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Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke
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
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Those who do engage with Cousins's long vowels will ... find much to savour in his raptures. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 70% Christopher Robin (2018) An unexpected sense of existential dread hangs over much of the confusing action. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 100% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) The look is old-fashioned, but not quite so old-fashioned as some of the references. How many modern children will understand why a long-necked wading bird is delivering babies?‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/5 19% The Darkest Minds (2018) This hopeless adaptation of some book you've never heard of breaks new ground in its determination not to surprise. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 89% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) If you are in any doubt as to the impetus behind the project then look to its title. No film called A Man of his Word is going to draw much blood from the subject.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 100% The Image You Missed (2018) Foreman's sensibility may verge on the oblique, but it no less raw or honest for that. A wonderful film from an intriguing, restless talent. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The lighter, throat-clearing Marvel episodes are a great deal more digestible than the over-stuffed showstoppers. Ant-Man and The Wasp is not the equal of the hilarious Thor Ragnarok, but it never climbs too far up its own quantum realm.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 95% Maurice (1987) A triumph of the Merchant Ivory aesthetic. The cast are gorgeous. The passion is polite. The conclusion is a little surprising. Well worth reviving.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Froths with terrific, clattering violence that - staged with as little CGI as possible - makes competing summer flicks ... feel like clouds of generic software.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
5/5 100% Apostasy (2017) The lack of music emphasises the religion's starkness. The pared-down performances do more of the same. A disturbing, unflinching debut. One of the year's best British films.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/5 47% Marrowbone (2018) There are reminders here - as there were in the recent Irish horror The Lodgers - that the haunted house movie still contains possibilities. Neither will it, however, keep you awake at night like The Orphanage.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) You'll gawp. You'll ponder. You'll laugh. A Pixar flick would be nothing without the last.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 48% Skyscraper (2018) I am as well disposed to the average Rock-delivery system as the next fellow, but there are limits to the laziness even his greatest fans will allow.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Summer 1993 is, at its core, a sad, potentially tragic tale of emotional survival. It meanders. It ends almost randomly. But the truth of its emotions sticks in the mind.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis feels like a rough folly that's been trimmed down to the bare bones by a disappointed studio. It feels like a spin-off from an imaginary larger franchise. It feels like an adaptation of a cult comic you're never going to read.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The new cast members are amusing. The film-makers just about get way with unearthing a few less well-known Abba songs. Crucially, the direction is more than competent.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 39% Mary Shelley (2018) Unfortunately the film lacks any singular slant. It fills in details about Mary's life, but there's never any sense of a thesis being advanced.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/5 43% Swimming with Men (2018) Not much in the current film makes sense.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/5 88% Whitney (2018) Whitney will be filed under "music documentaries" but it is no more about music than it is about carpentry or mathematics.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/5 55% Tag (2018) There are women in the film, but none has anything you could call a personality. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 97% The Endless (2018) The cinematography is fluid. The performances are cool and precise. The film itself is worth forming a cult around.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 75% Dublin Oldschool (2018) Too many people speak (or think) in the same voice.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
3/5 73% Adrift (2018) A versatile actress with a good line in crumpled despair, Woodley does just enough to persuade us she'd be better off above water.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 96% Studio 54 (2018) Schrager proves agreeable company and, though occasionally evasive, seems frank about his transgressions.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/5 74% The Happy Prince (2018) Rupert Everett the writer-director isn't as impressive as Rupert Everett the actor.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/5 77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) In the Fade is never less than gripping.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/5 31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) Sorry, I didn't order this.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/5 71% Kissing Candice (2017) It is to McArdle's credit that Kissing Candice keeps asks questions worth disentangling.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 100% All the Wild Horses (2017) This is one of those uncomplicated documentaries on a fascinating subject that could generate a cult. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
2/5 52% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) Decked out in the classy colours of the high-end French art film, Ismael's Ghosts is probably easier to enjoy if you make no attempt to fit its disjointed units together. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4/5 87% My Friend Dahmer (2017) My Friend Dahmer is nonetheless a sad film about squandered opportunity. Everybody is losing out in this grim, claustrophobic version of the late 1970s.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/5 51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The wonder has long gone. But there is, in such sequences, still some fun to be had. That is enough to be going on with.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 94% The Breadwinner (2017) A fantastical myth, woven through the propulsive main story, serves as a distraction to the characters in their most distressed moments. Story as lesson. Story as history. Also, story as entertainment. Story as escape. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
1/5 53% Book Club (2018) Fonda delivers her dialogue as if tonguing pieces of rancid fish onto the back of her fork. She remains dignified. But she clearly doesn't want this stuff sitting in her mouth for too long.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Before taking a dark swerve into chilling verité at the close, BlacKkKlansman ... kicks up suggestions of the pilot for a great 1970s mismatched cop show. It's that funky.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) On Chesil Beach remains a solid exercise in applied sadness. Few will be entirely unmoved. Few will be wholly satisfied.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dive (2018) There is little question that Dive is driven by an agenda. But its rough charm and the cleanness of its performances help distract from the underlying polemic.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 95% Filmworker (2018) Anybody with any interest in Kubrick will be diverted by Filmworker, but it remains an oddly clunky piece of work.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Depending on your appetite for this stuff, the constant self-reference and breaking of the fourth wall is either a shameful cheat or a release from the sameness of the superhero template.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 54% Godard Mon Amour (Le redoutable) (2018) Occasionally disrespectful and hugely amusing... It's carried off with an irreverence that would delight Mel Brooks.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
5/5 91% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) The end result is that rare sort of modern classic that feels as if it's been around forever.Sure to become one of the year's most celebrated releases.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
5/5 100% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowski gives us a musical romance that works through all the minor keys that matter. Will look and sound well everywhere.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
2/5 40% Anon (2018) All we're missing is a story worth caring about.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
4/5 100% A Cambodian Spring (2018) A Cambodian Spring does have its longueurs. But, weaving together complex material into a coherent narrative, it emerges as a sort of magic trick. A unique story. But also one that is too common and too universal.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 48% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018) No director does more with worried adults. And if we must watch adults worry then they may as well be played by Bardem and Cruz.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
2/5 34% I Feel Pretty (2018) The familiarity of the story is the least of the problems.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4/5 86% Tully (2018) Reitman reunites with Diablo Cody ... to give us something we didn't know we wanted: a mash-up of Mary Poppins and We Need to Talk About Kevin.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) The picture would be close to unbearable without the presence of Sutherland and Mirren. Neither is anywhere near his or her best.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
4/5 88% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) The film surges. Then it simmers. The final terrible reversal may not please everyone, but it certainly leaves you shaking.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/5 64% The Cured (2018) Though The Cured loses its way a little in the final act, it offers delicious variations that facilitate new (if not exactly fresh) flavours of creepiness and great scope for socio-political metaphor.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018