Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke

Agrees with the Tomatometer 87% of the time.

Donald Clarke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Times

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 81%

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015)

"Seems to be attempting a positive, semi-authorised portrayal of the man they clumsily call "the King of Cool". Unfortunately the history keeps fighting back." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 70%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"It seems unlikely that there has ever been a mainstream blockbuster that has been quite so conspicuously under-lit. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
1/5 19%

The Perfect Guy (2015)

"The beats of the character are as follows: lovely, lovely, lovely, satanic, satanic, satanic." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/5 92%

The Fear Of 13 (2015)

"It is an astonishing yarn and the angular, monk-faced Yarris is an undeniably charismatic presence. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/5 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"Though impeccably acted and bubbling with good jokes, the film version of The Lady in the Van comes close to Bennettian super-saturation." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"Tangerine acknowledges that these are hard lives to lead, but the film ultimately stands as a celebration of the characters' mad resolve." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
4/5 86%

Steve Jobs (2015)

"Boyle is to be hugely congratulated for suppressing his taste for cinematic bravado and allowing the drama to play out at its own pace. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 12, 2015
1/5 25%

Kill Your Friends (2016)

"The rock bands, as is so often the case in movies, are no more convincing than the group that once won ironic favour in a Kit Kat commercial." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 6, 2015
4/5 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"A triumphant blend of social history and reined-in melodrama. It is meant entirely as a compliment to say that Maeve Binchy would have got on well with it." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/5 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"Panahi follows up the excellent This is not a Film and the slightly dry Closed Curtain with his cheekiest and most playful subversion yet. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/5 93%

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (2015)

"Vanguard of the Revolution is at its strongest when it entertains female voices: Elaine Brown, Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins. Their fire is vigorously undimmed." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 30, 2015
3/5 65%

Spectre (2015)

"Nothing in this propulsive, if criminally overlong, thriller packs anything like the punch delivered by the most familiar refrains. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 23, 2015
1/5 27%

Pan (2015)

"Come back, Steven Spielberg's Hook! All is forgiven." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet

The Hit Producer (2015)

"They made the thing for around 12,000 and it can't be denied that it looks as if it cost about one-and-a-half times as much." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 15, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet

Tana Bana (2015)

"The director of Anne Devlin and Nora returns to cinemas with a beautiful piece on the silk weavers of Uttar Pradesh in northern India." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"It is such a shame that Sarah Gavron's well-appointed film ends up in such bourgeois heritage territory. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 8, 2015
3/5 92%

The Martian (2015)

"A castaway drama with all the psychological depth of Gilligan's Island." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3/5 69%

Miss You Already (2015)

"What really sets the film apart, however, is its unusually sincere effort to chart the progress of breast cancer. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/5 61%

Life (2015)

"It's a very professional piece of work, but it's terribly hard to love." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 25, 2015
3/5 48%

The D Train (2015)

"We're not quite in Bobcat Goldthwait country, but we have pulled up into adjacent territory." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/5 73%

Everest (2015)

"This is one of those movies that should have been just a little dumber (more like The Towering Inferno) or a little smarter (more like 127 Hours)." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 18, 2015
2/5 45%

A Walk In The Woods (2015)

"Upping the age of the characters has turned a bad idea into a terrible one. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 18, 2015
4/5 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"A poisonously effective work from an utterly singular director. You walk out feeling ever so slightly changed by it. There are few higher compliments. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 11, 2015
3/5 71%

Pasolini (2014)

"The decision to base so much of the film on existing text - the interviews, the manuscript, the screenplay - lends a deadening dryness to much of Pasolini." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
4/5 64%

The Visit (2015)

"The Visit is easily successful enough to justify those suggestions of a return to form." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet

The Callback Queen (2015)

"Space precludes comprehensive adumbration of the bum notes sounding throughout this witless cacophony. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 10, 2015
3/5 89%

Closed Curtain (2014)

"The film intersperses moment of great humour and power with indulgent follies that will strain the patience of all but the most resilient viewers." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
1/5 15%

The Transporter Refueled (2015)

"There is no excuse for perfunctory car stunts and leaden fist fights. You may as well sell us a 99 without the Flake. Or the ice cream. Or the cone." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
4/5 82%

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

"If the film seems less interested in Earl and Rachel than it is in Greg, then that is, surely, because it is telling its story from the perspective of a teenage solipsist. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/5 45%

No Escape (2015)

"It is to both No Escape's credit and discredit that it feels so much like the sort of film they used to make." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Sep 4, 2015
3/5 40%

We Are Your Friends (2015)

"It is such a shame that the film falls back on the conservative traditions of the rock and jazz movie. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 87%

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

"Holding it all together is clamourous music that achieves something pop so rarely manages: it is urgently of its time and endlessly influential. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 27, 2015
4/5 85%

The Wolfpack (2015)

"The Wolfpack ends up being a rare work that deserves the most sentimental of recommendations: it is a hymn to the resilience of the human spirit. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2015
2/5 13%

Sinister 2 (2015)

"It is odd to report that the film is at its best when it is most like a Nicholas Sparks adaptation." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
3/5 26%

Vacation (2015)

"The picture is ramshackle, episodic and mindless. But, with a comic hit-to-miss ratio of around 2:1, it must be accorded a success in its (admittedly unchallenging) field." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 20, 2015
5/5 83%

Mistress America (2015)

"Like Frances Ha, in which Gerwig reintroduced Baumbach to the human race, Mistress America is a compact marvel that will repay repeated viewings." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"At last. Trainwreck drags the romantic comedy kicking and screaming into the late 1950s." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/5 34%

Max (2015)

"Hey buddy, if you don't like it here, go and live in Russia (or its 21st century equivalent). " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
4/5 93%

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)

"This is a gutsy, juiced-up film that manages to engage with a period and tell a few truths for the ages. All involved should be watched carefully." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/5 9%

Fantastic Four (2015)

"Sadly, in the final 20 minutes, the piece teeters more suddenly and more completely over a metaphorical cliff than any film in recent memory. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3/5 62%

Elser (13 Minutes) (2015)

"The end result is brisk, brutal and grimly entertaining. But it doesn't feel quite finished. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/5 93%

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

" The Tomoxon is rammed into the metabolism with such unrelenting force that we are sure to see Mission Impossible: Adjective Noun in two years' time." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4/5 95%

The Salt of the Earth (2015)

"Wenders introduces us to an intelligent, rigorous man who thinks hard about the structures that impose hardship on the powerless." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2015
3/5 44%

True Story (2015)

"Think of it as a feature-length version of Law & Order and you will pass the time tolerably well. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 19, 2015

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"In truth, the film is a very conventional summer potboiler repackaged in reasonably pretty, moderately crisp wrapping paper. In short, not quite groovy enough." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 14, 2015
4/5 99%

Song Of The Sea (2014)

"It seems unlikely that a more beautiful film will be released this year. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2015
4/5 91%

Love & Mercy (2015)

"Shot in dreamy colours by Robert Yeoman, the picture cannot, alas, quite shake itself free from the overworked 1960s mythology." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
5/5 88%

Återträffen (The Reunion) (2015)

"What really gives the picture its punch, however, is the awareness that genuine personal grievances are being revenged in public fashion. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 25%

Terminator Genisys (2015)

"A splatter painting composed by firing gobbets of the opening sections at the canvas and covering them in a veneer of three-dimensional digital murk." ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jul 1, 2015
2/5 39%

She's Funny That Way (2015)

"Rhys Ifans, playing a teen heartthrob, fails to convince us that Rhys Ifans could ever be more famous than Rhys Ifans is now. " ‐ Irish Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015