For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Hall's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Mad Cowgirl
Lowest review score: 0 London
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 188
  2. Negative: 51 out of 188
188 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Phil Hall
    Spins in its own orbit and dares the audience to come into its weirdly one-of-a-kind environment. This is a delightful work of humor which is worthy of Spielberg-level praise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    A style-rich, substance-weak B-level gangster movie which is noteworthy for two unusual reasons: it is one of the very few films from Thailand to gain international release and it is the perhaps the only film of its genre to feature a love story between a hit man and a pharmacist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Watching these old pros elbow their way into the spotlight is the film’s finest surprise, but watching Plowright out-act them all is the ultimate joy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Phil Hall
    A delightfully silly romp which reinvents the legendary Italian lover's adventures into the realm of broad farce.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Although the film is handsomely filmed and features a surprisingly frank view of the political machinations within the upper ranks of Tibetan Buddhism – even the Dalai Lama comes across as a bit of a wheeler-dealer – Unmistaken Child is more than a little disappointing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    The results are either darkly comic and tragic, depending on the viewer's mindframe. But McElhinney's route to these results, as with the Bertolucci, is nothing short of stunning.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    It is not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the year's best films. It is an extraordinary triumph of nonfiction filmmaking, presenting a wild mind game that leaves the viewer invigorated by its sheer audacity and complexity.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    A dull film, inspired by a true story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    About as funny as a funeral.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    The film is a visceral overload of wordplay ranging from the spontaneous neighborhood park jams to the overflowing concert venues.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    It is a shame the film doesn't cast a wider net into deeper political waters – the outrage is barely scratched in this production.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    A small, no-budget, seemingly unsophisticated film that creates a minor energy miracle by fueling its running time on pure raffish charm.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Phil Hall
    With a stronger actress who could have been in greater command of the character, Freeze Me would have been a cold-hearted masterpiece rather than the okay thriller it turned out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    Paltrow gives the performance of the year, and perhaps of her career, in this extraordinary and powerful dissection of genius, jealousy, madness and serenity.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    Never quite clicks, primarily because the central male characters are badly miscast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    At the risk of being called an anti-Semite, I would like to propose a moratorium on Holocaust movies -- While it would be crass to discount the importance of the subject, at the same time one has to admit there is some degree of excess going on here.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    If you want pure, undiluted, 100% guaranteed entertainment, Soap Girl is the film to enjoy. This film is a wonderful work of fun, with a marvelous ensemble cast who have more energy, sex-appeal and charm than any group to strut and vamp across the camera in recent memory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has created so many memorable films (most recently the wuxia double-play "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers") that one can easily excuse his new clinker Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 10 Phil Hall
    The single worst Shakespeare film ever made.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Handsomely produced but emotionally inert offering.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Beautifully produced but emotionally vacant drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Hall
    A lopsided effort which is part-thriller, part-social commentary, and totally forgettable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Phil Hall
    A noisy, chaotic affair.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    A pleasant diversion which mixes snatches of Wilde's waspish humor with a stylish Art Deco environment. The result is amusing to the ears and easy on the eyes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Phil Hall
    The true power of the film comes from young Marko Kovacevic, who plays the poetic child lost in a family and culture where poetry has no meaning.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The result is a great-looking bore.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    Maybe someday an enterprising filmmaker will make a film about this forgotten chapter in Muslim-Jewish relations. It would be a lot more compelling and memorable than the nonsense in Monsieur Ibrahim.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Hall
    One of the greatest art documentaries ever made. Through an imaginative mixture of rare footage, audio recordings and contemporary interviews with the living legends of modern art, Rosen has created a cinematic portrait which is, in itself, a work of art.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Hall
    The film is a bore.

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