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
4/5 100% 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 60% 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 92% 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
4/5 100% 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 96% 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 73% 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 84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "A lovely looking, sweetly scored mid- market diversion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 1, 2015
4/5 62% 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 69% 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 23% 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 74% 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 61% 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 84% 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 80% 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 84% Cinderella (2015) "In its lack of experiment, this latest Cinderella does feel positively experimental. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/5 46% 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 90% 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 61% 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 77% 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 92% 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
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