Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
352

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " It's no The Fault in Our Stars, but it's not a complete dud either. That will have to do." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 31% As Above/So Below (2014) " Sometimes it's annoying. Sometimes it's disgusting. Most of the time it's too murky to be either." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3/5 61% The Grand Seduction (2014) " This is all about duels between rugged veterans. Cheery Gleeson and craggy Gordon Pinset steal the show. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 85% Night Moves (2014) " Taking her cues from Hitchcock, Reichardt invites us to connect (if not quite empathise) with unlikable characters as they attempt to accomplish undesirable outcomes. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Those possessed people were so really brave, having to listen to all that Jim Morrison. The awful rhymes. The wretched allusions. The horror, the horror." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " Scored to inevitable strummy folk-pop, the film keeps itself amusingly busy until Wall and Chan do what it is they are going to do." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy is a stupendously effective exercise in high-end misdirection." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 76% The Congress (2014) " Viewers of a certain age may feel the urge to remove a black vinyl disc from the screen, place it on the turntable and roll fragrant herbs on the brightly coloured surface." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
4/5 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " The bittersweet end does genuinely unfair things to the heart strings. Do not miss." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 66% The Rover (2014) " That final surprising coda (it surprised this reviewer, anyway) goes some way towards making sense of the whole mad enterprise." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 96% Lilting (2014) " The picture has worthwhile things to say about the barriers too often erected between first-generation immigrants and their more assimilated children. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 100% All This Mayhem " Once again, we are reminded of the way that the US manages to defang, monetise and institutionalise its own initially thrilling subcultures. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " It's as if the Mouse House is providing bootlegs of its own material." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 34% God's Pocket (2014) " Everyone gets at least one good scene, but the cumulative effect of all these rampaging tragedies and outbreaks of black comedy is ultimately rather exhausting. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 71% The Inbetweeners Movie 2 " The sequel to the most startling box-office smash of recent years collapses over the finishing line with barely a breath of air still in its lungs." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2/5 39% Step Up: All In (2014) " The film ends up coming across like a version of America's Got Talent without the dancing dogs, juggling infants and bird impressionists that make the show worth watching." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
1/5 10% The Nut Job (2014) " The good name of Canadian-South Korean animated co-productions has been sullied forever." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " If you want a superior successor to Red Dwarf, Blake's 7, Star Wars and, yes, Scooby Doo then look no further. There are worse things." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 1, 2014
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The action sequences are well judged throughout. But we never get any closer to understanding which end of the fence the film-makers sit at." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 77% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " It gets at the heart. But we also learn sober truths." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " If you distilled this not intolerable film into a bottle, you could happily market it is as Essence of Spielberg." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 67% Thunder and the House of Magic (2014) " No adult will enjoy it all that much, but few will feel the need to bolt for the concessions stand once kids are safely deposited." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " What we have here is a great frontier western of the old school. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie " Oh dear. I fear the poor creature isn't going to be around much longer than that Hungarian shadow-puppet troupe." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " The result is a film that, while fitting into various great traditions, still bears the unmistakable thumbprint of a singular film-maker. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater has allowed an enormously engaging, deeply moving saga to weave its tendrils about the loose structure. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " It would be lovely to see the missing halves of these two intriguing pictures. They must be out there somewhere." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 64% Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) " Be warned. We are issuing a top-level quirk alert. This is not a drill." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " This may very well be the most promiscuously self-conscious meta-movie we have seen since the last Charlie Kaufman project." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 89% Road " Featuring a rich brown voiceover by Liam Neeson and sickening on-bike footage, Road tells terrible, exciting, tragic stories that fairly rattle the spine." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/5 18% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) " What day did the Lord create Benny & Jolene, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?" — Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The film-makers' undisguised glee in the revolting catalogue of horrors is a delight to behold, and the sense of naked misanthropy is queasily invigorating throughout." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " The film's version of Grant has been carefully calibrated to be just nice enough to scare up empathy and just mischievous enough to take some polish of his character. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 86% The Immigrant (2014) " If the film were the pilot for an HBO series then you would probably stay tuned for the second episode. As a standalone film, it feels like very thin stuff. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " It is hard to avoid the suspicion that Polanski is treading water before starting work on a "proper film"." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " You'll laugh and you'll fume. That is what we've come to expect." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 91% Omar (2014) " The end result is a nerve-rattling entertainment flavoured by vigorous, deeply felt polemic. " — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " What a delight it is to discover an early-summer action picture whose plot is something more than a machine to generate eventual digital mayhem." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 100% Goodbye to Language 3D " Aside from anything else, Godard has made the most striking use of 3D since that unlovely medium came back into vogue. " — Irish Times
Posted May 28, 2014
4/5 83% Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) " More than anything else, Wild Tales is to be recommended to the sheer fun of the experience. " — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 69% The Homesman (2014) " We've seen this broken hero before. But no man is better equipped to invigorate the archetype than Tommy Lee Jones." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 —— Leviafan (2014) " One leaves in little doubt that Zvyagintsev is one of our era's true masters." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " The director really hits his stride with a stunning portrayal of psychopathy and moral decadence in the unlikely environment of Olympic wrestling." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 67% Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) " By the close, we feel as if, rather than peering into Aydin's brain, we have been coiled up and inserted into his cortex." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 84% The Two Faces of January (2014) " This is a taut thriller whose gaze is always focused on the progress of plot and relationships." — Irish Times
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " The film is distinguished by a truly stunning performance from Timothy Spall." — Irish Times
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " The film is dragged down by the writers' decision to focus on an incident in Monaco's history that will bore many viewers and turn a few more against the supposed heroes. " — Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " A final ludicrous reveal drags us from high-end art cinema to the world of Midsomer Murders. Classy, for all that." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The story has much in common with that of The First of the Few, Leslie Howard's 1942 stiff-upper-lip biopic of RK Mitchell, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire. But there is magic here." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
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