Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Irish Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 100% Arracht (Monster) (2019) he near mythical quality of the closing images emphasises its place in a great tradition. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2021
4/5 86% The Last Duel (2021) There are a few awkward compromises.But this is the most satisfying film the prolific director has given us in a decade and a half. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2021
85% Belfast (2021) Works gorgeously as an idealised memory play. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2021
4/5 100% Sweetheart (2021) Morrison's enchanting comedy makes something convincingly British of a form that the American indie cadre has exploited to near exhaustion. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 91% Deadly Cuts (2021) The thing is so broad the curvature of the earth hides one edge from the other. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2021
3/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) A satisfactory valediction to the longest reign so far in the Bond dynasty - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
4/5 93% The Story of Looking (2021) Another oddball pleasure from an utter original. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 93% Herself (2021) Lloyd makes something genuinely nightmarish of the worst attacks, but Dunne's creased vulnerability ... keeps us tethered to waking reality. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 95% Rose Plays Julie (2021) Occasionally frustrating, but worth getting frustrated about. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) The picture rattles along with an unpretentious vigour too rare in the Marvel universe. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
88% Dune (2021) A beautifully designed machine that, for all its elegant clockwork, fails to deliver much that connects with the soul. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
4/5 100% Redemption of a Rogue (2020) Here is a film clawed up from the damp soil and smeared imaginatively across the screen. It is unlikely to be confused with Wild Mountain Thyme. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 84% Candyman (2021) The camera is always aware of threats in peripheral vision. Timing is spot-on throughout. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 79% People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) Rather than just pushing the characters through their familiar beats, the well-judged narrative arc takes them on something like a proper journey. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 89% Censor (2021) Algar's intense performance ... keeps the momentum surging throughout. A clever concept carried out with great invention and some emotional honesty. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 80% Free Guy (2021) At its best, Free Guy is alert to the jolting contrasts between our dull world and the juiced up ones we enter on the PlayStation. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 96% CODA (2021) Only an utter malcontent could prove entirely resistant to Coda's charms. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
4/5 88% Zola (2021) Time will tell if the social media thread is set to become the epic poem of the new millennium. For now, Zola feels like a triumphant lunge into fresh territory. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
3/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) It is not for children. It's not really for adults either. But the eternal inner adolescent that lives within us all will almost certainly have a swell time. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
5/5 92% Limbo (2021) A wonderful comedy that savours its remote environment while keeping its subjects at the centre of the story. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 78% Jumbo (2021) Well worth paying your money and taking the ride. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 53% Finding You (2021) Scores around six on the logarithmic PH scale - Paddywhackery Hazard - that leads from acceptable neo-realist films at one to the herb we won't mention again at 10. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 90% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Lags may still be left wondering "who the thing is for", but better that sort of confusion than another franchise designed by focus groups and demographic research. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 100% I Never Cry (Jak Najdalej Stad) (2020) I Never Cry works best as a showcase for a terrific young actor with a nuanced grasp of a complex character. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Alcohol is a dangerous pal, the film seems to be saying, but that does not mean it can't still be a pal. For some. Under certain conditions. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2021
3/5 59% F9 (2021) It really isn't worth trying to keep up. Immerse yourself rather in the sillier stunts and the genuinely sparky interplay between committed action stars. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
4/5 89% Supernova (2021) A terrific piece of writing about the difficulties of living on the fringes of a catastrophe - acknowledging the danger, but rarely addressing the true terrors that await. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 79% In The Earth (2021) Not everything works in the admirably bizarre In the Earth, but nobody can deny Wheatley is back in his freak-folk wheelhouse. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 91% Luca (2021) Luca will fill a gap for less-demanding younger viewers. It's well-meaning. It's lively. It's moderately funny. But it is no Finding Nemo. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 100% Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie's Dead Aunt) (2021) A little too well-meaning for its own good, but it would require a heart of anthracite not to wish its protagonist well. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
5/5 97% Gunda (2020) There is plenty of time to ponder the morality of our dominion over the beasts.A highly original, singularly beautiful film. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) "More of the same" has rarely been carried off with such elan. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella plays like the result of an endless script conference that generated only partial answers to the questions being asked. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 95% I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018) Though the film is full of laugh-out-loud moments, it remains respectful to its consistently impressive subjects. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 67% Army Of The Dead (2021) Working with the Netflix charge card, Snyder has a ball proving that trash can triumph on the largest stage if played with elan and enthusiasm. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
5/5 100% The 8th (2020) Most viewers will (let's be honest about the natural constituency) emerge ecstatic at ... "a huge collective national moment of catharsis". Absolutely essential. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 89% A Girl from Mogadishu (2019) A Girl from Mogadishu resembles a documentary in a bad way and a good(ish) way. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
3/5 91% Cowboys (2021) Gets by on goodwill and a passion for compromised Americana. Only a lowdown dirty heel would cuss it out. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
4/5 100% The Auschwitz Report (2021) A model of balance and responsibility throughout. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Be Good or Be Gone (2021) Makes excellent use of its locations and profits from a surprisingly classy score by Joe Conlan. Would it be patronising to describe it as a persuasive calling card? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
1/5 25% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) One remains staggered that sentient human beings who walk upright and use cutlery believed this was a respectable use of their valuable time. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
4/5 93% Nomadland (2021) McDormand masters an unshowy integrity that rarely grates against her less seasoned costars. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
3/5 79% House of Cardin (2020) There is a sense of mild hagiography being wrapped around an otherwise tasty history. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 90% I Blame Society (2020) An entertainment that, for all its frayed edges, never falters in its delivery of disgraceful, outrageous, tasteless gags. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) An entertaining, imaginative exercise in creative score-settling. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 95% Palm Springs (2020) A philosophical comedy that is not afraid to aim the odd joke below the belt or, as resolution looms, to give in to sentimentality. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
4/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) At home with its own sense of fun and precise in the organisation of its cacophonous digital action. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) Few viewers will find themselves unengaged during The Mauritanian, but there are too many middlebrow beats either side of the jarring chords. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 35% Six Minutes to Midnight (2021) So broad are the cultural references that the setting could be taken for a recreation of interwar English life on Westworld. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 69% Ammonite (2020) A perfectly respectable, eminently professional slice of prestige arthouse. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021