Mary Houlihan

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For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 84% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 10% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mary Houlihan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 88 The Hunt
Lowest review score: 50 Language of a Broken Heart
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
50 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Despite the filmmakers’ best attempts, the latest screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo & Juliet lands with a dull thud.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The dialogue in places leans toward the banal, but a couple of plot twists help hold interest.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Despite some fine production values, lovely photography and smart casting of a range of British stage and screen actors, The Christmas Candle can’t quite move beyond the weary metaphors. It has the feel of a slick television movie.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The positive messages involving characters searching for love and purpose in life are well thought out, but presented in a way that is just too genial and even-handed. No one ever gets really angry or passionate, and the result is a film that sometimes feels stilted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    At Middleton is an innocuous romantic comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    There is nothing really wrong with In Secret, yet in the end one feels dissatisfied. It’s as if you’ve just sat through a dry academic lecture dissecting the novel.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The stars hold the film together.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    No God, No Master has an authentic period feel. But Green is focused on so many historical figures and potential storylines that the film feels rushed and, at times, confusing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Yes, it’s another sports movie about underdogs reaching for the stars and winning, but what makes it unique is Starks’ interesting story and the fact that it’s about golf.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The film is well acted all around and the excellent art direction brings the ’60s to colorful life. But Bandele struggles to balance an epic story of civil war and death against the equally epic story of sisters whose lives are forever changed by circumstances they can’t control.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The Perfect Wave is aimed at a certain audience that will appreciate its message and let slide its deficiencies.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Sex Tape feels like the halves of two different movies. There is a fun, believable comedy about family life... that is upended by the overly broad, barely funny attempts at reclaiming the sex tape.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    Lespert’s film, made with Berge’s blessing, does not sugarcoat the demons that plagued Saint Laurent.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Mary Houlihan
    The powerfully choreographed dances also address the idea that artistic vision is a potent antidote to repression.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    Language of a Broken Heart has the Lifetime Network written all over it. It’s a fitting entry for that venue but as a theatrical feature, it’s simply not up to the task.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    The racing is spectacular, especially when you consider director Courtney Solomon’s claim that no CGI was used in the crash scenes... Solomon wanted to put the audience in the middle of events and inside the car; he certainly does pull that off. Believe me, your head will spin. After a while it all becomes mind-numbing.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    There’s a glint of a clever idea here, but writer-director Ramin Niami’s reliance on tired rom-com tropes only serve to drag down the film, which plays out like a Harlequin romance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    The Rover does have a central nervous system that crackles and pops with suspense, but in the end it’s not enough to jump-start the lack of narrative. Too much story is missing, and that is simply distracting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    Despite its cast and convincing backdrop, Stonehearst Asylum is a tame entry in today’s roster of horror films.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Mary Houlihan
    Musical theater versions often seem dated, so moving the story into the 21st century does make sense (as does the multicultural casting), but in the process Gluck and his all-star cast create a chaotic film that tries too hard and fails to capture the charm and heart of the musical.

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