Aine O'Connor

Aine O'Connor
Aine O'Connor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Silly and fun. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 74% Harriet (2019) It's very effective. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 83% La Belle Époque (2019) It's a very complete, satisfying and enjoyable film with beautifully observed and written roles brought to extra life by some wonderful performances. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The original was always going to be a hard act to follow, and although it doesn't quite reach the heights, this sequel should give fans, old and new, a lot of joy. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 90% Luce (2019) It's really very rich and incredibly well delivered. It's a good story anyway, but if you like films to make you think, try not to miss this. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) It's fascinating and moving. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) It is not then for anyone looking for a fun night out - but it is a beautifully crafted and acted indictment of how modern economic practice is destroying people. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Curious Works of Roger Doyle (2018) Lally's documentary is a triumphant homage to a musical genius and it's nice to see and learn about an artist who surely deserves wider acclaim. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) It's action-packed but relies too much on contrived jump frights to create suspense; there are also odd holes in the story, like why the young man was murdered and er, couldn't she upload the file to YouTube? - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Deadpool director Tim Miller takes over the reins and delivers non-stop thumping, chases, explosions, a fair few F words and all round action bedlam. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Poignant, funny and beautifully shot, it is a film about belonging, friendship, the sense of self - and, to a certain extent, about capitalism. The leads are wonderful in this film that lingers. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 51% Tolkien (2019) It's main flaw to me is that it doesn't know exactly what to focus on and the pacing is odd, some parts are told slowly, others too fast. However, especially regarding the decimation of war, it works, and as a life story it is interesting. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Sweet, poignant, funny, beautifully observed and delivered, this little gem is a potential classic and I loved it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) It's great to see a female antagonist, and the difficulty of identifying, proving and dealing with stalking is a topic very much worth exploring. So too is loneliness and isolation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) There is an interesting idea in Wonder Park about childhood grief and fear...However, it is a tough one to tackle well and perhaps this is why the film lets the idea slide into the background becoming instead a sweet but unmemorable animation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 48% Little (2019) What ensues is not as funny as it could be, there are scenes that make no sense whatsoever and it all descends into a mawkish morality tale. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) Although some licence has been used, this fictionalised version of the Kerry Babies case covers one of the most pivotal points in modern Irish history. Sometimes it is well worth looking back to see just how far we have come. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Butch and Sundance it isn't but still, some 15 years on, the actors who fill the roles do shine, fortunately, because the pursuit is a little lacking in suspense. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/5 100% The Man Who Wanted to Fly (2019) It was lovely to get to spend time with the Coote brothers, both good-natured, chatty and wise, and to see a slice of life that is not that often seen. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 66% The White Crow (2019) It is a great story and Ivenko does a very good job in his acting debut. There is plenty of ballet too. I liked it, I just thought it would have worked better if it had stayed simpler. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) It is still seriously above average for a horror, Nyong'o is a fabulous lead and the casual race and gender inversions are great. It's a film best experienced rather than overthought. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
2/5 43% What Men Want (2019) The humour is raunchy slapstick that never feels clever and is rarely funny. It feels like a waste of an idea, especially in a climate when it could have been much more. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-write and direct this fun and funny, clever, diversity-embracing episode. Captain Marvel enjoys her powers, Larson brings warmth to the ass-whooping. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) This is more than just middle-aged angst, this is a woman unravelling, a complex mix of dissatisfaction and projection, failed boundaries and obsession that loosen her grip on reality. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The story is good but there are no huge surprises, the devil however is in the detail -- and the characters, observations and performances make this film shine. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) It's not groundbreaking and will appeal to horror fans mostly, but Kerslake, and the excellent Quinn Markey, give it a dramatic centre. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's solid and good, it's just not excellent. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It's a violence revenge film that would joke about how its tongue got so firmly in its cheek. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) It feels like an old school kids' adventure film, the characters are a bit bland, there is no great sense of peril and it is a little earnest, but it's fun and light and not a bad midterm outing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Inevitably it doesn't have the innovation factor, it can feel like one massive product placement and it is possibly a little too pleased with itself, but that is nitpicking. This will delight lots of people. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Moonlight was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Barry Jenkins has done it, delivering a warm, exquisite and heartbreaking movie - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
5/5 71% All Is True (2019) It is more drama, even pot boiler, than worthy biopic which angers some but makes it broadly accessible. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 90% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Growing up can feel bittersweet but is ultimately nothing to fear and this beautiful animation gathers a starry cast to make that point in what is a spectacular sequel and finale. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) It is interesting and it looks good but it is not involving enough to sustain its 148-minute run time and despite its unusual storytelling the ending proved strangely predictable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Getting audiences to side with an essentially unlikeable and morally dubious character is no mean feat, but when it works it really works and that is the power of Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) The plot evolves through the three stories but despite the subject it focuses less on outrage and more on the moral aspects of doing the right thing. I loved it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The performances are really good, Carell especially so. Stories of addiction are necessarily cyclical so the father's emotional arc around his son's addiction is pivotal. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The performances are great, Saoirse really owns it. There is perhaps too much in the story, but for me it worked. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) The leads are good and good together. But despite a long run time, other issues are not developed in what is very much a remake and not a reworking. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
5/5 95% RBG (2018) [RBG] has been instrumental in changing so much of what we now take for granted; this insight into the woman behind the law is utterly charming. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
3/5 87% Colette (2018) Although the film takes too long to tell a thin enough part of the story, their complex marriage and Colette's sexuality are played really well. There's a light touch to the whole thing that works to make this enjoyable and engaging viewing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/5 93% The Favourite (2018) Clever, beautiful, fantastically acted, saucy, dark and really funny, it's an absolute gem. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The plot is very thin for the 140min run time but it's sweet and there are lots of great cameos. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 59% White Boy Rick (2018) It is a bit long and the pacing is off in places but the characters are realistic and the performances really good. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) There is an awful lot going on, it doesn't all work, but overall this is something that doesn't just have great style, it has real substance. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) It's deceptively simple, sweet, often funny, thought-provoking, moving but never mawkish and really accessible. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 100% The Camino Voyage (2018) This is the story of an adventure based in Irish traditions and told largely as Gaeilge and it's a pleasure and privilege to get to see people who just do things. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It is reductive of the source material, has some bonkers segues and all those interesting characters and dynamics have been either over simplified or crushed with cliche. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) It's a huge, CGI-heavy spectacle which wants to be so much but ends up diluting itself terribly. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 100% Black Mother (2019) Although there is no real formal structure, it all coalesces to give a remarkable sense of complex culture. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018