Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: New York Post, Jerusalem Post

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
63% The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch (Wolkenbruchs wunderliche reise in die arme einer schickse) (2018) The actors are appealing, but the movie is clichéd from start to finish. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
77% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2019) Binoche is graceful and compelling, even when she is at her most unhinged. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
No Score Yet Forgiveness (2019) Strung together like a series of comedy set pieces, it's the latest local movie to go for popular success and lure audiences away from Hollywood films, network television and Netflix, and it mostly hits the mark. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
78% Skin (2019) Skin is still a surprisingly entertaining look at the humanity behind one hater. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
No Score Yet Here and Now (2018) The more you like hip hop, the more you will enjoy the dynamic performances that Andrey and his friends give. But even if it you don't like it, you can appreciate their deep desire to express their pain... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
80% Incitement (2019) It's tough to go back to those days of political incitement, and tougher still to spend two hours with Amir...impeccably written and acted. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) I certainly won't give away any spoilers here, but suffice it to say that you won't guess any of the secrets, and once the story goes down the rabbit hole, it stays very dark till the end. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) If you're looking for entertainment with some heart, you'll enjoy The Red Sea Diving Resort, and the end, when clips of the real agents and the Ethiopian immigrants are shown, is extremely moving. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) While the movie stumbles at times as the complications of the plot play out, overall it's an enjoyable ride, which will make you wish that life were actually like this. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
92% And Breathe Normally (2018) This description may make the movie sound overly neat and formulaic, but Uggadóttir is a natural and graceful storyteller, gently and gradually painting a memorable portrait of these two women, who outwardly are so different. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) I had read all about this and thought I knew most of it, but watching it unfold is fascinating, if a bit infuriating. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
83% Fig Tree (2018) Fig Tree is beautiful, romantic and cinematic, as well as historically interesting, and Davidian has made an impressive feature-film debut. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
64% Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube) (2019) This offbeat, literary biopic... is charming, funny, suspenseful and ultimately moving. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms captures the intensity of 20-somethings who long to lose themselves in strolls alongside the Seine, but instead of illuminating this identity crisis, the film falls back into clichés and dissolves into tasteful real-estate porn. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
78% Mr. Jones (2019) Coming at a time when debates over so-called fake news are dominating the headlines, this complex story about an inconvenient and horrific truth that no one wanted to hear could not be more timely or more welcome. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) This sensitively made film takes on an important topic - sexual abuse of children in Lyon by Catholic clergy - and makes a gripping and thought-provoking movie out of it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
90% A Star Is Born (2018) It may be a little less powerful if you know where the story is heading, but it's undeniably a triumph for Cooper. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
88% The Golem (2019) [I]t is filled with inventive and evocative moments, particularly those grounded in the truly scary aspects of Jewish history. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is meticulously directed, each black-and-white shot composed like a great photograph. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
96% Roma (2018) Yes. It's a remarkable film, both intimate and epic, that is moving and often surprising. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters is well worth seeing for its twist-filled story and phenomenal acting. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) All six of the stories in the film are riveting and although they knew the film was destined to be seen mainly on the small screen, the Coens are at the top of their visual game. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
50% Vision (2018) It's like a great episode of Wild Japan on the National Geographic channel with almost no animals. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
No Score Yet Hidden Face (2018) The movie is well structured and the cinematography is particularly good and tells the story with little need for exposition. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
100% Holy Air (2017) Holy Air is an engaging and charming comedy with dramatic overtones and it isn't quite like anything you've seen before. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) This fact-based story is a carefully executed retelling of the Israeli operation to catch Eichmann in Buenos Aires and bring him to Israel to stand trial for his part in the Holocaust. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018
69% The Other Story (2019) A gripping, touching and unpredictable story about a troubled father-daughter relationship that weaves in the conflicts between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis, a struggle that is so central to Israeli life but rarely the focus of fiction. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
75% The Angel (2018) All in all, [The Angel] is an entertaining look at a little-known story from recent history. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
60% Flawless (Haneshef) (2018) Flawless... tries to combine two hot-button issues - female insecurity and the struggles of a transgender teen to fit in - and ends up with an unconvincing, superficial look at both these subjects. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
No Score Yet Laces (2018) Laces is a new and welcome instance of a character who would once have been in the shadows taking center space on the big screen. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
100% The Unorthodox (2018) But what might have been a preachy history lesson, in Malka's assured hands, becomes a lively and suspenseful film. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) The film is so much fun that I actually wished it were longer... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
46% The Meg (2018) The Meg, which is really pretty terrible (although occasionally - and intentionally - so bad it's funny), is for hardcore shark-movie fans only. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
89% Whitney (2018) Macdonald puts her story in the context of what was going on culturally and politically at the time, and avoids most biopic clichés to turn Whitney into a sad and riveting fable of a princess... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
43% Ferrante Fever (2019) Like a good book club session, Ferrante Fever is fun because it's nice to be in the company of people who are as crazy about these novels as you are. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
No Score Yet Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu Wo Wakasuhodo No Atsui Ai) (2016) Those who aren't put off by the inherent sadness in the concept will find this film compelling in its depiction of how this heroine chooses to choreograph her own exit, and although you may cry, you won't leave the theater depressed. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet Driver (Before Memory) (2017) Those with patience will find that Driver is a ride worth taking. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) It's entertaining enough and may play better on the small screen than at the movies, but in spite of its cleverness, it is never truly compelling... - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
84% Disobedience (2018) In Disobedience, everyone speaks softly, almost in a whisper, as if they were praying... That's the director's choice, but it doesn't make for riveting viewing. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
96% Menashe (2017) It's a touching and nuanced film, and so skillfully made that you quickly get over the novelty of the fact that its characters are speaking Yiddish and get right into the story. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Keep the Change (2018) Keep the Change is brilliantly written, acted and directed, a triumph in so many ways. It is so suspenseful and entertaining that I sincerely believe I would have loved it even if I had no personal connection to autism. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Cousin (Ha'ben dod) (2017) Tzahi Grad's film The Cousin is an odd and interesting look at the disconnect between what many Israelis believe and how they actually live. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
71% The Invisibles (2019) It's a testament to Rafle's skill as a director that even though we [...] know that the characters survived, The Invisibles keeps you on the edge of your seat. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Director Jose Padilha seems to be conflicted about the story he is trying to tell. He must know that people who point guns at children's heads, no matter how noble their long-term goals may be, are inherently unsympathetic. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
94% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) See You Up There has an energy and intelligence that will remind you why it's worthwhile to see movies on the big screen. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
35% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) It isn't as great a movie as All the President's Men, but political junkies won't want to miss it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Shelter (2017) These two-women movies depend on a strong cast and Shelter works because of the talent of the actresses who star in it. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
89% On Body and Soul (A Teströl és Lélekröl) (2018) It weaves a spell that will entrance you while you are watching it, although afterwards, in the cold light of the lobby, certain plot turns may strike you as so absurd that you may not understand why or how you enjoyed it as much as you did. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
98% The Cakemaker (2018) It tells a twist-filled story about love and loss that will resonate with audiences because of its carefully observed characters and sense of place. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Museum (2017) You won't learn any statistics about the museum, but the movie illuminates the essence of this complex institution. - Jerusalem Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017