Gerard O'Donovan

Gerard O'Donovan
Gerard O'Donovan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Daily Telegraph (UK)
Publications: Daily Telegraph (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet The Midnight Gang (2018) Nothing takes the sugariness out of Christmas quite like a dose of Walliams's dark Dahlesque humour. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private (2018) Leaving us, as ever, with a paradox: a man who values his privacy more than anything else yet yearns to linger in the glare of the spotlight for as long as he can. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 100% Gun No. 6 (2017) In the end, despite its absence, Gun No 6's terrible legacy spoke for itself, and through the voices of those whose lives it has ruined. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
No Score Yet Doing Money (2018) Anca Dumitra's performance as Ana was exceptionally credible and powerful, but the documentary-like depiction of abuse left little room for dramatic moments to pull us through the bleak narrative. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Barneys, Books and Bust-Ups: 50 Years of the Booker Prize (2018) An enjoyable, if workaday primer on how the literary fiction prize has been keeping book-lovers agog, and sales figures spiralling higher, for decades. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Married to a Paedophile (2018) This well made, well performed film was tough viewing. Why two loved husbands and fathers would commit such crimes remained perplexing. But there's no doubt the devastating, and ongoing, pain and distress wrought on their families as a result. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
5/5 100% Mother's Day (2018) This was a fine, emotionally absorbing drama that succeeded as a commemoration of individual courage and a wider affirmation of just how much can be achieved when people stand up together against violence and terrorism. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
4/5 71% Drinkers Like Me - Adrian Chiles (2018) All in all, a good, honest and often very entertaining film from a presenter whose ability to combine ordinary-bloke-next-doorness with clear-eyed self-criticism was very endearing - and perfect for the subject in hand. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women (2018) Despite the praise heaped by heavyweight contemporaries like Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood, Carter emerged here as a fiercely fragile, subversively political talent. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes (2014) The sense of desperate men fighting on to the last bullet, and hope being snuffed out was heartbreaking. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Before Grenfell: A Hidden History (2018) This spellbinding documentary told the story of the working-class communities of North Kensington in London, and how the richest borough in Britain has long tolerated the country's worst levels of social inequality. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Panorama: Putin's Russia with David Dimbleby (2018) David Dimbleby took the opportunity to make an on-site assessment of the man who's led the world's largest country for 18 years. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Germaine Bloody Greer (2018) A terrific portrait of a born contrarian whose life's mission, it seems, has been to challenge every word that comes out of anyone's mouth. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet Grenfell: The First 24 Hours (2018) The spare, deceptively simple format - juxtaposing eyewitness phone footage of the fire as it progressed, alongside the testimony of survivors, bereaved relatives and a fireman on duty that night - made it one of the most affecting. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
55% Crooked House (2017) All in all, a hugely enjoyable, sumptuous adaptation that, while never attempting to break the Christie mould, imbued the story with a pleasingly contemporary feel. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Diana, 7 Days (2017) If you had to choose just one film to sum up the phenomenon that was Diana's life, and the greater phenomenon of her death, Diana, 7 Days certainly got closer than most. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
4/5 100% The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) One felt almost personally affronted, so strong were the emotions evoked. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017