Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
330

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 330
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
1/5 8% Diana (2013) " Too stupefyingly dull to compete with Mommie Dearest on the midnight movie circuit. " — Irish Times
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Less than two months after securing a deserved word-of-mouth hit with The Conjuring, James Wan serves up a turkey with this confused, crudely staged sequel." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 15, 2013
4/5 92% In a World... (2013) " There is great invention, fine writing and spirited direction on display here. " — Irish Times
Posted Sep 15, 2013
2/5 50% White House Down (2013) " It is appallingly funny in a way that few parodies ever manage. But it is undeniably exciting." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 15, 2013
4/5 79% Any Day Now (2012) " Travis Fine's true-life story from the 1970s is as ruthless a tear-jerker as we have seen in many a year." — Irish Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
4/5 69% About Time (2013) " If, as suggested, this really is Curtis's last film as director, then it's a good way to go out. " — Irish Times
Posted Sep 6, 2013
5/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " The themes may be numerous and varied - concerns about drugs, surveillance, disease, alienation - but the story does have an impeccable (albeit deeply buried) logic to it." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 30, 2013
1/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is such a pathetic mess you end up feeling a little sorry for the poor mite. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 23, 2013
2/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " This is less a film about Linda Boreman than a film about stuff that happened to Linda Boreman. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " The central conceit is well established, the comedy is often impressively sour and the four leads complement one another beautifully." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 23, 2013
4/5 68% Elysium (2013) " It's a long time since any major studio closed the silly season with a $115 million Marxist polemic. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " This class of sleek bickering comes along all too rarely." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
2/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Kick-Ass 2 is the very model of a sequel with no place to go." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2013
1/5 7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " No human being possesses the imaginative power to sufficiently lower his or her expectations to anticipate the sheer laziness of this putrid ensemble comedy." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " It's no sort of masterpiece. But The Lone Ranger is a good deal less dreadful than advance word has suggested. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " The trick to RED 2's success is its willingness to allow the actors to roar through all their greatest hits at the loudest possible volume." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
4/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " A horrible hymn to the rougher excesses of the id" — Irish Times
Posted Aug 2, 2013
2/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " We've seen better. We've seen worse. Have another few yards ready for me in a years' time." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The hilarious, touching Frances Ha is lubricated by the same juice that allowed Jean-Luc Godard's Bande √† Part to slip so smoothly through the streets of Paris. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3/5 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " The Frozen Ground remains a respectable engagement with a subject that could too easily have been rendered salacious." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 21, 2013
4/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) " It hardly needs to be said that this fairytale is not really intended for children. In truth, few fairytales are." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 21, 2013
2/5 89% The World's End (2013) " It's all I can do to stop myself from mentioning Lesbian Vampire Killers. (Oops! Too late.)" — Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2013
3/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " Having recently released documentaries on clerical abuse, Mario Cuomo, Park Avenue, Lance Armstrong and, now, WikiLeaks, Gibney seems in danger of becoming an actualit√© machine. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 14, 2013
3/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " As adventures in mechanised mayhem go, the picture does, of course, crush the Transformers franchise into iron filings. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 14, 2013
1/5 38% Paris Manhattan (2013) " The result is merely to make Mr Allen seem more like a genius and the people behind this monstrosity more like . . . Well, let's not get into unkind zoological comparisons." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The picture feels like a modestly competent sketch of a subject that doesn't warrant this much attention." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 5, 2013
4/5 88% A Field in England (2014) " Seeping up Laurie Rose's crisp monochrome shots of gnarled wanderers, the tolerant viewer may allow vaulting comparisons with Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 5, 2013
3/5 69% Renoir (2013) " You would need a soul of potash not to savour the delicious fauna and flattering southern light. But the film never gets far beyond the decorative." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 30, 2013
4/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Though jammed-up with too much pointless plot, Despicable Me 2 remains one of the funniest films released this summer." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 30, 2013
3/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " A decent piece of work, but too fussy for its own good. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 30, 2013
2/5 10% A Haunted House (2013) " Heck, worse films starring Robert De Niro have been released this year." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
4/5 92% I Am Breathing (2013) " The Platts prove that it is possible to face up to the most appalling challenges with dignity. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3/5 94% Shun LI And The Poet (2013) " Shun Li and the Poet actually believes in the inherent decency of strangers. Don't hold that against it." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " None of the films is faultless in itself, but, tinted with complementary tones, the complete cycle comes as close to perfection as any trilogy in cinema history." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 21, 2013
5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Warmest Colour gets closer to accurately charting the dynamics of romantic love than any picture in recent memory. " — Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2013
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