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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
36% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
64% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
66% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
95% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) Creed II fits the mold of every Rocky sequel-competent, entertaining, and a little passionless‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) Despite its period setting, The Favourite just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet.‐ The Atlantic
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
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
88% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
38% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
95% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
68% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
74% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
70% Hold the Dark (2018) The film never coheres outside of those flashes, ultimately delivering a disappointing, confusing, but undeniably fascinating experience.‐ The Atlantic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
64% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
94% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
86% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
86% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
72% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
93% Blindspotting (2018) 'Blindspotting' has enough verve, humor, and passion to recommend it-even as it overplays its hand in its final minutes.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 'Day of the Soldado' would be hard to stomach at any time. It feels particularly worthless now.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A light and sunny entry in the ongoing Marvel canon that gets by on the cast's easygoing chemistry.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) What most stunned me about 'Eighth Grade' was how well directed it is. It's rare that teen movies have the kind of visual acuity and verve that Burnham achieves here.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's hardly the worst movie of the year-Van Sant is too competent a filmmaker for that, even now-but it's frustrating for how dashed-off every element seems.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Here We Go Again is a viewing experience best described as a long nap on the beach while staying at a chain resort. It's extremely pleasant, if a little lacking in imagination.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
63% Uncle Drew (2018) The jokes could be dirtier, the plot looser, the basketball action more gleefully ludicrous. Instead, everything feels very competent but safe.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018