Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
360

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 360
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 71% 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
4/5 100% 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 86% 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 85% 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 92% 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 81% 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 24% 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 44% 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 89% 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
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " When a film delivers so much unalloyed pleasure, we can live without structure." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 68% About Last Night (2014) " When your intention was always to use the cookie cutter, why bother nodding the head towards any largely imagined inspiration?" — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 81% Salvo (2014) " You might argue that an exercise in style over substance is just what we need for a study of the fashion industry. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " The unavoidable conclusion is that, rather than making any errors in presentation, Morris simply picked the wrong subject. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3/5 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Private eye mysteries are so rare these days - indeed, the form is almost extinct on the big screen - that the film ends up feeling surprisingly fresh. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " So rigorous and singular is Glazer's technique that it is hard to believe the film will not register with future audiences as a classic of its era." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " It's 300 at Sea and it's not entirely terrible." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 81% The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag) (2014) " An unapologetically mainstream film that should play well far beyond these shores." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Add in the director's gift for nesting stories, his taste for grotesques and his exquisite eye, and you have the best Wes Anderson film in a decade" — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
2/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Smart couples can surely find more diverting ways of soaking up Valentine's Day. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " A fine book fights gallantly to escape from its straitjacket, but eventually lies down and allows itself to be trampled underfoot by bad ideas." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 —— Stalker " A very interesting experiment that combines moments of mad brilliance with outbreaks of pretentious tedium in about equal measure." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " At times, Nymphomaniac does come across like the "readers' wives" section of a particularly naive semiotics journal." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " The inappropriately namedTim Story looks to have grabbed his script from the "plot" section of the service station while racing to a meeting for which he had not properly prepared. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Shot on grainy video, with some indifferent sound, Tim's Vermeer is an amusing study of obsession in action." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
2/5 46% The Book Thief (2013) " The Book Thief must be accounted a failure: even Downton fans will find the rampant cosiness just a little hard to bear. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2013) " As Her slips into an inevitable melancholy, it becomes less about trans-humanity and more about, well, humanity. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 99% The Godfather, Part II (1974) " The result is among the very greatest American films." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 25, 2014
4/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Featuring a script studded with good-bad puns, Mr Peabody & Sherman is energetic, thoughtful and genuinely touching." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
4/5 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " For all its occasional compromises, Dallas Buyers Club shakes off potential disease-of-the-month TV movie status and succeeds at an uncomplicated emotional level." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
4/5 88% Journal de France " Very touching. Very compelling. Very French." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
1/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " If a worse film than I, Frankenstein crawls from the murk in 2014, then it should be stuffed and mounted." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Forensic detail is, one supposes, a little less easy to flog than damp-eyed talking heads. But one can't help but feel this film leaves an even more interesting story untold." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
4/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor does a magnificent job of making disorder intelligible. It's not a very nice film. But it is a splendidly effective one." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
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