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Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

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Donald Clarke'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
3/5 76% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "Samberg and his posse ... have a good ear for contemporary pop and deliver one or two crackers that, if heard fleetingly, could pass as genuine hits. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 55% The Purge: Election Year (2016) "Election Year is not exactly subtle, but it is stirring to see a marquee film have a crack at America's violent malaise. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) "The thrills are well orchestrated in a flick that knows not to outstay its welcome. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2016
4/5 80% Viva (2016) "Viva is less boy-meets-boy than boy-meets-himself. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2016
4/5 90% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) "The fetid atmosphere is deliciously maintained in a film that boasts an invigorating clash between steady accretion and high bombast. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/5 96% Swallows and Amazons "You may as well make a film of the 1930 Wisden's Cricket Almanac. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
5/5 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) "Generating at least three irresistible big-hanky sobs in the closing half-hour, Pete's Dragon delivers the emotional punch that The BFG so sorely missed. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3/5 62% Nerve (2016) "A zesty entertainment that may avoid seeming hopelessly dated until it arrives on DVD (if such things still exist). " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 11, 2016
4/5 100% Bobby Sands: 66 Days "We are left with a comprehensive, balanced, gripping tale of terrible times. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) "Picture a heavy metal bar in suburban Duluth and you'll get some sense of the generic Goth aesthetic. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 2, 2016
4/5 95% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) "If ever there were a documentary that could get away with an unreliable narrator then this is it " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 31, 2016
4/5 57% Jason Bourne (2016) "Allows the alert audience to keep fingernails imbedded in the story's fleeing hem as it speeds crazily from collision to conflagration. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 26, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Mom and Me "[Wardrop] chooses his own emotional environment and he explores it with admirable sensitivity and humour. Worth the admission price for the pets alone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) "The new film will do well enough. I wouldn't watch it again. Mind you, I wouldn't watch the original Ghostbusters again. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 64% David Bowie Is Happening Now (2014) "It's a little like hugely extended footage for the sort of arts review show that might feature Paul Morley. Look who it is. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) "It comes as a surprise to relate that [Miller's] most successful film yet is also her most conventional. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 8, 2016
5/5 92% Queen of Earth (2015) "Moss is incandescently brilliant as a woman who smiles when she should be unnerved and boils with rage at the most inconsequential slights. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
3/5 61% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) "Despite the lazy, lazy story and haphazard character arcs, the film will probably serve its audience quite nicely. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 76% Elvis & Nixon (2016) "One ends up wishing for more Nixon and less Elvis, which is not something many people said at the time. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 28, 2016
1/5 32% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "The few simple pleasures of the original film have been cast aside for an embrace of CGI disorder on a psychotic scale. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "In short, The Conjuring 2 is a lot better than any of us had cause to expect. Do carry on " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 14, 2016
3/5 78% Where to Invade Next (2016) "The main problem is the relentless cherry- picking of each nation's super-power without any concomitant consideration of that country's social demerits. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
4/5 98% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) "Embrace of the Serpent swells with unhappy images, but it is also fired by poetry and, in Karamakate, it has one of cinema's great stubborn heroes. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) "No heathen is going to be persuaded by a film that holds back its revelations until all but the already-convinced have left. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/5 28% Warcraft (2016) "Imagine a film in which most of the antagonists wear buckets on their heads and you're halfway there. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 30, 2016
2/5 70% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) " Le Carré's cynicism is undermined with an extra-time cheat that strips the film of any pungency. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 27, 2016
4/5 99% Love & Friendship (2016) "Why, Mr Stillman, we are driven to conclude that, in your match with Miss Austen, you have engineered a union more perfect than any found in divine nature. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 27, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Price of Desire "Too many Cote d'Azure exteriors are shot in weird soft focus that suggests comic dream sequences from Absolutely Fabulous. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 27, 2016
1/5 12% The Last Face "At its least terrible it resembles the Unesco videos you get before spare-change drives on aeroplanes. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 20, 2016
4/5 51% The Neon Demon (2016) "The director of Drive and Only God Forgives has excelled himself with a cinematic spasm that rattles the id as it baffles the frontal lobes. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 39% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) "More a collection of bellowing talking heads than a functioning drama. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 94% Aquarius "Clara is a creation that could slot into almost any cultural environment. In every street there's a woman determined to live life as it should be lived. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 61% Personal Shopper "A ghost story with no scares wrapped around a psychological drama with no intellectual purchase. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 91% Loving (2016) "What lingers most is the vista of Ruth Negga's strong, furrowed, defiant face. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2016
5/5 96% Paterson "The great wonder of Paterson is that it makes a compelling tale of an apparently blissful life. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2016
4/5 64% American Honey (2016) "What it most suggests is a big, sprawling triple album by a really good band. There are troughs and peaks. But the bagginess is part of the aesthetic. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2016
3/5 75% The BFG (2016) "The sweet-voiced, eccentrically featured Mark Rylance is ideally cast as the titular Big Friendly Giant and the recent Oscar winner does not disappoint. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 14, 2016
4/5 57% Money Monster (2016) "Foster's film sweeps most reservations aside with its careering momentum. It's nippy, nasty and (at least as significant) just 98 minutes long. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 70% Café Society (2016) "There isn't much new here, but Allen - who narrates in a cracked voice -- plays the old tunes with greater assurance than in most recent projects. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 12, 2016
2/5 21% I Saw the Light (2016) "If they were to give out awards for the most by-the-numbers release of the year ... then this study of Hank Williams would take some beating " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 7, 2016
4/5 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) "The complementary turns by Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep are so delightful that few will worry about the creative hypocrisy. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 5, 2016
3/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) "Bad Neighbours 2 is no masterpiece, but, despite its terminally lazy high concept, it is slightly funnier and a bit more sociologically diverting than the first episode. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted May 4, 2016
2/5 53% Demolition (2016) "The film is utterly annihilated by its stylistic contrivance and ludicrous self-importance " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "It is during those scenes with Spider-Man that Marvel Studios demonstrates its greatest strength: a certainty of tone. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 27, 2016
3/5 73% Miles Ahead (2016) "The film is alive with some lovely moments that point towards half-grasped possibilities. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/5 50% Bastille Day "The muddy cinematography manages to make such famously pulchritudinous people as Elba and Kelly Reilly look as if they've just stumbled damply in from an evening's bingo. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1/5 33% Friend Request (2016) "This militantly appalling horror film offers so much to complain about that it hardly seems worth taking offence at its interpersonal politics " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
4/5 95% Eye In The Sky (2016) "Eye in the Sky is firm in its didactic commitment to ambiguity. Its answer is that there are no answers. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 95% The Jungle Book (2016) "This is a gorgeous, sweeping entertainment that combines the epic - a rain-whipped ascent through muddy hills is particularly awe-inspiring - with the intimate and the offbeat. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016
4/5 100% I Am Belfast "The city would not be itself without its humorous fatalism. We're all going to die. All films on Belfast end with Van Morrison. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
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