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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 95% 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 59% 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 44% 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
100% Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) Writer/director Karan Johar confirms the promise of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai with this intense family saga brought to life by some of Bollywood's biggest stars. ‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
100% Pyaasa (1957) This heart-rending masala is a solemn meditation on the impossibility of poetry in a cruel world and it marked a distinct change in tone for actor/director Guru Dutt.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
4/5 83% Sholay (1975) The performances are impressive, especially that of Khan, who steals every scene he is in from his more famous co-stars.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/5 92% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2017) Veering between scenes of unflinching savagery and psychological malady, Enyedi makes some pertinent points about the alienating nature of modern urban living.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 100% In Between (2018) The three leads poignantly convey the stress of living each day in fear and frustration.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
4/5 89% Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016) As much about dealing with the pain of parting as an artistic memoir, this is a bittersweet delight.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
2/5 55% The Case for Christ (2017) Director Jon Gunn's sincere, but uninspired adaptation of Lee Strobel's best-selling memoir primarily preaches to the converted.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
4/5 88% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) Till's second feature is not only notable for its attitude to disability, but also for its casting of differently able actors.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 29% The Vault (2017) Andrew Shulkind does a solid job of lighting Jessee J Clarkson's creepy sets. But the direction is manipulative and smug.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) As one might expect with a former cinematographer calling the shots, the camerawork keeps the audience at the heart of the action.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
5/5 96% Belle de Jour (1968) Deneuve is utterly beguiling in a movie shifting between dream and reality with such deft sleights of hand that we are never sure whether we are watching episodes from Séverine's life or sharing her fantasies.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/5 47% Moon Dogs (2016) The youthful leads are eminently engaging, while the eccentric interludes involving body-piercings, hallucinatory puppets and a toy keyboard are dourly amusing.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 100% The Farthest (2017) Accessible, inspirational and utterly fascinating.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
4/5 100% Hotel Salvation (2017) Filmed on a modest budget with a subtle sense of place and pace, this highly impressive debut considers mortality with a wry compassion that's rare for such a young director.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/5 87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey (1993) A treat for children, thanks to the astonishing performances of its animal cast‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
2/5 85% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) A humourlessly misfiring blend of sci-fi erotica and social critique that is all the more frustrating because its intelligence has been compromised by self-indulgence.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 100% La Soledad (2016) The action meanders occasionally, while some of the symbolism is overloaded. But getting the film made at all in the face of increasing censorship is remarkable.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Freesia (2017) Sometimes content matters more than quality, and this sincere, humanist drama demands to be seen, as it's as much about the state of our nation as Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/5 81% Tom of Finland (2017) Having taken such pains to establish Tom's Finnish background and its attendant dangers, Karukoski hurtles through the sketchy American section without exploring any of its crucial issues in sufficient depth.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/5 61% The Odyssey (L'odyssée) (2016) Cousteau lived an exciting, if sometimes tortuous life. But, while it's engagingly played by a solid cast, this respectful but hardly revelatory account lacks the narrative potency to recreate it.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
4/5 90% Topkapi (1964) The film combines sparkling dialogue with moments of unbearable tension.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3/5 90% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) This is a fascinating topic, but Zandvliet does it scant justice.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 76% The Ghoul (2017) Sinuously photographed by Benjamin Pritchard, this will have your head spinning for days.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 90% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) The sense of place is as assured as the vigilant performances, while the defusing sequences are genuinely suspenseful.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/5 50% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) Assiduously controlled and impeccably played, this cunningly convoluted thriller keeps both the protagonist and the viewer guessing until the slickly cynical climax.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
4/5 85% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) This is less a re-creation of an historical event than a lament for the passing of traditional forms of cinema.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 80% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) If you can excuse the sight of the then 35-year-old David Bowie in a school uniform, this will prove most rewarding.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
3/5 87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) The by-play between the stars is riveting, with Deneuve boldly playing against type as a gluttonous, gambling harridan. Moreover, it's good to see a film exploring midlife ennui from a female perspective for a change.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
3/5 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) This intricate but accessible study seeks to put a human face on the 2008 credit crunch and its aftermath.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/5 90% Gallipoli (1981) Admirably conveys the chaos and waste of warfare.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
2/5 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) Telling an unfamiliar tale in a highly predictable manner, this is a laudable, but lightweight tribute to golf's founding fathers.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) Not since Thomas O'Malley got that wanderlust in Disney's The Aristocats (1970) has the life of a street cat seemed so idyllic.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 80% 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 64% 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 (2017) 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 64% 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 80% 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 92% 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 97% 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 50% 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 92% 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 98% 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 93% 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