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 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 81% 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 82% The Falling "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 87% 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 98% 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 16% 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 72% 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 82% 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 95% 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
4/5 100% 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 73% 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 79% 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 8% 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
1/5 11% Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? "How do I go about awarding the square root of negative one as a star rating? Is it just "i"? Or is there a special graphic? " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
5/5 94% The Case Against 8 (2014) "What's most compelling about The Case Against 8 is that it is not a partisan procedural. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Standby "Love is nice, but comic foils have all the fun. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3/5 55% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "This chapter from Thomas's later years doesn't provide enough narrative tension to sustain a conventional three-act film. But it does provide ample material for compelling, duelling character studies. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 14, 2014
4/5 98% Citizenfour (2014) "Shares more DNA with such 1970s classics as The Parallax View, The Conversation or All the President's Men, than it does with most documentaries. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 31, 2014
2/5 7% Ouija (2014) " Tis the season to watch nubile teens get chased and bumped off by a Rentaghost reject. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 31, 2014
4/5 98% The Overnighters (2014) "Long before this unexpected development, The Overnighters has established its credentials as a beautifully crafted, multi-layered piece of storytelling, and as an important snapshot of the new Great Depression. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 24, 2014
4/5 77% Fury (2014) "Fury pivots around a pleasing simplicity. Good guys do good. Nazis get shot. A proper film, in other words. Did we mention Fury has a tank? " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 20, 2014
2/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "Whither post-apocalyptic young adult sci-fi? With two movies to go, Hunger Games already feels overly familiar. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 11, 2014
3/5 51% The Calling (2014) "Working against the sublime, hilly backdrop of Dundas, director Jason Stone keeps his pacing elegant and the atmosphere moody. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 45% Life After Beth (2014) "Good effort. Great actors. But a missed opportunity. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 5, 2014
4/5 91% Le Jour se lève (Daybreak) (2009) "The last movie to emerge from the subgenre of poetic realism shares the same dream-like qualities of L'Atalante, La Grande Illusion and La Règle du Jeu. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 3, 2014
5/5 96% Ida (2014) "Ida juxtaposes socialism and religion, repression and liberation, while mining the grey spaces in between. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 61% Maps to the Stars (2015) " Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky's glossy fug and all that ugly beauty makes it impossible not to think of David Lynch's Twin Peaks on Ambien. Repugnant in the best sense. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 26, 2014
4/5 66% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "The Riot Club can't always transcend its theatrical origins, but there's a nasty sting lurking under all those high spirits and all these pretty people " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 20, 2014
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