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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 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
2/5 No Score Yet Clean Hands (Schone Handen) (2016) The script loses its necessary sense of dread and fails to mine the pyschological depths of a woman now glaringly aware of the spousal faults she had been willing to ignore during the good times.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 73% Blinky Bill The Movie (2016) The animation isn't particularly sophisticated, but the ideas certainly are.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 60% Black (2015) The potency of this depiction, with its powder-keg tensions, starts with an unflinching approach behind the camera.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 98% Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016) Hoover is careful to balance Mokhnenko's tough-love philanthropy and hot-dog-guzzling geniality with his messianic egotism ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 93% Swallows and Amazons (2016) An engaging if sometimes pedestrian adaptation of the Arthur Ransome children's novel.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 81% Cosmos (2016) Parodying the whodunit and the country house farce, this gleefully deranged romp is undeniably a head-scratcher. But it's also bold, witty and rewarding.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) Filled with striking and scarringly disconcerting images of vandalised nature, satanic mills and redundant modernity, this is a mournful tribute to a maligned migrant workforce and a sobering reminder that nothing comes cheap.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) Abu-Assad deftly intercuts authentic footage with reconstruction as the tension builds to the grand final. But, for all its feel-good appeal, this is less substantial than his earlier outings.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet ID2: Shadwell Army (2016) This always cleaves closer to BritCrime than social realism and contains its quota of stereotypes, clichés and contrivances.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
3/5 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) Bjorkman makes solid use of the family archive to focus on the Swedish star's personal travails, while Alicia Vikander reads poignantly from her letters and diaries.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 86% Three Days of the Condor (1975) The excellent cast makes up for Pollack's occasional lapses in pacing.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/5 36% Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016) Tirard never hits the right balance between slapstick, sentiment and social satire.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) This delicately played picture remains poignant and astute.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 89% Sid and Nancy (1986) It brilliantly recaptures the rage, cynicism and self-destructiveness of the late 1970s punk scene, while never setting up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle as a blissful idyll.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Ostensibly, a lovingly made study of homemade cooking and old-fashioned values, this beautifully played drama also contains a mordant denunciation of the lack of compassion that shapes Japanese attitudes to social stigma.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016
5/5 96% Boyz n the Hood (1991) Alongside Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, this was the most astonishing and hard-hitting directorial debut of the 1990s.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/5 92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
4/5 100% The Hard Stop (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2016
4/5 90% Suburra (2015) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
4/5 89% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 80% Adult Life Skills (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
2/5 26% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 95% Remainder (2015) A notable debut by an undoubted talent. But, despite the premise's intrigue, this never quite engrosses as it should.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 92% The Violators (2015) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
4/5 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 66% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 78% Holding The Man (2015) Sluggishly formulaic, this is a disappointingly superficial interpretation of an important book.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 58% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015) Cinematographer Akiko Ashizawa's use of light and texture should be applauded as much as Fukatsu's touching performance.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 92% Departure (2015) [A] sincere, if overly familiar tale of adolescent self-obsession and sexual confusion.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 100% Chicken (2016) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
3/5 93% The Seventh Fire (2016) A gruelling watch and a searing indictment of America's disregard for its indigenous peoples.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 27% Golden Years (2016) The humour is exceedingly gentle and the plot increasingly improbable. But John Miller directs steadily and the performances are irresistibly knowing.‐ Radio Times
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2016
3/5 97% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 32% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Dormael can't be faulted for his ambition. But his corking idea never quite pays off.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2016