Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Irish Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 73% Little Joe (2019) It gets under your skin and lays eggs there. A standout oddity. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 95% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) What keep the film interesting are Tarantino's infectious fascination with period detail and his gift for cinematic texture. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 83% Vivarium (2019) The premise is set up economically and then followed up by elegant variations on the way to a satisfactory close. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 88% Rocketman (2019) The thing is an absolute hoot. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 51% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Plays a little like the record of a bank holiday spent among old friends. It's none the worse for that. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Provides the authors of online listicles a permanent starting point when considering the 10 greatest concert films of all time. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 73% The Dig (2018) An impressive oddity that deserves its renown. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) A character study of singular sensitivity. Burnham and Fisher hit upon too many defining aspects of the young-teen experience to list - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 92% Donbass (2018) A very dark comedy that groans under the grim detritus of a still intractable conflict. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Endgame spends too much time wallowing in its own pompous mythology. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
1/5 29% Red Joan (2019) It takes a quality - not a gift exactly, but a quality - to make something so boring of such a fascinating subject. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 88% Wild Rose (2019) See it. Have fun. Come back in a month for the sing-along version. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 45% Little (2019) These old body-swap jokes can, however, still raise laughs if enjoyed in the right company. Martin and Rae deliver on that front. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Go (2018) The temptation to suggest the title could stand as a review is close to overwhelming, but Don't Go deserves a little better than that. So we won't. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 64% Son of a Gun (2015) Vikander has barely a wisp of fictional personality to exploit. Still, the action is skilfully staged, there is a rough fug to the cinematography, and the double crosses are cunningly finessed. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Limit Of (2017) The threadbare plot makes little sense and the characters' motivations are too often incomprehensible. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Something like a family film from the dying years of the first Bush administration. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) A delightful slab of Hovis-commercial filmmaking that efficiently orders the vital elements in Trautmann's story. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
38% American Dreamz (2006) Still, it is gratifying to come across a mainstream film that seems happy to risk offending so many different groups. And, best of all, Weitz bravely declines to chicken out and give us a cosy ending. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
39% Hot Rod (2007) Sandberg has a stubborn charm that should win over even the most jaded veteran of post-[Napoleon] Dynamite comedy. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel, himself a painter, is going for an internal portrait, and At Eternity's Gate comes as close to that as we could have hoped. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
4/5 96% Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2019) An engrossing study of the creative fecundity that gathered around Manchester in the post-punk years. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
44% Jennifer's Body (2009) The real shame is that, devoid of proper context, the dialogue now really does seem - as the Cody- haters contend - like little more than a series of unattached, curled-lip one-liners. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) You might almost call the picture a rip-roaring success if it weren't - here we go - for the elephant that's not in the room. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
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 82% 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 55% 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 84% 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 28% 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 69% 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 72% 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 67% 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 69% 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 38% 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 40% 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