Corey Hall

Corey Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Corey Hall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Metro Times (Detroit, MI), Orlando Weekly

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Iron Man (2008) "The key, of course, is Downey, who effortlessly conveys that his newfound sense of responsibility isn't going to stop him from having a good time, and in doing so, Iron Man makes saving the world look like fun again. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) "Drag's a brief, blunt and utterly brilliant blast of humor, terror and wicked satire; a trifle that feels like triumph, a dashed-off flick that blows doors off big-budget competition, and is about as much fun as you can have at the multiplex. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Aug 4, 2013
B- 86% The Conjuring (2013) "The list of imagery "borrowed" from other films is lengthy. Director James Wan specializes in this sort of fare and his talented cast elevates the material above the dregs of the genre, which is an admittedly big and crowded basement. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
D- 40% Only God Forgives (2013) "As much as it is a masterpiece of production design and a triumph of technique, the movie is also an epically awful exercise in pretentious pseudo-intellectual claptrap " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
6% Underclassman (2005) "Meant as a vehicle to deliver young actor Nick Cannon to headliner status, this lame comedy just limps along like a tricycle with bent rims. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 10, 2013
D- 6% Who's Your Caddy? (2007) "Who's Your Caddy isn't just a wretched exercise in formulaic hack writing, lazy acting and appalling stereotyping -- it's also just sort of icky. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
D+ 9% My Life in Ruins (2009) "With its portrait of cranky, uninterested tourists, rowdy Aussies, fat Yanks, dingy hotels, shady merchants and busted buses, Ruins feels like somebody's personal vendetta against the travel industry. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 30, 2013
7% All About Steve (2009) "Mary's supposed to be a plucky free spirit, but mostly she's a chatty bore who's emotionally clueless. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 28, 2013
D 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) "The decision to center so much of the story on the volatile, one joke Chow, proves fatal as Ken Jeong is about as funny as a tubercular cough. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 24, 2013
C 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "All the CGI-assisted, 3-D sparkle is a wonder to behold, and for a short time it effectively distracts from the inert drama underneath. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "..the epic scale of the action and amazing quality of the visuals, plus the sheer fun of hanging with trusted friends, puts this entry light years ahead of most competing blockbusters, even if intellectually it never leaves space dock. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted May 23, 2013
B 79% 42 (2013) "42 is a solid, workmanlike biopic that trudges along without an excess of nuance, but with a commitment to the notion that ennobling sentiment and entertainment can co-exist. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
C+ 8% The Host (2013) "Niccol crafts some arresting imagery, though the slow pacing and droning new age score makes everything feel like an endless Ambien commercial. " ‐ Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
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- 88% 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+ 44% 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 50% 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+ 72% 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+ 67% 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 69% 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
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