For 42 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 18.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 46
Highest review score: 100 The Best Years of Our Lives
Lowest review score: 0 Johnny Be Good
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 42
  2. Negative: 14 out of 42
42 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Hiding Out is a pleasant bit of fluff; it's Back to the Future without the fantasy. It's no breakthrough in movie- making, but it's not dumb either. There are enough funny lines and enough winning performances to forgive the implausibilities and the ridiculous action scene at the end. [06 Nov 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The best performance in Three Men and a Baby is given by the baby, played by twins Lisa and Michelle Blair. They are wonderful. The movie is not. [25 Nov 1987, p.D8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    For Keeps is schizoid entertainment. It begins as a comedy, shifts briefly into social commentary and winds up in soap opera land, with Ringwald acting nobly and self-sacrificing. The movie has been heralded as a sign of Hollywood's new maturity, because the kids face up to their situation. That is applaudable, but For Keeps is old-fashioned and obvious. It is to teen pregnancy what My Three Sons was to family life. [15 Jan 1988, p.C5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Worst of all, though, is Huppert. This fine actress, who has been so effective in European films, walks through her part. Her last American film was Heaven's Gate. For her own sake, she should stay away from Hollywood. [16 Jan 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Junk, but amusing junk. [17 Mar 1987, p.B5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Lethal Weapon is neither a good film nor good entertainment, but it will be a big hit. It takes two popular stories, scrambles them together and delivers something truly bizarre. It's The Cosby Show meets Rambo. [06 Mar 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    Road is about as much fun as a flat tire. [10 Apr 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    A combination rock-and-roll tearjerker and domestic drama. It is gloomy, boring and sentimental. [06 Feb 1987, p.C5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    You know a movie's in trouble when the characters babble on about long ago. In The Presidio, they have to. What's happening on-screen is dull and predictable. The movie's highlights, car chases up and down the San Francisco inclines, pale in comparison to those in Bullitt. [10 June 1988, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The Great Outdoors isn't great. The Dopey Outdoors would be more like it. It's wildly uneven, yet consistently dumb. [17 June 1988, p.C5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Funny Farm adds up to enjoyable but uneven summer entertainment that seconds the Green Acres credo: "Farm livin' is the life for me." [3 June 1988, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    The plot, a series of missed connections, grows boring. The action scenes have no oomph. And the actors are lost. As the disheveled Dan, Cusack is charming, but he can't make this tired tourist tale go. And he can't fall down a mountain as well as Kathleen Turner. [19 May 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The occult thriller boasts snazzy photography, passionate acting and considerable suspense. But like Marathon Man, it is empty. This pulp never rises above being pulp. [10 Jun 1987, p.D7]
    • Miami Herald
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Midler has emerged as the best funny woman on the screen. As Sandy, she makes abrasiveness appealing. But her work here can't compare with what she did in Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Ruthless People. Neither can Outrageous Fortune. [30 Jan 1987, p.D1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Poitier is Poitier, and that, after such a dry spell, is reason enough to see the movie. [12 Feb 1988, p.C5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    Tyson rose to the challenges of this demanding role with perceptive, luminous work. It remains the peak of her long, distinguished career. [22 Feb 2009, p.10]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    Watching Adventures in Babysitting is like eating a carton of candy bars. The first bites are sweet, but after a while, you're gagging. This is one gooey confection. [07 July 1987, p.C7]
    • Miami Herald
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    A handsome but empty romantic thriller with the most passionless love triangle you may ever see. [9 Oct 1987, p.D1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Benji the Hunted is better-than-average family entertainment with some flaws. An irritating musical score undercuts the beauty of the nature scenes. The human performances are regrettable and look downright amateurish next to the animal. Benji is good. Just look into his haunting eyes, and you know why this doggie is a star.
    • Miami Herald
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    Bloodsport offers some lurid but fascinating bits. Chief among them: Van Damme, his feet tied to two poles, performs horrifyingly painful splits. Otherwise, Bloodsport boasts bad acting, bad photography and a bad script. So much for the art of motion pictures. [03 May 1988, p.C4]
    • Miami Herald
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    The Principal has no principle. It aspires to be a gritty look at a troubled inner-city school, but despite all its tough talk and its seething students, it's a cornball fantasy. [18 Sep 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A best picture Oscar winner, and one of the finest of all American films. [04 Aug 1989, p.37]
    • Miami Herald
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    Who's That Girl's writers botched the creation of their confection. A successful screwball comedy is like a souffle. This is a souffle made of concrete. [07 Aug 1987, p.D1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Elaborate special effects ruin the whimsy of this haunted house movie. The filmmakers parcel out the horrific gags so tirelessly they lose sight of the tale they're telling. This is one ghost story that needed an exorcism. [30 March 1988, p.C8]
    • Miami Herald
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The latest work from director-producer-writer John Hughes is a muddle. Hughes has packed the movie, the story of a young couple's marriage, with amusing sight gags and jokes. What he has failed to offer are palatable characters, original insights or smooth storytelling. Worst of all, he has tacked on a deplorable teary finale. [5 Feb 1988, p.C4]
    • Miami Herald
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    A family film to treasure. [02 Mar 1990, p.G41]
    • Miami Herald
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Slamdance has an unusual problem: It's too creative. Director Wayne Wang throws in so many artsy shots and technical tricks that the drama, an intricate murder mystery, is muddled. After the lights come up, you're left wondering exactly what you witnessed. [6 Nov 1987, p.D7]
    • Miami Herald
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    In the romantic comedy Mannequin, a dummy comes to life. The movie never does. [18 Feb 1987, p.D6]
    • Miami Herald
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    The movie puts us back in Poltergeist territory, but it cannot approach that film's shock value. The plot is too simple. Watch the children pulverize the demons. Watch the demons terrorize the children. You get the idea. [22 May 1987, p.D5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 8 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    Teen Wolf Too is a relentlessly idiotic sequel to 1985's Teen Wolf. [1 Dec 1987, p.B5]
    • Miami Herald

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