For 185 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Proof
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    An extraordinary achievement on all possible levels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the most towering and extraordinary films to grace the screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    It is a horrifying and devastating spectacle of life gone dreadfully out of control, yet it is also riveting and hypnotic in such a dramatic sensation that you are left breathless by the sequence of events which will haunt and torture for as long as your memory remains intact.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the year's best films. An extraordinary work of intellectual maturity and emotional depth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Among the finest films made in the Middle East. This small, subtle gem offers a vivid portrait of life in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, presenting its message with an intelligence and vibrancy that celebrates the human spirit in an environment where humanity is routinely crushed and assaulted.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Offers a remarkable tribute to one of the few people who genuinely deserves to be known as a pioneer of filmmaking. In the genre of films about films, In the Mirror of Maya Deren is among the best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    If you want pure, undiluted, 100% guaranteed entertainment, Soap Girl is the film to enjoy. This film is a wonderful work of fun, with a marvelous ensemble cast who have more energy, sex-appeal and charm than any group to strut and vamp across the camera in recent memory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    This extraordinary work of cinematic art is among the most sublime, compelling and beautifully crafted films to grace the big screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Truly magnificent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    This amazing tour-de-force presents Huppert in a role, which is equal parts abrasive and vulnerable, exasperating and pathetic, monstrous and saintly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    A raw, brutal, hypnotic journey into the world of seven heroin addicts who barely survive on the streets of New York City. It is a film of great sadness and pain.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the most effective, intelligent, mature and romantic love stories to come across the screen recently is, of all things, a documentary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Rich with wonderful music and images.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    The results are either darkly comic and tragic, depending on the viewer's mindframe. But McElhinney's route to these results, as with the Bertolucci, is nothing short of stunning.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    A powerful film worthy of a truly extraordinary American.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Quite simply, House of Flying Daggers is a film that sets several new standards for production and entertainment values. It is a wild riot of color, music, passion, action, mystery, pure old-fashioned thrills and even dancing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    The result is a mature, graceful and extraordinary accomplishment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    This is an excellent movie -- by all means, flock to it!
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    A symphony of small gestures, throwaway glances, brief exchanges of unexpected observation and silences which actually say more than pages of dialogue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Kung Fu Hustle is something you rarely encounter in theaters: a genuinely original comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Provocative and poignant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Put simply, Mind Game is a mind-blowing experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Paltrow gives the performance of the year, and perhaps of her career, in this extraordinary and powerful dissection of genius, jealousy, madness and serenity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Whereas "Cuckoo’s Nest" is a brilliantly over-the-top accomplishment, The Passenger is more brilliant with the most effortless underplaying one can ever hope to witness on screen.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    I would like to praise My Big Fat Independent Movie for achieving something that most independently-produced comedies fail to do: it creates laughs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the greatest art documentaries ever made. Through an imaginative mixture of rare footage, audio recordings and contemporary interviews with the living legends of modern art, Rosen has created a cinematic portrait which is, in itself, a work of art.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Cantet weaves a dark, disturbing story of hedonism, casual racism and the lethal consequences of self-indulgence in his superb drama Heading South.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Theaters showing Mad Cowgirl should install seatbelts, because audiences are in for the ultimate wild ride.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    The idea of a gay version of "American Pie" might not seem too tasty, but Another Gay Movie offers a fabulous surprise in not only matching that rude boy classic's unapologetic rude humor but by establishing its own identity as a genuinely funny and often touching coming of age comedy.

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