For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Hinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Nadja
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 172
  2. Negative: 30 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Even if it weren't in pristine shape for its current re-release, it would still qualify as one of only a handful of films made in the past 30 years that truly deserve to be called great. (Review of 1994 Release)
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Hoop Dreams is the most powerful movie about sports ever made.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    My Left Foot is gloriously exultant and hilariously unexpected...Sheridan and his great young star have universalized their broken hero.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Disney's new full-length animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, is more than a return to classic form, it's a delightfully satisfying modern fable, a near-masterpiece that draws on the sublime traditions of the past while remaining completely in sync with the sensibility of its time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    An exceedingly loopy satire of the entire American political circus, and could be viewed as offensive to the sensitive-souled in either camp. And time hasn't in the least softened its bite. [Re-release]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Leigh hasn't the affect of a poet, but he's a poet nonetheless. This movie captures the smallish details in life that perhaps you've felt before, but have never before seen on screen. He has a genius for the commonplace. It is truly sweet stuff.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    As the movie progresses, it deepens emotionally and becomes less of a detective thriller and more of a character study, and it's to Franklin's credit that he never allows his hard-boiled style to soften. Thematically, the movie doesn't make a strong statement, but it is strikingly expressive in its details.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    The Double Life of Veronique is a mesmerizing poetic work composed in an eerie minor key. Its effect on the viewer is subtle but very real. The film takes us completely into its world, and in doing so, it leaves us with the impression that our own world, once we return to it, is far richer and portentous than we had imagined.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    At the most fundamental level, the real Chet Baker is a kind of nowhere man. He's too insubstantial for Weber to levitate him into greatness. This fact is the source of the film's dramatic tension, and Weber, to his credit, seems to have realized it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    For Kieslowski, subtlety is a religion. He hints or implies -- anything to keep from laying his cards on the table. With "Blue," you never feel he's shown his whole hand; not even after the game is over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Leigh has fashioned a limber style of political commentary that is part documentary, part cartoon and wholly novel in the movies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    As it turns out, big secrets aren't revealed in Broadcast News, but the film is so ingratiatingly high-spirited, and the performances so full of sass and vigor, that in the long run it doesn't really matter much.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Never has political correctness looked so sumptuously handsome as it does here, and in its perfect-pitch instinct for the cultural vibe, this sweeping movie is so immaculately dead-on that it nearly transcends criticism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Most astounding, though, is the power of the film's leading actor. While Branagh's direction is forthright and articulate, his acting is brash and flamboyant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    The filmmakers have done a beautiful job of preserving the satirical snap of Gibbons's original. But the real joy of Cold Comfort Farm is watching these actors play so freely and exuberantly off each other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Van Sant gives his material shape and an invigorating, syncopated style. It keeps coming at you in surprising, dazzling ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Writer-director David O. Russell's exhilarating follow-up to "Spanking the Monkey," is even wilder, giddier and more unpredictable than that irreverent debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Hinson
    The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese's provocative, punishing, weirdly brilliant adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel, has a feverish intensity. And undeniably, there's a prodigious greatness on display here. But just as undeniably, it is failed work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Actually, the film's more serious side is beautifully balanced by the joy we experience as both Jesse and Willy come into their own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Hinson
    The movie won't come clear, Eastwood has succeeded so thoroughly in communicating his love of his subject, and there's such vitality in the performances, that we walk out elated, juiced on the actors and the music.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Few films are more assured in their storytelling or build more forcefully, irrevocably toward their resolution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    In thriller terms it's close to irresistible and enormously entertaining. And the movie's lack of weight is part of what makes it work, part of its gripping purity. What this movie, which as a political thriller has more in common with "Three Days of the Condor" or "Seven Days in May" than "All the President's Men," has going for it is a great premise: the mainspring of this big clock is built to run.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Though Linklater allows the movie to wander, he never allows the pace to slacken, and more often than not he finds some unexpected bit of found poetry or cultural kitsch to make the digressions worthwhile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    The Big Easy, starring Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid, is the sexiest, most companionable movie of the summer. Set in New Orleans, it's an amiable, loping, goof of a movie, with charm to burn and not a thought in its head.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Though brilliant, Menace II Society is definitely a film to guard yourself against. There's not a trace of softness or sentimentality. At times, the picture takes on the scary you-are-there verisimilitude of a tabloid-TV show.
    • Washington Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning. In its own modest, ramshackle way, it manages to seem innocent even when it's profane. And maybe a party that demonstrates that those two qualities aren't necessarily opposed is exactly the kind we need.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    As a writer, Baumbach loves smart, glib talk, and he has a sharp ear for fast-paced, overlapping dialogue; as a director, though, he prefers long takes that allow his characters to work out their feelings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    Unlike “Metropolitan,” which for all its brittle wit seemed clunky and stagebound, Barcelona is sharply paced and alive on the screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.

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