David Sims


David Sims
David Sims's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Atlantic AV Club Blank Check
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) True to its origins, Alita is a living cartoon of a film, which only makes its ridiculousness easier to absorb. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
92% High Flying Bird (2019) Soderbergh's unorthodox film release and cheap, idiosyncratic shooting style are ideal fits for the director's fascinating, speculative story about the future of the NBA. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
74% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit is a curiosity, a parable on the underlying hollowness of pulpy revenge that nevertheless tries to serve up the requisite amount of bloody violence for its viewers. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This is a project that's loaded with big ideas and worthy morals for its younger viewers, even if it has a little trouble streamlining them all into an easily digestible plot. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw is a pretty soulless piece of art about the soullessness of art; but that doesn't mean it can't have a little fun proving its point. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It's a film that somehow takes one of the oldest "chosen one" narratives around-the story of King Arthur-and finds something fresh in its tale of heroism. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) Serenity may not make it onto many critics' top-10 lists come the end of 2019. But it's certain to be one of the more unforgettable viewing experiences of the year. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
88% Fyre (2019) The movie also scrapes away the sheen of the flamboyant "influencer" lifestyle that McFarland leveraged to sell tickets and hook investors. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
37% Glass (2019) The latest from the director is a singularly strange and meta sequel that's bound to infuriate all but his most devoted fans. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman works because it isn't laughing at itself-it's both joyously whimsical and confident in its own sea-worthiness. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) The technology Jackson deploys is so advanced that the documentary, which has been colorized and enhanced, captures a surprising degree of character and realism. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) This movie is as much a eulogy for a country that Eastwood sees as slowly crumbling as it is for the life Earl chose to lead. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is an impressive, mature, and determined work that ably reaches the great heights it sets for itself. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The latest entry in a fully saturated genre that somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots is a tawdry soap opera that insists it's an intelligent political thriller. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The film feels painfully incomplete, from its frequently told story to its weak visuals. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) Despite its period setting, The Favourite just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is littered with wry humor and is refreshingly free of judgment. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is, without a doubt, the best film made about the lives of computer programs since the Wachowskis' Matrix sequels; I mean this as a glowing compliment. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
91% Widows (2018) Widows is methodical in its imagery and gracefully written; it's also a suspenseful blast, best seen with the biggest, most animated audience possible. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald is mostly table-setting, which can't sustain an entire movie-even one serving a fan base as passionate as this one. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King is a necessary antidote, one that might catch audiences off guard at first before burrowing into the mind through sheer, mucky tenacity. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web, Lisbeth Salander saves the day, and she looks cool doing it. But this is a story so slick that she'd be rolling her eyes if she watched it. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Reitman is tripped up in his attempts to spin Hart's story into something more symbolic. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It's a movie about men who simmer with anxiety, resentment, and creative desire, and how those feelings can boil over in unexpected and horrifying ways. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) A real test of the audience's spirit, but it all builds to an indescribably insane denouement that challenges, and vociferously rejects, much of what has come before. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) In its last 30 minutes, Halloween finally stops playing the hits and tries something really different. I won't spoil beyond that, but it works. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Hill may well turn out to have a growing talent for directing. But he needs to match his subtler insights to a script that feels less derivative. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Van Groeningen methodically demonstrates how that can count for little in the face of crystal meth, but that's the only takeaway from Beautiful Boy that felt fresh. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) There might be too much going on, but as the final act descends into carnage, Goddard is at least trying to say something. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
88% First Man (2018) First Man is about Armstrong's landmark achievement, but it's just as much about a country's grinding, maniacal fixation on getting him there. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
71% Hold the Dark (2018) The film never coheres outside of those flashes, ultimately delivering a disappointing, confusing, but undeniably fascinating experience. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
98% Free Solo (2018) It's this profound, human tension that makes Free Solo such a gripping and rewarding documentary to watch. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Lowery's film is an easy-breezy celebration of Redford's charisma and a fitting swan song given that it might be his final on-camera role. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) It has the painterly visuals of a classic film, but its lead characters are black-hatted villains whose road to redemption is mostly motivated by exhaustion rather than guilt. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) In Life Itself, everyone's fate is in the hands of Fogelman, and he wields that power with terrible cruelty. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) A disjointed, occasionally powerful, often grating grab bag of recent political events, a mess that's forgivable only because it does reflect the messy state of the world. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The Predator is a confused, sloppy mess of a film, overstuffed with zingy one-liners and lacking in coherence. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) An invigorating paean to the joys of making art, the momentum that comes with sudden inspiration, and how swooningly romantic it can all feel. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) The entire film has the sense of something being profoundly, and mercifully, upended; the result is engrossing, satisfying, and more than a little heartbreaking. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) As a more complete retelling of a particular moment of history... the film is a diverting watch, anchored with enough of Weitz's intriguing personal touches to keep it from feeling like a glorified History Channel special. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
93% Support the Girls (2018) Support the Girls somehow manages to do it all, and in the form of a breezy, heartwarming workplace comedy to boot. There won't be another film like it this year. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Searching (2018) A clever update on a housebound Hitchcock thriller like Rear Window, one that can make a series of Google searches play out like a high-wire action scene. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The extravagance on display is nonsensical, but that's part of the fun; the movie is filmed with colorful dynamism by Jon M. Chu..the.embrace of all things lush and unsubtle makes Crazy Rich Asians such a great time at the theater. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) The movie is at times deliberately off-putting. But it's anchored by a star-making turn from Helena Howard, who plays the fascinating, inscrutable figure at its center. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rather than letting the audience reassure themselves that the story is rooted in the past, Lee firmly points the film's conclusion to the present, and to the future. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This is a film about Cameron's core personhood, and how it stands up to concentrated efforts to transform it, and it's told with quiet steeliness and grace. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
73% Christopher Robin (2018) It's an odd, melancholic experience that at times recalls Terrence Malick as it does A. A. Milne, but there will certainly be some viewers in its exact wheelhouse. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Mission: Impossible-Fallout doubles as a manifesto for the ridiculous spy thriller, pitting Hunt's boundless optimism against Walker's cold-blooded realism. - The Atlantic EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018