Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 61% of the time.

Biography:
Phil Hall is a contributing editor for Film Threat and the author of the books "The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies," "Independent Film Distribution" and "The History of Independent Cinema." His film journalism has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wired Magazine, HotWired.com, American Movie Classics Magazine, Video Librarian, Tower Records Pulse! Magazine and the Organica Quarterly.
Favorites:
Favorite films: "Rashomon," "Open City," "Casablanca," "Fantasia," "Gone with the Wind," "Hiroshima, Mon Amour," "The Producers," "Yellow Submarine," "The Third Man," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."
Publications:
Daily-Reviews , EDGE Boston , Film Snobbery , Film Threat , Film-Forward.com , HotWired's Pop , IdentityTheory , New York Times , Organica News , rec.arts.movies.reviews , Wired
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1157
Location:
New York City

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4.5/5 —— The Joker Is Wild (All The Way) (1957) " One of Sinatra's best performances." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 —— Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) (1980) " The worst of the animated features starring the Peanuts gang." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1/5 —— La Muerte De Pinochet " Hell, even Pinochet deserved a better film than this!" — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 —— The Bigamist (1953) " Poorly cast and plotted, but still weirdly interesting." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/5 —— Boardwalk (1979) " A messy melodrama." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
4/5 86% Desert Riders (2014) " A disturbing documentary that shines a harsh light on a miserable aspect of Dubai's culture." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3.5/5 —— Prokofiev - The Fiery Angel (1995) " Galina Gorchakova's Renata is a masterwork of mixed passions." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1.5/5 33% Thief and the Cobbler (1993) " It is a brutal triumph of style and a bitter fiasco of substance. " — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 100% Six By Sondheim " All told, it is a mess - but it is a tuneful and happy mess centered around a charismatic musical genius, and the film will certainly delight Broadway devotees. " — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1/5 —— The Magnificent Two (1967) " Abysmally unfunny romp that effectively ended Morecambe and Wise's attempt at a screen career." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2/5 40% The Strange Woman (1946) " The production is strange, but for the wrong reasons." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
5/5 93% Persona (1966) " This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
1.5/5 —— Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) " A dreary failure." — Film Threat
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 —— Life on the V: The Story of V66 " It offers a fascinating tribute to an unusual blip in 80s pop culture history." — Film Threat
Posted Jun 24, 2014
0.5/5 —— Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream (2014) " As non-fiction filmmaking goes, this work is a complete disaster. " — Film Threat
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 35% Salinger (2013) " For those captivated by Salinger's writing, this intelligent and often invigorating film provides fine insight into his world. " — Film Threat
Posted Feb 19, 2014
3.5/4 —— The Projectionist (2014) " As a writer/director, Kennedy has created a fascinating vision of emotional isolation and physical angst along the seedier edges of New York." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 4, 2014
4/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2007) " Spring in a Small Town uses this schematic to build a tight, emotionally tense triangular drama that questions fidelity, suppressed emotions and the balance of love and responsibility." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 29, 2014
1.5/5 70% Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (1967) " None of the French talent involved seemed to recall that the Vietnam conflict had its roots in the French military occupation of Indochina. Obviously, there was more than a little amnesia on the road from Dien Bien Phu to the Cannes screening rooms. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 16, 2013
5/5 —— Isolated (2014) " The best non-fiction film of 2013." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
0.5/5 71% The Magic Flute (2006) " Mozart in the Branagh meat grinder." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1.5/5 —— Come In Spinner " The screenplay dilutes the book's emotional maelstrom into a tepid swirl of soapy melodrama that is often too predictable for comfort. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/5 —— Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (1983) " Excessively sentimental, but still entertaining thanks to the unusual chemistry between the stars." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 —— Rose Hobart (1936) " An avant-garde gem." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
5/5 55% Chelsea Girls (1966) " The Warhol gang at their underground peak." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/5 33% The Brave " A Johnny Depp turkey." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
5/5 96% Charulata (1964) " Pure genius, via India's master film artist Satyajit Ray." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 100% Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room (2012) " Excellent documentary on the silent film child star." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2.5/5 —— Wild Bill's Run " Despite the film's wishful advocacy that Cooper was a modern-day outlaw, he comes across as a disorganized nut that screwed up his life. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/5 —— The Day Kennedy Died (2013) " Although the film covers territory that is too familiar to many people, it still manages to resonate with a sense of dread and sorrow over the unprecedented tragedy of that horrible day." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 —— Moscow Strikes Back (1942) " Vigorous, often disturbing battlefront World War II documentary. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/5 92% Le Joli Mai (1963) " A distinctive preservation of the lives and thoughts of the people in Paris during May 1962." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
4/5 —— Quo Vadis? " The landmark Italian silent epic is still a highly effective production." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
1/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Sadly, audiences have to swallow more than a spoonful of sugar to digest this blatantly phony movie. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3.5/5 83% Vampira And Me (2013) " A fine tribute to a ghoulish iconoclast " — Film Threat
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3/5 —— King George Vi: The Man Behind The King's Speech (2012) " This fine documentary offers a handsome tribute to an unlikely yet beloved head of state" — Film Threat
Posted Apr 25, 2013
2/5 —— The Adding Machine (1969) " A killer example of how not to adapt a play into a movie." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 23, 2013
5/5 100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " A mesmerizing journey into experimental filmmaking." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/5 —— Cab Calloway - Hi-De-Ho and Other Movies (2004) " A weak musical, with the normally exuberant Cab Calloway running at half-steam." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 29, 2013
3.5/5 25% Sextette (1978) " It is a wonderfully bad film, played with such ferocious tongue-in-cheek camp that its inanity has a peculiar charm of its own. " — Film Snobbery
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/5 —— Another Country (1984) " Impressive film adaptation of Julian Mitchell's award-winning play." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 20, 2013
2/5 33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953) " A would-be mirthfest that is so aggressively unfunny that it generates laughs for the wrong reasons. " — Film Snobbery
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3/5 95% The Thief of Bagdad (1924) " A victory of style over substance." — Film Threat
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3.5/5 89% Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013) " Grossman deserves kudos for this unique nonfiction celebration of a timeless musical favorite. And as I never get to say in my Episcopalian church services: Mazel Tov!" — Film Threat
Posted Feb 26, 2013
3.5/5 54% Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2012) " A moving tribute to an Israeli military hero." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 16, 2013
1/5 —— Old Spanish Custom " Buster Keaton hits rock bottom." — Film Threat
Posted Feb 11, 2013
4/5 —— The UFO Incident (Interrupted Journey) (1975) " An intelligent consideration of a thorny subject, fueled by three great central performances." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/5 —— Pray for the Wildcats (1987) " Recommended for Andy Griffith's startling against-type villain performance." — Film Threat
Posted Jan 4, 2013
1.5/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " While Anne Hathaway avoided food in preparing for this film, she compensated for her dietary restriction by chewing the scenery with uncontrolled gusto." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 28, 2012
3.5/5 —— The Point (1971) " The film's message about tolerance and self-affirmation should find an audience with today's youngsters. " — Film Threat
Posted Dec 24, 2012
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