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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
1/5 77% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Good actors turn bad. Bad actors turn worse. It's pretty. It's polite. It's so anaemic you feel the urge to feed it a pint of Guinness.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
4/5 86% Thoroughbreds (2018) It's sharp. It's clever. It features a delightful final performance from Anton Yelchin...‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) Custody has the severe integrity of a picture by Ken Loach or the Dardenne brothers. But there's no denying Legrand's gift for building tension.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
2/5 51% Rampage (2018) I try to avoid using the phrase "with the best will in the world", but, with the best will in the world, it's hard to escape the notion that Rampage is barely a third as much fun as it ought to be. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) For all that, Truth or Dare is good fun. We are lucky to live at a time where we get endless quality horror... But there has always been a place for good, honest trash.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 100% Michael Inside (2017) It is the generous humanism underlying the documentary realism that sets the film apart.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 79% Unsane (2018) Like too many of his looser films, Unsane could have profited from a bit more polishing. The film about the false imprisonment is terrific. The other film is really not very good at all. That will have to do for now. That will have to do for now.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One is a grand act of stage management, but it lacks the clean narrative punch of Spielberg's early masterpieces.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
4/5 91% I got life! (Aurore) (2017) At times, the film comes across like a less cerebral version of Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come ... but it never loses its easy, digestible tone.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
3/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) Without scaring any horses, Davis ... gets the familiar tale across with lucidity and some grace ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
1/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The one thing the world less needed than another Transformers film was another ersatz Transformers film. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Damo & Ivor: The Movie (2018) It's a bad time to be making dire jokes at the expense of working-class wasters.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3/5 55% Unless (2016) Brief, sincere and heartfelt, Unless never goes entirely off the rails. But it never convinces us that the adaptation needed to be attempted.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) Bombshell suffers from some common complaints of modern documentary -- too much music; unnecessary, if perfectly decent, animated sequences -- but it does remind us of a class of personality that doesn't exist anymore.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The picture works as an extended scream against lazy assumptions and blinkered bigotry. But it is also light, funny, wry and inspiring.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
3/5 52% The Lodgers (2018) There are unmistakable shadows of The Turn of the Screw in Brian O'Malley's modestly successful ghost story.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
3/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel sums up [Allen's] career nicely (this is not wholly a compliment). ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 100% The Ice King (2017) James Erskine's excellent documentary suggests that, at the height of his career, Curry's gayness was somewhere between a rumour and an open secret.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/5 84% Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) (2017) Sadly, it makes every point three times and usually at too great a length. Surging with potential for all that.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
1/5 10% Monster Family (2018) It was brave of the producers to hire a co-writer called Catharina Junk.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 82% Game Night (2018) The closest thing we have seen in recent years to a successful exercise in high screwball.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/5 15% Mute (2018) Since we're being encouraged to use the Bowie scale, we will admit that Mute is no Never Let Me Down. Let's charitably rate it at Black Tie, White Noise level.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) One element of the film's genius is its ability to root us firmly in Lady Bird's perspective. It does more. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) As she did in the under-garlanded Maudie, Sally Hawkins reminds us that there is nobody better at turning robust fragility into something other than a paradox.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/5 83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) So, Lover For a Day goes to few unexplored places. But it works sweetly within its familiar genre.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3/5 96% Black Panther (2018) The action sequences meet, but do not exceed, the industry standard. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3/5 92% Journey's End (2018) Blackadder Goes Forth plays very much like a comic version of the same yarn. It is, nonetheless, worth allowing the old warhorse one more circuit of the track.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
2/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) There's an interesting drama in there, but it has not been given time to fight its way out of the semi-digested mulch all around.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
1/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Oh, come on! You're not even trying here.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 82% Early Man (2018) Aardman's work retains the homemade feel that began winning fans 40 years ago. It cheers you up simply to know they still exist.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Paul Thomas Anderson 's sly oddness is all his own. Heck, the thing is nearly a comedy.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) The tensions wind up deliciously as we work our way to a penultimate celebration of a now-imperilled medium.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards doesn't exactly fall apart, but too many implausible turns and uncomfortable gags impede the hitherto smooth machinery.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Taking us from Chamberlain's resignation to the aftermath of Dunkirk, the film resists no opportunity to indulge in clunking exposition.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4/5 73% Hostiles (2018) The ultimate impression is of a rough society hacked from unwilling ground by violence in search of capital. Yet there is some hope in a lovely, extended final shot. A good way to finish off the cinematic year.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Jessica Chastain, who can swagger like the best of them, wears clothes like weapons as she powers her way towards the capitalist dream.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 76% Split (2017) Cautiously recommended.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Pitch Perfect 3 doesn't make any effort at structure or coherence. Indeed, it turns its lack of interest in such things into a good self-regarding joke.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) Although a tiny bit repetitive, Prince of Nothingwood thrives on the vibrancy of its personal portraits.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/5 62% The Foreigner (2017) The scene in which Chan beats up David Pearse and Michael McElhatton through three floors of a Belfast B&B in itself justifies your attention.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Put simply, The Last Jedi is lodged several parsecs up its own black hole.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/5 81% Brigsby Bear (2017) ... little of it makes tonal sense.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 97% Menashe (2017) It goes within one of the world's most filmed cities to discover an environment rarely revealed to outsiders. But it also wins kudos for the emotional honesty of its uncomplicated narrative.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 92% Stronger (2017) Gyllenhaal has rarely been better.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/5 29% Suburbicon (2017) You know what they say about the road to hell. Here the good intentions are so compromised they scarcely merit the description.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats does feel a little half-formed, but it swells with such passion that one longs to follow all involved on their subsequent journeys. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2/5 45% The Star (2017) The film believes its myths and propagates them through some of the cheesiest God pop you could ever dread to hear.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Jaha's Promise (2017) It clarifies and simplifies. Most importantly, it confirms that campaigning can make a real difference. Worth heeding.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 87% Song of Granite (2017) ... the picture remains proudly awkward, original and surprising throughout.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet In the Name of Peace: John Hume In America (2017) It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but... we are beginning to lose sight of that dogged politician's contribution. Maurice Fitzpatrick's hugely professional documentary seeks to rectify that.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017