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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 16% 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 75% 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 74% 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 90% 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 15% 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 69% 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 36% 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 70% 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 79% 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
5/5 100% 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 73% 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 84% 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
4/5 71% Wonderstruck (2017) t abounds with moments to cherish. But it doesn't quite earn the emotional payoff that it conspicuously seeks.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) If you find your mind wandering during a chest-buster sequence, then you know the novelty has worn off.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
3/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) There are whiffs of Matt Berry's vain actor Steven Toast to Thorncroft, but what the film really suggests is a better episode of the 1980s series The Comic Strip Presents...‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2/5 65% The Journey (2017) The clunkiness of the dialogue and the absurdity of a key fictional conceit nudge The Journey towards misguided folly. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3/5 23% Table 19 (2017) Kendrick is such a whirl of energy that she makes even this underwritten role sparkle.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) The picture justifies the feminist analyses it will inevitably generate. It also offers much disgusting fun.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
4/5 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) A rich film that repays serious pondering.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 94% Neruda (2016) It's almost there. But not quite. Not quite.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
5/5 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Mulholland Dr is reissued some 15 years after it was released. It was rapidly hailed as the first great US film of the century. None since has been any more powerful.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
2/5 81% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
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 60% 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 26% 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 81% Handsome Devil (2017) 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 46% 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 87% 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 51% 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 67% 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 46% 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 29% 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