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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
3/5 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The demolition levels have been maintained, the Boys' banter is as cheesy as ever and the Miami leisurewear hasn't lost its neon glow.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 80% Go! (2019) The racing sequences bring out the best in [director Owen] Trevor... Unlike so many action directors, he's not addicted to the kind of choppy editing that sacrifices narrative sense for kinetic energy. He keeps you informed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 68% Bombshell (2019) [Director Jay Roach] and Randolph are rightly fascinated by the social climate and geography of the Fox offices -- the factions, hierarchies, protocols and rivalries that define the place.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 98% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Aardman prefers the deadpan approach, helped by the fact its puppeteers, animators and editors can do so much with a single, well-timed gesture. Never mind about the words, Shaun's body language is all he needs to win you over and raise a laugh.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 76% The Gentlemen (2020) The film is a triumphant return to home base for Ritchie... It's his wit which energizes the film and shapes the characters -- with a lot of help from his actors. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3/5 20% Cats (2019) While it's far from being perfect, or even purr-fect, it certainly doesn't warrant the abuse that has been heaped upon it. At the very least, it deserves a chance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Despite some clunky chunks of exposition, the action rockets along, powered both by its need to be more spectacular than ever before and the script's desire to tie up the saga's many loose ends... It's a rousing finish.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) A very hard-working film, so much so that it seems to be driven partly by an anxious desire to prove itself capable of matching its predecessor. Ignore this if you can, for it's such a satisfyingly wild ride that its flaws can be forgiven.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) This might matter if we had been encouraged to care more about the kids' fate, but the script is so bad that you care instead about the actors and their vain efforts to do something with its cliches.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 17% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) There's a plot in there somewhere, but most of the time it's subsumed by a frenetic attempt to showcase the whole Playmobil range in an extended kinetic eruption of primal sound and primary colour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kairos (2018) A bold piece of work tackled with a perceptive candour.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) It's tedious but, worse, it's wasteful. The wealth of talent that has gone into its making has been frittered away in a vain attempt to pump new heart into a creation that ran out of puff long ago.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) It's an enthralling exercise but a peculiarly cerebral one -- a psychological thriller without the thrills.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 100% Martha: A Picture Story (2019) Thoroughly engaging... In so many ways she has been ahead of her time. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) [Some] sequences have a gleam and a rhythm to them that encapsulates Disney animation at its purest and most sinuous. The film itself doesn't hit that sweet spot that makes Pixar animations, for example, fun for adults as well as their children. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon was wise to translate the story into fiction. In their rawness and their sense of intimacy, the family scenes ferret out the emotional truths behind the bald and bitter facts.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/5 59% Fisherman's Friends (2019) It's a cheering success story highlighting the homely pleasures and eccentricities of English village life. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) Any taint of earnestness would have killed this film, as Foulkes is clearly aware. As a result, she's cannily approached it in the spirit with which it was meant. She's successfully matched its urge to amuse and outrage with her own.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) There's a jaunty feel to it all, together with a few well-placed plot twists, lots of good-humoured banter and the usual fun to be had from the Angels' fondness for disguise.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) This is certainly not a film for our times. Drawn from recent history, it's a nostalgic celebration of gas-guzzling fast cars and the people who risked their lives racing them. Yet it's wholly seductive.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) There are plenty of funny bits. Thompson is a delight and I appreciated the controlled elegance displayed by Yeoh in affording us a rare glimpse of her sense of humour. But the central romance lacks any trace of spontaneity.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 89% Emu Runner (2018) There are few surprises here... But by the time it's done, you've gained a clear insight into the way racial prejudice can precipitate a rush to judgment by even the seemingly enlightened.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 96% Yuli (2018) It has all the makings of a perfectly formed feel-good movie, but Spanish director Iciar Bollain and British screenwriter Paul Laverty have less conventional ideas in mind.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Colaizzo gives us a vividly believable picture of what it's like to be youngish, single and in danger of losing your way in any big city where status can depend solely on a talent for keeping up appearances via an artfully arranged social media feed.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The deliberately amateurish style of the musical numbers is supposed to engender spontaneity but too often looks merely cack-handed. Nonetheless, you come out on a high. Springsteen fever proves to be contagious.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 80% Promised (2019) It's not a particularly stylish film... But there's a simmering good humor to it and a sense of reality that turns its ordinariness into a virtue.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 100% Slam (2018) [Director Partho Sen-Gupta]'s a confident talent with a finely tuned instinct for the mechanics of plot and character. There's a lot going on in this film and although the conclusion it reaches is pretty predictable, the trajectory it takes is not.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) It looks to Shakespeare for its basic cues before taking off with a few imaginative flourishes. Most notably it gives Falstaff a new lease of life.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Zellweger hasn't quite lost her off-putting propensity for straining for effect by scrunching up her face and squinting into the distance. Nonetheless, it's a remarkable performance.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 65% Ride Like a Girl (2019) What interests Griffiths most is the Payne family and the film is at its best when concentrating on the dynamics of this close-knit clan. It's heartening and it's fun but Payne herself remains slightly out of focus.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The plot takes many twists with an ingeniously designed set of monsters creating havoc at regular intervals.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Those who have grown up with Dora should enjoy the reunion and a new generation will probably be just as entranced.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 81% Abominable (2019) Jill Culton, who conceived the story and co-directed the film, was trained at Pixar and her work displays the Pixar trademark, a seamless blending of farce, wit, melancholy and the kind of reflectiveness that traverses the generational divide.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) A couple of Fellowes' narrative contrivances are decidedly creaky and the story's essential soapiness is more obvious on the big screen, but its many charms still encourage your indulgence.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) Launches no thunderbolts, no dazzling revelations. The film is too gentle for that, with too much affection for its characters.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) It's a perfect marriage of faith and showbiz, dignified by the fact that there's nothing ersatz about it. At its heart is an unfeigned exuberance, together with a sense of history, which informs the tears, laughter and fervent expressions of belief.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) One of the most powerful films yet seen about the country's colonial foundation and the cruelties that were an indelible part of it.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) [Nick Nolte] can still summon up the enthusiasm to pump some much needed pep into the dialogue. Butler, who's also looking very tired, perks up considerably once they begin to banter.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 50% Overcomer (2019) What seemed like a moderately boring teen movie with a predictable ending in sight is suddenly transformed into an extended sermon on the miraculous powers of prayer.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) It's an unashamedly polemical film. Grant himself is a pervasive presence on screen, eloquently summarising the state of the nation's moral health and backing up Goodes with the worst of his own experiences as a young Indigenous man.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) If there are to be more sequels, I'm hoping that future Baileys cut the chat and hark back to a time when heroism trumped cuteness and movie dogs left the punchlines to the human members of the cast.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 48% Palm Beach (2019) A less likeable group of actors could easily have been upstaged by the conspicuous perfection of the setting and the décor. This bunch hold their own, but a sharper script would have made them shine even brighter.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 77% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) A flawed but elegant morality tale about the dangers and temptations of the virtual life.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 89% Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia has put together an extraordinarily intimate account of [Diego Maradona's] rise and fall, enriched by grainy but graphic footage recording every phase of his life. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) It's a film that makes history seem freshly minted -- a unique work of restoration made possible by the discovery of a cache of previously unreleased audio recordings and large-format footage.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) A canny hybrid of old and new, ringing a few changes but sticking fast to the basics... Yet the film's attachment to the real world produces an oddly sobering effect.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) When a comedy is as unfunny as this one, its stars tend to bear the full force of your irritation but in this case, all I felt was sympathy.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
17% After (2019) The key to the book's success lies in its artful amateurism. It replicates the tone of one teen confiding in another and in this anodyne screen translation, its intimacy is lost. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The Feige formula, with its crafty blend of high-school comedy and top-of-the-range spectacle, overlaid with a jaunty, tongue-in-cheek tone, has worked. Everybody here hits the right note. ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) So richly infused with Curtis's brand of good cheer that you're more than likely to go home happy.‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019