Fionnuala Halligan

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For 305 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Fionnuala Halligan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Shape of Water
Lowest review score: 30 The Professor
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 305
305 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    All in all, it’s the strength of vision which impresses — the confidence and the brio of a film-maker adapting a novel and losing herself inside it, making no apologies for her interpretation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    As a viewing experience, The Good House is capable if unexciting, as tastefully waspish as its millieu, with a damped-down pace and a muted score. As an acting masterclass from Sigourney Weaver as a smart woman in denial, though, it’s impressive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    The result is engaging, tender film-making which tugs at the heart-strings, spurred by a sympathetic cast and the young lead, newcomer Jude Hill.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    Boxily framed, the film tries out several visual looks, wandering tonally through its own aesthetic maze.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    Whether it’s the sheer weight of the narrative repetition - which involves rewatching a brutal rape - or the two-men/one-woman perspective, which results in an underwritten character and a strained performance from Comer, The Last Duel is crushed by the weight of its own armour.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    An uncomfortably un-restrained Whishaw, and an enhanced, aggressive sound design make Surge a raw experience and its eventual lack of any deeper insight is a little like rubbing salt into that experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    The Lost Leonardo is one of those rare documentaries in which almost everyone involved volunteers their loose-lipped testimony, seemingly unconcerned as to the dubious light in which it may place them, and Koefoed turns it in at a snappy 96 minutes with all the bells and whistles of a doc crowd-pleaser.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s hard not to wince sometimes, even amid all the lewd jokes and proud sexuality in the face of a no-hope future.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Co-directors Ainsley Gardener and Briar Grace Smith tell a sprawling story of separation and disposession which feels both intimate in terms of its setting and epic in resonance.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    Beckett, though, has better films in its DNA - it is by no means original. What it mostly serves as is a reminder of what is missing from independent cinema - and may well be gone for good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    In short, The Velvet Underground is a documentary that meets the Velvet Underground eye-to-eye and enriches it.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Fionnuala Halligan
    The Souvenir: Part II is a film to savour, visually and sensorily.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Riders Of Justice is salty, violent, transgressive, button-pushing, non-PC and laugh-out-loud funny at times – and when you’re not gasping or laughing, it’s only to wonder at the mind which pulled all of this together.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    The dynamics of the Claire family (whose daughter is rarely to be seen) are several layers more interesting than the plot, which makes it all the more disappointing when a film that has ballooned its running time with attempts at nuance then bursts into silliness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s a palpably ambitious piece, with a visual acuity which punches well above its weight and a fascinating central performance from Rose Williams (Sendition).
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    Good-natured, soft-hearted, a little lazy, and propelledby the relentless charisma of Melissa McCarthy when all else fails, this Netflix production makes for cozy pandemic at-home viewing with scant thrills but a couple of genuinely funny moments.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    This religious-themed horror based around the phenomena of Marian apparitions has an intriguing premise but cuts too many corners in its catechism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    This involving, stranger-than-life story has been edited for cinematic release although seems purpose built for streaming: like its protagonist, it suffers from a sense of unfinished business and unanswered questions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Gitankali Rao’s debut feature is a stunningly realised work of animated film-making.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    Cherry comes across like a deeply personal passion project for a group of talented filmmakers, and that’s for better and for worse. In its attempts to address Cleveland’s opoid crisis and the devastating trauma of repeated overseas conflicts for young Americans, the Russos’ film can effectively convey the grim desperation of those involved. It is often distracted by its own technique, though. The tone wavers wildly, the attention hovers, and scenes are allowed to ramble on. At times the resulting sense of discomfort can help challenge the viewer, but Cherry isn’t sufficiently fresh to be challenging enough.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Structured to an unusual beat and often stuck in its own feedback loop, The United States…is a flawed film, much like its protagonist, but Day doesn’t set a foot wrong throughout, even as Daniels’ adoring camera traces her every breath in full close-up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Together Together makes for comfortable viewing elevated by Harrison’s sparky presence.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s inventive enough to surprise, while still bringing with it fond memories of everything from Hammer to The Innocents, Dracula to creepy country house Gothic horror.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Judas is an explosion of pent-up plotting, as if the film industry itself would only have this one chance to make a film about the Panther movement and it all has to be told in one go. Hopefully, this is not to be the case. As this film rises up to an unthinkable conclusion, there is clearly so much more to tell, and, as always, to learn.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    With rigour and clarity of purpose, actor/director Fran Kranz holds the audience in his hands, probing at the unthinkable and daring to keep the faith.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Wright’s moving performance and some genuine heart-felt and -breaking moments amid all this natural majesty make Land a journey worth taking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    There’s hopes of an awards push for Zendaya and a bravura show from John David Washington, and their commitment should be recognised (although, as producers, they’ve already experienced some significant success). This is a woefully self-indulgent piece, however: fascinating at the outset in its frank assessment of race – written by a white man - but ultimately a hollow drum.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    Australian director Simon Stone’s (The Daughter) film delivers strong performances – from Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan in particular – and top-level craft, but with an undercurrent of real emotion which sensitively conveys the fragility of lives and time. To use another of those abused words, it’s captivating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Fionnuala Halligan
    Care and respect is evident. Camerawork is beautiful, but in the service of the piece, not beauty itself. Sound design is enveloping, and together they convey worlds of light and water, of the humming from electricity that can travel for miles and of a range of emotions from anxiety to shame that run deeper and more vividly than it seems we can possibly understand.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    A film of a bumpy, brilliant debut novel which was ground-breaking at the time, Bahrami’s propulsive piece dazzles, and quibbles are easily quelled, even over 124 minutes.

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