David Parkinson

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For 255 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Parkinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 North by Northwest
Lowest review score: 40 The Colony
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 255
255 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Impeccably performed by its young leads and nurturing supporting cast, this deeply personal picture particularly impresses in the closing scenes, which are quietly devastating in their intimacy, insight and truth.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    This director's cut might smack of self-indulgence, but it also says much about love and loss and the language of an artform that flirts with realism while remaining an illusion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Thrillingly capturing both time and place and fizzing with non-judgemental empathy and cinematic flair, this is a magnificent debut that catapults Laetitia Dosch into the front rank of French actresses.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Detached, but never dispassionate, this may not be Andrew Haigh's best film. But its slow-burning authenticity suggests a versatility to go with his acuity for credible characters in recognisable situations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Knowingly blending realist grit with generic guile, this unrelentingly tense account of a fragmented family living in constant fear thoroughly merited the Best Director prize at the Venice Film Festival.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Pondering everything from free expression and sexual harassment to bourgeois guilt and migrant rage, this superbly acted saga may not always hit the target. But it unerringly leaves its mark.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    It feels more like a ciné dissertation designed to showcase Zvyagintsev’s appreciation of the medium than an original piece of cinema.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    A fascinating life is reduced to a series of skittishly edited and visually stylised vignettes that do scant justice to Marie Curie's scientific achievements and Karolina Gruszka's laudably intense performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    A fascinating topic is attenuated by conservative storytelling and sketchy characterisation. Nevertheless, the sense of place is as assured as the vigilant performances, while the defusing sequences are genuinely suspenseful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    Telling an unfamiliar tale in a highly predictable manner, this is a laudable, but lightweight tribute to golf's founding fathers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    Despite a wonderfully witty voiceover and the bullish playing of a willing ensemble, this bawdy romp consistently stumbles over its more contrived excesses.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    It's more than a little precious, but it's also sincere, touching and astute in its insights into social geography and human nature.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    With its bestial themes, conceptual humour and cartoonish thespians, this consciously arch farce will intrigue some and infuriate others.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Unflinching in its depiction of rural reality, this may be a dour drama, but it has been made with sincerity and an exceptional sense of place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    Although replete with creepy shocks, this lacks the narrative finesse to match the committed performances and slick visuals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    With the camera placement being as meticulous as the use of Handel on the soundtrack, this impeccably played saga deservedly earned Mungiu a share of the Best Director prize at Cannes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Atmospheric and engrossing, this meticulous recreation of time and place acquires an unsettling contemporary relevance through its analysis of the mindset of a mass murderer with a death wish.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Played with committed ferocity by the excellent Oh and Heche, this riotous state-of-the-nation satire may lack subtlety, but it has the courage of its socko convictions and certainly packs a punch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    The plot pieces might slot into place with a resounding clang, but what it lacks in finesse, this brutal actioner more than makes up for in bullish bravura and technical slickness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Impeccably played by Rebecca Hall, this is a thoughtful reflection on life’s casual cruelties and how little attitudes towards women have changed since Watergate.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Rising to the challenge of doing something new(ish) with an overworked sub-genre, this may not be particularly scary or funny. But it belies its modest budget to splatter to knowing effect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Persuasively played by fine leads and a well-cast ensemble, this thoughtful treatise captures provincial life and the medical mindset with authenticity and tact.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    Ruinously prioritising chic over content, this is intellectually and stylistically shallow when it should have been dynamic and compelling.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Parkinson
    Ruinously prioritising chic over content, this is intellectually and stylistically shallow when it should have been dynamic and compelling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Vibrantly recreating a seminal period in Jodorowsky's personal and artistic development, this bullishly played saga has enough quirky detail, audacious incident and visual panache to sweep the storyline through its less persuasive phases.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Filled with striking and scarringly disconcerting images of vandalised nature, satanic mills and redundant modernity, this is a mournful tribute to a maligned migrant workforce and a sobering reminder that nothing comes cheap.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    A touch twee at times, but the use of classic and original animation is admirable, while Owen emerges as the king of sidekicks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Impossible to appreciate in a single sitting, this masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Played with restraint and individuality by a fine ensemble, this is a moving but provocative study of belief, duty, compassion and acceptance.

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