Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Donald Clarke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 59% Elser (13 Minutes) "The end result is brisk, brutal and grimly entertaining. But it doesn't feel quite finished. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) " The Tomoxon is rammed into the metabolism with such unrelenting force that we are sure to see Mission Impossible: Adjective Noun in two years' time. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 96% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "Wenders introduces us to an intelligent, rigorous man who thinks hard about the structures that impose hardship on the powerless. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2015
3/5 44% True Story (2015) "Think of it as a feature-length version of Law & Order and you will pass the time tolerably well. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2015
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) "In truth, the film is a very conventional summer potboiler repackaged in reasonably pretty, moderately crisp wrapping paper. In short, not quite groovy enough. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
4/5 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) "It seems unlikely that a more beautiful film will be released this year. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 12, 2015
4/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Shot in dreamy colours by Robert Yeoman, the picture cannot, alas, quite shake itself free from the overworked 1960s mythology. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
5/5 88% Återträffen (The Reunion) "What really gives the picture its punch, however, is the awareness that genuine personal grievances are being revenged in public fashion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "A splatter painting composed by firing gobbets of the opening sections at the canvas and covering them in a veneer of three-dimensional digital murk. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2/5 36% She's Funny That Way (2015) "Rhys Ifans, playing a teen heartthrob, fails to convince us that Rhys Ifans could ever be more famous than Rhys Ifans is now. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "The documentary makes fascinating connections between the fledgling high-showbiz days of rock 'n' roll and the rise of more versatile singer-songwriters in the 1970s. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 91% Slow West (2015) "Slow West is not much like any other western. It's not a great deal like any other film. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
1/5 31% The Longest Ride (2015) "So soaked in Americana you feel as if you've been repeatedly vomited upon by a bald eagle. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Just as they did on Gods and Monsters ... Condon and McKellen work hard at building a character that looks to have had a real life outside the confining frames of cinema. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 81% Queen and Country (2015) "It showcases Boorman's great humanity, but (like Hope and Glory, for that matter) it is almost entirely free of the mild derangement that characterises his best work. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 13, 2015
97% The Look of Silence (2015) "We already knew about the human appetite for evil. The Look of Silence addresses something more slippery and banal: our endless capacity for evasion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Amazingly, the film's hook seems to be nothing more engaging than a bigger, fiercer, genetically modified Tyrannosaurus rex. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 10, 2015
2/5 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "What is most frustrating about this franchise is that the films are just competent enough to escape the fun-filled glades of Schlock Valley. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/5 83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "Perhaps the most telling criticism is that Listen Up Philip feels most enjoyable during its least characteristic moments " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/5 87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) " The film does go on at least 20 minutes too long and requires the viewer to take The Who's laughable excesses - notably the vainglorious Tommy - more seriously than they deserve. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
2/5 81% A Royal Night Out "The picture is dragged down by shallow staging, hugely broad characterisation and some unevenly matched struggles between actor and accent. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 81% Results (2015) " The new film is a little less deadened than [Bujalski's] earlier work, but still moves at close to the pace of real life. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
4/5 99% Timbuktu (2015) "What we end up with is a film that adeptly meshes political anger with strong traditional narratives. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
2/5 50% San Andreas (2015) ""The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic," Joseph Stalin is alleged to have said. That philosophy applies very nicely to the modern disaster movie " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 78% Danny Collins (2015) "We sense an actor rediscovering the less frenzied energies that complemented his relatively rare furies when a young man. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 29, 2015
4/5 92% Macbeth "The braw news is that Justin Kurzel - Australian director of the agreeably horrible Snowtown - has knocked together the most muscular, propulsive version yet seen. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 23, 2015
5/5 100% Son of Saul "The young Hungarian director has to strike a tricky balance between verisimilitude and an acknowledgement that not even a hint of the true horror can be conveyed on screen. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 87% Sicario (2015) "It is probably appropriate (indeed, deliberate) that Denis Villeneuve's gripping thriller concerning the war on drugs should end in murky confusions. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "A Numbskulls for the digital generation, Inside Out is funny enough, sweet enough and wise enough to sit in an adjacent room to Up and WALL-E. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 18, 2015
3/5 37% Irrational Man (2015) "If asked to rank it in the Allen oeuvre, I might find myself positioning it round about number 28 of 44 (about the same position as Manhattan Murder Mystery). " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2015
5/5 95% Carol (2015) "Surges with such juddering, largely suppressed emotion that the whiff of the pop-cultural Senior Common Room will trouble only the most resistant observer. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2015
4/5 97% Amy (2015) "Leave[s] us mourning a great character and wondering where that talent might have brought her. Essential. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2015
1/5 0% Sea of Trees "There exist, I suppose, people who wonder what Gus Van Sant directing Nicholas Sparks might look like. After all, there are people who eat soil. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 15, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A post-apocalyptic western of the highest order. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 98% Phoenix (2015) "A preposterous narrative convulsion is played with such conviction and sincerity that all reservations are swept to the wind. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 95% Girlhood (2015) "Speak[s] optimistically to the power of friendship and, for that matter, of girlhood itself. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 10, 2015
3/5 59% Spooks: The Greater Good "The film passes the time perfectly tolerably, but it is no more comfortable in this less intimate medium than were ancient movie versions of The Sweeney and Callan. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 74% Big Game (2015) "It's not entirely clear how much of Big Game is funny on purpose, but it hardly matters when the action is so slick and the dialogue so ripe. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 8, 2015
3/5 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A lovely looking, sweetly scored mid- market diversion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "[The film-makers'] greatest achievement in this high-end exploitation is to retain a position on the moral high ground while bloody mayhem rages around their feet " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 1, 2015
3/5 31% Cas & Dylan (2015) "Former heart-throb Jason Priestley, making his feature debut as director, keeps the banter ticking along nicely as the bug transports us to a sentimental -- but genuinely touching -- conclusion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 27, 2015
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 71% 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 74% 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 24% 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 6% 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 76% 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
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