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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
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 No Score Yet 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 26% 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 96% 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 58% 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 76% 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 91% 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 95% 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 91% 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
4/5 100% 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
4/5 100% 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
4/5 100% King Jack "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
4/5 100% King Jack "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
3/5 91% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "Although packed with compelling archive footage, this never quite gets into Joplin's head, heart or soul. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2016
4/5 88% Innocence Of Memories "Coolly intelligent and noirishly compelling. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2016
4/5 100% Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans And The Last Nazi War Crime "The co-directors not only chronicle a landmark scoop, but also highlight the importance of investigative journalism. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 50% The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant) "In truth, Bejo and Attal lack a certain romantic spark, but Barbier still manages to spring several neat surprises in the final stretch. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 44% Lost in Karastan "While bullishly played by all, this raises more broad laughs than potent points about art and politics. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 78% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) "Tellingly, little actual dancing is shown as Read snoops backstage, only scratching the surface of the scandal, though with plenty of simmering intrigue and splendid archive material. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 97% Sherpa (2015) "Combining stunning vistas with intimate insights, Jennifer Peedom's compelling account of life on Mount Everest is an astute appreciation of the Sherpa existence and their value to a $350 million business that often takes them for granted. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues "Christian Duguay directs steadily and makes the most of Christophe Graillot's handsome photography. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 20, 2015
3/5 92% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "While this is always informative, it often feels like an illustrated lecture that over-scrupulously avoids the contentious topic of Guggenheim's taste in both painting and men. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 100% Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) "This is fascinating stuff, though the fussily faux soundtrack and heavy-handed hagiographic tone occasionally intrude too much. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) "Once again, Maddin draws his inspiration from cinema's transitional phase between silent and sound, and he is abetted wonderfully by production designer Galen Johnson and cinematographer Stéphanie Weber-Biron. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 13, 2015
3/5 100% Ice and the Sky (La glace et le ciel) "The archive footage is compelling, but the soundtrack is a muddle of voice-over, music and effects. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 95% The Forbidden Room (2015) "Exquisitely designed, this cornucopia of melodramatic fragments and movie pastiches will enchant Guy Maddin fans. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2015
4/5 100% The Show of Shows "A nostalgic, but considered tribute to an almost extinct lifestyle that kept the masses entertained for over a century. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
4/5 84% Urok (The Lesson) (2015) "The suspense is superbly maintained as the excellent Gosheva struggles to stay on her pedestal. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3/5 100% The Show of Shows "Eschews cosy nostalgia to focus on the skills, perils and exploitation involved in the acts and the communality of life on the road. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 3, 2015
5/5 81% Doctor Zhivago (1965) "This adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel has all the sweep and stateliness that characterised David Lean's mastery of the epic. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 27, 2015
2/5 42% Love (2015) "[A] teasingly semi-autobiographical, but decidedly underwhelming melodrama. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 96% The Russian Woodpecker (2015) "A corking conspiracy lies at the heart of Chad Gracia's debut documentary, whose darkly comic proceedings are strewn with covert recordings and animated interludes. " ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 20, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani) "Mesmerising and wondrously atmospheric ... " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 86% Tell Spring Not To Come This Year "The camaraderie and courage on display is humblingly affecting. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 92% The Fear Of 13 "Gripping ... " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
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