For 100 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 90 Porco Rosso
Lowest review score: 20 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 100
  2. Negative: 13 out of 100
100 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    The whole turns out to be less than the sum of its elegantly constructed and cleverly uncategorizable parts.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    There’s nothing wrong with the type of movie Special Correspondents wants to be. The problem is that Mr. Gervais doesn’t appear capable of making a good version of it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Hale
    Mr. Landis’s sensibility, which combines sitcom jokiness with mumblecore sentimentality, tends to be more grating than amusing in Me Him Her, though scattered moments will make you laugh.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    "The Warriors” and the “Mad Max” films will come to mind as you watch Tokyo Tribe, and from scene to scene Mr. Sono’s visual inventiveness and sure hand with action stand up to the comparison. The cumulative effect, however, is numbing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Mr. Ryoo (“The Unjust,” “The City of Violence”) isn’t known for his sense of humor, but Veteran is amusing throughout, even if the funny scenes are more subdued or go on a beat or two longer than American viewers are used to.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Hale
    Mr. Morgen was given access to Cobain’s archives — “art, music, journals, Super 8 films and audio montages” — and his exhilarating, exhausting, two-hour-plus film, both an artful mosaic and a hammering barrage, reflects years of rummaging through that trove.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Surprisingly old-fashioned. It seems to be having an argument with itself: the dazzling but often antiseptic immersiveness of the viewing experience is countered by storytelling suffused with nostalgia for a simpler, messier, livelier period in Chinese film.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Hale
    Mr. Bale, turning in a respectable if oddly chipper performance under the circumstances, has the unfortunate task of playing a character who doesn't really add up.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    A drab combination of science-fiction horror film and conspiracy thriller, accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Mike Hale
    If you don't get the jokes, there isn't a whole lot else to get, and it's a safe assumption that non-Latino, non-Spanish-speaking viewers are going to miss a lot of them.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The overall effect is distancing; there are some early comic moments that have you laughing along with the movie, but eventually the clashing tones and preposterousness just have you laughing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Mike Hale
    Sex in this film looks so nonecstatic that a better title might have been "3D Sex and Zen: Zero Child Policy."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The fall-off in sexiness, soulfulness and wittiness from Ms. Gugino and Antonio Banderas, the parents in the first three "Spy Kids" films, to Ms. Alba and Joel McHale is whiplash steep.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Mr. Park's screenplay, pedestrian direction and stolid performance don't set us up to care.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Hale
    A new wrinkle in how the killings spool out actually makes the film even more predictable, and the deaths, which tend to be squirmy rather than explosive, are so perfunctory and lazily jokey that they leave a decidedly bad aftertaste.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The Harvest, in its modest way, calls to mind "The Grapes of Wrath" but with no glimmer of a New Deal or a union, or even of better economic times ahead.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The depictions of cosmopolitan Germans and mostly avaricious, bestial Czechs are likely to stir strong emotions among some viewers, but over all Habermann is more potboiler than political or historical statement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Mike Hale
    It's a hard movie to engage with or even sit through, despite the fact that much of the material is interesting in its own right. Oddly, but perhaps predictably, the problem is the resolutely conventional and soft-headed way in which that material has been assembled.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    It's an interesting story, well told, though Mr. Jendreyko overworks some documentary fallbacks: gnarled fingers, the view from a moving train.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The overall mildness and inconsequence of Girlfriend is disrupted for a while by Amanda Plummer, who gives a vivid yet gentle performance in a small part as Evan's patient, protective mother.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Carrying far more weight than their screen time would warrant, the "interviews" with actors playing young children are the best part of the film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Mike Hale
    The intertwining of the narratives, along with the somewhat elliptical, or perhaps rudimentary, storytelling, makes for a confusing experience. But the stories are mainly an excuse for pretty pictures, some quite striking, of poverty and oppression, and for a closing frenzy of bloodletting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Mike Hale
    Between Mr. Ziman's music-video skills and his close approximation of the kinetic style of Michael Mann (a scene from Mr. Mann's "Heat" has a key role in the plot), it's easy to overlook the formulas and just enjoy the ride.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    That things tend not to end, or bode, well doesn't detract from the overall Hallmark vibe.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Mike Hale
    One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director André Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary Trollhunter is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It's also a pretty familiar story, and "Reindeer," despite Mr. Neuvonen's verve and Jani's charisma, can drag. Like a lot of addiction stories, it starts to mirror the monotony and self-absorption of the addict's life.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    As a meditation Some Days has its virtues - if you're in the market for a picture-postcard bummer - but it will leave your mellowed mind pretty quickly.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    As uplifting stories of tolerance and self-discovery go, Spork has a messy appeal, but it's no "Hairspray."

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