Hannah McGill

Hannah McGill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
The List
Total Reviews:
99
Location:
UK

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 100% Night Will Fall " Inevitably and immeasurably affecting, but conventional in terms of what it says." — The List
Posted Sep 15, 2014
4/5 86% At Berkeley (2013) " This is particularly useful stuff for anyone who works in higher education, and for documentary makers, but it holds rewards for anyone with the time and the stamina to take it on." — The List
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/5 92% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " For balance, it could have done with more material from the people who put such extraordinary effort into prosecuting Swartz, but that isn't for want of trying: many declined to contribute." — The List
Posted Aug 26, 2014
2/5 —— A Vida Invisível " This is a sluggish effort to create a Last Year In Marienbad-style enigma about love, loss and loneliness." — The List
Posted Jul 8, 2014
2/5 —— We'll Never Have Paris " A film that neglects the basic requirement that an audience not thoroughly hate its protagonist." — The List
Posted Jul 8, 2014
4/5 91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " Some of the film's best and most revealing moments see Gondry trying to get a slightly wary Chomsky to leave his comfort zone of cerebral conjecture and open up about his emotional life." — The List
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Hoffman is a lovely fit as one of Le Carre's dilapidated, disappointed anti-heroes, whose post-ideological bafflement regarding the point of what he's doing feels wholly convincing." — The List
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 88% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " If some of the emotional cues are blunt, other story threads are sensitively developed, and the morality is nicely complex ..." — The List
Posted Jun 20, 2014
3/5 —— Hyena " A strong enough thriller for an audience with the stomach for very black humour and severely testing imagery." — The List
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/5 100% Of Horses and Men " One of the pleasures of this film is the extent to which the horses really do feel like part of the narrative." — The List
Posted Jun 17, 2014
3/5 63% Heli (2014) " If the story it tells about a contemporary Mexico mired in corruption and violence is a familiar one, it's still one of undeniable pertinence." — The List
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 76% Concussion (2013) " The film's unpredictability and irrepressible sense of humour ensure that it stays on the right side of the jaded cynicism that afflicts so many US indies set amid this sort of moneyed dissatisfaction." — The List
Posted May 13, 2014
4/5 81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " It looks darkly lovely, its performances are fiercely charismatic, and its examination of the ways in which fear, deceit, violence and desire can mingle is insightful and intriguing." — The List
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 77% The Robber (2011) " For those who prefer a bit of existential vagueness to being led by the nose, this is a thought-provoking as well as a technically impressive piece of work." — The List
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " Revealing of a near-psychotic self-assurance, but doesn't make for a very nuanced or enlightening film." — The List
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 33% Back to the Garden " The best one can say is that it was probably fun being in it, and what it's doing getting released in cinemas is anyone's guess." — The List
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3/5 91% Suzanne " By skittering too quickly through its protagonist's life, Katell Quillevere's film fails to deliver the intimacy that its title seems to promise." — The List
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " A sophisticated, unpredictable and original modern noir." — The List
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " Few films were ever so bright and so dark at once." — The List
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4/5 94% Dark Days (2000) " A work at once intimate, irreverent and respectful, from which unforgettable characters emerge, beautifully shot in black and white and with a soundtrack by DJ Shadow." — The List
Posted Jan 21, 2014
3/5 64% Bastards (2013) " Denis' ensemble cast takes its collective endeavour admirably seriously, and there are moments of great visual beauty, but the intensity that the story shoots for is lacking, and the ultimate effect confusing and somewhat empty." — The List
Posted Jan 13, 2014
99% Wadjda (2013) " Haifaa al Mansour's debut merits recognition for its fresh-feeling take on the trope whereby the travails of a child protagonist mirror those of a wider society." — Sight and Sound
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3/5 88% Fill the Void (2013) " In the end, it's hard to determine whether Burshtein is celebrating or critiquing the insularity and strict traditions of the community that she herself joined in her 20s - but presumably that's part of the point." — The List
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/5 54% Lovelace (2013) " It's a somewhat simplistic dichotomy but Amanda Seyfried does a good job managing the contradictions of her character, and her co-stars Sharon Stone and Peter Sarsgaard keep the pace." — The List
Posted Sep 4, 2013
4/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " This is simply one of the best of its druggy-slackers-go-bananas genre. And such beautiful women haven't been allowed to be so funny since Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." — The List
Posted Aug 14, 2013
4/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " It portrays a seething nest of highly volatile personalities whose motivations are fraught with ambiguities and contradictions, and a chain of actions and reactions the full impact of which has yet to be measured." — The List
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 93% For Those In Peril (2014) " It's original in its idea, style and conception, and made with loving dedication." — The List
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 36% Not Another Happy Ending " Crisply lovely cinematography by George Geddes and an upbeat soundtrack add to the film's airy, merry vibe." — The List
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 69% Días de gracia (Days of Grace) (2011) " Gout, a prolific short filmmaker here making his feature-length debut, shows a flair for directing actors and for creating atmospheric visual sequences, often composed of single, beautifully-soundtracked tracking shots." — The List
Posted Jul 1, 2013
3/5 —— From Tehran to London " The film's up-closeness quickly become more claustrophobic than revealing, with the unfortunate consequence that its premature conclusion feels rather more welcome than was intended." — The List
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " If the Monsters Inc. concept was never Pixar's most graceful one, the original film at least had a high quota of warmth, which is harder to locate amid the snide jocks vs nerds standoffs here." — The List
Posted Jun 24, 2013
3/5 55% Breathe In (2014) " On the whole the film's sourness feels sophomoric - the attempt of a young director overly affected by American Beauty and The Ice Storm to seem worldly-wise ..." — The List
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " An enjoyable mainstream American comedy is already something approaching a miracle, so those with strong stomachs for shady humour should grab this with both hands." — The List
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " This is a warm, brave and thought-provoking piece of autobiography." — The List
Posted Jun 6, 2013
4/5 100% Kochegar (A Stoker) " Stange, dark and clever, with a sense of Rabelaisian excess and moral murkiness that's tempered by an ambiguous but unexpectedly forceful moral message, the film address personal responsibility, cruelty and creativity in shady times ..." — The List
Posted May 17, 2013
2/5 34% Everybody Has a Plan (2013) " Cinematography is pretty, and Mortensen is always watchable; but this is a slog to say the least." — The List
Posted Apr 16, 2013
3/5 51% Welcome to the Punch (2013) " That Creevy has talent isn't in question; whether this substanceless stuff is the best outlet for it is another matter." — The List
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/5 55% The Look of Love (2013) " A clear precursor to this film is Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, but the depth and ambiguity that film brought to its amiable monster of a protagonist just doesn't kick in here." — The List
Posted Feb 26, 2013
3/5 78% A Late Quartet (2012) " Offers many pleasures, not least some ravishing music." — The List
Posted Feb 26, 2013
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " It's rather joyous to see a name director pursue a true passion project, and realise it with such simplicity, elegance and emotional directness." — The List
Posted Feb 26, 2013
4/5 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Some will balk at its excesses, but breathtaking action, profound emotion and a dark sense of fun make this the most ambitious, original movie event in years." — The List
Posted Feb 18, 2013
3/5 89% Shell " Perhaps it's appropriate to a degree given the film's desolate and unpopulated setting, but there isn't quite enough content here to fill out feature length." — The List
Posted Feb 18, 2013
3/5 28% Broken City (2013) " Forgive some misconceived scenes and weird directorial decisions, and there's enough charisma and intrigue onscreen for a decent wallow in wickedness." — The List
Posted Feb 11, 2013
1/5 55% I Give It a Year (2013) " These people are without exception awful, selfish and dull." — The List
Posted Feb 4, 2013
3/5 85% Bullhead (2012) " Director Michael R Roskam makes a decent fist of drawing his weighty elements into a cohesive whole." — The List
Posted Jan 21, 2013
4/5 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " This cleverly-targeted family romp marks a step up both commercially and artistically for the non-Pixar side of Disney's animation offering." — The List
Posted Jan 18, 2013
4/5 65% Antiviral (2013) " The film sags a little in its final third, and all the white-on-white interiors get a bit wearing for the eyes; but this chip off the old block has a strong talent behind it and much to recommend it." — The List
Posted Jan 18, 2013
2/5 62% Hitchcock (2012) " This is Hitchcock for a tabloid audience: simplistic, judgemental, smug and pat. Rewatch the actual films instead." — The List
Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/5 93% No (2013) " Director Pablo Larrain clearly wishes neither to sentimentalise the past, nor excoriate it with cynical satire; but this trepidation leaves his film feeling indecisive." — The List
Posted Jan 15, 2013
3/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " It's fun while it's on, and unless you're a die-hard musical hater, you'll head home humming." — The List
Posted Jan 7, 2013
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