Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 480 / 480

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As a character study it’s intriguing, sometimes comical and certainly respectful. It’s a showcase for solid acting, but not much else. Review

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20 february

20 feb

An absurd beauty to some of the shots helps the filmmakers offset its deliberate pacing. The entire crew, sound design in particular, pulls their weight as well, and the cumulative effect moves this lightly plotted ensemble piece in daring directions. Review

7.0

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19 february

19 feb

For a low stakes romance, The Photograph is a very pretty picture. Review

6.0

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14 february

14 feb

The whole affair feels like an intriguing if unsatisfying dream. Review

6.0

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31 january

31 jan

The images won’t disappoint, but they won’t make your jaw drop, either. Instead, Klaus relies on the perfect blend of sentimentality and wit to delight children and entertain their parents. Review

7.0

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29 january

29 jan

What the filmmakers encapsulate about humanity, culture and the future of labor is equal parts enthralling and frightening. Review

8.0

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29 january

29 jan

The only real problem with Bliss is its lack of originality, but that’s a pretty big problem. Quick cuts and quicker tempo, nimble performances and concussive beat, like Gaspar Noe’s Climax, Bliss leaves you feeling worn out. But with little new to say, it mainly leaves you feeling more hung over than entertained. Review

6.0

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28 january

28 jan

A devastating social commentary masquerading quite convincingly as an intense cop drama, I’d say Les Miserables would do Hugo proud. The truth is, it would probably break his heart. Review

8.0

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22 january

22 jan

Clemency gives Hodge the opportunity to shine and he grabs it, conveying a tumult of raw feelings that will leave you heartbroken. Review

8.0

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22 january

22 jan

Kovgan’s respect for the work as well as the life of her subject is clear and she’s captured much of that spirit. Review

8.0

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22 january

22 jan

The film lacks the vibrant subversiveness of Mom and Dad and comes nowhere near the insane vision of Mandy, so Cage fans might be only mildly impressed. Lovecraft fans, though, have reason to be excited. Review

6.0

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22 january

22 jan

The film breaks through as not only an admirable artistic vision produced with integrity, but a beautiful human tale of perseverance and love. Review

7.0

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21 january

21 jan

An urgent portrait of a system in collapse, Midnight Family also uncovers one family’s raft of hope amid an ocean of desperation. Review

8.0

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16 january

16 jan

Is Bad Boys for Life ludicrous? Oh, hell yes. Luckily its casual sexism and jingoism are offset by its refreshing pro-violence stance. Review

4.0

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16 january

16 jan

Stewart gets to try on the action hero role, and she’s not too bad. For a 95 minute sea monster movie, neither is Underwater. It’s not too good, either, but at least there are no sparkly vampires. Review

6.0

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10 january

10 jan

Three Christs misses more opportunities than it grabs, which is unfortunate because both Dinklage and especially Goggins deliver performances worth seeing. Review

6.0

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9 january

9 jan

Jump scares are telegraphed, CGI and practical effects are unimpressive, editing is uninspired and, worst of all, the sound design lacks any of that goosebump-inducing inspiration Shimizu used to such great effect. Review

4.0

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3 january

3 jan

The film is more charming than outright funny, relying on its leads’ natural charisma and fun chemistry, but it does offer more than a handful of chuckles. Review

6.0

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25 december

25 dec

In all, this remarkable filmmaker and her enviable cast make this retelling maybe the most necessary version yet. Review

8.0

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24 december

24 dec

Wisely, Roach and team don’t get swept away by the bracing change and empowerment of victory. Indeed, Bombshell’s final act is a smack I still feel. But its power is its honesty. Review

7.0

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19 december

19 dec

The plot ends up killing Black Christmas, which is too bad. Takal threads some audacious take downs of bro culture throughout a film with a lot of insight. It’s just not a very good movie. Review

5.0

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13 december

13 dec

The corruption hangs from this family like a mink stole, and The Kingmaker doesn’t deliver the same empathetic shock value to be found in Greenfield’s 2012 doc The Queen of Versailles. Review

8.0

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12 december

12 dec

The Two Popes is hard to resist. In the end – especially at the end – the film is almost criminally charming. Review

7.0

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11 december

11 dec

Not a frame, not a glance, not a bizarre line of dialog is wasted or misplaced in a bold vision that’s stylized nearly to death. In a good way. Strickland’s audacious anti-consumerism fantasy must be seen to be believed. Review

7.0

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5 december

5 dec

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