For 97 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 80 Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Lowest review score: 20 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 97
  2. Negative: 13 out of 97
97 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Hale
    One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director André Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary Trollhunter is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Hale
    Mr. Morgen was given access to Cobain’s archives — “art, music, journals, Super 8 films and audio montages” — and his exhilarating, exhausting, two-hour-plus film, both an artful mosaic and a hammering barrage, reflects years of rummaging through that trove.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    In her director's statement for Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, Gail O'Hara writes that "this one's for the fans." Rarely has that been more true.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Absorbing and amusing for as long as it looks back at those Hollywood westerns, recounting their sins against American Indians.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    If nothing else, the directors, Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara, deserve praise for devoting this kind of attention to a foreign leader and to the internal politics of another country (as opposed to how those politics affect the United States).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    A sad and engrossing look at a haunted landscape.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Surprisingly old-fashioned. It seems to be having an argument with itself: the dazzling but often antiseptic immersiveness of the viewing experience is countered by storytelling suffused with nostalgia for a simpler, messier, livelier period in Chinese film.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Only for those with a truly bottomless appetite for gore and fan-boy humor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    His film is no more profound than its forerunners, but it’s quicker, funnier and less pretentious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    The courses of colonialism and racial strife were radically different in America and Australia than they were in Africa. That doesn't make Mr. Freeth's cause any less just, but it does mean that Mugabe and the White African needs to be approached with care.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It's an interesting story, well told, though Mr. Jendreyko overworks some documentary fallbacks: gnarled fingers, the view from a moving train.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    The Disappearance of Alice Creed will keep your attention, but you may walk away thinking you've seen something like it before: "Sleuth," with more sex and violence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    The film builds in interest and intrigue as it goes along, helped immeasurably by the directors' choice - canny or fortunate or both - of the astonishingly good-natured and likable Jacquy Pfeiffer, an Alsace-born, Chicago-based chef, as their chief protagonist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Mr. Ryoo (“The Unjust,” “The City of Violence”) isn’t known for his sense of humor, but Veteran is amusing throughout, even if the funny scenes are more subdued or go on a beat or two longer than American viewers are used to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    While it could stand to lose 20 minutes and several plot twists, Mr. Na’s debut manages to be thought-provoking and adventurous while providing solid thrills.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    While I Am Secretly an Important Man skims the surface of Mr. Bernstein's life, it's a surface with more than enough texture to keep you interested.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny is a handsomely produced, television-scale documentary with a split personality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Shinobu Terajima, a major figure in Japan who won the best actress award at the 2010 Berlin film festival for Caterpillar, is effective as the wife, though Mr. Wakamatsu is more interested in scoring political and historical points than in shaping her character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Between Mr. Ziman's music-video skills and his close approximation of the kinetic style of Michael Mann (a scene from Mr. Mann's "Heat" has a key role in the plot), it's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    The Robber may have less on its mind than its sheen of seriousness would suggest, but the view is gorgeous.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    Responses to religious films are bound to be personal, so at the risk of sounding patronizing, I'll say that my main reaction to The Grace Card was one of pleasant surprise at its competence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    After a stirring opening battle, however, the fights in True Legend become pretty routine. And beyond some lovely mountain scenery and a tiny cameo by a radiant Michelle Yeoh, there isn't much else to look at.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    It has the structure and some of the pleasures of a well-made sitcom or docu-reality show, despite the nervous-looking, unhappy guy at its center; it could have been called "Nobody Understands Phil."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    The sometimes impressive visual effects make these battles entertaining, in a mindless way, but it's impossible to work up any feeling about them. The only thing supplying that is the occasional laugh, pout or gurgle by Ms. Rudd.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    Frenetic, paper-thin but entertaining documentary.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    Everyone involved in "Never Say Never" is working overtime to prove that he is, as one of them puts it, "just a regular kid who had a dream," while everything about the movie screams the opposite.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    What leaves a bad taste in the mouth is not the film itself, which is passable for a low-budget war picture, but the fact that neither the official Web site nor the press notes even suggest that it largely has been scavenged from an existing movie.

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