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John Hazelton

John Hazelton
John Hazelton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
50% Gold (2017) An entertaining yarn that's never less than watchable, even if it pales in comparison to more charged true(ish) stories like American Hustle and McConaughey's own Dallas Buyers Club. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 2, 2017
31% Passengers (2016) Part space romance, part space thriller and all space corn, Passengers is a messy and unconvincing mash-up that tries to get by on the not inconsiderable charm of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 15, 2016
42% Office Christmas Party (2016) The debauchery doesn't get close to the inspired heights visited in The Hangover and other more enthusiastically raucous movies. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 7, 2016
3% Shut In (2016) Before long, this disappointingly limp thriller devolves into something much more generic, relying on slasher movie tropes and a wildly improbable plot twist for its effect. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 12, 2016
19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The film often feels flat when it should be light-footed. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2016
75% Trolls (2016) A peppy CG outing more suited to younger kids than anyone looking for real drama or heart. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 8, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The third instalment of the re-booted Star Trek franchise gets safely through its voyage, offering a strong returning cast and a familiar, if slightly tweaked mix of effects-heavy space action, cheeky humour and philosophical musing. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 15, 2016
9% Cell (2016) A run-of-the-mill zombie flick that goes through the genre motions efficiently enough but fails to live up to its credits. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 27, 2016
15% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) A colourful 3D romp that's heavy on slapstick and cosy family comedy but light on real laughs and affecting drama. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 19, 2016
28% Warcraft (2016) Unconvincing and generic, with nothing to compare to either the dramatic heft of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or the raunch and gore of Game of Thrones. ‐ Screen International
Posted May 24, 2016
43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) In the end the film comes up with an almost humanist definition of miracles and their cause. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 15, 2016
51% Risen (2016) Though there's some clunky dialogue and not much real character development, Reynolds manages to put the action, mystery and drama elements together into a credible, and at times quite touching whole. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 18, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) The variety of cute - and occasionally slightly scary - animals should keep younger kids interested for most of the hour-and-three-quarters running time, while older kids and parents will be diverted by the comedy and pop culture references. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 12, 2016
47% How To Be Single (2016) While the book had a kernel of believability and seriousness, on screen the drama is pretty insipid. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 11, 2016
63% The Finest Hours (2016) The climactic rescue sequence has tension and some thrills, but it's over fairly quickly and the film settles back into a sentimental lull. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 18, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) While the film clearly takes a soldier's point of view of the unfolding events, it steers clear of overt political statements and doesn't indulge in too much US flag-waving. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 14, 2016
14% Ride Along 2 (2016) With a script that's about as inventive as the title, Ride Along 2 does little more than rehash the formula that two years ago teamed Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in an amiable if unambitious action comedy. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 13, 2016
33% American Hero (2015) A likeable if lightweight indie dramedy about a messed-up New Orleans superhero and his cranky, wheelchair-bound best friend. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 2, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) The film itself is frustratingly inconsistent and never finds a rhythm to carry it from scene to scene. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 23, 2015
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Thankfully, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith has a good deal to offer besides its cachet as the farewell to a pop culture. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 13, 2015
58% Die Another Day (2002) While the franchise's twentieth entry... is certainly not vintage Bond, it does come equipped with the requisite supply of furious action and, in Oscar-winner Halle Berry, perhaps the highest-profile Bond Girl in the franchise's history. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 28, 2015
62% The Intern (2015) The Intern eventually manages - with the help of admirably game performances from Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway - to find something worth saying about Millennial generation women and men and their baby boomer forebears. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 22, 2015
10% Stonewall (2015) Feels like a strangely squandered opportunity. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2015
92% The Martian (2015) The storytelling techniques work well enough to keep the film engaging - though having characters read out messages as they type them gets annoying pretty quickly - and Scott keeps the pacing breezy and relatively light. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 11, 2015
48% Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) An efficient yet uninspiring sequel to last year's successful young adult novel adaptation The Maze Runner. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 8, 2015
64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) A breezy but touching dysfunctional family dramedy, with real heart and some genuine musical soul. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 4, 2015
93% The Gift (2015) It turns into a considerably more intriguing and twisty psychological drama with a distinctly European flavour ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 22, 2015
16% Pixels (2015) While the package should be amply attractive to a broad family audience, what's inside it might prove a bit tame for many adults and not enough fun for kids ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 22, 2015
86% Inception (2010) In its final hour, Inception becomes more conventional and less imaginative. The rules of the dreamworld still frame the action, but they provide fewer surprises, for the team or the audience. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) A curiously ponderous affair, with an excess of pop psychology character background and cod-Eastern mysticism and not enough fun or action. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 14, 2015
16% The Gallows (2015) Recalling everything from Paranormal Activity to Prom Night to The Phantom of the Opera, high school-set found-footage horror yarn The Gallows offers up few new ideas and very few genuine scares. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
19% Self/less (2015) A solidly effective sci-fi thriller given added appeal by likeable lead Ryan Reynolds and a classy supporting cast. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 5, 2015
97% Tangerine (2015) Tangerine paints a portrait of transgender sex workers and their clients that pulses with raunchy energy and compassionate humour. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 2, 2015
34% Max (2015) A genial if somewhat old-fashioned tale that's too clunky to transcend its genre(s) but effective enough within its own limited emotional range. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) A forced and often cloying romantic comedy-drama with a strong, Bradley Cooper-led cast and an enticing Hawaiian setting but a bewildering mishmash of plot threads and themes. ‐ Screen International
Posted May 28, 2015
48% San Andreas (2015) The very earnest human drama fits awkwardly into the action and isn't helped by some unconvincing performances and weak dialogue. ‐ Screen International
Posted May 27, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) The script, by TV comedy writers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, doesn't give the stars much to work with and their apparent improvisation is only fleetingly effective. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 17, 2015
28% Insurgent (2015) Even if it doesn't earn the sci-fi adventure franchise many new converts, Insurgent should retain the fan base created by last year's Divergent and keep it primed for the series' two-part Allegiant finale. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 11, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) While the dramatic themes echo the great crime movies of the seventies, it's the modern flash and muscle that ultimately win out in this pacey yet less than satisfying action thriller. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 10, 2015
47% Home (2015) The story has a pleasant warmth to it - together with a vague message about individuality and tolerance - and Parsons does a terrific job bringing the charmingly open-hearted Oh to life. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 9, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) The supporting cast takes some of the comic weight off the always likeable Vaughn's shoulders. But Wilkinson's character is too sad-sack to be really funny and Franco's verges on the mawkish. ‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 4, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) Though some of it works, a lot of it feels rehashed from the first film. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 19, 2015
100% Humpback Whales (2015) A mainstream-friendly mix of entertainment and education that, as nature docs go, feels more Disney than David Attenborough. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 9, 2015
80% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) Preserves the sweet, surreal charm of the long-running Nickelodeon cartoon series and adds a bit of novelty by mixing some 3D live action in with its 3D animation. ‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 1, 2015
35% Project Almanac (2015) Israelite goes all out with the found footage conceit, giving the proceedings a relentlessly shaky style and a breathless feel ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 28, 2015
10% The Boy Next Door (2015) Neither star is very physically believable in her/his role and neither manages to imbue his/her character with much in the way of credible emotion. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 21, 2015
84% Elf (2003) Elf is a Christmas comedy that's as sweet-natured and goofily amusing as its title character. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 13, 2014
51% The Interview (2014) A film that's funny in spots - with a few touches of mild political satire - but self-indulgent and one-note for long stretches. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 12, 2014
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) A pretty scattershot family adventure that nevertheless delivers enough emotional warmth and impressive eye candy to justify its place in the holiday season line-up. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 12, 2014
99% Selma (2015) A brief but crucial episode in the sixties civil rights movement gets strikingly dramatised in Selma, a historical drama that feels topical thanks to recent events in Ferguson and other US cities. ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 10, 2014