For 281 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Hinson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Bugsy
Lowest review score: 0 A Walk in the Clouds
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 281
281 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    What's wrong with The 'Burbs? It's not funny. Why is it not funny? It's just not. Not remotely, momentarily, intermittently or otherwise funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Hinson
    What "Wild at Heart" feels like is a kind of housecleaning -- a disjointed collection of images and odd snatches of ideas that the director couldn't make room for anyplace else. They have no context, and as a result, no power to thrill or disturb.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    Madsen may not be the most egregiously untalented of the new movie beauties, but she's close to it. As Dolly, she presents a Southern accent as ludicrous as any in captivity; she keeps trying for Blanche DuBois and coming out with Gomer Pyle.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    Parillaud is expressive but rather mundane. She's best at playing sullen, but there are so many French actresses who specialize in this particular talent -- the French have mastered the apathetic pout -- that she seems generic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Hinson
    Ferrara is clearly drawing an equation between the criminals' actions and The Lieutenant's, and as trite (and potentially shameless) as this may sound, it actually works.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    If Eastwood had any emotional depth as an actor, the character's anguish might come through.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Hinson
    A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Though brilliant, Menace II Society is definitely a film to guard yourself against. There's not a trace of softness or sentimentality. At times, the picture takes on the scary you-are-there verisimilitude of a tabloid-TV show.
    • Washington Post
    • 60 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Hinson
    The Godfather Part III isn't just a disappointment, it's a failure of heartbreaking proportions... It makes you wish it had never been made.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    Hogan seems skittish about going all the way with the darker side of his material...It's a bright, buoyant comedy about a very sad young woman -- and, regrettably, the mix just doesn't work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Hinson
    A gigantic achievement, an endowment of riches.
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Hinson
    A nonstop moronathon... Bio-Dome offers a pants-load of poop and masturbation jokes, deviant innuendo and simian sight gags destined to gross out and offend just about everyone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Hinson
    Tirelessly modish, hyper-glossy, super-superficial. It's also cacophonous. And, for all of its drum-beating for brain power, dumb.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    A glorious romantic confection unlike any other in movie history.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    For once, the audience isn't forced to surrender its intelligence (or its healthy cynicism) to embrace the film's sunny resolution.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Hinson
    An unpredictable, occasionally amusing, wildly uneven portrait of a neighborhood struggling to hold on to its identity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Never has political correctness looked so sumptuously handsome as it does here, and in its perfect-pitch instinct for the cultural vibe, this sweeping movie is so immaculately dead-on that it nearly transcends criticism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Oldman is the least inhibited actor of his generation, and as this deranged detective, he keeps absolutely nothing in reserve.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Though Linklater allows the movie to wander, he never allows the pace to slacken, and more often than not he finds some unexpected bit of found poetry or cultural kitsch to make the digressions worthwhile.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    An exceedingly loopy satire of the entire American political circus, and could be viewed as offensive to the sensitive-souled in either camp. And time hasn't in the least softened its bite. [Re-release]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Martin's poetic elegance turns to sappy mysticism. And if the material had been presented more insistently, it might have been insufferable, too goopy and new-age. Its modesty, though, is its prime virtue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    Why ... does it feel so lifeless?
    • Washington Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Hinson
    Is it scintillating, nutty, madly inspired or ecstatically preposterous? Ginsberg himself is all these things, but this movie is not. (Review of Original Release)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Hinson
    Writer-director David O. Russell's exhilarating follow-up to "Spanking the Monkey," is even wilder, giddier and more unpredictable than that irreverent debut.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Hinson
    Lee elevates herself from the lower echelon of mere international super-babedom to the loftier realm of pulp myth. She is "It" with an exclamation mark.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    One of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Hinson
    Sexy, slap-happy links comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Hinson
    A plodding, aggressive film that is neither engaging, disturbing nor funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Hinson
    Humorless, charmless and flat.

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