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 Union Square
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Provocative and poignant.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Put simply, Mind Game is a mind-blowing experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Phil Hall
    Spins in its own orbit and dares the audience to come into its weirdly one-of-a-kind environment. This is a delightful work of humor which is worthy of Spielberg-level praise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Phil Hall
    Engrossing and brilliantly insightful production.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    A delightfully silly romp which reinvents the legendary Italian lover's adventures into the realm of broad farce.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    Tsotsi emerges as being among the finest films ever to come out of Africa. It is a brilliant, jolting and altogether powerful blast of energy and emotion.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    For telling America to acknowledge how far the country has deviated from its values and how painfully it has failed to make the world safer, this is the most important movie of the year.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    If there is one film which makes the most out of life, this is it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    There is a wealth of smaller dramatic triumphs of sly gestures, body language working at odds with spoken words, and minor goofiness (such as repeatedly blowing the rim of an opened beer bottle to create a rough whistle) which makes Home more humane (not to mention more human) than the vast majority of today's movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    Rare vehicle which gives the Palestinian people (rather than their failed, double-talking leadership) an opportunity to speak freely and openly, and that feat in itself makes this one of the most important documentaries of recent times.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    A pleasant diversion which mixes snatches of Wilde's waspish humor with a stylish Art Deco environment. The result is amusing to the ears and easy on the eyes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    The true power of the film comes from young Marko Kovacevic, who plays the poetic child lost in a family and culture where poetry has no meaning.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    A diverting and delightful visit with two unheralded indie cinema veterans with a surplus amount of anecdotes and zany film clips.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    Quirky, entertaining documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    Provides lethal evidence of what becomes of those who deposit their sincerity into the command of a religious lunatic.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    While imperfect, it does provide an intriguing glimpse into a subculture, which many people will be surprised to learn, still exists.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    The ultimate rarity: a sequel that is miles ahead of its predecessor in every imaginable department.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    A remarkable triumph of documentary filmmaking. It is impossible to walk away from this film without being jolted.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    There is some very un-Mormon gender bending going on here.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    Something of a surprise: a gay-oriented feature that is genuinely touching and sincere.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    An original and highly memorable comedy, and mention should be made of Ebiri’s work beyond filmmaking: he is also a film critic for New York Magazine, thus giving proof that those who review films for a living can also turn around and make a damn fine movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    The film is a visceral overload of wordplay ranging from the spontaneous neighborhood park jams to the overflowing concert venues.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    A small, no-budget, seemingly unsophisticated film that creates a minor energy miracle by fueling its running time on pure raffish charm.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    With a stronger actress who could have been in greater command of the character, Freeze Me would have been a cold-hearted masterpiece rather than the okay thriller it turned out.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    A guilty pleasure diversion. Yeah, it is dumber than a bag of hair. But it is also fast, occasionally funny and genuinely entertaining in an old-fashion no-brainer manner.
    • 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.

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