Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: New York Post, Jerusalem Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% And Breathe Normally (2018) This description may make the movie sound overly neat and formulaic, but Uggadóttir is a natural and graceful storyteller, gently and gradually painting a memorable portrait of these two women, who outwardly are so different. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) I had read all about this and thought I knew most of it, but watching it unfold is fascinating, if a bit infuriating. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
No Score Yet Fig Tree (2018) Fig Tree is beautiful, romantic and cinematic, as well as historically interesting, and Davidian has made an impressive feature-film debut. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
67% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2017) This offbeat, literary biopic... is charming, funny, suspenseful and ultimately moving. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
67% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms captures the intensity of 20-somethings who long to lose themselves in strolls alongside the Seine, but instead of illuminating this identity crisis, the film falls back into clichés and dissolves into tasteful real-estate porn. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
81% Mr. Jones (2019) Coming at a time when debates over so-called fake news are dominating the headlines, this complex story about an inconvenient and horrific truth that no one wanted to hear could not be more timely or more welcome. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
90% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) This sensitively made film takes on an important topic - sexual abuse of children in Lyon by Catholic clergy - and makes a gripping and thought-provoking movie out of it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
89% A Star Is Born (2018) It may be a little less powerful if you know where the story is heading, but it's undeniably a triumph for Cooper. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
90% The Golem (2019) [I]t is filled with inventive and evocative moments, particularly those grounded in the truly scary aspects of Jewish history. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is meticulously directed, each black-and-white shot composed like a great photograph. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Yes. It's a remarkable film, both intimate and epic, that is moving and often surprising. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is well worth seeing for its twist-filled story and phenomenal acting. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) All six of the stories in the film are riveting and although they knew the film was destined to be seen mainly on the small screen, the Coens are at the top of their visual game. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
50% Vision (2018) It's like a great episode of Wild Japan on the National Geographic channel with almost no animals. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet Hidden Face (2018) The movie is well structured and the cinematography is particularly good and tells the story with little need for exposition. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Holy Air (2017) Holy Air is an engaging and charming comedy with dramatic overtones and it isn't quite like anything you've seen before. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
61% Operation Finale (2018) This fact-based story is a carefully executed retelling of the Israeli operation to catch Eichmann in Buenos Aires and bring him to Israel to stand trial for his part in the Holocaust. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Other Story (2019) A gripping, touching and unpredictable story about a troubled father-daughter relationship that weaves in the conflicts between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis, a struggle that is so central to Israeli life but rarely the focus of fiction. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
82% The Angel (2018) All in all, [The Angel] is an entertaining look at a little-known story from recent history. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
60% Flawless (Haneshef) (2018) Flawless... tries to combine two hot-button issues - female insecurity and the struggles of a transgender teen to fit in - and ends up with an unconvincing, superficial look at both these subjects. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Laces (2018) Laces is a new and welcome instance of a character who would once have been in the shadows taking center space on the big screen. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Unorthodox (2018) But what might have been a preachy history lesson, in Malka's assured hands, becomes a lively and suspenseful film. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The film is so much fun that I actually wished it were longer... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg, which is really pretty terrible (although occasionally - and intentionally - so bad it's funny), is for hardcore shark-movie fans only. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) Macdonald puts her story in the context of what was going on culturally and politically at the time, and avoids most biopic clichés to turn Whitney into a sad and riveting fable of a princess... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
60% Ferrante Fever (2019) Like a good book club session, Ferrante Fever is fun because it's nice to be in the company of people who are as crazy about these novels as you are. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
No Score Yet Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu Wo Wakasuhodo No Atsui Ai) (2016) Those who aren't put off by the inherent sadness in the concept will find this film compelling in its depiction of how this heroine chooses to choreograph her own exit, and although you may cry, you won't leave the theater depressed. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet Driver (Before Memory) (2017) Those with patience will find that Driver is a ride worth taking. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) It's entertaining enough and may play better on the small screen than at the movies, but in spite of its cleverness, it is never truly compelling... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) In Disobedience, everyone speaks softly, almost in a whisper, as if they were praying... That's the director's choice, but it doesn't make for riveting viewing. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
96% Menashe (2017) It's a touching and nuanced film, and so skillfully made that you quickly get over the novelty of the fact that its characters are speaking Yiddish and get right into the story. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Keep the Change (2018) Keep the Change is brilliantly written, acted and directed, a triumph in so many ways. It is so suspenseful and entertaining that I sincerely believe I would have loved it even if I had no personal connection to autism. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Cousin (Ha'ben dod) (2017) Tzahi Grad's film The Cousin is an odd and interesting look at the disconnect between what many Israelis believe and how they actually live. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
70% The Invisibles (2019) It's a testament to Rafle's skill as a director that even though we [...] know that the characters survived, The Invisibles keeps you on the edge of your seat. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Director Jose Padilha seems to be conflicted about the story he is trying to tell. He must know that people who point guns at children's heads, no matter how noble their long-term goals may be, are inherently unsympathetic. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
93% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) See You Up There has an energy and intelligence that will remind you why it's worthwhile to see movies on the big screen. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) It isn't as great a movie as All the President's Men, but political junkies won't want to miss it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Shelter (2017) These two-women movies depend on a strong cast and Shelter works because of the talent of the actresses who star in it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) It weaves a spell that will entrance you while you are watching it, although afterwards, in the cold light of the lobby, certain plot turns may strike you as so absurd that you may not understand why or how you enjoyed it as much as you did. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) It tells a twist-filled story about love and loss that will resonate with audiences because of its carefully observed characters and sense of place. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Museum (2017) You won't learn any statistics about the museum, but the movie illuminates the essence of this complex institution. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
100% Primaire (2016) Elementary is a very honest and engrossing story that will bring you back to your school days, and its insights will give you great respect for anyone tough and brave enough to choose teaching as a profession. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
82% Scaffolding (2018) There is a feeling of authenticity about the film: Yair knows these kids and teachers, and he never sacrifices the story to make a point. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) This delightful and entertaining documentary looks at the life and career of a musical star you thought you knew. It portrays a complex, unique and very talented man who courted controversy his whole life. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
94% Foxtrot (2018) A brilliant movie, one that is so rich thematically, visually, musically and emotionally, that one viewing is not enough to begin to absorb all it has to offer. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
75% Longing (2018) Longing seems stranded, too slick and insubstantial to be an art house movie but too depressing and dark to be any fun. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet Antenna (2016) [Antenna] skillfully blends comedy and drama as the various characters try to live their lives in the increasingly long shadow of their father's obsession, which will strike some as magnificent and others as misguided. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
No Score Yet One Man and His Cow (La Vache) (2016) La Vache is beautifully photographed, and both its Algerian and French locations look so lovely that it would be a shame to see the film anywhere other than in a theater. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
70% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) It's a combination of Rosemary's Baby, every evil-twin movie you've ever seen, and a chic high-end perfume ad, with an emphasis on the ad. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) It's rare that a movie that is concerned with issues currently in the headlines is more than that, but Aki Kaurismaki's touching and funny The Other Side of Hope, which focuses on the migrant crisis in Europe, pulls it off. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017