David Sims

David Sims
David Sims's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic AV Club Blank Check
Publications: The Atlantic, AV Club, Blank Check

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% Hustlers (2019) A lush, lavish joy that's difficult to forget. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) The real fun comes from the ways it subverts its time-tested story, balancing wry commentary and straightforward horror in its portrait of fumbling arrogance and curdled privilege. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where'd You Go, Bernadette feels like it could have been a great film; the final result is not that, but it's at least a distinctive mess. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A jubilant story that's told with grounded honesty. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) Happily, Good Boys has a little more to recommend it than gross gags. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
21% The Kitchen (2019) I spent most of the running time wondering if the film had been hastily reedited, or cut down from a more sprawling length-anything to explain the chaos playing out on-screen. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
93% Luce (2019) By the end of the film, viewers might not feel provoked so much as led in circles to a conclusion that can't do justice to the story's fiery setup. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
71% Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) It's short on big laughs, but admirable nonetheless for [Will] Ferrell's ability to disappear into his characters. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ No Score Yet Matt Braunger: Shovel Fighter (2012) On a track-by-track basis, Shovel Fighter is very strong stuff -- you could pick out almost any bit, put it on for a friend, and win him over to the cult of [Matt] Braunger pretty quickly. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) The furthest thing from a sumptuous costume drama, instead summoning the brutal truths of the time for a story that provides no easy resolution. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B+ 80% Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (2014) Oswalt is a stand-up comedian at his peak, who can command an audience's total attention even when working with quieter energy or telling longer stories punctuated by fewer jokes. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Another barely adequate sequel, zooming into theaters on the sheer force of name recognition, and vanishing from memory just as quickly. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) The kind of nonfiction film that gets at much bigger truths about the tragic ways in which any environment, no matter how remote, can be thrown off balance by greed. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A surprisingly funny and extremely melancholy hangout film, an elegy for a bygone era that reflects on how all art eventually loses its edge. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearns' satire is mostly of the blunt-force variety. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) If you're looking for a throwback to simpler, sillier times (with a dash of self-awareness about the state of toxic masculinity in 2019), it should just about satisfy. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
88% Oh, Hello On Broadway (2017) The duo's adorable mannerisms are as important as their inner toxicity, which soon comes spilling out. This is a love letter to a certain stereotype, but it's an acidic one, eager to mock its sublimated biases. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Wang distinguishes herself as a thrilling new voice in filmmaking by crafting one of the most sensitively told stories of the year. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
100% John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) It's a reminder of everything that makes Mulaney so singular: storytelling rich with well-observed details, delivered with the confidence of someone decades older than 33. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
100% Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) Buress has always had one of the most captivating delivery styles in the comedy business... and it's what keeps Comedy Camisado afloat even as it struggles to match the strength of his previous hours. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar takes the mundane misery of a disintegrating relationship and renders it as a Technicolor thriller. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) A bouncy addition to a bulging franchise, with just enough fringe zaniness to help it stand out from the pack. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) This is a film that could have been triumphantly weird, or soaringly corny; it tries to split the difference and ends up merely forgettable. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley supercharges Wild Rose with electrifying purpose, adding flair and substance to the screenwriter Nicole Taylor's routine but solid script about a diamond in the rough. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) The first horror film I've seen that seemed as likely to lull me to sleep as to give me nightmares. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) If I had to get another Toy Story, this is about as strange and beguiling an entry as I could have hoped for. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) This sequel-slash-spinoff comes across as a lifeless piece of content, bearing a brand name and a glossy look but little else to remember it by. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The film's greatest virtue lies in how it portrays the city it's rhapsodizing about, and that's what Talbot's promising, large-canvas photography is best suited for. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The momentum drained out of these X-Men movies long ago. Dark Phoenix should serve as a fittingly perfunctory farewell. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) It's a perfect, long-delayed swan song that offers satisfying endings for almost every member of the cast while still managing to tell a story that stands on its own. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Fletcher isn't seeking to reinvent a very practiced storytelling formula; he's just perfecting it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde is fundamentally telling a story about young people trying to survive and enjoy life while the outside world, and all its terrifying realities, draws ever closer. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) Even with a colossal budget and the spectacular tech available to Disney, live actors can't replicate the dizzy kinetics of a cartoon. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg is not a sensationalistic filmmaker, but rather someone who can convey tremendous amounts of emotion through total tranquility on-screen. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The series remains the most reliable purveyor of high-stakes, onscreen combat around, a franchise that hasn't yet been tarnished by its ongoing success. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) The result doesn't rise above the insight of a Wikipedia page. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It shouldn't work. It shouldn't even make sense! Somehow, it does. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) It's hard to know if there will ever be an essential and definitive fiction film about Bundy. But this certainly isn't it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is too fixated on the supposed absurdity of its romantic pair to spend much time considering them as people. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The Avengers, as a concept, probably won't be going anywhere, but Endgame still feels like a proper goodbye. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) A movie that's best experienced while lazing on the couch, preferably on the morning after a wild night out. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) To anyone who has followed the parabolic arcs of Gilliam's career, it's a fascinating text; to the more casual viewer, it might come off only as a meandering mess. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Aesthetically driven in all the right ways-it's not a swooning blockbuster romance, but a gorgeous and impossible puzzle of a project, something to be pondered long after seeing it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) Amid the noisy, epic action of most kid-oriented features, this film's story is clear and effective: a sweet-hearted narrative of how friendship can broaden one's horizons. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
17% Hellboy (2019) An R-rated slog that's heavy on bad attitude and creative dismemberments, and completely missing the humane core of Mignola's original story. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
83% High Life (2019) For all its body horrors and apocalyptic conclusions, High Life is one of Denis's most loving and tender creations. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
91% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! is a throwback in all the right ways: a superhero tale for a simpler blockbuster era, one that is well worthy of viewers' nostalgia. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The film is just different enough to stick out amid the studio's backwards-looking slate, and Burton, for the first time in years, shows he hasn't lost his love for the idiosyncratic. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
93% Us (2019) Us is a glorious symphony of fear, to be sure, but it's also an ambitious sci-fi allegory and a pitch-black comedy of the haves and have-nots. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Despite the grand scale, like all of Jia's works, Ash Is Purest White leaves questions of good and evil to the viewer-this isn't a philosophical story, but a personal one. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019