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
3/5 100% Il Mio Corpo (2020) Combining widescreen lyricism and neo-realist intimacy, this is a poignant reflection on the stark situation awaiting so many migrants who risk everything to reach a false paradise. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4/5 95% County Lines (2019) Utilising a measured naturalism and drawing fantastic performances from his cast, Blake delivers an excruciatingly raw drama that never flinches away from its, sadly, all-too-real horrors. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Mrs. Fitzherbert (1947) The handsome costumes are more flowing than some of the acting, although Leslie Banks is suitably bullish as Whig politician Charles James Fox and Wanda Rotha cameos impactfully as Caroline of Brunswick. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 100% The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) (1920) This is a film of deceptive complexity whose influence continued to be felt for many years. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
5/5 94% Faust (1926) Adapted from Goethe, Marlowe and folklore, this is as much a masterpiece of design as a triumph for the director and his international cast. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 88% The Mummy (1932) As in Frankenstein, Karloff's ability to communicate through his makeup is vital to establishing his character, even in human form, it's clearly pain and not incarnate evil that dictates his actions. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Comparisons with Mathieu Kassovitz's landmark banlieues drama La Haine are inevitable, but Ly's depiction of the kind of societal disaffection and despair that inevitably erupts into violence feels far more authentic and potent. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 79% Brassed Off (1997) The edgy pace writer/director Mark Herman brings to the drama and his presentation of the musical sequences can't be faulted, and he draws remarkable performances from a cast that includes Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
3/5 61% All the Right Moves (1983) Even the gridiron action smacks of the real thing, as does the sense of just how much high-school ball games mean to the local community. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/5 79% The Bad and the Beautiful (1953) Douglas' teeth-clenched, dimple-thrusting megalomaniac is among his best work, while the gossipy screenplay (another Oscar winner) is served wonderfully by Minnelli's lush melodramatics. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
4/5 90% Gilda (1946) Ford still managed to sustain the intense pessimism and world-weary cruelty... that made Farrell one of the most ambiguous anti-heroes of the 1940s. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet The Price of Silence (1960) Tully directs with little urgency, and the plot isn't overburdened with fiendish twists and turns. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 34% National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's infectious enthusiasm manages to sweep you along (as begrudgingly as kids Jason Lively and Dana Hill) on this cliché-ridden package tour. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Boom in the Moon (1946) Keaton was merely a slapstick pawn in a picture that wilfully seemed designed to make the least of his comic strengths. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 82% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) It's impossible not to get sucked into the social media nightmare that unfolds, which is made all the more excruciating by the exceptional performances. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 83% Flying Down to Rio (1933) The first Fred and Ginger feature is a little clunky and short on plot and character but a beautiful and atmospheric treat for all that. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/5 68% Free Willy (1993) It's pretty hard to resist once Keiko and Jason James Richter are on screen together, providing you're between four and ten at heart. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
2/5 50% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) This is so full of sentiment, it makes Lassie movies look positively heartless... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
2/5 68% The Enforcer (1976) In a tiresome, violent tale involving a kidnapping, San Francisco becomes a shooting gallery in which the characters are set up simply to be shot down. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 85% Eden (2013) Staged with admirable restraint, the film is provocative without being prurient, but its credibility comes under strain towards the end. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 78% Sophie's Choice (1982) For all the significance of the revelations about Sophie's past, it is the interaction between the three central characters that gives the story its strength. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/5 67% Angus (1995) Funny, touching and hugely reassuring. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2/5 36% The Adventures of Pinocchio (Les aventures de Pinocchio) (1996) Despite state-of-the-art digital technology and creatures from the Jim Henson workshop, this is a disappointing rendition of Carlo Collodi's enchanting morality tale. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
5/5 93% Jules and Jim (1962) Echoing the style of Jean Renoir while epitomising the exuberance of the nouvelle vague, this is a virtuoso technical performance from the director. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
5/5 95% Yojimbo (1961) Yojimbo is intimate to the point of claustrophobia. Its wit is wry, its characters flawed and its world-view uncompromisingly cynical. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
4/5 87% Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) (1992) Set in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century, this epic of a forbidden love consummated only through food has a sizzling story, committed performances and sumptuous photography. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 87% Rosewood (1997) Harrowing this may be, but the concessions to commercialism rob it of much of its genuine power. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 86% The Uncertain Kingdom (2020) Taken individually, these 20 films are mostly thoughtful and quietly effective. But a tendency to browbeat rather than inspire means this laudably ambitious enterprise can feel like a four-hour endurance test. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/5 83% Chutney Popcorn (1999) With henna tattoos drawing parallels between Indian tradition and the lesbian lifestyle, it's a canny sitcom. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 90% Frenzy (1972) Hitchcock's penultimate film deals with many of his previous themes with typical grim comedy and insight into a psychopathic killer's mind. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/5 93% Chan Is Missing (1982) Comic, intriguing and, often almost anthropological, this was one of the first films to show what the American indie sector was capable of. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 92% Family Plot (1976) Hitchcock's final picture is not one of the classics but has many of the elements that made him great. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 80% G.B.F. (2014) On the surface the film resembles a gay reworking of a John Hughes teen flick, except the slang often rings hollow and the script too often falls back on cliché and caricature. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 67% The Chalk Garden (1964) With father John offering neat support as the family butler, this is a rather talkative acting showcase, while the Oscar-nominated Evans steals the limelight from the hesitant Kerr. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
5/5 90% The Trouble with Harry (1955) The acting is perfection, with MacLaine (in her debut) quite wonderful, and Hitchcock was mighty proud of this adaptation of Jack Trevor Story's novel, always naming it among his personal favourites. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 81% Saboteur (1942) Dorothy Parker contributed to the screenplay of this cracking Hitchcock thriller, which cleverly served the dual purpose of warning Americans against Fifth Columnists and providing some much needed escapism. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 86% The Family Way (1966) Hywel Bennett is bang on form as the husband so wound up by cohabitation that he is unable to consummate his marriage to the equally impressive Hayley Mills. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 83% Marnie (1964) Calmer reflection has established this as one of Hitchcock's more fascinating "misfires." - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/5 60% The Cimarron Kid (1952) Better known for his psychological westerns, Budd Boetticher handles this programme filler with intelligent efficiency, drawing a thoughtful performance from Murphy, with whom he would reunite for the star's swansong, A Time for Dying. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
5/5 89% The Day of the Jackal (1973) It's Fred Zinnemann's matchless direction that makes it such compelling viewing and an object lesson in suspense. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 83% Anything Goes (1936) Pretty lightweight, but there's still plenty to enjoy. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Ransom for a Dead Man (1971) Lee Grant was rewarded with an Emmy nomination for her bravura performance as the lawyer, and [Peter] Falk is typically sly as he seemingly stumbles towards the solution. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) There's plenty of action, but the film scores best for its depiction of the hardships many children were forced to face in the 1930s. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
5/5 95% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) An operatic masterpiece. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/5 97% Born Yesterday (1950) A good story and cast suffer from an overly theatrical adaptation from the Broadway play. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 92% If.... (1968) Malcolm McDowell gives a blistering performance in what is undoubtedly a key film in British cinema history. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
5/5 95% The Straight Story (1999) It's hard to imagine a gentler film, yet Lynch fully exploits the stately pace to gaze fondly upon life's rich pageant. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 76% Cool Runnings (1993) Admittedly, it's a little predictable and patronising at times, but the eager performances of John Candy and his charges carry the day. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/5 75% The Leather Boys (1964) The end result is fussy and flash rather than fresh, but the wedding and the Butlin's sequences are priceless relics of 1960s life. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Siegfried's Death) (1924) This silent classic is a technical wonder for the day. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020