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 Review
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 94% 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 76% All Is True (2018) 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 96% 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 94% 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 86% 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 40% 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 94% 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 94% 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 78% 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 58% 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 34% 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 (2018) 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
3/5 63% Peterloo (2019) A lot of the detail is interesting, but there is too much for a film and it takes too long to get to the main action. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Although it felt bitty and disjointed at times it did keep coming back, thanks to some great characters, wonderful acting and some great plot work. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It will especially ring bells for addicts and their families, but it is an all-round enjoyable watch. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) The cast is great, but Stenberg really shines. And Tupac's tattoo feels more relevant than ever. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% Katie (2018) [Katie] is shy, but honest, and Whitaker's skill and respect for his subject make this a great watch. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rami Malek shines as the frontman, giving a portrayal of an, ahem, mercurial lead singer, giving light to a fairly straightforward story. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2017) Through Reid, radio extracts and re-enactments the documentary paints a good picture of the life he is defending, of the foes he fought and how. And it raises issues about values that need to be discussed now more than ever. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 79% Halloween (2018) It is clever, funny and enjoyable, and Curtis is great living her personal Armageddon. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) Josh Singer's screenplay doesn't hit you over the head with feels but instead it lingers. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) It's a lot of fun, once you're over the weirdness of Tom Hardy in a big franchise movie. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Thin on plot, not too long, no bad language and with enough silly jokes and visual gags to keep the average medium-age child amused... I just don't think it was intended as such. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
5/5 No Score Yet The Meeting (2018) It is unique, remarkable, harrowing, moving and incredibly powerful, a must-see for anyone who has ever suffered violence or abuse, or who knows anyone who has. It is a difficult watch, but it is ultimately healing and uplifting. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace (2018) Talking heads, including Dana and Ronan Mullen, do suggest a certain slant, however input from Seamus Mallon and historians Tim Pat Coogan and Diarmaid Ferriter gives it more depth. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Although perhaps unlikely to become a classic passed on from generation to generation, there is a lot to like in this enjoyable, fun adventure. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 88% A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) It is not an uplifting watch - but it is an interesting study of what happens when the past remains unprocessed. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 32% The Predator (2018) It is a ridiculous, self-aware and entertaining film with mostly dudes, a high body count, lots of swearing and surprisingly bad CGI. And, somewhat incongruously, Alfie Allen doing a pretty good Dublin accent. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) Overall, it is certainly watchable and entertaining at times, just a bit plodding. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It is the sweet and funny journey with its issues around wealth and family honour versus personal happiness and to an extent, nationality after immigration, that give the film a certain newness. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 88% Under the Wire (2018) This doc gives real insight into the woman, her motivation, the mission and the murder she wanted to expose. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) Technically it's almost show-offy which...does perhaps make the film a little soulless on occasion, but overall it makes for an original and entertaining tale. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Overall the film is grand, the cast and writing are competent - what will make the difference for an audience between the odd chuckle and real laughter will be in how funny they find McKinnon. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Mark Cousins's film is a kind of love letter, told through one of Welles's lesser-known but enormous talents; his artwork. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
3/5 73% Christopher Robin (2018) It's not bad, but it is a bit odd and I can't see it thoroughly satisfying any audience, bar those now-adult Pooh fans in their own gloomy forests. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 100% The Image You Missed (2018) Manages to be both personal and to offer a broader perspective. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) There are some bits of daftness... but it's a good idea and, although not terrifying, it keeps your brain engaged. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) There is some violence but younger teens should enjoy it. However, it doesn't feel like it will spawn a frenzied following. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) It scares me when Jason Statham smiles, and he does quite a lot of it in this slightly tongue-in-cheek underwater monster adventure. It's big, ridiculous and good fun. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
4/5 93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) Told in half-light, with the symbolism of forests and animals and Luna's apple-proffering scary mother, the story-telling is not straightforward, it requires audience submission, but the pay-off is great. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 96% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) It does move at a great pace, not least because of the animation. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018