David Parkinson

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For 295 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 57% 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: 71
Highest review score: 100 Psycho
Lowest review score: 40 Don't Knock Twice
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 295
295 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    With each subplot reinforcing the simmering sense of unease, this compelling recreation of a pernicious period soberingly exposes the ease with which morality can become a casualty of human nature.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Instructive, insightful and inspiring, Maiden is a rousingly riveting record of a remarkable accomplishment that says as much about British bloody-mindedness as it does about feminist fortitude and underdog pluck.
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    • 60 David Parkinson
    Regardless of the skittish structure and illegible subtitles, this is a valuable reflection on an incalculably influential career, which serves as a timely reminder about the pitfalls of artistic tyranny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Challenging the truism that you can never go home, this doesn't entirely integrate its political subtext. But the storylines are involving, the setting is picturesque and the performances are impeccable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Baalsrud never claimed to be a hero and the emphasis of this gripping reconstruction rightly falls on the resourcefulness, courage and self-sacrifice of those who epitomised the spirit of resistance.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    The spirits of the old masters pervade this disquieting but deeply moving drama. But Kore-eda stands alone as the chronicler of family life in a country facing an identity crisis.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Tempering its flights of fancy with moments of whimsical humour and kid’s-eye realism, this thoughtful treatise on growing pains reveals a realist side of Japanimation that’s all too rarely seen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Echoes of Dog Day Afternoon and Locke reverberate around this claustrophobic thriller, which is tautly plotted, precisely paced and grippingly played by Jakob Cedergren and his unseen co-stars.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Abetted by Nicolaj Brüel's prowlingly ominous camerawork and Dimitri Capuani's soul-destroying interiors, Garrone proves once again that even the lowest-rung southern Italian gangster can't afford a shred of human decency.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Parkinson
    Whether rediscovering La France périphérique or hurtling through the Louvre, Varda and JR make a surprisingly empathetic team and their collaboration is as provocative as it is poetic and poignant.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Parkinson
    Chekhov is notoriously difficult to film and this adaptation boldly taps into the play's mordant wit. But the fidgety and over-emphatic visuals detract from the themes and the stellar performances.
    • 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.

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