Ciara Dolan

Ciara Dolan
Ciara Dolan's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Us (2019) Maybe Us is overstuffed, or maybe a second viewing could cast further light on these connections. Either way, Us still made me afraid to look in the mirror-the hallmark of an excellent horror movie. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) Under closer examination, it's just another example of a harmful narrative in which young women are violently punished for trusting a stranger. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
79% Fyre Fraud (2019) It's interesting to hear the madness explained, but Hulu's documentary Fyre Fraud zooms out to contextualize Fyre Festival as a symptom of a much greater issue. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
91% Fyre (2019) The takeaway is simply that the whole truth of what happened at Fyre Festival and its aftermath is presented by neither-that's what makes them so interesting. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
85% Dumplin' (2018) Although it's not perfect, Dumplin' made my cold, prune-like heart grow three sizes. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
No Score Yet London Fields (2018) The cinematic equivalent of a sewage truck colliding with a tanker full of gasoline. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) The whole thing feels like a tormented fever dream-intoxicating and at times barely coherent. But that's why it's great. Argento's Suspiria sucks you in and traps you within, woozy and disoriented from some unknown spell. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's not exactly bad; there's just way too much going on. It seems like Goddard's priority was creating an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
66% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie tries to find the seemingly impossible balance between family drama, murder mystery, and queer romance. Though it's a compelling idea, it doesn't work-the forbidden love story isn't fleshed out enough for that motive to be believable. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) It's cute, it's "quirky" (ugh), and it's boring as hell, with hollow dialogue and a plot that shuffles along like an old, tired dog. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Ari Aster's feature debut might be one of the most beautiful and nauseating horror movies ever made. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
91% Beast (2018) It's both intoxicating and claustrophobic-a swirling vortex of desire and denial that exposes the wildness behind our most controlled exteriors. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
49% Flower (2018) It's gritty, vulgar, depraved, often hilarious, and periodically charming. But its shock-jock approach to sensitive subjects like child molestation wind up feeling hollow and exploitative. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Throughout the film, even chronic pessimists (like me!) will find themselves defending humanity. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
86% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult works best when Doueiri spends time examining the root system of hate. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
77% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) One of [Fatih] Akin's greatest accomplishments with In the Fade is how he forces viewers to bear witness to Katja's raw, inescapable pain. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
82% Tragedy Girls (2017) Though it's risky to make a film with sadistic murderers as the protagonists, this duo is disarmingly likable. And they're funny. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) But Lucky is also very sweet-even though Lucky's convinced that death will plunge him into a void of nothingness, he still gets up each morning and keeps living. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
89% Super Dark Times (2017) Though the final sequence of events is oddly paced and difficult to follow, [Kevin] Phillips succeeds by using the language and logic of teenagers to tell this story. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Ingrid Goes West's attempt to deliver a topical dark comedy about social media fails to portray mental health with the nuance required when you're making a movie about an unhinged woman. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
100% They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016) They Will Have to Kill Us First sends a clear message from Mali's musicians to their oppressors-you can turn cities into ghost towns, take away radio stations, and destroy instruments, but we'll never stop making music. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
95% Sing Street (2016) Sing Street isn't all bad... but the bad parts are pretty bad. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Popstar's greatest strength is its topicality: It's fascinating to watch a movie where the strongest jokes are completely reliant on the audience's fluency in recent pop culture. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The one unforgivable flaw of resurrecting Beauty and the Beast in 2017 is that we've already had another movie handle the monster love story better. It's called Shrek. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
62% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) I did cry seven times-my dislike for The Zookeeper's Wife happened afterwards, as I retroactively tried to map my mixed feelings. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
18% Baywatch (2017) At least Hasselhoff's dumb show didn't actively make you feel worse about the state of the world. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
78% The Little Hours (2017) The Little Hours finds comedy in mundanity; its jokes, thankfully, make up for its unoriginality. - The Stranger (Seattle, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017