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David Sims

David Sims
David Sims's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic, AV Club

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) It's some new, evolved form of awkward comedy that doesn't strive to make the audience wince, but rather lives in every joyously strange, unsettling moment. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 16, 2017
33% Live By Night (2017) One of the film's final set pieces is so wonderfully staged that it reminds you what skill Affleck has with the camera. Next time, he should perhaps confine himself behind it. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 16, 2017
79% Patriots Day (2017) If Berg had dug deeper, he could have had a great film on his hands; as it stands, he's delivered a rote, but occasionally thought-provoking, misfire. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 12, 2017
87% A Monster Calls (2017) As the movie rumbled toward its inevitably devastating conclusion, the chief emotion I felt wasn't sadness but annoyance at the dashed grander potential. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 8, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) In Jim Jarmusch's new movie Paterson, there's no major action day to day, but magic is constantly bleeding in from around the edges. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jan 8, 2017
79% Barry (2016) Much as with Southside With You, Barry is buoyed by its tremendous lead performer. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 19, 2016
88% Jackie (2016) Jackie is a remarkably composed, artful piece of storytelling about storytelling, as an examination of the gauzy reputation of the Kennedys and the darker myth-making involved. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Dec 1, 2016
88% Lion (2016) Lion is ultimately an excellent example of its type-a resonant true story told, not with manipulative cliches, but with refreshing confidence. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 29, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) A drama of rare power-a tale of human suffering that succeeds because of its love for its characters, rather than for their misfortunes. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 29, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) This is a movie about a teen, first and foremost, rather than a "teen movie," and that's exactly what makes it feel like a peerless example for the genre. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 21, 2016
89% Loving (2016) The power of the film's final act, where the Lovings finally have created a safe place for themselves and their children, cannot be exaggerated, so Nichols doesn't exaggerate. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) It's undeniably effective, a movie about the power of religious conviction that batters viewers with depictions of horrific violence and chaos. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Nov 2, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Viewers will leave with a fine sense of how it felt to be on that blazing rig, but they'll still have plenty of questions about how and why things went so wrong. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 30, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women is a film where a missed opportunity to connect, or a brief, surprising flash of empathy, feels crucial enough to pore over days after seeing it. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 30, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is dispiritingly formulaic, retaining much of the first film's swaggering masculinity, but none of its self-awareness. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 30, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The Handmaiden is just pure cinema, a dizzying, disturbing fable of love and betrayal that piles on luxurious imagery, while never losing track of its story's human core. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 30, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) This is a humane movie, one that's looking to prompt empathy and introspection most of all. On those terms, Moonlight is one of the year's most gripping viewing experiences. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 30, 2016
60% Desierto (2016) There's been a surprisingly wide range of works with extra weight in a deeply polarized year. Desierto is the nastiest of them all, but it's also the shallowest. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Oct 14, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) Thanks to Lane's natural magnetism and the director Andrea Arnold's remarkable empathy for her subjects, it's required viewing. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 29, 2016
86% The Skeleton Twins (2014) Despite occasional charming moments and a generally solid ensemble, The Skeleton Twins doesn't distinguish itself in any memorable way. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) To call Sin City noir is to misunderstand the genre, as perhaps Miller does. Each story ends pretty simply-in brutal fighting and murder-and lacks genuine intrigue or ambiguity. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) It is especially impressive that Days of Future Past is a success; a film this gooey and complex, with such business-minded scope, should not feel like a real movie at all. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have clearly seen their share of crappy unnecessary sequels, and want to assure us that 22 Jump Street will follow proudly in that tradition. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Edge of Tomorrow is the perfect mix of blustering action and sci-fi thinky nonsense that is best enjoyed without picking at it too much. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Since the film is a chilling two hours and 45 minutes long, that means one's mind quickly wanders, dancing across this film's many flaws, little and big. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
95% Snowpiercer (2014) That rare experience you don't get to have much in the summer anymore, a loud, clanging, original action flick that's grabbing you by the lapels and yelling in your ears. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
98% Boyhood (2014) Calling it a sum of its parts can be a backhanded compliment, but it feels like especially worthy praise for Boyhood, considering how much went into making it feel whole. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) No kind of chemistry between the two ever arises, making their eventual romance, arrived at through pages of halting dialogue, feel particularly awkward. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
67% Lucy (2014) let it grab you by the noodle and zap you into its whacked-out vision of human existence. You'll feel much better for it, I promise. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Dawn is not interested in staging conflict for the sake of it, and the misunderstandings and tensions that drive the plot don't always feel like contrivances. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
35% The Giver (2014) Noyce tries to thread the needle by hewing close to his source material while peppering in some grander-scale sci-fi business to keep things moving. It doesn't remotely work. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
71% What If (2014) What If doesn't take too many surprising turns to get where you know it's going to go, but it handles each turn with consummate professionalism. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
99% Starred Up (2014) Mackenzie is seeking to understand how all this explosive male energy can co-exist under such brutal conditions, and the answer is with great difficulty. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) It's a glum, wrenching experience to watch, but the emotional impact is just far too shallow to linger. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
59% My Old Lady (2014) I'd praise Horovitz for going the darker route if My Old Lady wasn't so wrenchingly obvious and Kevin Kline's character wasn't so venal and cruel. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
86% Night Moves (2014) Succeeds mightily when it comes to creating tension but struggles a little more with making its plot run together smoothly. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
74% Godzilla (2014) Every time Edwards' Godzilla rears up, you stiffen with excitement. Every time he roars, Edwards wants you to feel it and wince. ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 22, 2016
73% Neighbors (2014) Byrne walks away with the film by making Kelly a well-rounded, conflicted person, rather than the film's fun cop who has to tell everyone the boring truth. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Over-stuffed with plot and consequently struggles to invest the audience in any of it, since there's so much to get through and so many future films and spinoffs to set up. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
19% Transcendence (2014) Pfister and Paglen are going for emotional intimacy, but they forgot to add enough shading to their ensemble to land any kind of punch. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) It knocks down a lot of the infrastructure the previous films had created, and it does so in a way that feels organic and refreshing for the Marvel world at large. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone used to be fearless in both the stories he told and the way he told them: Now, it seems, he's just the former. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 15, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The movie errs most with its main plot, which requires the characters to behave with utmost stupidity, sacrificing its hard-earned storytelling for a frustrating payoff. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 2, 2016
91% Southside With You (2016) A gentle, rose-tinted piece of political nostalgia-one that glances at the divisions in American society, but still casts a optimistic view toward whatever's next. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 26, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) At best, War Dogs is a missed creative opportunity; at worst, it's a quasi-celebration of two vile schemers, one that ignores the brutality of the world they capitalized on. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 22, 2016
95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) Jones has laid enough of a foundation on Hitchcock's style that viewers can watch one of cinema's most famous moments with fresh eyes. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 12, 2016
84% Tallulah (2016) It stands out thanks to the graceful, thoughtful characterization of its three protagonists, despite their potential to be monstrous caricatures. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 1, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) 'Don't Think Twice' does a beautiful job exploring the myriad ways that comedians exploit their own tragic circumstances to score meaningful laughs. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 29, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It's exactly the kind of fun, steeped in effervescent goodwill that Hollywood should be delivering right now. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 22, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Rylance has again brought something transformational to a Spielberg film. He gives the kind of performance you can't look away from, even with all the big-budget delights. ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jul 1, 2016