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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
2/5 39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) It's supposed to be a dumb film, but it's dumber than it's supposed to be. If you get my drift.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3/5 77% Final Portrait (2017) Within [its] familiar frame, Final Portrait creates a rich, attractive miniature.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) The Dark Tower is not the worst film of the summer. It's not even the worst film of the week. But it does feel like the most misconceived release of the season.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
5/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) We end up with a film that, for all its playfulness, connects plainly with the emotions. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron works furiously to bring some small weight to a character so feathery she barely manages to remain attached to the screen.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
99% City of Ghosts (2017) There are the makings of a gripping story in these elements. But somehow City of Ghosts never quite comes together.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
2/5 73% Souvenir (2016) Everything about the film's later stages feels phoney.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
4/5 89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Focusing on the artist's work up to the creation of Eraserhead in 1977, The Art Life is utterly essential for his many followers. They may be surprised by how much of it makes sense.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
67% Pilgrimage (2017) What really makes Pilgrimage buzz ... is an impressively scuzzy ambience powered by repeated outbreaks of raw violence. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) What sets the film apart is an oddness that could only have sprung from real life. That and sincerity, compassion, humanity.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
4/5 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Despite its grim substance, a crowd-pleaser of the traditional school.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
1/5 8% The Emoji Movie (2017) The worst thing in this consistently dire effort to pick the pockets of young, vulnerable cretins is its determination to exploit the unworkable premise to death and beyond. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
4/5 88% Maudie (2017) Maudie is a sad film about poor people, but it could scarcely be more open to benevolence and quiet humanism.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
2/5 88% Girls Trip (2017) No film with a cast this strong could fail to raise laughs. But the actors are wasted in a huge bloated mess.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 100% The Farthest (2017) A wonderful film that will inform generations to come. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/5 88% It Comes At Night (2017) A treat to ponder and deconstruct. Sombre nocturnes are rarely so entertaining.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Among the many virtues of this delightful film is an acknowledgement that these superhero things are essentially for children.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2017
3/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) The main problem with A Man Called Ove - a faithful, nice looking adaption of Fredrik Backman's popular novel - is that it's not manipulative enough.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
1/5 17% The House (2017) Clocking in at under 90 minutes, The House feels like the result of terminal creative panic. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
2/5 44% Hampstead (2017) Just look at that lovely still of [Keaton and Gleeson] sitting idyllically on Hampstead Heath. Now wave it in front of your eyes for an hour or two. That experience will be richer than anything in Joel Hopkins's underpowered screen filler.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) From the Land of the Moon is pretty and well-appointed.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/4 69% Gifted (2017) Gifted gives glorified TV movies a better name.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 80% Stockholm, My Love (2016) Stockholm, My Love is at its best when at its simplest and most conventional. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
3/5 74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) It gets by on evil ambience. Just.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) Baby Driver comes across like Grand Theft Auto (the game, not the film) as directed by Stanley Donen. It's that much fun. It has that much profundity.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Will this film make you feel as if you've gone on a chairoplane after drinking a vat of Bailey's Irish Cream? You'd better believe it.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
4/5 100% Cardboard Gangsters (2017) O'Connor has - helped in no small measure by a towering turn from Connors - come as close to a Dublin Boyz n the Hood as we could have hoped. It's noisy, loud, violent and sad.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Attractively shot on location with lovely supporting turns by Iain Glen and Holliday Grainger, My Cousin Rachel has enough uneasy moments to separate it from classy Sunday-night telly. It's such a shame that it doesn't end more satisfactorily.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Demon Hunter (Taryn Barker: Demon Hunter) (2016) There is enough good stuff here to suggest that Kavanagh has a real future in her chosen genre.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle is a truly delightful film that does its parent company proud. Hugely recommended.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Kidman, Fanning and Dunst effectively convey three different flavours of sexual covetousness. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 28% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016) So muddled is the storytelling that it proves hard to care how either of these things takes place.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane has a narrative momentum that is hard to wholly resist. It's absurd. But it's never boring.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 21% Sleepless (2017) Sleepless has the puzzling, 95-minutes feel of a doomed project that has been mercilessly edited to digestible proportions. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
2/5 92% The Gift (2015) There are promising moments here, but The Gift is too on-the-nose to convince as a fully formed feature. A commendable effort, nonetheless.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
4/5 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Featuring a lovely score by Alexandre Desplat, Quillévéré's film succeeds as a melancholy celebration of the invisible threads that bind us. Worth seeking out.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
5/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The film is a beautifully balanced visual marvel. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) Make it stop, Mummy! I'm not scared, Mummy! I don't want whatever this thinks itself to be.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 65% Happy End (2017) Happy End is less confrontational than the early work that gained Haneke a reputation as an arch-provocateur. But it still follows smoothly and menacingly from what has gone before.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 96% 120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) (2017) 120 Beats remains a powerful, heartfelt evocation of a terrible time. It honours the dead and the survivors. But it feels just a little like a lost opportunity. Greatness beckoned.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
2/5 35% Snatched (2017) This mildly racist, tonally bizarre farce fails miserably to make the best of either actor.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
3/5 100% In View (2016) There is dark humour throughout In View, but this remains a grim film that offers the audience little respite from its engagement with grief and remorse.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
4/5 71% The Square (2017) For all its caustic wit, The Square is a fiercely moral film. It knows wrong from right.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Welcome relief from the predictable skyscraper-levelling of the contemporary superhero adventure.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
5/5 80% You Were Never Really Here (2017) There are multitudes in here, but not a second is wasted. It is a brash, noisy, violent picture, but it is also a subtle, intricate, thoughtful one.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is very much its own pink plastic beast. It is one of the great films about childhood.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
5/5 74% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) After the gateway drug that was The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos returns to Cannes with the full-strength, unfiltered version of his merciless aesthetic.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
4/5 88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Nothing much is new. But the picture is a welcome addition to one of the great contemporary comic oeuvres.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
4/5 85% Okja (2017) To paraphrase Woodrow Wilson on something very different, it's like writing ecological propaganda by the light from fireworks.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
5/5 89% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) We have ... rarely encountered a film that so powerfully exercises Philip Larkin's argument about man handing misery on to man. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017