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Tom Dawson

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 73% Paradise: Faith (2013) Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2013
3/5 70% Renoir (2013) Overly dependent on the beauty of its Edenic setting, which is lushly photographed by Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee.‐ The List
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 96% The Act Of Killing (2013) Evil has rarely seemed so banal.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 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
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 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
Read More | Posted May 17, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2013
4/5 100% Two Daughters (1961) Gracefully shot, it's an amusing film that's imbued with Ray's generous humanity.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2013
3/5 89% Shell (2013) It's refreshing to see a British film in which place and character are so entwined.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2013
4/5 46% To The Wonder (2013) In the face of the film's overwhelming visual beauty, no official religious faith is required to feel that you are witnessing paradise gained and lost.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 91% Caesar Must Die (2013) [An] inventive, urgent and humane prison drama, in which real-life Mafia and Camorra prisoners act in a version of Julius Caesar.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 90% Beyond The Hills (2013) Shot in long, deep-focus takes, Beyond The Hills shows how not just the church but a whole society has failed these vulnerable young women.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2013
4/5 94% Lore (2013) This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual's experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2013
4/5 98% Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012) Details the ways, in the face of devastating evidence, that the Catholic Church attempted to cover-up a priest's serial criminality.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/5 100% Victim (1961) If it now appears quaintly old-fashioned in its attitudes and assumptions, it still impresses thanks to Dirk Bogarde's performance.‐ BBC.com
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2013
3/5 72% Everyday (2013) It deserves its cinematic release, thanks to its lingering, poetic-realist images of uncluttered Norfolk landscapes and to Michael Nyman's yearning score.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2013
3/5 85% Rundskop (Bullhead) (2012) [It] displays plenty of visual imagination, but this overcooked film is in sore need of streamlining.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2013
2/5 No Score Yet The Lookout (2013) After an impressively choreographed opening set-piece ... The Lookout soon runs aground.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/5 78% Hors Satan (Outside Satan) (2013) A film which poses lots of questions, rather than provides any definitive answers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) The result feels dramatically and emotionally unconvincing, and a step backwards from Riklis's poignant allegory Lemon Tree.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/5 81% Boxing Day (2012) Disappointing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2012
4/5 100% McCullin (2013) A sobering primer in the hard-hitting photojournalism of the '60s and '70s.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2012
3/5 60% I, Anna (2012) A slice of modern London noir is served up in writer/director Barnaby Southcombe's debut.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2012
3/5 86% Yossi (2013) This is a perceptive, warm-hearted work, anchored by Knoller's impressively less-is-more performance.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2012
4/5 94% The House I Live In (2012) Persuasively argues that punitive laws against users have historically involved disproportionately targeting poor, non-white communities.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/5 94% The Hunt (Jagten) (2013) The powerfully acted The Hunt concerns itself with how an innocent individual is caught up in a modern-day witch-hunt, based solely on the false memories of a child.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2012
3/5 76% Alps (Alpeis) (2012) Absurdly amusing (in places), rigorously directed, and more interesting on an intellectual level than an emotional one.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2012
3/5 90% Keep the Lights On (2012) Feels lopsided in its focus on Erik, with Paul remaining a strangely remote object of the former's romantic devotion.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2012
3/5 No Score Yet Bienvenue parmi nous (Welcome Abroad) (2012) There's plenty to savour in Chesnais' expertly judged performance, while Becker's warmth towards the gentle pace of life in provincial France is palpable.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2012
4/5 96% Sister (2012) Like her 2008 debut Home, Swiss director Ursula Meier's accomplished follow-up focuses on those living on the margins.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2012
4/5 93% Elena (2012) Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2012
4/5 89% In the House (2013) Effortlessly shifts between genres, tones and styles, thus becoming an inquiry into this gifted if erratic filmmaker's whole career.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012
4/5 80% Reality (2013) The film itself serves a powerful metaphor for Berlusconi-era Italy, in which Catholicism has seemingly been supplanted by a hysterical collective craving for celebrity status.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2012