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
4/5 98% Toy Story 4 (2019) If the series really is bowing out, it's doing so very gracefully. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 100% Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) In the end, it seems like a film in thrall to the attractions of its design with Deneuve cast as the décor's photogenic centrepiece. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 94% Wild Rose (2019) A rousing mix of new and old, with the irrepressible Buckley seizing every song as if born to it. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2.5/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) If this really does mark the end of the franchise it doesn't come a moment too soon. Judging from their performances, I'm sure that the actors agree. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) A cathartic outpouring of a lifetime's load of hurts and grudges. Fortunately for us, it's expressed in some of the most exuberant pop songs ever produced and it's lavishly adorned with stardust and sequins. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) It's a small story, but the points it makes about the corrosion wrought by class distinctions and the prejudices attached to them give it a dimension that will resonate wherever you happen to live. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) A throwback to the 1950s and the heyday of the MGM musical, when various countries and cultures were packaged into vibrant confections of song, dance, exotic sets and costumes... Ritchie has come up with something that fits right in. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/5 71% All Is True (2019) Branagh's performance is a minor miracle, building a poignant portrait of a man whose painful and belated acquisition of self-knowledge finally saves him and enriches everybody around him. If Shakespeare wasn't like this, he should have been. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 92% The Realm (El reino) (2018) The script, by the director and his regular collaborator Isabel Pena, makes no concessions when it comes to the complexities of the storyline... You do have to keep your wits about you, but that's part of the fun. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 96% Little Woods (2019) It's the kind of scenario we've often seen on screen, but the ambience is new and precisely evoked as a world of cruel contrasts. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 15% The Hustle (2019) All up, it's a pretty bloodless exercise without the vital spark that high-wire nonsense needs if it's to fulfil its sole aim, which is to raise the spirits. If not, why not? - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3.5/5 85% Top End Wedding (2019) The tone is not permitted to become too serious and the feelgood ending is never in doubt. We can also be assured that Blair is going to harness all of the Territory's most spectacular features and show them at their most beguiling. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) A revelatory meander through Iran's remote villages, with every detour throwing a sidelight on customs and habits shaping everyday life. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (2019) The tone is gentle without a trace of the didactic, even though its producers' concern for the virtues of diversity is never in doubt. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) It's a story that proves to be well worth the translation. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 80% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) An account of [Guo's] campaign unfolds in this skilfully constructed feature documentary from New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly. It's a telling profile of a fanatical perfectionist and a window into the world of China's new rich. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 57% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It's an odd tale, but in its sneaky way, an unexpectedly engaging one. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Back of the Net (2019) The cultural cringe afflicting the plot is pretty hard to take. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2.5/5 78% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) Its style is raucous and its mood is manic yet it lacks the momentum necessary to keep Salvadori's convoluted plot from collapsing in the middle. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The film is inspired silliness of a high order. In other words, it's definitely not "a hand-tugger" -- industry jargon for the kind of film that parents have to be coerced into seeing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) [Colangelo] has planed away the story's hard edges and given us a very earnest translation of what should have been a highly provocative theme. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 73% Galveston (2018) It's uncompromising but at the end, it does leave some room for hope and Foster, in his intense, contained way, makes Roy's redemption highly plausible unexpectedly poignant. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) [Kidman's] collaboration with Karyn Kusama, who directed this film, is another example of her willingness to back a filmmaker still to peak. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) The appeal of a Bill Nighy character is hard to pin down. While his overall attitude to life is pessimistic, an irresistible desire to look for the joke lurking behind the bad news keeps breaking through and brightening the picture. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 80% Reflections in the Dust (2018) In the end, the film seems as manipulative as the corrosive bond that it's out to dissect. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) It's rare to get such a frank and authoritative view of the market and its flaws. Kahn has returned from his trip down the rabbit hole with a clear-eyed and enthralling picture of what he found there. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a film made with an enormous amount of care and affection. And Coogan and O'Reilly don't just perform. They resurrect. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 45% 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 69% 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 97% 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 79% 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 93% 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 71% 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 27% 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 59% 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 86% 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 92% 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