John Hazelton

John Hazelton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Screen International , Screendaily
Total Reviews:
148

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
30% As Above/So Below (2014) " The tone moves quickly from breathless to hysterical, with a few moments teetering on snigger-inducing silliness." — Screen International
Posted Aug 29, 2014
94% Spider-Man 2 (2004) " An expertly crafted mix of drama, romance, humour and action that outdoes its more conventionally generic predecessor." — Screen International
Posted Aug 24, 2014
37% If I Stay (2014) " A deft and nicely packaged mix of romance, music and tragedy." — Screen International
Posted Aug 19, 2014
21% Let's Be Cops (2014) " The film doesn't provide [Wayans and Johnson] with the sort of over-the-top set pieces that usually produce the biggest laughs in this genre." — Screen International
Posted Aug 14, 2014
5% Paranoia (2013) " A far-fetched thriller that manages to feel generic in spite of its fairly novel setting in the world of high tech corporate espionage." — Screen International
Posted Jul 23, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " An entertainingly racy farce whose affable talent carries the film through some comedic weak spots." — Screen International
Posted Jul 16, 2014
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " [A] serviceably scary horror outing ..." — Screen International
Posted Jul 2, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " None of the characters are very memorable and the allusions to issues such as ecology and racism are too vague to have much impact." — Screen International
Posted Jun 28, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) " While the plot leads to a few moments that briefly test the bonds between the three friends there isn't enough real peril to produce a significant dramatic arc." — Screen International
Posted Jun 6, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " A more sentimental and less funny outing than the on-screen couple's previous hits The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates." — Screen International
Posted May 22, 2014
86% The Discoverers (2014) " A ragtag re-enactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition is the backdrop for The Discoverers, the sweetly amusing tale of a dysfunctional modern family trying to work out its issues." — Screen International
Posted May 12, 2014
18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " A frenetic but none too original comedy with a vaguely religious theme and a cast of mostly TV names." — Screen International
Posted May 4, 2014
12% Walk Of Shame (2014) " [Brill] gets a few enjoyable sequences out of the unlikely culture clashes and a couple of the supporting performances produce funny moments. But it's mostly Banks who keeps the film going ..." — Screen International
Posted May 4, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) " A flashy but uninvolving Batman spin-off (of sorts) with Halle Berry starring andone-named French talent Pitof directing." — Screen International
Posted May 2, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Heaven Is For Real uses the likability of lead Greg Kinnear to spin out some well crafted if sentimental family drama about the good Christian folks of a small Nebraska town." — Screen International
Posted Apr 16, 2014
21% Better Living Through Chemistry (2014) " Even the primary characters - Rockwell and Wilde get most of the screen time - are pretty two-dimensional and the film itself never finds another dramatic or comedic gear to get into for its second half." — Screen International
Posted Mar 10, 2014
29% Pompeii (2014) " The eruption itself makes for some pyrotechnic thrills but the action and romance don't produce many sparks ..." — Screen International
Posted Feb 20, 2014
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " Though he tries to avoid romcom cliches, Gormican doesn't find much to replace them with and the film ends up with only its three-stranded story distinguishing it from standard examples of the genre." — Screen International
Posted Jan 29, 2014
10% The Nut Job (2014) " There are plenty of fairly amusing characters on offer and lots of undemanding incidental comedy that should work for kids if not adults." — Screen International
Posted Jan 12, 2014
3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " The look and feel of a B-movie with none of the edge that sometimes makes that genre more fun than the pricey studio alternatives." — Screen International
Posted Jan 10, 2014
29% Grudge Match (2013) " A fun idea. But the moderately funny and half-heartedly dramatic Grudge Match is only a passable vehicle for the pairing ..." — Screen International
Posted Dec 23, 2013
94% Her (2013) " Though scenes occasionally start to feel static, Jonze usually finds entertaining ways to keep the film's tricky conceit going." — Screen International
Posted Dec 12, 2013
48% Black Nativity (2013) " Vividly staged and refreshingly light on Christmas schmaltz, writer-director Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity reinvents poet Langston Hughes' sixties play of the same title as an engaging contemporary musical drama." — Screen International
Posted Nov 25, 2013
98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010) " A fun if lightweight adventure comedy that flies highest when it's putting the studio's patented 3D technology to striking use." — Screen International
Posted Nov 19, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Scott lets the remake follow the original almost scene-for-scene and line-for-line but gives the US version a lighter feel and a brighter look." — Screen International
Posted Nov 13, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " A warmly emotional if slightly old fashioned period drama with an appealing young heroine and a nicely utilised World War II backdrop." — Screen International
Posted Oct 30, 2013
21% Paradise (2013) " An offbeat but curiously flat tale of self-discovery and belonging." — Screen International
Posted Oct 16, 2013
49% Escape Plan (2013) " Escape Plan has its moments of retro fun but mostly lumbers along making limited use of its marquee names." — Screen International
Posted Oct 16, 2013
14% Baggage Claim (2013) " A wildly contrived but pleasantly frothy romcom about a youngish single woman on an urgent search for Mr Right." — Screen International
Posted Sep 20, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " Besson never finds a tone that really works, flitting from dark comedy to lightweight romance to unconvincing drama." — Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " A potent mix of suspense, emotion and intrigue that draws intense performances from leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal." — Screen International
Posted Sep 5, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " You would expect a mostly British legal thriller to be somewhat reserved, but Closed Circuit, while predictably classy and intelligently topical, is a little too chilly for its own good." — Screen International
Posted Aug 26, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " More fun as a red band trailer than as a feature, We're The Millers scatters a handful of raucously funny scenes across nearly two hours of softer family themed comedy." — Screen International
Posted Aug 6, 2013
24% The Canyons (2013) " A fitfully intriguing but ultimately aimless psychosexual thriller about pretty young things behaving badly in Hollywood." — Screen International
Posted Jul 28, 2013
14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Hybrid specialist Raja Gosnell returns as director and ably delivers slapstick comedy for the kids and nicely shot views of Paris landmarks for the adults." — Screen International
Posted Jul 28, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " A smart, refreshingly frank though only moderately funny coming of age tale about an uptight high schooler and her quest for sexual experience." — Screen International
Posted Jul 23, 2013
42% Red 2 (2013) " When it goes for the kind of winking humour that gave the original much of its charm the sequel feels forced rather than refreshing." — Screen International
Posted Jul 15, 2013
18% I Do (2013) " Director Glenn Gaylord and director of photography David Morris Gil (shooting his first feature) give the film a nicely autumnal New York." — Screen International
Posted Jun 7, 2013
34% The Internship (2013) " The film meanders agreeably enough through its predictable plot but takes a bit too much time out for facile life lessons and admiring depictions of Google's corporate culture." — Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Brings Todd Phillips' R-rated guys-night-out trilogy to an oddly subdued, sometimes downright dark conclusion." — Screen International
Posted May 21, 2013
68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " Adds some slightly dodgy new elements to the mix but still delivers what should be enough macho swagger and over-the-top auto action to keep fans of the franchise happy." — Screen International
Posted May 14, 2013
29% The Numbers Station (2013) Screen International
Posted May 2, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " Though it sometimes wears its influences a tad too openly, Dead Man's Burden is still an atmospheric and emotionally satisfying indie western that could spark interest among serious fans of the genre." — Screen International
Posted Apr 30, 2013
79% 42 (2013) " The film feels subdued and a little stiff, as if afraid to add too much drama or cinematic style to the historical facts." — Screen International
Posted Apr 10, 2013
8% The Host (2013) " A ponderous and at times pretty silly romantic sci-fi adventure." — Screen International
Posted Mar 29, 2013
37% Dead Man Down (2013) " Neither the on- nor off-screen talent can spark much life into this self-consciously moody revenge tale, which ends up feeling like a strained exercise in seventies neo-noir revivalism." — Screen International
Posted Mar 7, 2013
31% Emperor (2013) " British director Peter Webber spins out the political intrigue quite effectively." — Screen International
Posted Mar 7, 2013
56% Snitch (2013) " The film's first half is weighed down by clichéd dialogue and clunky drama." — Screen International
Posted Feb 19, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) " Hough is reasonably appealing in her first dramatic role but she doesn't uncover anything very interesting in the cute yet fragile Katie." — Screen International
Posted Feb 13, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Giving a rom-com twist to the always reliable zombie genre, Warm Bodies turns a cute premise into a mildly affecting story of forbidden teen love." — Screen International
Posted Jan 28, 2013
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