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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 78% Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) Handsomely staged and amiably played, but this eye candy is essentially a cinematic snack. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) But, while it falls some way below the standards set by Nguyen's Oscar-nominated child-soldier saga, War Witch (2012), this has a cockeyed conviction that keeps you watching. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 89% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) Consistently sincere and sometimes shocking, this discomfits without quite convincing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Last Summer (2018) But, while Jones coaxes earnest performances from his young cast, his screenplay has a 70s children's telly feel about it, as it keeps raising issues about rural life without exploring them with any depth. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 92% Gloria Bell (2019) The byplay between Moore and Turturro is delightful, but the entire ensemble impresses, along with cinematographer Natasha Braier, who imparts an energy and elegance that is complemented beautifully by the judiciously selected songtrack. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The events depicted will enthral those eager to fathom the narrative's multifarious mysteries, while driving others to baffled distraction. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) As much pop as pulp, this is exhilarating stuff and clearly one of the best films of the 1990s. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 60% XY Chelsea (2019) Hawkins is too much in thrall to the audio-visual style employed by executive producer Laura Poitras on her profiles of Edward Snowden (Citizenfour, 2014) and Julian Assange (Risk, 2016), while lacking her insight and incision. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) The fact the film failed to convert any of its eight César nominations says much, but this still represents a bold bid to recreate a highly distinctive recollection of a unique time. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 55% Immortal Beloved (1994) It's an audacious mixture of Citizen Kane and Amadeus, with some Fantasia-like musical sequences added for good measure. Indeed, cinema has rarely given classical music such a chance to weave its spell. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 93% Tucked (2018) Derren Nesbitt gives a career-capping performance as veteran drag queen Jackie in Jamie Patterson's poignant study of acceptance and reconciliation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) Combining footage from benefits staged in aid of Amnesty International, this movie is more a souvenir than great cinema. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 67% Wine Country (2019) But, while proceedings open promisingly with a zippy conference call, everything feels a tad too familiar, as the various work/life crises are resolved through vino and tears. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) A frustratingly wasted opportunity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Thrillingly inspirational. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) No Icelandic director has started their career with such thematic acuity and stylistic assurance as Benedikt Erlingsson... with this timely satire that touches upon parochial and global issues with rare wit, intelligence and nuance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 78% The Dark Crystal (1982) Although The Dark Crystal emerged from the darker side of his imagination, it's still a mesmerising picture that will enchant older children and adults alike. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 75% Pond Life (2018) Respected theatre director Bill Buckhurst makes a promising transition to the screen with this adaptation of a 1992 play by Richard Cameron (who adapts his own work). - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995) Based on a prize-winning Japanese short story and much influenced by the styles of Yasujiro Ozu and Hou Hsiao-Hsien, this is a deeply felt film that eschews cheap sentiment and leaves one genuinely moved and unexpectedly uplifted. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 92% Donbass (2018) Expertly eliding the episodes, while reinforcing their recurring relevance, Loznitsa makes his despair and fury readily apparent. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
2/5 38% Breaking Habits (2019) Ryan's approach is so scattershot that it feels as though the entire picture is under the influence, as it meanders and muses without bothering to draw (m)any conclusions about Meeusen or her enterprise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The sprawling scenario allows Jia to use the run-down mining locale of Datong and the villages around Fengjie, threatened with submersion to create the Three Gorges dam, to muse upon the spiritual price that China paid for its economic leap forward. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3/5 47% Higher Learning (1994) Cole Hauser is chillingly effective as the white supremacist skinhead who reveals Rapaport's potential for violence, while Jennifer Connelly gives the most adult performance as a worldly-wise lesbian. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) The performances are exceptional, the production values impeccable. But this version feels consistently hamstrung by its structural flaws and tonal misjudgements. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Once Upon A Time In London (2019) The performances are solid, the visuals slick and the pastiche score catchily effective. Yet Rumley simply doesn't have the resources or the scope to do his ambition justice. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 80% Active Measures (2018) The overall depth of information and insight is impressive and consistently compelling. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (2019) Unfortunately, too many of those on the bill take Mitchell at her word and produce reverential renditions of tracks from a disappointingly narrow strand of her pioneering career. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher's third feature is challenging, compelling and exceptionally played, while cinematographer Hélène Louvart's evocative use of a Super-16 format reinforces the mood of faux nostalgia. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 43% Hello, Dolly! (1969) Emphasis has been placed on extravaganza, when it should really have been placed on getting good performances out of a talented cast. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 52% Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Returning to the fray after missing the first sequel, John McTiernan directs with a gleeful disregard for narrative logic, especially in the closing stages. It's cracking entertainment, though. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 45% The Cell (2000) The stylised sections occasionally sit uncomfortably within the generic thriller framework. That said, this remains an often dazzling showcase for his imagination. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) Densely symbolic but engagingly accessible, this is the work of a master at ease with his art and his plight. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/5 100% Eaten by Lions (2018) Making splendid use of its seaside setting and cannily exploring issues of xenophobia, integration, disability and family, this isn't particularly original. But its heart is definitely in the right place. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 27% Over the Top (1987) The grapple scenes are so devoid of thrills that you long to return to the mushy melodramatics. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 37% Every Which Way But Loose (1978) There are plenty of lively scenes to keep fans satisfied (with some bare-knuckle fight sequences that squeamish viewers may find disturbing), and Eastwood just about manages to avoid being made a monkey of by his scene-stealing co-star. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet 90 Minutes (2019) But, while Barker's banter and editing are spot on, several plot strands are short-changed and the characterisation is wafer thin. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 100% Cradle of Champions (2018) The debuting Bull (who is a respected foreign-affairs journalist) recognises the value of the sport as a social release and a means of escape for those on the lower rungs. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) The performances are first rate and Honoré deftly structures the action to reflect the mood of the times. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 70% The Journey (2017) Keeping his camera moving and pushing his luck with a couple of implausible plot points, Al-Daradji... [generates] a neorealist sense of atmosphere and suspense, while just about skirting sentimentality. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/5 38% Ishtar (1987) One of the grossest miscalculations of the blockbuster era. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 100% Maiden (2019) Instructive, insightful and inspiring, Maiden is a rousingly riveting record of a remarkable accomplishment that says as much about British bloody-mindedness as it does about feminist fortitude and underdog pluck. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 100% Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Conrad Hall's Oscar-nominated photography is as impressive as the acting, with young Max Pomeranc, himself a top-ranking player, upstaging the likes of Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Ben Kingsley. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 93% Rope (1948) The trickery is still distracting, but there are hints in this 1948 film of the perversity that will yield Psycho, Strangers On A Train, Vertigo and Rear Window, so it's a must for Hitch collectors. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/5 83% Irma La Douce (1963) Lemmon and Maclaine fail to reproduce the chemistry from The Apartment but this slight film is not as ignorable as reputation suggests. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 87% The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) The steady direction of Anthony Asquith keeps Wilde's polished barbs and bons mots firmly to the fore and the film is an invaluable record of an expert cast at work. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 100% Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) Regardless of the skittish structure and illegible subtitles, this is a valuable reflection on an incalculably influential career, which serves as a timely reminder about the pitfalls of artistic tyranny. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 60% Green Card (1990) It's slight and trite, but so what? - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 83% Blackmail (1929) A little clunky at times for contemporary audiences but still manages to truly perturb. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 92% The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017) Challenging the truism that you can never go home, this doesn't entirely integrate its political subtext. But the storylines are involving, the setting is picturesque and the performances are impeccable. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 100% A New Leaf (1971) This character study should not be as funny as it is. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019