The Tiger's Tail Reviews

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January 5, 2015
The fanciful tale is too absurd to take seriously.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
September 7, 2009
A messy but absorbing mystery.
August 6, 2009
Amateurish technical contrivance isn't this awkward, retro failure's only deficiency.
February 21, 2009
The world recession has made this suspenseful film bitingly relevant beyond the local problems of the maiming of "The Celtic Tiger."
February 4, 2009
A real waste of a potentially interesting premise.
December 24, 2008
The Tiger's Tail, like Cassandra's Dream, prominently features a boat that is both symbol of financial attainment and emotional ruin; it also finds a master filmmaker defying the "show, don't tell" principle with almost crippling cynicism.
October 24, 2008
March 24, 2008
If there's anything about the movie that really rises above the mediocre, it's Gleeson's fantastic performance.
March 20, 2008
An almost madcap comic pace battles with thundercloud-building drama . . . The social commentary can be earnest and bald, with the mythic overtones seemingly contrived to tumble O'Leary into the class gap on his arse.
December 7, 2007
Far from being a roaring, sinewy beast with a lot of bite that the title might suggest, John Boorman's latest has more in common with a lumbering white elephant.
June 19, 2007
June 8, 2007
John Boorman's tale of doppelgngers in Dublin would like very much to spook us, but keeps tripping over its loose script and bizarre plot lines.
June 8, 2007
Not quite a car crash of a movie, Boorman's uneven black comedy is more like a fender-bender. It falls into the twilight zone between so bad it's good and so bad it's bad.
June 8, 2007
As tigers go, it's all growl and no teeth.
June 8, 2007
You get two Brendan Gleesons for the price of one in John Boorman's Dublin-set comedy, though neither is shown to his advantage in this uncomfortable mix of social satire and over-ripe melodrama.
May 10, 2007
Despite Boorman's subtle, suggestive direction and a nice central performance from Gleeson, this low-key thriller never quite works.
April 27, 2007
Any potential in Boorman's sinister parable is frittered away with awkward dialogue, shallow characters and failed attempts at comedy. A curiosity at best.
February 10, 2007
John Boorman's self-indulgent "moral fable" has promise ..., but like the dueling entrepreneurs who populate one strand of the narrative, delivers more sizzle than steak.
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