Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 586 / 586

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Mulligan is marvelous, giving Cassie the courage that comes from an utter disinterest in the opinions or well-being of others. Review

8.0

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20 december

20 dec

Archenemy has plenty of faults, but more than enough inspiration and grit to make you want to overlook them. Review

6.0

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12 december

12 dec

The magic Shanley weaves can’t transcend the film’s lunacy long enough to give Wild Mountain Thyme the fairy tale quality it desperately wants. Still, Blunt and Dornan are engaging and you have to give the film credit for sheer shamrock audacity. Review

5.0

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11 december

11 dec

Babbit’s film feels most at home as a belabored attempt at dark comedy—dark mainly because every character is loathsome, so at least that part is a success. Comedy, though? God no. Review

3.0

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10 december

10 dec

For passing fans or newcomers to McGowan’s music, Crock of Gold is an unusually clear-eyed testament to the toll of punk rock excess. These guys were not meant to live forever. Review

8.0

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3 december

3 dec

Girl has a sense of humor entirely lacking in Baskin, as well as a feeling of optimism. There is blood and death, maggots and burning flesh, but there’s real joy in this film, however weird that is to say. Review

7.0

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2 december

2 dec

Roda has a light, meandering touch, far more interested in a slice of mid-Eighties life than in the specificity of a John Hughes retread. Characters are familiar, the situation feels authentic, and the mixture of nostalgia, dread and optimism paint a fascinating if unfinished picture. Review

7.0

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2 december

2 dec

There’s a clean simplicity in the storytelling that’s appealing, although Act 3 is not nearly as clearly defined or interesting as the balance of the film. But maybe it’s not the resolution the film is after, or really the audience. It’s the story of this sweet couple, mad with grief, that’ll get you. Review

7.0

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30 november

30 nov

The film is creepy and tense. It speaks of the unspeakable – the level of evil that can only really be understood through images of Nazi horror—but it sees a path back to something unspoiled. Review

8.0

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30 november

30 nov

Carnahan’s first time out behind the camera rushes at times. Kawa’s speedy transformation certainly strains credulity. But Mosul handles the political themes with a surprisingly light hand. It certainly keeps your attention and delivers eye-opening information without abandoning storytelling to do it. Review

7.0

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26 november

26 nov

Between the sloppy structure and some sophomoric comedy, even the brightest and wildest moments can be overlooked. The weaknesses pile up and by the end clear Porno feels like a near miss. Review

6.0

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25 november

25 nov

Too bad Howard, working from a screenplay by Vanessa Taylor, can’t find that heartbeat. Review

4.0

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24 november

24 nov

Sound of Metal is a powerful experiment and a star turn for a talented actor. Review

8.0

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20 november

20 nov

It looks good, although nothing about the direction seems inspired. Instead the film delivers a competently made, by-the-numbers historical recreation when it could have been art. Review

6.0

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19 november

19 nov

The Giant’s beauty lies not only in Raboy’s intriguing framing and pacing—so thick you feel as if you’re hallucinating—but in the lead performances. Review

7.0

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18 november

18 nov

Dirty God—a film about self-image and the unfair reality of limitations—makes other “coming of age” style films feel like soft drink ads. Review

8.0

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13 november

13 nov

This is not a PG-13 comedy. But it is a hoot. Review

7.0

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12 november

12 nov

Lee doesn’t try to answer every question he raises or resolve every conflict he presents. Instead, he brings us into a story of outsiders trying to define their own realities, however limited they may have to be. Review

7.0

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11 november

11 nov

Their honesty gives every scene an extra punch—of laughter or heartbreak. Coming of age still looks like it seriously sucks, but Dating Amber is a keeper. Review

8.0

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11 november

11 nov

Lawrance works valiantly against a script that frustrates you with its lazy plotting of constant near-escape and recapture. Review

6.0

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4 november

4 nov

It’s not well developed, unfortunately. But there is something akin to swagger in watching this mid-budget action thriller wrangle Norway’s own mythology away from a far showier, exponentially more famous universe. Review

7.0

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4 november

4 nov

TD&TW has the long, slow, debilitating experience of parental illness on its mind. Like that film, this movie has a deeply aching center that makes the horror in the house as tragic as it is scary, and more horrifyingly, somehow inevitable. Review

7.0

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2 november

2 nov

Characters are fun and performances are strong. Nicholas Galitzine is especially delightful in what amounts to a dual role. He’s equally convincing in each. Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna and Gideon Adlon round out the coven, and they are as adorable as Lily. They just really need more to do. Review

6.0

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29 october

29 oct

Spell is a by-the-numbers backwoods thriller. Review

5.0

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29 october

29 oct

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