Hal Hinson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Hal Hinson

Hal Hinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Die Hard (1988) "It gets your heart pounding, then makes you hate yourself for it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) "Martin, the most eloquent of physical clowns -- the Baryshnikov of comedy -- is at his most inspired here. He parodies feelings, attitudes, states of mind that one would think were exempt from it, and his caricature of dapper suavity is killingly precise. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) "Ultimately, Davies' choices have a powerful cumulative effect. In the latter section, he achieves a transporting poignancy of feeling. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% Do the Right Thing (1989) "A movie made by filmmaker working in sync with his times -- an exciting, disturbing, provocative film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Drugstore Cowboy (1989) "The performers make their affectlessness expressive. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
66% Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) "The movie equivalent of cheap champagne -- even though it's lousy, it still gives you tickles up the nose. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% Eat the Rich (1987) "It feels like punk on the downward swing, after most of its rude energy has dissipated. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% Empire of the Sun (1987) "Spielberg is a virtuoso performer, and virtuosity can't be dismissed. But what Empire of the Sun proves is that it can have its limitations. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
53% Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) "A singular, powerful experience. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
78% Fatal Attraction (1987) "Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% Gardens of Stone (1987) "There's a curious ambiguity in Coppola's feelings about the soldiers and their life. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
51% Ghostbusters 2 (1989) "Hammered together out of the junkiest of elements, the movie rattles along with a pleasing rambunctiousness, tossing off its quips and one-liners and scoring on a remarkably high percentage of them. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) "It hardly delivers on the promise of giving us the pure, undiluted Williams -- Williams at his best. What's more, it's not even close to being his best movie. It's not even close to being good. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% The Good Mother (The Price of Passion) (1988) "Even shackled to banalities, Keaton has the power to amaze. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% Hamburger Hill (1987) "No matter what you think of the script, it's impossible to dismiss what's up on the screen. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
21% Harlem Nights (1989) "Once there was Freddy. Once there was Chuckie and Jason and Howard the Duck. Now there is the scariest of them all. Now there is Harlem Nights. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
0% Heart Condition (1990) "The film is caught somewhere between seriousness and cheesy exploitation. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
11% Hello Again (1987) "All of this is presented with a broad-stroked, sitcom raucousness that's pretty tough to stomach. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) "The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
77% The Hidden (1987) "Its virtues are ones that you almost never encounter in movies of this sort; it's really a unique little item -- if there's such a thing as punk soulfulness, then this movie has it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% House Party (1990) "House Party isn't a great movie, but it's heartfelt and enormously winning. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "A leviathan bore, big, clunky and ponderously overplotted. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) "The final section, in which Indy must claim the Grail and save his father's life, is imbued with a turgid, pop-mystical tone. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81% Innerspace (1987) "It's an easy-to-get-along-with movie -- bouncy, rabbity fun. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Internal Affairs (1990) "Figgis gives his dolled-up universe a high-voltage hum. And at the center of it, Gere is an extraordinarily vivid monster -- the devil as fashion plate. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
65% Ironweed (1987) "Comes about as close to being an unmitigated waste of talent as any movie in recent memory. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
0% Jaws: The Revenge (1987) "After Steven Spielberg's original, which combined shock effects with comedy and grand sea adventure touches, the series has degenerated into your basic fish-bites-man story, with very few imaginative wrinkles. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
0% Johnny Be Good (1988) "If Chuck Berry were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% La Bamba (1987) "Basically, it's a load of corn -- an up-from-the-basement account of a pop comet -- but the movie has an energetic, almost naive spirit. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
70% The Land Before Time (1988) "There is nothing about either the story or its execution to place "The Land Before Time" alongside the classics, but then again, the age of animated masterpieces may be forever past. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) "In spite of all [Scorsese] accomplishes, he is unable to bring Jesus close to us, to realize his stated goal of creating a universal figure who symbolizes the spiritual anguish of all men. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
77% Licence To Kill (1989) "Dalton plays a straight-faced, humorless, no-nonsense Bond -- all guns and no play -- and it makes for a very dull time. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
18% License to Drive (1988) "About all that's worth noting is that the Caddy gets demolished and that the stars remain intact (though practically everyone will wish that it were the other way around). " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% Little Nikita (1988) ""Little Nikita" would be nothing without River Phoenix's hair. It's the most engaging, the most watchable thing in the film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
58% Look Who's Talking (1989) "This is a great idea for a sketch, not a feature, and if Heckerling had resisted padding it out, it might have made a brilliant short. A comedy can ride only so far on high concept. It has to deliver the jokes, and this one doesn't. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
0% Loose Cannons (1990) "Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
82% Major League (1989) "Shamelessly formulaic. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
98% The Manchurian Candidate (1962) "Has an excoriating, destabilizing wit that seems as knowingly sophisticated today as it must have then. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% Matador (1986) "The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% Midnight Run (1988) "Much as he might try, Brest can't masquerade this mainstream Hollywood studio picture as an offbeat little character piece. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
53% The Monster Squad (1987) "The movie plays like it was written with a power tool. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
97% My Left Foot (1989) "Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot must be the most passionately empathetic film about a physical affliction ever made. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) (1987) "A lot of the movie is routine coming-of-age stuff. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
77% Mystic Pizza (1988) "You get the general sense that the actors -- particularly Annabeth Gish and, though he is hardly featured, D'Onofrio (who was last seen as the troubled recruit in "Full Metal Jacket") -- are better than their material, but this is scant compensation. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Near Dark (1987) "Bigelow has cross-bred vampire legends, westerns and biker movies to arrive at a combination that's both outrageous and poetic; it has extravagant, bloody thrills plus something else -- something that comes close to genuine emotion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
73% New York Stories (1989) "Allen's contribution is the only one that can be counted as a genuine success. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
91% No Way Out (1987) "In thriller terms it's close to irresistible and enormously entertaining. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
50% Permanent Record (1988) "Good intentions and seriousness aside, it's not much of anything -- not terrible, but not terribly engaging or illuminating either. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% The Pick-Up Artist (1987) "Downey, who worked for one season on Saturday Night Live, has just the right emotional weight for the role of Jack, and the right touch of goofy boyishness to soften his aggressiveness. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
17% Pink Cadillac (1989) "It's weightlessly, irredeemably enjoyable. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
94% Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) "A riotously springy holiday knockabout. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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