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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
52% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) The film feels like a director thinking back on the work that defined his career, for better and worse.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
50% Rampage (2018) It's telling that two of Rampage's big set pieces end with a gigantic albino gorilla laughing and giving the finger straight into the camera.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
58% Come Sunday (2018) Ejiofor does valiant work trying to make that enough to justify the film's existence, and he almost succeeds. But I came away from Come Sunday wanting so much more.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) The Rider is the best film I've seen so far in 2018. It also feels like the announcement of a major artistic talent in Zhao.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is an undoubtedly taxing affair for the nerves; fortunately, it's also a deeply affecting one.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
82% Blockers (2018) A generational clash as old as time-the parents who think of themselves as progressive and cool, versus their mortified children who view them as anything but.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
90% Lean on Pete (2018) When it's at its subtlest, Lean on Pete sings with power; but when things get outwardly grim, it loses a little of its impact.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
77% Chappaquiddick (2018) It's a film looking to challenge America's gauzy perception of the country's most famous political family, loaded with all the bleakness that task requires.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
94% Outside In (2018) Takes some time to develop that tension into something genuinely dramatic, but Falco's performance is strong enough to make the film compelling even in its softest moments.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
78% Gemini (2018) Gemini is a decent little thriller that's been spruced up by a very impressive Instagram filter.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) That's what Ready Player One ends up feeling like: a decent meal with tantalizing hints of something more complex, a Big Mac with Roquefort sprinkled on top. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Even with that childish joy in mind, Pacific Rim Uprising doesn't do anything to really justify its existence.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) Vikander, who can balance flinty charm with sympathetic humanism, helped keep me invested, but Tomb Raider could best be described as a solid step forward, away from past wrongs.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) Unfolds like a series of furtive, conspiracy-theory videos that have been secretly posted on the internet-a missive from a dark corner of reality.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is the kind of movie you could easily catch up with on cable TV years later and forget just as quickly-but even that's a kind of step forward.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) Hong is an acute observer of the subtleties at play in each interaction, of the tiny power shifts that can take place over the course of a conversation.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) For those seeking a wickedly dark little confection, Thoroughbreds should prove a diverting watch; but those looking for anything deeper will find a lot left to be desired.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Red Sparrow is like 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' but only if it were directed by Showgirls-era Paul Verhoeven. That's something of a compliment, but it's also a warning.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) It's a superior piece of cinema.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
15% Mute (2018) [Paul] Rudd and [Justin] Theroux do their best to have fun, but the movie's miserable tone is actively competing against them at every turn.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
82% Early Man (2018) Early Man is not so much a return to form as it is a long overdue comeback -- and a welcome one at that.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Cloverfield Paradox tries to tie into its 2008 forebear in a much more literal sense, and the result feels spectacularly inept.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A tremendous portrait of grief and prejudice. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
95% 24 Frames (2018) 24 Frames immediately communicates the power of the theater experience, in the way that so many of Kiarostami's movies can. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
61% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) A Futile and Stupid Gesture feels like a quick tour of a man's greatest hits that relies on his accomplishments, rather than any storytelling artistry, to impress the audience.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The Death Cure is a grim, half-hearted farewell to this wave of young-adult dystopias.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
73% Hostiles (2018) As a handsome-looking western, Hostiles does the trick, but when it tries to probe deeper, it just comes up short.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) Jaume Collet-Serra has always exulted in details-it's what helps him stand out as an artist even though he mostly makes this kind of easily dismissed genre fare.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) This is a film of such open-hearted joy and grace, which feels rare in an industry that often embraces cynicism and sarcasm, including in its children's stories.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (2017) He's brought that genuineness to a format-the comedy special-that can be quite restrictive, transforming Career Suicide into something much more akin to an open, casual conversation with an old friend.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) If you're fond of Sorkin's script flourishes, then Molly's Game is for you.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) All the Money in the World ultimately ends up feeling like a curio, albeit one with hints of something much grander hiding behind those Getty Estate walls.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
51% Downsizing (2017) If Payne had landed the mix of genres, Downsizing could have been a masterpiece. Spoiler (small print not required): He does not.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) 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
91% 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
85% 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
96% 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
76% 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
80% 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
84% 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
67% 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
98% 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
92% 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
96% 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
99% 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
35% 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