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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 86% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) At its worst, it comes across like a vulgar birthday party hosted by an indulgent billionaire for a hard-to-please stepchild‐ Irish Times
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3/5 100% Bunch of Kunst (2017) Franz makes no efforts to win over those unfamiliar with or resistant to the Sleaford Sound.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) As uneasy, sugary fantasies go, The Zookeeper's Wife is pretty well carried off. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
1/5 24% Unforgettable (2017) As close to being objectively, verifiably dreadful as any recent cinema release. ... I'd watch it again.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 87% Handsome Devil (2016) Butler has proved himself adept at the complex mechanics of the redemptive comedy. There is surely some closing rugby analogy would accurately convey the brightness of his future.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
2/5 45% Going in Style (2017) Another of those films that pretends to show older people respect while actually treating them like comic nincompoops‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) It's completely stupid. It's completely awesome.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The changes suit the demands of mainstream cinema and the warm aesthetic Batra exhibited in his first film. This is a smart piece of translation.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
4/5 86% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Fans of the genre will rejoice in the rare sight of a new kind of threat. They will celebrate further at the director's success in satisfactorily exploiting a challenging premise.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/5 53% The Boss Baby (2017) The animation is satisfactory after a sub-Pixar fashion. And the eventual moral is sound. You've endured worse.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2017
3/5 66% Free Fire (2017) The picture can't quite pull off its ambitious challenge. There's a reason nobody has tried this before.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
3/5 47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Power Rangers is comfortably superior - more efficient, funnier, less pompous - than anything from the current DC universe.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
2/5 27% The Secret Scripture (2016) So baffling are the motivations, so weird are the coincidences and so unlikely are the catastrophes that the film suggests an adaptation of a South American magic realist text.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
1/5 16% CHIPS (2017) What better way to celebrate such a quaint series than with a squalid, incoherent catastrophe that makes one yearn for such relatively harmless entertainments as The A Team film? ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Between Land and Sea (2016) These are fine character studies, but, like its subjects, Between Land and Sea seems most comfortable out there amid the brine. Kevin Smith's photography is sublime.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 91% The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016) The film has such charm and promotes such good... The phrase is "heartwarming" I believe.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
5/5 99% Get Out (2017) The film has more to do with discomfort and envy than blind hatred. What a strange marvel it is.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
4/5 97% The Love Witch (2016) A side-swiping original that deserves its inevitable cult status.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 90% Elle (2016) Every performance is striking. The script throbs with astringent wit. But it is not a film that expects unconditional love.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/5 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The weight of influence should crush the life out of Skull Island, but the film is handled with such humour and gusto that it proves impossible to resist.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3/5 92% Lost in France (2016) Heartily recommended for enthusiasts.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1/5 6% Rings (2017) The cursed video now looks like an experimental film made by somebody who has watched more Marilyn Manson videos than Stan Brackhage pieces. It does, however, provide clues to a mystery that really isn't worth solving.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
1/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) The film comprises 20 per cent boring plot talk and 80 per cent even more boring action.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/5 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) An enormously frustrating film that, thanks to smart casting and well-drawn characters, abounds in rich, gamey flavour and rough, palpable texture.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4/5 92% Logan (2017) For once, a film derived from a Marvel source gives you something solid to hang on to. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1/5 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) Oh my word. They don't make properly terrible films on this sort of scale anymore. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) We're going to build a wall. And we're going to make the giant killer lizards from beneath the earth pay for it.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 84% The Founder (2017) One of the many pleasures in John Lee Hancock's study of the man who made McDonald's an empire is its reminder that even the simplest ideas need to be invented.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 93% Fences (2016) Denzel swells with dangerous charisma. Viola works high emotion from every one of her many lines. They are so good they almost convince us we're watching a movie.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Cinema has been in and around this area time and time again, but Moonlight still feels abundantly fresh and endlessly imaginative.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Meetings With Ivor (2017) Worth seeking out.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
4/5 95% Prevenge (2017) Lowe's focused performance and her grasp of comic macabre elevate Prevenge to the status of rough-hewn gem‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/5 46% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It's not odd like Attack of the 500-Foot Lobster. It's odd in fashions you wouldn't expect from one of our era's cleverest and most versatile filmmakers.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Has there ever been a film in which the hero has so much sex without properly taking off his trousers? ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3/5 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) If they gave out awards for "most movie in a movie", then no other movie need turn up.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 83% Denial (2016) It could hardly seem more relevant than in this era of "alternative facts".‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) The script is hopelessly light on narrative momentum‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) If you don't blub at the end, you may wish to secede from the human species.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Larraín has made an incomparable film on the process of moving queasily into uncertainty. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) The film strives for Roman Polanski's Chinatown, but sadly ends up closer to Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) La La Land ravishes from densely populated beginning to eye-moistening denouement. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 84% A Christmas Carol (1951) Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
2/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) One is left wracking brains as to why these talented people wasted so much time. It's not even the best videogame adaptation released in the past 12 months. Come back, Angry Birds. All is forgiven.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
3/5 93% In Pursuit of Silence (2016) A pleasant diversion.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) A big waste of much top-flight talent.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
4/5 100% Crash and Burn (2016) A great yarn. A great education.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
3/5 85% Silence (2017) A rigorous, sincere interrogation of a spiritual dilemma I couldn't care less about.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2016
4/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) What a tonic this film is.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) We will never get another Howard Hawks or Raoul Walsh, but, every now and then, we see a film that pays homage to their spirit.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
2/5 49% Almost Christmas (2016) You can't fault the film for its efficiency. Each of these idylls is threatened by a problem that will be solved within a reasonably tidy running time.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016