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David Sexton

David Sexton
David Sexton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 67% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart is highly watchable, pleasingly supernatural again. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) Ryan has found amazing depth and richness of colour and contrast in his journey across these states, from derelict shacks to palatial estates, oil fields to truck stops. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Nichols tells this shocking story straight, slowly, spaciously, beautifully, with the calm integrity with which he approaches all his film-making. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling makes an excellent alcoholic fall guy, Crowe, although quite a tub nowadays, is as enthusiastic a thumper as ever. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 22, 2016
4/5 75% The BFG (2016) Rylance's performance gives the film the bonding warmth it needs. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 22, 2016
3/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) A corker of social-realist agitprop, choicely filmed by Robbie Ryan. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 15, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Essentially this is a uncomplicated comedy-thriller, in which Clooney comes good for the little guy and finds his own redemption, Julia Roberts changes her mind, and the markets are not guilty ... ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) This film is also directed by a woman, Susanna White... admirably well, delivering ferocious action sequences in unlikely contexts but also attentive to the interplay of the sexes in a way that is slightly subtler than le Carré's own romantic approach. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 13, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It's all broad humour and big-heartedness, out to entertain and amuse. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 8, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) The whole film is a crushing experience, giving you very little chance to regain perspective. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted May 1, 2016
4/5 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) What is an action hero? Somebody who's better at thumping than thinking. And so far as that goes, Idris Elba is your man. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 24, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) It's a tense thriller about a single action, taking place in Nairobi, commanded from London, albeit piloted from Las Vegas - and its presentation of the moral dilemma about whether to strike or not is complex and wrenching. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 17, 2016
3/5 80% Eddie The Eagle (2016) Worstward ho! Just leave your brains behind and it's perfectly enjoyable. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Apr 3, 2016
3/5 61% High-Rise (2016) It becomes tedious and there is simply no dramatic impulse. It's a show, an installation almost, rather than a movie, a vision better conveyed in Ballard's own hypnotic prose. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 20, 2016
5/5 93% Anomalisa (2015) I've seen it thrice. It has not palled. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 14, 2016
3/5 25% London Has Fallen (2016) London Has Fallen is smartly enough made by Iranian-born Swedish director Babak Najafi, with some exciting chases and fights. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Mar 7, 2016
4/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) It's consistently funny and it doesn't outstay its welcome at just 83 minutes. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 28, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) The movie makes a gripping journey, into and beyond belief. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
5/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Thoroughly, even densely, written though it is, a variant moreover on a not wholly unfamiliar story of break-up and survival, the film nonetheless flows like a river with true cinematic life. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 38% Alone in Berlin (2017) The direction is predictable and even boring, missing all the fearsome precision of Fallada about the exact sequence of events - and to make this terrifying story merely dull is an unforgivable waste. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
5/5 93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) The film provides no commentary, no text or context, it just shows. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3/5 82% A Quiet Passion (2017) A Quiet Passion is almost very good but actually nearly intolerable, a very long two hours. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 51% Genius (2016) Wolfe himself is atrociously over-played by Jude Law, as a fount of energy, waving his arms about, talking nineteen to the dozen, irrepressible - very soon, you certainly want him repressed. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3/5 79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) Togetherness doesn't work so simply: touching, as well as funny, to be shown how clever people once hoped otherwise. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
2/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) There is no story, beyond this simplest stand-off set up, no character development, no sign of any other life. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
4/5 91% Zero Days (2016) When you see a documentary as significant and as forcefully made as this, you wonder what you are doing watching any but the best dramas. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 21, 2016
3/5 23% Zoolander 2 (2016) If you want to see this, see it addled. With a fashion crowd, if that's not an oxymoron. Or something. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 14, 2016
4/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is a hoot, the Coen Brothers in their most PG Wodehouse mode. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 7, 2016
1/5 30% Dad's Army (2016) It was a sitcom, which is to say habitual - and since it is still frequently broadcast and enjoyed, it is with us as much as it ever was. And we don't enjoy our favourite habits being changed for us. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Feb 7, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) How rare is this? A true story so much worth the telling that it needs no embellishment, no sideshow? ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 31, 2016
4/5 88% The Big Short (2015) Confronting these facts while snorting at how funny this film often can be is quite confounding. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 23, 2016
5/5 81% The Revenant (2015) This is a frontier story made as no other has been before. It's immense. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 18, 2016
4/5 75% The Hateful Eight (2015) It's mannered, grandiose and self-indulgent, but in its own way absolutely expert. Aesthetic, even, if you like that. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Jan 8, 2016
1/5 33% By The Sea (2015) This is like an old-fashioned piece of erotica, Jolie Pitt bravely appearing pretty extensively nude, or a sex comedy, except there are no jokes. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Dec 13, 2015
4/5 60% Joy (2015) [Joy] proves bizarrely moving and involving, not just because it's another story of female empowerment but above all and quite simply because Jennifer Lawrence is so wondrously good here. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Dec 8, 2015
4/5 91% The Lady In The Van (2015) The glory of the film remains: Maggie Smith, the best thing ever to come out of Romford, possibly. She's hilarious. There's nobody like her: so wonderfully grande dame in any degree of squalor. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 16, 2015
4/5 97% Brooklyn (2015) The really good decision taken here is the constant close concentration on the face of Saoirse Ronan, still only 21. The film lives in her. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/5 65% Spectre (2015) A Bond that, for all its grandiose production values, is little more than an anthology of previous Bonds, a palimpsest even, to be fancier about it. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 25, 2015
4/5 86% Steve Jobs (2015) Kate Winslet contributes a fine performance as his battered "work-wife" Joanna Hoffman and, as Jobs, hateful but undeniable, Michael Fassbender is terrific, much better than as Macbeth, an Oscar-contender for sure. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 20, 2015
4/5 89% The Lobster (2016) A brilliantly funny horror film about dating. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 18, 2015
3/5 62% Truth (2015) There's a strong cast (Dennis Quaid, Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace on the news team) but the writing and direction by James Vanderbilt is surprisingly crass, manipulative and ultimately sanctimonious. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 18, 2015
3/5 71% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) A Second Coming is partly a semi-sympathetic exposition of his ideas and activities, partly a total exposure of his narcissism and ignorance. They're the same thing, after all. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 11, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) Suffragette is an effective piece of agitprop. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Oct 11, 2015
2/5 61% Life (2015) It is very slow-moving and deliberately uneventful (there's no depiction of the car-racing that led to Dean's death) and self-consciously beautifully photographed, almost more than it is filmed, one might say, throughout. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) This movie is decent, it seeks to honour its subject, it gives us the outlines - but it's the most conventional biopic possible of a most unconventional thinker. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 18, 2015
4/5 74% Black Mass (2015) A solid addition to the gangster genre, then. They just forgot to give you anybody to care about or like. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 17, 2015
5/5 74% Youth (2015) Nobody else is making such operatic films half so well as Sorrentino. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 14, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) The Martian is fun - Saving Private Ryan in space, so much better than saving the world again. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 14, 2015
3/5 20% I Saw the Light (2016) What makes I Saw The Light worthwhile is the superb performance by Tom Hiddleston as Hank, controversial casting for an American icon, but amply justified by the bleak intensity with which he gives us ... ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 52% Demolition (2016) This is a film about dealing with shock and grief by acting out, in a way that never really makes any sense or builds into a narrative worth following. ‐ London Evening Standard
Posted Sep 11, 2015