David Zurawik

David Zurawik
David Zurawik's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Baltimore Sun
Publications: Baltimore Sun

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
94% Between the World and Me (2020) For all the good work that TV has done in recent months on Black life, I can think of nothing that offers the depth, insight and power of this HBO effort. It is not to be missed in this year of racial reckoning. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
87% All the Way (2016) Take this to the bank: Cranston will win the Emmy for outstanding lead performance in a TV movie or miniseries hands down this fall. I don't care who does what later this year; it won't top Cranston's LBJ. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
No Score Yet Blood on the Wall (2020) A very hard and complicated story to tell. But Junger and Quested are more than up to challenge in Blood on the Wall. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
No Score Yet Surge (2020) I preferred learning in Surge about these three lesser-known candidates and getting a concrete, on-the-ground sense of what campaigning for a seat in Congress was like for these newcomers. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
94% The Weight of Gold (2020) Phelps and HBO pleasantly surprised me with The Weight of Gold... The athletes are candid, personal and, in some cases, in considerable pain as they talk about their struggles. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) I believe Miranda is our William Shakespeare and that his words are every bit as elevated, poetic and culturally charged as the iambic pentameter that has delighted and enlightened human beings since the Elizabethan age. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) This is one of those productions that reminds you what a special place HBO holds in our culture as TV that makes you think. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
33% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) Integrity is not a word I would use in connection with this film. I think some of its messages are not just one-sided; they are dangerous in the way they add to the deep political divide plaguing this nation. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
57% The Rat Pack (1998) It's not a home-run swing, but it reaches extra bases for what it has to say about a certain male swagger that's been lost and how upward mobility will take you only as far as the real powers say you can go. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
67% Sometimes They Come Back (1991) This is Grade "B" Stephen King with nothing-special special effects. There is only one shocking monster-face and no creepy-crawlies. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
52% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' (1995) It would take a great dramatic performance by [Bronson] Pinchot for the film to have any chance of working. He doesn't deliver. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
89% Jane Austen's Emma (1996) 2 1/2 hours of that [Kate] Beckinsale smirk is just too, too much of a bad thing. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
3.5/4 73% Prayers for Bobby (2009) Weaver is superb -- the depth and authenticity of her performance are unusual, not to say unheard of in a Lifetime movie. This is not a perfect movie, nor even a great one, but there are moments in it of absolute transcendency. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
86% Chris Rock: Bigger & Blacker (1999) [Chris Rock] struts and frets his hour on the stage in black leather, walking back and forth, back and forth, yelling at the audience. This is the comedian as rap performer, not artist. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
60% Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America - A Final Night with George W Bush (2009) It offered me something I could not find anywhere else in popular culture -- closure to the eight-year presidency of George W Bush. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
88% Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy Of A Terrorist (2019) Part high-tech manhunt and part brutal captivity narrative, "Unmasking Jihadi John: The Anatomy of a Terrorist" is one documentary unlikely to leave anyone in its viewing audience bored. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) Not a great documentary... That said, The Great Hack is still the most important documentary I've seen so far this summer -- and there have been plenty of good ones. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Charm City (2018) Charm City is not only a superb and moving work of non-fiction filmmaking, it is also one of those socially conscious and totally righteous documentaries with the power to help spur reform. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
97% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) I promise it will affect you in ways few documentaries do. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% RBG (2018) RBG does something that only the very best biographies do: It gives viewers a deep and multi-layered sense of the times in which the subject lived and the cultural forces that she had to struggle against to achieve what she did. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
79% Recount (2008) Democracy relies on citizens having access to verified information about their lives, while such docudramas as Recount often provide the opposite - innuendo, rumor and outright fabrications. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
100% Baltimore Rising (2017) That kind of finely honed opening, introducing and previewing what's to come in the full production like an overture in a Broadway musical, is documentary filmmaking at its best. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/4 No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008) It is not to be missed. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
75% The Wizard of Lies (2017) From daring direction by Barry Levinson, to De Niro's mesmerizing performance as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, The Wizard of Lies... is another grand-slam docudrama from TV's premier cable channel. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) Thanks to the power of Winfrey's performance, viewers feel that pain at a depth television rarely delivers. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
76% Hairspray Live! (2016) In the end, it was more on the good side in terms of the story and performances. But the bad network business surrounding the songs was almost too much to bear at times. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
83% Confirmation (2016) Beyond the cultural pop, it is also an engaging film with strong writing, sure-handed direction, superb editing and outstanding performances from Washington and Pierce. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2016
94% The Normal Heart (2014) HBO's The Normal Heart will do something to you that TV rarely does: rock you to your emotional roots. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2014
No Score Yet Picture Paris (2011) At 30 minutes, don't expect a big film. This is more like a short story: smart, tightly-focused and deftly scripted. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013
50% Phil Spector (2013) The cast and crew for Phil Spector is pretty much a pop-culture dream team. And its members deliver a film worthy of their reputations and talents. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2013
86% George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011) This is one of the most ambitious and daring biographical films that I have ever seen on TV. - Baltimore Sun EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012