Helen OHara

Helen OHara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Biography:
Empire Magazine film critic.
Publications:
Empire Magazine , Empire Magazine Australasia
Total Reviews:
150

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Nearly as good as the last film - the starrier cameos compensating somewhat for the more scattershot plot - this is fun but could have been more deeply felt." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " There's a good-hearted father and son tale at the heart of the madness here, but the surroundings are sometimes a little too silly for true greatness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3/5 89% Frozen (2013) " The plot's all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way." — Empire Magazine
Posted Dec 1, 2013
4/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin' Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 25, 2013
2/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It admirably avoids many of the pitfalls of adapting this book, but seems to have lost some of the life and pace as well." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Loveable - especially if you're as fond of a pun as we are - and extremely silly." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " For a long stretch of the second act the film feels like doing a long stretch, but Schwarzenegger's having a ball as Stallone goes through the motions." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
2/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Apparently unable to decide whether to take its own mythology seriously or not, this is a mess of sculpted cheekbones and incoherent romance." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " Gru still has charm and kids will adore the Minions." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2013
4/5 84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " It will require no conspiring to make you fall for this one; Whedon and Shakespeare are a perfect match." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 9, 2013
2/5 7% The Big Wedding (2013) " We don't." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 27, 2013
2/5 49% Rédemption (2013) " An awkward mix of realist social drama and Statham actioner, this doesn't quite convince as either." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 12, 2013
3/5 33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " It has quirky charm and a tender heart, but the treacly sentiment may become wearisome." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2013
4/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Somewhere between the pop-culture deconstruction of Zombieland and the skewed romance of (500) Days Of Summer, this manages to make the apocalypse seem charming. Warm is the right word." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2013
4/5 96% Monsters, Inc. (2001) " Another chance to see Pixar's most dazzling premise, now spruced up with a third dimension." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 14, 2013
4/5 94% What Richard Did (2013) " A tough, impactful film that offers a sometimes uncomfortable but always gripping examination of cause and effect." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2013
4/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " Rings with all the emotion and power of the source and provides a new model for the movie musical." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 7, 2013
2/5 33% Nativity 2 (2013) " Even this charming cast struggle to bring life to an overlong story that has all the sizzle of leftover turkey." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 19, 2012
3/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Fans will be left on a high; other viewers will be confused but generally entertained by a saga whose romance is matched only by its weirdness." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 14, 2012
2/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " An animation that never drags itself out of mediocrity despite the best efforts of gifted animator Tartakovsky." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2012
2/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " Perhaps no more absurd than the Verhoeven version, but certainly less amusing." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2012
3/5 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " It benefits from a supernaturally engaging cast, but this treads too closely to the rom-com model to feel as smart or moving as Westfeldt's previous best." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2012
2/5 20% The Lucky One (2012) " The Notebook may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 29, 2012
2/5 38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) " It's just not quite as much fun as it should be, despite Pearce's best efforts and some good chemistry with Grace." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2/5 25% Wrath of the Titans (2012) " If even a tenth of the care and attention lavished on the production design and action sequences had been afforded the script, this could have been an adventure of legendary proportions." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2012
2/5 44% StreetDance 2 (2014) " Shoddy 3D and flashy editing distract from the admittedly great dancing, but little else offers a particular reason to watch it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2012
3/5 26% This Means War (2012) " Smart, funny and really quite hot, this is worth a look no matter what you think of Charlie's Angels." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2012
3/5 81% Red Dog (2012) " A heartwarming tale about man's best friend." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2012
2/5 18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) " More purgatory than hellfire." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 29% The Vow (2012) " The few weaknesses in the plot can be overlooked as The Vow makes for a wonderful - if a bit teary - romance that is brilliantly acted." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2012
3/5 35% Immortals (2011) " It won't do anything to win over those not already partial to Tarsem's style, but it has more than enough blood, guts and glamour to satisfy - and Cavill looks like a superman." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " An astonishing-looking adaptation that captures the setting of the book, and its darkness, wonderfully, but goes too far towards edgy in its quest to avoid the usual literary clichés." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2011
3/5 36% In Time (2011) " Interesting ideas and howling anger at the 1 percent drive the first half, but the Bonnie and Clyde stylings of the second feel a little rushed and strangely out of sync." — Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 1, 2011
5/5 90% The Lion King (2011) " It didn't really need the 3D, but it's still a stunning, glorious family film, with the third dimension or otherwise." — Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2011
2/5 23% What's Your Number? (2011) " Two charming leads don't make up for a comedy that just doesn't quite deliver the laughs it should." — Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2011
3/5 72% Fright Night (2011) " Funny and scary - and sometimes both at once - it lives up to the original, even if it fails to surpass it." — Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2011
2/5 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
4/5 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " A worthy farewell that packs in as much action as its seven predecessors combined and manages not to stint on the emotional beats. Harry Potter leaves us as a quiet, bespectacled, corduroy-wearing hero for the ages." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " This one coasts by on Hanks' immense appeal and charm, but more focus and a touch more sharpness are needed to make it really come alive." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2011
4/5 80% Life in a Day (2011) " Moving and insightful. Not a classic by any means, but a fascinating glimpse of the way we live today." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2011
3/5 50% Last Night (2011) " Tadjedin brings out the best of her strong cast but all the eyeball-melting beautyon display and the highly polished treatment of the story could have done with a touch of authentic grit." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 30, 2011
2/5 33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) " Despite quality set-pieces and the best efforts of the cast, this is dull and crossbones." — Empire Magazine
Posted May 16, 2011
3/5 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) " As jolly as Tigger, as sweet as honey and as undemanding as a balloon ride, this will delight the wee'uns and put a smile on the face of animation fans of all ages." — Empire Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2011
2/5 39% The Eagle (2011) " Good fight scenes, but a confusion of plot, culture and accents make this a lesser example of the sword 'n' sandal epic." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 14, 2011
2/5 80% His & Hers " Wardop's approach limits the value of the piece to fond reflections on menfolk when there might have been a more interesting film in quizzing them about their own stories." — Empire Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2011
4/5 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " By keeping the pace quick, the explanation light and the characters strong, Nolfi achieves the near-impossible: a film puzzle you won't mind leaving unexplained." — Empire Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2011
4/5 86% Rabbit Hole (2010) " This is as clever, funny, foolish and frightening as real life." — Empire Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2011
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