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Tom Dawson
Tom Dawson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): BBC.com, Total Film, Film4, The List

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) Scripted by ITV news correspondent Tom Bradby from his novel, Shadow Dancer sidesteps many of the clichés of films relating to this particular armed conflict. ‐ The List
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/5 0% Requiem for a Killer (Requiem pour une Tueuse) (2011) Writer-director's Jerome Le Gris' sub-Hitchcockian thriller piles up the genre clichés to the point where you assume the whole enterprise must be an Agatha Christie-style parody. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2/5 51% Where Do We Go Now? (2012) Balancing sectarian tragedy and earthy humour is never easy, and Labaki crams in too many stereotypes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 78% The Last Projectionist (2012) A self-promoting yet revealing documentary from venue owner Tom Lawes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3/5 70% The Hunter (2012) It's certainly enjoyable to watch the beanie-hatted, craggy-faced Dafoe set animal traps with his bare hands. ‐ The List
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/5 87% Polisse (2012) There are interesting ideas here about the gulf between the world-weary adults and the prematurely-sexualised and often foul-mouthed adolescents, but overall Polisse is a clear case of a film that needed much more stringent editing. ‐ The List
Posted May 16, 2012
3/5 72% Free Men (2012) Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed... ‐ Total Film
Posted May 15, 2012
88% Even the Rain (Meme La Pluie) (2011) It's an undeniably didactic drama, but scores points for stylistic ambition and its heartfelt sympathies towards the dispossessed. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
2/5 63% Café de Flore (2012) An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
65% If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011) Pistereanu mines a fine, compelling blend of menace and innocence. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
3/5 55% Beloved (2012) Alex Beaupain's songs effectively convey emotion, but Beloved doesn't scale the heights of the Truffaut and Demy films it pastiches. ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2012
80% Un amour de jeunesse (Goodbye First Love) (2012) Conjures poignancy, grace and a feel for symbolic seasonal change that's positively Renoir-esque. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2012
84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) (2010) Despite a very modest budget, A&T manages to be both intimate and cinematic, fully earning its upbeat seaside finale. ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 30, 2012
3/5 95% Marley (2012) Chronicles the life and times of the first musical superstar from the third world to gain a global audience, with the reggae singer's posthumous Legend album selling some 25 million copies. ‐ The List
Posted Apr 25, 2012
5/5 97% La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion) (1938) It ranks proudly alongside The Rules Of The Game as Renoir at his stunning best. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 99% Le Havre (2011) A warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 26, 2012
4/5 82% Corpo Celeste (2012) Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 19, 2012
4/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) Reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 19, 2012
4/5 92% Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2012) Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes. ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 5, 2012
4/5 81% Michael (2012) Haneke fans will be impressed by this rigorous, finely acted study of a suburban paedophile. Skillfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 20, 2012
2/5 81% Red Dog (2011) The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 13, 2012
2/5 56% The Adopted (Les adoptés) (2011) It's glossy but saccharine, hammering home its coming-to-terms-with-life message as Laurent steers the story into contrived tragic waters. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 13, 2012
4/5 69% Hadewijch (2010) The opaque Sokolowski is a real discovery, and this mysterious film builds to its climactic act of salvation... ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 6, 2012
3/5 63% The Woman in the Fifth (2012) Seeks to channel the paranoid spirit of early Polanski, but contrived attempts to 'explain' the film's many mysteries ultimately disappoint. ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 6, 2012
4/5 81% House of Pleasures (2011) We're immersed in the routines and rituals of the female prostitutes, in a world smelling of "sperm and champagne". ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 16, 2012
2/5 33% Red Light Revolution (2012) It's light-hearted rather than provocative, though the gag about the elderly customers' love-making stamina is a bit of a flop. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3/5 71% The Nine Muses (2011) It's a demanding, high-brow watch, yet ably conveys the rootlessness and dislocation of the immigrant experience. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jan 9, 2012
5/5 97% Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis) (1946) The multi-layered screenplay, stunning sets and a terrific ensemble are just some of the enduring pleasures of a truly collaborative masterpiece. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 8, 2011
4/5 95% Weekend (2011) There's a deceptive simplicity to British writer-director Andrew Haigh's poignant, fluent character study, which has already earned comparisons to Before Sunrise. ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 4, 2011
4/5 100% Hell and Back Again (2011) Flashbacks, overlapping sound and dynamic editing viscerally convey Harris' state of mind, leaving a bleak picture of the struggle to win the Afghani people's trust. ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 10, 2011
4/5 93% You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2011) Secretly recorded footage from a Guantanamo Bay interrogation of 16-year-old Canadian citizen Omar Khadr forms the core of this compelling doc. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 30, 2011
91% The Green Wave (2012) Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 23, 2011
4/5 100% The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) (1969) An intriguing forerunner to François Ozon's Swimming Pool, it's languidly paced and elegantly lensed, though its prize asset is Delon/ Schneider's sexual sizzle. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 21, 2011
3/5 79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Its undeniable star is raspy columnist and ex-crack addict David Carr, whose rigorous reporting upholds the paper's finest traditions. ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 13, 2011
4/5 84% Post Mortem (2012) Building to a horrifying Vanishing-style conclusion, Larrain lays bare a society poisoned by violence. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 31, 2011
2/5 81% Attenberg (2012) This clinically shot oddity ultimately mystifies. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 26, 2011
3/5 88% The Hedgehog (2011) This tale of unexpected emotional connections is charmingly acted and surprisingly moving. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 26, 2011
82% Self Made (2010) Skilfully smudges the boundaries between documentary and fiction. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2011
2/5 38% Beautiful Lies (Full Treatment)(De vrais mensonges) (2010) Salvadori generates few laughs from this convoluted tale, whose romcom trappings sit uneasily with its lonely, troubled characters. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 4, 2011
4/5 86% Kill The Referee (les Arbitres) (2010) Eschewing voice-over, director Yves Hinant spotlights the reality of an occupation where an unpopular call can result in death threats. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/5 72% Sarah's Key (2011) The fluent past/ present time-shifts are seasoned with moral ambiguity - as well as the possibility of fresh beginnings. ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 1, 2011
3/5 92% Svet-Ake (The Light Thief) (2010) Despite bold imagery and topical social commentary, a slender running time leaves characters and scenes under-nourished. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 27, 2011
3/5 85% A Better Life (2011) If the father/son relationship follows a tried-and-true trajectory, its obvious debt to Bicycle Thieves is repaid with sincere sentiment and strong acting. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 27, 2011
3/5 85% Honey (2011) Shot in long, fixed takes and relying on natural light and sounds, this is a beautifully photographed if emotionally muted study of lost innocence. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 13, 2011
3/5 88% The Big Picture (2012) Built around a multilayered performance from Duris, it's a film unafraid to pose more questions than it answers. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 12, 2011
3/5 76% Putty Hill (2011) There are moments of lyrical beauty and Porterfield never patronises his subjects, but a sense of tranquilised resignation dominates. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 6, 2011
4/5 87% Bobby Fischer Against The World (2011) Liz Garbus' intimate film combines impressive archive footage with candid interviews with Fischer's friends and colleagues. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 5, 2011
4/5 91% Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2009) There's a hypnotic quality to its flow of images, allowing the viewer to see the insect world anew. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 27, 2011
3/5 92% As If I Am Not There (2010) Wilson deftly uses cinematic means - widescreen framing, sound, focus, PO V - to convey her protagonist's ordeal, eliciting exceptional acting from Macedonian newcomer Petrovic. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 27, 2011
4/5 84% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011) Robustly acted and dynamically photographed; Tavernier is equally adept at directing intimate encounters as choreographing savage battles, conveying the sense of a society tearing itself apart. ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 20, 2011