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
2/4 93% The Favourite (2018) Valiant 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 88% 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 61% 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 57% 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 69% 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 93% 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 14% 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 90% 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 66% Suspiria (2018) It took some chutzpah to remake Dario Argento's '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 89% 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 93% 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
2.5/4 47% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) A good looking, character-driven piece which mostly works as a bittersweet love song to the complexities of family and the seductive allure of an idealized past. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/4 81% Chappaquiddick (2018) Fair and factual, John Curran's film showcases a living, breathing performance from Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts Senator many say got away with murder. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 89% Hereditary (2018) Writer/director Ari Aster has clearly studied the greats. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Who Is Arthur Chu? (2017) A minor celebrity, whose ego vacillates between a thirst for fame and a drive to do good, is given the indie doc treatment in Yu Gu and Scott Drucker's engaging "Who is Arthur Chu?" - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2018
3/4 77% I Kill Giants (2018) Mostly successful due to Madison Wolfe's committed performance in the lead and director Anders Walter's sensitive handling of the difficult themes. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/4 100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018) "'Lightning" strikes a chord with the surefootedness of its cast and crew. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 55% The Forgiven (2018) Powerful performances by Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana highlight Roland Joffé's latest political drama. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
2.5/4 59% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh's family friendly film is big and bold and egocentric, much like its hirsute protagonist. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
2.5/4 84% Game Night (2018) A mostly enjoyable, well-written romp wisely entrusted to the comedic chemistry of Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
2.5/4 86% Midnighters (2018) If you can get over the film's dumb title you'll likely be well entertained. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
3/4 100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018) What if you're not a murderer or a rapist or a thief yet find yourself facing incarceration? You're going to need the "Survivors Guide to Prison." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2/4 17% Looking Glass (2018) When a subdued Nicolas Cage is the best thing about your movie, well... - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/4 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Worthy of its Palme D'Or win at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
1.5/4 64% The Magnificent Seven (2016) A magnificent mess. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
3/4 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) Thompson's terrifically-assured debut is a thoughtful and no-frills meditation that feels personal and credible and maybe even helpful to some. Stephanie Beatriz is exceptional. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2018
2/4 14% Kill Order (2018) "Kill Order" isn't terrible, but it will likely appeal more to those who prefer their martial arts mayhem free of such contrivances as fully-realized characterizations, skilled plotting, and a satisfying tone. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Angst (1983) Gerald Kargl's home invasion splatter flick--the only film he ever made--is a fascinating experience despite the sordid subject matter. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
2.5/4 74% Mom and Dad (2018) An absurdist black comedy from the director of "Jonah Hex." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2018
2/4 82% The Trip to Spain (2017) The whole bumpy ride is starting to feel a little stale and unashamedly lazy. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
3.5/4 98% Quest (2017) A mesmerizing portrait of a North Philadelphia family over a tumultuous decade. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
2.5/4 77% Sweet Virginia (2017) Uniformly fine performances highlight this brooding Alaskan small-town noir. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2017
3.5/4 84% Mayhem (2017) Memorable, murderous fun. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
2/4 65% Alien: Covenant (2017) In space, nobody can you hear you roll your eyes. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) With carefully-crafted chills, well-developed characters, and a strong storyline, "It" deserves a place in the canon of stellar Stephen King adaptations. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
2.5/4 79% Realive (2017) "Realive" feels a little sterile and its performances are hit and miss. But its thought-provoking conceit keeps you engaged until the very--and largely ironic--end. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2017
2.5/4 73% The Limehouse Golem (2017) Fans of oom-pah-pah revelry, Hammer Horrors, and Victorian-era introspection should find plenty to whet their appetites in "The Limehouse Golem." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2.5/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) First-time director Matt Spicer makes good use of Aubrey Plaza's one-note appeal in "Ingrid Goes West," a stalker comedy in the tradition of Martin Scorsese's superior "The King of Comedy." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
1.5/4 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) "Dude, Where's My Career?" - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
3.5/4 87% Wind River (2017) Gil Birmingham is especially good, but Jeremy Renner has rarely been better, and Elizabeth Olsen continues to impress. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
3.5/4 90% Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1983) "Well now, that music was *very* foreboding; it made a shiver go right down my spine." - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
2/4 85% Dave Made a Maze (2017) It would have made for a fantastically immersive installation at the Guggenheim; as a film, however, it's less successful. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2.5/4 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Funny, it seems, bears repeating - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2.5/4 91% The Witch (2016) "The VVitch" succeeds by delivering up encroaching menace with a mysterious disregard for audience expectations. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
2.5/4 67% Nerve (2016) The plausibility of its scenario gives "Nerve" an unexpected edge. - La Movie Boeuf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2017