Adrian Hennigan

Adrian Hennigan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: BBC.com, Popcorn, Haaretz

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Sorkin does a great job condensing a trial that lasted nearly five months and whose transcript totaled 22,000 pages into an engrossing two-hour movie. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) With its imaginative storytelling and visual inventiveness, "Enola Holmes" comes highly recommended for youngsters looking for a sassy heroine to rival the likes of Alex Ryder and other male screen heroes. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
67% The Swamp (2020) Yet while I didn't come out of "The Swamp" with any more respect for Republican lawmakers than when I went in (okay, maybe a smidgen in a couple of cases), I did find the film and Gaetz equally fascinating. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 92% Showbiz Kids (2020) A reminder that though it's a horribly precarious path, Hollywood would be a far poorer place without its preternaturally gifted young actors. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
4/5 94% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Not all monuments are made of stone or bronze. This documentary is a worthy tribute to the Democratic congressman and civil rights activist. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
4/5 83% Stockton on My Mind (2020) It's not often I say this, but this film deserves a sequel in five or 10 years' time to see how things work out. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
5/5 100% Athlete A (2020) I've always hated the phrase 'Not all heroes wear capes,' but it turns out in this case it's true: They actually wear shiny leotards. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
5/5 93% The Outpost (2020) The best, most believable war movie I've seen in years. It's an Afghan Alamo, where everyone is too busy dodging bullets and RPGs to issue vainglorious speeches. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible won't lead to the overthrow of America's political system. But it may put a smile on your face. For now, that will just have to do. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) But, as I may have mentioned, the film is almost as long as a Trump rally, and what follows is a redemption tale that feels horribly clichéd about salt-of-the-earth firefighters. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Thanks to Trump, Cohn's amoral approach to life still haunts us today, making this documentary more vital than we could have imagined just a few short years ago. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
92% Spelling the Dream (2020) The film is also surprisingly funny, thanks largely to comedian Hari Kondabolu. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) It's another passionate, vital piece of cinema from Lee. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
No Score Yet Badass Beauty Queen: The Story of Anastasia Lin (2018) Yet Lin is such a fascinating subject that the film overcomes its modest storytelling qualities and obvious biases by sticking her front and center, and letting her tell her own story. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
99% Apollo 11 (2019) "Apollo 11" is a documentary that deserves to be seen on the largest TV screen and with the best sound system. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) "Becoming" is still a quietly informative, uplifting film. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) Whether talking about food, cellphones, relationships or the U.S. Postal Service, this felt like a 1 percenter struggling to find anything new to say about life, because he won't truly address how much his life has changed since the mid-1990s. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
67% Extraction (2020) Far superior to Netflix's previous attempts at a big-budget action movie... it turns out that "Extraction" is precisely the testosterone-fueled pic we needed until our beloved movie theaters can reopen for business. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) This is funny and ultimately very touching - just make sure you stay for the end credits and some star cameos. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) In making you care for all of the characters, no matter what they may or may not have done, "Bad Education" proves itself to be one class act. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
65% Planet of the Humans (2020) This cri de coeur from... Gibbs may lack balance and counterarguments, but it convincingly makes the case that "less must be the new more" if humankind is to have any chance of not being wiped out due to overpopulation and overconsumption, - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) This is a beautifully perceptive movie about love, identity and taco sausages, with a killer set-piece that rivals "The Graduate" for showstopping church scenes. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
98% Circus of Books (2020) [A] really heart-warming tale. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
89% Dark Waters (2019) Haynes' film is a more somber affair. That doesn't mean "Dark Waters" isn't worth watching: It is a very well-told, faithful recreation of the protracted series of events that occurred in West Virginia and Ohio between 1996 and 2017. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
91% Uncut Gems (2019) This is filmmaking of the highest order. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
68% Bombshell (2019) "Bombshell" really could have been an atonal disaster... Yet it succeeds, thanks to a combination of star power, smart script and the use of film conventions. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) Warm, witty and surprisingly moving, this comedy-drama is the most unlikely bromance you will see all year. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) "Marriage Story" is funny, sad, tragic, comic (if only there were a word to combine those emotions) and, ultimately, rather heartbreaking. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) The film works spasmodically, but its scattershot approach to the storyline ultimately proves its undoing. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
29% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) There's no doubting the ripeness of this yarn; it's just a shame that most of the characters are so bland and forgettable. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
99% Knock Down the House (2019) For anyone with even the slightest interest in the seismic changes occurring in American politics, this is a must-see film. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
92% Fyre (2019) Overall, the Netflix documentary is far stronger on the behind-the-scenes details. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
80% Fyre Fraud (2019) The Hulu doc works harder to paint a bigger picture -- such as how McFarland was able to access large amounts of money to fund his schemes. However, its patronizing depiction of millennials may well alienate many of them. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 64% Bird Box (2018) It wants to be A Disquieting Place - but fails. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
5/5 95% Roma (2018) A film that deserves to be seen by anyone who cares about cinema. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 75% The Angel (2018) The film can only scratch the surface of this amazing story, and by doing so actually makes it seem much less remarkable than it really is. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 89% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Serves as a perfect smorgasbord of their work: Gross yet laugh-out-loud violence, memorable characters, and storylines that are never far from taking a turn for the macabre. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 80% 22 July (2018) Leaves you a little disconcerted by its almost feel-good message that democracy can defeat fascism if only the youth of the world make their voices heard. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
No Score Yet Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma (2018) While there was little new for a "Real Time" devotee like myself to feast upon, there were still pockets of genius. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
100% Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (2018) The laughs are a distant memory by the time the curtain falls, and you are left with an incredibly powerful message: This is my truth, tell me yours. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) I would advise you to set fire to your watching device before subjecting yourself to this omnishambles. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
60% Jungle (2017) Radcliffe's portrayal of Yossi Ghinsberg in 'Jungle' is worthy of celebration for breaking the [Israeli] stereotype in Western movies. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
88% Annihilation (2018) [Garland] has made a film that lingers in the mind, despite its flaws. I'll happily make a repeat visit to the Shimmer, looking for more answers. - Haaretz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 34% Imagine Me & You (2006) A witty and immensely enjoyable British romantic comedy. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
4/5 86% The Road To Guantanamo (2006) This is a damning indictment of both Guantánamo Bay and the US government's insistence on detaining prisoners there without trial. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
4/5 80% Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2007) In the wrong hands this could have been capital punishment, but as a low key drama about one man's unique approach to life and other people's deaths, it's actually just, er, capital. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
5/5 73% Glastonbury (2007) A magical documentary recounting the 35 tumultuous years of the Glastonbury Music Festival, this is an exhilarating experience. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2006
5/5 88% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story (2005) ... one of the funniest British movies in years. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2006
4/5 56% Keeping Mum (2006) Apart from the witty script, the secret to its success lies in its offbeat casting. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2006
3/5 67% Mrs. Henderson Presents (2006) It's impossible not to warm to the movie, which combines a quirky showbiz tale with stiff upper lips in war-torn London. - BBC.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2005