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

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Family Fundamentals
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Grim and frequently depressing, and despite the artistry of its framing it nonetheless is a very difficult movie to endure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    This sounds an awful lot like "Memento." But unlike that movie, the French-Swiss-Spanish-Italian co-production Novo opts for a Eurotrash sex comedy approach instead.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Watching these old pros elbow their way into the spotlight is the film’s finest surprise, but watching Plowright out-act them all is the ultimate joy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Although the film is handsomely filmed and features a surprisingly frank view of the political machinations within the upper ranks of Tibetan Buddhism – even the Dalai Lama comes across as a bit of a wheeler-dealer – Unmistaken Child is more than a little disappointing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Even if you love all things Yiddish, there is precious little to embrace here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    So ham-handed and relentlessly overbaked that it is easy to see why audiences initially stayed away from it. Just when and how did anyone come to see this as a classic?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    If anything saves Elling, it is the trio of supporting performances that are closer to the real world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Fairly mundane and frequently boring.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    By the time the film is over it is not so much a "who-done-it?" but a "why-did-we-sit-through-this?"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Beautifully produced but emotionally vacant drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A mediocre film that presents the troubled poet Sylvia Plath as a jealous, possessive and irritating woman. It is hard to recall another biopic which is so unflattering to its subject.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A dull film, inspired by a true story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Wooden, one-dimensional epic.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    While I admire Bishop Jakes and I frequently watch his sermons on TV, I have to question his tactic of charging people admission to generate hosannas on his behalf.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A stale and poorly researched documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A compelling screenplay, to be certain. But sadly, Omarova's direction is too leisurely to wring any emotional power.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Handsomely produced but emotionally inert offering.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A strangely inert affair. The stories devolve into one-dimensional squabbling and too many loose threads flap around the edges.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.

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