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Donald Clarke
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
5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Larraín has made an incomparable film on the process of moving queasily into uncertainty. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) The film strives for Roman Polanski's Chinatown, but sadly ends up closer to Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land ravishes from densely populated beginning to eye-moistening denouement. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 84% A Christmas Carol (1951) Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) One is left wracking brains as to why these talented people wasted so much time. It's not even the best videogame adaptation released in the past 12 months. Come back, Angry Birds. All is forgiven. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 93% In Pursuit of Silence (2016) A pleasant diversion. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jan 1, 2017
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) A big waste of much top-flight talent. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 100% Crash and Burn (2016) A great yarn. A great education. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/5 83% Silence (2017) A rigorous, sincere interrogation of a spiritual dilemma I couldn't care less about. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) What a tonic this film is. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) We will never get another Howard Hawks or Raoul Walsh, but, every now and then, we see a film that pays homage to their spirit. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 28, 2016
2/5 48% Almost Christmas (2016) You can't fault the film for its efficiency. Each of these idylls is threatened by a problem that will be solved within a reasonably tidy running time. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 90% Uncle Howard (2016) Aaron Brookner's lovely documentary starts out as one thing and then becomes several others. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
3/5 61% Allied (2016) Phew! They don't make them like this any more. Come to think of it, they never have made them quite like this. A most unfamiliar return to the familiar. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 94% Gimme Danger (2016) Without breaking many rules, Gimme Danger honours these admirable rule-breakers. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 40% Why Him? (2016) We do not predict a lifespan to compare with that of Meet the Parents. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Moscow Never Sleeps Johnny O'Reilly, director of the excellent Russian drama The Weather Station, returns with a film that bows to none in its scope and ambition. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 27, 2016
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Among the many unenviable achievements of this film is its ability to consistently live down to that unspeakable title. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 23, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) The outer space setting is mere decoration for an insanely expensive variation on ancient rom-com templates. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 22, 2016
3/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The chaps are heroic. The villains are dastardly. All that's missing is Burton and "Broadsword calling Danny Boy". ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 13, 2016
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden does go on a journey. But it's more three stops on the Tube than a balloon flight around the world. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 95% Moana (2016) Moana lacks the zest we associate with Disney's greatest creations. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) It's sort of terrible. It's sort of terrific. It's never boring. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 80% Chi-Raq (2015) A gorgeous, gorgeous thing that proves anger sometimes has the best tunes. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 50% Mum's List (2016) The film is an incoherent mess that may prove baffling to those unfamiliar with the source. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 26, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) David Yates's film proves to be more coherent and emotionally grounded than any of the Harry Potter episodes. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 16, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) The film develops an emotional undercurrent that becomes properly overwhelming in the final reel. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 8, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) The dubious composition of Affleck's character leaves a foul taste in the mouth. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/5 75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A film that only a complete rotter could hate. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Further Beyond (2016) It's a small wonder the piece holds together so impressively. It's a larger wonder that it proves to be strangely moving. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 28, 2016
4/5 92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) His name is Ken Loach. He makes Ken Loach films. And this is his best in a generation. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Wedge matchsticks in your eye sockets. Stock up on the strongest coffee. Cinema's most boring homeless person has just got off the bus for a second time. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 21, 2016
1/5 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno is the best Dan Brown film so far. It is also unforgivably dreadful from start to finish. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet The Flag (2016) The excellent cast just about make the creaky old farce tolerable. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) The characterisation is shallow, but it is stirring to experience a marquee thriller that concerns itself largely with female characters. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) It's a real shame Noel isn't encouraged to direct his wit at the more fecund, outer corners of the Oasis odyssey. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Without Washington the picture would wither into dust. With him on board it proves, well, perfectly adequate. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 10% Dare To Be Wild (2015) This is film in which, to confirm the Chelsea administrator's Englishness, the great Alex Macqueen is asked to do calisthenics to Rule Britannia. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/5 60% The Siege of Jadotville (2016) A highly diverting film that rightly honours forgotten - and subsequently mistreated - heroes from Irish history. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 19, 2016
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) An enormously funny, genuinely sweet romp that - were it not for one jarring bum note - would register as a contemporary classic. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Other characters appear, but, for all its sprawl, Toni Erdmann still plays like a blissful two-hander between admirable professionals. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 9, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) The film-makers work with familiar colours to construct deliciously horrid variations on established patterns. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
3/5 40% Morgan (2016) Morgan has a taut efficiency that is often missing from the recent work of Scott pere. No offense, Sir Ridley. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/5 81% Equity (2016) Could give Kansas in August a run for corniness. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 86% A Date for Mad Mary (2016) There are a few 19th century Scandinavian playwrights who might envy Thornton and Akram their gifts for moulding personae. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 77% 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 54% 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 82% Viva (2016) Viva is less boy-meets-boy than boy-meets-himself. ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2016
4/5 89% 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