Wally Hammond

Wally Hammond

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Wally Hammond's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Time Out, Time Out Sydney

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/6 69%

Fugitive Pieces (2008)

"One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 28, 2009
4/6 74%

La Fille Coupée en Deux (The Girl Cut in Two) (A Girl Cut in Two) (2008)

"This is one of Chabrol's most elegant, acerbic and heartfelt entertainments in years." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 22, 2009
4/6 93%

Slepe lásky, (Blind Loves) (2009)

"Deliberately intimate, while never invasive, it's a film that allows and shows vulnerability while never exploiting it." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 22, 2009
2/6 50%

Chéri (2009)

"The multi-talented and adaptable director Stephen Frears has produced one of his most dull, airless and conventional films." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 8, 2009
3/6 82%

Párpados Azules (Blue Eyelids) (2007)

"Ably mounted and shot, 'Blue Eyelids' is a welcome cliché-free zone, often touching and occasionally very funny, played out in a minor register suitable for the lives it describes." ‐ Time Out
Posted May 8, 2009
3/6 84%

State of Play (2009)

"Despite the clichéd nature of much of the dialogue and the derivative thriller set-ups, 'State of Play' provides sufficient old-fashioned entertainment value to justify the ticket." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 23, 2009
4/6 96%

Shifty (2008)

"Creevy's fine ear for dialogue, sensitive and productive direction of actors and confident control of tone is all the more impressive for being delivered under the short schedule and tight budgetary exigencies." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 23, 2009
4/6 85%

Tony Manero (2009)

"This tough, impassive, marvellous second feature from young Chilean Pablo Larraín exhibits a candour and keen eye for its 'lower depths' milieu worthy of Pasolini at his most austere and non-judgmental." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2009
3/6 86%

Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

"Its lack of political nous and cinematic ambition makes it seem small on the big screen." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 8, 2009
2/6 61%

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) (2009)

"'The Ship That Sank' would be a more appropriate title for writer-director Richard Curtis's latest and most disappointing entertainment. It's a cripplingly self-conscious and self-satisfied tribute." ‐ Time Out
Posted Apr 2, 2009
3/6 43%

Hush (2009)

"Mark Tonderai's debut makes for a smart calling card but relies on one tension-destroying cliché too many and offers too few thrills to satisfy the hardened horror buff." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3/6 87%

Flammen & Citronen (Flame & Citron) (The Flame and the Lemon) (2008)

"It's episodic and lengthy, but on the whole this is a well-sustained and surprisingly understated drama." ‐ Time Out
Posted Mar 5, 2009
4/5 89%

Bolt (2008)

"Disney's first 3D animation, made under new head John Lasseter, is a likeable, dynamic and seductively characterised family entertainment." ‐ Time Out
Posted Feb 5, 2009
5/6 97%

Barry Lyndon (1975)

"One of cinema's most heartfelt and sustained (it runs over three hours), if cynical, visions of an individual's powerlessness." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 29, 2009
3/6 63%

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

"Colourful, undemanding musical melodrama." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 29, 2009
5/5 97%

Notorious (1946)

"It's the accuracy, efficiency and control of Hitchcock's direction that most impress. They enable him to dovetail the film's thriller format and romantic story to dizzying, expressive and unique effect." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jan 15, 2009
3/6 84%

North Face (Nordwand) (2010)

"It's the snow-bound scenery that really steals the show." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 11, 2008
4/6 85%

Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)

"This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era - not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural - delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 11, 2008
4/6 96%

Trouble the Water (2008)

"Essential, startling and distressing insight into what it was like to be in the eye of the Katrina storm if you were a poor, black resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Monday August 29 2005." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/6 58%

The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

"There's a purity, clarity and honesty to this feminist heart-warmer's melodramatic instincts that make it surprisingly moving and satisfying." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/6 73%

Julia (2009)

"It's the slow burn of Swinton's idiosyncratic but engrossing interpretation of this unlikely heroine that holds the movie together and provides an end result that is both affecting and teasingly different." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/6 61%

The Express (2008)

"The sports-movie template is capable of absorbing any story and delivering the same uplift." ‐ Time Out
Posted Dec 4, 2008
3/6 64%

To Get to Heaven, First You Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon) (2006)

"This finely directed but tough Tajik tale is part love story, part social critique." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 27, 2008
4/6 73%

The Year of the Nail (2007)

"The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 27, 2008
5/6 62%

Changeling (2008)

"It's a tough movie but also rewarding and inspiring: something of a quiet triumph." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 27, 2008
2/6 43%

Blindness (2008)

"Sadly, 'Blindness' may realise its director's worst fear: to produce not only an exploitation B-movie but one, paradoxically, spoiled by its own integrity and misplaced 'artistic' mise-en-scène and intentions." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2008
5/6 69%

Belle Toujours (2007)

"Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 20, 2008
3/6 85%

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008)

"As an action-packed pageant of events it is excitingly demonstrative and provocative, but as human drama it proves a mite too enigmatic and unyielding." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 13, 2008
4/6 59%

RocknRolla (2008)

"Allowing for its air of laddish self-congratulation and its sad whiff of homophobia, Ritchie's film is arguably his most entertaining to date." ‐ Time Out Sydney
Posted Nov 6, 2008
2/6 35%

Pride and Glory (2008)

"Bloody, violent and increasingly derivative, 'Pride and Glory' betrays its initial promise as a small-scale, 'Godfather'-esque social tapestry with crude plotting, variable acting and an all-too-guessable storyline and conclusion." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 6, 2008
4/6 76%

OSS 117: Le Caire Nid d'Espions (OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) (2008)

"This light-hearted pastiche is a recommended antidote to 'Quantum of Solace'." ‐ Time Out
Posted Nov 6, 2008
3/5 65%

Quantum of Solace (2008)

"A slightly disappointing, furiously-paced, hi-tech, slash-and-burn sequel to the more leisurely, luxurious first 'reboot', 'Casino Royale'." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 30, 2008
4/5 42%

Guta-yubalja-deul (A Bloody Aria) (2006)

"Still, Won pulls off a rare trick: to be funny and frightening while continuing to ratch the tension up and up. Performances, too, are top notch." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 23, 2008

Zoolander (2001)

"A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 17, 2008
1/6 No Score Yet

Sisterhood (2008)

"It may trade with startling unoriginality in the comedy of embarrassment and plays on national stereotypes, but at least it doesn't take itself seriously - although, you suspect, it probably couldn't if it tried." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 16, 2008
3/6 40%

The Rocker (2008)

"As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 16, 2008
4/6 60%

Bigga than Ben (2008)

"The performances are spiky, the use of varied locations is fresh and the dialogue - 'How could I ever imagine that I, a Moscow hooligan and Nazi would become a negro lover?' - is warmingly non-exemplary." ‐ Time Out
Posted Oct 9, 2008
2/6 38%

Swing Vote (2008)

"He shoots simultaneously for 'wake up, America!' inspiration and good ol' boy charm but ends up putting both barrels through his own cowboy-booted foot." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 25, 2008
4/6 89%

Alexandra (2007)

"It's also quietly challenging, in its own way, not least in its portrait of old age, its trials, new freedoms and the privilege of changing one's mind before it becomes too late." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 25, 2008
3/6 50%

Then She Found Me (2007)

"Hunt's film does soften the heart, not least because of its honesty and its sensitivity to some unfashionable dilemmas." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 18, 2008
4/6 74%

Linha de Passe (2008)

"Salles and Thomas's movie contains some extraordinary moments and its fine editing injects a dynamic cross-cutting energy." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 18, 2008
5/6 52%

Funny Games (2008)

"This new version adds nothing novel, but it lacks none of the original's bite." ‐ Time Out Sydney
Posted Sep 12, 2008
4/6 66%

Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

"It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2008
2/6 38%

Partition (2007)

"The period reconstructions are impressive but the script and direction are a little pedestrian." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2008
3/6 83%

Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2008)

"The guerrilla-movie-making ethic of the directors is reflected in the band members, who sport goatees and speak excellent, hipster/metalhead-inflected American English." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 11, 2008
3/5 59%

RocknRolla (2008)

"Ritchie's film is arguably his most entertaining to date. With its cheeky wit, non-PC provocations, cock-eyed class-consciousness and cheerful irreverence it could be the closest thing to Ealing comedy we're offered these days." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2008
2/6 25%

El Cantante (2007)

"This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Héctor Lavoe wavers uncertainly between cable channel biopic and socially concerned drug movie." ‐ Time Out
Posted Sep 4, 2008
4/6 87%

Times and Winds (Bes vakit) (2007)

"Buried in leaves or hugging the rocks, they could be in ecstatic communion or fusing with the natural world. More likely, Erdem's marvellous film sees them as bridging the divide between heaven and earth." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 28, 2008
5/6 98%

Badlands (1974)

"This first, magnificent, outpouring of the sporadic genius of cinema's equivalent to JD Salinger, Terrence Malick, still seems terrifically modern." ‐ Time Out
Posted Aug 28, 2008
5/6 94%

My Winnipeg (2007)

"An affecting, dreamy, Chris Marker-esque, ciné-essay." ‐ Time Out
Posted Jul 2, 2008