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 10.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 80 Trollhunter
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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    At several points the depiction of Ulla's isolation takes on slasher-movie overtones, which undercuts the general solemnity but doesn't really add anything to the experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    Whether you're predisposed to seeing Second Life as liberating or creepy, Life 2.0 would have been more interesting and original if it, like its subjects, had dwelled more in the virtual world, and if it had told us more about that world's mechanics and folkways.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    Holding things together are Mr. Phillips's quiet charm and his songs, which really are funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    The film works quite well as a melancholy travelogue - an elevated version of something you might see on cable television - but its aspirations for depth of feeling or more profound social commentary aren't quite realized.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    If you don't get the jokes, there isn't a whole lot else to get, and it's a safe assumption that non-Latino, non-Spanish-speaking viewers are going to miss a lot of them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    The overall effect is one of lulling beauty and immersion in the landscape and culture - certainly enough to carry you through the film - but also an irritating sensation of being led by the nose through Ms. Álvarez's highly aestheticized ruminations.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    About the most you can say for it is that it's inoffensive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    "The Warriors” and the “Mad Max” films will come to mind as you watch Tokyo Tribe, and from scene to scene Mr. Sono’s visual inventiveness and sure hand with action stand up to the comparison. The cumulative effect, however, is numbing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    As a meditation Some Days has its virtues - if you're in the market for a picture-postcard bummer - but it will leave your mellowed mind pretty quickly.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It's also a pretty familiar story, and "Reindeer," despite Mr. Neuvonen's verve and Jani's charisma, can drag. Like a lot of addiction stories, it starts to mirror the monotony and self-absorption of the addict's life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    That the movie remains consistently watchable is largely a tribute to Brian Hasenfus, a Needham, Mass., contractor making his acting debut as Phillip.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Parents may also be happy to see a movie for children that doesn't involve wizards, vampires or action figures that can be bought in the food court. They should be warned, though, that the price of contemporary realism is a story that includes layoffs, bickering and unpaid bills.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The overall effect is distancing; there are some early comic moments that have you laughing along with the movie, but eventually the clashing tones and preposterousness just have you laughing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The depictions of cosmopolitan Germans and mostly avaricious, bestial Czechs are likely to stir strong emotions among some viewers, but over all Habermann is more potboiler than political or historical statement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Mr. Refn, who can pull off stylish brutality (in the "Pusher" films and "Bronson" ), shows no knack for the kind of visionary, hallucinatory image making that would render Valhalla Rising memorable.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The Harvest, in its modest way, calls to mind "The Grapes of Wrath" but with no glimmer of a New Deal or a union, or even of better economic times ahead.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Neither the dangers of the plot - a dissolute uncle who wants to sell the farm, a father missing in action - nor the forbidding Nanny McPhee herself are as fearsome as they were the first time around.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The Juche Idea is meant to be a comedy, one that cuts two ways: mocking the strictures placed on moviemakers in both Communist and capitalist systems. Viewers who don’t share the radical-nostalgist sensibility of Mr. Finn, who teaches at Emerson College in Boston, may find the humor both too rarefied and too obvious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The strongest analogue for the second half of Insidious is one that the filmmakers probably weren't trying for: it feels like a less poetic version of an M. Night Shyamalan fairy tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Carrying far more weight than their screen time would warrant, the "interviews" with actors playing young children are the best part of the film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The consistent comic tone of those earlier scenes - a gentle squirm - makes The Happy Poet a promising debut.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    A toothless satire whose targets include vampire mania, low-rent theater, indie romantic comedies, Scorsese, Shakespeare and “Law & Order,” it plays like a Web series expanded to feature length, or an adaptation of one of the Naked Angels’ staged serial soap operas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Angel Gracia, whose career has been in European music videos and commercials, imbues his feature directing debut with a televisionlike crispness and disposability.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    That things tend not to end, or bode, well doesn't detract from the overall Hallmark vibe.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It's generally fun to watch Mr. Yen move and not much fun to watch him act, and Legend of the Fist is no exception.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The overall mildness and inconsequence of Girlfriend is disrupted for a while by Amanda Plummer, who gives a vivid yet gentle performance in a small part as Evan's patient, protective mother.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Some of this is awfully pedestrian, but there are moments of both high comedy and high drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    An immigrant-family comedy that hits all the sentimental clichés of the genre as if they were stops on the No. 7 train.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    You can admire the craftsmanship and enjoy the retro soundtrack, supplied by a roster of Milwaukee musicians, but it seems likely that Modus Operandi was more amusing to make than it is to watch.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Their characters are instantly recognizable; how you respond to the film may depend largely on whether you find any of them in the least likable and whether you think that matters.

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