Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
334

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The action sequences are well judged throughout. But we never get any closer to understanding which end of the fence the film-makers sit at." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 76% Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014) " It gets at the heart. But we also learn sober truths." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " If you distilled this not intolerable film into a bottle, you could happily market it is as Essence of Spielberg." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 67% The House Of Magic " No adult will enjoy it all that much, but few will feel the need to bolt for the concessions stand once kids are safely deposited." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " What we have here is a great frontier western of the old school. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 96% I Am Divine (2013) " This is, for the most part, a celebration of Divine's life unencumbered by guilt or oppression. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/5 0% Pudsey the Dog: The Movie " Oh dear. I fear the poor creature isn't going to be around much longer than that Hungarian shadow-puppet troupe." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " The result is a film that, while fitting into various great traditions, still bears the unmistakable thumbprint of a singular film-maker. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater has allowed an enormously engaging, deeply moving saga to weave its tendrils about the loose structure. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
3/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " It would be lovely to see the missing halves of these two intriguing pictures. They must be out there somewhere." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3/5 64% Au bout du conte (Under the Rainbow) " Be warned. We are issuing a top-level quirk alert. This is not a drill." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 8% Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie " This may very well be the most promiscuously self-conscious meta-movie we have seen since the last Charlie Kaufman project." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 89% Road " Featuring a rich brown voiceover by Liam Neeson and sickening on-bike footage, Road tells terrible, exciting, tragic stories that fairly rattle the spine." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/5 18% Jolene: The Indie Folk Star Movie (Benny & Jolene) " What day did the Lord create Benny & Jolene, and couldn't he have rested on that day too?" — Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2014
3/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) " The film-makers' undisguised glee in the revolting catalogue of horrors is a delight to behold, and the sense of naked misanthropy is queasily invigorating throughout." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 93% Fruitvale Station (2013) " The film's version of Grant has been carefully calibrated to be just nice enough to scare up empathy and just mischievous enough to take some polish of his character. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " If the film were the pilot for an HBO series then you would probably stay tuned for the second episode. As a standalone film, it feels like very thin stuff. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " It is hard to avoid the suspicion that Polanski is treading water before starting work on a "proper film"." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
3/5 68% Jimmy's Hall " You'll laugh and you'll fume. That is what we've come to expect." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 91% Omar (2014) " The end result is a nerve-rattling entertainment flavoured by vigorous, deeply felt polemic. " — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " What a delight it is to discover an early-summer action picture whose plot is something more than a machine to generate eventual digital mayhem." — Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 100% Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language 3D) " Aside from anything else, Godard has made the most striking use of 3D since that unlovely medium came back into vogue. " — Irish Times
Posted May 28, 2014
4/5 83% Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales) " More than anything else, Wild Tales is to be recommended to the sheer fun of the experience. " — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 69% The Homesman (2014) " We've seen this broken hero before. But no man is better equipped to invigorate the archetype than Tommy Lee Jones." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 —— Leviafan (2014) " One leaves in little doubt that Zvyagintsev is one of our era's true masters." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) " The director really hits his stride with a stunning portrayal of psychopathy and moral decadence in the unlikely environment of Olympic wrestling." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 67% Kis uykusu (Winter Sleep) " By the close, we feel as if, rather than peering into Aydin's brain, we have been coiled up and inserted into his cortex." — Irish Times
Posted May 26, 2014
4/5 84% The Two Faces of January (2014) " This is a taut thriller whose gaze is always focused on the progress of plot and relationships." — Irish Times
Posted May 21, 2014
4/5 100% Mr. Turner (2014) " The film is distinguished by a truly stunning performance from Timothy Spall." — Irish Times
Posted May 15, 2014
2/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " The film is dragged down by the writers' decision to focus on an incident in Monaco's history that will bore many viewers and turn a few more against the supposed heroes. " — Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2014
3/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " A final ludicrous reveal drags us from high-end art cinema to the world of Midsomer Murders. Classy, for all that." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " The story has much in common with that of The First of the Few, Leslie Howard's 1942 stiff-upper-lip biopic of RK Mitchell, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire. But there is magic here." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 88% Frank (2014) " The most impressive aspect of Frank is its seriousness about psychological illness. " — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
2/5 —— Songs For Amy " It takes a while for this mess of an Irish comedy - or drama or musical or something - to spin off the rails, but, when it does, the careering vehicle will not be set back on course. " — Irish Times
Posted May 6, 2014
3/5 86% Run & Jump (2014) " An impressive showcase for an array of seasoned talents and emerging masters." — Irish Times
Posted May 6, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Though coloured by indie sensibilities, Blue Ruin offers the momentum of hard-edged pulp and the viscera of full-on exploitation cinema." — Irish Times
Posted May 6, 2014
3/5 93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) " Even at a brief 75 minutes, it is, however, something of a grim slog." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
4/5 83% Tracks (2014) " Ever redder of nose, ever more bedraggled about the hair, Wasikowska, without much dialogue, invests the character with complexity, intelligence and charisma. " — Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 23% The Other Woman (2014) " Echoes with so many bum notes that you leave the cinema desperate for an ice pack and a dark room." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " Unfortunately, it ends up playing like Max Headroom Conquers the Universe." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " It feels like a variation on the last series rather than any sort of proper reinvention." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " It offers arguments for rebellion and for creative aggression. It sparkles with the unpredictability of youth." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3/5 50% The Sea " We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
2/5 47% 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 90% 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
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