Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer
Michael Dwyer's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Times
Publications: Irish Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Bogwoman (1997) Bullets fly and the violence gets progressively more mindless and shocking in the frenetically-paced consequences, which are littered with heavy-handed references. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
No Score Yet Dobermann (1997) Bullets fly and the violence gets progressively more mindless and shocking in the frenetically-paced consequences. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
43% Very Bad Things (1998) However, the further the extremes to which he pushes his material, the more [director Peter] Berg loses his grip on the picture, and he allows it to fizzle out in a gross, ill-advised epilogue. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
51% Two Girls and a Guy (1998) Downey Jr delivers one of his most complex performances. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
45% Stepmom (1998) It is hard to credit that it took five credited writers to assemble this slender, contrived and heavily padded concoction, directed with unremitting blandness by Chris Columbus. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
21% Practical Magic (1998) [An] inane and insipid effort beset by ponderous plotting. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
53% The Cable Guy (1996) While it makes a convincing case that too much television is ultimately brain-rotting, it does so with an unjustifiable smugness. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
93% No Country for Old Men (2007) The consequences are powerfully gripping as the Coens ratchet up the tension in a visceral thriller that ranks with their best work. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
91% The Departed (2006) An enthralling morality tale in which the mortality rate escalates in tandem with the tensions generated by its riveting narrative. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
74% Crash (2004) Issues are raised and confronted head-on and prejudices are revealed simultaneously as the movie deftly assembles its intricately plotted narrative jigsaw. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Eastwood seductively draws the viewer into the world of three lonely, bruised people, to the point where the viewer becomes wholly immersed in them and their fates. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
90% Much Ado About Nothing (1993) What a piece of work is this. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
84% The English Patient (1996) This is a radical adaptation which transposes, re-assembles and deletes key elements of the novel to achieve a pure cinematic reinvent ion that is admirably adroit - and as distinctive a work of art as the book remains in its own right. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
80% Ridicule (1996) One of the sturdiest, most entertaining French films of recent years... - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Gold in the Streets (1997) The characters are mostly predictable stereotypes whose fates are all too well signalled all too far in advance. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
88% Walking and Talking (1996) Its slender narrative is economically unfolded in succinct scenes and features a good deal of acute observations, and it is attractively photographed by Michael Spiller, Hal Hartley's regular lighting cameraman. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
49% The First Wives Club (1996) Starting over the top and wildly working its way upwards, The First Wives' Club eschews subtlety at all costs and is dogged by a number of out of place syrupy songs on the soundtrack. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
46% Miami Vice (2006) [Mann] revels in orchestrating confrontations between good and evil, unleashing the firepower with a merciless ferocity that Sam Peckinpah would admire. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
55% The Craft (1996) It's rare enough in these days of studio megahype to be pleasantly surprised by a relatively unheralded movie, but such is the case with the second film from the director Andrew Davies - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
53% The Notebook (2004) The Notebook is a thoroughly old-fashioned romantic melodrama awash with misty-eyed sentiment as it charts the obstacles placed in the path of two young lovers from opposite sides of the social divide. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 80% Silent Grace (2002) The first feature film written, produced and directed by Maeve Murphy, Silent Grace is an effectively low-key and slow-burning treatment of events that have faded into history. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) Sam Raimi's financial services horror is an energetic return to his roots. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Vibrant and affecting. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2009
91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) [An] elegiac, moving drama. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2007
56% Marie Antoinette (2006) The gimmicks run out of steam in this fluffy movie's plodding second half, well before the time finally arrives for the remark to be made that the common people should be left to eat cake. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2007
95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Adeptly [blends] magic realism, fairytale trappings and special effects for a film charged by the unrest that lingers in the aftermath of the war. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2007
92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) Haunting and unsettling. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2001
25% The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) An absorbing picture of thwarted aspirations and self-destructive behaviour. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2001
46% Lake Placid (1999) The effects are satisfying in this quite lively romp, which is peppered with movie references and never overstays its welcome. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
60% Deep Blue Sea (1999) The capable cast can do nothing with their cliche-type roles, leaving me, for one, rooting for the sharks - which, though mostly animatronic, are rather more convincing than the movie's human creations. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
76% Gladiator (2000) After 35 years the Roman epic is revived -- and vigorously revitalised -- in this robust, viscerally charged drama. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% Cruel Intentions (1999) Making a highly confident film debut, [Roger Kumble] never loses sight of the story's essence, and he astutely treats its themes of lust, cruelty and guilt in its precisely sustained transposition to a present-day context. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2000