David Sexton

David Sexton
David Sexton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): London Evening Standard
Publications: London Evening Standard

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) It is in the end a reassurance machine, showing us that a clear-cut class system can only be even more treasured by those at the bottom than those at the top. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 39% Seberg (2019) Unfortunately, the film built around [Stewart's] performance is a dud, heavy-handed in its script and awkwardly sententious about the cause of Black Power. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 75% The King (2019) [A] thoroughly enjoyable film. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 45% The Laundromat (2019) This scrappy, episodic movie ends with Streep stripping off her disguise to harangue us on what it means that democracy's checks and balances have failed so badly. But then this whole film is an indignant lecture. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) Ridiculous! Yet it's strangely revealing how little enhancement cinema needs, how powerful such minimalism can be in revealing human perplexity. It's probably not one for Netflix, though. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 75% Joker (2019) Nobody who sees this new film will ever need any other version. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) The absolute specificity of this story makes it universal too. It's the best British film for a long time. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 59% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's an absolute masterclass in how to make an historical film. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 100% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story is a fearsome cautionary tale, long and painfully detailed, a divorce horror story to put alongside Kramer vs. Kramer. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 81% Ad Astra (2019) Gravity, Interstellar or even First Man this is not, despite the contributions of cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and composer Max Richter. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Inside The Bruderhof (2019) A fascinating watch. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 33% The Current War (2019) So now the film deserves to be considered in its own right, all taint removed. And? It's still a turkey. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 53% The Lion King (2019) This Lion King just has more of everything visually, compared to the 1994 animation. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
No Score Yet Psychopath with Piers Morgan (2019) So Morgan succeeds in displaying a textbook psychopath. To what end, though? - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
No Score Yet Battle of the Super Eaters: 3000 Calories a Minute (2019) I find watching competitive eating as hard to take as watching open-heart surgery. It is a shocking sight, even when, as here, gamesomely converted to slo-mo and set to operatic music. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
No Score Yet My Gay Dog and Other Animals (2019) It's obvious why many people might be delighted to find homosexuality is common in animals too -- and this programme aims to please. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Final Mission: Foxy's War (2019) In this levelly-presented documentary, "Foxy" returns to Afghanistan for the first time since he was medically discharged in 2012... The composure he displays in this return is a personal victory at least. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 53% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Matthias & Maxime is filmed all in tightly pressed close-up, faces looming, constantly erupting into furious rows, shouting and shrieking. It's like being at the worst party ever. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) If not a career best, it's an extraordinary career summation. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 68% Little Joe (2019) Slow acting, mannered sets and stylized filming make this film itself sadly affectless. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is Almodóvar's best work for years, marvellously framed and composed, comparatively restrained for him, hugely enjoyable moment by moment. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 78% A Hidden Life (2019) A Hidden Life is a work of genius, at last a justification of Malick's late style. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) It is about his rise and fall, the way celebrity broke him. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 76% Les Misérables (2019) For a debut, it has been really remarkably well put together, expertly paced, deftly edited. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
3/5 88% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2019) Bacurau is so determined to make its political point that it doesn't fully cohere as drama, and the Americans are grossly caricatured. But it's quite the hallucination. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Taron Egerton, in a fantastic performance, doesn't impersonate Elton John, he becomes him; he doesn't lip-sync, he sings, making the songs matter in that moment in the story. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
No Score Yet David Harewood: Psychosis and Me (2019) Psychosis and Me is a clear and valuable account of what it is like to lose your mind; to have known that and to live with it still. We've not heard enough about this before. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Though enjoyable, The Dead Don't Die is arch: Hollywood through the Cannes filter. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet Jill Dando: The 20 Year Mystery (2019) Crashes in where the BBC chose not to tread. Jill Dando - The 20 Year Mystery is grittier, more crassly a true crime show, with a pulsing soundtrack. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
100% Climate Change - The Facts (2019) Watching Climate Change - The Facts may just be the best use you can make of your time this evening. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
100% Escape From Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess (2018) [Latifa] recorded the video in the hope that her endeavour wouldn't be entirely in vain if she didn't. This documentary fully honours that hope. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It combines interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions to take us as close in to the story as possible, not coming to any conclusions. You won't be able to look away. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 50% Sleeping With the Far Right (2019) Riveting viewing. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) The movie, so determined to celebrate small acts of kindness among those who have least, feels a little too calculated and emphatic - a tearjerker that doesn't quite draw tears. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
No Score Yet WW1: The Final Hours (2018) This is a documentary that has found a way of bringing the past alive without pretending too much that it is other than past. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
83% Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes (2018) We may pretend our interest in true crime horror is justified by the need to understand as much as we can to prevent such enormities occurring again or some such nonsense - but actually we all know how base our interest really is. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper has succeeded in giving this dinosaur of a film stomping new life. This is A Star Is Born re-made for the age of the talent contest. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) These stories are all stingingly well told, with the snap and brio that comes so easily to the Coens, often dreadfully funny too. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos has transferred his own peculiar vision of human oddity into the past, in a way that makes most period drama seem formulaic and inert. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 65% Peterloo (2019) Leigh presents this history through a series of immobile setpiece scenes, crafted with dull fidelity, one rallying speech after another, as the radicals work themselves up towards action. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) [Guadagnino] treats it with such stifling reverence that it loses all the melodrama and sheer scariness of the original... - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) A treat. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Zahler is not subtle but he is bludgeoningly effective. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 87% First Man (2018) This last, largely silent, section on the moon itself is rightly awe-inspiring -- but it takes the movie a long time to get up there. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) It was shot... in high-resolution wide-format 65mm black and white film, the camera movements gentle, revealing all to us, both in detail and scope, with an extraordinary effect of yearning and tenderness: instantly eidetic. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet Japan's Secret Shame (2018) It is so difficult for individual women in Japan to come forward and say #MeToo... One who has had the courage to do just that is the journalist Shiori Ito - and this moving, flowing documentary, directed by Erica Jenkin, tells her story. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
No Score Yet The Double Life Of George Michael (2018) The dramatisation is incessant, shameless and preposterous... And we are nonetheless invited to think that what we are getting here is somehow a glimpse into the real George. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
4/5 89% Whitney (2018) Mixing interviews with Whitney Houston's family and friends with contemporary footage... Whitney tells a familiar enough story of how "a sweet, quiet girl", found phenomenal success. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
2/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) A tiresomely self-regarding story that not even Garfield's allure can enliven. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
1/5 57% The House That Jack Built (2018) A great film this is not. - London Evening Standard EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018