Movie reviews of Hope Madden

These are all the movies and series that Hope has reviewed. Read more at: Maddwolf.

Number of movie reviews: 555 / 555

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It isn’t clever, it isn’t fun, it isn’t gory, it isn’t scary. It isn’t necessary. Review

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13 may

13 may

Plenty of tense moments and creepy images punctuate the heartbreaking, age-old cautionary tale about getting what you wish for. Review

6.0

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12 may

12 may

Performances are strong and locations are gorgeous, but Those Who Wish Me Dead doesn’t take a lot of risks and that’s unfortunate. Review

6.0

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12 may

12 may

Though one or two of the predicaments that befall the pair feel contrived simply to lengthen the film to feature-length, on the whole, Goodbye Honey delivers a tight set of smart thrills. Review

7.0

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11 may

11 may

A mean spirit punctuates the romplike atmosphere a couple of times and feels wildly out of step with the balance of the film, but other than that, Benny Loves You offers forgettable, bloody fun. Review

6.0

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11 may

11 may

It’s a heist movie without the meticulous execution, a vengeance thriller with no emotional connection to the villain, a Statham movie with no ass kicking, and a Ritchie movie with no humor, no flash, no style. No thank you. Review

4.0

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6 may

6 may

Calahan also develops a fun dose of dread as midnight nears and tales—both present and past—take sinister turns. It’s all good fun, though, right? Just a couple of guys passing the time until debts are to be paid. Review

7.0

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6 may

6 may

Above Suspicion can’t help but feel like a couple hours of wallowing in someone else’s pain. Review

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5 may

5 may

It isn’t as if the actor performs alone. He stumbles into and upon a slew of wild, weird and sometimes insane (literally) characters. But it’s Green you cannot take your eyes off of. Review

7.0

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4 may

4 may

Abbie Cornish does try, bringing a flash of human interest as The Waitress. But no amount of homespun charm can save a movie this dumb. Review

4.0

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30 april

30 apr

It’s not that Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is a terrible movie. It isn’t. But there’s no excuse for it to be utterly mediocre, which it is. Review

5.0

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29 april

29 apr

There are other storyline missteps, as well, but The Outside Story is so refreshingly uncynical, so huggable, and often so funny that those misses are easily forgiven. Review

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28 april

28 apr

Molly’s defenses and manipulations blend together so believably that when she does hit a note of emotional depth and sincerity, it’s heartbreaking. Close’s performance is no less commendable, though her character is frustrating. Review

7.0

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28 april

28 apr

Because Mortal Kombat is a big, dumb movie. So big and so dumb. And so much gory stupid fun, I just might watch it again. Review

5.0

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22 april

22 apr

Boys from County Hell is a horror/comedy, but it’s rarely laugh-out-loud funny. It’s actually a good deal more tender in its own endearingly bull-headed way, with a narrative more focused on the father/son dynamic than on coming of age or bloodshed. Review

7.0

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20 april

20 apr

For longtime Wheatley fans, In the Earth feels like a return to form – or at least a step in that direction. It delivers a couple of good wallops, too. It’s no Kill List, though. Review

7.0

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14 april

14 apr

The Banishing looks and feels unlike anything else Christopher Smith’s done. Too bad it feels so much like what everyone else has. Review

6.0

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13 april

13 apr

Science fiction tends to be heavily allegorical and heavily borrowed—Voyagers is certainly both of these. Although the execution feels a bit like a neutered version of Claire Denis’s brilliant 2018 cosmic horror High Life, the story itself looks to the distant future to illustrate our present (and very, very recent past). Review

6.0

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8 april

8 apr

Faviere’s take on the situation is even-handed. She never stoops to melodrama, never paints Lyz as a faultless innocent. The character’s complexities, particularly given Abita’s assured performance, only ensure that the film leaves more of a mark. Review

8.0

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7 april

7 apr

Wonderful performances throughout elevate story tropes that could get old, and the filmmaker’s instincts for using light, shadow and reflection give the film an eerie quality that’s hard to shake. Review

7.0

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6 april

6 apr

Funny Face, though, marks a step toward something more stylish. The film has a retro vibe, like a long-lost Seventies indie set in Brooklyn. Given the of-the-moment storyline, this offers his film the timeless quality of a fairy tale—a theme he develops with imagery of equal parts urban realism and magical whimsy. Review

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31 march

31 mar

It’s not enough to ruin the effort, but it’s enough to keep Six Minutes to Midnight from leaving a lasting impression. Review

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25 march

25 mar

Not everything lives up to that first shock, but the next 80ish minutes of Making Monsters are worth a watch. Review

6.0

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24 march

24 mar

Regardless of the fact that you’ve seen this exact movie a dozen times, you just don’t expect it. It’s great! Review

7.0

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24 march

24 mar

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