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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 96%

Moana (2016)

"Moana lacks the zest we associate with Disney's greatest creations. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 44%

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 75%

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 93%

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 76%

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 38%

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 20%

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 44%

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 84%

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 No Score Yet

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 91%

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 77%

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 81%

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
2/5 92%

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"You may as well make a film of the 1930 Wisden's Cricket Almanac." ‐Irish Times
Posted Aug 18, 2016
5/5 86%

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 65%

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 95%

Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

"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 81%

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 56%

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 (2015)

"[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 84%

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 60%

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 31%

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 44%

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 71%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

" Le CarrĂ©'s cynicism is undermined with an extra-time cheat that strips the film of any pungency." ‐Irish Times
Posted May 27, 2016
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