For 169 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Helen O'Hara's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Little Women
Lowest review score: 20 The Brothers Grimsby
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 169
  2. Negative: 2 out of 169
169 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    The people of Downton Abbey have never been relatable, but they’re really pushing it this time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    A well-intentioned biopic about a little-discussed but pivotal moment for both artists. If it’s never transcendent, it at least offers charming child performances, and Hawes is a particularly good fit as Neal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    It's cheerfully nonsensical, of course, shot in a sun-drenched luxury compound straight from the big book of action movie clichés, yet lacking the flourishes of a John Woo or a Michael Bay.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum make a sweet and spiky couple in this likeable caper. It’s never going to challenge The African Queen for quality, but it offers 
a consistently good time.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    Amiably silly and impressively gory, this lives up to both its low-budget inspirations and its rocker stars.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    There still hasn’t been a truly great film based directly on a video game, and the characterisations here are more likely to annoy than delight the hardcore fans, but the jetsetting and sunshine here is a welcome break from more serious action movies, and Holland will just about hold the interest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    It’s a fun premise, one that this treats seriously, but it never quite reaches the highest levels of the genre.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    It's an impressive performance from Chastain and a fascinating subject, but the film doesn’t delve deep enough into Bakker’s inner life.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    The chases, fights and fun bits of spy craft are brightly and pacily shot, but the 'twists' are barely surprising. These women, and these characters, deserve more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    Peter Parker’s second Spider-verse adventure suggests that the concept just works – brilliantly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Helen O'Hara
    There are a few genuine surprises as this goes, but many more predictable twists. When the film engages with the real World War I, it feels pat, a ‘1066 and All That’ trip through the ‘best bits’ of history
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Helen O'Hara
    Heartfelt and heart-breaking, this feels like Spielberg has made an adaptation faithful to its roots but also, always, alive to the modern world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    [Ridley Scott's] second film in as many months, after The Last Duel, is uneven, overlong and completely over the top, and has characters and plot turns that Marvel and Pixar would reject as ‘a bit much’. The good news is that it is undeniably a proper drama and, for the most part, wildly entertaining.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Helen O'Hara
    A story even more delicate and moving than Sciamma’s last effort, this takes an unusual and thoughtful look at girlhood, motherhood and friendship. It’s enchanting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    It’s a lot of passion and restless, sometimes misdirected energy to channel through this film, but Miranda marshalls it effectively, communicating Larson’s talent and drive without obscuring the fact that he could, sometimes, be a bit wearisome about it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Helen O'Hara
    A defanged variation on the theme that doesn't commit hard enough to be silly fun, beyond a few chuckles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    This may not quite be the biopic of two women whose achievements decidedly merit one, but it’s an extraordinary story about a man who endured danger, ridicule and desperation to create the circumstances for them to thrive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Helen O'Hara
    Stark but utterly compelling, this chilling take on Macbeth is a visually stunning tour de force. It’s as good as you’d expect from this cast and crew, which is saying something.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    The result is overlong and rarely groundbreaking – there are hints of The Truman Show, Edge of Tomorrow and, visually, Inception – and suffers from some obnoxious filmmaking shorthand in its portrayal of other cultures late on.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    A perfectly serviceable biopic with good performances, which goes some way to explaining Franklin’s genius as a musician and a star, but one that isn’t nearly as transcendent as its subject deserves.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Helen O'Hara
    Credit goes only to its two stars that this is watchable, because the film is a derivative hodge-podge unworthy of their charisma. Just rewatch The Mummy and cut out the middle man.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    Like a shot of summer holiday straight to the arm, this will have you shimmying out of the cinema and hugging all your neighbours. It’s joyful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    It’s silly and a little too slow, but the characters are enormously charming and the design is overwhelmingly sumptuous. It should give viewers, especially children, a welcome hit of Christmas magic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    The film doesn’t quite trust the magic of the garden, adding visual dazzle and, sometimes, artificiality, but when the film relies on the kids and their relationship it still finds the book’s magic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    A fiery condemnation of the police state and government overreach, this is both timely and timeless. Sorkin and a superb cast make legal proceedings compelling, and then show that the law is an ass.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Helen O'Hara
    Lots of elements of the story feel familiar, but they play out in unusual and unpredictable ways here. We’ve seen the heavy-with-a-heart character before, but Jarvis gives Arm real pathos, even at his most violent.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Helen O'Hara
    Entertaining, energetic and unfailingly smart, this is theatre at the highest level, performed by a cast without a weak link. You can’t say no to this.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Helen O'Hara
    An overqualified adult cast and some fun moments can’t entirely compensate for a defanged protagonist and too-static plot. This fantasy desperately needed a little more magic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    The plot is insubstantial in the extreme, but Rae and Nanjiani are so cool, and their loose, free-flowing improv so winning, that you probably won’t care.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Helen O'Hara
    It looks gorgeous and offers strong performances from Driver and Ridley in particular, but ultimately the saga ends with neither a bang nor a whimper but something inbetween.

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