Hannah Brown

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
41% Rebecca (2020) THe lead actors - Lily James and Armie Hammer - look quite nice, but if you want suspense and great performances, check out the original with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier, if you can find it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Yes, it's in incredibly bad taste, and if some of it doesn't offend you, you're probably a robot. But most of it is really funny and outrageous and - no spoilers - it offers an interesting explanation of the origins of the coronavirus. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The casting is brilliant and features an extremely distinguished cast. Baron Cohen is one of the standouts and his jokey, theatrical delivery is perfect for Hoffman. Strong is also appealing as he portrays Rubin as a lovable schnook. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
94% Western Stars (2019) In Western Stars, [Bruce] continues to explore his self-destructive impulses and the emotions they inspire. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
56% Swimming with Men (2018) It's utterly predictable from start to finish, but still fun. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
78% The Best Years of a Life (Les plus belles années d'une vie) (2019) It is bittersweet to be sure, but quite enjoyable. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
60% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) It has moments that may remind you of This is Spinal Tap, but that's not necessarily a bad thing... Oasis fans will want to check out Liam Gallagher: As It Was... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) ...while it isn't nearly as funny as the book, Blanchett is so likably crazed you may enjoy it anyway... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
74% Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) It may not be possible to explain everything about a conflicted and controversial figure like Cohn, but Meeropol makes a valiant effort. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
83% Aviva (2020) While this device may sound confusing, it fits right into the current moment of exploring gender fluidity and sexual identity... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light is an enjoyable movie, although at times his single-minded focus on Springsteen - he even starts dressing like his idol - rather than opening himself to other musicians and music, seems oddly limited. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
91% Spelling the Dream (2020) The movie alternates competition footage - which is always riveting, especially if you or someone you love has ever competed in spelling bees - and interviews with the contestants, both current and past, and their families. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
75% Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020) It seems sad to think that in this instance, Seinfeld is riffing on a problem that has become a public-health crisis rather than a laughing matter. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
97% The Half of It (2020) Its leads are appealing and it is literary in a charming way, although at moments it seems a bit self-conscious. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
78% Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Far more interesting than the sections on her death are the parts about her career. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
75% The Day After I'm Gone (2019) While this is a minimalist drama, eventually it does elicit a powerful emotional response that makes you realize what it has been like for Roni... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
82% The Specials (Hors normes) (2019) You should see it because it's a wonderful film, which takes an inherently difficult subject and uses it to tell a touching and powerful story that deftly blends tragedy and comedy as few filmmakers today can. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
92% Uncut Gems (2019) Most of us, if we're honest, will see at least a little bit of ourselves - albeit in our worst moments - in Sandler's Ratner, and that is what makes Uncut Gems memorable. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
41% The Operative (2019) The ingredients of an enjoyable spy flick are all present in The Operative, but they rarely come together. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) I was fully prepared to be disgusted. But I got a surprise: I enjoyed much of it, so much so that I rethought my objection to the premise. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It explores the nature of corruption and the intricacies of antisemitism in ways that are as relevant to today's world as they are illuminating about the history of the persecution of Jews in 19th-century France. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Yes, the technology makes his face look less lined, a sophisticated computer version of what Hollywood used to do for aging actresses playing younger than their true age. But a 76-year-old with an unlined face still cannot pass for a 26-year-old. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
92% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) ...a lively look at a fascinating figure in American culture, whose life story has also played out in Germany and Israel. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
70% Balloon (2020) This is a movie for people who want to see a gripping adventure based on a true story and revisit an interesting period in recent history, nothing more and nothing less. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
63% The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Wolkenbruchs wunderliche reise in die arme einer schickse) (2018) The actors are appealing, but the movie is clichéd from start to finish. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
81% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) Binoche is graceful and compelling, even when she is at her most unhinged. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Forgiveness (2019) Strung together like a series of comedy set pieces, it's the latest local movie to go for popular success and lure audiences away from Hollywood films, network television and Netflix, and it mostly hits the mark. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
76% Skin (2019) Skin is still a surprisingly entertaining look at the humanity behind one hater. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
No Score Yet Here and Now (2018) The more you like hip hop, the more you will enjoy the dynamic performances that Andrey and his friends give. But even if it you don't like it, you can appreciate their deep desire to express their pain... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
96% Incitement (2020) It's tough to go back to those days of political incitement, and tougher still to spend two hours with Amir...impeccably written and acted. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) I certainly won't give away any spoilers here, but suffice it to say that you won't guess any of the secrets, and once the story goes down the rabbit hole, it stays very dark till the end. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
29% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) If you're looking for entertainment with some heart, you'll enjoy The Red Sea Diving Resort, and the end, when clips of the real agents and the Ethiopian immigrants are shown, is extremely moving. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) While the movie stumbles at times as the complications of the plot play out, overall it's an enjoyable ride, which will make you wish that life were actually like this. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
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
78% 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
83% 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
64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) This offbeat, literary biopic... is charming, funny, suspenseful and ultimately moving. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
88% 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
84% Mr. Jones (2020) 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
96% 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
90% 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
86% 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
90% 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
42% 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
90% 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
60% 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