Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington
Paul Whitington's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Independent
Publications: Irish Independent

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 95% Riders of Justice (2021) An exploration of male rage, and the psychological scars that impede us all, Riders of Justice manages to be simultaneously moving and hilarious. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 100% I Never Cry (Jak Najdalej Stad) (2020) Up-and-coming actress Zofia Stafiej is responsible for all the memorable moments in this sombre little drama filmed mainly in Dublin. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 49% Old (2021) In Old, Shyamalan is pumping on all cylinders: it's as good a film as he's made. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) Jungle Cruise cribs from the Indy playbook early and often, and what begins as respectful nods to Raiders of the Lost Ark etc soon descends to shameless appropriation. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 48% Spirit Untamed (2021) While Spirit Untamed does nothing new, it's old fashioned in a nice way. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 97% The Suicide Squad (2021) Though not to be confused with the 2016 action caper Suicide Squad, James Gunn's noisy sequel aims for a similar style and tone -- trashy and unpleasant. In this, and this alone, it succeeds. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
3/5 96% The Human Factor (2020) Moreh, who also made the excellent The Gatekeepers, compiles his interviews masterfully, and all the diplomats he talks to make the point that, without trust, there can be no lasting peace. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) Despite a schlocky B-picture ending, Wright's film is not as bad as reviews suggest, and might have been good if it hadn't been so comprehensively fiddled with. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
2/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The wisecracks the crew trade during their extended killing spree are not funny, Snyder fails to restrain his slo-mo tic, and one emerges from the wreckage of Las Vegas none the wiser, and slightly stupider. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 70% The Winter Lake (2021) The trouble with building up so much tension is that you then have to justify it, and a slightly flat finale doesn't quite manage it. Nicely made and photographed, though. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 45% The Little Things (2021) It wouldn't work at all if not for Washington. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) This torturous tale of corruption and entitlement is compellingly told. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Banksy Most Wanted (2020) Whoever he is, Banksy's successful maintenance of his secret identity seems an achievement in itself, and he's the artist this age deserves. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 69% Ammonite (2020) It's a fine film in its way, and the acting should certainly have been recognised, particularly Kate Winslet's earthy and anguished central performance. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Idris Elba turns up in interesting places, and is somewhere near his rangy, taciturn best in this likeably old-fashioned contemporary western. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) A film that's well-made and nicely acted but lacking in dramatic tension, and worthy to the point of dullness. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) A fitfully successful attempt to re-inflate two of cinema's greatest monsters. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 77% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) If it doesn't make nearly enough of its existential possibilities, it's not without a certain juvenile charm. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 78% I Care a Lot (2021) Those with a sunny view of human nature might have their optimism wilted by I Care a Lot, J Clarkson's blithely misanthropic but stylishly entertaining comic thriller. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 81% Pelé (2021) Skillfully interweaves the story of the great man's rise with his country's turbulent politics. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [I]ts broader critique of laissez-faire capitalism will not prevent punters from enjoying the film's essential silliness. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/5 76% Pixie (2021) It's messy but engaging, and Cooke makes Pixie more entertaining than it has any right to be. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 82% Comedy of Power (2006) Though it sags a little in the middle, this film never gets boring. It's a slow but gripping thriller and the credit for that goes mainly to Ms Huppert. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) The Broken Hearts Gallery admirably commits to its rather cheesy premise, and Krinsky skilfully provides space for all her comic actors to shine. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3/5 59% Chemical Hearts (2020) Chemical Hearts is very watchable for the most part, mainly thanks to Reinhart, and for all the manufactured melodrama, the ending is surprisingly grown up. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
5/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) It's this lightness of touch that makes this beautiful film so appealing: just because you're laughing, it doesn't mean you're not taking a subject seriously. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) It's a likeable, funny, warm-hearted film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 95% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Avi Belkin's documentary tells its story entirely through archive footage, which proves both compelling and limiting. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 82% To the Stars (2020) It's nicely shot, but a little tamer than it might have been. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 71% The High Note (2020) It has its flaws and trades shamelessly in clichés and stereotypes, but is not without a certain ragged charm and actually manages to be funny now and then. Oddly enough, it also entertained me. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
94% Dating Amber (2020) Dating Amber is one of the most touching and hilarious Irish films I've seen... - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 77% Essential Killing (2010) Once [Jerzy] Skolimowski has established his story's visual momentum, it goes precisely nowhere. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
48% Four Kids and It (2020) This film is whimsical, but in a good way. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
21% Coffee & Kareem (2020) It has its funny moments, just maybe not enough, and I couldn't help wondering exactly who it's aimed at. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
71% Danger Close (2019) [I]n this day and age, painting the Battle of Long Tan as a victory for Australian grit while making no comment on their reasons for being there simply is not on. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 65% Lady and the Tramp (2019) It's pretty well done, even charming in parts: the question is, did it need to be done at all? - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) At 76, Catherine Deneuve can still blow all-comers off a cinema screen, and she does exactly that in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Truth, which playfully explores the vexed relationship between a French film star and her daughter. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/5 72% Vivarium (2020) It's a very smart film, cleverly designed and choreographed, and Eisenberg and Poots underplay their characters' desperation nicely. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
5/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) [Morrison's] novels managed to catch the African-American experience better perhaps than anyone has before or since, and to listen to her talk about her craft here is a joy. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
2/5 77% Military Wives (2020) This sort of stuff can write itself, there are some decent performances, and no one ever has the bad taste to ask an Afghan how they feel about being invaded. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) Onward has a lot of fun sending up mindless materialism, but its real subtexts are family, and grief. It's a surprisingly moving cartoon. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 80% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It's shot like a western, has a grubby splendour, and though its plotting is loose at times, it really does the Kelly legend justice. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Celine Sciamma's subtly erotic period drama is nothing short of a masterpiece. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/5 37% Downhill (2020) While not as good as the original, Downhill is amusing enough, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives the film some much needed emotional depth. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) This is a tightly made film, and Mark Ruffalo is, as ever, excellent in the lead. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) By making Cecilia the main character, rather than the lunatic who's tormenting her, Whannell has entirely changed the story's focus, and turned it into a very effective and at times positively Hitchcockian thriller. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
2/5 47% Underwater (2020) This is silly stuff and very hard to follow: in the Mariana Trench, no one can hear you scream, but no one can bloody see you either. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/5 14% Dolittle (2020) This is a rickety, badly planned film, full of lazy Cgi, plot non-sequiturs and dodgy Welsh accents, not least Mr Downey's. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) It's a splendid film, beautifully acted and realised, which manages to be both entertaining and profound. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Though it hides its sneer behind a half-arsed feminist agenda, Birds Of Prey is messy, lazy and needlessly unpleasant. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020