For 60 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Dawson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 80 Mountain
Lowest review score: 40 The Prey
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
60 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Tracing how the world’s peaks came to be viewed as playgrounds, it needs to be seen on the big screen for its vertiginous images of high-altitude adventurers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Shot with doc-style immediacy, it expertly builds to a shocking climax.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    This dreamily shot US indie is an insightful study of sexual repression and awakening, featuring a compelling lead performance from Brit newcomer Dickinson.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    The film reveals how patriarchal values clash with the desires of its female characters to lead more emancipated lives.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    [Bertrand Tavernier] pays heartfelt tribute to the directors, stars and composers who ignited his passion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    Director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) charts her own feelings towards her subject, yet unanswered questions abound surrounding WikiLeaks’ alleged connections to Donald Trump’s campaign.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Joachim Lafosse’s drama is an unsentimentally observed, credibly acted study of a marriage turned sour.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    Occasionally rambling, it’s kept afloat by an eclectic soundtrack and Christopher Doyle’s striking urban lensing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Tom Dawson
    Kooler convinces, but it feels like TV sketches, with not enough laughs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Masterfully filmed in long takes, this slow-burner lays bare a world of systemic corruption.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Tom Dawson
    This stiffly scripted film never quite stirs the emotions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    It’s not the most probing doco, but the man himself, mobbed wherever he goes, emerges as a genuinely charismatic, likeable individual.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    McCullin emerges in David and Jacqui Morris’ accomplished film full of integrity, dignity and empathy.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Impressively designed throughout, The Unbeatables also keeps the laughs kicking.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    In long, static takes, Hogg calmly exposes the gulf between polite facades and repressed resentments.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tom Dawson
    Greater female input might have alleviated the film’s tiresome chauvinism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    Although a bit over-neat in its contrasts between the respective families, Like Father, Like Son remains an affecting film, thanks to Fukuyama’s understated turn and Koreeda’s typically graceful visual storytelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    The restlessness of the camerawork may drive you to distraction, but director/co-writer Calin Peter Netzer’s film is held steady by Gheorghiu’s staunch performance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Blurring documentary/fiction boundaries, writer/director Jem Cohen’s film is deceptively simple.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    No prizes for guessing who ends up with whom, but the colourful retro designs and the leads’ sparkling chemistry help to Tipp-Ex over some of the predictability.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Dawson
    Laying bare his characters, Seidl uncovers the doubt beneath the armour of religious belief.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Tom Dawson
    Sophie Lellouche’s slick debut is chock-full of Woody-com quotes and references, yet it remains an inconsequential, undernourished trifle that does sod-all with its potential.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Dawson
    Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet’s haiti-set "Heading South," Seidl’s gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited.

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