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)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 46% What Men Want (2019) It's the kind of picture in which half the cast seem to have come equipped with their own stand-up comedy routines and are determined to deliver them no matter what anyone else is doing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Fantasies, no matter how far-fetched, can work as long as they conform to fiction's laws of internal logic, but this script makes no effort to deal with the fault lines which show up at various stages during its convolutions. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a performance without any posturing -- no mean achievement in these circumstances. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's a story about people who spend more time talking about their lives than inhabiting them. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 98% Pick of the Litter (2018) This makes [Pick of the Litter] the perfect family film - especially if you're looking for an antidote to Marvel and DC. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This seamless blend of old and new is typical of Marshall's approach. Using the original film as his template, he's honed it and updated it, taking care to strike plenty of nostalgic notes en route. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Aquaman breaks the mould. It's an authentically light-hearted brand of rubbish, taking a tongue-in-cheek delight in its own absurdity. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) As well as being [Lanthimos'] biggest production so far, this is by far his most pleasurable, with three Oscar-worthy performances. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) Nightmarish fantasies and flashbacks hint at the reasons for what we're seeing, while attempting to dilute the blood with gallows humour, but for its all its artfulness, the film remains a singularly depressing experience. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 87% Colette (2018) Knightley's determinedly jolly attitude successfully robs [the affair] of its eroticism. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/5 87% Climax (2019) Consumed by the urge to shock, he lays on so much gratuitous nonsense in his lead-up to the hyperkinetic climax that the actors themselves seem unconvinced by what they're called upon to do and the whole thing collapses into absurdity and tedium. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Sticking with the anatomical analogy, the screenplay has had a lot to digest yet it's succeeded, laying the basis for a rousing tale in which action, character and a dazzling production design strike a perfect balance. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/5 91% Widows (2018) That essential jolt of satisfaction is missing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 58% The Grinch (2018) [The Grinch] is excessively well-meaning and very tame. No doubt it will please those who will always love the story, no matter what shape it takes, but you have to be a fan. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3.5/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) There's a lot to take in. As well as being asked to master the politics of the wizarding world, you're treated to a series of flashbacks containing clues to the plot's prevailing mysteries. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's a slow build to a Lord of the Flies scenario and a predictably tragic climax with a touch of gothic horror but everything else about the film is imbued with such restraint that it's all too believable. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
41% Scoop (2006) The film is essentially a piece of nostalgia, but it swings along with an insouciance we haven't had from him in a long time. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) It's meticulously staged on a grand and exhilarating scale and the figure of Malek, strutting and capering before that swaying, chanting mass of humanity seems to embody all rock stars in both their vanity and their courage. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 94% Wildlife (2018) It's a small film, yet it covers an immense amount of ground. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/5 83% Book Week (2018) You'd have to be a comic genius to dig your way out from under such a mess and the script has neglected to supply Dukes with the tools to make it happen. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 90% Donbass (2018) In its own absurdist way, it does shed some light on just what the war did to the lives - and sensibilities - of civilians caught up in the nightmare. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 76% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The film is a fair and, I think, a well-meaning attempt to cover her life in all its dizzying variety - hence the scattiness. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) On this simple premise, Palestinian writer-director Annemarie Jacir has constructed a rueful and, at times, savage comedy about the daily dilemmas of Arabs living in Israel. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Co-written by Cooper, who also helped write some of the film's music, the script doesn't exactly bubble with wit but it doesn't have to. What matters is that it gives both leads the chance to charm one another - and us. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 50% In Like Flynn (2019) As Flynn, Australian actor Thomas Cocquerel...has the looks but neither the accent nor the urbanity required to bring him back to life. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 69% The Seagull (2018) Whatever their flaws, all of these characters are looked on with affection and sympathy - in true Chekhov style. In the end, even Irina gets her reflective moment - a hint that she may be capable of feeling for someone other than herself, after all. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
29% Venom (2018) The story of his origins is so complicated that you need a background briefing if you don't already possess a PhD in Marvel anthropology and genealogy. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) It's not so much a performance from Smit-Mcphee as a totally credible and unselfconscious demonstration of what it would be like to fight for your life against hunger and exposure - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3/5 96% Zama (2018) You have to find your own way through Zama, slowed down by the tropical torpor that hangs over the whole film. The pace is languid, the style is cryptic and the mood is downbeat, to say the least. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
3.5/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The plot and themes don't really measure up but it is fun, largely because of the matter-of-fact brand of wit dispensed by Blanchett and Black and the young fogeyish appeal of Vaccaro's Lewis. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 76% Smallfoot (2018) [Smallfoot] offers plenty of opportunities for the kind of physical comedy for which the old Warners teams were renowned. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
2.5/5 54% Book Club (2018) There's a great sense of camaraderie in it all but it could have been so much better with a script that rejected the obvious. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 99% McQueen (2018) McQueen's great legacy is the beauty and skill that lay beneath the compulsion to outrage. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 92% Searching (2018) It's done with few words but it's unexpectedly touching, fulfilling the film's key promise - that it's going to make you care about these people, despite the secondhand nature of its delivery system. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The climax, when it comes, is devastating, its effect amplified by the understatedness of everything that surrounds it....Akhavan may have a light touch but it packs a punch. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Chu's direction displays a robust regard for the combined power of glamour and velocity. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4/5 87% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Any sense of predictability is dispelled by the film's ending which triumphantly unites the political and the personal by crystallising their connection in two great performances. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever. - The Age (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 85% West of Sunshine (2017) The film realises Raftopoulos's desire to deliver a film that looks as if it's been distilled from reality but in this instance, naturalism isn't enough. The judicious injection of a sense of heightened drama could have made all the difference. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The film is framed so deliberately as a prelude to more exciting times to come in its sequels that it renders the ending oddly anti-climactic. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
2.5/5 49% Superfly (2018) The whole thing plays like a fancy dress parody of a crime movie, except nobody seems to be having much fun. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/5 25% Dr. Knock (Knock) (2017) Doc Martin would be appalled and I wouldn't blame him. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Frida's gaze governs everything, taking you back to the mysteries, the insecurities - and the joys - of being six. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 94% RBG (2018) West and Cohen give us a brisk recital of her achievements. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) A wonderfully potent study of a marriage corroded by male vanity and female complicity. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) [Kate Novack] realised that there was a lot more to him than the flamboyant front with which he faces life and her tenderly perceptive film. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Lily James bears little resemblance to Streep but the spark is there - the will to go on extracting happiness from unpromising circumstances - together with the can-do spirit symbolised by those dungarees. And she can sing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/5 44% Occupation (2018) When straining for significance, slow motion is his answer every time and the lameness of his ending is infused with a risible shot of sentimentality. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) Computer systems may be able to perform remote-control miracles but they're all hackable and in the end, nothing can compare to the Rock's durable combination of muscle and Boy Scout know-how. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018