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David Sims

David Sims

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Pitch: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Pitch isn't afraid to lean into the tear-jerking tropes of its genre, or to embrace the Cinderella narrative that SportsCenter hosts love so much. But its main appeal lies in its heroine Ginny. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 23, 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
84% Designated Survivor: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "If Designated Survivor can get audiences to stomach the utter bleakness of its core premise, it could be the kind of gripping political make-believe viewers are looking for. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 22, 2016
89% The Good Place: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "It's a laugh-out-loud sitcom that nonetheless strives to investigate its storylines on deeper metaphysical grounds. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 19, 2016
100% Documentary Now!: Season 2 (TV, 2016) "The show's stars, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, elevate every episode with their performances, but it's a comedy that wrings laughs mostly with its rigorous attention to detail. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 16, 2016
93% High Maintenance: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "High Maintenance pulls audiences in by depicting the grinding routine of life, then delighting in the little moments that can still surprise. It's a comedy of human interaction, with a slightly voyeuristic thrill. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 16, 2016
62% 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
53% Son of Zorn: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Son of Zorn does well to avoid the argument that something has been lost in this new, progressive world-Zorn is very much a buffoon from start to finish-but the gag has nonetheless started to wear thin by the end of the first episode's 22 minutes. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 12, 2016
93% One Mississippi: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Like Notaro's stand-up, One Mississippi leads with the tragedy-but it's the way it guides viewers through that tragedy that makes it memorable. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 9, 2016
94% Better Things: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "With Better Things, [Aldon's] crafted a show about trying to have it all in Hollywood-make money, book gigs, and raise children-that somehow feels utterly original. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Sep 8, 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
100% You're the Worst: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "Season three managed to find a surprisingly cheerful starting point-even if all signs indicate that You're the Worst is once again bravely heading into some grim unexplored territory. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 30, 2016
92% 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
95% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 3 (TV, 2016) "This is a show that merges a gorgeous aesthetic with grounded storytelling, that talks about big-picture ideas while never betraying its core characters. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Aug 23, 2016
61% 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
83% 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
100% Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 10 "There was a tremendous sense of momentum to "The Winds of Winter," a feeling of ends being tied up and of story threads dovetailing in satisfying fashion, with plenty of murder and darkness mixed in, of course. I loved it. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 27, 2016
32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "It's a non-movie, an insult to the blockbuster genre, and should stand only as a perfect example of Hollywood's more glaring deficiencies as an industry. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 25, 2016
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons: Season 1 (TV, 2016) "Any Given Wednesday does have some direct-to-camera monologuing, but its host is aiming much gentler humor at an audience of deep sports nerds, and, at least in this opening episode, sticking to his strengths. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 24, 2016
69% Central Intelligence (2016) "If you're a fan of either Hart or Johnson's usual movie shtick, Central Intelligence is just about fun enough to recommend. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 17, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) "This is a film that requires an instruction manual going in-or perhaps years of training alongside solemn mages-simply to possess the superhuman endurance needed to enjoy it. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 10, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "Popstar doesn't quite reach This Is Spinal Tap levels of satire (few things could), but as a send-up of the mores of today's celebrity-obsessed culture, it largely succeeds. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted Jun 5, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Apocalypse is an effort to catch up to that grander mode of comic-book storytelling, but its epic scope is a mile wide and an inch deep. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 26, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "Neighbors 2 is a wonderfully goofy sequel, light on plot and heavy on silly set pieces, but it's anchored by a sense of self-awareness that bro comedies often lack. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 19, 2016
58% Money Monster (2016) " As its tense studio antics unfold, though, the sad truth becomes apparent: Money Monster is a movie-star vehicle that isn't giving its movie stars anything to do. " ‐ The Atlantic
Posted May 13, 2016
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