Mordaunt Hall

Mordaunt Hall
Mordaunt Hall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times
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T-Meter Title | Year
85% The Power and the Glory (1933) No little praise for the excellence of this film is due to William K. Howard for the direction and to Preston Sturges, who is responsible for the story and its development. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
72% The Man from Blankley's (1930) It is really the intelligent humor that helps this production over the hurdles. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2021
56% Queen of the Nightclubs (1929) This story is told in such a way as to arouse curiosity as to how it is going to finish. The dénouement, however, is by no means as imaginative as one anticipates. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
86% Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929) Some of the singing is not as effective as one might hope for, due perhaps to the theatre's reproducing device, but it is a picture that has been produced with a pleasing sense of humor and with no little photographic skill. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Turksib (1929) Turksib is one of the most interesting films that has come out of Russia. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
90% The Legion of the Condemned (1928) A somewhat unconvincing attempt to give an idea of aviators as bearers of spies is stressed throughout this film. Mr. Wellman does not reveal as much imagination as one would like to see in these stretches. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
92% Paris (1929) It is quite obvious that these colored portions are stealing laughs from the show and, taking everything into consideration, one prefers the merriment to the pastel shades. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
60% Three Week-Ends (1928) Notwithstanding the nonsensical series of events, Clarence Badger has given expert direction to this subject and consequently it boasts of far better acting than the yarn deserves. It is also especially well photographed and staged. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
67% She's a Sheik (1927) There are quite a number of novel episodes in this photoplay, but... one can hardly accuse it of being outrageously funny or possessing much more than a mere skeleton of a story. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
91% Häxan (Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages) (The Witches) (1929) The picture is, for the most part, fantastically conceived and directed, holding the onlooker in a sort of medieval spell. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
80% Song of the Flame (1930) The singing, including the deep tones from Noah Beery, is most pleasing and so far as the story is concerned, it is, after all, with all its implausible romanticism, no worse than the tales of most musical offerings. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
89% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) A splendid pictorial translation of Anita Loos's book. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
89% That Royle Girl (1925) There are many original glimpses in this feature. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
85% Kismet (1930) The dialogue is competently handled, so that, while the spectacular episodes are eye-filling, the story always holds one's attention. There are huge settings of the palace and the dungeons, the size of which enhances the value of the action. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
100% The Dark Angel (1925) While viewing the beautiful screen conception of The Dark Angel.... one cannot help being stirred by the gentle charm of the love story and also by the echoes of the World War. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
100% Hollywood (1923) As a smart satire with sparkling wit Hollywood, James Cruze's latest production, overwhelms all other screen efforts in its line. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
67% Beau Sabreur (1928) It may not have that ingenious suspense that dominated Beau Geste, but it is not a film that one cares to turn away from, not even for the fraction of a second. Excellent direction, thoughtful casting and fine acting are contained in this offering. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
86% Beggar on Horseback (1925) This picture is one of great distinction... Mr. Cruze has shrewdly availed himself of the opportunities afforded by the camera. There are marvelous sets, bizarre costumes, glorious lighting effects, and a most deft handling of the dream scene. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
50% Madame Sans-Gene (1923) Somehow the players are pleasant but rather flat. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Red Hair (1928) [Its] episodes [are] as likely as finding a sympathetic taxi-driver on a rainy night after the theatre. But its cheery nature makes it something far better than Mrs. Glyn has written for years [and is] the best picture in which Miss Bow has been featured. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Forty Winks (1925) Not only is the direction sparkling and original, but the subtitles suit the picture and enhance its humor. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
100% Ten Modern Commandments (1927) Ten Modern Commandments is a story of boarding-house, back-stage life, treated lightly, in a sympathetically humorous vein. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
29% Tenderloin (1928) The spectators were moved to loud mirth during the spoken episodes of this lurid film. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
64% A Sainted Devil (1924) Valentino is, however, a far better actor in this film than in Monsieur Beaucaire. The atmosphere evidently suits him. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
63% The Shepherd of the Hills (1928) It has some sterling features, notably a strikingly good performance by Alec B. Francis in a role that might easily have been played so that it would either have been absurd or lost its whole effect. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
73% Rough House Rosie (1927) It is polished up smartly and the performances of the principals in the various comic sequences are always diverting. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
91% Flaming Youth (1923) The beguiling and resourceful tactics of a flapper, from her plebe days to her graduation as a bachelor of hearts, are engrossingly portrayed in Flaming Youth. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
60% Warning Shadows (1922) It is not long before this picture begins to create a desire to yawn, and half an hour after it has been cavorting across the screen you may become fidgety. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
96% Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926) Ramon Novarro, who plays the part of Ben-Hur, is a sturdy, handsome young chap, with an excellent figure. His performance is all that one could wish, for he is fervent and earnest throughout. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
83% The Lady (1925) The film version of "The Lady" is really well done, and Miss Talmadge gives one of the finest performances of her screen career. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
93% Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) The fun, coupled with the lovely pastel shades, the tuneful melodies, a sensible narrative, competent acting and elaborate stage settings, resulted in an extraordinarily pleasing entertainment. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
56% Thirteen Women (1932) It is horror without laughter, horror that is too awful to be modish and too stark to save itself from a headlong plunge into hokum. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
83% Flying Down to Rio (1933) Miss Del Rio is alluring and efficient, and Mr. Raymond does well as the handsome hero. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2020
67% The Dove (1927) [West] has done some very clever work on this production. It has real atmosphere and, although there is a desire to make Miss Talmadge... a trifle too much of a guitar-playing angel, once one accepts this sweet girl the story runs along nicely. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
40% The Madonna of Avenue A (1929) A somewhat threadbare plot is relieved by the beauty of Dolores Costello in the guise of a boarding school girl. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
63% The Wolf of Wall Street (1929) It would seem that almost anybody could have written a more exciting and plausible story on the subject after standing for half an hour outside Trinity Church, watching the passing throng of brokers, bankers, investors and stenographers. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
40% Camille (1926) Mr. Niblo has concentrated on the scenes as he visualized them rather than on the nature of the characters. He has sacrificed his story for lengthy close-ups, and other interruptions. You obtain little conception of the character of Camille. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
83% Three Women (1924) While Three Women has many strong points, it becomes wobbly and unreal toward the end. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
100% The Cradle Snatchers (1927) Those who enjoyed the play Cradle Snatchers will, in all probability, discover that the film version meets with their hearty approval. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
70% The Divine Woman (1928) Greta Garbo's latest picture, The Divine Woman, has some well-staged scenes, but it is more often than not weakened by an absence of spontaneity and also because of a tendency toward hysteria in the more emotional sequences. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
86% My Man (1928) It is all, however, singularly low-brow, relieved by Miss Brice's own melodies and recitations. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
80% The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927) No better choice than Maria Corda could have been made for the role of Helen. She is quietly amusing, graceful, fascinating and fully cognizant of her feminine attraction as the fair lady who stirred up wars. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
60% The Case of Lena Smith (1929) [The Case of Lena Smith] excites one's interest because of its fine Austrian and Hungarian atmosphere and also through a few well-defined characterizations. The story, however, is so drenched with agony that it is seldom convincing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
86% The Rogue Song (1930) It is not a film to criticize adversely the excuse for a story, for to be able to listen to Mr. Tibbett sing is ample reward for sitting in one's seat. It is, moreover, an audible picture in which the vocal sounds are finely synchronized. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
75% The Cat Creeps (1930) [Jean] Hersholt is particularly effective in his brief appearance as the mysterious doctor... Lawrence Grant is splendid as the lawyer. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
100% The Patriot (1928) There is, as a matter of fact, hardly a flaw to be found in the whole picture. It is a gripping piece of work with subtle touches that answer at times the purpose of comedy. It grinds its way along for nearly two hours without slackening. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
89% The Way of All Flesh (1927) It is a marvel of simplicity, a poignant character study that bristles with carefully thought out detail. Natural comedy brings a smile, and even a laugh, when tragedy is stalking in the offing. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
52% The Great Gatsby (1926) Although Mr. Brenon has included the tragic note at the end, he has succumbed to a number of ordinary movie flashes without inculcating much in the way of subtlety. Neither he nor the players have succeeded in fully developing the characters. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
83% Huckleberry Finn (1931) It is an offering which will be heartily welcomed, in spite of changes due to the demands of the screen, by all admirers of the great [Mark Twain]. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
67% Aloma of the South Seas (1926) The film transcription of Aloma of the South Seas, fails to stir up much interest because it lacks the essence of suspense and true dramatic quality. - New York Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020