Tom Dawson

Tom Dawson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 95%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"Deadpan Scandi-humour runs through writer/director Grímur Hákonarson's carefully crafted tale, and there's no doubting the film's empathy for its protagonists. Shame, then, that the final-reel shift into tragedy feels misplaced." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 12, 2016
4/5 90%

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"This heartfelt documentary explores Foley's restless life and his warzone reporting work. Most moving are the testimonies from Foley's fellow hostages, who pay tribute to his selflessness and generosity of spirit." ‐ MovieMail
Posted Aug 31, 2016
4/5 67%

Underdogs (Metegol) (2015)

"Impressively designed throughout, The Unbeatables also keeps the laughs kicking, both in its characterisations and its nods to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Citizen Kane." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 10, 2014
3/5 64%

Pandora's Promise (2013)

"The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 7, 2013
4/5 17%

Love Tomorrow (2013)

"The leads struggle with an undernourished script, and there's a cheapo televisual vibe throughout." ‐ Total Film
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 93%

Child's Pose (2014)

"It's through the dysfunctional mother-son relationship at its core that a pointed critique of the corruption bedevilling Romanian society emerges." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 67%

A Magnificent Haunting (Magnifica presenza)(Magnificent Presence) (2012)

"It's an elegantly shot and designed tale, yet strangely lacking in emotional weight." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 99%

Gloria (2014)

"Sticking tightly to its heroine's everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/5 87%

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

"An affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama's understated turn and Koreeda's typically graceful visual storytelling." ‐ Total Film
Posted Oct 28, 2013
4/5 97%

The Selfish Giant (2013)

"Propelled by the powerfully credible performances of its non-professional teenage leads, and punctuated with contemplative images of post-industrial landscapes, The Selfish Giant ultimately achieves in its poignant coda a note of unexpected grace." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 96%

The Crash Reel (2013)

"Assembled from a plethora of visual sources, including the title footage, this impressively edited and dynamically scored film successfully combines visceral bursts of action with intimately observed sequences ..." ‐ The List
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 92%

The Pervert's Guide To Ideology (2013)

"The motormouthed Zizek serves up an intellectually provocative psychoanalytical dissection of Hollywood movies." ‐ The List
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"There's something trance-like about the flow of images here, as close-ups of details within illustrious paintings are juxtaposed with shots of faces and buildings in the streets of contemporary Vienna, alongside numerous fades to black." ‐ The List
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 100%

More Than Honey (2013)

"Feels slightly diffuse in its analysis." ‐ The List
Posted Sep 2, 2013
4/5 94%

Museum Hours (2013)

"Unwinding at its own gentle pace, Museum Hours delicately explores a platonic friendship between two emotionally reserved people." ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet

El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent) (2013)

"It's an intimately focused, calmly composed drama, albeit one that can't help seeming a little outdated given the ongoing upheavals in Egypt." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 93%

Kuma (2012)

"A confident, vigorously acted debut, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive 'family values'." ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 50%

Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) (2012)

"There's a dream-like quality to this nimble-footed tale, in which coincidences, repetitions and digressions abound, and where various characters appear seemingly magically within scenes." ‐ The List
Posted Aug 7, 2013
4/5 93%

Our Children (2013)

"Expertly avoiding sensationalism, this potently acted drama reminds us of Jean Renoir's celebrated dictum, that everyone has their reasons." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 90%

Silence (2013)

"Closer to Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone In Love) than Berberian Sound Studio, it's a lyrical if emotionally muted journey." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 71%

Foxfire (2013)

"Cantet's film avoids period nostalgia, paying attention to the solidarity and tensions in the proto-feminist band as they struggle to break the shackles of mainstream society." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 91%

Paradise: Hope (2013)

"Against the odds this is a sometimes droll and surprisingly tender affair, and a fitting end to Seidl's magnum opus." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 30, 2013
4/5 100%

Les Invisibles (2012)

"A beautifully assembled film which pays close attention to nature and judiciously incorporates black and white photographs and home movie footage alongside its interviews." ‐ The List
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 75%

Out in the Dark (2013)

"[Conveys] a palpable mood of claustrophobia, which gives the desire of the characters to escape abroad a convincing emotional resonance" ‐ The List
Posted Jul 4, 2013
2/5 43%

Paris Manhattan (2013)

"Sophie Lellouche's slick debut is chock-full of Woody-com quotes and references, yet it remains an inconsequential, undernourished trifle that does sod-all with its potential." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 73%

Paradise: Faith (2013)

"Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 69%

Renoir (2013)

"Overly dependent on the beauty of its Edenic setting, which is lushly photographed by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 30, 2013
4/5 96%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Opppenheimer's high-risk strategy of avoiding historical analysis and giving the film over to bragging mass murderers pays huge dividends." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3/5 57%

I Am Nasrine (2013)

"Gharavi finds an element of poetry in the wide-open spaces of the North East countryside through which Nasrine passes in her journey of self-discovery." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 94%

Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) (2013)

"Francois Couturier's score is overly emphatic in places in tugging at our heartstrings, but the film's gentle humanity is to be cherished." ‐ The List
Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 96%

The Act Of Killing (2013)

"Evil has rarely seemed so banal." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 73%

Paradise: Love (2013)

"Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet's Haiti-set Heading South, Seidl's gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 10, 2013
3/5 34%

Summer in February (2014)

"Though it struggles to transcend its Sunday-TV feel, Christopher Menaul's film boasts sturdy turns from its three leads, while the outdoor lensing is a breath of fresh air." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 10, 2013
4/5 82%

Like Someone in Love (2013)

"Like Someone In Love explores familiar Kiarostami themes - how we slip between roles in our relationships - with a terrifically light touch, making for his best since 1999's The Wind Will Carry Us." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 10, 2013
5/5 98%

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (1972)

"A classic that screams to be seen on the big screen." ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2013
3/5 75%

Populaire (2013)

"The colourful retro designs and the leads' sparkling chemistry help to Tipp-Ex over some of the predictability." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 16, 2013
4/5 82%

Something in the Air (2013)

"Assayas ensures that nostalgia and cynicism are kept at bay, keeping us aware of the doubts and insecurities of youthful characters." ‐ The List
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 54%

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)

"In her process of cinematic adaptation, Nair has removed much of the source novel's ambiguity." ‐ The List
Posted May 10, 2013
4/5 98%

Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)

"A fascinating rockumentary that pays tribute to its subject's impressive musical odyssey, while illustrating the enormous emotional costs he's incurred along the way." ‐ Total Film
Posted May 10, 2013
3/5 100%

White Elephant (2013)

"Writer/director Trapero arguably crams too much into the film's running time, but potent turns and Michael Nyman's yearning score are among the compensations." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 82%

Scarecrow (1973)

"It's strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 86%

In the Fog (2013)

"The performances possess a powerful authenticity, whilst the poignancy of the fog-bound finale lingers in the mind." ‐ The List
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 93%

The Gatekeepers (2013)

"[An] absorbing documentary, which charts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Six Day War to the presentday." ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 9, 2013
3/5 33%

Home (Yurt) (2013)

"There's a quiet power in the mood of loss and loneliness, while the landscape lensing is little short of stunning." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 21, 2013
4/5 100%

Two Daughters (1961)

"Gracefully shot, it's an amusing film that's imbued with Ray's generous humanity." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 18, 2013
3/5 73%

One Mile Away (2013)

"The strength of One Mile Away is that it gives the viewer a palpable sense of what it's like to be caught up in these 'postcode' wars ..." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 68%

Trance (2013)

"A self-aware, genre-subverting piece of postmodernism, which culminates in a deliberately OTT finale." ‐ The List
Posted Mar 14, 2013
4/5 92%

O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012)

"With its inventive sound, masterly lensing and diverse mix of characters, Filho reveals a society haunted by both its past and by the threat of future violence." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 12, 2013
4/5 80%

Reality (2013)

"The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status." ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 12, 2013
3/5 74%

The Spirit of '45 (2013)

"It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society." ‐ Total Film
Posted Feb 28, 2013
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