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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
98% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Luca Guadagnino's tale of budding gay romance in 1980s Italy is one of the most mesmerizing films of the year.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
94% The Disaster Artist (2017) Fans of The Room will find much to love here, but even if you've never heard of it, The Disaster Artist should delight. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) Were Darkest Hour just a symphony of World War II nostalgia, it'd probably still be a good watch. But because the film makes the effort to go deeper, it becomes something much more memorable.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) Rees notably avoids the blinkered perspective such traditional stories often have; in doing so, she captures the racism of the period in ways both routine and heartbreaking.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) Justice League feels like a pilot episode -- it's half-formed, overstuffed, and narratively a chore -- but at least its gotten all those annoying introductions out of the way. And it only took five movies to get there.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
73% Last Flag Flying (2017) The best Last Flag Flying can do is offer a subdued salute to a fallen veteran, and that's better than nothing-but there's a tremendous sense of greater potential wasted.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) It's funny, lively, and then devastating when it needs to be, made with the kind of confidence even its heroine could only dream of.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It's a high-wire storytelling act that's difficult to imagine any director executing appropriately, and Clooney doesn't come remotely close to nailing it.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Killing of a Sacred Deer is humane and satirical, horrifying and hilarious.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
81% The Square (2017) The genius of [Ruben] Östlund's writing, and his careful staging of each major set piece, is that he's never inviting the audience to sit back and simply laugh at the ridiculousness.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
71% Wonderstruck (2017) In its quieter moments, Wonderstruck occasionally approaches the transcendent, sublime quality Haynes is aiming for-but those times are frustratingly few and far between.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Necessarily insular and sometimes claustrophobic, a reminder of a time not long ago when the AIDS crisis was both roundly ignored and deeply stigmatized.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) If you enjoy Baumbach's work, you know what you're getting into-but even by his impressive yardstick, The Meyerowitz Stories is an achievement. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The attention paid to Elizabeth and Olive's roles in every aspect of Marston's crazy life is enough to brighten this film.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
95% The Florida Project (2017) This is a story told with authenticity and power, helped along by its cast of newcomers.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) ... a testament to Varda's own talent and a truly special piece of filmmaking.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The film has all the subtlety of a term paper, even if the earliest scenes suggest otherwise.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
87% American Made (2017) But by the time the movie roared to its shockingly grim, remarkably embittered ending, American Made had won me over.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) [Emma] Stone's performance is surprisingly thoughtful and internal. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
94% Stronger (2017) But the movie shouldn't be dismissed as just another real-life drama to catch on cable TV someday; Stronger is a profound, sensitively made gem.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
93% Spielberg (2017) Though Spielberg could do with a sequel, for now it's a useful retrospective of a filmmaker whose influence on cinema cannot be overstated.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Jolie's masterstroke is that she never departs from the gaze of her young protagonist.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
29% Rebel in the Rye (2017) Holden would certainly not approve of this film, one that crams an author's mysterious and fascinating legacy into the most basic of biopic formulas. I can't imagine many viewers will, either.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
84% Beach Rats (2017) It's a predictable turn of events-Frankie's attempts to hide so much of himself away can't last forever-but since Hittman avoids such heavy-handedness throughout, the finale feels especially disappointing.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
84% The Trip to Spain (2017) A gentle, relaxing delight, with just enough uproarious conversation and a touch of regret. In other words, it's a perfect piece of British comedy comfort food.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
93% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is like a cheerful sing-a-long of a movie, sweeping its audience along easily, even if some of the details quickly vanish from memory.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) When Good Time hits its visceral lows, Pattinson keeps the movie from feeling like an exercise in futility, finding something human within a character who's quickly losing himself in an atmosphere of total chaos.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
74% Landline (2017) Landline ultimately succumbs to a trope it eagerly tries to avoid-it ties things up with a bow.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Brigsby Bear is really just a story about how people relate to the entertainment that helped raised them-and how simultaneously pure and destructive that relationship can be.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) The action in Atomic Blonde is top-shelf; but the plot that knits it together, crucial to any good spy film, is a whole lot flimsier.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
97% Menashe (2017) At times sweet, but never patronizing, Menashe examines a world that might seem foreign or oppressive without ever turning its inhabitants into caricatures or figures of fun.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) It's unafraid to embrace the expansive potential of its genre, to make each new location, costume, and alien creature feel like the wildest version of itself. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery's greatest success is in keeping this intentionally spare story from feeling like a gimmick. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Reeves's story ends up echoing a very old one-essentially, Moses leading his people out of bondage and into freedom-without weaving in any nuance. War for the Planet of the Apes is an epic, to be sure-but an epic slog.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
77% The Little Hours (2017) For all the silliness, there's something lovable about Fernanda, Alessandra, and Genevra by the end of their profane rampage, and that's enough of a feat to make The Little Hours genuinely watchable.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
86% Okja (2017) It's a sublime tale of the value of humanity, and the horrors we often have to suffer through to hold on to that.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The recent death of the American rom-com has been much remarked upon, but it only takes one great film to zap it back into life. The Big Sick just might be that film.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Each frame of The Beguiled is a wonder to look at, from the candle-lit dinner-time conferences to the angelic portraits of John, who's frequently bathed in heavenly light.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2017
83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) In Marvel lingo, Guardians 2 feels like a great six-issue arc, the kind of storytelling that used to be the backbone of superhero comics.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) That's one thing that Ritchie's Legend in the Sword shared with Excalibur-a vague idea that Britain is destined for transformation. In Legend of the Sword, unfortunately, that transformation is little more than a teaser.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
88% Maudie (2017) Maudie's biggest success is Walsh's interest in depicting the environment from which art springs, rather than laying out some simple emotional cause for its generation.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
21% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book of Henry is the equivalent of eating a cake baked with salt instead of sugar, or listening to a Beatles song where the lyrics are in Esperanto.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
89% Hounds of Love (2017) If you can stomach its content, Hounds of Love is an undoubtedly effective work, an impressive calling card for a director sure to attract the eye of Hollywood.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
74% Wakefield (2017) It isn't the dull midlife crisis movie it initially presents itself as. But it also doesn't do enough to lurch into more nightmarish territory.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
52% War Machine (2017) War Machine is a failure, but could perhaps have been a great film if it had tried a little harder to pick a tone.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
86% Band Aid (2017) The film too often struggles to find a balance between being searing and charming; at best, it's a notable curio, one Lister-Jones may well build on for her next feature.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
88% It Comes At Night (2017) A fairly straightforward post-apocalyptic story, tightly focused on human torment, but suffused with surprising, undeniably atmospheric sights and sounds. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
16% The Mummy (2017) As the beginning of an ongoing series, it's an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal's monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
No Score Yet Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017) What stands out isn't the audacity of her jokes, but how relaxed and conversational she is, and the endless well of charm she draws from.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017