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

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Achieves the impossible in taking a genuine socio-political tragedy and turning it into an anvil drama which will fray the patience of the most sympathetic audiences.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 20 Phil Hall
    Little more than a travelogue designed to show off the grandeur of the Hermitage, with the silly actors in fancy costumes getting in the way of the paintings and sculptures on display.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    At the risk of being called an anti-Semite, I would like to propose a moratorium on Holocaust movies -- While it would be crass to discount the importance of the subject, at the same time one has to admit there is some degree of excess going on here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    This is a curious example of taking a hair-raising story and draining the drama from every corner, leaving it a bit flat and ultimately forgettable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Rich with wonderful music and images.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the year's best films. It is an extraordinary triumph of nonfiction filmmaking, presenting a wild mind game that leaves the viewer invigorated by its sheer audacity and complexity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    The new bad movie from Clint Eastwood which takes Dennis Lehane's best-selling thriller and turns it into an inert mess that clocks in at 137 minutes but feels like 137 hours.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    Do not, under any circumstance, approach this film lightly. Prepare to be depressed, agitated and shocked. And prepare to see a brilliant work of cinematic art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Offers the Iraqis a rare chance to share their anger and their lives with the outside world. The resulting production is a raw and powerful film that demands to be seen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The film's screenplay is thick with major lapses in logic, resulting in a story that ultimately makes little sense.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Chicago is a failure, but that should not come as a surprise. Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the original 1975 Broadway production, was long baffled in making a film of the show and eventually gave up trying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    A stirring and touching production, and it is difficult not to be moved by the women’s medical progress. However, it suffers from a somewhat leisurely pacing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 20 Phil Hall
    It seems as if every possible cliche and story twist from any seafaring picture of the past 80 years made its way into this flick.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the most towering and extraordinary films to grace the screen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 10 Phil Hall
    Such garbage that taking a shower at the Bates Motel is a more appealing alternative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    This is an excellent movie -- by all means, flock to it!
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Achieves the impossible by taking one of the most compelling and harrowing stories imaginable and channeling it into one of the most ordinary movies of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Alas, the big screen also magnifies the problems with Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, Leone’s insistence on style trumped the need for substance. The film is basically a B-Western stretched an agonizing 165 minutes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    While the film is admittedly imperfect, it nonetheless deserves to be seen by all Americans to provide a clear understanding of what kind of a country we are currently at war within.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 20 Phil Hall
    Clooney has littered his film with such a high quantity of mistakes that it is hard to know where exactly to begin finding fault.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    An extraordinary achievement on all possible levels.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    Provides lethal evidence of what becomes of those who deposit their sincerity into the command of a religious lunatic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The film presents the Rwandans in the worst possible way: venal, corrupt, vicious, stupid, barbaric and completely incapable of governing themselves. Honestly, I've seen more intelligent and sympathetic depictions of Africans in Tarzan movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    While the images presented here are peerless, James Nachtwey is a fascinating individual and it is a shame we cannot learn more about the man behind these extraordinary images.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    While the Raymond Burr sequences and the subsequent clumsy English dubbing of the remaining Japanese footage made the U.S. version an unintentionally funny movie, the complete Japanese version is an unfunny bore.

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