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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 93% Jules and Jim (1962) Echoing the style of Jean Renoir while epitomising the exuberance of the nouvelle vague, this is a virtuoso technical performance from the director.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
5/5 95% Yojimbo (1961) Yojimbo is intimate to the point of claustrophobia. Its wit is wry, its characters flawed and its world-view uncompromisingly cynical.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
4/5 87% Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) (1992) Set in Mexico at the turn of the 20th century, this epic of a forbidden love consummated only through food has a sizzling story, committed performances and sumptuous photography.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 87% Rosewood (1997) Harrowing this may be, but the concessions to commercialism rob it of much of its genuine power.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
3/5 83% The Uncertain Kingdom (2020) Taken individually, these 20 films are mostly thoughtful and quietly effective. But a tendency to browbeat rather than inspire means this laudably ambitious enterprise can feel like a four-hour endurance test.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3/5 83% Chutney Popcorn (1999) With henna tattoos drawing parallels between Indian tradition and the lesbian lifestyle, it's a canny sitcom.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 90% Frenzy (1972) Hitchcock's penultimate film deals with many of his previous themes with typical grim comedy and insight into a psychopathic killer's mind.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
3/5 93% Chan Is Missing (1982) Comic, intriguing and, often almost anthropological, this was one of the first films to show what the American indie sector was capable of.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 92% Family Plot (1976) Hitchcock's final picture is not one of the classics but has many of the elements that made him great.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
3/5 80% G.B.F. (2014) On the surface the film resembles a gay reworking of a John Hughes teen flick, except the slang often rings hollow and the script too often falls back on cliché and caricature. ‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 67% The Chalk Garden (1964) With father John offering neat support as the family butler, this is a rather talkative acting showcase, while the Oscar-nominated Evans steals the limelight from the hesitant Kerr.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
5/5 90% The Trouble with Harry (1955) The acting is perfection, with MacLaine (in her debut) quite wonderful, and Hitchcock was mighty proud of this adaptation of Jack Trevor Story's novel, always naming it among his personal favourites.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 81% Saboteur (1942) Dorothy Parker contributed to the screenplay of this cracking Hitchcock thriller, which cleverly served the dual purpose of warning Americans against Fifth Columnists and providing some much needed escapism.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
4/5 86% The Family Way (1966) Hywel Bennett is bang on form as the husband so wound up by cohabitation that he is unable to consummate his marriage to the equally impressive Hayley Mills.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 83% Marnie (1964) Calmer reflection has established this as one of Hitchcock's more fascinating "misfires."‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
3/5 60% The Cimarron Kid (1952) Better known for his psychological westerns, Budd Boetticher handles this programme filler with intelligent efficiency, drawing a thoughtful performance from Murphy, with whom he would reunite for the star's swansong, A Time for Dying.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
5/5 89% The Day of the Jackal (1973) It's Fred Zinnemann's matchless direction that makes it such compelling viewing and an object lesson in suspense.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 83% Anything Goes (1936) Pretty lightweight, but there's still plenty to enjoy.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Ransom for a Dead Man (1971) Lee Grant was rewarded with an Emmy nomination for her bravura performance as the lawyer, and [Peter] Falk is typically sly as he seemingly stumbles towards the solution.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) There's plenty of action, but the film scores best for its depiction of the hardships many children were forced to face in the 1930s.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
5/5 95% Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) An operatic masterpiece.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/5 97% Born Yesterday (1950) A good story and cast suffer from an overly theatrical adaptation from the Broadway play.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 91% If.... (1968) Malcolm McDowell gives a blistering performance in what is undoubtedly a key film in British cinema history.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
5/5 95% The Straight Story (1999) It's hard to imagine a gentler film, yet Lynch fully exploits the stately pace to gaze fondly upon life's rich pageant.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 76% Cool Runnings (1993) Admittedly, it's a little predictable and patronising at times, but the eager performances of John Candy and his charges carry the day.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
3/5 75% The Leather Boys (1964) The end result is fussy and flash rather than fresh, but the wedding and the Butlin's sequences are priceless relics of 1960s life.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Siegfried's Death) (1924) This silent classic is a technical wonder for the day.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
83% Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Kriemhild's Revenge) (1924) Margarethe Schön persuasively passed from being lovesick to hate-fuelled in a display of duality than anticipated Maria and the Robot's in Metropolis.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 80% Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000) This cartoon adventure is the best of a spate of feature-length spin-offs from the much loved TV series.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2/5 50% Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999) However, the intrusion of a couple of real monsters from the local museum, some dire musical numbers from the "Hex Girls" and a ridiculously contrived ending rather spoil the fun.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
5/5 100% Stagecoach (1939) Everything about this picture is perfection.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 90% Jihad Jane (2019) Terrifying, dispiriting and, at times, slyly satirical, this slickly edited documentary may rely a little too heavily on static talking-head shots. But it cogently lays bare a world gone mad.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 100% Greyfriars Bobby (1961) This is Disney at its delightful best.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2/5 20% Richard's Things (1980) With Liv Ullmann as star, director Anthony Harvey clearly felt compelled to direct her in a Bergmanian manner in this misfiring adaptation of Frederic Raphael's novel. Nobody is helped by the turgid screenplay.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Paying affectionate homage to genre film-making while simultaneously shredding its conventions, Shinichiro Ueda's debut feature is a masterly coup de cinéma.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) Playing out as if Michael Curtiz's Casablanca and Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger had been re-imagined by Franz Kafka, this adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1942 novel strikingly relocates the action to a millennial Marseilles.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Boldly [blends] western and gangster movie tropes with anthropology and magic realism to create a dramatically formulaic, but intoxicating audiovisual assault on the senses.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 60% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 88% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019