For 170 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 1.6 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: 82 out of 170
  2. Negative: 29 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Hinson
    The "Godfather" films transcended their mobster genre; New Jack City doesn't, but it's a great genre film, edgy, vibrant and full of urgent color.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Here, the comedy breathes, and the illusion that it's not a factory-assembled product (which it most certainly is) is a nifty one. For a major studio blockbuster, the thing is darned chummy, and above all, that rare, modest thing, a good show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    If "Top Gun" was a stylish bimbo of a movie, all cleavage, white teeth and aerodynamic flash, then Days of Thunder is its paradoxical twin -- a bimbo with brains.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    One of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.
    • 66 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    The current of bereavement never flags even when the dramatic flood becomes stagnant. In every scene, Penn seems to know precisely where the nugget of feeling is hidden, and he doesn't let up until its uncovered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    A Man of No Importance is as rich and soulful as it is modest. [27 Jan 1995]
    • Washington Post
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    It's a tough, intense, wrenching picture about drugs and growing up and surviving, driven by a fierce, skinless performance by its star, Leonardo DiCaprio.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    IQ, the new romantic comedy with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, is disarming piffle—frothy, sweet and nearly irresistible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Star Trek VI surprises us only by completely satisfying our expectations, by giving us exactly what we want from a "Star Trek" picture. It's not startling or revelatory, only witty, ebulliently good-natured and close to ideal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Director Frank Oz has brought a devilish tang to the machinations here, and the actors bring a sense of a spoiled grandeur to their characters' mingy souls.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Linklater's control seems all but invisible here. But this kind of stylistic lucidity can only be the result of determined calculation and planning. The kind of happy accidents he captures don't come about by accident.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Spielberg and Co. have finally made their Disney movie -- or better yet, their film version of a theme park at Disneyland. It's sort of like "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "It's a Small World" rolled into one. It's a helluva contraption, and certainly one to be marveled at. It gives good ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    The movie is inventive, hilarious and, in its own sneaky way, moving.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    And yet, Goldeneye proves the character's viability as a pop icon: It isn't a great movie, but it's great, preposterous fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    There's a synergistic overlap here between Cronenberg's own particular brand of weirdness and Burroughs's; they're both twisted in ways that complement each other nicely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Freeman lays out the father-son dynamics with great skill and very little fuss. There's no hysteria in his approach; instead, he sticks to the facts, relying on his cast to provide the emotion. The result is a surprisingly powerful, insightful film. The dramatic curve of the narrative may not seem entirely fresh, and some of the characters are simplistic, but the movie still gets to you.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Sexy, slap-happy links comedy.

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