The Irish Times' Scores

  • Movies
For 363 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Lighthouse
Lowest review score: 20 The Turning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 363
363 movie reviews
  1. The two performances, rather than playing in a continuum, work as contrasting sides of a fractured psyche.
  2. Vogt coaxes impressive, carefully calibrated performances from his creepy young ensemble.
  3. Sadly, the film falls short of being A-ha’s Some Kind of Monster (Metallica’s cringy group therapy epic).
  4. Unnervingly naturalistic performances from two cinematic legends – the great Italian giallo master Dario Argento, the great Italian giallo master and the star of La Maman et La Putain – add to the sense of loss.
  5. Unfortunately, the longer the film goes on the more blankly didactic it becomes.
  6. At its core, however, this is a big-hearted family drama about acceptance and a love story between an older married couple. It falls to the terrific Yeoh to hold all the subplots and occasional comic misfires together.
  7. This is an exciting, surprising treatment of a story many of us have heard only in half-understood whispers. Well worth settling in for.
  8. 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.
  9. By the time we finally see the leading lady, La Panthère des Neiges – as the film was called at home – has long since privileged the journey over the destination.
  10. 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.
  11. Taking cues from the lively cast, Nabil Ayouch’s third feature to make it to Cannes is scrappy, occasionally messy, prone to distractions, and never less than diverting.
  12. 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.
  13. If anything, The Unbearable Weight is not quite tricksy enough.
  14. At 72 minutes, Playground falls shy of feature length, yet it atones with a sickening sense of dread and pinpoint emotional accuracy. The performances that Wandel coaxes out of her young cast are remarkable and often painful to behold.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To add to the viewer’s distress, the picture is as deafeningly loud as it is tiresomely provocative.
  18. Celeste Cescutti leads a parochial cast that is largely unprofessional, with a fierce performance that bosses and grounds the film’s magic realist themes.
  19. The film does a good job of dragging us from the darkest valleys of tragedy towards the gently sunlit uplands.
  20. 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.
  21. Directors Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, and Colleen Hennessy have sifted through hundreds of hours of footage to fashion something that allows for a sense of the person behind the rock casualty. To this end, they do a splendid job.
  22. 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.
  23. Haarla and Borisov demonstrate impeccable timing and expertly tiny movements as they warm up to one another. It’s something like love but without either sex or romance. And it’s a joy to behold.
  24. 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.
  25. Both actors are ill-served by a script that carps on about finding your moment or some such. Can’t a hedgehog go on a quest to find a magic master emerald without this constant haranguing?
  26. Following on from Harry Wootliff’s infertility romance, Only You, this confirms the British writer-director as an unmissable talent.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. At the risk of damning with the faintest praise, this is easily Bay’s best film in more than 25 years.
  30. Bounce along as Julie might and it’s a lively, sexy, eventful two-hour adventure.

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