For 53 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Dawson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 80 After Love
Lowest review score: 40 Café de Flore
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
53 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Writer/director Christopher Payne paints a credible portrait of life as a professional hoofer. But the leads struggle with an undernourished script, and there’s a cheapo televisual vibe throughout.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Heartfelt and inventive, this documentary from exiled director Ali Samadi Ahadi chronicles Iran's abortive Green Revolution during the summer of 2009.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Closer in metaphysical spirit to Kiarostami than to Leone, it lingers thanks to beautifully lit widescreen images of lived-in faces and barren, beautiful landscapes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    It’s strong on the details of itinerant life, and allows plotting to take a back seat to character.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Avoiding the pitfalls of prurience and sensationalism, this dreamily photographed film reveals its young subjects to be vibrant and articulate individuals.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Masterfully filmed in long takes, this slow-burner lays bare a world of systemic corruption.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Sticking tightly to its heroine’s everyday routines and rituals, this deft blend of humour and pathos fully earns its defiantly upbeat dance-floor denouement.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    “Ever since I discovered art,” laments one participant, “this cell has truly become a prison.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Expertly shifting between present and past , writer-director Denis Villeneuve displays an impressive command of his material, patiently building up to an emotionally explosive climax.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    This is a chilling portrayal of a deeply unsympathetic protagonist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    McCullin emerges in David and Jacqui Morris’ accomplished film full of integrity, dignity and empathy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    The strong supporting gallery - including Gillian Anderson and Martin Compston - feels underused, but Meier and her ace DoP Agnès Godard make shrewd use of the dramatic alpine locations.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Drawing on their traditions of oral storytelling, it’s lushly photographed and costumed, plus dreamily confusing, yet it vividly brings a past to life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Joachim Lafosse’s drama is an unsentimentally observed, credibly acted study of a marriage turned sour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Blurring documentary/fiction boundaries, writer/director Jem Cohen’s film is deceptively simple.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Some will find Camille too self-absorbed, yet writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve (Father Of My Children) conjures poignancy, grace and a feel for symbolic seasonal change that's positively Renoir-esque.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    You’re left marvelling at London’s capacity for renewal and reinvention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    [Bertrand Tavernier] pays heartfelt tribute to the directors, stars and composers who ignited his passion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    In long, static takes, Hogg calmly exposes the gulf between polite facades and repressed resentments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    This oblique and understated tale of lost innocence conveys both an individual’s experiences and a powerful sense of a ruined nation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    With echoes of the Dardennes and Lucrecia Martel, Corpo Celeste's acute sense of place, feel for adolescent confusion and miraculous resolution suggest that Rohrwacher is a talent to watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Impressively designed throughout, The Unbeatables also keeps the laughs kicking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Against the odds this is a sometimes droll and surprisingly tender affair, and a fitting end to Seidl’s magnum opus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Kaurismäki adeptly weaves rockabilly musical interludes, a stylised colourscheme and droll performances into a warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Arduous yet always absorbing, Cristian Mungiu’s first full-length feature since 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days is inspired by a real-life case of a tragically botched exorcism in rural Romania.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Drawing on revealing clips from Panahi's previous films, TINAF reveals not only the realities of artistic censorship, but its firework-laden finale shows how cinema thrives on spontaneity.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Drawing on the testimonies of some fascinating interviewees, and filled with dazzling digital images of galaxies and landscapes, it’s a film that makes you ponder the mysteries of human existence anew.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    The film belongs to Arena, outstanding as a man growing ever more delusional in his quest to acquire celebrity status.

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