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Paul Whitington

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 50% Rampage (2018) One takes this kind of Cgi for granted these days, but the creatures really are impressively rendered and let's be honest, who doesn't want to watch a gorilla, an alligator and a wolf destroy downtown Chicago?‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 85% Ghost Stories (2018) Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's nicely atmospheric chiller... evokes the great traditions of British horror.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 95% Western (2018) Valeska Grisebach's Western is a more stately, sombre, slow-moving affair, which upends the tropes of the western genre by removing them to a novel setting - southern Bulgaria, to be precise.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) Legrand's film, which is shot tight and gives you no room to breathe or look away, initially keeps you guessing about who you ought to be siding with.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 100% Making the Grade (2017) Wardrop's latest film uses the seemingly innocuous subject of piano lessons as the platform for an... absorbing human journey.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
5/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) [Blunt is] excellent, as is her husband's film.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) It's a funny, heartbreaking film, a little too long perhaps, but wonderfully evocative of an intense chapter in recent Parisian history.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) The links between the stories seem tenuous and the overall enterprise feels contrived.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) It sticks to the rules of its genre, right down to the cloying music and obligatory schmaltzy climax, and uses them to demonstrate a truth that should be obvious: all love stories are essentially the same.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
5/5 100% Michael Inside (2017) It's moving, emotionally gripping and every scene has the ring of truth.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) The film is necessarily derivative, but hardly ever witty...It's entertaining by and large, but left me wanting less.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 84% Journeyman (2017) Paddy Considine's dark and worthy drama Journeyman gives the boxing genre a sombre twist. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 82% Blockers (2018) This film isn't just funny, it has heart, and is one of the best comedies to come out of Hollywood in the last five years.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
5/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) It could be argued that the most quintessential Anderson film was his 2009 Roald Dahl-inspired stop-motion animation Fantastic Mr Fox, but Isle of Dogs would certainly give it a run for its money.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/5 39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) New age philosophy and hippy platitudes are unsubtly blended with actual science to create a sickly blancmange of a screenplay that is not easy to digest.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
3/5 76% Dark River (2017) Clio Barnard's film is full of weather and brooding atmosphere, and Wilson is superb as the nervy but resourceful Alice. But Dark River loses its way somewhat in a jarringly melodramatic climax.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
4/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) The man's story and motives are constantly in doubt and he seems to shimmer mysteriously in front of us like the doomed anti-hero of a Dostoyevsky novel.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
4/5 79% Unsane (2018) When you first start watching, you'll think it all looks a bit grungy. But the fuzzy feel is deliberate, and greatly enhances the paranoia of a thriller that has the sleazy power of Alfred Hitchcock's later films.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Pacific Rim Uprising is sort of tolerable for the first hour or so, before a rolling Cgi battle sinks this inane enterprise.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Damo & Ivor: The Movie (2018) There's no point in pretending any of this is funny.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 55% Unless (2016) It's a handsome film, soulful but efficient, and Keener and Hannah Gross deliver fine performances.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) The Square is long but that's not a criticism because it's never dull and manages to pack in some spectacularly unlikely set pieces.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
3/5 62% Peter Rabbit (2018) [The rabbits are] hard to love (though kids may be amused by them), and this film would be pretty much unwatchable were it not for a delightful slapstick comic turn by Gleeson.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) I liked the matter-of-fact way [Garth] Davis tells this extremely familiar story: we're given a real sense of what his followers sacrificed and risked, a woman most particularly.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
2/5 49% Tomb Raider (2018) It's strangely stiff and wooden from the get-go, and heavy-handed writing stops it taking off.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
5/5 94% Sweet Country (2018) Many great films have emerged from Australia, but few as good as Sweet Country. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
3/5 52% The Lodgers (2018) As is so often the case with horrors, The Lodgers comes unstuck a little late on, but it's a handsome film, full of good ideas.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
2/5 31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The film's look evokes the 50s flashbacks in Annie Hall, but it's joyless, clumsy stuff, pastiche Clifford Odets.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
5/5 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) What's interesting about this film is not so much its story as the clammy, visceral way Ramsay tells it. It's breathless, bleary stuff, pure cinema, and Joaquin Phoenix is superb in the lead.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
4/5 93% Logan (2017) One has taken Jackman for granted in this role, but there's something grandly Shakespearean too about the Wolverine's rage against the dying of the light.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 100% The Ice King (2017) John Erskine's absorbing documentary The Ice King explores Curry's short but hectic life using archive footage and interviews. His grace on the ice still makes one gasp.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
5/5 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Emotional, poetic, intensely moving, A Fantastic Woman is beautifully directed and photographed, has Hitchcockian undertones and finds memorable ways of visually evoking Marina's isolation and bravery.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Francis Lawrence's film is hammy and grandiose, and has delusions of geopolitical relevance, but is considerably less awful than I thought it was going to be, and strangely entertaining.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 82% Game Night (2018) Studio comedies have been so bad for so long that when a halfway decent one comes along, we critics tend to get overexcited. But Game Night is a little better than decent, and handles its commendably silly premise with real skill and charm.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie is superb as Harding, a raw, determined young woman whose chippiness makes her hard to like. And Allison Janney's LaVona is a wonderful creation, a banal monster who gasps oxygen through a nasal tube while smoking furiously.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
5/5 94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loveless, a sorry tale of marital breakdown, evokes a system bereft of structure or purpose, and a society ethically adrift. It's a grim masterpiece.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A film about films, and a lush Cold War melodrama involving an interspecies romance that should be creepy but isn't, Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water is an unexpected and irresistible delight. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3/5 73% The Mercy (2017) Like the unfortunate yachtsman, James Marsh's film gets stuck in the doldrums after a solid start, and wanders aimlessly though not unpleasantly towards its sombre conclusion.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
1/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) After an hour or so of aimless waffle, the incident itself is thrown away in 10 minutes, accompanied by a predictable dose of jingoism. These guys are heroes no question: they deserve a better movie than this.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
3/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Black Panther is worthy, no question, but it's also a little dull.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Indeed, the oppressive style and sublimated Hitchcockian tensions might not be for everyone either, but I loved this film, omelette and all, and suspect it will eventually be seen as a Gothic classic.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) A fine film could have been built around [Denzel Washington], but Dan Gilroy's screenplay veers off in 10 directions at once after a promising start, and tells its story clumsily.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 92% Journey's End (2018) A fine ensemble cast display various shades of bravery and suffering. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) It's competent enough, but depressingly familiar stuff. ‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 82% Early Man (2018) The match itself is great fun, and a fine voice cast includes Timothy Spall, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams. But Early Man sags a little in the middle, and isn't quite as funny as it needs to be.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
2/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Clocking in at a staggering 142 minutes, The Death Cure makes the massive mistake of taking itself too seriously.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) Sometimes their ethical band-standing sounds a little pompous, but they all seem genuinely motivated more by idealism than ego. Which sounds almost far-fetched given what was coming next.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
2/5 57% The Commuter (2018) This clumsily orchestrated and preposterously plotted film judders to a standstill long before that speeding train does.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) The necropolis Miguel explores is a magnificent creation, a heaving, neon-lit, labyrinth...Coco has heart as well as jokes, and there are probably worse ways of introducing children to the party-pooping concept of death.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
5/5 87% The Post (2018) In his sleek and entertaining performance, Hanks makes nodding references to Jason Robards' portrayal of Bradlee in All the President's Men, and Meryl Streep's quiet, uncertain portrayal of Graham is a joy to watch.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018