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
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
58% 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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
63% 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
76% 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
69% 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
33% 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
59% 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
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
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
92% 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
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
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
71% 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
77% 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
81% 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
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Leave No Trace is one of the best films of 2018 and promises to make a star of McKenzie.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
71% Damsel (2018) As an indie film with a clever gimmick, it's worth seeing, though it never quite sustains the sweeping feel of its first two scenes.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2018
90% Set It Up (2018) Love! Assistants! Wordplay! This film has it all-at least by the standards of a fun, disposable romantic comedy, the likes of which Hollywood rarely bothers to release anymore.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The viewer might be left with a few decent frights, but at this point the mortal terror of Spielberg's original film has been diminished beyond repair.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) It's unfortunately anticlimactic; what at first looks like a potential cult classic becomes a movie you might catch on basic cable in a year. Still, there are worse fates.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) While it takes time to build up steam and set up its plot mechanics, once everyone is in costume and letting loose, it's an exhilarating ride.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Aster has crafted a story with one foot in the world of the tense kitchen-sink drama and the other in something far more supernatural.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) The film is touching, sometimes saccharine, and other times bluntly honest, but it works best as a fascinating reminder that Rogers was trying to be more than a mascot of American politeness.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) It's a film that tosses questions at the viewer with no interest in answering them, one that can't decide if it feels for its subjects or just wants to mock their incompetence.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
99% The Tale (2018) The Tale is above all a work of profound empathy, as a look inside someone's psyche would have to be. ‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) An embittered look at our world through the eyes of someone who's increasingly horrified to be a part of it, and a film that's one of the most searing experiences of the year.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) Book Club is an airy dinner conversation set before a spectacular, disposable backdrop, a sure-fire bet to be the breeziest two hours you spend in the theater this summer.‐ The Atlantic
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018