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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 43% The Diabolical (2015) Although the plot becomes needlessly busy, Legrand fails to generate palpable terror and the ending feels rather rushed.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 64% Topaz (1969) Prhaps the poorest film of [Hitchcock's] Hollywood career.‐ Radio Times
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2015
3/5 89% The Harder They Come (1973) Whatever the film's shortcomings, though, the music is superb.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2015
4/5 88% By Our Selves (2015) Mesmerising, challenging and defiantly unique.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 89% Cartel Land (2015) Lacks the necessary perspicacity, objectivity and trenchancy.‐ Radio Times
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
2/5 51% Miss Julie (2014) Polished, but lacking in scandalous tragedy.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 80% Addicted To Sheep (2015) A rare glimpse at the hardslogging realities of country life.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/5 87% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) Menacingly entertaining.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
4/5 97% Theeb (2015) Smart and enthralling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Death Of A Gentleman (2015) Essential for lovers of Test cricket.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
4/5 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) Outstanding account of a pivotal moment in small-screen history.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
4/5 100% Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen) (1966) Flecked with tension, wit and slick martial artistry.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 66% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) This compelling moment in history really deserves a more insightful reconstruction.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/5 83% Chinese Roulette (1976) Unfortunately, [Fassbinder's] cynical detachment leaves us appalled but unmoved.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 88% Återträffen (The Reunion) (2015) The high-school reunion set-up fizzes with a Festen-like savagery, but ultimately its sapped by a resistible narcissism.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) Stuffed with fascinating details about the stage, radio and screen achievements of the wunderkind who never quite fulfilled his potential.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
4/5 89% The First Film (2016) This is a meticulously researched investigation into the achievements and mysterious disappearance of Le Prince, who vanished without trace while travelling on the Dijon-Paris express in September 1890.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 86% All American High Revisited (2014) The snippets from the classrooms are fascinating, as is the charming pre-reality TV naturalness of the teen subjects.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/5 60% Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) (2014) While beautiful, early scenes of shocking violence give way to philosophising and gauche symbolism.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Faberge: A Life Of Its Own (2015) Little analytical insight or visual flair in this lacklustre documentary.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 65% That Sugar Film (2015) Gimmicky but making a valid and useful point.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet 51 Degrees (2015) Ambitious and innovative, the science is cogently presented but the plot fails to compel.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2015
5/5 100% The Third Man (1949) Set in postwar occupied Vienna, the plot is a corker, littered with memorable moments and played to perfection by an unforgettable cast that's led with distinction by Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/5 65% That Sugar Film (2015) Even ignoring the documentary's more obviously imitative aspects, this is far too gimmicky to persuade viewers to put down their soft drinks and pay more attention when reading the ingredients listed on packaging.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 79% Station To Station (2015) Plenty to admire, amuse, contemplate and provoke.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
3/5 75% Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2015) Provides a stark insight into the demands made of junior doctors in a health system hamstrung by staff shortages and antiquated apparatus.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
1/5 0% Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow (1994) Rarely have one and a half hours felt so like a life sentence.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
3/5 86% Natural Resistance (2015) Charming if scattershot ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 81% Love at First Fight (2015) The leads are splendid, with Azaïs's genial vacancy and Haenel's deadpan gravity persuading viewers that they could be a genuine couple.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 100% Spite Marriage (1929) The chaos Buster causes as a stage stand-in and the sequence when he tries to put a drunken woman to bed just about save the day.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2015
3/5 83% Lagerfeuer (West) (2014) For all the claustrophobic acuity of Tim Pannen's production design and the disorientating effect of Frank Lamm's kinetic camerawork, this fails to generate sufficient empathy or suspense.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/5 70% The Land Before Time (1988) If your little dinosaur lovers are still a bit young for Jurassic Park, then this charming cartoon should have them in raptures.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015