Donald Clarke

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For 180 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Donald Clarke's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Amour
Lowest review score: 20 The Turning
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 180
  2. Negative: 9 out of 180
180 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Unfortunately, the longer the film goes on the more blankly didactic it becomes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    This is an exciting, surprising treatment of a story many of us have heard only in half-understood whispers. Well worth settling in for.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    The film is not a dead loss. The sheer chaos of the thing is welcome in an age when big-budget films travel along too-straight lines. Raimi is allowed a few moments of characteristic invention. But nothing here suggests there is much room to manoeuvre within the Marvel straitjacket. A disappointment.
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    • 60 Donald Clarke
    It is made with respect. It has educational value. But the film-makers, working with a modest budget, have made sure to include much head-splitting action.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    For all the moral compromises and narrative confusion, you couldn’t say A New Era is boring. There is a constant sense of excellent actors making the best of indifferent material.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    If anything, The Unbearable Weight is not quite tricksy enough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    Detailing the cold shoulders offered to a young woman after she becomes pregnant in 1960s France, the film works evocative period detail in with implicit warnings against contemporary backsliding on reproductive rights. The relentless clockwork of human biology lends it an awful tension. The actors give in to no cheap options.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Sure, the film borrows shamelessly from Romancing the Stone, but that film was itself slip-streaming behind Raiders of the Lost Ark. Everything about The Lost City is yelling “fun, fun, fun!” in your lughole. You are being dared not to have a good time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    The film does a good job of dragging us from the darkest valleys of tragedy towards the gently sunlit uplands.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Donald Clarke
    Perhaps Eggers has lost some of the horrible intimacy we savoured in his earlier work. But he offers us compensation in scope, intensity and pure bloody ferocity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    It remains, nonetheless, a pleasure to see a good yarn played out in such professional fashion. Just try not to think of the awful pun in the title.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    Through it all the technical work remains of the highest quality. It seems a shame that Stuart Craig and Neil Lamont’s lavish production design and Colleen Atwood’s gorgeous costumes – both leaning into unreal golden-era Hollywood – are wasted on such an emotionally unengaging slog.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    Adults and smarter kids will enjoy the digs at the pomposity of professional saints. Everyone else can laugh at the genuinely funny talking guinea pig.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    Most ruinously, there is too much Jared and not enough Matt. No harm to Leto, who wears less makeup as a vampire here than he did as a human in House of Gucci, but he appears to be taking the silly role absurdly seriously. It’s not Willy Loman, dude.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    At the risk of damning with the faintest praise, this is easily Bay’s best film in more than 25 years.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    The Cellar does sag just a little in the middle, but its spooky beginning and apocalyptic denouement set it aside from the horror pack.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Donald Clarke
    Nobody looks to have helped Affleck get to grips with the author’s signature sociopath and, rather than appearing coldly ruthless, this cuboid-headed anti-hero comes across as a bored man queuing for an uninteresting clerical formality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    The film does feel a little thin in its later stages, but the inventive performances – Rylance’s in particular – keep the film aloft throughout. No bogie. Comfortably a birdie. Not quite an eagle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    Turning Red remains a charming film that will win friends and trigger worthwhile conversations. The right sort of feel-good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Donald Clarke
    For all the sinister undercurrents, Red Rocket is hilarious throughout.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Happily, the screenplay is a model of design and economy. The dilemmas remain clear. The solutions mostly make sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    Swelling the running time close to three hours, the story, though well worked, has ideas above its humble station. One longs for the strings to be tightened. One yearns for just a smidgeon of levity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Studio 666 is not exactly a good film. It is not a particularly enjoyable one. But it is cheering to know it is out there in the world – merrily not being a tortured autobiographical tale of ghetto life or a compilation of musings on the singer’s sociological concerns.
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    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Clocking in at just over an hour, Get Back: The Rooftop Concert turns out to be simultaneously too much and not quite enough.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    Too many bad ideas are juggled in too small a space.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Donald Clarke
    Death on the Nile remains the sort of harmlessly enjoyable entertainment they used to make when … well, way back when they made this film.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Donald Clarke
    Hogg has created her own universe and explored it with relentless vigour. Few final shots have so satisfactorily summed up such a magnum opus. Sod the detractors.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Donald Clarke
    Bentley, whose father and grandfather rode, has done an exemplary job in recreating that world.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Donald Clarke
    There is nothing special about the animation. The lead characters are reasonably easy on the eye, but too many of the secondary players look like human beings with animal heads crudely jammed on unwelcoming shoulders.
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    • 20 Donald Clarke
    Almost entirely plotless, it consists mostly of the characters pointing guns and wracking their brains for the next terrible line. Yet they had enough money to pay Willis whatever he asks to sit in two different chairs for a few hours (and he may charge by the chair). Nothing adds up.

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