The Tiger's Tail
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"The Tiger's Tail" is a black comedy thriller about a successful businessman in contemporary boom-time, "Celtic Tiger" Ireland, whose life begins to unravel when he encounters his doppelganger. The film tells the story of Liam O'Leary an Irish property developer of humble origins who has made it big and fast on the back of the Celtic Tiger. His hubris has led him into a scheme to build a national stadium but a rival developer has connived to thwart his plans. Wildly over-extended, Liam finds himself struggling in a receding market. Stressed and over-stretched, he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

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"A messy but absorbing mystery."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A real waste of a potentially interesting premise."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"An almost madcap comic pace battles with thundercloud-building drama . . . The social commentary can be earnest and bald, with the mythic overtones seemingly contrived to tumble O'Leary into the class gap on his arse."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Not quite a car crash of a movie, Boorman's uneven black comedy is more like a fender-bender. It falls into the twilight zone between so bad it's good and so bad it's bad."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"Despite Boorman's subtle, suggestive direction and a nice central performance from Gleeson, this low-key thriller never quite works."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Amateurish technical contrivance isn't this awkward, retro failure's only deficiency."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The Tiger's Tail, like Cassandra's Dream, prominently features a boat that is both symbol of financial attainment and emotional ruin; it also finds a master filmmaker defying the "show, don't tell" principle with almost crippling cynicism."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Far from being a roaring, sinewy beast with a lot of bite that the title might suggest, John Boorman's latest has more in common with a lumbering white elephant."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"As tigers go, it's all growl and no teeth."
‑ Neil Smith,
"Any potential in Boorman's sinister parable is frittered away with awkward dialogue, shallow characters and failed attempts at comedy. A curiosity at best."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The world recession has made this suspenseful film bitingly relevant beyond the local problems of the maiming of "The Celtic Tiger.""
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"If there's anything about the movie that really rises above the mediocre, it's Gleeson's fantastic performance."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"John Boorman's tale of doppelgšngers in Dublin would like very much to spook us, but keeps tripping over its loose script and bizarre plot lines."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"You get two Brendan Gleesons for the price of one in John Boorman's Dublin-set comedy, though neither is shown to his advantage in this uncomfortable mix of social satire and over-ripe melodrama."
‑ , Total Film
"John Boorman's self-indulgent "moral fable" has promise ..., but like the dueling entrepreneurs who populate one strand of the narrative, delivers more sizzle than steak."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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