Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Brisbane Times , Sydney Morning Herald , The Age (Australia)
Total Reviews:
374

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 374
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 55% Morning Glory (2010) " The film is at its best in its first half when Michell is letting us in on the ceremonies, rituals and hierarchical conceits that govern breakfast television. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 3, 2011
4/5 72% Somewhere (2010) " Coppola is a filmmaker who ignores all the precepts that define screenwriting as an exercise in three acts. She takes her time, dwells on small moments and sees no need for the climactic effect." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 21, 2010
4/5 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Firth catches all this in a performance that runs from anguish to a deadpan acceptance of the absurdities that are part of his predicament." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 20, 2010
3.5/5 87% Blue Valentine (2010) " They share a talent for living in the moment, which means that Cianfrance's miniaturist style could not have found two more inspired interpreters. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 20, 2010
3.5/5 49% Love and Other Drugs (2010) " Even if the film manages nothing more than a glancing blow at the pharmaceutical debate, it's good to see it being aired in a mainstream romantic comedy -- especially when it's as much fun as this one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Dec 13, 2010
3.5/5 40% Due Date (2010) " [Phillips'] talent lies in the comedy of embarrassment and while this isn't quite up to the standards of The Hangover, it's not a bad example." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 24, 2010
3/5 78% Red Hill (2010) " [Robert] Rodriguez has made stuff like this work by demonstrating a healthy sense of self-parody. Hughes has yet to master that." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 17, 2010
4/5 97% GasLand (2010) " The film is a powerful alarm -- and an evocative one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 15, 2010
3.5/5 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) " While the film isn't a hagiography, it is a celebration; an entertaining tribute to the eternally cheeky kid with the yellow star who remained determined never to let anybody get the better of him." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Nov 5, 2010
4/5 71% Red (2010) " While it's a movie richly endowed with big names, you come away imbued with the happy thought that they all left their egos at home." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 28, 2010
4/5 96% The Social Network (2010) " It's a shamelessly biased account, as well as a seductively plausible one, although you have to keep your wits about you to get the full effect." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 25, 2010
3/5 57% Summer Coda " he bucolic rhythms of life in the orange grove have a lot of allure. It's Eden on the Murray and if you sit back and let its glories wash over you, you'll find a lot here to like." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 21, 2010
2/5 23% Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) " Whether or not you are a series regular, you are unlikely to encounter anything here that you haven't met before in the sci-fi/horror movie universe." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/5 38% The City of Your Final Destination (2010) " It's not an entirely boring film. After a while, your pulse rate slows and you settle into the landscape. The two-hour running time, however, puts you in acute danger of growing moss." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 11, 2010
2.5/5 0% Sagan (2008) " What really damns it as literary biography is that it gives you little incentive to go back to her books." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 6, 2010
3/5 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " Basically a picaresque rom-com about a girl who needs to feel OK about having everything she could ever want." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Oct 5, 2010
3/5 50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010) " It takes a certain knack to make a film which has a sinister feel to it without being the least bit exciting but Snyder has done it with this one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 29, 2010
3/5 27% Charlie St. Cloud (2010) " I'm sure that Efron and Steers will eventually come up with their next breakthrough -- either separately or together -- but this certainly isn't it." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 24, 2010
4/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) " The ending is a cop-out, but by then it hardly matters. You've already had much more than your money's worth." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 23, 2010
3.5/5 53% I'm Still Here (2010) " If the film had been released as fiction, it would been greeted as a raw and revealing slice of Hollywood's underside. But Phoenix wouldn't have enjoyed himself nearly as much." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 15, 2010
2.5/5 41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) " Cage and Baruchel fail to generate a connection and, apart from Molina's Oscar Wilde impersonation, there isn't much to laugh at -- or thrill to, for that matter, since the action has been choreographed with the nerveless competence of an arcade game." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 8, 2010
4/5 82% The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2010) " There are one or two implausibilities towards the end of it all but Blakeson overcomes those with his climax. There's not a special effect in sight and no stunts either but he never lets go of the suspense. It's a rare skill." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 7, 2010
3.5/5 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) " Common to all Cholodenko's films is a fascination with the mayhem that can result when the chronically stitched-up come up against the amoral and fancy-free." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 3, 2010
2.5/5 53% Going the Distance (2010) " Romantic comedies aren't written any more. They're compiled - cut and pasted together from bits and pieces of old Judd Apatow and Nora Ephron bromances and chick flicks." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 27, 2010
1/5 5% Vampires Suck (2010) " If I ever feel the unlikely urge to see Friedberg and Seltzer's work again, I'll be going back to YouTube. As this latest effort confirms, their small bites are definitely the best." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 25, 2010
3/5 69% Matching Jack " Having begun as a well-meaning but uneven mix of medical melodrama and fraught love story with whimsical accessories, it finally locates its heartbeat." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 20, 2010
4/5 62% Salt (2010) " The real point is to give Jolie ample opportunity to go Bonding about, which she does with great verve. It's impossible to imagine any other female star in Hollywood bringing such ferocious conviction to the task." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 18, 2010
3/5 41% The Expendables (2010) " A gang of old pros ripping through an $US80 million budget by doing what they like to do best. And given the sad state of the modern action movie, such passion is almost endearing." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 12, 2010
3/5 83% The Ghost Writer (2010) " It is good to see Polanski exercising his gift for the sinister. It's a spooky world he evokes here but its architecture doesn't hang together, which is a great pity." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 9, 2010
4/5 67% South Solitary " It was Shirley Barrett who discovered Miranda Otto's gift for screen comedy and it is Barrett who is responsible for its re-emergence. It's been in hiding for a long time." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2010
2.5/5 53% Knight & Day (2010) " James Mangold counts Stanley Donen's Charade and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest among his inspirations for Knight and Day and I'm still wondering why." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2010
3/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) " The story's good intentions survive, largely because of Chan's way of tenderising his approach to martial arts with humour and humility." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 7, 2010
2.5/5 33% Jusqu'à toi " The only comic spark comes from Maurice Benichou." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 30, 2010
4/5 84% Rocket Science (2007) " Here's a twist -- an American high-school movie that has a brain." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 16, 2010
2/5 47% The A-Team (2010) " Like the Sex and the City sequel, it is an example of the cinema of excess, except that this time we're talking boys' toys, and instead of offering the joys of conspicuous consumption, the spectacle is one of wholesale destruction." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 10, 2010
2/5 47% The A-Team (2010) " Like the Sex and the City sequel, it is an example of the cinema of excess, except that this time we're talking boys' toys, and instead of offering the joys of conspicuous consumption, the spectacle is one of wholesale destruction."
Posted Jun 10, 2010
3.5/5 15% Sex and the City 2 (2010) " Best to quit now while there are still a few bubbles left in the champagne." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 3, 2010
2.5/5 54% I Love You Too (2010) " Despite the good naturedness that goes with it, the result is pretty tired." — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 18, 2010
3.5/5 43% Robin Hood (2010) " If the word "prequel" means that there's a sequel, I'm looking forward to it." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 13, 2010
3/5 35% The Burning Plain (2009) " It's a hard film to love, partly because of its air of deadly seriousness." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 22, 2010
3.5/5 75% The Eclipse (2010) " Hinds, who scored the Best Actor award when the film screened at the Tribeca Festival in New York, possesses an unassuming versatility." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 15, 2010
4/5 76% Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) " The director, Susanna White, comes from British television. She has invested the film with the look and feel of an old-fashioned storybook, while paying tribute to the enduring legend of the eccentricity of English village life." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 1, 2010
3/5 58% She's Out of My League (2010) " The film is not an Apatow production but it feels like one." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 1, 2010
1/5 20% The Last Song (2010) " It's not one of Sparks's more inventive efforts and Cyrus's extended sulk doesn't exactly enhance her acting prospects. Not that this means much." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 25, 2010
4/5 —— Separation City (2009) " The unholy mess of a marriage in crisis informs an accomplished comedy." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 2, 2010
4/5 97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) " Jacques Audiard's prison drama is a bracingly cynical antidote to the waftiness of much French cinema." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 9, 2010
3.5/5 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " It's a Mel Gibson film. You take him as he comes, which is usually at full pelt." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 5, 2010
1/5 25% Law Abiding Citizen (2009) " Bloodshed and torture abound in this sadistic thriller with pretensions." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 26, 2010
4/5 37% Nine (2009) " Every song is a character reading with a revelation to convey as Guido desperately tries to sort out his future as artist, husband and lover." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 21, 2010
4.5/5 91% Up in the Air (2009) " Jason Reitman's coolly upbeat adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel gives Clooney a role which fits him as snugly as one of Ryan's interchangeable suits." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2010
3/5 57% Bran Nue Dae (2010) " The script does, however, profit from the love affair that springs up between Andrew Lesnie's cameras and the blue and ochre of the northern Australian landscape. And the show's basic attractions remain." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jan 13, 2010
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