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Sandra Hall

Sandra Hall
Sandra Hall's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 40% Alone in Berlin (2017) It's that juxtaposition -- of the hellish against the ordinary -- which gives the film its punch.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) It's a terrific story told with a lot of verve and charm.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/5 49% Trespass Against Us (2017) Gleeson's command of his role is so convincing and his inventory of Colby's odious ploys so imaginatively arranged that you can't look away.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
3/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) As Berg demonstrated in his last film, Deepwater Horizon, he knows how to find his way around a broad canvas.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 41% Gold (2017) It's a good story and Gaghan tackles it with his usual flair for international intrigue and political chicanery.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 80% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) [A] histrionic and slightly shambolic comedy of manners and morals.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
3/5 34% Live By Night (2017) It's not Goodfellas. It lacks the black humour and the relish for eccentricity for its own sake, and the ending verges on mawkishness. But it's great entertainment -- a cunningly wrought tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood and the Warners style.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
1/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Why did it get made? And how much did its gifted cast of big names have to be paid to enable them to suspend disbelief and commit themselves to such a concentrated dose of drivel?‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 81% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) It is a holiday film for everybody -- girls, boys and adults, no matter how jaded their taste for "family fare".‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Larrain has carried off a perfect fusion of the personal and the political. The story of one woman's loss has become a study in America's sustaining need to turn its leaders into myth.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 85% A United Kingdom (2017) All of this is neatly condensed into an old-fashioned tale about the importance of standing up to bullying, prejudice and pomposity. And despite a certain amount of caricature, it's done well.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 31% Passengers (2016) The film's greatest sin is its intrinsic dullness.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) When the feel good finish rolls round, you feel it's been fully earned. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3/5 56% The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) There's a story here somewhere but I suspect the nub of it is at the beginning of Hall's bushranging career, rather than the end. Whatever the truth of it, Holmes is too tentative in his attempts to tease it out.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 100% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016) Beatrice is the buoy, Donatella the anchor. And together they look as if they could have a chance to remain afloat within reach of reality. At least I hoped so. Odd they may be but they're also endearing.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
4/5 82% The Founder (2017) [The Founder is] at the high end of what is fast becoming a distinguished genre in American movie-making: the forensic corporate drama.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2016) Among the many attractions of the beguiling I, Daniel Blake is [Loach's] gift for gallows humour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
3.5/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) There is plenty of entertainment to be had from all this. Skarsgard is especially mesmerising... But the film is far from being top-flight McDonagh. His home turf suits him best.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) As he showed with his Christopher Isherwood adaptation A Single Man -- a film which defined the difference between solitude and loneliness -- Ford is a master when it comes to atmosphere.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 89% Elle (2016) In the end, the absurdity of it all is too much even for Huppert to carry off. She may be fearless, but this time around it's fearlessness without a cause.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 79% American Honey (2016) The film is much too long with occasional false notes -- overwrought scenes which strain credibility... But Lane, who's never acted before, gives an astonishingly complex and persuasive performance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is a contemporary western with pick-up trucks instead of horses. But some things never change.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 19% Inferno (2016) I've felt fondly towards Tom Hanks' Professor Robert Langdon ever since he paused, wild-eyed, while fleeing for his life in The Da Vinci Code, to say to his equally distraught companion: "I've got to get to a library. Fast!"‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 75% Boys in the Trees (2016) Adolescence is not endlessly fascinating.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
3/5 85% Francofonia (2016) In the end, the film suffers from cultural overload.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Admittedly, the heroics are overblown but there's a devastating clarity in the way the script defines the causes of the disaster.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
4/5 95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) For those of us who can remember, it's a deliriously evocative nostalgia trip, as well as a timely reminder of more spontaneous times.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Somehow it works.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2016
4/5 82% Girl Asleep (2016) The result of all this is an endearing originality. Australian filmmakers have specialised in coming-of-age stories, as well as deadpan comedies, but few have succeeded in marrying the two with the kind of artful eccentricity on show here.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2/5 66% Nerve (2016) The denouement is ridiculous, the conclusion sketchy and the script's attempts to be hip are, in the end, slightly pathetic.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) This one is workmanlike - choreographed with skill and without pretension. It does the job.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) hile there's plenty of fun to be had from all this, there's not a hint of cuteness anywhere. The puppets have enormous vitality and there's a wonderful strangeness in the world they inhabit.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) Clearly, the film has been a labour of love for Ross. I just wish a little more of his passion had found its way on to the screen.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/5 61% Down Under (2016) There's plenty of zesty slapstick, along with a relentless torrent of four-letter words in all cases and conjugations.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2016
4/5 73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) It's a tale which unfolds nuance by nuance, and with each insight it becomes easier to empathise with both father and sons. Trier may work quietly but he knows all about pace and subtlety.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
3/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) I think the film is best viewed as a victory lap. And why not? It's a very well deserved one.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
4/5 97% Weiner (2016) In the end, it's hard to tell if his downfall is due to blind egotism or suicidal optimism.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) Shot in luminous black-and-white in the Colombian Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent looks like a series of animated photographs torn from the colonial explorers' journals that inspired it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 98% Love & Friendship (2016) Tone in Jane Austen is all-important, hinging on a delicate balance between the tender and the sardonic. Whit Stillman captures it perfectly in the trailer for Love & Friendship. In the film itself, the hinge creaks a bit.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) There is something hypnotic in the film's total dedication to the idea of speed as an end in itself.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) It's ingenious stuff but it also becomes fairly tedious after a while.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 83% Goldstone (2016) The bad guys are such extreme political caricatures and the climax is so cack-handed that the structure can't hold.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Bearing a slight resemblance to Lambert, Skarsgard makes a dashing, if earnest, Tarzan.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) The consolation for having to sit silently urging him to get on with it lies in watching two fine actresses at work.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) There's no storyline. The script just drifts from one vignette to the next as the boys cruise around, ogling girls, haunting the campus night spots and staging a party while their house does its best to remain standing under their assaults.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2016
4/5 98% Mustang (2015) Erguven is wisely determined to avoid any hint of melodrama.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
4/5 72% A Perfect Day (2016) [de Aranoa is] a director at home with the small things that can make a film great -- interested in what keeps people together when everything around them is being blown apart. It's a wonderful gift.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
2/5 42% Mr. Right (2016) While it's supposed to add up to a witty marriage between romance and anarchy, it's so light on moral implications that it's just tacky.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 57% Money Monster (2016) It may be Hollywood melodrama but it's top of the range, giving Clooney and Roberts every opportunity to demonstrate the value of star power. And it's refreshing to have a studio picture about anti-heroes rather than super-heroes.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) It's all a bit bloodless, with a serious shortage of laughs.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016