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
5/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Filmed with grace and reserve, So Long, My Son follows the couples through the hard years... and speaks to the remarkable resilience of ordinary Chinese people in the face of a cold and monolithic state. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn is pretty long, rather earnest and encumbered with a sometimes heavy-handed Thom Yorke soundtrack. But it also evokes the great noirs of the 1940s, and is oddly engrossing. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Though it feels more like a therapy session than a drama, Honey Boy is powerful stuff, and LaBoeuf's performance is unflinching. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) It's essentially a two-hander, and places a heavy burden on its leads, who rise to the challenge splendidly. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) A daft plot might be ok in the circumstances, but flat performances and a bad script make this a most forgettable caper. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Though a little long, Ms. Kent's film is gripping, very nicely shot and exposes the callow myth that the British empire was kinder than others. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 87% The Two Popes (2019) It's a fond and indulgent soft-focus conceit, but beautifully acted and paced. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson's Knives Out! is a cut above the usual amiable nonsense, and rescues a tired formula with ingenuity and wit. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The songs and animation are very good, things liven up considerably in a spectacular finale, and the small children with whom I watched it emerged from the cinema with no complaints. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Overlong and a little silly, Le Mans '66 is also irresistibly entertaining, despite and partly because of some outrageous overacting by Christian Bale, who appears to have forgotten how to be English. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) Directed by Scott Z. Burns, The Report's tense, flat style is clearly inspired by All the President's Men: it's not as good as that, but is well worth watching. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) The film sucks you into the pain and misery of a separation protracted and complicated by the interference of lawyers, who are however not demonised and also fully formed characters. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's super Chrissmassy, with echoes of Dickens and much else besides, and though ragged around the edges is made watchable by fine performances and George Michael's winning, wonderful songs. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 66% The Good Liar (2019) Though almost plausible at first, Bill Condon's film becomes ridiculous late on as it plunges into clumsy flashbacks, and Mr. McKellen overacts outrageously throughout. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 71% The Aeronauts (2019) It's beautifully shot, oddly gripping, and as they've proved before, Jones and Redmayne make a compelling double act. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's film takes Sheeran's account at face value and uses it to create a telling critique of America's slow but ineluctable moral decline. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) [A] succinct and intimate documentary. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It could have been a lot better - it should have been an hour shorter. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
5/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) Sorry We Missed You is a forensic indictment of laissez-faire capitalism. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Paul Downs Colaizzo's charming low-budget film provides the perfect vehicle for Jillian Bell's formidable comic talents. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) Black and Blue is solidly made but gets good and silly near the end: Ms. Harris though, is excellent. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon's thoughtful film focuses on the damage done to victims, and the various ways they've found to cope. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) This is a wonderful film, odd, eccentric, inventive, thoughtful, life-affirming. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Did we need a Terminator 6? We didn't even need a Terminator 5, but at least this one has gone back to basics to some extent, and played to the franchise's strengths - humour, great action scenes, and Arnie. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 67% Dark Lies the Island (2019) Structurally, Dark Lies The Island is a mess, but good acting keeps it going, and Tommy Tiernan's great as a silent stranger. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) Silly thriller music is occasionally resorted to, but not necessary: this is a story that tells itself. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Aardman's exquisite stop-motion clay animations have enduring appeal and irresistible charm. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The CGI's good, but there's way too much of it, so much in fact that every character save Ms. Jolie's gets drowned in special effects. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2/5 26% 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 69% 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 84% 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 (2020) 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 99% 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 62% 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 71% 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 73% 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 50% 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 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Movingly elegiac. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 78% 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 83% 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