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
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 89% 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 63% 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 64% 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 87% 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 79% 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 89% 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 98% 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 76% 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 No Score Yet 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
3/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) But, while it falls some way below the standards set by Nguyen's Oscar-nominated child-soldier saga, War Witch (2012), this has a cockeyed conviction that keeps you watching. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 91% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) Consistently sincere and sometimes shocking, this discomfits without quite convincing. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Last Summer (2018) But, while Jones coaxes earnest performances from his young cast, his screenplay has a 70s children's telly feel about it, as it keeps raising issues about rural life without exploring them with any depth. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) The byplay between Moore and Turturro is delightful, but the entire ensemble impresses, along with cinematographer Natasha Braier, who imparts an energy and elegance that is complemented beautifully by the judiciously selected songtrack. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) The events depicted will enthral those eager to fathom the narrative's multifarious mysteries, while driving others to baffled distraction. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) As much pop as pulp, this is exhilarating stuff and clearly one of the best films of the 1990s. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 62% XY Chelsea (2019) Hawkins is too much in thrall to the audio-visual style employed by executive producer Laura Poitras on her profiles of Edward Snowden (Citizenfour, 2014) and Julian Assange (Risk, 2016), while lacking her insight and incision. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) The fact the film failed to convert any of its eight César nominations says much, but this still represents a bold bid to recreate a highly distinctive recollection of a unique time. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 55% Immortal Beloved (1994) It's an audacious mixture of Citizen Kane and Amadeus, with some Fantasia-like musical sequences added for good measure. Indeed, cinema has rarely given classical music such a chance to weave its spell. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 93% Tucked (2018) Derren Nesbitt gives a career-capping performance as veteran drag queen Jackie in Jamie Patterson's poignant study of acceptance and reconciliation. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) Combining footage from benefits staged in aid of Amnesty International, this movie is more a souvenir than great cinema. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
3/5 66% Wine Country (2019) But, while proceedings open promisingly with a zippy conference call, everything feels a tad too familiar, as the various work/life crises are resolved through vino and tears. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) A frustratingly wasted opportunity. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Thrillingly inspirational. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) No Icelandic director has started their career with such thematic acuity and stylistic assurance as Benedikt Erlingsson... with this timely satire that touches upon parochial and global issues with rare wit, intelligence and nuance. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 79% The Dark Crystal (1982) Although The Dark Crystal emerged from the darker side of his imagination, it's still a mesmerising picture that will enchant older children and adults alike. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 71% Pond Life (2018) Respected theatre director Bill Buckhurst makes a promising transition to the screen with this adaptation of a 1992 play by Richard Cameron (who adapts his own work). - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995) Based on a prize-winning Japanese short story and much influenced by the styles of Yasujiro Ozu and Hou Hsiao-Hsien, this is a deeply felt film that eschews cheap sentiment and leaves one genuinely moved and unexpectedly uplifted. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 92% Donbass (2018) Expertly eliding the episodes, while reinforcing their recurring relevance, Loznitsa makes his despair and fury readily apparent. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
2/5 35% Breaking Habits (2019) Ryan's approach is so scattershot that it feels as though the entire picture is under the influence, as it meanders and muses without bothering to draw (m)any conclusions about Meeusen or her enterprise. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) The sprawling scenario allows Jia to use the run-down mining locale of Datong and the villages around Fengjie, threatened with submersion to create the Three Gorges dam, to muse upon the spiritual price that China paid for its economic leap forward. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019