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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 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
3/5 71% Husbands (1970) A gruelling and sometimes exasperating film, notable for its raw performances - as well as its avoidance of close-ups and point-of-view shots.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2012
2/5 74% The Intouchables (2012) Did the script really have to perpetuate such crass racial stereotypes?‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2012
4/5 100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011) Shot in warm, summery tones, TSOK muses pertinently on justice and forgiveness while painting a moving portrait of an enduring marriage.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2012
3/5 64% In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (2010) At a taut 81 mins, this crisply shot two-hander is further proof of how modern French cinema consistently allows Scott Thomas opportunities to excel in psychologically challenging roles.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2012
3/5 77% Take This Waltz (2012) Polley proves to be a perceptive observer of the body language between couples, particularly the passive-aggressive dynamic between Margot and Lou.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2012
4/5 56% L'oiseau (The Bird) (2011) This thoughtful film is modest in scope, but remains quietly moving in its portrayal of both nature and the transience of human feelings.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2012
4/5 96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928) Make allowances for Ivor Novello's hammy acting as the mysterious lodger wrongly accused of the killings, and relish instead Hitch's intuitive grasp of visual storytelling.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 67% Offender (2012) The way the camera lingers on the lividly bruised and battered faces of his characters, plus the clichéd use of slow motion, epitomise the film's limitations.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2012
3/5 90% La fée (The Fairy) (2012) It's simultaneously a very knowing and strangely innocent film...‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2012
3/5 86% Electrick Children (2013) The debut feature of twentysomething Rebecca Thomas, who herself grew up in the Mormon faith, this US indie is a decent coming-of-age yarn, adorned with some magic realist flourishes.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2012
2/5 67% La proie (The Prey) (2013) Sweeping landscape shots and the reliable presence of Sergi López, here playing a scarred private investigator, can't distract from the clichés of a particularly dim-witted script.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 100% Les géants (The Giants) (2011) Lanners makes effective use of a string of fairytale settings (woods, rivers, spooky houses) in this atmospheric coming-of-age yarn.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2012
100% Salute (2012) A valuable reminder of how athletes can take a courageous stand.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2012
100% Nostalgia for the Light (2011) A film that makes you ponder the mysteries of human existence anew.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2012
2/5 33% The Players (2014) Greater female input might have alleviated the film's tiresome chauvinism.‐ Total Film
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2012
5/5 98% The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972) This is more than just a scathing satire on the political, religious and military representatives of the ruling elite. Ever the surrealist, Buñuel is also paying tribute to the poise and resilience of the very people he spent his whole career attacking.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2012
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 78% The Last Projectionist (2012) A self-promoting yet revealing documentary from venue owner Tom Lawes.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2012
3/5 74% Free Men (2012) Modest in both budget and impact, it's nonetheless intelligently executed...‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2012
2/5 82% Red Dog (2011) The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path.‐ Total Film
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2011