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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
65% Beautiful Boy (2018) Van Groeningen methodically demonstrates how that can count for little in the face of crystal meth, but that's the only takeaway from Beautiful Boy that felt fresh. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
72% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) There might be too much going on, but as the final act descends into carnage, Goddard is at least trying to say something.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man is about Armstrong's landmark achievement, but it's just as much about a country's grinding, maniacal fixation on getting him there.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
68% Hold the Dark (2018) The film never coheres outside of those flashes, ultimately delivering a disappointing, confusing, but undeniably fascinating experience.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
100% Free Solo (2018) It's this profound, human tension that makes Free Solo such a gripping and rewarding documentary to watch.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
89% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lowery's film is an easy-breezy celebration of Redford's charisma and a fitting swan song given that it might be his final on-camera role. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It has the painterly visuals of a classic film, but its lead characters are black-hatted villains whose road to redemption is mostly motivated by exhaustion rather than guilt. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
11% Life Itself (2018) In Life Itself, everyone's fate is in the hands of Fogelman, and he wields that power with terrible cruelty. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
78% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A disjointed, occasionally powerful, often grating grab bag of recent political events, a mess that's forgivable only because it does reflect the messy state of the world.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
33% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a confused, sloppy mess of a film, overstuffed with zingy one-liners and lacking in coherence.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
89% A Star Is Born (2018) An invigorating paean to the joys of making art, the momentum that comes with sudden inspiration, and how swooningly romantic it can all feel.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) The entire film has the sense of something being profoundly, and mercifully, upended; the result is engrossing, satisfying, and more than a little heartbreaking.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) As a more complete retelling of a particular moment of history... the film is a diverting watch, anchored with enough of Weitz's intriguing personal touches to keep it from feeling like a glorified History Channel special.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
92% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls somehow manages to do it all, and in the form of a breezy, heartwarming workplace comedy to boot. There won't be another film like it this year.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
93% Searching (2018) A clever update on a housebound Hitchcock thriller like Rear Window, one that can make a series of Google searches play out like a high-wire action scene.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The extravagance on display is nonsensical, but that's part of the fun; the movie is filmed with colorful dynamism by Jon M. Chu..the.embrace of all things lush and unsubtle makes Crazy Rich Asians such a great time at the theater.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The movie is at times deliberately off-putting. But it's anchored by a star-making turn from Helena Howard, who plays the fascinating, inscrutable figure at its center. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rather than letting the audience reassure themselves that the story is rooted in the past, Lee firmly points the film's conclusion to the present, and to the future.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This is a film about Cameron's core personhood, and how it stands up to concentrated efforts to transform it, and it's told with quiet steeliness and grace.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's an odd, melancholic experience that at times recalls Terrence Malick as it does A. A. Milne, but there will certainly be some viewers in its exact wheelhouse.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible-Fallout doubles as a manifesto for the ridiculous spy thriller, pitting Hunt's boundless optimism against Walker's cold-blooded realism.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
93% 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
63% 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
88% 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
99% 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
76% 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
80% 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
63% 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
70% 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
89% 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
48% 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
57% 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
89% 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
93% 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
86% 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
86% 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
85% 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
96% 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
46% 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
53% 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
63% 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