Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) " A Unesco educational resource cast in the style of an unreconstructed 1970s sitcom. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2015
2/5 80% The Emperor's New Clothes " Many sympathetic to the comic's critique of bandit capitalism will be repelled by his flamboyant self-regard. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2015
3/5 79% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) " The film-makers' understandable inability to take their own material seriously has now pushed the project beyond gentle parody and into broad pastiche. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 2% Strange Wilderness (2008) " Call me a moron, but I laughed so hard I inhaled my roach. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 20, 2015
2/5 25% Child 44 (2015) " The story is a confusing bore that leads achingly slowly to a solution as perfunctory as it is implausible. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 18, 2015
4/5 89% Glassland " Through coiled tension, hooded frustration and, eventually, voluble remonstrating, he gets across a terrible truth about addiction. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1/5 4% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) " So mordantly witless that it takes on the quality of a bleak art-house tragedy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/5 82% Good Kill (2015) " Plays like a series of didactic footnotes for a much more interesting film " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 85% John Wick (2014) " Emotions matter little. Story matters less. Morals don't register at all. But the rhythm of the killing creates its own irresistible machine music. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 91% Jauja (2015) " Mortensen has just the right class of vacant charisma for such a gouged-out protagonist and Timo Salminen's photography bathes every image in surprising lights. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 100% I Used To Live Here " Two stunning segments - one cathartic, the other worryingly ambiguous - close the remarkable film in striking style. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/5 59% The Water Diviner (2015) " If you are in search of national mythologies on the grandest scale, nothing will beat the scene in which Russell takes on a small army with just a cricket bat. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 85% While We're Young (2015) " A new, endlessly confusing generation gap is just one of the subjects skewered in the brilliant new comedy from Noah Baumbach. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 81% Dior and I (2015) " Though nicely made, Dior and I is every bit as escapist as the last Star Trek movie. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) " In its lack of experiment, this latest Cinderella does feel positively experimental. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/5 47% Home (2015) " Home has an original, convincingly satirical concept at its heart, but much of the execution feels overly familiar. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
5/5 91% Mommy (2015) " A hugely emotional film that makes no apologies for its engagement with the ripest melodrama. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/5 31% Insurgent (2015) " As a distillation of all that's most ordinary about contemporary young adult science fiction, it could hardly be bettered. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) " There is rather more of it than is strictly necessary, but Run All Night will do well enough for a shoulder-season screen holder. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet In A House That Ceased To Be " It's hard to imagine that we will see a more moving film this year than this documentary about the indomitable, proudly eccentric Christina Noble. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 91% Amour Fou (2015) " The plot barely reaches a crawl. But Hausner's formal rigour is undeniably hypnotic. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 10, 2015
3/5 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Although skilfully made and often exciting, Kill the Messenger ultimately fails to flog us its key contention. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " Akhavan achieves a near-perfect blend of satirical jaundice and naked delight in all things bohemian. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
4/5 100% Dreamcatcher (2015) " We are reminded of unhappy truths about capitalism and the US way of justice. But we also get to savour that nation's perennially stirring belief in reinvention. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
1/5 30% Chappie (2015) " Comes across like a work in progress that no sane viewer would wish any closer to completion " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
5/5 96% It Follows (2015) " This brilliantly unsettling, determinedly awkward film confirms that there is plenty of life in the high-end horror movie. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
2/5 56% Focus (2015) " Tocks like a cheap carriage clock that's been run over almost as often as it's been flung down the stairs. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1/5 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " J-Lo is back in the sort of breathtakingly abysmal thriller that, a decade ago, sullied a promising dramatic career. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
5/5 93% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) " D'Anna and Knudsen maintain a fantastic hauteur. Both lingerie and perfume are mentioned in the credits. Some may find all this a little arousing. Such reactions are allowed. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Sam Taylor-Johnson's drably competent adaptation of EL James's appalling mucky novel offers Nitrazepam for the libido throughout. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Patrick's Day " Its grim sincerity and its singularity of voice set it out from the pale crowd. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) " The film's old-fashioned emotional surge accentuates the absurdity of it taking half a century for Hollywood to properly address Martin Luther King's legacy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
2/5 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) " Though competently acted and lushly upholstered, this childish film is let down by bold-type irony: so bludgeoning that it ceases to merit the description. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
1/5 13% Mortdecai (2015) " This wilfully terrible film marks a significant juncture in Johnny Depp's peculiar career. It is, to him, as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was to the Balkan League. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2015
4/5 90% Ex Machina (2015) " Closer to Caryl Churchill's stage play A Number than to, say, THX-1138, this tight, tense virtual three- hander sings with creative disharmony. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 24, 2015
5/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) " Here is a rare film that is remarkable for what it is not. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 21, 2015
4/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " Few relationships in recent cinema have been quite so compelling. Bring a welder's mask to ward off sparks. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) " Cast in depth, edited with grace, the picture does great justice to a text that has, of late, become a little under-discussed. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Thanks heavens for a terrific Emily Blunt who, as the occasionally tortured Baker's Wife, seems intent on single-handedly battering the piece back towards respectability. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " This sour Moses - whose visions come after a biff on the head - emerges as a certifiable lunatic who gets lucky with a few meteorological, geographical and zoological anomalies. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 93% Birdman (2014) " For all this admirably odd film's virtues, its pretensions do let it down at times. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3/5 51% Unbroken (2014) " The only things missing are character and plot. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2/5 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " Times have moved on and what once seemed simultaneously fresh and disgusting now feels depressingly threadbare. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 19, 2014
1/5 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) " This really is a hopeless project that makes little of the original film's few good ideas and adds no new ones worth enduring. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 19, 2014
3/5 78% The Green Prince (2014) " Schirman, a young Israeli film-maker, has gotten hold of an extraordinary espionage story and - how could he not? - turned it into an undeniably gripping documentary. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2014
5/5 95% Manakamana (2014) " Manakamana works as a tone poem, a Warholian revel in the mundane and an ethnographic study of an isolated corner. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 12, 2014
2/5 59% I Am Ali (2014) " Conclusive proof that it is impossible to make a boring documentary about Muhammad Ali. Mind you, the folk behind this lacklustre hagiography have certainly tried their hardest. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3/5 88% Concerning Violence (2014) " There are extraordinary images on display here. But it's difficult to understand why this film has emerged now. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3/5 71% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) " The animation is good enough but never remarkable. The story is satisfactory, if short on imagination. But the jokes are magnificent throughout. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2014
2/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) " Flitting furiously from one story to the next, the film seems, appropriately enough, unhappy to allow any exchanges longer than 140 characters. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2014
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