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
3/5 78% 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 80% 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 80% 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 86% 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 60% 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
74% 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 81% 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 70% 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
96% 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
49% Four Kids and It (2020) This film is whimsical, but in a good way. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
20% 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 66% 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 79% 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 38% 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 78% 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
2/5 21% The Grudge (2020) It's not particularly frightening, but it sure is depressing. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/5 13% The Turning (2020) The Turning starts solidly enough but is never in control of its story, and explodes spectacularly in a nonsensical last ten minutes. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 81% A Hidden Life (2019) Matters spiritual have long fascinated Mr. Malick, who uses his familiar box of cinematic tricks to draw out this moving story, at times magnificently. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 85% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy might descend into TV movie-of-the-week territory at times, but when it's good it's really good, and a sombre execution sequence is genuinely heartbreaking. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
5/5 84% Waves (2019) It's emotional certainly, sometimes upsetting, but at no point are the characters' sufferings cheaply used, and the writer/director's endlessly inventive and fluent approach makes Waves feel like something new. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 68% Bombshell (2019) All three women have an axe to grind, and all will choose different methods of attack. Their story is told with humour and panache, and Margot Robbie is excellent. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 96% Amanda (2018) [T]hough it drags at times, it does celebrate the simple virtues of love, constancy and decency. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) It may not be perfect, but Jojo Rabbit is an honest film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 76% Spies in Disguise (2019) Lance gets turned into a pigeon. That's the film's joke, and it flogs it for all its worth, producing some amusing moments in a busy production that sags in the middle. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2/5 23% Playing with Fire (2019) The jokes are awful, and there's way too much ensemble mugging, but a heartwarming message almost won me over. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) There are touches of Kafka, also of Tarkovsky, to this dream-like and beguilingly non-literal film that concludes with an audacious 3D sequence that explains everything, and nothing. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
5/5 95% Little Women (2019) All this is done very deftly, and in spite of its dancing storyline Little Women has compelling momentum, a graceful flow. Gerwig's screenplay manages to be both faithful and modern, though never jarringly so. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
2/5 19% Cats (2019) What, you may ask, the f***? - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
3/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) George Lucas' 1977 original A New Hope was hokey and badly written but had a kind of seat-of-the-pants magic about it. It also had soul, something this film utterly lacks. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) Laura Greenfield's documentary initially seems to take an almost kindly view of the Philippino dictator's moll... But Greenfield cleverly lets her talk, hoping she'll relax and reveal her true nature. She duly obliges. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 95% Citizen K (2019) Alex Gibney's profile of exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky gives a fascinating insight into the social and moral collapse that followed the fall of communism in Russia, but goes way too easy on its arrogant, charismatic subject. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/4 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) It's slick and slight but charming enough to get away with it, and you can be pretty sure a Jumanji 3 is already being plotted. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019