Aine O'Connor

Aine O'Connor
Aine O'Connor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 50% Tolkien (2019) It's main flaw to me is that it doesn't know exactly what to focus on and the pacing is odd, some parts are told slowly, others too fast. However, especially regarding the decimation of war, it works, and as a life story it is interesting. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Sweet, poignant, funny, beautifully observed and delivered, this little gem is a potential classic and I loved it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 59% Greta (2019) It's great to see a female antagonist, and the difficulty of identifying, proving and dealing with stalking is a topic very much worth exploring. So too is loneliness and isolation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) There is an interesting idea in Wonder Park about childhood grief and fear...However, it is a tough one to tackle well and perhaps this is why the film lets the idea slide into the background becoming instead a sweet but unmemorable animation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 45% Little (2019) What ensues is not as funny as it could be, there are scenes that make no sense whatsoever and it all descends into a mawkish morality tale. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) Although some licence has been used, this fictionalised version of the Kerry Babies case covers one of the most pivotal points in modern Irish history. Sometimes it is well worth looking back to see just how far we have come. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Butch and Sundance it isn't but still, some 15 years on, the actors who fill the roles do shine, fortunately, because the pursuit is a little lacking in suspense. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) It was lovely to get to spend time with the Coote brothers, both good-natured, chatty and wise, and to see a slice of life that is not that often seen. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 67% The White Crow (2019) It is a great story and Ivenko does a very good job in his acting debut. There is plenty of ballet too. I liked it, I just thought it would have worked better if it had stayed simpler. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) It is still seriously above average for a horror, Nyong'o is a fabulous lead and the casual race and gender inversions are great. It's a film best experienced rather than overthought. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 45% What Men Want (2019) The humour is raunchy slapstick that never feels clever and is rarely funny. It feels like a waste of an idea, especially in a climate when it could have been much more. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-write and direct this fun and funny, clever, diversity-embracing episode. Captain Marvel enjoys her powers, Larson brings warmth to the ass-whooping. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) This is more than just middle-aged angst, this is a woman unravelling, a complex mix of dissatisfaction and projection, failed boundaries and obsession that loosen her grip on reality. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The story is good but there are no huge surprises, the devil however is in the detail -- and the characters, observations and performances make this film shine. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) It's not groundbreaking and will appeal to horror fans mostly, but Kerslake, and the excellent Quinn Markey, give it a dramatic centre. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's solid and good, it's just not excellent. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 69% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's a violence revenge film that would joke about how its tongue got so firmly in its cheek. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It feels like an old school kids' adventure film, the characters are a bit bland, there is no great sense of peril and it is a little earnest, but it's fun and light and not a bad midterm outing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Inevitably it doesn't have the innovation factor, it can feel like one massive product placement and it is possibly a little too pleased with itself, but that is nitpicking. This will delight lots of people. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Moonlight was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Barry Jenkins has done it, delivering a warm, exquisite and heartbreaking movie - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/5 73% All Is True (2019) It is more drama, even pot boiler, than worthy biopic which angers some but makes it broadly accessible. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Growing up can feel bittersweet but is ultimately nothing to fear and this beautiful animation gathers a starry cast to make that point in what is a spectacular sequel and finale. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It is interesting and it looks good but it is not involving enough to sustain its 148-minute run time and despite its unusual storytelling the ending proved strangely predictable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Getting audiences to side with an essentially unlikeable and morally dubious character is no mean feat, but when it works it really works and that is the power of Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) The plot evolves through the three stories but despite the subject it focuses less on outrage and more on the moral aspects of doing the right thing. I loved it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The performances are really good, Carell especially so. Stories of addiction are necessarily cyclical so the father's emotional arc around his son's addiction is pivotal. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The performances are great, Saoirse really owns it. There is perhaps too much in the story, but for me it worked. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) The leads are good and good together. But despite a long run time, other issues are not developed in what is very much a remake and not a reworking. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/5 94% RBG (2018) [RBG] has been instrumental in changing so much of what we now take for granted; this insight into the woman behind the law is utterly charming. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Although the film takes too long to tell a thin enough part of the story, their complex marriage and Colette's sexuality are played really well. There's a light touch to the whole thing that works to make this enjoyable and engaging viewing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Clever, beautiful, fantastically acted, saucy, dark and really funny, it's an absolute gem. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The plot is very thin for the 140min run time but it's sweet and there are lots of great cameos. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) It is a bit long and the pacing is off in places but the characters are realistic and the performances really good. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) There is an awful lot going on, it doesn't all work, but overall this is something that doesn't just have great style, it has real substance. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's deceptively simple, sweet, often funny, thought-provoking, moving but never mawkish and really accessible. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 100% The Camino Voyage (2018) This is the story of an adventure based in Irish traditions and told largely as Gaeilge and it's a pleasure and privilege to get to see people who just do things. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It is reductive of the source material, has some bonkers segues and all those interesting characters and dynamics have been either over simplified or crushed with cliche. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It's a huge, CGI-heavy spectacle which wants to be so much but ends up diluting itself terribly. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 100% Black Mother (2019) Although there is no real formal structure, it all coalesces to give a remarkable sense of complex culture. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 65% Peterloo (2019) A lot of the detail is interesting, but there is too much for a film and it takes too long to get to the main action. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Although it felt bitty and disjointed at times it did keep coming back, thanks to some great characters, wonderful acting and some great plot work. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It will especially ring bells for addicts and their families, but it is an all-round enjoyable watch. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The cast is great, but Stenberg really shines. And Tupac's tattoo feels more relevant than ever. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% Katie (2018) [Katie] is shy, but honest, and Whitaker's skill and respect for his subject make this a great watch. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek shines as the frontman, giving a portrayal of an, ahem, mercurial lead singer, giving light to a fairly straightforward story. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2017) Through Reid, radio extracts and re-enactments the documentary paints a good picture of the life he is defending, of the foes he fought and how. And it raises issues about values that need to be discussed now more than ever. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) It is clever, funny and enjoyable, and Curtis is great living her personal Armageddon. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Josh Singer's screenplay doesn't hit you over the head with feels but instead it lingers. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) It's a lot of fun, once you're over the weirdness of Tom Hardy in a big franchise movie. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 37% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Thin on plot, not too long, no bad language and with enough silly jokes and visual gags to keep the average medium-age child amused... I just don't think it was intended as such. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018