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

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Heading South
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    A documentary which wobbles and weaves as much as often as it soars.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    A potentially great film stuck inside a not-so-great film. Watching Dog Run is fairly painful since flashes of brilliance peek out and shine at unexpected moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    It is a painful but important subject, to be certain, but the film dilutes its own effectiveness by devolving into a collection of talking heads who often seem to be repeating each other.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    While the screen didn't really need another Carmen, it certainly needs a knockout femme fatale like Diop Gai. Hopefully, Carmen can get a much-needed rest and audiences can get much more of this stunning African icon-in-waiting.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    For the most part, Fleck doesn't seem particularly intrigued on finding the banjo’s African heritage – the film offers little in the way of historic value in understanding the origin of the instrument.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A dull film, inspired by a true story.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    It is a shame the film doesn't cast a wider net into deeper political waters – the outrage is barely scratched in this production.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has created so many memorable films (most recently the wuxia double-play "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers") that one can easily excuse his new clinker Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Handsomely produced but emotionally inert offering.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Beautifully produced but emotionally vacant drama.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The result is a great-looking bore.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Maybe someday an enterprising filmmaker will make a film about this forgotten chapter in Muslim-Jewish relations. It would be a lot more compelling and memorable than the nonsense in Monsieur Ibrahim.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The film is a bore.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Sadly, Naqoyqatsi quickly degenerates into a monotonous skein of banal images which strangely reinforces the message that we're living in a damn dull society.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A stale and poorly researched documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Sometimes Duck Season is amusing. More often, though, it is boring and icky.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Fairly mundane and frequently boring.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Unfortunately, Brooks errs badly by having his film centered in India. Yes, India - which, as most people know, is not a predominantly Muslim country. Rather than look for comedy in the Muslim world, Brooks uses this film to make fun of contemporary Indian society.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    What may have seemed energetic and innovative four decades ago is fairly enervated today, and only the most rabid Godard fanatics will find reason to seek out its new theatrical re-release.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    In throwing hatchets at Murdoch and his silly Fox network while pretending the rest of the media world is fine and objective, the film comes across as a shrill, one-note slam against a very easy target.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Through the Fire is a fraud masquerading as a documentary.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, who helmed the excellent "Rana's Wedding," missed the boat on this one. He may have hoped to give a human voice to the suicide bombers, but instead he gave them a misfired movie.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    While Fryar is a charming man and his work clearly deserves recognition, A Man Called Pearl is an obvious case of building a three-story house on a one-story foundation. Really, can you make a feature-length film about a man who carves unique shapes out of trees, shrubs and bushes?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Wilson overstuffs the film with endless artsy shots of nature.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    What’s a muscular guy like John Cena doing in a flabby movie like this? This connect-the-dots action-adventure may appeal to undemanding ten-year-old boys but will bore everyone else.

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