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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% Blindspotting (2018) 'Blindspotting' has enough verve, humor, and passion to recommend it-even as it overplays its hand in its final minutes.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 'Day of the Soldado' would be hard to stomach at any time. It feels particularly worthless now.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A light and sunny entry in the ongoing Marvel canon that gets by on the cast's easygoing chemistry.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
98% Eighth Grade (2018) What most stunned me about 'Eighth Grade' was how well directed it is. It's rare that teen movies have the kind of visual acuity and verve that Burnham achieves here.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's hardly the worst movie of the year-Van Sant is too competent a filmmaker for that, even now-but it's frustrating for how dashed-off every element seems.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Here We Go Again is a viewing experience best described as a long nap on the beach while staying at a chain resort. It's extremely pleasant, if a little lacking in imagination.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
65% Uncle Drew (2018) The jokes could be dirtier, the plot looser, the basketball action more gleefully ludicrous. Instead, everything feels very competent but safe.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is one of the best films of 2018 and promises to make a star of McKenzie.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
75% Damsel (2018) As an indie film with a clever gimmick, it's worth seeing, though it never quite sustains the sweeping feel of its first two scenes.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
94% Set It Up (2018) Love! Assistants! Wordplay! This film has it all-at least by the standards of a fun, disposable romantic comedy, the likes of which Hollywood rarely bothers to release anymore.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The viewer might be left with a few decent frights, but at this point the mortal terror of Spielberg's original film has been diminished beyond repair.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
59% Hotel Artemis (2018) It's unfortunately anticlimactic; what at first looks like a potential cult classic becomes a movie you might catch on basic cable in a year. Still, there are worse fates.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While it takes time to build up steam and set up its plot mechanics, once everyone is in costume and letting loose, it's an exhilarating ride.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Aster has crafted a story with one foot in the world of the tense kitchen-sink drama and the other in something far more supernatural.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The film is touching, sometimes saccharine, and other times bluntly honest, but it works best as a fascinating reminder that Rogers was trying to be more than a mascot of American politeness.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
85% American Animals (2018) It's a film that tosses questions at the viewer with no interest in answering them, one that can't decide if it feels for its subjects or just wants to mock their incompetence.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
98% The Tale (2018) The Tale is above all a work of profound empathy, as a look inside someone's psyche would have to be. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) An embittered look at our world through the eyes of someone who's increasingly horrified to be a part of it, and a film that's one of the most searing experiences of the year.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Book Club is an airy dinner conversation set before a spectacular, disposable backdrop, a sure-fire bet to be the breeziest two hours you spend in the theater this summer.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) Revenge won't be an experience every viewer can handle, but as a piece of extreme horror, it's an intelligent and flashy debut.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
87% Tully (2018) As a portrayal of postpartum depression, Tully is a success-simplistic at times, but an admirable gut-punch nonetheless.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Denis's foray into the often-goofy world of the rom-com is at once a cold bath of realism and a bewitching portrait of the power of love.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) Ronit is rebellious, Esti is repressed-two points that Disobedience repeats over and over until the dynamic starts to feel caricatured.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
95% Zama (2018) There's absolutely nothing else like it in theaters this year, which I mean as both a hearty endorsement and a necessary forewarning.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
100% John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City (2018) With Kid Gorgeous, Mulaney is proving he can endure in a field that even the most successful and talented comics can struggle to stay afloat in.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
44% 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
52% 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
66% 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
83% 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
92% 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
80% 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
95% 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
77% 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
80% 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
91% 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
90% 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
17% 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