David Parkinson

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For 233 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Parkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Manhattan
Lowest review score: 40 Tommy's Honour
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 233
233 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Parkinson
    Has a vigour, a commitment and an intelligence that is absent from too much modern cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Parkinson
    One of Woody's most aesthetically gorgeous films as well as his classic love-hate letter to the city of his soul.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Parkinson
    Timeless classic. Superb performances and the infamous shower scene make this the perfect nightmare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    An interesting piece from Hungary with much to enjoy, only slightly dampened by the occasional clunky device.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    The performances are credible, but set-pieces like the water-cannoning of a procession of burkha-clad protesters are also impeccably judged.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    The result is both audaciously amusing and provocatively sophisticated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    What makes this such an affecting picture is the contrast between the wonderfully aloof camels and the interdependence of the extended family, whose smiling resilience only hints at the harshness of an existence that has changed little in centuries.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Accomplished and assured.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Wry and haunting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    For all the courage and ingenuity of this extraordinary film, it's clear that Caouette has actually resolved few issues and that his life is still very much a work in progress.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Poetic, provocative and unstoppably powerful. But, depressingly, it probably won't change a thing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Masterfully manipulative and bloody scary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    A true emotional epic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    The scenario may be overly familiar, but the low-key approach and engaging performances make this an unexpected delight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    A bleak and moving drama with reflective performance from Jack Nicolson.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Whether viewed as a political allegory or a domestic drama, this is the most accessible film yet from one of Europe’s very finest filmmakers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Unstintingly raw and cynical, this disconcerting and deeply affecting State Of The Union treatise regularly comes dangerously close to caricature.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    It might be lesser known, but certainly not deservingly so. This is a cracking piece of Brit cinema.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    A compelling study of a small-town lawyer's determination to challenge Cameroon's institutionalised chauvinism, which judiciously combines small triumphs with a daunting sense of the task that lies ahead.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Long, but engrossing and frequently enraging drama that not only exposes the flaws in the Romanian health service, but also in modern humanity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Making exceptional use of stillness and silence, this is a rather sad study of the passing of traditional concepts of American masculinity along with the landscape that forged them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Far from an easy watch, either in terms of its hard-hitting content, seemingly haphazard structuring or its dense symbolism. But this makes sense of the political intricacies by balancing the rhetoric and statistics with everyday occurrences that give the iniquities and inadequacies a human face.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    An explosion of garish colour, wacky detail and surreal complications, Almodovar’s very funny, urban comedy overflows with the unexpected. See it!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Harrowing and complex, this study in terror is not for the faint of heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Witty, warm and beautifully filmed by Franz Planer and Henri Alekan, it remains an unabashed romantic delight, with Hepburn particularly luminescent. [Review of re-release]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Pascale Ferran as the first female director to adapt this notorious novel absorbs her successful vision with a uniquely romantic vibe.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region’s tragic lunacies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Witty, moving and visually dazzling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Unpredictable and compelling, this draws parallels between Japanese and German cultures in interesting and moving ways.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Subtle and multi-layered film-making with compelling performances.

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