For 186 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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Soap Girl
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 186
  2. Negative: 51 out of 186
186 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.
    • 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?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    If there is one film which makes the most out of life, this is it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Nothing more than a big old chunk of horse poop.
    • 86 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    The film is professionally made but a thorough bore at every imaginable level.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    It is an entertaining bit of fluff, with a few engaging performances and enough visual panache to keep audiences diverted and amused.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 0 Phil Hall
    An Inconvenient Truth is something you rarely see in movies today: a blatant intellectual fraud. Shame on all of the people involved in this travesty.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A compelling screenplay, to be certain. But sadly, Omarova's direction is too leisurely to wring any emotional power.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Phil Hall
    An astonishing mess.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Easily the most surprising comedy of his career. The surprise: it's not funny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Truly magnificent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    By the end of the 99 minute running time, there is a terrible sense of been-there/done-that. And for artists of the Quays' caliber, that is a huge mistake.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Even if you love all things Yiddish, there is precious little to embrace here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Theaters showing Mad Cowgirl should install seatbelts, because audiences are in for the ultimate wild ride.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    The ultimate rarity: a sequel that is miles ahead of its predecessor in every imaginable department.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    If anything saves Elling, it is the trio of supporting performances that are closer to the real world.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    A remarkable triumph of documentary filmmaking. It is impossible to walk away from this film without being jolted.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Phil Hall
    This one deserves to go back in the refrigerator – preferably to the very back of the refrigerator!
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    Being released at the same time that Bowie's latest album "Heathen" is being unveiled. Bowie fans who need a reason to celebrate the trajectory of the artist's career can make use of this cinematic Alpha and CD Omega.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Phil Hall
    Engrossing and brilliantly insightful production.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Thoroughly obnoxious and relentlessly unfunny comedy.

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