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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
4/5 98%

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 (2015)

"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 (2016)

"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 55%

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 44%

It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016)

"More a collection of bellowing talking heads than a functioning drama." ‐Irish Times
Posted May 19, 2016
4/5 96%

Aquarius (2016)

"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 66%

Personal Shopper (2016)

"A ghost story with no scares wrapped around a psychological drama with no intellectual purchase." ‐Irish Times
Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 89%

Loving (2016)

"What lingers most is the vista of Ruth Negga's strong, furrowed, defiant face." ‐Irish Times
Posted May 16, 2016
5/5 95%

Paterson (2016)

"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 81%

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 58%

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 20%

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 52%

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 47%

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"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 40%

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 94%

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 (2015)

"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
4/5 100%

My Name Is Emily (2015)

"This is a strange, but easily accessible beast that deserves to do well." ‐Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 84%

Midnight Special (2016)

"The eventual release from oppression feels a little forced, but Midnight Special lays hooks that stay imbedded in anxious parts of the brain. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Apr 8, 2016
4/5 84%

Victoria (2015)

"More than just a trick film. It's a proper thriller that argues for the single-shot as a viable medium. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/5 80%

Eddie The Eagle (2016)

"Dexter Fletcher's unflinching determination to shamelessly hit every cheap chord cannot be faulted." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2/5 29%

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"If mounted by anybody from outside the Greek community, the film would be seen as staggeringly offensive." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 25, 2016
2/5 27%

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

" Just put a bucket of generic Batman in here and stir in a few pints of own-label Superman. That will do to be going on with." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 22, 2016
3/5 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Propelling us from one shag-pile, Silk-Cut orgy to the next, High Rise becomes the film people who don't like Ken Russell describe when they explain why they don't like Ken Russell." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2/5 52%

Risen (2016)

"Never mind a three-person God, this Nazarene would have trouble selling a fridge to the uninitiated." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1/5 8%

Rock the Kasbah (2015)

"Rock the Kasbah feels likes the pathetic last wheezes of the Baby Boomer Entitlement Project (Bro Division)." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 98%

Zootopia (2016)

"Zootropolis has a plot you can really, ahem, sink teeth into." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 91%

The Witch (2016)

" Anybody seeking torture porn or mindless jump shocks will be in for a disappointment, but Eggers's slippery, intelligent film is not short of accumulating unease." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 11, 2016
1/5 13%

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"The series continues to frustrate with its disingenuous argument for the importance of asserting individuality. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/5 96%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"Here is a most unusual comic drama from Iceland that plays some very clever games with tone." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 61%

Concussion (2015)

"Told in fits and starts, the film does convey a fair bit of information, but it never clarifies what needs to be done about the continuing danger." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 37%

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"Anybody else remember the woeful Ali G film? We have gone through a complete circle." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 10%

The Forest (2016)

" We are packed onto a poorly designed ghost train and hurtled past a randomly arranged array of stuff that would fail to frighten even the frailest infant." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2/5 39%

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"The original picture's melodramatic excesses have been augmented with fresh indulgences to deliver a film that is not quite peculiar enough to be interesting." ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"If nothing else, it works as an essential complement to the book" ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
3/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"You could see it as a sampling menu for Chez Coen. Like most sampling menus, however, Hail, Caesar! leaves you craving a proper main course. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Mar 6, 2016
4/5 54%

Triple 9 (2016)

"One gets no sense that the film approves of the ruthless lunge for swag, but it does ask us to enjoy being unnerved by it all." ‐Irish Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 84%

Deadpool (2016)

"Deadpool plays like a dim 15-year-old's impression of what a grown-up superhero film might look like." ‐Irish Times
Posted Feb 10, 2016
3/5 74%

Trumbo (2015)

"A small portion of the debt is repaid in a biopic that veers from the pedestrian to the ludicrous to the indecently entertaining." ‐Irish Times
Posted Feb 6, 2016
2/5 11%

Dirty Grandpa (2016)

"Plays like one of those dire mainstream films that - thanks to a few extreme moments - Quentin Tarantino periodically reclaims in his best-of-the-year list." ‐Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
2/5 44%

The 33 (2015)

"The notion of a browned-up Juliette Binoche playing a humble Chilean street-food seller deserves the snorting it will undoubtedly trigger. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
4/5 96%

Spotlight (2015)

"The sense we have is of dedicated professionals getting the job done with the minimum of egotism or indulgence." ‐Irish Times
Posted Jan 30, 2016
1/5 14%

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"You could make a better feature by repeatedly throwing a camera into a lake. " ‐Irish Times
Posted Jan 22, 2016
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