Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Irish Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) The ruthless manner in which he has hacked a decade's worth of footage into 93 taut minutes alone qualified him for Oscar consideration. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 94% Barry Lyndon (1975) Barry Lyndon is, despite its rigorous construction, also among Kubrick's more emotionally engaged films. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) A gripping entertainment that gets across worthwhile truths about contemporary strains of an ancient disease. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) There is something here about the way America ignores a variety of underclasses. There is something else about the narrow line between the human and the bestial. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1/5 51% Under the Silver Lake (2019) What irritates most about this supposed phantasmagoria - aside from the icky, possibly ironic focus on exposed female flesh - is its deadeningly lifeless familiarity. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 83% Girl (2018) There is a seriousness of purpose here that is rare in an age where most arguments are carried out in block capitals. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
5/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) The film huddles closely around a personality whose courage and determination invite great empathy. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It is such a shame this film isn't a little better...t's decent mid-ranking Marvel. Most fans will find something to like. It's got a great cat. No horses are scared. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 26% The Aftermath (2019) It's a shame the film is so lacking in emotional charge. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) "It's a good movie," Neeson said at the end of his unsatisfactory ABC interview. We'll give him that. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
5/5 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) A clunky, hanky-dampening mechanism is lost in a dazzling collision of social commentary, brash characterisation and coal-black humour. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
94% The King's Speech (2010) Travel without prejudice and you will enjoy a moving, impeccably acted and surprisingly funny slice of comfort food. There are worse ways of starting an unpromising looking year. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) Packed with fascinating observations on how journalism has changed and how it has stayed the same. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 74% All Is True (2019) A charming, surprisingly salty take on a story that ... is told less often than one might expect. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) You'll find more startling dystopias in the average Ken Loach film. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins's greatest achievement here is to marry frustration at America's baked-in racism with a belief in the power of human decency. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a great New York movie. It's a great film about friendship. It's also a great cat movie (if that's your bag). - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 78% Green Book (2018) The gears engage. The motor runs smoothly. The destination is achieved. There are worse things in heaven and earth. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) You would struggle to find many nuances in Bale's performance, but this is a grand example of what Orson Welles used to call "King acting". - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) There are worse ways of spending your time than watching Clint snarl, shuffle and frown his way through another geriatric meltdown. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 83% Cellar Door (2018) Come[s] together in its closing minutes and - no small compliment - will repay a second viewing. There's a cult out there waiting for Cellar Door. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan - back on the downward swoop of his career sine-wave - inadvertently demonstrates that the Unbreakable punchline cannot sustain even casual analysis. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Sadly, most of Mary Queen of Scots (no comma?) leans towards the drab and the pedestrian. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) The picture plays like the work of film-makers who've never met rich white people, poor black people or... well, people. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) A delightful tribute to twin phenomena so burned into collective consciousness that we need to be reminded they once didn't exist. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) There are incidental efforts to offer social-historical comment on France in turbulent times. But it is the characterisation that really holds the attention. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/5 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Even before Zemeckis reaches a weird, shoe-horned tribute to one of his own films, the picture will have left even the most indulgent audiences well behind. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) The Favourite doesn't offer horrors to compare with Lanthimos's The Lobster or his The Killing of a Sacred Deer, but the creative misanthropy and orchestral cruelty are every bit as striking. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) It looks as if we've finally got what we've long asked for: a superhero with the looks and attitude of a forgiving bouncer in a Venice Beach heavy metal bar. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) You generally see this sort of dramatic turnaround only in sport. We wish it great prosperity in the new year. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Astonishingly adequate in every regard. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Alongside fascinating social observations and surprising outbreaks of humour, Roma features one or two of the most heart-wrenching scenes in recent cinema. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) David Lowery's film has the grace to treat its elder characters with respect. It does that by treating them like human beings. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) There is humour in here. There is even some glacially undulating plot. But the dynamics that matter are those that play themselves out through spoken language. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A persistent kowtowing to corporate interests flattens the satire. More logos will fly at punters during the film than they are likely to encounter in the preceding commercials. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) With just two features, Corbet has already established his own ironic, grandiose vision. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) If you were delivering a lecture on how to extract the most value from a worn formula then you could do worse than direct your audience to the latest film in the Rocky cycle. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) The messages are conveyed by a dizzying mass of violent, sexual images ... that throb to an excellent score by Ian Hultquist. Bravura shots abound. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The film creeps up on you. It yields its pleasures stealthily. It has, however, more to say about questions of public and private morality than whole libraries. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4/5 100% The Camino Voyage (2018) Ó Céilleachair's film is as unhurried and lolloping as the journey - if a deal less gruelling. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
1/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Would it kill them to hitch themselves to one, consistent anachronism? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2/5 66% Suspiria (2018) The current Suspiria is always on the point of becoming interesting, but it never fails to squander that potential. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Far from offering pleasures to the average muggle, the new film plays like a fragmented fan fiction assembled through Twitter. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) The standout performance may be that of young Ed Oxenbould. What are they putting in teenagers' cereal these days? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) For the most part, the larger arc is familiar. It's obscure nuances that really set you back. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) Wolverine starts with a roar before sliding into a chaotic, preachy mess. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
90% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) An impressively passionate recreation of a now-distant era. Above all it is a triumph for Doupe, who scraps and bawls and triumphs like a star from the golden age. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) There are truths about the lies we tell ourselves. It ends very satisfactorily, but dares to leave at least one narrative thread dangling conspicuously. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) There are worse faults than cramming too much good stuff into an insufficiently enormous package. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 63% Peterloo (2019) It is lovely to look at. It has real sweep. The problem lies with the sometimes clunky dialogue and the occasionally rushed characterisation. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018