David Parkinson

David Parkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 81%

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 (2015)

"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 26, 2015
2/5 41%

Love (2015)

"[A] teasingly semi-autobiographical, but decidedly underwhelming melodrama." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 19, 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 19, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Hand Gestures (Il gesto delle mani) (2015)

"Mesmerising and wondrously atmospheric ..." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 86%

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015)

"The camaraderie and courage on display is humblingly affecting." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 92%

The Fear Of 13 (2015)

"Gripping ..." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 100%

Warriors (2015)

"Hugely engaging and quietly potent ..." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 12, 2015
5/5 89%

Brief Encounter (1945)

"The leads are outstanding, but credit should also go to the forgotten Cyril Raymond, whose decent dullness as Johnson's husband makes those stolen Thursdays seem so special." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 17%

Ronaldo (2015)

"As much an exercise in showcasing conspicuous wealth as an insight into the man and his achievements, this is a vulgar vanity project that massively misses a unique opportunity." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/5 90%

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016)

"Audrey Tautou has a poignant cameo and the production design is charming, but the magic Gondry tries so hard to inject is missing." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Nov 5, 2015
3/5 86%

Thunderball (1965)

"Director Terence Young never quite solves the pacing problems posed by filming underwater, but John Stears's Oscar-winning special effects more than compensate." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 27, 2015

Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)

"If you want to know what the ultimately synthetic box-office film would look like, then try this weepie." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 25, 2015
4/5 71%

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)

"Time will tell, but Brand's fans and foes alike will find much to delight and disquiet them in this difficult, but consistently fascinating documentary." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 22, 2015
3/5 93%

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

"Exploring activism's role in the '60s struggle for civil rights, this is a powerful look at a contentiously iconic movement." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2015
4/5 94%

Born Free (1966)

"Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill, this charming adaptation of Joy Adamson's bestseller is one of the great animal films." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 21, 2015
2/5 70%

The Living Daylights (1987)

"This was Timothy Dalton's debut as 007 and it was already pretty clear that he lacked the necessary ironic touch that made the credibility-straining action seem fun rather than ridiculous." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2015
3/5 43%

The Diabolical (2015)

"Although the plot becomes needlessly busy, Legrand fails to generate palpable terror and the ending feels rather rushed." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 64%

Topaz (1969)

"Prhaps the poorest film of [Hitchcock's] Hollywood career." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2/5 27%

We'll Never Have Paris (2015)

"This lacklustre romantic comedy seems a little like a lost episode in the life of Helberg's Big Bang Theory character, Howard Wolowitz." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 42%

Octopussy (1983)

"This was the 13th Bond movie and it's possibly the most frivolous in the series to date (it's certainly the most careless)." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/5 89%

The Harder They Come (1973)

"Whatever the film's shortcomings, though, the music is superb." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Oct 2, 2015
4/5 88%

By Our Selves (2015)

"Mesmerising, challenging and defiantly unique." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2015
4/5 92%

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

"Dickensian in its empathy with the poor, uncompromising in its realism and ambitious in both scope and technique, this debut feature from Mira Nair is one of the most arresting studies of street life ever made." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 29, 2015
2/5 30%

Two Minute Warning (1976)

"While the acting styles of John Cassavetes and Charlton Heston clash like cymbals, director Larry Peerce preoccupies himself with grandstanding camerawork that does little to heighten tension or make us care for the potential targets." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 27, 2015
4/5 82%

Papillon (1973)

"But Dustin Hoffman produces a splendid depiction of cunning corruption that acts as a perfect balance to McQueen's superstar charisma." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2015
5/5 92%

Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste) (1962)

"A superb combination of genre movie and Truffaut's special brand of perfectly observed, humanist detail." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2015
4/5 100%

A Syrian Love Story (2015)

"Providing an intimate insight into the realities behind the headlines, this provocative and compassionate study is both timely and essential viewing." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 91%

Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015)

"The provocative themes ultimately get lost in the surfeit of overwrought emotions." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 17, 2015
3/5 71%

Pasolini (2014)

"Even cineastes with a good working knowledge of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life and works are going to struggle to navigate this capriciously intricate account of his final days in November 1975." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 95%

How To Change The World (2015)

"This spends more time on the tensions between the dominant trio than their landmark campaigning." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 73%

Rubble Kings (2015)

"Despite its sketchiness, this offers a vivid insight into the rejuvenation of a decaying city through fury, activism and music." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 89%

Cartel Land (2015)

"Lacks the necessary perspicacity, objectivity and trenchancy." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 63%

Buttercup Bill (2015)

"The leads have a potent chemistry, which is reinforced by the tantalising flashbacks and the refusal to embrace linearity or the male gaze." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 50%

Miss Julie (2014)

"Polished, but lacking in scandalous tragedy." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet

In Harmony (En équilibre) (2016)

"Dercourt avoids overt melodramatics to explore the narrative's various bonds of trust, as Marc strives to regain the confidence of his horse and Florence reassesses her loyalties." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 92%

L'Eclisse (1962)

"Returning to his recurrent themes of the desensitising impact of urban life and the hopelessness of love, Antonioni presents his bleakest portrait of the modern age ..." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Addicted To Sheep (2015)

"A rare glimpse at the hardslogging realities of country life." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 86%

The President (2016)

"Even though this offers poignant insights into childlike incomprehension and trust, it's less effective as a treatise on the cyclical nature of violence and the state of the modern world." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 52%

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

"Menacingly entertaining." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 97%

Theeb (2015)

"Smart and enthralling." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Death Of A Gentleman (2015)

"Essential for lovers of Test cricket." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2015
3/5 89%

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

"It's a bold attempt to do something dazzlingly original, although some of the gags are spectacularly unfunny and Pee-wee's nervous prattling can become irritating." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 91%

Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)

"Director Milcho Manchevski brings an imposing portentousness to this portmanteau picture, but too often he mistakes ponderousness for gravity." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 27, 2015
4/5 94%

Best Of Enemies (2015)

"Outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 100%

Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966)

"Flecked with tension, wit and slick martial artistry." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 95%

The Wonders (2015)

"Superb star turn from Maria Alexandra Lungi but this doesn't grip as it might." ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 62%

Elser (13 Minutes) (2015)

"This compelling moment in history really deserves a more insightful reconstruction." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 83%

Chinese Roulette (1976)

"Unfortunately, [Fassbinder's] cynical detachment leaves us appalled but unmoved." ‐ Radio Times
Posted Jul 6, 2015