David Parkinson

David Parkinson
David Parkinson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine Guardian Radio Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 63% Wuthering Heights (1970) Obviously aiming for a little cultural respectability, producers Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson (co-founders of B-movie factory AIP) were rewarded with some striking images from cinematographer John Coquillon and steady direction from Robert Fuest. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 98% Sense and Sensibility (1995) The decision to hire Taiwan's Ang Lee to direct this adaptation of Jane Austen's first novel was truly inspired. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 86% The War of the Worlds (1953) Although it never comes close to reproducing the panic generated by Orson Welles's famous 1938 radio broadcast, this is a splendid version of HG Wells's sci-fi classic. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 100% Oliver Twist (1951) When Lean does subjugate his ego to Dickens's genius, this becomes a powerful study of depravity, misery and cruelty... - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 100% Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France) (1946) A colourful and rousing spectacle. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 100% Henry V (1989) This is a solidly mounted production, with the contrasts between the finery of the court and the grime of the battlefield as striking as the excellent cast of noted thespians. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 100% A Christmas Carol (1938) [A] typically polished MGM version of Charles Dickens's yuletide favourite. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 75% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Although the story has been Muppetised (with Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig, the owner of a rubber-chicken factory), no attempt has been made to water down the story, and the poignancy of the moral tale is as affecting as ever. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 100% Nanook of the North (1922) This remains a remarkable piece of film-making and humanist anthropology. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 76% The Love Bug (1969) Having shown a flair for fantasy with the evergreen Mary Poppins, director Robert Stevenson here demonstrates a sure slapstick touch. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) [A] sombre and intense drama... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) For all its laudable ambition, however, it eventually becomes a bit bogged down in its own meta-ingenuity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) Werner Herzog never quite recovers from having his opening question slapped down in this fitfully revealing, but always intriguing encounter with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) The juvenile ensemble is uniformly impressive, as Landes captures their naivety and cruelty in a soul-crushing saga that shifts between wrenching realism, terrifying lyricism and disarming surrealism with edgy control and uncompromising potency. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) The whimsy lapses into sentimentality in places, and Dakota Johnson is sold somewhat short as Zak's compassionate carer. But her rapport with Gottsagen is as effective as LaBeouf's, while Nigel Bluck's widescreen waterscapes are sublime. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) The performances are impeccable, but it's the brilliance of Olivier Assayas's writing and control of the increasingly witty tone that makes this a cine-literary gem. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Komasa directs with a conviction that also drives the mesmerising Bielenia... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Tehran: City of Love (2019) Precisely paced and offering shrewd insights into the tension between tradition and progress in modern-day Iran, the action flits between three characters... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Birdcatcher (2019) The cast does its best, but Clarke's unsubtle direction strains at every turn to universalise the story, and the movie is memorable solely for John Christian Rosenlund's striking photography. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 98% One Child Nation (2019) [T]his is still a bold, combative and important investigation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000) Obviously, there's nothing to frighten today's sophisticated toddlers in the story of the chipmunk who becomes convinced that his neighbour is a werewolf. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet A Ring of Endless Light (2002) Sadly, director Greg Beeman's concentration on human sentiment eventually works against the movie. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 100% Death of a Cyclist (Muerte de un ciclista) (1958) Juan Antonio Bardem still manages to paint an unflattering portrait of the Madrid bourgeoisie, with its self-indulgence, hypocrisy and shameless ambition contrasting unfavourably with the dignity of the poor and the anger of the young. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 80% Halloweentown (1998) It's watchable, though the action is packed with bits and pieces from genre milestones such as Bewitched and Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas, so it feels rather familiar. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Big Meeting (2019) Making solid use of archive material and talking heads, Draper recalls the proud history of the gala and the way of life it celebrated. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 56% Scarborough (2019) But, while Felix Coles's shabby chic production design and Ian Liggett's prying camerawork are as adept as the performances, the stage origins are always apparent, right down to the somewhat contrived twist. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 98% Rojo (2019) The ensemble excels, but it's Naishtat's script and direction that most chillingly convey the ease with which normality can turn to nightmare. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 67% Rapid Response (2019) [D]ry but informative documentary... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 100% Seahorse (2019) Naturally, the focus remains on Freddy McConnell, although it's also intriguing to note the difficulty that friends and family have in dealing with their own reactions while striving to say the right thing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) While the points about gentrification and the commercialisation of British heritage are cogently made, it's the aesthetic audacity of this bid to revive stagnating social realist tropes that makes it so thrillingly significant. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 82% Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2019) Drifting tantalisingly like a Native American variation on David Lynch's The Straight Story, this poignant insight into the legacy of centuries of racist brutality reaches a shattering climax at the site of the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee... - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) With its skittish structure and dependence on voiceovers, A Faithful Man can feel arch and old-fashioned, but it's deftly played and bathed in an enveloping glow by cinematographer Irina Lubtchansky. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 60% School Ties (1992) Sure, it has a serious message, but it is put over with a grasp of reality that gives it a better-than-average chance of getting through - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 67% Killer Kate! (2018) The significance of a barbed wire-covered baseball bat gives this a certain cult cachet, but not much. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Stewart excels in portraying the gender issues underpinning the ruse, yet, in drawing on Savannah's 2008 memoir Girl Boy Girl, Kelly seems curiously uninterested in the interior lives of these compelling and chameleonic characters. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 95% Gaza (2019) Keane and McConnell can only scratch the surface in tackling an intractable and emotive issue that requires in-depth analysis rather than a well-intentioned snapshot. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 91% The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) (2018) The compelling de la Torre leads a fine ensemble, with Luis Zahera outstanding in a memorable meltdown sequence. But the dénouement is as thuddingly unsubtle as Olivier Arson's pounding electro score. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Birds of a Feather (Manou the Swift) (2019) [A]s is increasingly the case with CGI features, the plot and its message are frequently sidelined by game-inspired action sequences whose swooping speed is designed to counter short attention spans. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 75% Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) It's on the fairway, but short of the pin. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
5/5 100% L'Atalante (1934) It becomes a mesmerising personal vision thanks to Vigo's sophisticated blend of fairy-tale romance, documentary realism, surrealist fantasy, bawdy humour and working-class song. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) It's typically impish and acutely self-aware, but there's nothing mawkish or calculatingly revisionist about this honest assessment of the works produced during the analogue and digital phases of a 60-year career. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 100% The Edge (2019) The pacing and emphasis are a bit wayward in places, but this serves as an eye-opening reminder that cricket is much more than just a game. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) Yet, despite the best intentions of... Gerhard Richter, the director's screenplay has a mini-series superficiality that's reflected in Caleb Deschanel's prettified images of life in Nazi Dresden, Communist East Germany and post-Berlin Wall Dusseldorf. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 70% Mari (2018) While its storyline might not be particularly original, this slow-burning drama has a poignant intensity that is deftly punctuated by innovative dance routines offering insights into the protagonist's mindset. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 77% Blue My Mind (2017) A disconcerting premise plays out with chilling logic in Swiss actress Lisa Brühlmann's directorial debut. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 70% Mari (2018) Expanding her 2016 short, Abandon, writer/director Georgia Parris makes an assured feature bow with this meticulously staged chamber piece. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
2/5 69% The Flood (2019) But, in striving to give a balanced account of the asylum application process, they resort to melodramatic gambits that undermine the narrative's viability. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 60% HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) A mini-series might have been better to chronicle a life so well lived. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) The massive ensemble of stars and the attention to biblical detail makes this quite an undertaking... for the makers and the viewers. Long, strong and Jesusy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 78% Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998) Handsomely staged and amiably played, but this eye candy is essentially a cinematic snack. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019