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 57% Brightburn (2019) Storm clouds lower as Brandon's mood darkens, and the twinning of teenage strops and superpowers is an interesting premise. But the promise of Brightburn's first hour is squandered in a messy, gory climax. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese's film gives us a grainy snapshot of the watchful, clever, mischievous maestro in his prime. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
61% Child's Play (2019) Lars Kievberg's film deliberately evokes the hokey 80s charms of films like Gremlins, and is amusing enough so long as it tempers the nastiness. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) One takes the voice work of Tom Hanks for granted in these films, but he is their heart and soul and is quite superb here as a stuffed cowboy who's running out of road. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) There's lots of furious activity: car chases, fist fights with extraterrestrials, terrifying portals into the depths of the universe, but none of it engages the viewer for long in a muddled film that's trying way too hard. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 92% We the Animals (2018) The joys and fears of childhood are wonderfully evoked in this intense and painterly drama from Jeremiah Zagar. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 83% Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia's evocative documentary uses period footage and thoughtful voiceovers to give us a more balanced picture of the great footballer's career and life. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 70% Papi Chulo (2019) John Butler milks this unlikely relationship for laughs very efficiently, and Bomer is genuinely touching as the lost and confused Sean. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) The Los Angeles setting allows Mr. Lelio to play with the Californian rejection of age, and death, and Ms. Moore is magnificent as the kind but irrepressible Gloria. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 79% Late Night (2019) Mindy Kaling's script has moments of indulgent sentiment and not quite enough jokes, but Late Night has a certain charm, and Emma Thompson gives it socks as the fearsome host. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) By the time the credits rolled, I felt a bit like a dead-eyed automaton myself. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The big guy comes into his own in the climax, but mostly he looks bored with this whole enterprise, and I am much of his opinion. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Full of dark portents of the continental carnage to come, Sunset is Kafkaesque, melodramatic, enthralling. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Booksmart, however, not only subverts the tribal clichés but upends them, reflecting perhaps the new mores of a generation determined to avoid glib sexual and social classifications. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 56% Ma (2019) Ma seems interesting at first, and has a dark sense of humour, but is eventually overwhelmed by silliness and has dubious societal subtexts - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) Inevitably, the novel's subtleties are lost in translation, and Emmanuel Finkiel's film drags at times, but Ms. Thierry's portrayal of the alternately tender and ruthless writer is fascinating. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) This sequel lacks the simple urgency of the original, and isn't quite as funny. But the animation's lovely, Harrison Ford amusingly voices a macho farm dog, and my junior reviewer loved it. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) This Aladdin remake is fine, but I'm not sure I see the point of it. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 67% Wine Country (2019) [A] charming and appealingly messy Netflix comedy set in Napa Valley. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
5/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) This extraordinary, visually stunning crime drama pits tradition against greed, with predictable consequences. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's a bit long perhaps, and we could have done without much of the last half hour, but those fights scenes really are exceptional, astonishing feats of choreography and editing that make mortal combat look like art. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 100% Mattress Men (2016) Colm Quinn's film movingly explores the tension between the mutually toxic forces of business and friendship. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) There are moments of wild-eyed over-acting, as we've come to expect of old Mel down the years, but they don't seem out of place in a film that seems to have its tongue firmly in its cheek. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 95% De Palma (2016) I admire the simplicity and directness of Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's documentary De Palma. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) War on Everyone is glib and overwritten. At times it seems like bad Tarantino, but mostly it just seems bad. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It has a certain charm I suppose, but overall felt a bit like watching Scooby Doo on acid, a sensation I would not recommend. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 87% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) This is a grim but lyrical film, a stern rebuke to those who like to talk about the good old days. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
5/5 83% High Life (2019) This is a dark, gripping, unsettling film, in which human needs engulf the delusions of ethics. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace is a glorious, almost unbearably moving testament to her soaring soul genius. Watching it, you wish you believed in God. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Overall Tolkien is a touching, entertaining, nicely handled film, which gives real insights into the creation of one of the most popular books ever written. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Rogen and Theron are surprisingly good together, and Long Shot has genuinely funny moments. But the writing and direction are too loose to make this uneven comedy memorable. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Part of the James Wan-produced Conjuring series, La Llorona is very much a poor relation, resorting too early to technical horror, cheap tricks and nervous attempts at humour. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There's a frantic busyness to the whole thing that wearied me but may well delight Marvel nuts. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
2/5 31% Red Joan (2019) The film flaps back and forth in time to no great effect, and the cast swim gamely against a rising tide of tedium. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 83% Loro (2019) Loro is messy, unfocussed, excessive, but often spellbinding. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Full of atmosphere and slightly overwritten, Mr. Zahler's film is gripping in a gloomy sort of way though predictably obsessed with nihilistic pain and suffering. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Chloe Grace-Moretz gives us a protagonist with soul, and Ms. Huppert throws the kitchen sink at her portrayal of a gloriously unhinged witch woman. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Watching films for a living can leave you jaundiced, but every so often you sit up in your seat and are moved to tears by an actor's raw, unadulterated talent. This is one of those moments. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) This film has some decent ideas but is let down by a listless script. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Go (2018) Don't Go has a pleasingly macabre atmosphere, but its thin plot evaporates late on like steam from a waning kettle. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) Out of Innocence is a rather stilted film dramatically, sometimes clumsily written, but it's an education for anyone unfamiliar with this depressing case, and a window into a happily vanished Ireland. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) These days, players go off if their hair is out of place, but Bert's toughness was only part of his incredible story, as this enjoyable biopic explains. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 91% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! makes the most of its child-in-a-man's-body theme, and only wears out its welcome in a messy finale. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Reilly and Phoenix make a great double act, and Audiard's film highlights the bravery and stupidity of the men who settled the west. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Gore should never dominate good horror films at the expense of mood, and Pet Sematary gets the balance spot on. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) Frank Shouldice's irresistible documentary follows the fortunes of a County Cavan Icarus, Bobby Coote, who's dreamt of flying for half a century. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Schnabel, a painter himself, shows us how Van Gogh made his art, and so intensely saw the world, and Dafoe is brilliant as the unfortunate artist. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) There is, it's true, a slightness to all these characterisations, and it's the actors rather than the script that give them such depth as they possess. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Us is great fun, and very funny, and uses a banging soundtrack to very skillful effect. It also looks great. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 66% The White Crow (2019) Screenwriter David Hare handles the story very well, and Oleg Ivenko is a good enough dancer to convince as Nureyev in the performance sequences. It's a fine, soulful film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019