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 Blank Check
Publications: The Atlantic, AV Club, Blank Check

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg is not a sensationalistic filmmaker, but rather someone who can convey tremendous amounts of emotion through total tranquility on-screen. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The series remains the most reliable purveyor of high-stakes, onscreen combat around, a franchise that hasn't yet been tarnished by its ongoing success. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
50% Tolkien (2019) The result doesn't rise above the insight of a Wikipedia page. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It shouldn't work. It shouldn't even make sense! Somehow, it does. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) It's hard to know if there will ever be an essential and definitive fiction film about Bundy. But this certainly isn't it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is too fixated on the supposed absurdity of its romantic pair to spend much time considering them as people. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The Avengers, as a concept, probably won't be going anywhere, but Endgame still feels like a proper goodbye. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
83% Someone Great (2019) A movie that's best experienced while lazing on the couch, preferably on the morning after a wild night out. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) To anyone who has followed the parabolic arcs of Gilliam's career, it's a fascinating text; to the more casual viewer, it might come off only as a meandering mess. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
92% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Aesthetically driven in all the right ways-it's not a swooning blockbuster romance, but a gorgeous and impossible puzzle of a project, something to be pondered long after seeing it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) Amid the noisy, epic action of most kid-oriented features, this film's story is clear and effective: a sweet-hearted narrative of how friendship can broaden one's horizons. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) An R-rated slog that's heavy on bad attitude and creative dismemberments, and completely missing the humane core of Mignola's original story. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
83% High Life (2019) For all its body horrors and apocalyptic conclusions, High Life is one of Denis's most loving and tender creations. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is a throwback in all the right ways: a superhero tale for a simpler blockbuster era, one that is well worthy of viewers' nostalgia. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The film is just different enough to stick out amid the studio's backwards-looking slate, and Burton, for the first time in years, shows he hasn't lost his love for the idiosyncratic. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us is a glorious symphony of fear, to be sure, but it's also an ambitious sci-fi allegory and a pitch-black comedy of the haves and have-nots. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Despite the grand scale, like all of Jia's works, Ash Is Purest White leaves questions of good and evil to the viewer-this isn't a philosophical story, but a personal one. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
28% The Aftermath (2019) The Aftermath might have succeeded had it challenged viewers. But by squeezing the story into a plain period-romance format, Kent achieved the opposite. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Stands by itself nicely-a totally captivating yarn that gives Moore center stage to do the kind of rich, arresting work that actresses in their 50s can rarely find in Hollywood. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) More of a solid building block for future endeavors than a must-see solo adventure. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Along the lines of other recent inexpensive genre efforts that behave more like franchise blockbusters by building out their lore and doubling down on their nerdiness. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) The film struggles to dramatize Paige's triumph as anything but preordained. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) So much of The Hidden World is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
59% Greta (2019) Greta is more of a Terminator movie, with everyone doing their best to get out of Huppert's way for 98 enjoyable minutes-though that's still worth a recommendation in my book. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) It builds realism and context into both sides of that story and manages to be a winning adaptation as a result. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) True to its origins, Alita is a living cartoon of a film, which only makes its ridiculousness easier to absorb. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh's unorthodox film release and cheap, idiosyncratic shooting style are ideal fits for the director's fascinating, speculative story about the future of the NBA. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is a curiosity, a parable on the underlying hollowness of pulpy revenge that nevertheless tries to serve up the requisite amount of bloody violence for its viewers. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This is a project that's loaded with big ideas and worthy morals for its younger viewers, even if it has a little trouble streamlining them all into an easily digestible plot. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw is a pretty soulless piece of art about the soullessness of art; but that doesn't mean it can't have a little fun proving its point. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's a film that somehow takes one of the oldest "chosen one" narratives around-the story of King Arthur-and finds something fresh in its tale of heroism. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
19% Serenity (2019) Serenity may not make it onto many critics' top-10 lists come the end of 2019. But it's certain to be one of the more unforgettable viewing experiences of the year. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
90% Fyre (2019) The movie also scrapes away the sheen of the flamboyant "influencer" lifestyle that McFarland leveraged to sell tickets and hook investors. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
38% Glass (2019) The latest from the director is a singularly strange and meta sequel that's bound to infuriate all but his most devoted fans. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman works because it isn't laughing at itself-it's both joyously whimsical and confident in its own sea-worthiness. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The technology Jackson deploys is so advanced that the documentary, which has been colorized and enhanced, captures a surprising degree of character and realism. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
69% The Mule (2018) This movie is as much a eulogy for a country that Eastwood sees as slowly crumbling as it is for the life Earl chose to lead. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is an impressive, mature, and determined work that ably reaches the great heights it sets for itself. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is a tawdry soap opera that insists it's an intelligent political thriller. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The film feels painfully incomplete, from its frequently told story to its weak visuals. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Despite its period setting, The Favourite just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is littered with wry humor and is refreshingly free of judgment. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is, without a doubt, the best film made about the lives of computer programs since the Wachowskis' Matrix sequels; I mean this as a glowing compliment. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is methodical in its imagery and gracefully written; it's also a suspenseful blast, best seen with the biggest, most animated audience possible. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is mostly table-setting, which can't sustain an entire movie-even one serving a fan base as passionate as this one. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King is a necessary antidote, one that might catch audiences off guard at first before burrowing into the mind through sheer, mucky tenacity. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web, Lisbeth Salander saves the day, and she looks cool doing it. But this is a story so slick that she'd be rolling her eyes if she watched it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman is tripped up in his attempts to spin Hart's story into something more symbolic. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018