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 89% Closed Curtain (2014) "The film intersperses moment of great humour and power with indulgent follies that will strain the patience of all but the most resilient viewers. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
1/5 17% The Transporter Refueled (2015) "There is no excuse for perfunctory car stunts and leaden fist fights. You may as well sell us a 99 without the Flake. Or the ice cream. Or the cone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
4/5 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "If the film seems less interested in Earl and Rachel than it is in Greg, then that is, surely, because it is telling its story from the perspective of a teenage solipsist. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/5 42% No Escape (2015) "It is to both No Escape's credit and discredit that it feels so much like the sort of film they used to make. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/5 42% We Are Your Friends (2015) "It is such a shame that the film falls back on the conservative traditions of the rock and jazz movie. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Holding it all together is clamourous music that achieves something pop so rarely manages: it is urgently of its time and endlessly influential. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "The Wolfpack ends up being a rare work that deserves the most sentimental of recommendations: it is a hymn to the resilience of the human spirit. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 23, 2015
2/5 13% Sinister 2 (2015) "It is odd to report that the film is at its best when it is most like a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 27% Vacation (2015) "The picture is ramshackle, episodic and mindless. But, with a comic hit-to-miss ratio of around 2:1, it must be accorded a success in its (admittedly unchallenging) field. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
5/5 82% Mistress America (2015) "Like Frances Ha, in which Gerwig reintroduced Baumbach to the human race, Mistress America is a compact marvel that will repay repeated viewings. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "At last. Trainwreck drags the romantic comedy kicking and screaming into the late 1950s. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/5 35% Max (2015) "Hey buddy, if you don't like it here, go and live in Russia (or its 21st century equivalent). " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
4/5 94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "This is a gutsy, juiced-up film that manages to engage with a period and tell a few truths for the ages. All involved should be watched carefully. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/5 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Sadly, in the final 20 minutes, the piece teeters more suddenly and more completely over a metaphorical cliff than any film in recent memory. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
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 45% 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 39% 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 77% 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 (2015) "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 (2015) "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 40% 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 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A post-apocalyptic western of the highest order. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2015
4/5 99% 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
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