Chris O’Dowd

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Chris O'Dowd and Melissa McCarthy sign on for The Starling

11 Jun 2019

Film gossip

Chris O'Dowd and Melissa McCarthy are to appear in 'The Starling'. The 39-year-old actor is set to reunite with his 'St. Vincent' co-star Melissa, 48, in the upcoming comedy-drama, which is being directed by Ted Melfi. The project previously had…

Chris O'Dowd upset to lose Can You Ever Forgive Me? role

22 Feb 2019

Film gossip

Chris O'Dowd admitted it was "a heartbreak" to lose his role in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' to Richard E. Grant. The 39-year-old actor and Julianne Moore, 58 were originally intended to star in the crime drama as celebrity biographer Lee Israel and…

Juliet, Naked

29 Oct 20182 stars

Despite an impressive cast, this adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel about an unlikely love triangle falls rather flat

Nick Hornby has arguably enjoyed better results adapting other people's work (An Education, Wild, Brooklyn) than when his own books (Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, Long Way Down) hit the big screen; despite three writers tackling his novel Juliet, Naked…

Chris O'Dowd joins Molly's Game cast

11 Nov 2016

Film gossip

Chris O'Dowd has joined the cast of 'Molly's Game'. The 37-year-old actor has signed up to star in the drama, with Jeremy Strong, Bill Camp, and Graham Greene also confirmed as new additions to the project. Chris and the other actors announced…

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

28 Sep 20162 stars

Disappointing fantasy from director Tim Burton that's sporadically enlivened by a fun turn from Eva Green

On paper the union of director Tim Burton and screenwriter Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black) sounds like a match made in Goth heaven, especially considering the adapted source material is a bestselling fantasy book by Ransom Riggs about a group of…

The Program

13 Sep 20153 stars

TIFF 2015: Ben Foster astonishes as fallen hero Lance Armstrong

If documentary The Armstrong Lie proved that the disgraced cyclist is a tough nut to crack, might an infusion of well-informed speculation illuminate him further? Or is The Program simply an Oscar-friendly platform for one of Hollywood's most promising…

Chris O'Dowd feels like Niall Horan

6 Mar 2015

TV gossip

Chris O'Dowd feels like Niall Horan. The Irish actor recently starred in 'Of Mice and Men' on Broadway opposite James Franco and found the crowds of female fans who turned up every day to see his co-star made it a "f***ing bananas" experience. He…

Chris O'Dowd not expecting Bridesmaids sequel role

6 Dec 2014

Film gossip

Chris O'Dowd doesn't think he'd be in a 'Bridesmaids' sequel. The Irish actor portrayed Officer Nathan Rhodes in the 2011 comedy and though his character ended the movie with Kristen Wiig's Annie Walker, he thinks his on-screen love interest was too…

St Vincent

1 Dec 20143 stars

Bill Murray's latest is a likeable mix of crabby and cute, co-starring Naomi Watts

Bill Murray is certainly no stranger to misanthropic sad-sacks and his titular Vincent is one such crabby feller, albeit with a slightly coarser edge. Vincent is given a crack at redemption when a young boy in need of a father figure moves in next door…

The Double

13 Mar 20143 stars

Richard Ayoade undermines some solid performances with airless retro-stylings

After rising to fame through The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade made an accomplished directorial debut with coming-of-age saga Submarine. Taking on the work of Fyodor Dostoyevsky for his next project suggests a welcome ambition, but despite a good central…


27 Feb 20144 stars

Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran and Chris O'Dowd star in a thoughtful Catholic comedy-drama

Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh reteam following lacklustre 2011 comedy The Guard in this much more thoughtful examination of Catholic guilt. They're joined by the cream of Irish film and TV talent, including Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran, Aidan…

Cuban Fury

16 Jan 20143 stars

Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd and Rashida Jones star in lightweight salsa dancing romcom

If it didn’t sound like a totally awful poster quote, Cuban Fury might be billed as ‘From half the team that brought you Shaun of the Dead’. Conceived by and starring Nick Frost, it’s produced by Nira Park, the woman behind all of Frost’s collaborations…

WATCH: The trailer for Calvary, starring Brendon Gleeson and Dylan Moran

11 Dec 2013

Domhnall Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Aidan Gillan also star in the darkly comic thriller

An impressive cast of Emerald Isle talent has been assembled for the new trailer for Calvary, which debuted today. Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillan, Chris O'Dowd and Dylan Moran (who first alerted us to the project in an interview earlier…

Chris O'Dowd: I'd eat off Chris Hemsworth's body!

8 Nov 2013

Film gossip

Chris O'Dowd would eat his breakfast off Chris Hemsworth's body. The actor had a small role in recently released superhero flick 'Thor: The Dark World' and found himself impressed by the star of the blockbuster. Although he didn't film any scenes…

Family Tree TV series released on DVD

20 Sep 20132 stars

Christopher Guest mockumentary starring Chris O’Dowd

From This is Spinal Tap to A Mighty Wind via Best in Show, Christopher Guest has made a peerless contribution to the mockumentary genre. With his Family Tree, it could be that the format is simply wilting and dying before our very eyes. The…


22 May 20132 stars

A celebrity cast including Beyonce Knowles and Colin Farrell can't save this rather wet adventure

The title of the latest animated film from Ice Age and Rio creators Blue Sky Studios refers to the scale; although offering a sweeping story of huge armies, arduous journeys, lost princesses and aerial assaults, the action never travels beyond the…

IT Crowd finale to start shooting

8 May 2013

Graham Linehan confirms filming will start in three weeks' time

The final episode of 'The IT Crowd' will start shooting in three weeks' time. Graham Linehan, creator and writer of the sitcom - which is set in a company IT department and revolves around the lives of three of the organisation's staff - confirmed…

This is 40

18 Jan 20132 stars

Judd Apatow’s self-seeking self-analysis aims for blunt honesty, but is simply dull

Writer/director Judd Apatow’s reign as the modern king of comedy comes to an abrupt end with the bland miscalculation of *3This is 40*2, a self-seeking slice of self-analysis which verges on self-abuse. Setting itself up as a ‘sort-of sequel’ to Knocked…

Moone Boy

9 Oct 20124 stars

Chris O'Dowd's nostalgic sitcom is a fine mixture of the gently innocent and comedically knowing

The imaginary friend is a recurring staple of much comedy and drama from the loveable Harvey to the satirical Fight Club. In Moone Boy, the unreal buddy is played by Chris O’Dowd, as the psychological crutch to 12-year-old Martin Moone (David Rawle)…

The Sapphires

3 Oct 20122 stars

Wayward plotting lets down this story of a 1960s soul quartet

It’s no surprise that Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires was based on a stage play. Scripted by playwright Tony Briggs, adapting his 2004 work (which played to full houses across Australia and starred Blair), this tale of four Aboriginal girls in the late…

Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter for Million Pound Drop

4 Apr 2012

TV Gossip

Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter are joining forces for a celebrity special of 'Million Pound Drop'. The couple - who got engaged on Boxing Day (26.12.11) - will follow in the footsteps of the likes of The Saturdays's Mollie King and Rochelle Wiseman…


23 May 20114 stars

Kristen Wiig writes and stars in sharp Apatow comedy

Kristen Wiig (Adventureland, Whip It!) comes close to grasping the comedy crown from her Saturday Night Live colleague Tina Fey with this hilarious reinvigoration of the chick flick. As co-writer and star, Wiig disposes of traditional schmaltzy…

Gulliver's Travels

14 Dec 20102 stars

Jack Black vehicle unfunny and lacking in cohesion

In the ten years since his breakout performance as John Cusack’s slacker workmate in High Fidelity, Jack Black has become a big name movie star, but his CV is surprisingly short of hits. Only Richard Linklater’s family comedy School of Rock has managed…

Dinner for Schmucks

23 Aug 20102 stars

Remake of 1998 film doesn't echo sentiments of original

On paper Jay Meet the Parents Roach’s new film sounds appetising. But this remake of Francis Veber’s passable 1998 French comedy Le dîner de cons squanders a cast headed by Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and supported by Lucy Punch, David Walliams, Chris…

Reviews round-up (March 2009)

5 Mar 2009

American Teen (15) 101min •• Nauseating reality TV style documentary about a year in the lives of four teenagers in the senior year of a high school in Indiana. Director Nanette On The Ropes Burstein plays with ideas of truth and representation to such…