Hope Madden

Hope Madden
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5 69% Teen Spirit (2019) Catty divas, soulless and posh record execs, temptation, disloyalty, pop songs-all of it's here in some neutered form or other. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3 33% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Instead we get bits and pieces of other films in the series, stitched together by a folk tale about a murderous mother. This is not inspired horror, but it's not ridiculous, either. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4 92% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) He's captured this moment in time, this draining and ugly paranoia that caused women such misery, with imagery that is perplexingly beautiful. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4 98% Little Woods (2019) It's an independent drama of the most unusual sort-the sort that situates itself unapologetically inside American poverty. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2 15% Hellboy (2019) Hellboy is lousy with limb severing, blood gushing, intestine spilling action. Also, it's just lousy. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3 46% Little (2019) Martin is the film's real star. She carries scenes with a clever knack for portraying an adult brain inside a child's form. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
4 74% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) Though the crossing storylines don't always work, the characters that populate this harsh but lovely environment pique your interest as Léo's journey captures your imagination. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
1 No Score Yet Truth or Dare (2017) In the meantime, though, you may want to pass on TRUTH OR DARE. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) For foodies and folks looking for the cinematic version of a poolside paperback, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY delivers. If you're seeking something with a little artistic nutrition, you'll need to look elsewhere. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3 No Score Yet The Forgotten (2014) Frampton shows an aptitude for utilizing color, texture, light and shadow to create a forbidding atmosphere. His film combines elements of other recent indie gems that couched genre tales in environments of urban squalor. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5 61% Dark Night (2017) A lyrical American nightmare, although at times its pursuit of authenticity feels more like cinematic sleight of hand. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 No Score Yet Blood Moon (2014) Between the staging and the ensemble performances, BLOOD MOON can't overcome an amateurish vibe that finally sinks it. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5 35% The November Man (2014) The film falters most in its dual purposes: mentor/mentee cat and mouse versus international conspiracy leading to a puppet Russian president with a pension for under aged war refugees. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
1.5 35% If I Stay (2014) Hollywood feeding the cash cow. I know it, but I don't have to like it....or the maddening mess of a movie that is IF I STAY. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3 No Score Yet The Sleeping Room (2014) Blue's ghostly peril feels inarticulate and a bit weak compared to her workday dangers, and the supernatural elements remain unsatisfactorily murky. But that's not enough to sink the sly performances or the really lovely, haunting visuals. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 79% The Den (2014) As an in-the-moment cautionary tale, THE DEN offers some escalating shocks and scares that, at its brisk running time, keep you interested. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4 66% The Rover (2014) THE ROVER is a throwback to classic Westerns, with a nearly anonymous figure on a bloody, single-minded mission for revenge. You may scoff at the simplicity of the finale, but I'm betting you'll find yourself thinking about it long afterward. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 55% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) The path DeMonaco takes for ANARCHY may seem the logical one, but it flirts with camp so often you wonder how much better it might have been with an outright satirical approach a la GOD BLESS AMERICA. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 23% Don't Knock Twice (2017) It's bad, is what I'm saying. And worse yet, it's dull. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 53% The Belko Experiment (2017) There's not even a single inventive death scene to distract you from the fact that you had really high expectations because you totally love these filmmakers and now you're just wasting yet another lovely evening a darkened movie theater. Sigh. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 26% As Above, So Below (2014) The claustrophobic among us, in particular, will be put through the ringer. But Dowdle and crew can't quite piece together enough quality moments to deliver a memorable chiller. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2 67% Lucy (2014) Apparently believing the film to be an equally eloquent statement on mankind's past, purpose, and future. It isn't, but with about 50 percent less pretension, LUCY could have been a fun guilty pleasure. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Sometimes, reboots are better. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5 19% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) It's an exceedingly passable product of a threadbare formula. It might even be enjoyable if Caviezel could muster the charisma necessary to carry the film. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 No Score Yet Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014) The auteur overlays tangentially connected images on concert footage in a fashion truly his own. The images range from the absolutely literal to the wildly random, either way lending an air of absurdity to the otherwise straightforward set. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 29% Annabelle (2014) ANNABELLE never comes close to the near-classic status THE CONJURING reached, but it's a fun seasonal flick. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) There are a lot of laughs here, but the emotion is dark and usually honest. This season will bring us grand strokes of drama aimed at nabbing Oscar, but right this minute, be glad for the intimate little treasures like THE SKELETON TWINS. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 45% Tusk (2014) An insightful kind of stress dream, so close to home for Smith that, even with all its utter ludicrousness, it feels almost confessional. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 56% Lucky Bastard (2014) It's hard to tell whether LUCKY BASTARD is an earnestly conceived, whole-hearted attempt, or an opportunistic way to cash in on the titillation of porn and violence by creating a cautionary tale about porn and violence. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5 22% Think Like a Man Too (2014) We get more and more and excruciatingly more of the same, shovelled shamelessly at us in the hopes that Hart can somehow make it funny. Well, he can't. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 87% Coherence (2014) The internal logic, fascinating choices and chilling conclusion to COHERENCE will leave you with just as much to think about. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 68% God Help the Girl (2014) Murdock and company haven't built a strong enough foundation for all the froth, leaving you with a film that tries to be provocative and meaningful but winds up settling for adorable. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 19% Open Grave (2014) Screenwriters Chris and Eddie Borey take the cabin-in-the-woods premise and layer it with numerous additional horror tropes to pull together a surprisingly engaging picture. It's full of grim twists and imaginative surprises....until it isn't. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 60% #Stuck (2014) Don't be off put by the hashtag in #STUCK. Writer/director Stuart Archer's film is less a glib comment on social media alienation and more a savvy reimagining of the romantic comedy. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 93% Logan (2017) As an opportunity for Hugh Jackman to put his most iconic character to bed, it's sometimes amazing. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 43% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Random creepy images grow tiresome after 80 or so minutes. Unmercifully, A CURE FOR WELLNESS has another sixty minutes to go, without a coherent thread or satisfying payoff. Or any payoff, really. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4 93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Without the help of dialog, musical numbers or flashy visuals - indeed, the entire effort borders on the monochromatic - THE RED TURTLE becomes a hypnotic experience. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5 36% The Great Wall (2017) Zhang is a nearly unparalleled visual showman, and though GREAT WALL never approaches the style of his best efforts, the aesthetic will keep your attention and create wonder. - Screen Relish EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3 25% The Aftermath (2019) You don't need to know the plot, you just need to glimpse the movie poster: Jason Clarke is married to Keira Knightly; Alexander Skarsgård lives in their attic. What happens, do you think? Any guesses? - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5 79% The Wind (2019) Director Emma Tammi's first narrative feature, The Wind, pulls together all those ideas and more into an absorbing little nightmare. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5 47% Dumbo (2019) If anyone could rediscover, perhaps even amplify the grotesque tragedy lurking at the heart of this outsider sideshow, it should be Burton. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio's observational and unobtrusive direction trusts the lead to carry the weight of the film. Moore characteristically rises to the occasion. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4 94% Us (2019) Peele draws on moods and images from horror's collective unconscious and blends them into something hypnotic and almost primal. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2 33% Wonder Park (2019) Good lord, I wonder how this got made. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3 46% Captive State (2019) Though Wyatt's allegory is clear, it doesn't drown the story itself. Even the most thinly drawn character has purpose and dimension, the ensemble talent assembled here delivering memorable but understated turns. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) And though scene after scene of Birds of Passage recalls that familiar structure, reminding you of what's to come, you have never seen a film quite like this. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is anchored by even more unabashed girl power, managing to stand strong alone while whetting your appetite for what comes next. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) Where Prodigy took the path most ludicrous, Cronin mines a parent's disappointment, grief, loneliness and alienation for more poignant results. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
2 57% Greta (2019) It opens strong, develops well and relies on Huppert's supernatural presence to create palpable tension before going entirely off the rails. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3 71% Lords of Chaos (2019) Inside Culkin's quietly convincing performance, deadpan cynicism battles with genuine tenderness in a way that gives the film an affecting yet appropriately faulty soul. - Columbus Underground EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019