Fionnuala Halligan Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Hamilton (2020) It's not just energy, though: the talent is exceptional, in full frame and from afar.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
99% Saint Frances (2020) A bloody good film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
100% Farewell Amor (2020) It's the sheer, almost sensual fluidity of Farewell Amor which lingers.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
41% You Should Have Left (2020) There are some interesting ideas... but not enough to keep Koepp himself interested enough in developing them.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
100% Athlete A (2020) Athlete A is a devastating challenge to how a civilised society can call this win-at-all-costs Soviet-styled model a 'sport' - because those girls never had a chance.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Question: if Dame Judi Dench is a national treasure, and we all agree on this, can we not also consider a national treasure protection order?‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Lee is firing off rounds in all directions here.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) Davidson makes a very of-the-moment leading man, with all his insecurities exposed in the comedy and around it too. The camera responds to his effortless charisma, although he's clearly no classical leading man.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) If all films craft a world, then this is Cousins' distinctive lens into world in which women make superb cinema in the same way as men make superb cinema.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
95% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Beastie Boys Story is a film about a band with hardly any music; it's like the Python's live 2014 show, with fewer gags.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
100% Shithouse (2020) This story of a homesick college freshman, played affectingly by Raiff himself, doesn't break any new ground - it doesn't even try - but his film is still an appealing charmer...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
88% Misbehaviour (2020) As any beauty queen might attest, it's easy to trip on your way up to the podium. Yet Philippa Lowthorpe's Misbehaviour is a remarkably sure-footed film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
100% Charlatan (2020) It's easily accessible on a visual level while being remarkably inexpressive on a sub-textual one.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
83% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2020) While there's an undoubted familiarity to the bones of this crime family drama, there's enough added nuance to fascinate, something which is further enhanced by a clear directorial voice drawing strong work from all departments.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
62% The Call of the Wild (2020) The ghost of Rin Tin Tin and his trainer should howl at Call Of The Wild, an over-produced version of the classic shaggy dog story and a textbook case of why and where not to use CGI.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2020
28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Like the book, Reed Morano's film is long on atmosphere and short on the kind of detail a spy thriller needs to be credible.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% The Reason I Jump (2020) This small film is a masterclass in communication for anyone ready to listen.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
68% Amulet (2020) Amulet is deeply, deliberately mysterious, and all the more fun for it; the less viewers know going in, the more ferocious the ride.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) In the twisty, tricky, mogul-filled black run that is US remakes of foreign-language films, Downhill just about crawls its way to the bottom of the slope; the latter part on its knees.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
45% Surge (2020) It's a shame that the screenplay by Rupert Jones and Rita Kalnejais didn't dig further. As a showcase for Karia's talents as a visualist, though, it works.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% On the Record (2020) Revelatory, moving, and honest, it is essentially the story of one brave woman's decision to publicly accuse the rap mogul Russell Simmons of harassment and rape. But it's also a painful, parsed education on the subject of black women and abuse.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
74% Jumbo (2020) Ultimately very breezy, Jumbo makes a claim for people to enjoy love wherever they find it...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
100% Herself (2020) A stunning, taut performance from actor and co-writer Dunne cuts through a flurry of clumsy good intentions to convince. The film is at its most powerful when it rests on her traumatised face.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) The result is galvanising: what they achieved against such high physical odds is a salutary lesson in these more cynical times.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
82% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) [A] film to respect for its audacity, admire for its lead female performance perhaps, but also view as a dramatically contrived.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Truth and Justice (Tõde ja õigus) (2019) The contrast between a highly traditional plot and visual approach with a more modern, throbbing score from Mihkel Zilmer is notably effective.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
No Score Yet Arracht (Monster) (2019) This tough little drama/thriller benefits from an unusual setting and a flinty approach.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) There's an audacity here which is completely unexpected.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) An often cloyingly self-satisfied, over-stuffed riposte to the endless Jane Austen adaptations from across the pond, Little Women is American heritage cinema at its most lavishly nostalgic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
90% Dark Waters (2019) A consistently strong, tight legal drama which brings to mind the very best of its kind...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
91% Blue Story (2020) There's an appetite in the UK for a homegrown film like Blue Story, and it certainly hits a topical nerve.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Authentic, pastoral, feminist, and very violent, this story about the liberation of Puritan housewife Fanny Lye (a superb Maxine Peake) slowly burns up the screen.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
50% Earthquake Bird (2019) Everyone here appears to be revelling in the opportunities Earthquake Bird brings to hit up our memories of everything from Fatal Attraction to Single White Female.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% Our Ladies (2019) Caton-Jones offers a terrific soundtrack and some solid performances from a largely unknown, female cast.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet The German Lesson (Deutschstunde) (2019) This is a cerebral piece of work which tackles some of the war's longer, lingering questions in Germany and beyond, made flesh by some wonderful performances...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
96% A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020) Shaun exists simply to entertain children and he fulfils his brief.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
No Score Yet Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser (2019) It's a shame that when the world at last is willing to listen to a story like this, Paradise War is so poorly spoken.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Even though Ang Lee is attempting huge things technically, this film in itself hasn't enough character to carry them.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) A thrilling, action-packed, wide-vista yarn from the sharp quills of Jack Thorne and co-writer and director Tom Harper, this Amazon-backed project is deceptively simple yet surprisingly deft.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The delicate dance between the two veteran actors, both eagerly devouring a late-life jewel of a script, is a joy to behold.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
81% How to Build a Girl (2020) A life-affirming feisty female is always welcome, especially one whose transition to adulthood is this rocky.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
77% The Friend (2020) This is a tasteful, respectful and thoughtful film about what it means to be a true friend in the darkest of times...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet The Last Vermeer (2020) All the lavish sets and gorgeous costumes in the world - and they are here - can't quite cover over the cracks in Friedkin's canvas, constructed by three writers from a non-fiction book.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
81% Proxima (2019) A significant, ambitious and entirely impressive film by a dazzling young French director in full command of her ship.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
86% Sea Fever (2020) There's a great deal of fun to be had watching Hardiman play out her cards; we know the hand she's holding, but it's a nice-looking deck nonetheless.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
62% While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) (2019) While At War is a complex, steady, deeply intelligent film with a chilling resonance today, and a significant departure in tone from Amenabar's prior work.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
41% The Laundromat (2019) Obvious good intentions are drowned in a hot wash of showboating stars and flooded by self-indulgence.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
95% Citizen K (2019) Gibney's story is clearly told and wholly engrossing.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
82% Judy (2019) Renee Zellweger gives the performance of her career in a film which is certainly an awards-friendly biopic, but strikes a darker, more maudlin note than expected.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
34% Seberg (2020) Seberg somehow manages to pull off a tricky combination of radical politics, inter-racial sex and Hollywood tragedy while styling Stewart in Chanel.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019