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
3.5/5 63% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 48% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 86% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 82% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 99% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 86% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2.5/5 50% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/5 50% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 88% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 90% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 97% 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 93% 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 93% 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 91% The Candidate (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 14% 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 86% 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 40% 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