John Hazelton

John Hazelton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Screen International , Screendaily
Total Reviews:
134

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
53% 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
24% 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
11% 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
30% 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 (2014) " 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
49% 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
22% 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
23% 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
78% 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
38% 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
41% Parker (2013) " The elements don't combine to any great effect, leaving this adaptation from the work of pulp novelist Donald Westlake feeling lacklustre and a bit old fashioned." — Screen International
Posted Jan 25, 2013
33% Won't Back Down (2012) Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2013
96% Brooklyn Castle (2012) Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2013
56% Citadel (2012) Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2013
51% This is 40 (2012) Screen International
Posted Jan 22, 2013
10% A Haunted House (2013) " Marlon Wayans takes comedic aim at Paranormal Activity and its ilk but scores precious few hits." — Screen International
Posted Jan 15, 2013
60% The Last Stand (2013) " The climactic half-hour offers lively gunplay and car chases as well as some amusing -- and amusingly violent -- moments." — Screen International
Posted Jan 14, 2013
76% Premium Rush (2012) " Gordon-Levitt is, as usual, a likeable hero, though he's underused in a film that's plainly more interested in kinetics than drama." — Screen International
Posted Jan 8, 2013
32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Boasting a classy ensemble cast and an eye catching look, true crime tale Gangster Squad does an entertaining job telling the story of a band of cops who reclaim late forties Los Angeles from ruthless mobster Mickey Cohen." — Screen International
Posted Jan 7, 2013
74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " [Rise Of The Guardians] provides plenty of action and colour for younger kids but rarely builds up the sort of emotional momentum necessary to grab the rest of the family." — Screen International
Posted Nov 19, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) " The long-delayed remake of John Milius' 1984 Cold War drama Red Dawn turns out to be heavy on noisy action and light on almost everything else, including plot development and dramatic tension." — Screen International
Posted Nov 19, 2012
33% The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) " Timothy's own destiny is flagged fairly early on, leaving the story nowhere much to go." — Screen International
Posted Aug 13, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) " Soderbergh gives the film a distinctive look and an almost verité feel that produces some effective sequences over the story's early stages." — Screen International
Posted Jun 25, 2012
56% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) " A promising premise leads to only mildly effective romantic dramedy." — Screen International
Posted Jun 19, 2012
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