Tara Brady

Tara Brady

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Tara Brady'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
5/5 100% 45 Years "The deceptively dramatic everyday details finally coalesce into a thrilling and impossibly empathetic detective story. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 85% The Seven Five (2015) "Dowd's account to camera of his misdeeds is every bit as audacious as his criminal acts. A born raconteur, he pulls the viewer in just as he did to his various accomplices. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) " It proves a perfectly pleasant way of wasting two hours. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
5/5 96% Hard to be a God (2015) "Oblique and dense in a manner that makes those other great Strugatsky-inspired films look like Star Wars episodes, the film relentlessly hammers out humanity's propensity for barbarism. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/5 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) "An ending so breathtakingly, eye-rubbingly stupid, it's almost worth the admission price. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "The film is transcendental-meditation low-key and just too damned nice. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2015
2/5 46% Ted 2 (2015) "Ted 2 is not entirely devoid of comic merit. But it is way off the pace set by its predecessor. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 12, 2015
1/5 65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Magic Mike XXL has no underbelly: only spray-tanned abs. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 3, 2015
3/5 77% Station To Station (2015) "If you don't like the film you're watching, never fear ... something else will come along in a minute. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
4/5 54% Minions (2015) "Minions, their very own spin-off film, takes [the] undifferentiated mass of fun and nonsense and successfully channels it into a pleasing movie shape. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/5 82% The Overnight (2015) "Unfortunately, their largely improvised dialogue is not enough to sustain even the meagre 79-minute running time. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 26, 2015
2/5 32% Entourage (2015) "We'd say it was just for the fans. But not even. What are you doing with these losers, Ronda? " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
5/5 89% London Road "All the conversational asides and off-the-cuff remarks gradually coalesce into a work that has important and chilling things to say. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/5 94% Bai ri yan huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) "Black Coal, Thin Ice twists and turns as it goes: even the jolting electronic music over the end credits springs another surprise. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 13, 2015
3/5 80% Let Us Prey (2015) "Working with wunderkind cinematographer Piers McGrail, O'Malley keeps the carnage coming and images memorable. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 13, 2015
5/5 88% Green Room "What begins as a nail-biting thriller effortlessly segues into carnage, replete with ripped throats and wounds that seek to redefine the word 'gaping'. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 82% The Canal (2014) "The Canal, though reliant on atmospherics and superb sound design, looks and feels more than genre cinema than Kavanagh's earlier, freakier one. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 86% Top Five (2014) "Beneath the meta-fiction and the lulz lies a genuinely warm romance in the style of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 10, 2015
4/5 78% The Falling (2015) "There's an underlying unruliness that feels rather more robust than the maidenhood explored in, say, Hanging Rock. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2015
5/5 91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "The kitchen-sink realism is actually set-bound and masks sneaky absurdist tendencies. Still life? Hardly. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2015
5/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) "We say thriller: but don't expect The French Connection. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
5/5 97% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Montage of Heck has a wonderful handmade feel, not unlike Jonathan Caouette's wonderful 2003 auto-doc, Tarnation. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
1/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " Man-worship and dated gross-out gags can't elevate the material above the terminally boring. Who knew? " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 10, 2015
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "The impression is of a continuous series of watercolours, similar to the narrative scroll revealed to Kaguya in a key scene. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/5 17% The Gunman (2015) "By attempting to parachute in weighty geopolitical themes to a successful action formula, the film sinks, leaving little to savour. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 20, 2015
4/5 69% Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of (2015) "Unsurprisingly, memory and mortality take centre stage in this informative, emotionally open documentary from Stephen Kijak. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 16, 2015
2/5 76% Suite Française "To describe the central romance as Mills and Boon cheapens that imprint's worth. Every second World War cliché is here. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 83% Difret "Difret is an important film dealing with an important theme ... Don't be deterred by the gravitas. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
4/5 55% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) "Is cinema broken? How is that a film by a director as significant as Gregg Araki ends up with such a tiny release? And an excellent film, at that? " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 89% Still Alice (2015) "Still Alice is unquestionably well researched and sincere in its intentions, but at times it feels a little schematic. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Hang on! This is the Hotel Inspectors episode of Fawlty Towers with Gere playing the Bernard Cribbins role. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
5/5 88% Catch Me Daddy (2015) "What begins as a kitchen sink riff on John Ford's The Searchers, quickly escalates into a full-blown Shakespearean tragedy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 27, 2015
4/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "It's hard to think of a film that ties itself so closely to another cinematic text while still retaining such an original tone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 25, 2015
3/5 94% Bad Hair (2014) "Rondón has plenty of important and harsh things to say about social constructs, hypocrisy and maternal tough love. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Love Is Strange is a kind of gay Tokyo Story, every bit as life- affirming and heart-breaking. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/5 99% Shaun the Sheep (2015) "The gorgeous big-screen version of Aardman's TV hit has been carried off with faultless professionalism. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "How will this play in the non-Pynchon community? Not at all, sez us. But for the converted or the plain curious, it's something to see, if not cherish. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 46% The Gambler (2014) "The Gambler feels academic and slightly out of time. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 24, 2015
2/5 72% American Sniper (2015) "It may be admirable for Eastwood to have de-dramatised the material. But that doesn't make this hugely disappointing film any easier to sit through. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 16, 2015
4/5 90% The Guest (2014) "Picture Commando as a psychological thriller. Imagine Halloween as a theme park ride. Think Drive as a comedy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "This is not a brief history of time; it is a brief history of love. And it is as complex and deceptively deep as any of the physics. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2015
2/5 27% Annie (2014) "A flattened, bowdlerised project that has passed through too many hands " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 3, 2015
4/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) "We do ... get a terrific story and a recognisably Burtonesque Blonde Ingénue in Amy Adams's Margaret Keane. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/5 78% Electricity "Higgins's adaptation of Ray Robinson's much-admired novel establishes a hypnotic rhythm before deftly shifting towards powerful drama. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2014
4/5 100% The Circle (2014) "The Circle ... offers the best of both worlds, a perfect marriage of marvellous historical drama and moving testimony. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2014
2/5 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Enough Hobbitting. Enough CG Orcs. Enough CG elves. Enough CG dwarves. Enough CG. Enough stalling, even in combat. Enough grey filter. Enough sub-Wagnerian warbling. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
1/5 11% The Pyramid (2014) "Awards season is once more upon us and so, without further ado, we'd like to present The Pyramid's crummy CGI Anubis -- the Jackal-headed god thingy -- with a special gong for Worst Movie Monster. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 5, 2014
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) "It's hard to see how the new Paddington could be bettered as an all-ages caper. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 28, 2014
4/5 86% Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy "Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy is a genuine original: a sort of Celine and Julie Go Tweeting. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 23, 2014
4/5 80% Get On Up (2014) "Magically, unexpectedly, most funkily, Get on Up feels fresh and crisp as the Godfather of Soul's keenest moves. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 23, 2014
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