Fionnuala Halligan

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For 234 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Fionnuala Halligan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Souvenir
Lowest review score: 30 The Professor
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 234
234 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    Call Of The Wild isn’t animation, it isn’t live action, it isn’t fish, fowl or dog and somewhere in between it falls off its sled. Mankind can always benefit from some digital enhancement; man’s best friend, not so much.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    Like the book, Reed Morano’s film is long on atmosphere and short on the kind of detail a spy thriller needs to be credible.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s a commercially marketable prospect, sure, thanks to a committed performance from Julia-Louis Dreyfus (who also produces), but Downhill has also groomed out the subtlety from the original Swedish-language source material in some wincing stabs at cross-cultural comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    Revelatory, moving, and honest, it is essentially the story of one brave woman’s decision to publicly accuse the rap mogul Russell Simmons of harassment and rape. But it’s also a painful, parsed education on the subject of black women and abuse.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    Wittock has neatly sketched out her subject and a groovy neon palette for scenes involving Jumbo “himself”, but the story and general characterisation remains broad and thinly developed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Whenever Herself settles into predictability, the strength of Dunne’s performance pulls that comfortable rug away. And if her screenplay and her acting helps audiences understand what it is to be homeless, to be vulnerable in this way, Herself will have been a A-grade build by an A-list team.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    A film to respect for its audacity, admire for its lead female performance perhaps, but also view as dramatically contrived.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Footage is surprising, and, occasionally heart-breaking; not because of the disabilities onscreen, but because it recalls the idealism of the 1970s, long since gone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    The more specific its characters are – and these are very specific – the more amusing the gags in this warm-hearted comedy about growing up and breaking free.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Notable for the crispness of the lensing, Jose is deceptively simple but punches above its slight weight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Shaun exists simply to entertain children and he fulfils his brief.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    Mendes is intent on bringing a sense of breathless derring-do to a war only known for its doomed futility. And he loads onto it a one-take challenge, a rolling-back and slowly-swerving camera, using the sleight of hand which distinguishes the best action cinema of this kind.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s only when Pugh gets her hands on spoiled younger sister Amy and opens up that often-overlooked strand of the work does the film seem to find relevance beyond its pretty fussiness and that warm, wintery – decidedly Christmassy, somewhat pleased-with-itself – glow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    The subtle brilliance of its mise-en-scene, from 1980s Ohio boardrooms and rubber-chicken dinners to all-black wait staff and the casual discrimination against women, beds the story in the awful truth.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Gibney’s story is clearly told and wholly engrossing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Everyone here appears to be revelling in the juicy opportunities Earthquake Bird brings to hit up our memories of everything from Fatal Attraction to Single White Female.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Although MEMORY follows some templates of the format, trying to lock Alien into a cultural and political framework, the film itself transcends that obviousness.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Fionnuala Halligan
    Seen at 60 frames per second (fps) on 3D-Plus (2K resolution), Ang Lee’s action spectacular Gemini Man proved a compulsive watch: not for the usual ingredients of can’t-look-away Hollywood cinema such as acting – Will Smith takes a dual role - or plot, both of which fell a little flat, and seemed almost wilfully generic. As a viewing experience, though, this picture delivers as a prototype of future action film-making.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    A complex, steady, deeply intelligent film with a chilling resonance today.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    A handsome, earnest drama ... This is a tasteful, respectful and thoughtful film about what it means to be a true friend in the darkest of times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Fionnuala Halligan
    A significant, ambitious and entirely impressive film by a dazzling young French director in full command of her ship.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    The trouble with a high-stakes “small” British project like this is that everyone involved tends to want to play it safe.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    A thrilling, action-packed, wide-vista yarn from the sharp quills of Jack Thorne and co-writer and director Tom Harper, this Amazon-backed project is deceptively simple yet surprisingly deft.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    The delicate dance between the two veteran actors, both eagerly devouring a late-life jewel of a script, is a joy to behold.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Fionnuala Halligan
    Obvious good intentions are drowned in a hot wash of showboating stars and flooded by self-indulgence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Renee Zellweger gives the performance of her career in a film which is certainly an awards-friendly biopic, but strikes a darker, more maudlin note than expected.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Seberg somehow manages to pull off a tricky combination of radical politics, inter-racial sex and Hollywood tragedy while styling Stewart in Chanel. It’s quite a balancing act, but this is a film in which the story is just about strong enough to pull that heavy cart along.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s only when Baumbach surrenders to the inherent theatricality of what he is creating, that Marriage Story finally takes wing and flies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    A strangely-compelling, unpredictable and manipulative piece of work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    A classic, if downbeat, addition to the canon.

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