Fionnuala Halligan

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For 362 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Fionnuala Halligan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Cold War
Lowest review score: 30 Goodbye Christopher Robin
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 362
362 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    A well-executed, unusual and historically-tinged horror [film] ... drenched in the atmosphere of Second World War colonial dread.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Durham captures a place in time quite beautifully, and McNairy is sympathetic and believable playing a character who could be perceived as weak, or neglectful, but instead comes across as a somewhat hopeless romantic. It’s really his performance that lingers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    This is a film you haven’t seen before from a place you’ll never visit, a first-class example of bravery and reportage melding into an filmed testament. It’s not just that it’s nailbiting. The unease lingers long after viewing, though, for every person associated with it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Sarah Snook turns in a terrific performance which is always true to the character at every point of a complex arc.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    The unfolding of this unusual friendship, however, and Henry’s lively performance against Lawrence and their resulting rapport, make it a sound prospect to spend some quiet time with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    The team effort of the story flows into and becomes a part of the team effort onscreen, and the fight continues.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    Robinson is a precise, empathetic and informed speaker and a righteous man who, in sisters Emily and Sarah Kunstler’s documentary, is every teacher you might have ever wished for as a student, but who deserves a larger stage.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    The Quiet Girl is thoughtful, spiritual in its stillness but alive with the hum of the land and the emotions it guards. Editing by the experienced John Murphy finishes the work with a precision that also smoothes this rites of passage story. Certainly, this is a quiet film, but it speaks in high volumes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Wright crafts a hyper-elaborate set-up and delicate drip-feed of information which make spoilers an equal crime, but The Stranger is more of a felt experience than a traditional policier; it’s all about the hunt, not the crime.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    A small-scale, covert glimpse of the lives led behind the headlines.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Brainwashed doesn’t deliver the opposing views you might like to see aired in a film like this - it’s not a debate for her, even though some film professionals still think it is - and Menkes shows possibly too many clips from her own films (as illustrations of the right sort of take), particularly as this lucid documentary draws to a close. Yet still it’s vigorous, often brash, and full of information.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s a halfway house between reality and the desires and dreams and disappointments of a 40 year-old woman, and should be appreciated as such by Francophone audiences everywhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Edward Berger returns to the German source material, adding some twists and turns, in a wrenching, visceral adaptation of a work that is almost a century old, written when ruined veterans could still hear the sound of the gunfire in their dreams.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    A quietly thoughtful and impressively acted drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Fionnuala Halligan
    With a decades-long rapport on screen and off, they’re natural and sparky together, and Roberts joins Clooney in her decision not to presenting the cosmetically refreshed face of her peers. For that alone, Ticket To Paradise is a trip worth taking.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Empire Of Light is a sentimental film – the piano-heavy score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross advertises that from the opening bars – but its message of love, tolerance and finding family wherever you can should make an impact in darkened rooms wherever it plays.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Fionnuala Halligan
    Technically-skilled, well-acted and fatally over-long, it’s hard not to see Blonde as a chronicle of exploitation and abuse which merrily carries on the tradition – a sensation reinforced by Ana de Armas’s poignant performance as Marilyn.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    The Eternal Daughter is at its most poignant when it plunges into the personal – in Swinton’s retreating mother and faltering daughter, you can sense the director’s power growing as she continues to acknowledge herself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Fionnuala Halligan
    A courtroom drama with a committed, awards-worthy performance from Ricardo Darin, this tense, lengthy, frequently funny film stands with the best of the genre, but with added resonance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s impossible to deny the strength of the startling array of thoughts and concepts which Inarritu has brought to life and, ultimately, brings together, although the impact is clearly diluted by his unwillingness to cut.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    There’s much here, or in everything we see - which is essentially the film’s subtext - that is hilariously open to interpretation. See how you get on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    This doc/animation hybrid is an eccentric little gem of a story, a tall tale told with irreverent cheer and considerable charm. Chief amongst its many attractions is the actor Alan Cumming, lip-syncing to an audio tape and delivering a performance that is quite uncanny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    It fields such a disorientating mix of styles and symbols and tonal swerves (Rupert Everett going full fruit, for example), that it’s quite a surprise that Colbert has managed to weave a structured story throughout She Will. But she has.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s not hard to figure out the recipe that resulted in Netflix’s Persuasion arriving half-baked from the streamer’s busy oven. Take one measure from Clueless. Cast an American actor as the lead (Dakota Johnson). Turn Jane Austen’s most mature heroine into a Bridget Jones, slugging red wine from the bottle and winking at the camera. Filter it all through a Regency Britain that comes straight from Bridgerton. Shake, too hard, and try not to cringe as the cake collapses.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    The result has a definite voice – even when its protagonists struggle to find their own.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Emily Watson leads the cast delivering, yet again, a stinging reminder of her talent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    Abbasi has made an Iranian noir which, even though it dares to poke around the spiritual capital of Iran with its largest mosque in the world, isn’t an assault on the Iranian government per se, but a crime thriller which shows how far fundamentalist morality can be twisted and how banal the face of evil really is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Fionnuala Halligan
    Much of this film has never been seen before, and it is a true treasure trove. It feels, like Bowie’s career, though, incomplete, and certainly the period between his later-in-life marriage to Iman and death after the final, unsettling Blackstar recordings is vague and reliant on what the director/producer/editor calls ‘musical mash-ups’ which he designed and edited to have a trancey, hypnotic effect.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    It’s a piece which is deliberate, but not sterile; disturbing, but too grounded in reality to be truly frightening, even though it probably should be given it attempts to blend the fears of body horror with climate change.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Fionnuala Halligan
    While attention, fairly, will go to the work’s visual and tonal acuity, Wells’ measured but relentless probing, her careful peeling away of the layers of this intimate piece, mark her out as one of the most promising new voices in British cinema in recent years.

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