Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 86% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
365

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 365
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) " So, yes, Grudge Match is an act of cultural vandalism. But, as sacrilege goes, it's reasonably diverting. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
2/5 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Unfortunately, a fusillade of bum notes constantly undermines the workmanlike film-making." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " It is often hard to know if one is laughing at intentional jokes or bad writing, but the sheer couch-chewing craziness of the enterprise certainly sets it apart." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 26, 2014
3/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " At times, the film seems almost Hobbitian in its inability to finish a scene that is already well past its natural lifespan. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 18, 2014
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The American South's "peculiar institution" has, it seems, become a fit topic for narrative cinema. And it only took a century." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Far from being liberating, the film ends up swinging two fingers towards the retirement home. " — Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Though never boring, American Hustle does itself feel a little like a con - a skilled exercise in creative misdirection." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/5 100% More Than Honey (2013) " It is the elegance of its images that sets it apart from previous doomed bee documentaries. The footage of individual animals going about their business is a sight to behold." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty probably succeeds on its own terms. Given the elusive nature of those terms, it is, however, hard to tell for certain." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Gravity's great weakness was the unnecessarily abundant corny dialogue. All Is Lost is makes no such compromises." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/5 24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Hey kids. Do you want to have fun and learn at the same time? Do you? Do you? Of course you don't." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " There's no question that, despite all the low-brow anarchy, the film is driven by anger at what happened to TV news during the 1980s." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 21, 2013
3/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Getting your head around the wider narrative is like attempting to discern the shape of a galaxy by staring at one island in one ocean on one planet. " — Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2013
5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " This loose adaptation of The Snow Queen is the best film from Walt Disney Animation in close to a generation." — Irish Times
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " You would have trouble arguing for any significant shift in perspective." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 84% Leviathan (2013) " Leviathan is among the oddest, spookiest, most unsettling entities to make it into cinemas in 2013. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Much of the picture feels - to these cloth-eared sensibilities anyway - profoundly and irredeemably dubious." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
4/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The film is such unashamed propaganda, it may as well have been titled Triumph of the Walt. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 29, 2013
3/5 61% The Summit (2013) " Visually impressive and well-researched, The Summit certainly stirs up the terror and mystery that attended that disastrous weekend." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
1/5 29% The Family (2013) " Unfortunately, The Family suffers from an extreme case of advanced tonal disorder." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Far from being a mere holding pattern, Catching Fire feels like an advance and an improvement. Let the games continue." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Perfectly satisfactory." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 19, 2013
1/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " It is like watching a group of decent, polite people trying to cope with the arrival of a certifiable lunatic to their hitherto civilised party. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 93% For Those In Peril (2014) " For Those in Peril smells as if it has been dragged from the briny deep to receive only superficial hosing down before being dumped in unsuspecting cinemas. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " One can easily imagine Robert Louis Stevenson or H Rider Haggard getting a kick out of Gravity. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 8, 2013
3/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " For all its miseries, Cutie and the Boxer - interweaving archive footage with contemporary discontents - ends up arguing strongly for the power of love." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 thrives on the dangerous chemistry between its young, talented actors. " — Irish Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 99% Gloria (2014) " A very impressive, very grown-up drama." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) " Judi Dench deals in levels of sadness that could draw tears from a boulder. Yet the film also manages to be one of the funniest odd-couple comedies in recent decades." — Irish Times
Posted Nov 1, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " This is what piracy is now really like. In truth, it was probably always like this." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " The trick to such humour involves persuading the audience to squirm and laugh at the same time. Grandpa triggers merely the squirming, and you can get that from a mild case of haemorrhoids." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 28% The Taste of Money (2013) " A veritable orgy of vulgar melodrama, The Taste of Money might pass as satire if the conclusions drawn were not so broad and unsurprising." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " The gunmetal cinematography and sleek backgrounds plunge us so quickly into Conspiracy Central that we immediately assume the worst of every police officer, judge and cabinet minister." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 25, 2013
4/5 —— Very Extremely Dangerous " Featuring effective, swampy music and an often-exasperated voice-over by the director, this rough-hewn picture appears beamed in from an era when rock stars were still allowed to be reprobates." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 20, 2013
1/5 14% Baggage Claim (2013) " A serious contender for the worst commercial release of 2013." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 31% Emperor (2013) " Emperor will do well enough. But if you want a more nuanced take on the same events, check out Alexander Sokurov's extraordinary The Sun" — Irish Times
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " It's a serious piece of work, but it's awfully in love with its own bebop moves." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 11, 2013
1/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Next week we shall be drawing parallels between compulsive telly watchers and members of the French Resistance. Ludicrous." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 4, 2013
4/5 67% How I Live Now (2013) " A singularly odd, consistently bewitching piece of work." — Irish Times
Posted Oct 4, 2013
2/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " The director and writers give up and abandon us to a soggy mess of uninteresting gangland disputes. " — Irish Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Though not quite the masterpiece some have claimed, the picture (often funny, but not a comedy) certainly delivers on emotion, sharp dialogue and toxic energy." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
2/5 30% Austenland (2013) " You would be well advised to give a wide berth to this largely useless adaptation of a book by Shannon Hale." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " One of the most satisfying thrillers we have seen in quite some time." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1/5 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " Who thought this was a good idea and why are they still allowed out alone at night? " — Irish Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 50% InRealLife " Imagine a documentary on this awful internet thing made by your mum - presuming your mum is something other than cool - and you will have an idea what to expect from Beeban Kidron's woeful whinge." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
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