Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
291

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 50% Khumba (2013) " If it were a little worse then it might offer some mindless good fun." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " One of those films that gives words like "tender" and "touching" a good name. You would need to be some sort of monster to resist its charms." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 92% Calvary (2014) " There is certainly a fine film about an unusual, decent priest fighting to get out of this somewhat unwieldy construction." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 94% A Story Of Children And Film " Cousins does eventually come to a conclusion: "Movies are like kids. Kids are like movies." That will do well enough as an epigram." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Veronica Roth loyalists may be delighted. Most everyone else will be aching for the credits." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " There is, in this singular film, enough crackpot philosophy, apocalyptic violence, environmental evangelism and portentous dialogue to inspire a whole new religion." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " For the most part, however, The Winter Soldier - though never as agreeably dusty as The First Avenger - tips its shield to older, less digitally engorged schools of suspense cinema. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " When a film delivers so much unalloyed pleasure, we can live without structure." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 70% About Last Night (2014) " When your intention was always to use the cookie cutter, why bother nodding the head towards any largely imagined inspiration?" — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 82% Salvo " You might argue that an exercise in style over substance is just what we need for a study of the fashion industry. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " The unavoidable conclusion is that, rather than making any errors in presentation, Morris simply picked the wrong subject. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Private eye mysteries are so rare these days - indeed, the form is almost extinct on the big screen - that the film ends up feeling surprisingly fresh. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) " So rigorous and singular is Glazer's technique that it is hard to believe the film will not register with future audiences as a classic of its era." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's 300 at Sea and it's not entirely terrible." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 78% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " An unapologetically mainstream film that should play well far beyond these shores." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Add in the director's gift for nesting stories, his taste for grotesques and his exquisite eye, and you have the best Wes Anderson film in a decade" — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Smart couples can surely find more diverting ways of soaking up Valentine's Day. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A fine book fights gallantly to escape from its straitjacket, but eventually lies down and allows itself to be trampled underfoot by bad ideas." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 —— Stalker " A very interesting experiment that combines moments of mad brilliance with outbreaks of pretentious tedium in about equal measure." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " At times, Nymphomaniac does come across like the "readers' wives" section of a particularly naive semiotics journal." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " The inappropriately namedTim Story looks to have grabbed his script from the "plot" section of the service station while racing to a meeting for which he had not properly prepared. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Shot on grainy video, with some indifferent sound, Tim's Vermeer is an amusing study of obsession in action." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The Book Thief must be accounted a failure: even Downton fans will find the rampant cosiness just a little hard to bear. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2014) " As Her slips into an inevitable melancholy, it becomes less about trans-humanity and more about, well, humanity. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " The result is among the very greatest American films." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 25, 2014
4/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Featuring a script studded with good-bad puns, Mr Peabody & Sherman is energetic, thoughtful and genuinely touching." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " For all its occasional compromises, Dallas Buyers Club shakes off potential disease-of-the-month TV movie status and succeeds at an uncomplicated emotional level." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
4/5 88% Journal de France " Very touching. Very compelling. Very French." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " If a worse film than I, Frankenstein crawls from the murk in 2014, then it should be stuffed and mounted." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Forensic detail is, one supposes, a little less easy to flog than damp-eyed talking heads. But one can't help but feel this film leaves an even more interesting story untold." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4/5 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor does a magnificent job of making disorder intelligible. It's not a very nice film. But it is a splendidly effective one." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 30% Grudge Match (2013) " So, yes, Grudge Match is an act of cultural vandalism. But, as sacrilege goes, it's reasonably diverting. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Unfortunately, a fusillade of bum notes constantly undermines the workmanlike film-making." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It is often hard to know if one is laughing at intentional jokes or bad writing, but the sheer couch-chewing craziness of the enterprise certainly sets it apart." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " At times, the film seems almost Hobbitian in its inability to finish a scene that is already well past its natural lifespan. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 18, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The American South's "peculiar institution" has, it seems, become a fit topic for narrative cinema. And it only took a century." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Far from being liberating, the film ends up swinging two fingers towards the retirement home. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Though never boring, American Hustle does itself feel a little like a con - a skilled exercise in creative misdirection." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " It is the elegance of its images that sets it apart from previous doomed bee documentaries. The footage of individual animals going about their business is a sight to behold." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty probably succeeds on its own terms. Given the elusive nature of those terms, it is, however, hard to tell for certain." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Gravity's great weakness was the unnecessarily abundant corny dialogue. All Is Lost is makes no such compromises." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Hey kids. Do you want to have fun and learn at the same time? Do you? Do you? Of course you don't." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " There's no question that, despite all the low-brow anarchy, the film is driven by anger at what happened to TV news during the 1980s." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Getting your head around the wider narrative is like attempting to discern the shape of a galaxy by staring at one island in one ocean on one planet. " — Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " This loose adaptation of The Snow Queen is the best film from Walt Disney Animation in close to a generation." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " You would have trouble arguing for any significant shift in perspective." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " Leviathan is among the oddest, spookiest, most unsettling entities to make it into cinemas in 2013. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Much of the picture feels - to these cloth-eared sensibilities anyway - profoundly and irredeemably dubious." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The film is such unashamed propaganda, it may as well have been titled Triumph of the Walt. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 63% The Summit (2013) " Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
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