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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
87% 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
33% 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
82% 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
85% 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
88% 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
78% 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
75% 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
96% 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
50% 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
92% 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
88% 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
85% 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
82% 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
28% 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
89% 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
22% 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
53% 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
85% 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
89% 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
83% The Lovers (2017) The Lovers, written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, is a strangely gripping movie mostly because of its aversion to over-explaining.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
72% The Wizard of Lies (2017) The Wizard of Lies... doesn't try to either understand or humanize Madoff, but all the same it manages to be an intimate, unsettling portrait of a borderline sociopath.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
17% The Circle (2017) As a satire, The Circle might have been worth a few giggles, but as a deadly serious drama, it's laughable in an entirely different way.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
81% Risk (2017) Risk is an incredibly gripping work, one made with an unprecedented level of access to Assange, but for all its intimacy, it still struggles to nail down its target.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 2, 2017
80% Casting JonBenét (2017) Casting JonBenét is a curiosity, but an arresting one-an uncomfortable 80 minutes spent with strangers who are undeniably difficult to look away from.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
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
86% 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
80% 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
44% 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
44% 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
61% 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
44% 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
67% 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
43% 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
24% 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
93% 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