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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
No Score Yet WW1: The Final Hours (2018) This is a documentary that has found a way of bringing the past alive without pretending too much that it is other than past. ‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) We may pretend our interest in true crime horror is justified by the need to understand as much as we can to prevent such enormities occurring again or some such nonsense - but actually we all know how base our interest really is.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper has succeeded in giving this dinosaur of a film stomping new life. This is A Star Is Born re-made for the age of the talent contest.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 95% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) These stories are all stingingly well told, with the snap and brio that comes so easily to the Coens, often dreadfully funny too.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 95% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos has transferred his own peculiar vision of human oddity into the past, in a way that makes most period drama seem formulaic and inert.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 63% Peterloo (2019) Leigh presents this history through a series of immobile setpiece scenes, crafted with dull fidelity, one rallying speech after another, as the radicals work themselves up towards action.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
61% Suspiria (2018) [Guadagnino] treats it with such stifling reverence that it loses all the melodrama and sheer scariness of the original...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
61% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) A treat.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 74% Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Zahler is not subtle but he is bludgeoningly effective. ‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 88% First Man (2018) This last, largely silent, section on the moon itself is rightly awe-inspiring -- but it takes the movie a long time to get up there.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 99% Roma (2018) It was shot... in high-resolution wide-format 65mm black and white film, the camera movements gentle, revealing all to us, both in detail and scope, with an extraordinary effect of yearning and tenderness: instantly eidetic.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet Japan's Secret Shame (2018) It is so difficult for individual women in Japan to come forward and say #MeToo... One who has had the courage to do just that is the journalist Shiori Ito - and this moving, flowing documentary, directed by Erica Jenkin, tells her story.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Double Life Of George Michael (2018) The dramatisation is incessant, shameless and preposterous... And we are nonetheless invited to think that what we are getting here is somehow a glimpse into the real George. ‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 88% Whitney (2018) Mixing interviews with Whitney Houston's family and friends with contemporary footage... Whitney tells a familiar enough story of how "a sweet, quiet girl", found phenomenal success.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/5 57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A tiresomely self-regarding story that not even Garfield's allure can enliven.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) A great film this is not.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) So much that weighs down the franchise isn't here yet: no Death Star, no use of the Force. This one's a straight up space cowboy heist movie.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Spike Lee's best film for years.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
5/5 94% 3 Faces (2018) Delightful, although its modesty and quietism make it unlikely to win any prizes.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) Sadly, you can still see here tiny flashes of the sensibility that made Godard great, once.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3/5 32% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) This story of the Kurdish women fighters, filmed in Georgia, is not well told here, the dialogue heavily pointful and much of the acting wooden...‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
5/5 90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) At its heart there's a relationship that doesn't wholly move you as it needs to do. The rigour of this film-making is nonetheless ravishing.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 59% War on Everyone (2017) This is a really bad cop movie, maybe the funniest ever. ‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
5/5 69% mother! (2017) Arty! And scary. But Jennifer Law's incredible face, her unique emotional honesty, absolutely repay this ceaseless gaze.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
5/5 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sour and funny, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the film that the Coen brothers must somehow just have forgotten to make, when they were at their height.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
3/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Their picaresque journey, punctuated by campside evenings spent looking through slides of their past life, is going only one way - but these are outstanding performances, embracing age, by Sutherland and Mirren (despite a dodgy accent).‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
4/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) This is what a thriller about human nastiness and stupidity looks like when it has been completed by a keen humanitarian.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
2/5 68% The Journey (2017) One of the great political transitions has been re-imagined as a concise road trip in a pastiche of the sort of political play Peter Morgan might have written as a two-hander for the smaller stage. As a film, it doesn't open out.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 49% Downsizing (2017) A wizard idea, Downsizing is often very funny and deadpan - but it develops its concept lazily, abandoning its initial satire for heartfelt sentiment.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water may just be his most touching fantasy yet.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Flesh and Sand (Carne y Arena) (2017) This pioneering, revolutionary installation ... is what this Cannes will be best remembered for - this glimpse of the future.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
4/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In The Fade is not subtle, a revenge procedural in its way, playing easy political cards - but it is urgent, gripping and, today, so very affecting.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 57% Radiance (Hikari) (2017) Gentle and delicate, touching and open-hearted.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
3/5 76% A Gentle Creature (2017) Krotkaya is a vision of hell, conducted with the horrible brio of an angry parody by Shostakovich.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Welcome back to the world of Yorgos Lanthimos - a bit like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, except genuinely nasty.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
5/5 70% Happy End (2017) Haneke brings to this horrific melée his own icy humour and formal clarity: he is the Vermeer of alienation.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
2/5 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) A mess.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
1/5 67% Sea Sorrow (2017) Vanessa Redgrave proudly displays a poster made by her youngest grand-daughter, reading "For Every Child Protection". Perhaps the whole film should have been kept in the family too.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) This Russia has the accoutrements of material prosperity ... within the ugly superstructure left by the Soviet state, but no heart, no soul. Zvyagintsev shows us this with great formal clarity, a kind of mortified calm.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Jackman is, once more, superb, holding down the whole film: no matter how battered, gnarled and shrubby he looks, you always root for him. A bit of a beast - but our beast.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) It's not suspenseful so much as commemorative and even, in paying tribute to the resilient spirit of Boston and all of those caught up in this attack, celebratory. It's a kind of civic tribute.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
4/5 80% The Party (2018) The Party eviscerates a political class that has lost its way. It's like nothing so much as a really great Simon Gray play from beyond the grave.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 30% Passengers (2016) Lawrence is, once more, simply great in this, just so vivid and fascinating to watch, her idiosyncratic face our total focus, her athleticism outdoing Pratt's: she is completely the life of the film.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
3/5 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Not just a dull but an oppressive experience, being force-fed a corporate product: a film that never comes alive, with none of the characters properly developed, none of the relationships gelling, the very adventure formulaic.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2016
1/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Barely a film at all but a pageant.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) How do you make a full-length feature film about the "miracle on the Hudson", dramatic and inspiring as it may be? Easy. You get Clint Eastwood, 86, to direct.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2/5 60% Allied (2016) It is not the tearjerker it aspires to be. No chemistry? Or too much? Litmus test required. Lovely Lysanders, though.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
3/5 21% American Pastoral (2016) It's honourable, it's well-intentioned, but it's lame.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) This is by far the trippiest, most psychedelic Marvel film yet.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 86% A Monster Calls (2017) Darkly inspired, A Monster Calls is highly affecting - but surely too much so as a survival aid for the children who might need it? Yet it's not quite for adult adults either.‐ London Evening Standard
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016