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

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Another Gay Movie
Lowest review score: 0 An Inconvenient Truth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 185
  2. Negative: 51 out of 185
185 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A compelling screenplay, to be certain. But sadly, Omarova's direction is too leisurely to wring any emotional power.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    If anything saves Elling, it is the trio of supporting performances that are closer to the real world.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The only obvious question that Oswald’s Ghost raises is: how come Mort Sahl wasn’t in the movie? (If you don’t get that joke, you need to brush up on your Kennedy conspiracy lessons.)
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Wooden, one-dimensional epic.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Obviously, this is one subject which may not seem to require the attention of documentary filmmakers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.
    • 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.
    • 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?"
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    It's all a case of been-there, done-that, although the singing is nice. Still, do we really need another movie with thirtysomethings who ache to re-live their college years? C’mon, guys, grow up!
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    About as funny as a funeral.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    A noisy, chaotic affair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Small, amateurish Israeli feature.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Zhang Yimou is seriously off his game with the utterly ridiculous Curse of the Golden Flower, a new epic that feels like "Hero" meets "The Lion in Winter" meets "Peyton Place." The film is worthless as a serious work of art, but it may offer the jaded viewer a surplus source of MST3K-inspired wisecracks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Valeria Bertucelli and Ingrid Rubio as Elena and Natalia barely register for the camera, either in their adult incarnations or as the mod teens of 1975 Argentina.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    With a clumsy hip-hop score permeating every free inch of the soundtrack and ugly 16mm cinematography that would never be allowed out of Film School 101, the audio-visual experience is a wreck. The quality of Quality of Life is non-existent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Inert, inept epic.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    If Dogville has a reason for importance, it is the astonishing all-star ensemble who try very hard to put life into their cardboard characters and make this silly film work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Reconfigured into a very different one-woman movie by Gibson and director Jeremy Kagan. Unfortunately, the transformation was not successful.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    The Quiet is best for cheap laughs by jaded moviegoers with absolutely nothing better to do with their time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Nothing more than a big old chunk of horse poop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    The film is professionally made but a thorough bore at every imaginable level.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Easily the most surprising comedy of his career. The surprise: it's not funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Thoroughly obnoxious and relentlessly unfunny comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    Sadly, the whole affair is little more than ennui with a pedigree.

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