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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 75% Stockholm, My Love (2016) As ever, Cousins draws on an impressive range of influences, but this feels more accessible than some of his earlier odysseys.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 61% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) Works surprisingly well ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 87% Dying Laughing (2017) By juxtaposing the monochrome talking heads with colour snapshots of life on the road, the co-directors convey something of the agony and ecstasy of a potentially soul-destroying vocation.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2016) As the duo describe how they summoned the will to keep living, it becomes abundantly clear that the scars have never healed.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 61% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) With its bestial themes, conceptual humour and cartoonish thespians, this consciously arch farce will intrigue some and infuriate others.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 75% Stockholm, My Love (2016) Mark Cousins is never going to be a multiplex superstar, but his distinctive brand of film essay has a way of getting under the skin.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 91% The Shepherd (El pastor) (2016) Burley (who acts as cinematographer, too) has a fine eye and a Renoir-esque compassion for his often quixotic protagonists.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Beautifully judged performances ... impart piquancy to this bittersweet rumination on memory, paternity, expectation and the different ways in which men and women approach the past, the present and the future.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
2/5 45% The Hippopotamus (2017) Despite a wonderfully witty voiceover and the bullish playing of a willing ensemble, this bawdy romp consistently stumbles over its more contrived excesses.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 91% The Shepherd (El pastor) (2016) Echoing Miguel Martin's quiet intensity, this solemn slice of rustic realism compels until things go all tele-novelettish in the final reel.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
4/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The only downside to this charming and disarmingly thought-provoking gem is that it lasts a mere 66 minutes. Few would complain if a sequel came along.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
3/5 100% Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) Setting several scenes in claustrophobic interiors that are cocooned by a choking haze and the din of electronic devices, Behzadi adheres closely to the conventions of Iranian feminist drama.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 92% The Levelling (2017) Unflinching in its depiction of rural reality, this may be a dour drama, but it has been made with sincerity and an exceptional sense of place.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
4/5 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) The performances are chillingly restrained, as is Fukada's forensic direction - his use of natural light makes the sombre wood-panelled interiors feel all the more oppressive as the jarring cacophony of the harmonium echoes all around.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 97% Burden (2017) The archive footage is fascinating, as are Burden's reticent insights into art posing questions without necessarily having a purpose.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 75% Suntan (2017) While cinematographer Christos Karamanis's contrasts between the sun-kissed seascapes and the tawdry nightclubs remain acute, the tonal shift in the final reel is decidedly resistible.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/5 82% A Moving Image (2017) Amoo boldly attempts to explore the social, economic and political aspects of gentrification with this freewheeling docudrama.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Television has done much to diminish the mystique of the hospital saga, but Katell Quillévéré restores its lustre and basic sense of humanity in this sensitive but gripping adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal's bestseller.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 92% Lady Macbeth (2017) This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) This acute insight into sporting sacrifice, the price of celebrity, the appeal of the underdog and the hierarchical nature of Finnish society... an unforced nouvelle vague feel that places it in the front rank of boxing pictures.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
3/5 85% Letters From Baghdad (2017) [An] intriguing overview of the origins of Iraq.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 97% Clash (Eshtebak) (2016) [A] fascinating, if formulaic insight into the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi's "Muslim Brotherhood" government in July 2013.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 90% A Short Film About Killing (1988) Heady stuff, not for the faint-hearted.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
3/5 93% A Quiet Passion (2017) Davies achieves a tableau realism that enables him to dissect the manners and mores of 19th-century America with elegance and sincerity.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) What leaves the deepest impression is Baldwin's unheeded warnings.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 89% A Dark Song (2017) The primary allure lies in the way Gavin keeps us guessing - is Walker imagining the increasingly creepy occurrences during her gruelling ordeal, has Oram stage-managed them or are they real?‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
5/5 95% L'Avventura (1960) For those who love obscure European cinema this is one of the true masterpieces.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 95% A Short Film About Love (1988) It's impressive and provocative film-making, but ultimately the dispassion and the pessimism may render you little more than a detached observer.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
3/5 100% Tickling Giants (2017) This is both a fitting tribute to a brave man and his committed team, and a thoughtful insight into comedy's duty to speak truth to power.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
4/5 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Echoes of Michael Haneke's Hidden and Cristi Puiu's Aurora reverberate around this lament for those Romanians whose dreams have been betrayed by the nation's failure to slip the shackles of its sinister past.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
2/5 28% Don't Knock Twice (2017) Although replete with creepy shocks, this lacks the narrative finesse to match the committed performances and slick visuals.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
3/5 75% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) This teasingly elliptical melodrama is more a psychological study of loneliness and the need for love than it is a generic shocker.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Rahm (2016) The plot is more than a little contrived ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 91% The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016) While this heartfelt dramedy is never less than engaging, Bollain and Laverty's conviction that idealistic youth can haul society back from the abyss sadly feels a touch naive.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 97% Aquarius (2016) Wonderfully evocative of time and place, this considered assault on Brazil's economic and ethical crises revolves around a majestic performance by Sonia Braga.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 73% Catfight (2017) Played with committed ferocity by the excellent Oh and Heche, this riotous state-of-the-nation satire may lack subtlety, but it has the courage of its socko convictions and certainly packs a punch.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 100% Uncertain (2017) [A] handsome and heartfelt study of the America neglected by the cosmopolitan elite.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
3/5 87% Dancer (2016) Slickly made, but too arch to be genuinely revealing.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 87% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) Atmospherically designed and photographed in arresting long takes, this often makes for gruelling viewing, especially when the heavy metal soundtrack kicks in.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
2/5 44% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) While Bellocchio organises the non-linear material with customary aplomb, his psychological insights are as unconvincing as the old-age make-up worn by Guido Caprino as Mastrandrea's detached father.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 74% 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 89% 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 87% 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 92% 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 72% 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 90% 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