Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
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For 175 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Finding Nemo
Lowest review score: 0 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 175
  2. Negative: 29 out of 175
175 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The result is a sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The result is a carefully wrought, historically grounded and thoroughly absorbing look at a quintessential American experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Miraculous photography.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Film is a ghostly and gorgeous tale of a court magician, the legendary Abe no Seimei.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The proceedings are leavened also with a carefree sense of humor -- including some clever, jokey camera work -- and given depth by a cache of marvelous performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    If Sayles had maneuvered these stories and performances into even a shade more sentimentality or gravitas, the weight would have collapsed them like a house of cards. As it is, they breathe easily, delicately into each other.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Juvenile, sloppy and frequently, idiotically hilarious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The genuinely fascinating story is one of revolutionary intention and unrelenting grit, but while Mario is a competent enough filmmaker, he has neither the urgency nor, frankly, the chops to make his own movie fire up.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    A funny summer frolic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Breaks in the film's otherwise smooth continuum, however, are bridged by Hutchins' soulful performance, and by Chaiken's excellent feel for the grace notes and steady tempo of native New York life, the sacredness of female friendship, and the precarious balance between love for oneself and for others.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    This ode to wrestling one's way out of youth's shell holds up surprisingly well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Maglietta, whose soulful countenance and offhand grace are soothing to behold, and Ganz, who says more with a shrug and sigh than most poets do with a sonnet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Poignant portrait.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    By the time a Bollywood production number segues into the finale from "Grease," the transition not only makes perfect sense, it sparkles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    It's the filmmakers' post-camp comprehension of what made old-time B movies good-bad that makes Eight Legged Freaks a perfectly entertaining summer diversion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    While the filmmakers are not above corset-drama bed-hopping and back-stabbing, it's delicious when the beds and backs belong to Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Julian Sands.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    There's no doubting that Williamson is a man who knows and loves his genre, and all the scary, screaming, sniggering fun continues here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Paula Gray wrote the script (it was her UCLA senior thesis), and if there are gooey spots, there's also nicely turned, lived-in dialogue and a gentle affection for all her characters.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Like a good punk tune, the filmmaker's focused energy distracts from compositional flaws, all the better to enjoy visceral pleasures such as a spot-on Zoë Pouledouris as preening singer Fauna.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The result is a fast-paced, brilliantly edited indictment that's as hard to turn away from as it is infuriating to watch. The irony, of course, is that Greenwald deploys the tricks of the trade every bit as knowingly as the evil geniuses at Fox.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Tavernier's documentary about the famed Paris Opera Ballet is itself a graceful thing, a fleet-footed yet substantial examination of what it means to devote one's life to the art of dance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    A modest pleasure, driven by a jumble of Old West signifiers and goofball modern flourishes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    The film quickly becomes a vortex of father-son bonding and rivalry, and what could have been a mere travelogue becomes a bumpy exploration of male identity and communication.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Still, the big-show musical payoff is good fun, and Black and his little doppelgangers have it all over "Daddy Day Care."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    Even if Signs suffers a little from uneven pacing and mismatched tones of reverent homage (to "The Birds" and "War of the Worlds"), soul-searching and silly comedy, the jokes are clever, the tension continual and expertly calibrated, and the performances -- are both deep and moving.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    An easygoing work of unforced humor built on gags that should be stupid, but are ultimately too ridiculous to resist.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    It's a setup so easy it borders on facile, but keeping the film from cheap-shot mediocrity is its crack cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    On its own, the story is tepid, and less than original. What draws us in is the way in which Gatlif sets it against a rich Andalusian backdrop.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    May be scant on character and plot development, but it’s rich with affection for daydream believers
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
    It requires nothing more of a viewer than quiet complaisance, which is rewarded in turn by pleasant scenery, a few mild laughs, and the dependably involving presence of Weaver and, especially, Neuwirth.

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