Padraic McKiernan

Padraic McKiernan
Padraic McKiernan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
24% Dracula Untold (2014) It's not going to change your life but Dracula fans will surely find it delivers decent fang, sorry bang for your buck. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2016
33% Love, Rosie (2015) If you can treat the experience as an extended bubble-bath and remember the whole affair is to depth and substance what Boyzone were to Bob Dylan, you won't go far wrong. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
76% Fury (2014) [Pitt] delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in the central role and while attempts to mix the populist and the profound don't always work, it remains a captivating piece. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) I wouldn't say I hated it but my dislike knew no bounds. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
93% Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014) A searing indictment of the current regime in Iran, this daring and brave piece deserves as wide an audience as possible. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
89% Wild (2014) Witherspoon is, dare I say it, foot-perfect in the central role while the exceptional cinematography effortlessly reflects the epic beauty of the American wilderness. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Though possibly lacking a little bang bang for your buck, A Most Violent Year represents an absorbing, thoughtful and successful attempt to subvert the usual grisly gangster-chic stereotypes. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
72% American Sniper (2015) Cooper excels in the central role while Eastwood succeeds in the difficult task of delivering a war movie that focuses more on the personal sacrifice made by soldiers than it does on politics. It's all the better for it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2016
65% Laggies (2014) Plot implausibilities and Knightley's comedic deficiencies, however, ensure that proceedings never move much beyond the passable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
72% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar needs to be seen on the biggest screen you can get your eyes on for maximum impact. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years a Slave? It feels much longer. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
91% Birdman (2014) Like all great art, it's a journey into the heart of psychological darkness that sheds a luminous light. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2015
73% The Congress (2014) The psychedelic second section derails the finished product somewhat but it's never less than absorbing. Cult classics have evolved from less. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
97% Boyhood (2014) Clocking in at close to three hours, Boyhood overstays its welcome a little; but strong performances, an evocative soundtrack together with the director's flair for off-the-cuff profundity ensure that fans of quality movie-making won't be disappointed. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
24% Tammy (2014) The good news about this enjoyable piece is that they do manage to raise a few laughs. McCarthy's knockabout schtick is bound to get old at some stage, but it hasn't happened yet, while Sarandon isn't found wanting in the comic smarts department. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
91% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Written and directed with admirable verve by Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon ticks all the important boxes required of top quality family-friendly animation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) This Doug Liman directed feature is a cut above the usual in terms of cerebral content, but it's still difficult to imagine it appearing on Mensa must-see lists any day soon. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2014
55% Fading Gigolo (2014) There is the odd laugh but they're too few and far between to dispel the slightly creepy sense that, thematically, we're getting a middle-aged male fantasy take on what women want. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
14% Blended (2014) Blended? Blanded more like. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
94% A Touch of Sin (2013) Though ultra-violent at times, those in the market for quality arthouse fare are guaranteed to be enthralled. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2014
80% The Two Faces of January (2014) Impeccable production values and pitch perfect performances ensure engagement levels remain high. These positives, however, don't fully compensate for a spectacle that lurches uncomfortably close to melodrama towards the conclusion. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2014
27% Pompeii (2014) The lava is the only thing that flows in this misfiring affair. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
89% Run & Jump (2014) Understated performances from a standout cast combine with a nuanced script to deliver an experience that is enduringly heartwarming. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
17% Plastic (2014) The story depicted here is remarkable but uneven production values and a couple of dodgy American accents spoil it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2014
93% An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013) Gritty fly-on-the-wall footage of family life with his wife Senada and their two young children accentuates the sense of an existence that is barely sustainable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) Strong suspense levels help maintain good momentum and Blair anchors proceedings admirably. The conclusion is a tad contrived, but there are enough twists and turns along the way to ensure that genre fans will be suitably thrilled. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
96% We Are the Best! (2014) Performances from the central players are uniformly remarkable and help distract from a slightly disjointed, episodic structure. Content is fairly lightweight and the movie runs out of road towards the conclusion, but it is fun while it lasts. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Anderson's customary lavish production values render the spectacle a visual treat while a quality script maintains decent momentum. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) It's far from memorable but the cast acquit themselves with aplomb while impressive action sequences will give excitable types plenty of bang bang for their buck. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
67% Bastards (2013) It could be that genre fans or French cinema enthusiasts may be engaged, but the murky visuals and non-linear nature of the narrative left me cold. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014
16% Endless Love (2014) If you're a stranger to Mills and Boon or movies like The Notebook, it can be said, with a decent degree of probability, that Endless Love will require endless patience. But it's not without its positives. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2014