John Hazelton

John Hazelton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

"The film often feels flat when it should be light-footed." ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 18, 2016

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

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

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 26, 2016

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 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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 10, 2016

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

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 13, 2016

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

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 1, 2015

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 22, 2015

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

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

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 21, 2015

Stonewall (2015)

"Feels like a strangely squandered opportunity." ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 19, 2015

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

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 7, 2015

Ricki And The Flash (2015)

"A breezy but touching dysfunctional family dramedy, with real heart and some genuine musical soul." ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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 4, 2015

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

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

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

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 26, 2015

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

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

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

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 8, 2015

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 3, 2015

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 18, 2015

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

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 Jan 31, 2015

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 27, 2015

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

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

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

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 11, 2014

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 9, 2014

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

"An understated, touching and largely faithful version of Katherine Paterson's pre-teen novel." ‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 5, 2014

Unbroken (2014)

"Jolie doesn't vary the pace or tone much during the raft and camp sequences and while she mostly avoids POW movie cliches she doesn't find much to put in their place to explain Zamperini's fortitude." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 30, 2014

Dying of the Light (2014)

"It isn't hard to see the effect a tangled production history has had on Dying Of The Light, which arrives on screen as a mostly conventional - and mostly unexciting - spy thriller with an awkwardly bolted on existential/political subplot." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 30, 2014

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

"A lightweight 3D animated comedy-adventure that barely takes a breath during its ninety minutes of silly fun." ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 12, 2014
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