Helen OHara

Helen OHara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Helen OHara's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Empire Magazine, Empire Magazine Australasia, GQ Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 17% Strange Magic (2015) "While there are fun moments, the whole is an odd mix of grotesquerie and cutesiness. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2015
90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "There's an energy and urgency to this NWA biopic that's nearly impossible to resist. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 24, 2015
55% Paper Towns (2015) "A bittersweet teen film that has much to offer even those of us who have, in theory, grown up. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 19, 2015
51% The Interview (2014) "There has never been as silly and inconsequential a film that prompted as huge a political fuss as this. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) "Since this comes after a string of unstoppable action-man roles, [Neeson's] character never quite feels like an underdog, despite the film bending over backwards to convince us of his drunkenness and washed-up agonising. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The film is about the best adaptation that could have been drawn from this rather dull source material -- at least until it slows to a crawl on the deathly serious and dull home stretch. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
30% Chappie (2015) "While Chappie is bursting with interesting ideas and manages to feel fresh despite obvious (and largely unloved) comparators like Short Circuit, A.I., and Transcendence, the film is sometimes blind to its own point. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "It's still no return to form for Mann after the disappointing Miami Vice and Public Enemies. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
57% Focus (2015) "If it feels like the prequel to a smoother, pacier heist film, at least this is sufficiently charming that we might see a follow-up one day. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
26% Child 44 (2015) "It's all so mushy and unclear that by the time a climactic fight takes place in a literal mire you'll feel as muddied as the participants. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "Much of the hilarity in these films -- and they really are very funny -- comes from watching the excess as characters try to outdo one another's manliness. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
85% John Wick (2014) "Just as he did in Speed and The Matrix, Reeves has found a way to take an action genre and do it just a little bit better than everyone else. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "This is a film that unfolds with every re-watch and reveals more subtle little grace notes. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
91% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) "Bitingly funny, deeply strange and hauntingly melancholic. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 17, 2015
74% The Connection (2015) "Cédric Jimenez has clearly studied the Scorsese playbook. There's much of the same fluidity of storytelling here, the same rich, jewel-like colours, the same glamorous setting and crime-fuelled hedonism. But he isn't just another wannabe. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "Shot entirely in Farsi, in a desert town in California, it is both realistic and fantastical, foreign and familiar. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
63% Spooks: The Greater Good "This may be bereft of the bombast that Americans expect from their spy adventures, but as a modern spin on a John Le Carré-style thriller, it's a stylish and smart action film. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
81% Man Up "Tess Morris' smart script and Ben Palmer's assured direction largely hold the interest, making this more pleasure than ordeal -- and therefore a rarity in British romantic comedies. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
89% London Road "Those of you who usually avoid musicals like the plague, in other words, should not be so quick to judge this one. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
73% Inherent Vice (2015) "It is no exaggeration to say that this could become the new Big Lebowski -- something that will not just stand up to repeat viewings but positively reward every single rewatch of its twisted, lunatic glory. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
87% Mr. Holmes (2015) "Ian McKellen's incarnation in this latest film somehow manages to unite Sherlocks old and new, adding a hint of that unpredictable modern flair to the more traditional 19th century remnant. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "If you can bear it, this hipster horror film of creeping social dread is utterly hilarious. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "The glitzy surface has overtaken any meaning that the show might occasionally have snuck in. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "Trevorrow never quite finds the moments that made the first film so transcendent. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 14, 2015
3/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Cavill and Hammer are made for each other, but the film can't always find the pyrotechnics to match their chemistry. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Jaw-droppingly beautiful when it isn't horrifyingly ugly, this is a literal vision of hell-on-wheels and features some of the most astonishing action ever committed to film. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Maybe the inevitable sequel will be a little more thoughtful, though the chances of that seem low. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
46% Ted 2 (2015) "This is too scattershot to maintain its hilarity for anything more than a moment, and too mean-spirited to hold the attention beyond that laugh. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "It is fun and frothy and convinces as a worthy part of the Marvel canon. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "Inside Out is most decidedly Pixar at its best. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Christopher McQuarrie steps in with a thriller that mixes old-fashioned spy movie tropes with state-of-the-art action beats and a rich helping of wit. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Despite the best efforts of the cast, whatever good nugget of an idea in there just can't stretch to a whole film. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "It's all awfully charming and wittily scripted, and almost enough to cover the fact that very little in the way of action takes place. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Aug 12, 2015
4/5 93% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) "Heller's nimble direction and clever script, based on Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical graphic novel, ensure that the film never paints either Minnie or Monroe entirely as victim or predator. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Aug 6, 2015
4/5 77% Rosewater (2014) "Gripping, humane and lighter than it sounds, Stewart's first foray into directing suggests that he was right to quit the day job. We can't wait to see what he does next. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted May 4, 2015
4/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Bigger and, yes, darker than the first, this is less air-punchingly gleeful but probably more consistent. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 21, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "Branagh pulls off the same sort of trick he did with Thor: he creates a visually overwhelming, heavily gilded world, and then keeps the focus on the characters within it. " ‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/5 30% Insurgent (2015) "Once you swallow the giant pill that is the premise, it just about makes sense, and Woodley sells it with all her conviction. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2015
4/5 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "A compassionate and inspiring look at an extraordinary life, anchored by two of the best performances of the year. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "Both heavy-handed and ham-fisted, this is a self-important morality tale where you can see everyone's uppance coming long before it arrives. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "The drama and tone are powerful and effective and Lawrence makes an exceptionally charismatic heroine, but an almost total lack of action means this is less catching fire than treading water. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "Sweet and good-hearted, this feels like a throwback to family comedies of the '80s. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2014
43% Madame Bovary (2015) "Madame Bovary breathes life into a classic story, with a delicate hand and a careful eye. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "It's a well-made adventure with great energy and considerable style, but it's essentially a maze without an exit. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3/5 35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "Strong performances keep the viewer guessing as much as our heroine, but the character drama recedes as the thriller element builds, to its detriment. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 21% Into The Storm (2014) "Maybe we do deserve another Twister, but to showcase the advances in effects since you really need a bigger budget than this. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) "At times terrifying and too tough for tinies, this is nevertheless a triumphant sequel that puts its faith in Hiccup and Toothless to find a way through dark times for man and dragon. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3/5 100% Blue Blood "The story's slight, but it's still an exhilarating look at an unlikely group of heroes, scored and edited for maximum effect. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 83% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd) (2014) "The thoughtful translation from the Broadway boards to the cinema screen and well-chosen leads makes this for a better than average adaptation. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
3/5 40% Divergent (2014) "Smart, tough and a little bit cool, this is an intriguing opening rather than a slam-dunk in its own right, but the cast - and especially Woodley - make it sufficiently diverting to merit a place in the action franchise ranks. " ‐ Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 31, 2014
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