Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 59% Boychoir (2015) " Boychoir's formula is as old as The Ugly Duckling but Girard has revitalised it with a sublime score, a craftily mixed cast of new faces and big names, along with a setting that provides room for the occasional burst of originality. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/5 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) " During its second half, in which we meet Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker, cast as Ellis' parents, it all turns to caramel and its absurdities can no longer be denied. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 16% The Gunman (2015) " Part of the problem is the script's determination to drag some of Spain's most scenic spots into the action whether or not they suit the mood. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/5 100% X+Y " It's a delicate and perceptive film. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3.5/5 91% Mommy (2015) " Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " [The] performances are convincingly nervy. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 75% Lucky Them (2014) " The plot executes an impressive twist at the end and Collette makes such a swashbuckler out of Ellie that you're inclined to indulge her in whatever she chooses to do. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/5 35% Project Almanac (2015) " The 106 minutes between the opening scene and the end credits still feels like an eternity. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 6, 2015
4.5/5 56% Focus (2015) " [Writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa] set exactly the right tone as well as tweaking the plot with enough twists to keep your brain engaged. And it looks good too. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 75% Rosewater (2014) " Humour of the most absurdist kind does find its way into the film. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 79% What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) " The supporting cast will delight fans of British television. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 89% Still Alice (2015) " It's a heartbreaking performance by Moore, who never forgets she's portraying a woman whose professional success has been built on intellectual rigour and self-discipline. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2015
4.5/5 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " Watching him [Eddie Redmayne] slumped in an electric wheelchair, simulating the effects of Hawking's motor neurone disease, it's easy to forget you're looking at an actor. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 28, 2015
2/5 73% American Sniper (2015) " Cooper looks the part, having bulked up for it, but he can't do anything with the blandness of the character the script has given him. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 23, 2015
4/5 98% Paddington (2015) " The film's director, Paul King, has put together a cast who make a happy marriage of predictability and professionalism. In other words, it's typecasting done with flair. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4.5/5 71% Into the Woods (2014) " Yet amid the cleverness and the wickedly subversive tilt they take, there's an affectionate regard for all of their characters. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 8, 2015
4/5 77% St. Vincent (2014) " It's a cliche, but cliches go on existing only because they go on being refreshed, and Bill Murray and friends bring this one back to life with deadpan flair and a vigilant eye for any disfiguring taint of sentimentality. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Do the tears flow? It's hard to stop them but it's a reflex action, triggered by the tragic conjunction of cancer and the young, rather than any sense of kinship with the particular pair you've been watching on screen. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 88% Le Week-End (2014) " As this pair mooch about town, Broadbent and Duncan negotiate their transitions in mood with a style that effortlessly conveys the sense of an entire life unfolding. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/5 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " Forsyth and Pollard are visual artists-turned-filmmakers and their fine feel for the romantic possibilities of lighting and composition shape every frame. They're less sensitive to the line that separates drama from pretentiousness. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 5, 2015
5/5 95% Whiplash (2014) " It's the work of an accomplished talent. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4/5 60% The Water Diviner (2015) " It's all anchored, however, by the quiet strength of Crowe's performance and there are plenty of moments which remind you of the power cinema can exert when emotion and spectacle are in sync. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 24, 2014
4/5 100% Folies Bergère " I suppose you'd call it a slight film, but slightness is its virtue. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 22, 2014
4/5 78% The Green Prince (2014) " Together with artfully filmed re-enactments creepily evoking his jail terms and interrogations, they retrace the route he took in his transformation from young Arab activist to political conspirator. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 10, 2014
3.5/5 90% Tangled (2010) " Basically, it's the old Disney formula done with a lot more elan. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 8, 2014
3.5/5 85% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " The backgrounds are beautifully drawn. There are sunny days in the French Quarter, spooky nights among live oaks hung with Spanish moss, and a rousing denouement at the Mardi Gras. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Love Is Now " As we learn more about Dean's family and a tragedy that's helping to colour the picture, the narrative begins to change shape, morphing from unconvincing love story into an ambitious -- if far-fetched -- rumination on loss and longing. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 3, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " In the excitable world of dystopian fantasy, the series remains the best of the bunch. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 88% Winter Sleep (2014) " There are more of these emblematic moments. Ceylan has an eye for them. He also knows just when and how to use them. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 13, 2014
2/5 33% My Mistress " In the story of Kate's fractured relationship with her son is a tough and potentially tender film, but Beart and her pout get in the way. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/5 47% Mr. Pip (2014) " It's not a perfect film but it's not often you get one that sings literature's praises so eloquently, and that makes up for a lot. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 3, 2014
4/5 92% Pride (2014) " It's impossible to single out one performance. Family feeling animates the whole cast and as the fight against bigotry intensifies, so does the spirit of mutual affection. It's the real thing, Ealing revisited in brighter plumage. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 29, 2014
4/5 36% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) " Kidman delivers such a finely delineated portrait of a woman adrift that you may be willing to overlook the rest. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 17, 2014
4/5 63% Son of a Gun (2015) " The deliberately chaotic climax is smoothly sustained, and some adroitly applied plot twists revealing the final shape of things has the McGregor grin flashing and fading then doing it all over again. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3/5 90% Advanced Style (2014) " There are several candidates for the title of Most Ebullient but the clear winner is Lynn Dell Cohen, 81, the self-described Countess of Glamour. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 10, 2014
3/5 94% The Case Against 8 (2014) " There are a few tears along the way and some laughter, but the four at the heart of the case display a remarkable stoicism and modesty, emerging as the most modest of heroes. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2/5 50% The Little Death (2015) " The film itself is so contrived it's ridiculous. And not in a good way. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3/5 65% Life Of Crime (2014) " The script is a nice mixture of suspense and black comic bumbling about. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 22, 2014
2/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " The sophistication of The Hunger Games and its sequels is setting a benchmark that none of the series' rivals has yet managed to match. This one doesn't change anything. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3/5 36% The Giver (2014) " The problems show up during the climactic action sequences. Logic is jettisoned and once that happens, the basic flaws in the whole scenario become all too obvious. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2014
2/5 50% The Reckoning (2014) " The cop-shop scenes generate little vitality and the same goes for Green's working relationship with Viva Bianca, who does a lot of standing around in search of the right expression in the thankless role of his fellow detective. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3/5 98% Boyhood (2014) " But the film's best bits don't give us nearly enough to justify those accolades or dispel the feeling that you're being taken on a leisurely meander through lives short on surprises and revelations. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 4, 2014
4/5 74% Felony (2014) " Edgerton and Saville have refused to short-change any of their characters, and their complexities ensure an ending that makes you think -- and go on thinking about one of the finest Australian films to come along this year. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Douglas and Keaton do just as well with the romantic angle, mostly because he's so adept at dispelling any whiff of mawkishness. Oren's essential orneriness remains, no matter what, and the film turns out to be a lot of fun because of him. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " John Carney is not afraid of a cliche. After all, Begin Again is a musical, a genre that has always thrived on them. And he does know how to shape them to his own design, which is low-key and slightly tongue-in-cheek. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3.5/5 63% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " On a strictly mechanical level, it all works and if you can adapt to its glum brand of wit, you can extract a few laughs from it. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " He [Philip Seymour Hoffman] is cast as a German intelligence operative and there are times when the precision of the accent combines with his husky baritone to bring his dialogue close to poetry. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Binoche's big throaty laugh is heard to appealing effect and Owen's performance has more depth to it than anything I've seen from him before. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4/5 92% Charlie's Country " It's de Heer's triumph. Most of his films have been about outsiders and this one is the most eloquent of all, a poignant expression of his talents as a filmmaker and his sensitivity and generosity as a human being. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2014
1.5/5 43% The Face of Love (2014) " There is something very dispiriting in watching talent [Ed Harris & Annette Bening] struggling to save something as ill-conceived as this. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2014
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