Deirdre Molumby

Deirdre Molumby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Deirdre Molumby has been a movie reviewer and staff writer with the Irish entertainment outlet since July 2016. She is a contributor to the weekly movie review podcast The Filum Show and gives movie reviews on radio programmes Spin1038, Today FM, RTE 2FM and Sunshine 106.8, as well as TV programmes such as Ireland AM and Box Office. In the past, she has written for such outlets as Film Ireland and Scannain.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 21% The Starling (2021) Every time anything remotely emotional happens, the audience's ears are blasted with some moany song and lyrics, the actors apparently not good enough at their job of emoting to the audience. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
4/5 95% Rose Plays Julie (2021) One is struck by the deep emotion of the film as its story of trauma and sexual violence plays out. While the ambiance is all immersive, it is also haunting. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
4/5 84% The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021) The Mad Women's Ball will surprise and stir you, keeping you on your toes and engaged with its sympathetic characters, who prove enduring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
4/5 66% Respect (2021) Hudson delivers the crowning performance of her career as Aretha, and when she starts to sing, it gives you goosebumps. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
3.5/5 93% Herself (2021) Clare Dunne's talent is undeniable and she delivers a phenomenal lead performance. We feel her highs and her lows, in the emotional rollercoaster that is her trying to forge a new and alternative lifestyle. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
4/5 93% Our Ladies (2019) Our Ladies is delightful and fun, full of youthful energy and boldness. It's playful and joyous, but also just a little sad in its looking back at a simpler time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
3.5/5 95% Wildfire (2020) Not a lot happens in Wildfire as director Cathy Brady opts to hone in almost solely on the ambiance and the performances. But when you have two actresses as phenomenal as Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane Noone, that's hardly a complaint. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2021
1/5 19% Sweet Girl (2021) Sweet Girl is simply dull. It's so lifeless, in fact, that the viewer finds they're forgetting what's happening in the movie as they're watching it. It may be one of Netflix's worst action movies. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 86% The Courier (2020) While the cast is very good, everything else from the cinematography to the script to the music of The Courier simply lacks anything extraordinary. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
0.5/5 25% The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) The Kissing Booth 3 is a slight improvement on the second installment of the series. But overall, this has been a pretty woeful trilogy, characterised by far too many montages, and horrible characters. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2021
3.5/5 80% Free Guy (2021) Free Guy feels like Ready Player One meets The Truman Show. Ryan Reynolds is perhaps more Ryan Reynolds than ever in this movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/5 87% Vivo (2021) Vivo is not going to shake up the world, but it remains a thoroughly lovely animation. Lin-Manuel Miranda has yet to put a foot wrong. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2.5/5 57% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) In spite of its good cast, The Last Letter from Your Lover is dull, predictable, and too long. One feels the romance and mystery elements to it probably worked better in the original novel. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/5 41% Jolt (2021) Jolt has a really strong start, but then it leans too heavily into the camp factor, becoming overly silly and, frankly, a bit weird and confusing once the bad guys turn up. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
3/5 75% The World to Come (2021) It's just a stretch to find anything all that remarkable in The World to Come, and its consistent return to manual labour comes to feel like a space filler, rooted in realism though it is. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
3.5/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) The Croods 2 is an enjoyable animated sequel that all the family will enjoy. As well as being colourful, vibrant and creative, it is also packed with montages, gags and puns. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4.5/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Another Round grapples with some fascinating ideas while still maintaining a sharp comedic edginess. The final scene is movie magic. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/5 42% The Ice Road (2021) The Ice Road is all very dramatic with high stakes, family values and teamwork - all those typical, fun components that make up your average action movie. Just don't expect any more or any less than that. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
1.5/5 59% F9 (2021) We've had too many Fast & Furious movies at this point and Vin Diesel and the gang just need to park it. Clichéd dialogue and overused action set pieces dominate and one feels embarrassed for the actors. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/5 66% Fatherhood (2021) Fatherhood is funny, touching, warm and uplifting in feel, with the lead dramatic performance from Kevin Hart really proving a home run. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
4.5/5 91% Luca (2021) Luca is hugely enjoyable, beautifully animated, and very sweet. Disney Pixar has most definitely still got it. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 65% Wish Dragon (2020) Wish Dragon is definitely a rip-off of Aladdin. But it has enough fun, laughs and heart to make it an enjoyable one-off watch. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
5/5 98% The Father (2021) It's not often that a film like this comes along, that feels unlike any other feature that has come before it, and that you can't imagine any viewer coming away from any less than utterly enthralled and heartbroken. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
3.5/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) It's goofier but also more frightening (in that it literally has more frights) than other installments, and Wilson and Farmiga's lead performances and characters' relationship keep you invested. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2021
3.5/5 70% Land (2021) At under 90 minutes long, Land is a short, sweet, and stirring watch, even if it's not not overly eventful. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
4/5 100% The 8th (2020) An extremely impressive production from directors Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O'Boyle, which provides a moving, comprehensive, and fascinating look into a great historical moment for Ireland. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
2.5/5 67% P!NK: All I Know So Far (2021) Pink: All I Know So Far feels thoroughly conservative, and from an artist who is renowned for being ballsy and risk-taking. Ultimately, the documentary just feels like an extensive advertisement for future Pink gigs. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
3/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) What director Joe Wright is going for here is something far pulpier than Hitchcock, and if you can appreciate the movie for its unashamed hamminess and self-aware silliness, it can be quite enjoyable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
2.5/5 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) In the end, Army of the Dead just feels a bit pointless. It's a shame because there was some great potential here. It seems to be another case of Zack Snyder taking himself a bit too seriously. - EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
2.5/5 38% Here Are the Young Men (2021) Here are the Young Men feels forced and repetitive - one comes away with little of note. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
4/5 98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) The Mitchells is perfect for families, because adults really will enjoy it as much as the kids. It's fun, funny, and incorporates some fantastic action sci-fi sequences. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
3.5/5 94% Love and Monsters (2020) Its high concept plot is appealing and well-executed. Full of warmth and silliness, Love and Monsters is more enjoyable than you'd expect. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Smart, original, unhinged, furious, darkly funny, entertaining, and unmissable. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 95% Palm Springs (2020) A highly enjoyable movie - the kind that you could see yourself introducing your friends to, and going back to re-watch in a few months time. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
3/5 30% Antebellum (2020) The finale of Antebellum does not live up to its sharp, fascinating and thought-provoking concept. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) It captures all of life's little moments just beautifully, but you're also intrigued to see how the dramatic tensions will play out. The genuine nature of the movie is something rarely seen in cinema. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/5 69% Ammonite (2020) While it's a shame that Ammonite falls short of being extraordinary, there's plenty to appreciate, and Ronan and Winslet's performances and relationship keep you invested. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
2/5 44% Made in Italy (2020) Dull and generic, Made in Italy may be easy to watch but it's simply not a very good movie. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
1/5 45% Fatale (2020) Even with the incredible Hilary Swank headlining, this movie is just bad. It's completely predictable, and gets trippier and sillier as the feature progresses. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/5 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) Compelling, tight, and a thoroughly interesting and engaging watch. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
2.5/5 71% The Winter Lake (2021) A film that doesn't feel new, different, or particularly exciting. It's just quite dull and boring. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/5 52% Yes Day (2021) Though extremely predictable, Yes Day is a bright, colourful, harmless adventure that the family can enjoy together. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
1.5/5 41% Locked Down (2021) Feels like a very long zoom call with someone you don't know well. It's awkward, it's uncomfortable, and you're counting down the minutes until it ends. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
5/5 89% Supernova (2021) There's a beautiful intimacy and unrelenting affection in Supernova. It is the best love story brought to the big screen in years. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 96% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) The intimacy of the moments caught on camera are striking, and most touching and revelatory of all are Billie's interactions with her family. Her accomplishments and bold vulnerability are so impressive. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 37% Cherry (2021) While it can feel overly busy, and a bit long, Cherry works for the most part. In his latest dramatic turn, Tom Holland continues to display an impressive range. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/5 40% Capone (2020) Grotesque and mortifyingly obvious. Tom Hardy's performance is the very personification of the "Old Man Yells at Cloud" meme from The Simpsons. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/5 73% Escape from Pretoria (2020) We haven't had a good prison escape drama in years. Escape from Pretoria isn't perfect, but with an effective pace and gripping sequences, it works. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 78% I Care a Lot (2021) Ruthless is a word that comes to mind over and over while watching this film. Yet the narrative is also so darkly funny. Brazen and intoxicating, it is well worth a watch. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
2.5/5 79% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) There are no risks taken and it's more of the same you've seen in the first two movies. An alternative ending would have been more realistic. Moreover, there are far too many montages. - EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021