Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington
Paul Whitington's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Independent
Publications: Irish Independent

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 25% Gemini Man (2019) If I'd picked Gemini Man up in a video store in the late 1990s I wouldn't have asked for my money back, but in a cinema, now? - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 68% Joker (2019) The Joker is deadly serious, a bleak but oddly beautiful horror film that evokes the nightmarish nihilism of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) An awesome spectacle that veers between heady optimism and existential despair. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) The Kitchen is nice to look at but structurally and tonally unsound, and so clumsily are the post me#too politics retrospectively applied that it doesn't feel like we're in the 1970s at all. Gleeson is terrific, though. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) It's wonderful stuff from start to finish, and one of the best films I've seen so far this year. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey is such a harmless and charming confection that it becomes possible to suppress one's inner socialist for the duration. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 100% Extra Ordinary (2019) A ghost story with a puckish sense of humour, Extra Ordinary leans heavily on the comic talents of Maeve Higgins, a wise decision as it turns out. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 100% For Sama (2019) It's powerful stuff, but will anyone listen? - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is nicely made, and Lopez and Wu are very good in the leads, but this fact-based drama is eventually overcome by moral confusion. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/4 No Score Yet Thank You Come Again (2017) Well sort of: nothing much happens in this film, which was made for half nothing and is full of giddily overwritten scenes involving eccentric customers and a confession box sequence that feels like bad Dave Allen. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) This film never reaches the giddy heights of its sleekly efficient predecessor, and that's all down to shoddy construction. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 70% ANIARA (2019) Aniara cogently makes the point that if mankind ever does manage to leave this blighted planet for another, we'll bring our problems with us. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Shiny Shrimps is a bawdy but thoroughly modern comedy with a big heart. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 45% The Informer (2020) The Informer is badly written and an inefficient thriller, and snatches of decent acting are quickly smothered by cliché. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Cool, detached, wryly observant, Joanna Hogg's Souvenir is a beautiful study in a minor key of the vagaries of the English upper classes. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) [W]hat The Mustang has in spades is sincerity, and a director good enough to wring the beauty out of a necessarily grim tale. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Movingly elegiac. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Though it gets a bit ragged late on, Scary Stories is pretty satisfying for the most part: meanwhile, in the background, the real horror story is unfolding - Richard Nixon is being re-elected. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 90% Never Grow Old (2019) Kavanagh's film borrows somewhat in tone from Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, but is very nicely made and Cusack is very enjoyable as the soft-spoken villain. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 82% Crawl (2019) Brisk, businesslike and puckishly funny, Crawl is an enjoyable and admirably uncomplicated B-horror. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) A stark, unsettling film, with Kafkaesque overtones. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) It's good fun, and nicely done. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Listening to children say 'f**k' is only entertaining up to a point, and this film gets its tone and timing all wrong: there are three or four good jokes, but for the most part Good Boys is a regrettable enterprise. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A love letter? There's no love in this film, except self-love maybe. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) The joy and idiocy of love at first sight is brilliantly captured by Harry Wootliff in this compelling, touching drama that veers off in unexpected directions. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 80% Photograph (2019) Though perhaps too ethereal for its own good in the end, Ritesh Batra's film has lots of charm. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) A strange and morbid film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 95% Gaza (2019) It's beautifully filmed, shot through with quiet anger. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Springsteen's rousing anthems are juxtaposed with the drabness of 1980s suburban Britain, and while Chadna's film is a little rough around the edges, it has plenty of charm. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 22% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) And for all the talk of play, there's not much playfulness to this enterprise overall, which goes about its business with brisk, dead-eyed efficiency. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield's film has an unhurried, digressive style that seems oddly appropriate to its dreamy, quasi-mythical story. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) It's a beautiful, melancholy film, and makes you begin to wonder if Karl Marx didn't have a point. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) It's broad stuff, but thoroughly winning. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) This film is not perfect, but the two actresses establish a powerful chemistry and Debicki is brilliant as the brittle, fascinating Woolf. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 100% The Cold Blue (2019) Erik Nelson's documentary combines digitally restored footage that was hidden in a vault for decades with the disembodied memories of 8th Air Force veterans to create a moving and oddly beautiful experience. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 78% Never Look Away (2019) Tom Schilling is the adult Kurt, Sebastian Koch a Nazi doctor with whom his fate is intertwined in this ambitious, compelling film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Far from Home has more than enough charm and wit to get away with its structural shortcomings, but neither this nor Homecoming is the best Spider-Man film I've seen. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 62% Yesterday (2019) [Jack is] not the real Mozart, and the spirit of the greatest rock act of them all is treated respectfully but never reverendly by this heartwarming, irresistible film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 88% Metal Heart (2018) Metal Heart starts a bit stiffly, and is overwritten at times, but gets into its stride thanks to its cheerful undercurrents and a winning cast. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) Again one is struck by the homemade look of the lunar module, with landing gear that looks like it's been wrapped in tin foil, and the inhuman sang froid of Neil Armstrong, who seemed born for a task no human had ever attempted before. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 95% In Fabric (2019) It's a bit like an x-rated Tales of the Unexpected episode, or an epic video art installation, and an absolute delight to watch. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 57% Brightburn (2019) Storm clouds lower as Brandon's mood darkens, and the twinning of teenage strops and superpowers is an interesting premise. But the promise of Brightburn's first hour is squandered in a messy, gory climax. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Scorsese's film gives us a grainy snapshot of the watchful, clever, mischievous maestro in his prime. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) Lars Kievberg's film deliberately evokes the hokey 80s charms of films like Gremlins, and is amusing enough so long as it tempers the nastiness. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) One takes the voice work of Tom Hanks for granted in these films, but he is their heart and soul and is quite superb here as a stuffed cowboy who's running out of road. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) There's lots of furious activity: car chases, fist fights with extraterrestrials, terrifying portals into the depths of the universe, but none of it engages the viewer for long in a muddled film that's trying way too hard. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 93% We the Animals (2018) The joys and fears of childhood are wonderfully evoked in this intense and painterly drama from Jeremiah Zagar. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 88% Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia's evocative documentary uses period footage and thoughtful voiceovers to give us a more balanced picture of the great footballer's career and life. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 74% Papi Chulo (2019) John Butler milks this unlikely relationship for laughs very efficiently, and Bomer is genuinely touching as the lost and confused Sean. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) The Los Angeles setting allows Mr. Lelio to play with the Californian rejection of age, and death, and Ms. Moore is magnificent as the kind but irrepressible Gloria. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019