera house while underwater androgynous faeries attend to the nether regions of a differentiated being in a finale that "defers definitive conclusion." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
2/4 50% Cremaster 4 (1995) A repetitive and not altogether successful entry in the mind 'n' bum numbing "Cremaster" series. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 73% Cremaster 2 (1999) The only film in recent memory in which serial killer Gary Gilmore attempts to conjoin two Ford Mustangs with petroleum jelly. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/4 70% Cremaster 1 (1996) Barney explores the creation of form in a universe that is by turns jaw-dropping, laughable, head-scratching, infuriating... but never less than unique. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
1.5/4 85% She's Allergic to Cats (2016) Michael Reich's uber-experimental, semi-autobiographical fantasy has a propensity for showing us in close-up things we'd rather not see, not even in long-shot. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
2/4 71% Images (1972) Committed contributions from York (acting), Zsigmond (photography), Williams (score), and Yamash'ta (sound design) amount to little more than a jangling jumble of hyperbolic head games. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
3/4 95% Hard to be a God (2015) Aleksei German's immersive cinematic vision is like the mucky, muddy parts of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" scrutinized, lionized, and revitalized to the nth degree -- call it The Knights Who Say "Nyet!" - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2.5/4 84% Just Mercy (2020) A competent, if predictable, treatment of Bryan Stevenson's bestselling book. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/4 87% Hustlers (2019) Everything about "Hustlers" feels like a hustle. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/4 95% Little Women (2019) In Greta Gerwig's fine retelling of Louisa May Alcott's revered classic, the giddy gaggle that is the mad March clan are an easy lot to love. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
2.5/4 No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part III - From Sark to Finish (2004) Part 3 of Peter Greenaway's typically-excessive Tulse trilogy makes a strong case for keeping everything intact. Greenaway aficionados are unlikely to be put off by a piddly 6-hour running time, after all. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/4 No Score Yet The Tulse Luper Suitcases Part II - Vaux to the Sea (2004) More of the same, including Isabella Rossellini, who plays someone called Madame Moitessier (Character Number 61). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
3/4 49% All Is Bright (2013) The Two Pauls -- Giamatti and Rudd -- shine in another downbeat ode to humanity from director Phil Morrison ("Junebug"). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/4 100% The Dawn Wall (2018) The best mountaineering film (and then some) since Joe Simpson and Simon Yates first touched the void in 2004. Absolutely mesmerizing. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
3/4 68% Joker (2019) It's undeniably bleak to watch, but Phoenix demands our attention... and gets it. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) When it sticks to its guns, "78/52" is fascinating. But Alexandre O. Philippe's inconsistent documentary needs much more cut-by-cut critique, and much less rah-rah repetition. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 82% Victoria (2015) "One City. One Night. One Take." One Wow. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 88% The Road Movie (2018) A spectacular dash-cam compilation of head-ons, side-swipes, t-bones, fishtails, jackknives, roll-overs, and other moving violations unfolding daily (heaven forbid!) on Russian roads. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/4 24% Running with the Devil (2019) "It's Nic Cage. How bad could it be?" - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2.5/4 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) "Slaughterhouse Rulez" is just not in the same league as those early Wright/Pegg/Frost collaborations (of which this is not one). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/4 40% Twentynine Palms (2004) "It's nothing sex in a movie about nothing people doing nothing in the middle of nowhere for no reason." Nicely put, Joshua Tanzer (offoffoff.com). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/4 100% The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park (2019) It's Friday and I'm in love! - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/4 47% The Outsider (2019) Most B-movies disappear without a trace. Timothy Woodward Jr.'s "The Outsider" is more likely to disappear *with* one. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/4 24% 9 Songs (2005) Dear Mr. Winterbottom. Intercutting unsimulated sex scenes with concert footage does not a movie make. Love, David B. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Simply put, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is not Just Another Superhero Movie. It's a Marvel. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
3.5/4 93% Headhunters (2012) A fun and fast-paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humor. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi Gan's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is a neo-noir mystery broken into a jigsaw puzzle, wrapped in a conundrum, and hidden in a Chinese box. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/4 96% Booksmart (2019) Pretty much flawless, and that's saying something given the potential for something significantly less than that. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3/4 86% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) "Tater Tot & Patton" is a sublime character-driven piece, lovely to look at and excellently played (by Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder) - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
2/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Terrific turns from a talented triumvirate -- Colman, Weisz, and Stone -- cannot compensate for "The Favourite"'s calculated archness (and ickiness). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/4 90% Possum (2018) Chilling genre fare that crawls its way beneath your skin like dirt under badly-bitten fingernails. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/4 100% Babylon (2019) "Babylon" burns with an energy and candid intensity rarely seen in mainstream movies. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/4 60% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Unapologetically denuded of depth, "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s focus is clearly on the music, not what made Mercury tick. And this despite Malek's superhuman efforts to make Queen's charismatic frontman real and alive. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
2.5/4 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) The film is idiotically entertaining from start to finish, with Foster's adorably wacky performance stealing the show. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/4 68% mother! (2017) You'll either love it or hate it... which is an odd thing to say since I neither loved it nor hated it, finding it fascinating and self-indulgent almost simultaneously. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 24% Overboard (2018) The charisma of our two leads helps elevate this gender-reversal redo of the Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell "classic." It left a pretty big grin on my face, that's for sure. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
2.5/4 80% Alpha (2018) "Alpha" proves that you can't really beat a good old boy-and-his-dog/wolf/wolf dog saga. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
2/4 89% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Maybe "Wild Nights with Emily" is one of those films I'll revisit, oh, ten, fifteen years from now and realize I Missed the Boat -- Maybe -- - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) It wasn't a total waste of an evening. mind you -- I got frozen custard with *two* toppings afterwards! - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
2/4 18% All I Wish (A Little Something for Your Birthday) (2018) In Susan Walters' sudsy screenplay, Sharon Stone is subjected to stock romantic situations time and time again, dragged along by Walters' insipid and uninspired direction. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
1.5/4 91% Girls Trip (2017) It's just too bad that a film purporting to espouse female empowerment has to resort to simulated fellatio, public urination, and full-frontal male nudity in order to get its biggest laughs. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Het Diner (The Dinner) (2013) This Dutch adaptation of Herman Koch's unsettling bestseller is finely acted and confidently directed, laying the solid groundwork for both an Italian and a U.S. version to come. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2.5/4 65% Suspiria (2018) It took some chutzpah to remake Dario Argento's seminal '77 shocker, but somehow -- despite its questionable length, stodgy pacing, and multitudinous plot threads -- Luca Guadagnino manages to pull the whole thing off. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) A thoroughly entertaining redo, with excellent work by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (behind the camera as well as in front of it). - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 94% Private Life (2018) Tamara Jenkins needs to make more movies. Every time she does, something special happens. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018