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 81% 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 51% 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 75% 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 87% 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 89% 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 58% 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
2.5/5 83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) Its style is raucous and its mood is manic yet it lacks the momentum necessary to keep Salvadori's convoluted plot from collapsing in the middle. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 89% Missing Link (2019) The film is inspired silliness of a high order. In other words, it's definitely not "a hand-tugger" -- industry jargon for the kind of film that parents have to be coerced into seeing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) [Colangelo] has planed away the story's hard edges and given us a very earnest translation of what should have been a highly provocative theme. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 71% Galveston (2018) It's uncompromising but at the end, it does leave some room for hope and Foster, in his intense, contained way, makes Roy's redemption highly plausible unexpectedly poignant. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) [Kidman's] collaboration with Karyn Kusama, who directed this film, is another example of her willingness to back a filmmaker still to peak. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3.5/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2019) The appeal of a Bill Nighy character is hard to pin down. While his overall attitude to life is pessimistic, an irresistible desire to look for the joke lurking behind the bad news keeps breaking through and brightening the picture. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 80% Reflections in the Dust (2018) In the end, the film seems as manipulative as the corrosive bond that it's out to dissect. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) It's rare to get such a frank and authoritative view of the market and its flaws. Kahn has returned from his trip down the rabbit hole with a clear-eyed and enthralling picture of what he found there. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's a film made with an enormous amount of care and affection. And Coogan and O'Reilly don't just perform. They resurrect. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 44% What Men Want (2019) It's the kind of picture in which half the cast seem to have come equipped with their own stand-up comedy routines and are determined to deliver them no matter what anyone else is doing. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
2/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Fantasies, no matter how far-fetched, can work as long as they conform to fiction's laws of internal logic, but this script makes no effort to deal with the fault lines which show up at various stages during its convolutions. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's a performance without any posturing -- no mean achievement in these circumstances. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It's a story about people who spend more time talking about their lives than inhabiting them. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 97% Pick of the Litter (2018) This makes [Pick of the Litter] the perfect family film - especially if you're looking for an antidote to Marvel and DC. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) This seamless blend of old and new is typical of Marshall's approach. Using the original film as his template, he's honed it and updated it, taking care to strike plenty of nostalgic notes en route. - Sydney Morning Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018