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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
91% A Quiet Passion (2017) A brilliant chronicling of a life lived quietly, one that is sweeping in its emotional depth rather than its narrative scope.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
66% Free Fire (2017) Free Fire is a pure slog-a loud, brutish, gritty mini-spectacle that's impressive only in its devotion to simplicity. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
87% The Lost City of Z (2017) The Lost City of Z is a miraculous movie, at once moving, intimidating, and gorgeous to behold. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The Fate of the Furious offers everything you might want from the series, but those offerings are beginning to look ever so slightly stale.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
78% Colossal (2017) Colossal is goofy, disturbing, and wonderfully anchored by Hathaway, who always has a firm grasp on her character even when the film doesn't.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) With its balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism, Your Name should firmly establish Shinkai as an auteur to follow for many years to come.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
100% Louis C.K.: 2017 (2017) It's an impressive return-and a further indication that the hour-long comedy special is an art form with plenty of life left in it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
46% Ghost in the Shell (2017) A flimsy copy of a copy, one that recreates some of the anime's set-pieces nearly shot for shot, but then pares away nearly everything else that made the original a classic.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
43% The Discovery (2017) The Discovery poses a fascinating existential question to its audience, but doesn't quite manage to fill in a plot around it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) It's a worthy film that fails in revealing any depth to its protagonists, remembering them for their courageousness and little more. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) A winning and cartoonish coming-of-age tale about supermodel-pretty misfit kids bonding in the belly of an alien spaceship. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
68% Life (2017) If you're looking for a competent Alien knock-off or just a way to kill a couple hours, you could do far worse.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
45% Song to Song (2017) Song to Song seems destined to be remembered only by Malick's most die-hard fans, who can pore over its semiotic details for years to come.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Disney has ripped a jewel out of its casing and set it in something far more elaborate; the effect is garish rather than nostalgic, frustrating rather than memorable.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
20% Table 19 (2017) Table 19 doesn't know whether it's looking to depress or inspire, and so ends up failing in both regards.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
92% Logan (2017) Jackman and Stewart are why Logan works-why the film doesn't feel like a cheap exercise in bloody violence, and its subversion of typical superhero-movie tropes feels organic.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Sinister, jarringly mundane, and entirely inimitable, as it explores the peculiar sorrow of losing a loved one while avoiding the obvious routes such a tale would usually take.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) Blair's film is like Blood Simple crossed with The Three Stooges-a clever, gritty tale of revenge at its most inept, anchored by performances that brim with goofy fury.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) An atmospheric, restrained, effective work of horror with a clear point of view, a darkly hilarious movie that never trips over itself in search of a cheap laugh or scare.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
78% Kiki (2017) It's an honest examination of the powers, and limits, of subcultures and small communities-and how quickly things can change for better or worse within them.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie works precisely because it knows audiences are sick of its hero. It's a reassessment, an intervention, an effort to try and remember what's fun about him. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This is a movie where a drink of water feels sinister, where a walk through the sauna becomes a descent into hell. And don't forget the eels.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) By doubling down on its idiosyncrasies, Chapter 2 justifies the existence of more Wick without overstaying its welcome. It's a lesson most Hollywood sequels could stand to learn.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
25% The Comedian (2017) A fetid, overlong drama laden with bizarre subplots and an inexplicably star-studded supporting cast, built around the dated idea that standup comedians can, indeed, be jerks.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) A typically wrenching film for Farhadi, one that morphs from a quiet family drama to a tale of revenge, and is all the more impressive for how seamlessly it executes that shift.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) There's a heightened edge to I, Daniel Blake, an embittered streak of comedy that keeps the otherwise miserable plot from weighing too heavily.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
84% The Founder (2017) The Founder ends up feeling extremely wishy-washy, unable to scrub the nastiness of Kroc's success but also incapable of confronting it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
34% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
80% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
95% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2017
80% Barry (2016) Much as with Southside With You, Barry is buoyed by its tremendous lead performer.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
87% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
95% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
79% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
42% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016