David Thomson

David Thomson
David Thomson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine L.A. Weekly The New Republic The New York Review of Books Independent (UK) Movieline London Review of Books

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
95% Touch of Evil (1958) Enough to prove the innate genius of Orson Welles and the way a man who had been living in Europe could come home and suddenly pick up on American truths hardly grasped by most Americans. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
No Score Yet The Woodlanders (1998) This is not a great film or a large film... But this is a beautifully rendered film, shot in the places Hardy knew (and little changed no years later) and rich in feeling for people so close to the edge - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
95% The Truman Show (1998) The Truman Show is one of the most startlingly original American movies in years, enough to give one faith in the salutary and inspiring nearness of the new millennium. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
85% The Ice Storm (1997) Family life -- the real focus of The Ice Storm -- is rendered as having something like the alienating density of prison; each solitary feels enclosed in his or her own sentence and injustice. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) L.A. Confidential could yet prove too demanding for big audiences, but there are huge narrative pleasures and swoony surprises that lift the picture off in new, darker directions. This may be the best noir storytelling since Chinatown. - Esquire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) The Girl, written by Gwyneth Hughes and directed by Julian Jarrold, is remarkable, disturbing and something Hitch would have understood. In addition, it insists quietly on a nagging question: why do we like Vertigo so much? - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
86% Red Riding Trilogy (2010) Red Riding is not to be grasped, followed, or understood-that's why you need to see it. - The New York Review of Books EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
77% Too Big to Fail (2011) Just a dramatized synopsis in which some noble cynics guard our citadel. It is hardboiled-instead of admitting that the egg just exploded. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
87% Gone Girl (2014) Gone Girl promises to be an unnerving portrait of marriage as ruin, but then it opts for madness and implausibility. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
90% The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014) The ultimate triumph in what Amalric has done is to show us all the different forces that can be at work in an affair. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2015
85% Still Alice (2015) Julianne Moore is extraordinary at revealing the gradual loss of memory and confidence, and at showing the hulk of physical persistence that remains after intellect and reference have gone. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) This is a dream on your screen, absurd, languid (if not slow), and possessed by the calm of an inevitable beauty. This is what cinema was invented for. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
87% Foxcatcher (2014) It's understandable that Bennett Miller should have been fascinated by the du Pont-Schultz case and wanted to make a film from it. But sometimes the defense of "based on a true story" evades both the real facts and their fictional potential. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is an entertainment disaster for reasons that have dogged our films since they began: ridiculous story; implausible segues; laughable dialogue; the absence of character, drama, and command. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
49% Low Down (2014) Low Down is a knockout, a candid picture of much of jazz, and one more step for a master actor. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) This is a student film in rampant overdrive and it will attract attention and offers. So I just hope Mr. Chazelle doesn't believe too much in his film's dumb message. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2014
87% A Most Wanted Man (2014) The puzzle-like premise of A Most Wanted Man is a fabrication, but you cannot escape the fascination of Hoffman waiting for despair to be confirmed. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Magic in the Moonlight is awful and unnecessary. There is no magic, no moonlight, no chemistry, and no impediment to 98 minutes seeming like a day and a half. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2014
94% Snowpiercer (2014) The most bracing and liberating thing about Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer is not just its lyrical forward motion, but the exuberance with which the film revels in its plot predicament. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2014
74% The Last Sentence (2014) [Troell] is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor, and a relentless attention to mixed motives. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014
25% Third Person (2014) This really is one of the dark-horse pictures of the year. Its deepest feelings are for narrative puzzle and its solutions, so it is some way from the blunt emotional impact usually associated with movie success. See it once; see it twice. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Long before the end, it's an old-fashioned high tech army fighting the Mimics, who are as spirited and pretty as Blunt. The combat is endless and predictable. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2014
85% The Immigrant (2014) This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2014
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) Prostitution in polite society is still a nettle fearfully grasped. You see, society is not polite and it's about time movies stopped peddling that fluff. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2014
100% Miele (2014) Seek it out. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
96% Ida (2014) Quite soon in watching Ida, you recognize that you are going to have to see the picture again and again. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2014
75% The German Doctor (2014) The German Doctor is both predictable and oppressive. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
90% Locke (2014) Locke is the most unexpected, brilliant, captivating movie of the year so far. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) The poster for the film begs for a counter-punch: printed over a gloomy close-up of Depp there is the warning, "Yesterday Dr. Will Caster Was Only Human." To which we might add, "And the Day Before Johnny Depp was an Actor." - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2014
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) I suspect that I would have lapsed into merciful sleep at some point in a four-hour Dune, but I had a very good time with Pavich's documentary and I believe in its magical vision. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) Don't run away with the idea that this is a film for your parents. There is no reason why people under 40 or pushing 30 shouldn't see it. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) There are hints that Fiennes has it in him to portray a worthwhile human being here -- tender, smart, impulsive, humane, and witty -- but this potential is smothered by Anderson's chronic preference for guest stars and demented art direction. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2014
93% Liv & Ingmar (2013) As it is, this adoring but congealed documentary takes them at Liv's estimate, as soulmates. But what we deserve is a much fuller portrait. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
30% The Monuments Men (2014) This is one of the most dreadful, smug, and incoherent films I have ever seen, and a travesty of its many large subjects. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2014
92% From Here to Eternity (1953) In From Here to Eternity, you can glimpse an uneasier future for America, with the social wreckage and the pretending. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2014
80% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) DiCaprio has hinted before that comedy might be his natural calling -- think of Catch Me If You Can -- but his energy here is not just fun, it's discovery. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2014
98% The Selfish Giant (2013) The Selfish Giant is a film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it -- so long as you go to see it in the first place. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2013
92% American Hustle (2013) Loose, wandering, and often monotonous. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2013
92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) [Davis] doesn't seem to possess the inner life that an artist has to bring to the surface. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2013
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) It is a film that necessity and education demand seeing. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
67% Bastards (2013) This is a film so anxious to be taken seriously that it has evaded seriousness itself. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) This is a Fellini project, if you like, but it is a film full of music, dance, Rome's crème brûlée light and a sensual tenderness, so that it might have been made by Renoir. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2013
91% Nebraska (2013) I said that Alexander Payne makes no mistakes, and that is true here. This is a road picture, but beautifully self-contained and sure-footed. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2013
33% The Counselor (2013) The Counselor is a very bad film, and I suspect that a lot of the actors knew that already as they did their work. It lacks clarity, plausibility, suspense, and purpose. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
94% All Is Lost (2013) All Is Lost is amazing, deeply moving, and a harking back to an age when the best mainstream films might be the best pictures America made. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2013
81% Prisoners (2013) Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
77% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) This is a hell of a film, a marvelous experience, far more beautiful than sentimental, so long as you don't have to have a mind made up for you. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2013
21% The Canyons (2013) The Canyons is inept and de-energizing, and Lindsay Lohan is enough to make you cry. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013
53% Lovelace (2013) It is made by documentarians who show more concern for feminism than for fiction or fantasy. - The New Republic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2013