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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
4/5 76% Dogman (2018) Garrone proves once again that even the lowest-rung southern Italian gangster can't afford a shred of human decency.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 100% Sink (2018) Boasting Alan Rickman and Mark Rylance as associate producers and including a cracking use for a Jamie Oliver cookbook, this involving drama is rooted firmly in the social realist tradition.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 57% Jaws 2 (1978) Stalwart Scheider is in full control of this blasé follow-up that makes one wonder why mayor Murray Hamilton hasn't learnt any lessons from previous events.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) Varda and JR make a surprisingly empathetic team and their collaboration is as provocative as it is poetic and poignant.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3/5 68% The Seagull (2018) Chekhov is notoriously difficult to film and this adaptation boldly taps into the play's mordant wit. But the fidgety and over-emphatic visuals detract from the themes and the stellar performances.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
3/5 80% Silent Grace (2002) The performances have a conviction that still commands attention.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) Tremendous fun, with a deliciously sugar-coated message, this is the closest the cinema has come to a proper musical in years.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Are You Being Served? (1977) Why did the makers of these spin-offs always insist on breaking with the winning sitcom formula?‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Impeccably performed by its young leads and nurturing supporting cast, this deeply personal picture particularly impresses in the closing scenes, which are quietly devastating in their intimacy, insight and truth.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 52% Balto (1995) Kevin Bacon's voice turns the wolf-dog crossbreed into a no-nonsense hero with a sense of duty that far outweighs the pride of his deadly rival, Steele, while Bob Hoskins's eccentric Russian goose provides the comedy. ‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
3/5 51% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) This director's cut might smack of self-indulgence, but it also says much about love and loss and the language of an artform that flirts with realism while remaining an illusion.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 100% This Sporting Life (1963) This has its flaws and certainly its detractors but this dated British social-realist epic has a power to it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/5 71% Personal Best (1982) The camerawork is occasionally fussy and over-reliant on sporting clichés, but this is still subtle, sensual stuff.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
4/5 100% Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) (1931) This landmark in gay cinema may no longer scandalise. But it remains a touching love story.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
44% Allure (2018) Deeply unsettling, but ultimately unsatisfying psychological drama that over-manipulates its specious situation.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 100% The Kid (1921) Clearly recalling his own troubled childhood in Victorian London, the film is remarkable for the chemistry between the Tramp and that window-smashing moppet Jackie Coogan.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Thrillingly capturing both time and place and fizzing with non-judgemental empathy and cinematic flair, this is a magnificent debut that catapults Laetitia Dosch into the front rank of French actresses.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) The exploration of Majors's emotions is sophisticatedly handled by director Richard Irving, making this a cut above the usual pilot.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
4/5 91% Lean on Pete (2018) This may not be Andrew Haigh's best film. But its slow-burning authenticity suggests a versatility to go with his acuity for credible characters in recognisable situations.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Denis has few insights to share about Binoche, her situation or her milieu. It's an accomplished work, but conventional.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 95% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Dispensing with a score and using ambient sound to ratchet up the tension, this is an object lesson in stylistic restraint that only misses its step during the nerve-shredding denouement.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
4/5 97% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018) With its exceptional score and widescreen views of the parched landscape, there's a Leonean feel to proceedings, which makes the feminist exposé of the macho brutality of the male characters all the more shockingly droll.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 77% A Gentle Creature (2017) Putting a Grimm slant on a Dostoevskian fable, Sergei Loznitsa exposes the Russian soul to pitiless scrutiny in this gruelling odyssey.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 95% Western (2018) Returning to film-making after a decade away, Valeska Grisebach confirms the good impression made with Be My Star (2001) and Longing (2006) with this bruising clash of macho cultures.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 100% The Islands and the Whales (2017) Day is...an acute ethnographer who peers through the cocooning mists to see both sides of an emotive argument.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/5 83% The Bachelors (2017) Writer/director Kurt Voelker proves that novelty isn't everything in this deceptively affecting study of male grief.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
1/5 0% The Hound of the Baskervilles (1980) Morrissey is a notoriously unpredictable director, but in this case it's the shoddy screenplay, co-written by Morrissey, Cook and Moore, that is to blame.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/5 89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) Impeccably staged and played, this scattershot reflection on the follies, glories and regrets of youth pays affectionate tribute to a world of handwritten letters and payphones that has all but disappeared.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) Pondering everything from free expression and sexual harassment to bourgeois guilt and migrant rage, this superbly acted saga may not always hit the target. But it unerringly leaves its mark.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
4/5 100% The Hitch-hiker (1953) Lupino draws a performance of crackling malevolence from William Talman, as the serial killer physically and mentally scarred by his abusive childhood. Equally authentic is the impotent terror of weekend fishermen Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 70% Erase and Forget (2017) Demonstrating the consequences of indulging a culture built on myths and conspiracy theories, this is a compelling portrait of a war hero who epitomises many Middle American concerns and convictions.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 64% Jason's Lyric (1994) Uncertain but uplifting.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 63% The Unseen (2017) Writer/director Gary Sinyor spent over a decade developing this unsettling thriller, which overcomes the odd plot blip to provide some poignant insights into the psychological consequences of grief.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
4/5 95% Johnny Guitar (1954) This baroque bonanza fascinates on so many levels that it demands to be repeatedly viewed and reviewed.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
4/5 85% The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada) (2017) Exploring workers' rights in an age of mechanisation and recession, this isn't always an easy watch. But it's played with spirit, filmed with integrity and is pleasingly full of surprises.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 100% Sanctuary (2016) This deft delight resolutely refuses to patronise the performers or the audience. It has a sincerity, wit and compassion that recalls Justin Edgar's 2005 short film Special People.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 60% Tawai: A Voice from the Forest (2017) While it may not always be expressed cogently and can occasionally feel a touch New Age, the message of this tranquil, sincere and sensitively made documentary is unquestionably worth heeding.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 87% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Marbled with melancholy, this is an intelligent meditation on gender, age and body image.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
4/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) Merging Catholic hagiography and Portuguese folklore with his own personal journey, Rodrigues presents a liltingly lyrical but always demanding tract that bears the imprint of both Luis Buñuel and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill have blown a glorious opportunity to explore the extent to which presentation matters more than content when it comes to presidential pronouncements.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 84% Loving Vincent (2017) As labours of love go, it's peerless and the way the co-directors slip some 130 Van Gogh canvases into the action often feels inspired. But, as biography, this audacious project is somewhat unreliable.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 100% Unrest (2017) Brea certainly puts on a brave face in exposing her travails. But there's no self-pity in this admirable plea for medical science to take this cruel illness and its "missing millions" seriously.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) Nyoni opts for an elliptical approach that occasionally confuses, but Mulubwa's exceptional impassivity and David Gallego's unsettlingly striking imagery help keep this focused and fascinating.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 70% Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017) Many will have wondered what happened to the veteran Cuban musicians profiled in Wim Wenders's 1998 cult classic, Buena Vista Social Club, and Lucy Walker provides some of the answers in this genial if fitful documentary sequel.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Battle of Soho (2017) A whistlestop tour of the history of a part of London that has become synonymous with sin and subversion. But the focus quickly shifts to the threat posed by property developers and fast-food franchises.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 38% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) Edouard Deluc's account of Paul Gauguin's first expedition to French Polynesia doesn't just gloss over the artist's flaws, it airbrushes them out of a story that bears little resemblance to reality.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 91% Human Flow (2017) Although maybe a little naive in places, this is an unflinching record of a cry of anguish that has to be heard and acted upon. Everyone needs to see this.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 61% Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2017) A fascinating life is reduced to a series of skittishly edited and visually stylised vignettes that do scant justice to Marie Curie's scientific achievements and Karolina Gruszka's laudably intense performance.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
2/5 47% One Magic Christmas (1985) Far too downbeat for the festive season.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 91% Murder on the Orient Express (1974) This is easily the best screen adaptation of an Agatha Christie whodunnit and, for those unfamiliar with either book or film, the solution will take your breath away.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017