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David Roark

David Roark
David Roark's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
7.2/10 95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) Slow, calm and quiet with beautifully detailed imagery, the Japanese fantasy may not be the greatest achievement of Studio Ghibli... but it's a real charmer with a big imagination -- the sort of film children need to grow up on. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2014
36% Before I Disappear (2014) The result is a dark yet poignant drama about depression and drug addiction captured in both form and content, as Christensen creates a surreal, melancholic tone through lighting and camerawork. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4.9/10 31% Gangster Squad (2013) There's little to glean from Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad except for maybe a few modest laughs, whether the comedy be intentional or not, and some charm from Ryan Gosling. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 11, 2013
9/10 90% Lincoln (2012) Thanks to a strong cast and a smart story that's historically, morally and politically rich, Lincoln will go down as one of Spielberg's greatest accomplishments. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2012
3/10 20% 360 (2012) Burdened with a dawdling pace and a contrived storyline (and the moral vacuum said storyline creates), 360 falls short on pretty much every level. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2012
7.5/10 74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) In a time where movies continue to feel more and more disconnected and bleak, the film envelopes the viewer with its warmness -- a glowing optimism and sincere sense of humanity brought home with each punch zoom. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 25, 2012
3/4 82% Warrior (2011) Even though Christ transforms hearts, believers aren't promised new lives devoid of suffering. Such an accurate depiction of faith is rare in Hollywood and even many faith-based productions. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 23, 2011
6.3/10 76% The Debt (2011) The urgent plot, convincing performances and sudden spurts of violence saturate it with an overwhelming amount of suspense that makes it far more exciting than most thrillers this year. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2011
2.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) Though silly and disposable, the film's heart and physical comedy make it relatively satisfying. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
2.5/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) The film is dumb, hackneyed and, well, just plain bad - much like the 1982 original - but because it knows and makes fun of that, it plays for a smart and entertaining ride. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
1/4 82% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) The original centered itself around some weighty ideas involving race, politics, and social class. Those same ideas may exist here, but director Wyatt doesn't really care. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Sep 2, 2011
7.6/10 90% Attack the Block (2011) The British film's quick humor, stunning visuals and a story that's entertaining, dense and timely make it the year's best extraterrestrial invasion. ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2011
2/4 61% The Beaver (2011) Settling for superficial sentimentality, it makes us feel sorry for the characters, especially Walter, but it doesn't enlighten or challenge us, which serious art should do. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted May 6, 2011
2/4 56% Unknown (2011) The film doesn't make you feel or care. It doesn't grab you. In other words, it has all the elements of a good thriller except for, well, thrills. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Feb 25, 2011
1/4 12% Jonah Hex (2010) An awful excuse for cinema that ultimately fails in nearly every way possible. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/4 17% You Again (2010) You Again has its heart in the right place, but it's artless, unaccomplished, and contrived. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
3/4 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) Spiritual, inspirational, and adventurous, Zack Snyder's latest -- while no masterpiece -- is a definite success. ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 20, 2010
2/5 29% The Virginity Hit (2010) It's crass, senseless and, consequently, void of humor. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 17, 2010
2.5/5 17% Legendary (2010) Legendary relies heavily on veteran actors Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover. However good they are, they're incapable of making it any better than a made-for-TV movie. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 10, 2010
4.5/5 81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) This kind of romance doesn't require depth; it's juvenile, irrational, adventurous - while at the same time totally pertinent. And such is the spirit of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 12, 2010
4/5 91% The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010) While the movie is far from perfect, those potential missteps are, in the end, part of what makes The Father of My Children so beautiful. ‐ Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 6, 2010