Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Screen International film critic.
Publications: Screen International

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% Thunder Force (2021) None of this is new, especially for McCarthy's fans, but that doesn't make it bad, or disappointing, just comfortably familiar. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
85% The Power (2021) There's a dark, enticing world at play in the Stygian gloom of a rambling Victorian-era East End hospital at night which will be a calling card for Faith and her players. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
28% The Unholy (2021) Has an intriguing premise but cuts too many corners in its catechism. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
22% Every Breath You Take (2021) Although the screenplay for Every Breath You Take, a psychological thriller starring Casey Affleck, Sam Claflin and Michelle Monaghan, is original, it rarely, if ever, feels that way. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2021
100% Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021) Robinson is a precise, empathetic and informed speaker and a righteous man who, in sisters Emily and Sarah Kunstler's documentary, is every teacher you might have ever wished for as a student, but who deserves a larger stage. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
92% Islands (2021) There's a cheerful pragmatism to the characters and the piece itself, a reflection and distillation of the caring, musical, religious community in which it is set. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
100% The Return: Life After ISIS (2021) Although the question is of course far more nuanced than Clua presents, her film is still a vital part of the puzzle. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
80% The Lost Sons (2021) Macfarlane chronicles the story professionally, judging when and when not to release a part of the jigsaw throughout. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
No Score Yet Deadly Cuts (2021) Based around Dublin's Finglas area and featuring some of its locals, Deadly Cuts makes up for in spirit what it clearly lacks in budget. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
No Score Yet Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021) This documentary astutely captures the sense of a vulnerable champion looking back at a past he has dominated at the very point where he realises it may all be taken away from him. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
No Score Yet Copilot (2021) An intriguing portrait of Germany through a time of massive cultural transition and integration, East and West, immigrants and natives. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
36% Cherry (2021) Although Cherry can, at times, be an entertainingly brash and playful film, it's also a long, loud trip through familiar material which only fitfully delivers its rewards. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
53% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Day doesn't set a foot wrong throughout, even as Daniels' adoring camera traces her every breath in full close-up. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2021
88% Riders of Justice (2021) Riders Of Justice is salty, violent, transgressive, button-pushing, non-PC and laugh-out-loud funny at times - and when you're not gasping or laughing, it's only to wonder at the mind which pulled all of this together. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
70% Land (2021) Wright's moving performance and some genuine heart-felt and -breaking moments amid all this natural majesty make Land a journey worth taking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
89% Together Together (2021) Together Together makes for comfortable viewing elevated by Harrison's sparky presence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) It's inventive enough to surprise, while still bringing with it fond memories of everything from Hammer to The Innocents, Dracula to creepy country house Gothic horror. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
93% Mass (2021) With rigour and clarity of purpose, actor/director Fran Kranz holds the audience in his hands, probing at the unthinkable and daring to keep the faith. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
88% President (2021) It's the testimony of ordinary folk - the election monitor beaten over the head with an iron bar, for example - that makes Nielsson's film so chilling. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
70% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) On a very essential level, The Most Beautiful Boy In The World looks human beauty in the eye: both the atavistic emotions it provokes and its impermanence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland's clarity of thought on the concept of home, the environment, on women, on the elderly in society, on the very idea of human kindness, make this film much more than a passing moment. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) This is a woefully self-indulgent piece... fascinating at the outset in its frank assessment of race - written by a white man - but ultimately a hollow drum. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) Delivers strong performances - from Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan in particular - and top-level craft, but with an undercurrent of real emotion which sensitively conveys the fragility of lives and time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Ramin Bahrani's film might appear daunting, and certainly not all its hypotheses are proven. But transforming it all into a work of cathartic entertainment is a significant achievement for the American director. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Early hopes of Back To The Future, an 80s film whose sequels bucked the trend, give way to a dawning sense of Wonder Woman's whip endlessly spinning out but never connecting. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) Hanks's stabilising believability can anchor any film, but this is a peach of a role for the actor, paired here with the German child star of The System Crasher, Helena Zengel. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) A confetti canon of campy cheer, Ryan Murphy's adaptation of Broadway musical The Prom is a paean to love, tolerance and the pursuit of primary colours. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
48% Black Beauty (2020) Taken on its own, precision-targeted, terms, this Disney + release hits the marks for old-fashioned family entertainment... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Ma Rainey feels fresh as a film. It may be a parable, but that's for the viewer to come to understand: the gift of those monologues isn't to hector but to highlight. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) A high-spec, high-wattage drama which is both entirely suitable for, and should play well on, the streaming service which supported it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
83% Mank (2020) The dialogue in Mank is fabulously fast, hard and quippy throughout, a real tribute to the man himself. If sometimes all that detail obscures the bigger picture, Mank is still a treat... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) It could have twisted the knife more effectively... but it's got a cheerful, self-knowing vibe and, as a genre spin-off from Blumhouse/Universal, an eye to future iterations that may be a little knottier. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
83% Let Him Go (2020) Bezhucha seems to have spent all his effort and imagination on the journey: the destination an afterthought, the denouement bizarrely prolonged, and all but written in a flashing neon sign above the Blackledges' heads. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
70% Kindred (2020) A drama that simmers away on repression but never comes to a fully satisfying boil. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) Wheatley, for all his outsider ballistics, has turned in perfect Sunday night TV for Netflix. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
No Score Yet Courtroom 3H (2020) Plunging the viewer straight into Tallahassee's family court, this questioning, challenging film will travel to wherever fine and nuanced cinema is celebrated. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
87% Supernova (2021) Supernova is a serious endeavour, and a solemn, sad-hearted one. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2020
56% Rifkin's Festival (2020) Mostly... a pallid reminder of better days we've had with the director. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
87% Violation (2021) Its deft upending of the male/female genre conventions have not been positioned before in such an effective way. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) It's not just Mikkelsen in the lead, but three supporting actors including Festen's Thomas Bo Larsen who give the film its can't-look-away dynamic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) A film as delicate as this should not be pushed or even nudged. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) This is dynamic cinema which takes no prisoners outside the hostages on screen: loud and violent, it lures the viewer into a place where there can be no bystanders. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
No Score Yet Nowhere Special (2020) Uberto Pasolini's film takes a real-life story as his starting block and turns this tiny Northern Ireland-set tale into an almost sensory experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) There's a whole world of conceptual thought distilled into a single stage with chain curtains, carefully created lighting and a tight, joyful, percussion-heavy band which literally dances through the show without ever being restrained by a lead or a plug. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
98% One Night in Miami (2020) King's small-scale but empowering address to the black movements of the past, present and future. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
38% Miss Marx (2020) Nicchiarelli gets what she wanted, but something essential has been lost along the way. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% The Duke (2020) Broadbent's considerable charisma as a prototype social justice warrior is just about enough to pull the rag-and-bone cart home on a film which becomes more defiantly contrived as it goes on. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
67% Padrenostro (2020) Despite this riveting premise, Padrenostro goes the way of 1970s cuisine in being over-cooked to the level of boil-in-a-bag. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
71% Final Account (2021) Holland's documentary ends up being too much, but also not quite enough. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) It's a dream ride... for the most part, for anyone looking for glitzy escapism, and who wouldn't include themselves in that demographic right now. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020