Phil Hall

Phil Hall
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Phil Hall is a contributing editor for Film Threat and the author of the books "The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies," "Independent Film Distribution" and "The History of Independent Cinema." His film journalism has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Wired Magazine, HotWired.com, American Movie Classics Magazine, Video Librarian, Tower Records Pulse! Magazine and the Organica Quarterly.
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Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: New York City
Official Websites: filmthreat.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) The cinematic equivalent of throwing spaghetti against the wall - sadly, nothing really sticks, leaving the viewer with a wasted pasta of a movie. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
5/5 100% ...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968) Disturbing and very different. Seek this one out. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
1.5/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) With a blubbery voice and a penchant for cutesy physical movements, Gary Oldman does a smashing impersonation of Benny Hill's Mr. Scuttle, but the resemblance to Britain's wartime leader isn't quite there. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
1.5/5 95% Manhattan (1979) It feels like a mean-spirited parody of Annie Hall. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
0/5 88% The Post (2018) Streep, as usual, is all hand gestures and eye flutters, speaking softly while carrying a big shtick. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
0/5 79% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) This film is one holiday gift that deserves to go back to the Returns Department. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
0/5 37% I Love You, Daddy (2017) Horrendous - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
1.5/5 87% The Shining (1980) Anyone coming to this work for the first time should be forewarned that the will generate more giggles (and perhaps a yawn or two), but there is absolutely nothing here to fear. - Film Snobbery EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
1/5 91% La La Land (2016) A one-note bore. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3/5 64% Dolemite (1975) Who needs CGI idols when you have this fresh, profane dynamo of a superstar? - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 60% Snowden (2016) Deserves respect for attempting to offer a user-friendly consideration of what Snowden tried to achieve. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1.5/5 No Score Yet I Am JFK Jr. (2016) The elusive and celebrated young man seemed to be something of a bore. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 77% Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (2015) A fascinating view of a doomed film. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 96% Gleason (2016) A moving portrait of a brave man's struggle against ALS. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Burden Of Peace (2015) Impressive documentary on Guatemala's reformist Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 97% Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950) Artistically ambitious B-movie classic. - Film Snobbery EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954) Highly amusing low comedy, one of the best in this long-running series. - Film Snobbery EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/5 87% Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman falls back on excessive Acting 101 shtick that seems aimed for generating film awards rather than seriously trying to decipher the soul of a beloved figure. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 79% Gigi (1958) Lovely to behold, but the story has dated very badly. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet When Bette Met Mae (2015) Entertaining documentary on the unlikely meeting of two silver screen icons. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 71% Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Opulent and well-acted, although fidelity to history is occasionally frayed. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 97% To Have and Have Not (1944) A victory of style and star power over substance. - Cinema Crazed EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3/5 84% In Cold Blood (1967) Visually striking, with two astonishing lead performances, but it never quite plumbs the emotional depths of the Truman Capote source material. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 88% True Grit (1969) Maybe it is not great cinema, but it is great entertainment. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
4/5 86% Art Bastard (2016) An invigorating celebration to a one-of-a-kind genius. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
84% Hockney (2016) The artist comes across as an affable raconteur, and his personal input gives this film a sense of humor and irony that is most absent in Wright's lamentable attempt to share the Hockney experience with the audience. - EDGE Boston EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2016
2/5 94% Carol (2015) Cate Blanchett's is so broad and unsubtle that "Carol" feels like a "Carol Burnett Show" parody. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Beyond the Walls (2013) Sensitive drama about a doomed gay romance. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 88% Forbidden Zone (1980) Uneven, to put it mildly, but audacious in its daring to be different. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
3/5 75% Terror by Night (1946) A fun entry in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce series. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 93% Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Great old-fashioned fun, spiced with imaginative Ray Harryhausen's special effects. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
4/5 75% Destroy All Monsters (1969) A zany kaiju classic. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
2/5 85% Moana (1926) Extraordinary cinematography is not enough to save the viewer from boredom. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
5/5 70% Mad Monster Party (1967) Witty, sophisticated and delightful animated parody. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
1/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) It is easy to assume that Lucas sold the franchise to the Xerox Corporation - because the new film is nothing more than a weak photocopy of the 1977 classic and its 1980 follow-up. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
5/5 94% Monkey Business (1931) A comic commotion on the ocean, via the fabulous four Marx Brothers. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
4/5 86% Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) Highly effective psychological thriller, with a stunning star turn from Kim Stanley. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/5 60% If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) Pleasantly amusing. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 88% Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Alice doesn't exist as a real person - she is more of a series of nonstop acting exercises for Ellen Burstyn. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
5/5 100% Heartland (1979) An intelligent and invigorating production, blessed by an extraordinary performance from Conchata Ferrell. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
2/5 74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015) Sophie Tucker was a great talent that deserves a great film. This isn't it. - EDGE Boston EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Pandas: The Journey Home (2014) The film is an ideal introduction on species protection to younger viewers. - EDGE Boston EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
1/5 60% Up the Sandbox (1972) A Babs boo-boo. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
3/5 69% Sunset Edge (2015) An intriguing, if somewhat lo-fi, indie thriller. - EDGE Boston EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
5/5 88% Macbeth (1950) An eccentric, iconoclastic consideration of Shakespeare's tragedy. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Victory at Sea - Feature Length Edition (1960) An invigorating (though encapsulated) consideration of the World War II naval battles. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
2/5 80% Duel in the Sun (1946) It doesn't help that Jennifer Jones' accent and the skin tone of her native make-up fluctuate from scene to scene - she is strictly a force of camp that smacks every awful stereotype with a vengeance. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
3/5 27% Paint Your Wagon (1969) A mess, to be certain, but a happy and unpretentious mess that rambles along with a reckless charm. - Examiner.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
2.5/5 40% Treading Water (2015) Too much of this film feels like a half-baked Saturday Night Live skit stretched to the fraying point. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2015
2/5 95% National Gallery (2014) For the first hour, the film is utterly fascinating. But then, Wiseman's leisurely pacing begins to become tiresome, and a sense of been-there/done-that sets in as the viewer experiences yet another gallery talk and watches yet another boardroom meeting. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015