David Walsh

David Walsh
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born in New York City, David Walsh has written on film and other artistic matters for the World Socialist Web Site and its print predecessor since 1991.
Publications: World Socialist Web Site

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Ordinary People (Pamilya Ordinaryo) (2016) Certain of the characters situated around the central pair are the most effectively drawn, come into the socially sharpest focus: the horrible policeman, the opportunist media types and the various do-gooders. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow is not as tedious and self-serious an entry as some of them. But that is setting the bar low. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
93% Take Me Somewhere Nice (2019) Sendijarevic's better instincts prevail. The film sheds some, although not all, of its eccentricity and takes on a warmer, more sympathetic quality. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
86% A Fortunate Man (Lykke-Per) (2018) A Fortunate Man, book and film, offers large portions of fascinating social, historical and psychological life. Both are also deeply flawed. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2021
58% Georgetown (2019) Georgetown is something of a "slow burn." Perhaps Waltz's film never quite bursts into flame, but it diligently and intelligently sets about its work. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Let Them All Talk is essentially and unnecessarily an innocuous work. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
42% Berlin Alexanderplatz (2021) The new Berlin Alexanderplatz is worth seeing and at times is moving. The director clearly wants to encourage social debate. But the film squanders opportunities and fails to place its finger on the wound. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) [Ophuls] is renowned for his restless, mobile camera. ... As an active, "oppositional" element, mobility is associated, among other things, with Ophuls's attitude toward Viennese (and German) society ... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
88% Son of Monarchs (2021) The film, by the French-Venezuelan Gambis, also a biologist, holds one's interest. The images of New York and Mexico, along with the beautiful monarch butterflies, are striking. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
80% Poppy Field (Câmp de Maci) (2020) From Romania, Poppy Field (directed by Eugen Jebeleanu) is an intense and honest film. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
100% Radiograph of a Family (2020) Radiograph of a Family is a sensitive, semi-autobiographical and semi-fictionalized portrait ... of one family's experience of Iranian life over the course of a half century or more. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
100% Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2021) This Is My Desire is a work that addresses life in Lagos, directly, thoughtfully and artistically. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
100% Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) It is no secret ... that success in the commercial music or film world, for certain susceptible personalities, is often the worst thing that can happen. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
98% Minari (2020) The humor comes organically from genuinely human situations. The film's imagery is concise, exacting, and doesn't shy away from complex matters. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
70% Tenet (2020) It is not so much a matter of criticizing Nolan's filmmaking, which is not very difficult to do. The important issue is to understand and criticize the conditions that produced his filmmaking ... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
95% Little Women (2019) To her credit, and to one's pleasant surprise, Gerwig does not attempt to inject contemporary identity politics into her film, at least not overly so. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
64% The Newton Boys (1998) What the film communicates perhaps above all is Linklater's deep belief in the resiliency and ingenuity of human beings, his confidence in their ability to resist, by whatever means at their disposal, unfair and unjust conditions. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
76% Bulworth (1998) Bulworth is an angry and politically astute film. More than that, it is in many ways a liberating film. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
77% Buffalo '66 (1998) The film communicates a level of anguish that is difficult to bear at times. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
79% Land and Freedom (1996) Land and Freedom has already provoked great interest and widespread political discussion in Spain and Britain, and it will no doubt do the same wherever it is shown. It merits the widest possible audience. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
90% The Piano (1993) Self-pity is a very poor foundation on which to construct a work of art, or much anything else for that matter. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
95% Touch of Evil (1958) Touch of Evil is about racism and American chauvinism, and the haves and have-nots. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
90% Rushmore (1998) Anderson and Wilson, who attended the University of Texas together, have made a film with something very human and charming about it. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
89% Boys Don't Cry (1999) Pierce was honest enough to take a hard look at the set of circumstances surrounding Brandon's death. One might say that through her artistic integrity she stumbled on the general tragedy surrounding the individual tragedy. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
80% Zhantai (Platform) (2000) Jia works slowly and patiently, treating complex social and emotional problems with extraordinary confidence and pictorial skill. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
85% Under the Olive Trees (Zire darakhatan zeyton) (Through the Olive Trees) (1994) The treatment of social difference and the weight of longstanding traditions, the careful but unequivocal protest against the conditions of life, the simplicity of the narrative and dialogue, the clarity of the acting ... - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
93% Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) One has an uneasy feeling that every time a group of Americans forms, violence will erupt. And Kurtz is the crowning figure in this universal mayhem. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
93% In the Bedroom (2001) The work lacks spontaneity and freshness. The spectator feels that he is being pulled by not-so invisible strings toward some inevitable denouement from the opening shots. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
100% Bei qing cheng shi (A City of Sadness) (1989) Hou's film, which follows the Lin family's story, is an ambitious attempt to dissolve history into dramatic and poetic terms. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
100% Dongdong de jiaqi (A Summer at Grandpa's) (1984) The film threatens to end somewhat too neatly and benignly ... but Hou demonstrates at the last moment his depth and humanity. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
95% Time Out (L' Emploi du temps) (2001) The film is loosely based on the case of Jean-Claude Romand, who fooled his family for 18 years, claiming to be a researcher for the World Health Organization, before his world collapsed and he murdered his wife and parents. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
72% Happy Times (2002) Happy Times has attractive qualities. As always, Zhang has presided over a carefully and beautifully crafted production. Pictorial clarity and accuracy are his watchwords. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
90% Minority Report (2002) In that sense, the filmmakers' decision in the end to come down against "pre-crime," while not unimportant, hardly stands out as a compelling defense of basic democratic rights. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
50% Simone (2002) Simone has virtually no satiric edge. Given the present degraded state of the film industry, its subject matter, this is nearly a provocation. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
39% Full Frontal (2002) Soderbergh imagines that he can play around with artistic and moral issues, but he is only fooling himself. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
89% Russian Ark (2002) The general tone of the piece is cynical, morbid and unpleasantly other-worldly. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
85% Ten (2003) The film is not "disappointing" only because one has been expecting Kiarostami to encounter this sort of difficulty, based on the trajectory of his most recent work. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
No Score Yet Injury to One (2003) The strength of Wilkerson's film ... is its seriousness and intelligence in the examination of a history that is almost entirely concealed by official sources. It is an unusual and sometimes quite moving effort. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
60% Unknown Pleasures (2003) It is precisely this resignation, this matter of factness about the state of things, that weakens the film, makes it, despite the care that has gone into it and the sensitivity of the treatment, somewhat forgettable. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
78% Waiting for Happiness (Heremakono) (2003) The film depicts the economic desperation in an objective and honest fashion. Our heartstrings are not plucked, nor are the intractable conditions minimized. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
No Score Yet Les Diables (2002) The positively defining characteristic here is the rigor and honesty of Ruggia's approach to his material. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
82% All or Nothing (2002) In any event, the great strength of Leigh's best work is the sensitivity and utter seriousness with which he approaches the external and internal lives of his characters. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
No Score Yet Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story (2002) Cul de Sac pointedly depicts a condition of economic and moral disintegration. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
77% 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) The film presumably suggests that September 11 was a horrifying event which opened people's eyes to various harsh realities. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
95% Bowling for Columbine (2002) The shots of desolate, devastated neighborhoods in Flint, once a center of automobile production, are among the most effective in the film. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
73% Heaven (2002) A great deal of commotion is organized to conceal the fact that the filmmaker has little to say about contemporary life in general or even his own individual life and circumstances. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
71% Auto Focus (2002) Much more could have been done with this story. Schrader insists for some reason that certain things about Crane had to remain a "mystery" ... why not illuminate a life and time to the greatest extent one can? - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Starting out to be original, without any genuinely original conceptions ... well, there is nothing new about that. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
75% 8 Mile (2002) Flashes of genuine rebellion appear in 8 Mile, but they are few and far between. The film's conclusion is thoroughly conformist and predictable. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
87% Far From Heaven (2003) Far From Heaven leaves American life and society essentially untouched. The film is simply not alive to the enormous social contradictions existing under the surface in the 1950s. - World Socialist Web Site EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021