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Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% 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
1/5 7% The Last Face "At its least terrible it resembles the Unesco videos you get before spare-change drives on aeroplanes. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 20, 2016
4/5 45% The Neon Demon (2016) "The director of Drive and Only God Forgives has excelled himself with a cinematic spasm that rattles the id as it baffles the frontal lobes. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 36% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) "More a collection of bellowing talking heads than a functioning drama. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 93% Aquarius "Clara is a creation that could slot into almost any cultural environment. In every street there's a woman determined to live life as it should be lived. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 59% Personal Shopper "A ghost story with no scares wrapped around a psychological drama with no intellectual purchase. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 93% Loving (2016) "What lingers most is the vista of Ruth Negga's strong, furrowed, defiant face. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2016
5/5 96% Paterson "The great wonder of Paterson is that it makes a compelling tale of an apparently blissful life. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2016
4/5 64% American Honey "What it most suggests is a big, sprawling triple album by a really good band. There are troughs and peaks. But the bagginess is part of the aesthetic. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 73% The BFG (2016) "The sweet-voiced, eccentrically featured Mark Rylance is ideally cast as the titular Big Friendly Giant and the recent Oscar winner does not disappoint. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2016
4/5 55% Money Monster (2016) "Foster's film sweeps most reservations aside with its careering momentum. It's nippy, nasty and (at least as significant) just 98 minutes long. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 73% Café Society (2016) "There isn't much new here, but Allen - who narrates in a cracked voice -- plays the old tunes with greater assurance than in most recent projects. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 12, 2016
2/5 21% I Saw the Light (2016) "If they were to give out awards for the most by-the-numbers release of the year ... then this study of Hank Williams would take some beating " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 7, 2016
4/5 91% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) "The complementary turns by Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep are so delightful that few will worry about the creative hypocrisy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "Bad Neighbours 2 is no masterpiece, but, despite its terminally lazy high concept, it is slightly funnier and a bit more sociologically diverting than the first episode. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 50% Demolition (2016) "The film is utterly annihilated by its stylistic contrivance and ludicrous self-importance " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "It is during those scenes with Spider-Man that Marvel Studios demonstrates its greatest strength: a certainty of tone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 72% Miles Ahead (2016) "The film is alive with some lovely moments that point towards half-grasped possibilities. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/5 51% Bastille Day "The muddy cinematography manages to make such famously pulchritudinous people as Elba and Kelly Reilly look as if they've just stumbled damply in from an evening's bingo. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1/5 29% Friend Request "This militantly appalling horror film offers so much to complain about that it hardly seems worth taking offence at its interpersonal politics " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Eye in the Sky is firm in its didactic commitment to ambiguity. Its answer is that there are no answers. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "This is a gorgeous, sweeping entertainment that combines the epic - a rain-whipped ascent through muddy hills is particularly awe-inspiring - with the intimate and the offbeat. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 100% I Am Belfast "The city would not be itself without its humorous fatalism. We're all going to die. All films on Belfast end with Van Morrison. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet My Name Is Emily "This is a strange, but easily accessible beast that deserves to do well. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) "The eventual release from oppression feels a little forced, but Midnight Special lays hooks that stay imbedded in anxious parts of the brain. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 84% Victoria (2015) "More than just a trick film. It's a proper thriller that argues for the single-shot as a viable medium. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/5 79% Eddie The Eagle (2016) "Dexter Fletcher's unflinching determination to shamelessly hit every cheap chord cannot be faulted. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/5 29% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) "If mounted by anybody from outside the Greek community, the film would be seen as staggeringly offensive. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 25, 2016
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) " Just put a bucket of generic Batman in here and stir in a few pints of own-label Superman. That will do to be going on with. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 22, 2016
3/5 63% High-Rise (2016) "Propelling us from one shag-pile, Silk-Cut orgy to the next, High Rise becomes the film people who don't like Ken Russell describe when they explain why they don't like Ken Russell. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/5 52% Risen (2016) "Never mind a three-person God, this Nazarene would have trouble selling a fridge to the uninitiated. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1/5 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Rock the Kasbah feels likes the pathetic last wheezes of the Baby Boomer Entitlement Project (Bro Division). " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 98% Zootopia (2016) "Zootropolis has a plot you can really, ahem, sink teeth into. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) " Anybody seeking torture porn or mindless jump shocks will be in for a disappointment, but Eggers's slippery, intelligent film is not short of accumulating unease. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
1/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "The series continues to frustrate with its disingenuous argument for the importance of asserting individuality. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) "Here is a most unusual comic drama from Iceland that plays some very clever games with tone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 61% Concussion (2015) "Told in fits and starts, the film does convey a fair bit of information, but it never clarifies what needs to be done about the continuing danger. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) "Anybody else remember the woeful Ali G film? We have gone through a complete circle. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 10% The Forest (2016) " We are packed onto a poorly designed ghost train and hurtled past a randomly arranged array of stuff that would fail to frighten even the frailest infant. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 39% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) "The original picture's melodramatic excesses have been augmented with fresh indulgences to deliver a film that is not quite peculiar enough to be interesting. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 95% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) "If nothing else, it works as an essential complement to the book " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/5 85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) "You could see it as a sampling menu for Chez Coen. Like most sampling menus, however, Hail, Caesar! leaves you craving a proper main course. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) "One gets no sense that the film approves of the ruthless lunge for swag, but it does ask us to enjoy being unnerved by it all. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 83% Deadpool (2016) "Deadpool plays like a dim 15-year-old's impression of what a grown-up superhero film might look like. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 76% Trumbo (2015) "A small portion of the debt is repaid in a biopic that veers from the pedestrian to the ludicrous to the indecently entertaining. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 6, 2016
2/5 10% Dirty Grandpa (2016) "Plays like one of those dire mainstream films that - thanks to a few extreme moments - Quentin Tarantino periodically reclaims in his best-of-the-year list. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/5 43% The 33 (2015) "The notion of a browned-up Juliette Binoche playing a humble Chilean street-food seller deserves the snorting it will undoubtedly trigger. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
4/5 96% Spotlight (2015) "The sense we have is of dedicated professionals getting the job done with the minimum of egotism or indulgence. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
1/5 15% Ride Along 2 (2016) "You could make a better feature by repeatedly throwing a camera into a lake. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
4/5 79% The Assassin (2015) "It's a wonderful thing to behold. It's also a frustrating beast to absorb. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
5/5 94% Room (2015) "We are left with a film that manages a degree of optimism in the most unpromising circumstances. It is a substantial achievement. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 14, 2016
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