Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Brisbane Times , Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia)
Total Reviews:
357

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 40% Divergent (2014) " The conflicts inherent in old-fashioned high school movies are accommodated, with bullying to stir the blood and romance to set the heart thumping. But Divergent's assimilation of all this fails to excite. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A lot of effort has gone into giving it the look and feel of a '60s heist movie. Sadly it had a disappointing opening at the US box office. It deserves better. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " With all this going for the film, you can understand why Lego should be so pleased with it and why it's already had such world box-office success. But its relentless action and pounding soundtrack sent me out feeling battered rather than uplifted." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " There's nothing inhibited about this cut and its parade of genitalia in close-up. Strip the plot down, or rather, dress it up, and it's about a quest." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/5 58% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " You're swept along by Olanna and Odenigbo's efforts to keep one step ahead of the troops and the bombs. Any sense of the film's datedness is shaken off as the ferocious tribalism at the centre of the conflict finds its parallels in today's African wars." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " It's a provocative but credible premise and in exploring it, Al Mansour has come up with an engagingly subversive character. Wadjda is a delight." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4.5/5 83% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " It's a meticulous examination of a particularly ruthless brand of power game-playing." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 89% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Von Trotta's style is pretty stolid. She aims for documentary thoroughness rather than exhilarating drama. Nonetheless, it's good to see a film that gets its narrative charge from the ferment of intellectual debate. It's a rare breed." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3/5 81% Tracks (2014) " The film falls short when it comes to evoking the loneliness of being surrounded by all that space." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 4, 2014
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Chandor has produced a minimalist gem." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The film strains so hard trying to sustain the emotional intensity that Teplitzky has whipped up, that there's no energy left for the big finish. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " It's a technical marvel -- appropriately breathtaking in its evocation of space's vastness and the buffeting suffered by the two astronauts in their efforts to anchor themselves to something solid. But Cuaron also knows how suspense works." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Comic-book superheroes have become so angst-ridden in recent years it's a relief to be around one who has hung on to his sense of humour." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3.5/5 85% Mystery Road " Mystery Road's links to the classic Hollywood western are as obvious as its hero's cowboy boots and white hat but they do nothing to diminish its Australianness. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 17% Zambezia (2013) " In the end, the cast proves to be too big, the storyline too muddled." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 15, 2013
3.5/5 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) " She wanted you to look and look again, and this film is full of images which make you do just that. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Shadow Dancer is a quietly devastating story of the poisonous effect of northern Irish politics on the life of a single family. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " This one was done by the aptly named Olivier Megaton, and he's done well with his brief, which requires him to keep the action flowing seamlessly and preposterously while showing off as many tourist sites as possible. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2/5 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " None of this is as enchanting as it wants to be -- despite Fung's energetic mixing of styles and references. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 47% Bait (2012) " The film is a throwback to the heyday of the Australian exploitation movie. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " So it falls short - which makes it an especially frustrating experience. There's so much to like and so many potentially interesting ideas to embrace that I really wanted it to work. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 26% Kath & Kimderella " Not since Edna Everage's first film appearance 40 years ago in Bruce Beresford's The Adventures of Barry McKenzie has Australian suburbia been so thoroughly scrutinised, analysed and satirised. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3.5/5 57% Love (2011) " Eubank is not strong on literal explanations - or on the science underpinning his story. He is an impressionist, alert to the waves of nostalgia that can be unleashed by a single visual metaphor." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 30, 2012
4/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " There are many echoes of Anderson's earlier films, particularly Rushmore and Tenenbaums. He's an unapologetic romantic and Moonrise Kingdom is a study in wish-fulfillment. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " The physical glory goes to Beckinsale and Biel who slug it out ferociously. The only problem is that in the clinches it's difficult to tell them apart. Not that it matters. Nothing does. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3.5/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " It is a film with a way of disarming your critical faculties." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " It works well, without being quite good enough to banish the thought that it's all about the box office. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 5, 2012
3/5 36% Swerve (2013) " Once that body tumbles down the mine shaft, we're in a different -- and inferior -- movie." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 8, 2012
3/5 67% Friends With Kids (2012) " There's much to like here but it's a bumpy ride and for all its banter, it takes itself very seriously. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 6, 2012
3/5 86% Careless Love " It all adds up to a remarkably benign view of a prostitute's life, shot in a Sydney displayed to its best advantage by Kathryn Milliss's dreamy cinematography. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 18, 2012
3/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " Aladeen makes a witty speech. It details democracy's flaws with emphasis on the American brand, and it almost makes you like him -- which is fatal. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 16, 2012
4/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Whedon really does know how to handle 3D, combining it with a fluid camera style to lend scale, perspective and drama enough to keep disbelief at bay for astonishingly lengthy stretches of time. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 27, 2012
3.5/5 71% Wish You Were Here (2013) " It is tightly plotted with a scary denouement that nails its point about the deadliness of rogue circumstance in a very satisfying way. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3/5 80% Spud " You and your kids will have seen it all before but, if you're looking for a less brutal take on the ordeals of adolescence than the one offered by The Hunger Games, this could work. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 20, 2012
4/5 100% Life In Movement " In every sense, it's a moving story." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 13, 2012
4/5 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " Hallstrom and Beaufoy have no great pretensions. They're out to deliver a feelgood film, but it's a very classy one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2012
3.5/5 49% Mirror Mirror (2012) " The whole thing should please kids from seven upwards, and their parents should appreciate Roberts's dirty laugh, which shows itself to be more versatile than I could ever have imagined. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3.5/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Once we're in the arena, the bones of Collins's story ensure an enthralling time. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2012
3/5 75% In Search of Haydn (2012) " Grabsky does have a great gift for showing how a piece is put together. The music is the thing." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 15, 2012
2/5 51% John Carter (2012) " Stanton should go back to making machines talk. He puts much more humanity into them than he manages to extract from Burroughs, even with all that nostalgia working for him. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 9, 2012
3/5 59% Any Questions for Ben? " The whole thing made me nostalgic for Working Dog's sharper days when they would surely have perpetrated all sorts of wickedness at Ben's expense. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 10, 2012
1/5 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " Adam Sandler has succumbed to the Eddie Murphy syndrome. He's afflicted with the belief that we can't get enough of him. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 1, 2011
4/5 83% The Tall Man " The story that emerges is a tragedy with no end in sight, and which has its roots buried deep in the island's ugly past. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 17, 2011
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " If you're not already on board, you scrabble around as best you can, and this means hard work, which is something rare -- and yes, exhilarating -- in a modern blockbuster." — smh.com.au
Posted Nov 15, 2011
3.5/5 83% Warrior (2011) " Its three leads certainly deserve consideration for their artfulness in being able to infuse it with intimations of quality. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 26, 2011
3/5 26% The Cup (2012) " It's a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, why not? " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 13, 2011
2.5/5 58% Red State (2011) " In its efforts to accommodate Smith's argument the storyline gets decidedly messy. The slacker has become didactic and it doesn't suit him one bit. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 12, 2011
3/5 71% Footloose (2011) " Footloose is an anodyne example of Hollywood's fixation on remakes but it is slightly better than I expected. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 6, 2011
1/5 4% Abduction (2011) " The finale sets up a sequel but if Singleton is on board, I suspect they'll have to pay the supporting cast a mountain of money to make up for the embarrassment of taking part. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 23, 2011
2/5 38% Monte Carlo (2011) " Its excess of spun sugar presents a distinct health hazard." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 21, 2011
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