For 12 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 17% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Lipper's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 A League of Their Own
Lowest review score: 40 Always
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
12 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Lipper
    Too often, the movie relies on the contrived situations endemic to gangster movies, rather than explore new routes to tell the story. Yet, there is an undeniable visual power that places The Untouchables in the class of The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America. [3 June 1987, p.1D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Lipper
    The Last of the Mohicans is grand entertainment. Romantic, exciting, though unremittingly violent at times, it is rich in frontier lore and in its respect for the land that the conquering settlers too often take for granted. [25 Sep 1992, p.5]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Hal Lipper
    JFK
    Stone's riveting three-hour movie freely mixes black and white and color documentary footage with pseudo-documentary and dramatic footage, so the line between real and fabrication is constantly blurred. [20 Dec 1991, p.7]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Lipper
    A League of Their Own is a grand-slam comic drama. Superbly written, acted and directed. [1 July 1992, p.1D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Lipper
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is one of the finest installments in the saga. [6 Dec. 1991, p.5]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Lipper
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids pulls some familiar plot - and emotional strings. It's a tad too predictable. But it's resourceful and well-crafted. It's the type of movie that works on one level for parents and another for kids. Both will be pleased. [23 June 1989, p.12]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Hal Lipper
    Alien is the most artful entry in the drool-beast series. It gets serious points for cinematography, editing and design. But it hardly generates the requisite shocks its predecessors have so skillfully delivered. [22 May 1992, p.8]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Lipper
    Hook is so enormous, so cumbersome, that it resembles a complex machine inching its way across the resplendent three-moon Neverland landscape. It's a brilliant technical achievement, but it hasn't much of a soul. [11 Dec. 1991, p.3D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Lipper
    Always is meant to be a fantasy. But it is far too sappy to ignite the imagination. [22 Dec. 1989, p.6]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Lipper
    Carpenter returns to his roots, which is to say he's gouging eyes and summoning demons. He's doing it in a wonderfully rough-hewn, low-budget style that fondly recalls Halloween, the granddaddy of slasher movies. [24 Oct 1987, p.1D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Lipper
    This is a fun picture, even if it's overly sentimental and has the feeling of an extended Amazing Stories segment. Director Dear is a master Spielbergian craftsman. Now, all he has to do is demonstrate some originality to establish himself as a quality film maker. [5 June 1987, p.1D]
    • Tampa Bay Times
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Lipper
    Basic Instinct has the action and gore of Verhoeven's Total Recall and the cool sheen of his equally bloody RoboCop. Verhoeven can deliver style in spades, but Eszterhas' jumble of confusing plot twists and conventional movie cliches proves fatal. [20 Mar 1992, p.29]
    • Tampa Bay Times

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