For 139 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Hinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 High Hopes
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 139
  2. Negative: 25 out of 139
139 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)
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    A gigantic achievement, an endowment of riches.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Tequila Sunrise succeeds in both its larger strokes and its smaller ones-as both a romance and a thriller. It has a sense of comedy audacious enough to stage a bust that is delayed by a seduction and the sophistication to know that, for some people, to be called "slick" is the cruelest of insults. Tequila Sunrise has a deep-down glamor that borrows not from movies, but from life. It's knowing, but the last thing you'd call it is slick. [2 Dec 1988, p.b1]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    Hoop Dreams is the most powerful movie about sports ever made.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Oldman is the least inhibited actor of his generation, and as this deranged detective, he keeps absolutely nothing in reserve.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    For once, the audience isn't forced to surrender its intelligence (or its healthy cynicism) to embrace the film's sunny resolution.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    There's nothing bogus about this locomotivated follow-up; it's a truly excellent adventure, hilariously inventive, greased-lightning paced and dumb-bunny brilliant.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    What's more, Bertolucci's voice is stronger, clearer and more effortlessly confident than it has been in years. He's stolen the beauty of Tuscany and his youthful star and transformed it into an exquisite work of movie art.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    A director with a more sensationalistic temperament might have milked this last section of the picture for melodramatic effect, but Russell's direction becomes, if anything, more brisk and more clipped.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    In Sleepless, though, we're as stuck on these people as the director is, and it puts us in a receptive, forgiving mood. We fall -- and I think a lot of people will fall hard for this movie -- even though we know we shouldn't.
    • 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
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Few films are more assured in their storytelling or build more forcefully, irrevocably toward their resolution.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    This is a spectacularly well-made thriller. It is an odd thing, really -- the movie is sexy and at the same time a warning about the costs of sex.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Boomerang is the funniest, most sophisticated movie of Eddie Murphy's career; it's a sleek, dexterous satire, with a slew of rich comic performances that remind us of everything we loved about Murphy in the first place.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a wondrous feat of imagination. In terms of sheer inventiveness, it makes the other movies around these days look paltry and underfed. The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python -- they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    From its opening shots, the film is like an invigorating elixir, a movie pick-me-up that delivers thrills and races your pulse but keeps your head in gear too. It's divinely frivolous, nearly perfect fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Martin's poetic elegance turns to sappy mysticism. And if the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.