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David Parkinson

David Parkinson

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David Parkinson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Guardian, Radio Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 89% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) "Production designer Anna Falguères and cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie expertly capture the town-and-country contrasts, while De France and Higelin boldly commit to their challenging, if underwritten roles. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 17, 2016
2/5 0% Precious Cargo (2016) "Adams stages the opening speedboat chase with aplomb, but the shootouts are much more formulaic and rely heavily on the laughable inaccuracy of the gang's adversaries and sassy sharpshooter Jenna Kelly's penchant for skimpy outfits. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 100% The Hard Stop "Unflinching in its eschewal of objectivity, this provides a unique perspective on a notorious case, while correcting some of the impressions about urban black youth the media cravenly peddled in its aftermath. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 81% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016) "Hilarious in places, hideous in others, this struggles to make its philosophical case. But the performances are exceptional and the conceit could not be more daring or distinctive. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 85% Suburra "Evoking the spirit of 1970s crime maestro Fernando Di Leo, Sollima's sense of pace and place is impeccable, while the performances seethe with decadence, danger and despair. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
4/5 88% No Home Movie (2016) "Chantal Akerman's final film is both a tribute to a dying mother and the last testament of a director who would take her own life just months after the premiere, aged 65. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 76% Adult Life Skills "Employs an engaging, if sometimes strained blend of quirky comedy and mawkish melodrama to explore the emotional state of a 29-year-old striving to reconcile the loss of a beloved twin brother with the need to get on with her own life. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 21% Colonia (2016) "Notwithstanding the efforts of a game cast, this is a grotesque miscalculation that disrespects the memory of those who perished in one of the darkest episodes in recent history by turning it into a piece of white-knuckle entertainment. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 94% Remainder "A notable debut by an undoubted talent. But, despite the premise's intrigue, this never quite engrosses as it should. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 90% The Violators "The young leads are excellent ... as is first-time cinematographer Tobin Jones, who eschews the grimy greys of traditional northern realism to capture the everyday locales in plangently living colour. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "It's possible to detect an allegorical discussion of Thailand's recent travails, but this distinctive blend of lyricism and mysticism is to be experienced as much as understood. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 100% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) "Lampedusa is barely eight square miles in size and some 400,000 souls have passed through it over the last 20 years. But Rosi makes it abundantly clear this is an emergency that affects everyone. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 65% Learning To Drive (2015) "Given little to work with, Thelma Schoonmaker edits proficiently and there's a pleasing Indian-inspired score, but the film strains so hard to be equitable that it fails to engage. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Blood Orange (2016) "Slickly staged and shot, this neo-noir deftly exploits its clichés. It's hardly original, but it teasingly intrigues, while Iggy Pop steals every scene. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 77% Holding The Man (2016) "Sluggishly formulaic, this is a disappointingly superficial interpretation of an important book. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 65% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) "Cinematographer Akiko Ashizawa's use of light and texture should be applauded as much as Fukatsu's touching performance. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 90% Departure "[A] sincere, if overly familiar tale of adolescent self-obsession and sexual confusion. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 100% Chicken "Scott Chambers reprises the role he originated on the London fringe stage and excels in debutant director Joe Stephenson's careful, if not always convincing adaptation of Freddie Machin's 2011 play. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 97% Heart of a Dog (2015) "Some may find the blizzard of ideas and images a little spurious and overpowering, but this is a deeply personal expression of visionary art and love. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 98% Mustang (2015) "A superbly acted study of suppression that's more intent on provocation than plausibility. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 38% Pure Country (1992) "Your opinion of this tale of a troubled country superstar will depend totally on your reaction to George Strait. There's no denying he's handy with a tune, but dialogue proves more difficult for him. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 94% The Seventh Fire (2016) "A gruelling watch and a searing indictment of America's disregard for its indigenous peoples. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 12, 2016
4/5 89% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) "Rules dont mean much to Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes and he concludes his masterly triptych by confounding expectations ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted May 5, 2016
4/5 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) "Once again, the imagery is sublime, while Gomes provides much to ponder, unsettle and amuse. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 20% Golden Years "The humour is exceedingly gentle and the plot increasingly improbable. But John Miller directs steadily and the performances are irresistibly knowing. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
4/5 69% Steel Magnolias (1989) "This is a little too dependent on sassy one-liners and is awash with sentiment by the end, but is still wonderful entertainment. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 26, 2016
4/5 100% Father (Father: Diary of One Week) (1967) "A visually audacious yet highly personal study of the uneasy relationship between postwar Hungary and its past. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 25, 2016
3/5 96% Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016) "Co-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have turned a homophobic accusation into an aesthetic exhortation, as they urge viewers to look again at pictures that were branded as pornographic and recognise their artistic merit. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 28% Desert Dancer (2015) "There is so little political depth and dramatic tension in the leaden script that the subversive aspect of Ritchie and Pinto's platonic partnership is almost negligible. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 97% Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) "Needs to be viewed in its entirety in order to appreciate the depth of Portugal's malaise and the bold brilliance of Gomes's conceit. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 55% Jungle Book (1942) "Heavy going for all its beauty, but still superior to Disney's own live-action adaptation with Jason Scott Lee. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 15, 2016
4/5 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "As always with Greenaway, the dialogue tends towards the florid and the intellectual. Nevertheless, he remains a master image-maker and an irrepressible subversive. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 81% The Brand New Testament "Dormael can't be faulted for his ambition. But his corking idea never quite pays off. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
5/5 100% Ordet (The Word) (1954) "It's simply a masterpiece. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 10, 2016
5/5 78% The Devil Is a Woman (1935) "Even bemused viewers will delight at Dietrich's sublimely ridiculous costumes as well as some of Hollywood's most awe-inspiring imagery. The elusive, unobtainable object of desire has really never been more sumptuously captured. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/5 100% I Am Belfast "While it evokes memories of a British Transport short, director Mark Cousins still crafts a perceptive paean to his hometown ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/5 100% I Am Belfast "Visually striking and touchingly sincere, this moving mosaic lacks the trenchancy to match its assured sense of place. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2016
5/5 100% Mary Poppins (1964) "This is easily the best of Disney's experiments in combining animation and live action, and one of the studio's best-loved films. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 88% Speed Sisters "[A] fascinating profile ... " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 92% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "Contrasting sea and sand, buttons and stars, Guzmán laments Chile's failure to exploit its natural and human resources in this typically astute, potent and beautifully photographed essay. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 96% Marguerite (2016) "Frot is superb as the oblivious chanteuse, with her touchingly excruciating warbling hiding a pain that cannot be staunched after she discovers her husband's shortcomings. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
3/5 92% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) "Despite the striking photography, this fascinating denunciation of 150 years of persecution and oppression lacks Guzmán's customary trenchancy and restraint. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 92% Next to Her "A discreet and compellingly authentic study of misplaced devotion that makes oppressive use of claustrophobic interiors to capture a dependency that is both affecting and unsettling. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
4/5 92% Next to Her "Intelligently scripted, tactfully directed and superbly played, this is a compelling study in doing the right things for the wrong reasons. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "The plentiful clips from across the Hitchcock canon are slickly assembled, but there's too much awed blather and too few fresh insights. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3/5 57% Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray) (1962) "Serge Bourguignon won the Oscar for best foreign language film with this self-promoting, arty affair, which countered the stylistic departures of the nouvelle vague by returning to French cinema's much-derided poetic tradition. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 28, 2016
4/5 93% King Jack (2016) "Plummer leads an admirably natural cast with an affecting blend of swagger and vulnerability that recalls a young River Phoenix. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 26, 2016
4/5 93% King Jack (2016) "An atmospheric rite of passage that suggests big things lie ahead for its writer-director and young cast. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 25, 2016
5/5 87% Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935) "Making a supreme effort to put aside the socio-ethical considerations this is, in purely cinematic terms, incredible filmmaking. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2016
3/5 100% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) "More impressionistic and contemplative than dramatic and analytical, this is an intriguing memoir of a significant female artist. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
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