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David Parkinson

David Parkinson
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 83% Headshot (2017) The plot pieces might slot into place with a resounding clang, but what it lacks in finesse, this brutal actioner more than makes up for in bullish bravura and technical slickness.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
4/5 87% Tanna (2016) A tale of star-crossed love that is as poignant as the insights are acute into vanishing tradition and the changing status of women.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2/5 20% Love of My Life (2017) [A] tepid farce ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 93% LoveTrue (2016) Photographed like an art film and hauntingly scored by Flying Lotus, this conceptually bold treatise on love touches hearts and minds alike.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Exploring corporate sexism, the decline in business ethics, the EU's betrayal of the post-Communist bloc and communication in the mobile age, this playful screwball comedy has plenty to say about the state of the continent.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 88% Christine (2016) Impeccably played by Rebecca Hall, this is a thoughtful reflection on life's casual cruelties and how little attitudes towards women have changed since Watergate.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 71% The White King (2016) The makers have clearly thought about what a future reversion to twentieth century-style tyranny would look like, and the design, anthems and details all ring true.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
3/5 94% Irreplaceable (Médecin de campagne) (2016) Persuasively played by fine leads and a well-cast ensemble, this thoughtful treatise captures provincial life and the medical mindset with authenticity and tact.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
2/5 56% Phase IV (1974) Fails to conjure up any sense of suspense.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2017
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) It's the bromantic banter between the hapless, but touchingly steadfast heroes and the moments of bleakly bruising slapstick that make this impeccably paced saga so genial and enjoyable.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2/5 75% Reset (Relève: Histoire d'une création) (2017) Ruinously prioritising chic over content, this is intellectually and stylistically shallow when it should have been dynamic and compelling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 95% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2016) This bullishly played saga has enough quirky detail, audacious incident and visual panache to sweep the storyline through its less persuasive phases.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
4/5 95% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2016) Follows the family from the backwater town of Tocopilla to 1940s Santiago, where the young Jodorowsky learns about life, love and art.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 91% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) Brisk, witty, devotional and unabashedly intellectual, this is a deadpan delight.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) A touch twee at times, but the use of classic and original animation is admirable, while Owen emerges as the king of sidekicks.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) This account of a doctor trying to salve her conscience after an understandable professional misjudgement often feels conventionally melodramatic.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) A poetic tribute to African culture, the oral tradition and the spirit of the Gullah people.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 50% Mum's List (2016) Good as Emilia Fox is ... it's Spall's bluff charm and unexpected resourcefulness that keeps the film as rooted in reality as cinematographer Eben Bolter's seascapes.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 78% Magnus (2016) Ree does what he can to fathom the mind of an inscrutable youth, but he struggles to delve too deeply into Magnus's personal life or psyche, while his distinctive approach to strategy remains a closely guarded secret.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Has its share of shuddersome moments.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) Intimate, oppressive and persuasively played, it's a film that nimbly shifts perspective to capture the impact of transition on ordinary lives.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 79% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) Atmospheric and engrossing, this meticulous recreation of time and place acquires an unsettling contemporary relevance through its analysis of the mindset of a mass murderer with a death wish.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) While her sense of pace and place is assured, director Anne Fontaine continues to lay great emphasis on performance and Kulesza particularly repays her faith with a chilling display of misplaced piety.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 85% Francofonia (2016) It demands to be seen.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 85% Francofonia (2016) Impossible to appreciate in a single sitting, this masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Played with restraint and individuality by a fine ensemble, this is a moving but provocative study of belief, duty, compassion and acceptance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 100% My Feral Heart (2016) [An] affecting study of independence and friendship.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 56% Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2017) Rising to the challenge of doing something new(ish) with an overworked sub-genre, this may not be particularly scary or funny. But it belies its modest budget to splatter to knowing effect.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 81% Starfish (2016) Depicting a courageous fight back with compassion and sincerity, this capably played drama has its heart firmly in the right place.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) While Herzog is right to express concerns about the possibility of civilisation being taken over by machines, he is most worried about humanity's capacity for collective folly and the abnegation of responsibility for its very future.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 96% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2016) Notwithstanding a climactic lapse into melodrama, this is an emotionally raw record of the breakdown of a very modern marriage.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 93% In Pursuit of Silence (2016) This is a fascinating subject and Shen's heart is clearly in the right place. But a touch more wit, warmth and wonder would not have gone amiss.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 98% The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988) Sluizer inexorably and expertly draws us deeper into the mystery, exposing our own morbid curiosity in the process.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 86% The Spiral Staircase (1946) Although its whodunnit aspect is weak, the strong camera angles and cast performance make this a fine film.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
4/5 100% The Phantom Carriage (1921) One of the key films in the development of expressionist cinema.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
2/5 93% My Scientology Movie (2017) While the instances of "squirrel-busting" and intimidation by counter-surveillance are unsettling and Theroux clearly gets under Miscavige's skin, he offers few fresh insights into Scientology or its methodologies.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 69% Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995) Poignant and pertinent, perhaps, but ultimately somewhat self-satisfied.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 86% Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924) Conrad Veidt is mesmerising as the concert pianist living on his nerves after his shattered hands are replaced with those of a murderer.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 67% Urban Hymn (2015) Good intentions can't keep this stab at social realism from descending into maudlin melodrama.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 90% Courted (L'hermine) (2015) At its heart this is a study of how people caught up in the legal process must navigate the formalities while retaining hope and humanity. To that end, the everyday details are deftly observed and the performances, exemplary.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/5 10% Dare To Be Wild (2015) There is evocative use of the scenery in Cork and Africa, doing justice to the colourful flora, but in the end, this lacks its heroine's free spirit.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 94% Baden Baden (2016) Writer/director director Rachel Lang fleshes out two acclaimed short films to make her big screen debut with this fun, freewheeling rite of passage story.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet Set the Thames on Fire (2016) It hardly helps that in seeking to channel their inner Withnail & I, Winder and Bennett struggle to register against their scene-stealing co-stars or that Al Joshua's loquaciously episodic script makes so few expository compromises.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 88% The Blue Room (2014) Amalric is a fine director in his own right and his performances on either side of the camera ensure this is mesmerising and unsettling.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 0% ChickLit (2016) A resistible chauvinism colours the jokes about female reading habits and, even though the middle-class gents have the tables turned on them, this always feels a touch parochial and smug.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/5 91% Jim: The James Foley Story (2016) Well-meaning, sobering, but imperfect.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 88% The Blue Room (2014) Taut, tense and teasing, this fascinating exercise in screen storytelling keeps viewers guessing whether the prime suspect might just be a victim.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 77% Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016) Full of fine musical moments and sparky domestic banter, this unveiling of the unexpectedly sweet side of a famously inert pop icon should intrigue more than devoted Numanoids.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2016
4/5 71% Black Sunday (1977) The clash between police helicopters and a hijacked blimp is the highlight of the outstanding set pieces -- it's the sort of thing that Frankenheimer can do with one hand tied behind his back.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/5 81% Cosmos (2016) [An] intellectually playful and slyly subversive treatise on communication, freedom, identity and chaos that pays homage to a range of literary and cinematic influences, including Wojciech Has, Jacques Rivette and Luis Buñuel.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016