Corey Hall

Corey Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Metro Times (Detroit, MI) , Orlando Weekly
Total Reviews:
241

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 241
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
D 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " The cliché count is neck-and-neck with the body count in this hyperviolent and cheerfully destructive thriller." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 24, 2013
C 51% This is 40 (2012) " There is a profound tone deafness to This is 40, yet another overly long, overly whiney and overly crude exploration of Apatow's bloated ego..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 27, 2012
B- 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Hathaway pitches her sweet voice to an octave she's sure that only Oscar voters can hear." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 27, 2012
D 18% Parental Guidance (2012) " Crystal puts on his game face, and tries to muscle his way past the lousy material, but there's only so much even a natural funnyman can do in a situation like this." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 21, 2012
C 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) " Bill Murray tries mightily to slide into the role of a great man, but it's not a comfortable fit. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 21, 2012
A- 89% Starlet (2012) " ...consistently surprising in the way it mingles tender emotions with inherent tawdriness, casually incorporating graphic sex scenes with touching moments of innocent human interaction." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 3, 2012
B+ 96% Chasing Ice (2012) " Pictures, of course, say more than a thousand flowcharts or Al Gore's PowerPoint presentations. The images here are as glorious as those in any nature documentary ever made. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 3, 2012
C+ 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " As its cleverly rendered fairy tale heroes whiz past, it's hard not to feel manipulated, but it's not too difficult to enjoy the ride. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 21, 2012
A 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " Certain movies are sprinkled with pixie dust, an indescribable concoction that infuses scenes with irresistible magic; Silver Linings Playbook is practically hand-rolled and deep-fried in the stuff. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 21, 2012
B+ 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " Whether or not the problems of these upper-middle-class, arty, would-be hipsters reflect your own teen experience, there is a kind of unmistakable genius in the way it taps the universal heightened reality of adolescence." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
B- 81% Pitch Perfect (2012) " Recycled as it is from the spare parts of fun fluff like "Bring it On," Pitch Perfect understands its own fizzy pop irrelevance, and wisely puts the emphasis on getting laughs. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
C+ 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " There are some great sight gags and witty wordplay, but it's a shame that the script too often grows frantic and desperate for laughs. Gags about mummy flatulence can only take you so far. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
C 51% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " If you're surprised when the uptight lawyer and the cocky hotshot start going clog dancing, skinny-dipping and making googly-eyes at each other, then we can presume that you've never seen a movie before." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Sep 23, 2012
D 49% Hit & Run (2012) " ...stands as a monument to the catastrophic downside of the auteur theory." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 21, 2012
B 64% The Campaign (2012) " ...might just be the movie we deserve in this dire election cycle: It's cynical, vulgar, mean-spirited, weirdly familiar and yet often hysterical. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 11, 2012
C- 30% Total Recall (2012) " Colin Farrell is the blandest of leading men; a credible actor, but charisma-deficient - no matter how many times the studios tell us he's a star. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 6, 2012
C 17% The Watch (2012) " The fusion of high concept and lowbrow humor is initially amusing, but becomes unwieldy as the movie shifts into action mode and the explosions threaten to overwhelm the laugh lines. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 6, 2012
B+ 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " This is the kind of high-concept whimsy trafficked in by Woody Allen, though thankfully free of Dixieland jazz, monochrome title cards or kvetching about Russian literature." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 6, 2012
B+ 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Caring about the people involved helps immensely in the third act, when the movie is overtaken by dazzling effects work and epic fights with the somewhat generic, dinosaur-like baddie." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 28, 2012
C+ 68% Ted (2012) " Fans of the MacFarlane oeuvre will be tickled; everyone else would be advised to sample Family Guy, among other shows, to see if they really, really need to see his sensibility - with curse words included." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 28, 2012
C 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " Bekmanbetov never met a slow-motion shot he didn't love, and his frenetic, overwrought fight choreography is arresting but ultimately tiresome." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 25, 2012
B 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Director Barry Sonnenfeld is as over-caffeinated as ever. His frenetic tone changes between comedy, action and pathos are quick enough to induce whiplash. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 25, 2012
A- 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " In some ways, it feels like the kick-off to the afterparty for a post-Iraq War nation, with a sense of "mission accomplished" back-slapping buried beneath all the pyrotechnics." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 4, 2012
B 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " ...as sprightly and bright as the studio's cherished favorites, such as Chicken Run, though the sheer volume of gags hurled here leads to a slightly lower hitting percentage. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 2, 2012
C- 20% The Lucky One (2012) " ...a big serving of buttery sentimentality, splashed with drops of romance and thrift store spirituality." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 19, 2012
C 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " An excuse for slapstick and hokey puns that were musty 60 years ago. Such antics are tolerable in tiny doses, but the movie's slight 92-minute running time is really pushing things. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 13, 2012
B- 50% Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (2012) " Director Hercules doesn't show lots of muscle, preferring information to emotion, a curious choice in a movie about passionate people in an expressive art form, forever laboring for love." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2012
C 43% American Reunion (2012) " Even worse are the almost a dozen lackluster subplots that the movie insists on playing out, including a pseudo romance with bland Kevin and Tara Reid's Vicky, whose eyes are as vacant as a marlin flopping around on a boat deck." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 10, 2012
C+ 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " [The] plotting is window dressing for battles with a menagerie of fiendish minions, including ... an eye-popping gargantuan mass of smoke and lava that the late, great Ray Harryhausen himself couldn't have pulled off." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 6, 2012
B- 88% In Darkness (2012) " This tale of fugitive Polish Jews hiding under the streets of Lvov, aided by a reluctant Catholic sewerage inspector, may be based on true events, but it sometimes feels like an entire season of soap opera scripts crammed into feature length." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 30, 2012
A- 99% Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) " The family drama gives Jiro its spine, but it's the kitchen demonstrations that give it soul. This is food porn of the highest caliber." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 30, 2012
B 84% The Forgiveness of Blood (2012) " Director Joshua Marston's sophomore effort shows an intelligence and affinity for an alien landscape, and for decent people pushed into extraordinary circumstances by poverty and traditions beyond their understanding. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 21, 2012
D 38% Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) " Tim and Eric were reportedly gleeful at mass audience walkouts during a recent Sundance screening, and they probably delight in savage reviews, bearing them with pride. Well, congrats, guys: You suck." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 21, 2012
C- 0% A Thousand Words (2012) " Like a bad penny, Eddie Murphy is back again, in a family-friendly PG-13 comedy that nobody wants to see." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 19, 2012
B- 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " It's immature, rude and sometimes quite funny, at least until the same gag makes a fourth or fifth lap around the track. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 19, 2012
B 74% Rampart (2012) " Harrelson is utterly captivating, as the sort of bitter, corrupt L.A. cop you would imagine holding down Rodney King with a smile." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Mar 7, 2012
B+ 59% Wanderlust (2012) " ...engaging, amusing, and often achingly, gut-wrenchingly funny. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 24, 2012
C 29% The Vow (2012) " The profoundly mediocre screenplay was factory-farmed and you can feel the various conflicting drafts grinding up against one another. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Feb 10, 2012
C- 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " ...the movie takes its sweet time dolling out the twists, like a tree sloth hand-rolling pretzels." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 27, 2012
B 80% Haywire (2012) " Haywire may simply be a genre exercise for Soderbergh, but few directors are able to flex their cinematic muscles as effectively." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 21, 2012
B+ 94% Pariah (2011) " It is a striking debut: visually rich, emotionally complex and graced by strong performances from top to bottom. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 18, 2012
C- 33% Joyful Noise (2012) " Glee-haw. When everybody isn't busy gossiping, brawling and having premarital sex, there is much lip service given to obeying God and lifting His name. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 17, 2012
B- 51% Contraband (2012) " ...an enjoyable burst of silly escapism coated with thin layer of lowlife grime, suggesting a darker reality than it's willing to commit to. It's kind of like cruising through a rough neighborhood from the safety of your bulletproof limo. " — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jan 17, 2012
C+ 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " ...the sort of throwback entertainment that made Raiders of the Lost Ark a groundbreaking blockbuster.. All that's missing is the spark, humor, romance, and the essential humanity that made Indy into an immortal screen hero." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 20, 2011
B+ 77% War Horse (2011) " War Horse is manipulative, sentimental and schmaltzy, but dammed effective. And to the eternal discomfort of some detractors, it's a spiritual movie, in which the holy and beautiful creation of nature overcomes the destructive folly of man..." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Dec 20, 2011
B 96% The Muppets (2011) " The cameos are a blast, but the human leads really shine, especially Adams, who is so effortlessly sunny she qualifies as special effect." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 23, 2011
B 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " There is distinctly British sensibility at play, not just from the voice actors, but from the humor, which slips in sly wordplay amid the slapstick set pieces." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 22, 2011
B 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " Michelle Williams steps so deeply into the famous shadow that she almost vanishes, though we are left to wonder what was there to begin with." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 22, 2011
D 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " Katie Holmes, on a rare furlough outside the Scientology Celebrity Center, mostly stands around and looks confused - maybe she caught a peek at the script?" — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Nov 13, 2011
B- 84% Puss in Boots (2011) " Puss in Boots never slows down enough to concern itself with pacing or plotting, and like any good cat burglar; it always lands on its feet." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 28, 2011
B 50% The Rum Diary (2011) " ...a sporadically brilliant mess, caked with dust from sitting on the shelf for three years - fitting since the half-finished source novel moldered in a desk drawer for decades." — Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Oct 27, 2011
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