John Hazelton

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For 44 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Hazelton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 80 Tangerine
Lowest review score: 30 The Gallows
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
44 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    British actor and TV host James Corden gets a bigger role in the story’s last act, but even his cuddly charm and pop culture cachet fails to bring this surprisingly flat action comedy to life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    The action ultimately takes second place to the fun moments linking the spin-off to the main Star Wars saga
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    Brie Larson and Destin Daniel Cretton, star and director, respectively, of 2013 festival favourite Short Term 12, re-team for the affecting, if less intense and occasionally meandering drama of The Glass Castle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    Though the action...sometimes has a slightly distracting video game feel, it’s often stirring stuff, and it’s skillfully integrated into the developing relationship between the title character and her mortal man.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can), taking over from series regulars Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, doesn’t make much sense out of the typically (for the franchise) convoluted plot, but does manage to bring out a father-child theme that lends the film a little emotional resonance.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 John Hazelton
    Hyperactive, oddly premised and never quite as endearing as it should be, The Boss Baby is an animated family comedy that seems to have all the right elements but just doesn’t deliver.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John Hazelton
    Retro horror and racial tension mix to surprisingly entertaining effect in Get Out.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    A bravura performance from Matthew McConaughey as a schlubby, roguish mineral prospector in desperate pursuit of the American Dream is the seam that gives Gold its value.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 John Hazelton
    Part space romance, part space thriller and all space corn, Passengers is a messy and unconvincing mash-up that tries to get by on the not inconsiderable charm of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 John Hazelton
    For all its attempts at inventive excess – and at slightly more sophisticated humour - this scattershot gross-out comedy ends up producing chuckles rather than real laughs.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 John Hazelton
    Most of the story’s credibility goes out the door with the big plot twist.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John Hazelton
    An impressive US debut for French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, dramatic thriller Prisoners is a potent mix of suspense, emotion and intrigue that draws intense performances from leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    Keeping Up with the Joneses may have twice the talent of other outings in the spy-couple sub-genre...but its laugh quotient is pretty low. And that’s a real problem for a romantic action comedy that’s always going more for humour, with a touch of sweet-natured romance, than thrills.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    There’s more texture than might be expected from characters based on plastic dolls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    The third instalment of the re-booted Star Trek franchise gets safely through its voyage, offering a strong returning cast and a familiar, if slightly tweaked mix of effects-heavy space action, cheeky humour and philosophical musing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    This apocalyptic thriller is a run-of-the-mill zombie flick that goes through the genre motions efficiently enough but fails to live up to its credits.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 John Hazelton
    Collision Course is a colourful 3D romp that’s heavy on slapstick and cosy family comedy but light on real laughs and affecting drama.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    The film takes a long time to build dramatic momentum and gets interrupted by what seem like unnecessary plot points; some of them, perhaps, geared towards potential sequels.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    Less on the nose than the title makes it sound, faith-based offering Miracles From Heaven spins some bland but efficiently tear-jerking drama out of its true story-based tale.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    Though there’s some clunky dialogue and not much real character development, Reynolds manages to put the action, mystery and drama elements together into a credible, and at times quite touching whole.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    Though it never gets too preachy, the film delivers its message about the dangers of stereotyping quite clearly and draws parallels with instances of everyday racial prejudice among humans.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    While the book had a kernel of believability and seriousness, on screen the drama is pretty insipid. The comedy, which produces only a handful of real laughs, comes from each character in turn, with Wilson dominating – and providing the mostly verbal raunch – in her now familiar party animal persona.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 John Hazelton
    The climactic rescue sequence has tension and some thrills, but it’s over fairly quickly and the film settles back into a sentimental lull
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    Intense battle action and rousing heroics just about make up for the dramatic shortcomings of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    With a script that’s about as inventive as the title, Ride Along 2 does little more than rehash the formula that two years ago teamed Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in an amiable if unambitious action comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    What’s missing is much in the way of substantial drama or character development.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 John Hazelton
    Though it sometimes recalls the irresistibly energetic, genre-bending feel of Lee’s best films – Do The Right Thing in particular – it lacks the assurance and unifying thrust that made those features work so well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    When the film gets more serious it produces some affecting moments between the two leads.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 John Hazelton
    Danny’s story isn’t dramatic or affecting enough to carry the film and other characters never develop into anything more than colourful ciphers. Irvine is appealing and relatable, but his performance isn’t always convincing and he’s handicapped by some clunky dialogue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John Hazelton
    Visually spectacular and consistently entertaining, Ridley Scott’s space rescue procedural The Martian suffers only from a failure to hit its emotional beats with the amount of force and feeling usually required to make this kind of life-and-death adventure really take off.

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