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

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) The juxtaposition of Arthurian legend and the shabby banality of modern Britain works rather nicely, and Cornish's film strikes a warm and pleasing tone. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is even more frantically self aware than the original, and lays on the wacky humour pretty thick. But it trips over its own cleverness, and forgets to be scary. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 83% Instant Family (2018) Wahlberg's comic timing is exceptional, and Byrne -- the perfect sparring partner -- brings out the best in him. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 89% A Private War (2018) This is Pike's film, and her dedication and grit are to be commended. If only she'd been given a little bit more to work with. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 76% All Is True (2018) It's entertaining, the acting is excellent and Ian McKellen adds a welcome acidic touch as Shakespeare's arrogant patron, the Earl of Southampton. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased features some fine performances, but The Miseducation Of Cameron Post tackled the same subject far more imaginatively. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's neither as busy nor original as the first film, but it's still extremely funny in parts and skates along with giddy and irresistible joie de vivre. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A stunning-looking film, its stylistic elegance only emphasises its sombre underlying message. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 96% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) There are lots of jokes, but also surprising moments of pathos in this lively, funny, beautifully animated film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 48% Escape Room (2019) There's nothing remotely new or original about this low-budget horror, but director Adam Robitel and his cast do enough to make it interesting for a while. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) I can never understand why people are so amazed when comic actors turn out to be good straight ones, but Melissa McCarthy is so good in this funny, moving, true story that a career shift may ensue. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 80% Green Book (2018) Not previously known for his comic timing, Mortensen hilariously inhabits the pugnacious but fair-minded Tony, who constantly dispenses unasked for opinions. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Heavily made up to look like someone mired in excess, Kidman staggers through this woozy film with a stubborn sense of purpose. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 45% Second Act (2018) Contrived and hackneyed, Second Act is also fun. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) Clint Eastwood is 88, but still knocks out a film every year or so. Of late, they've been pretty ordinary, but The Mule marks something of a return to form. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale's Cheney is an extraordinary creation, a lumbering predator who speaks quietly, watches everything and never misses a trick. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Despite its slightly dreamy aesthetic, Felix Van Groeningen's film unstintingly explores the strange world of addiction therapy, which at one point boils down to a cold-blooded severing of ties. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) Hard to know how to describe it, but the phrase grandiose nonsense springs to mind. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) Monsters And Men is well made but rather dull, and all the characters feel like adjuncts of an argument rather than actual people. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) This might not be an entirely accurate history lesson, but it's certainly an entertaining one. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Steve Coogan inhabits the character beautifully, his quietness and physical grace, but also the steely will that got him to the top in the first place. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 94% RBG (2018) [A] partisan but entertaining and informative documentary. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Steve Carell is excellent, of course: he's a genuine character actor, and his versatility is underappreciated. But he works here in the service of a flawed and hollow film. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
27% Mortal Engines (2018) It's an awful mess, boring and plot-light, and may be an elaborate metaphor for Brexit. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 100% An Impossible Love (Un amour impossible) (2018) Virginie Efira anchors this imperfect film with her earthy beauty and compelling emotional honesty. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) This is a delightful movie, funny, absurd, anarchic and profound. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Beautifully directed by Travis Knight..with a light, almost Spielbergian touch, Bumblebee is a delight from start to finish. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's fine, I suppose, but is that enough? Poppins fans will enjoy the nostalgia of it all, but may feel a little deflated afterwards. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's good, bad, pretentious, reprehensible, sometimes hard to watch. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's gorgeously animated and succeeds more completely than any other Spider-Man movie in conveying the true terror of teenage angst. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman is an adventure without an anchoring character or idea, and suffers from the plodding stolidness of its lead actors. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A film full of cleverness and good ideas. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Redford is wonderful in this will-o'-the-wisp role: his easy way with comedy is to the fore, his physical grace apparently undimmed by age. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Belly of the Beast (2003) Shortt and Smiley do their best in two-dimensional roles, but this is a bits and pieces film, full of loose ends and stray plot lines insufficiently developed. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 98% Free Solo (2018) [Alex Honnold] climbs New York skyscrapers for fun and seems to attain a zen-like calm when clinging to the sides of terrifying precipices. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 84% Creed II (2018) [Creed II] holds fast to the Rocky traditions and, though rather predictable, is utterly irresistible from the start. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A high concept script pokes fun at our online obsessions and Reilly and Silverman resume their voice roles with aplomb. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Ceylan's film is excellent, a joy for those with three hours to spare. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 84% Disobedience (2018) The acting's excellent, but the story feels over-deliberate at times. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) The pace does drag at times, but The Girl In The Spider's Web is not as unpleasant as some of its predecessors and Foy convinces whatever the role. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is a film of rare depth and quality. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 100% The Camino Voyage (2018) There's a melancholy tinge to Donal O'Ceilleachair's seafaring documentary,. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 14% Robin Hood (2018) It's hard to blame actors for a film so lazily and sloppily assembled. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 64% Suspiria (2018) At times beautiful, at others grotesque, it's ultimately superficial. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Unfortunately, we see lots and lots of Grindelwald. Has Johnny Depp forgotten how to act? Have five outings as the pantomime dame Jack Sparrow shattered his thespian compass and any residual sense of restraint? - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Jeanette is a wonderfully puzzling creation: at times you applaud her spirit and liveliness, at others you wish she'd remember to protect her poor son from her wild excesses. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) In this remarkable documentary, Peter Jackson has applied his heavy bag of cinematic tricks to archive footage. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) In fact nothing much about Widows is credible, a fact that jars somewhat with its sententious mood. But it's so well made, that almost doesn't matter. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The design of this film, from costumes to fantastical sets and giant tin soldiers, is splendid, and makes it watchable. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Malek handles a pair of dentures and Freddie's oddly plummy speaking voice with aplomb, and captures the cheeky, charming, outrageous persona with which Mercury both confronted the world and protected himself from it. - Irish Independent EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018