For 248 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sims' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Lowest review score: 10 Dolittle
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 248
248 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    This film is the slightest story Coppola has ever produced; it only brushes up against deeper insights during its brief running time. But the movie offers such a rush of unintentional catharsis and pure diversion that its flaws are easy to forgive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    Chicago 7 is a particularly shiny rendering of history, but Sorkin wisely places the focus on America’s failings, even as he celebrates the people striving to fix them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    The film is not gritty, unvarnished, or hard to watch; it’s an easygoing, charming work, buoyed by Blank’s excellent lead performance and suffused with snappy jokes and sparkling supporting turns.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Sims
    76 Days is unvarnished and raw, a first draft of a history that’s still being written.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    The film deploys its extreme imagery for a reason, interrogating notions of selfhood and agency through a plot where nefarious agents can tap directly into someone’s brain.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 David Sims
    For all its eerie focus on the end of our lives, that’s what Johnson’s movie is about: celebrating the people we love.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 David Sims
    It loads up on visceral scares and disturbing imagery in service of a shallow film that feels like a gory theme-park ride showcasing the horrors of slavery.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 David Sims
    Mulan delivers a straightforwardly heroic narrative of a capable woman battling her way to respect. It just doesn’t have much else to add.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Sims
    I’m Thinking of Ending Things is long (two hours and 14 minutes) and often frustrating, but it’s also incredibly satisfying on rewatch, which makes its Netflix release a boon. There’s a weird thrill to getting lost inside this movie, only so you can study every odd detail from new angles, over and over again.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 David Sims
    It’s breathtaking to watch the director work on such a grand scale, but the humans within his film do sometimes get lost. For all Nolan’s metaphysical mastery, there’s an undeniable coldness to his twilight world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 David Sims
    Boys State is both inspiring and occasionally terrifying, and that befits its gaze into America’s political present and future.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 David Sims
    It’s Rich’s understanding of the connection between Herschel and Ben, not their time-dilated differences, that won me over.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 David Sims
    In Palm Springs, the journey the central characters go on isn’t just about trying to escape the loop—it’s about understanding that no matter how tedious life might seem, there are always ways to find joy in living it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Sims
    This is a comedy that knows how to make fun and have fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Sims
    Apatow’s greatest skill is at dissecting relationships, and that should’ve made up most of The King of Staten Island’s running time. Yes, the film is a tale of a young man facing his demons, but it works best as the story of a ruptured family finally learning how to put things back together.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Sims
    If the necessities of the moment mean that Da 5 Bloods won’t get the big theatrical run it deserves, its bold immediacy still hits hard on a smaller screen. Hollywood has made many stirring tales of war heroism, of honor gained and lives lost, and even of the failures of the countries that sent men into battle. But there are shockingly few stories like this one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Sims
    Decker’s filmmaking is often dreamlike, but her storytelling has a cruel bite of reality to it—just as Jackson’s writing did decades before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Sims
    The aesthetic is Twilight Zone, and the plot could be right out of The X-Files. But despite its small-screen influences and tiny budget, The Vast of Night is shockingly cinematic, overflowing with the kind of inventiveness you rarely see from a first-time filmmaker.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    Affleck communicates all of the movie’s emotional breakthroughs via little choices—an angry swipe at an empty beer can when he’s being pressed on his drinking, or slowly curling into a ball when he admits the extent of his problem. It’s the kind of subtlety I’ve never seen Affleck demonstrate as a performer. The fact that he brings his real-life battles to the movie may be uncomfortable for some viewers, but the actor insists he approached the role carefully.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sims
    First Cow is a masterwork of indie cinema—a tale that’s both charming and unsparing, suffused with equal measures of wonder and dread.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    Though Whannell started out as a writer, it’s clear that stylish direction is where his strengths truly lie. Luckily, The Invisible Man has more than enough of that to hold the viewer’s attention.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 David Sims
    The effort it must have taken to create this movie is apparent in every frame, but that doesn’t mean it’s watchable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Sims
    The most crucial aspect of the role-playing game is community—the fact that it’s played with friends and relies on teamwork. The writer-director Dan Scanlon’s clear grasp of that makes for a warm, gentle film that doesn’t try to merely dazzle the audience with wild fantasy visuals.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sims
    De Wilde and the screenwriter Eleanor Catton do not rush to a conclusion—and even though every frame of the film is as pretty as possible, they don’t spare the emotional wounds along the way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 45 David Sims
    All in all, the weaknesses and strengths of this remake boil down to the unavoidable fact that Force Majeure, a film I’ve seen multiple times and consider one of the best of its decade, isn’t a work that can be improved upon.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    If the rest of Sonic the Hedgehog were pitched at Carrey’s energy level, it could at least be distracting. But for such a short movie (it runs 99 minutes with extensive credits), and especially for one about a super-speedy fellow, it never builds momentum.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    Fiala and Franz can’t find a compelling purpose for the uncanny yarn they’ve spun. When all its ominous frights flame out in narrative chaos, The Lodge becomes a bore, more invested in the ghoulishness of its final reveal than in examining its unpleasant moral implications.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 David Sims
    The film picks and chooses what to carry over from its forebears in a way that’s both fascinating to watch and—as is typical with DC Comics movies—gives the sense of a plane being built in midair. But fortunately for Birds of Prey, that manic energy suits Harley Quinn just fine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 David Sims
    Green has crafted a hermetic, office-bound world so ambiguous that the moments when she reveals its dynamics directly sometimes come off as disconcerting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 35 David Sims
    For all its energy and vulgarity, The Gentlemen is a slog, a tedious and unnecessarily unpleasant tour of ground that Ritchie’s already covered.

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