Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Fionnuala Halligan's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Inferno (2016)

"Howard keeps the viewer constantly occupied, Felicity Jones is an engaging sidekick, and there's clearly a lot more mileage left for Tom Hanks in this franchise's tank ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 8, 2016

The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2014)

"The Fencer plays out with few real surprises, but director Haro and screenwriter Heinamaa have settled on an appealing, conventional formula." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Rats (2016)

"Put it this way: you'll make sure the toilet seat is firmly shut when you're in New York City - or anywhere else - from now on." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"Nail-bitingly tense, even if it's frustratingly superficial." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet

Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2016)

"A soft, slim, but charming, tale, filled with food, flowers, and good wines ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 13, 2016

Denial (2016)

"Jackson remains steadfast in his sombre approach to Hare's satisfyingly rich screenplay, confident in its power and that of the assembled cast." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016

The Limehouse Golem (2016)

"Medina fails to muster Golem's many moving parts, and tension leaks from the film like the blood from one of its many savaged corpses." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Tramps (2016)

" A sweet-natured, modern film with a charming patina." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Lion (2016)

"A dignified, authentic yet highly-moving crowd-pleaser." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 10, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

"If her character has failed to grow any wiser or more interesting, Zellweger still delivers her with enough charm to carry the film over the finish line." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet

Auf Safari (2016)

"Intentionally, of course, Ulrich Seidl's Safari is a very difficult watch." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge assaults the viewer by surprise, and it turns out to be a lethal blow." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 3, 2016

The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016)

"Bracingly explosive ... sumptuously mounted ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"Tom Ford takes his stylish shears to Austin Wright's intricate 1993 novel Tony And Susan, cutting and splicing to re-assemble a gleaming array of images in a narrative Russian doll." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Arrival (2016)

"In a crowded genre, Villeneuve's picture is distinguished chiefly for being so richly realised and executed, gifted with an almost symbiotic score by his regular collaborator Johann Johannsson." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 31, 2016

La La Land (2016)

"Chazelle's dream-like follow-up to Whiplash is as la-la-light as its title, tap-dancing its way into the hearts of incurable romantics everywhere." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Morgan (2016)

"Nobody seems to know quite how to navigate the assembled elements, casting off a disappointingly flat thriller ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Brotherhood (2016)

"The story seems partially personal; Clarke himself is 40 now, and a father. The steam may have cooled on his anger, but the points he makes are still worth listening to." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 28, 2016

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)

"This infectious piece harks back to happier, sweeter times for the Beatles and for pop music in general." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 16, 2016

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"For a film industry determined to open itself to a diversity of voices, this is very much a safe, back-to-basics play for British audiences in need of some reliable comfort food." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 7, 2016

Nerve (2016)

"For all that it bounces off a lot of contentious issues about children and the internet, where Carrie-style bullying has moved into the unsupervised zone of cyberspace, Nerve frustratingly stops short before eventually falling in on itself ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

"As supermodel skinny as the story is, it's still jostled along the hundreds of Saunders' pals who drop by to provide colourful relief." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"It's ultimately hard to resist a film which is so confidently self-knowing." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 21, 2016

O.J.: Made in America (2016)

"Eight hours doesn't feel like enough, and, following on from cable crime hits such as Making A Murderer, The Jinx and the podcast Serial, it crowns the long-form documentary as a true witness of the media age." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 5, 2016

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

"Versus is as watchable for those who have never seen a Ken Loach film as it is informative for those who think they know him." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 2, 2016

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016)

"This touching love story - with each other, the past, and the camera - has clear appeal, to 'Old Hollywood' fans, to Star Wars followers, to voyeurs in general." ‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

"An uneasy watch, awash with unconvincing performances, unfunny stereotypes, and dubious gross-out gags." ‐ Screen International
Posted May 4, 2016

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"While McGregor and Harris convincingly portray a couple in trouble, and Lewis's odball spook is an uneasy fit, it is Skarsgard's dynamic performance which saves the day." ‐ Screen International
Posted May 1, 2016

The Take (Bastille Day) (2016)

"Smartly, the film uses social media and hashtags to effectively move the plot forward without resorting to images of people typing in front of a computer screen. The rest is done by Elba, charging through Paris." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 16, 2016

All This Panic (2016)

"This is an evocative, slender film with a natural female audience - we've all been that girl." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 16, 2016
No Score Yet

Betting on Zero (2016)

"Wall Street in all its naked venality." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 15, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"Bouquets all round: Stephen Frears goes broad in Florence Foster Jenkins, and the appeal should be wide." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Julieta (2016)

"This is classic Almodovar, at home in Madrid for the most part, throwing vibrant colour on the screen in silky reds, blues and greens." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Criminal (2016)

"An awkward memory-transplant thriller which could have done with its own intelligence graft ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

"A shiny, sprawling, if profoundly silly, studio spectacular." ‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 3, 2016

Glassland (2016)

"Glassland is impressive, although Barrett struggles to give this carefully crafted narrative a coherent resolution." ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Gorging on bombast and self-importance, swamped by its own mythology, Batman v Superman is loud, sprawling, and distracted. The action jumps around almost as fast as a man can fly, but nowhere near as smoothly." ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 22, 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

"Vardalos' broad routine hasn't aged well, her heavily-(and widely-) accented 'oily' Greek family an uncomfortable, almost retro fit for today's global sensitivities. Apart from that, the gags just aren't that funny." ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 21, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"Allegiant's plot, in which the protagonists climb the wall for a baffling origins story before returning to Chicago for the next film's showdown, is not always compelling." ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 7, 2016

London Has Fallen (2016)

"It's hard to read which demographic London Has Fallen is aiming for - right-wing militias? - but even they're likely to come out feeling a little grubby ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 1, 2016

The Brothers Grimsby (2016)

"Grimsby is ... in a league of its own when it comes to audaciously filthy gags." ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 22, 2016

Kiki (2016)

"Sad, proud, loud, funny, energetic and affecting, Kiki the documentary reflects accurately the spirit of kiki, the scene." ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

"Nicholls aims high with this film. As with all its cinematic precedents, there's a race to a destination, many people involved, and at times the going can be uneven. The payoff, though, is worth it." ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 12, 2016

Bridgend (2016)

"Flawed but striking." ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

"There's a lot of Pride And Prejudice, and some unremarkable, low-budget Zombies. But the film is very much less than the sum of its parts." ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"Small and intimate it may be - and Ira Sachs' Little Men is more compact than his last slow-burn hit Love Is Strange - but there's no end to the discreet pleasures on screen here." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Sing Street (2016)

"It's crowd-pleasing, heart-warming, hits all the right notes, and is eager to please." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 25, 2016

The Hollars (2016)

"Desperately charming as it goes about its business ..." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"Solondz's latest is morose and jaundiced and, although uneven, a relentlessly clever little film." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 23, 2016

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

"Manchester By The Sea is a meticulous, rich film: there's such a depth to this story of a man living with unbearable grief, a sense of time and place and the changing of the seasons, you feel you could almost touch it." ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 23, 2016
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