Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 499 / 499

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Pawlikowski uses music to inform a shifting relationship; he uses a relationship to illustrate changing global politics; he leans on an impossible political situation to articulate insurmountable challenges within a relationship. The result is poetry. Review

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2019-01-30

2019

This confluence and conflict creates some fascinating and fascinatingly untidy responses. In many ways, the energy of the film relies on the tension between the few people who feel well-matched and the few people who feel dissonant. Review

7.0

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2019-01-24

2019

Like the comedy of Laurel and Hardy, this film is sweet, clever and entirely of another time. Review

7.0

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2019-01-24

2019

Pledge is no masterpiece. It is, however, a tightly packaged, insightful and mean little flick. Review

6.0

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2019-01-18

2019

That King quote didn’t flash through my mind as I thought about the Foster family and their existential paradox. I was thinking about me having to sit through this movie. Review

3.0

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2019-01-11

2019

The biggest obstacle facing her as she maneuvers her tropes to serve a (hopefully) unexpected purpose is that her protagonist is the least interesting character in the movie. Review

6.0

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2019-01-11

2019

Still, the sheer off-kilter spectacle that finds its focus in small, weird moments is too great to dismiss. Like the character it creates, El Angel’s allure is too strong to resist. Review

7.0

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2019-01-09

2019

Even if all these antics are new to you, the film’s predictable climax and disappointing waning moments are bound to leave you feeling that this movie could have been better. Review

5.0

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2019-01-04

2019

The film itself dips too often into maudlin traps. And though the third act is far from awful, the filmmaker’s insights for family dynamics and dysfunction are stronger. Review

7.0

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2018-12-20

2018

85 minutes of not too much—not much point, very little action, not a lot of scares and even fewer answers. Review

4.0

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2018-11-30

2018

But that is the primary problem with Green Book. It sympathizes greatly, but has absolutely no idea how to empathize. Review

6.0

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2018-11-21

2018

The score feels cribbed, the action is video-game superficial and the costuming came directly from Forever 21. Why did they make this movie again? Review

3.0

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2018-11-21

2018

There are double crosses, flying bullets, car chases, explosions—genre prerequisites that feel like new toys for the super-serious director. McQueen proves a versatile a filmmaker, though he has certainly left his own distinctive mark on the action flick. Review

7.0

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2018-11-16

2018

Characters are quirky, wardrobe is glorious, Ezra Miller broods well—all of which is a lot of what we’ve already seen. What Grindewald doesn’t offer is anything new, or any reason to care. Review

5.0

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2018-11-16

2018

A film quite unlike anything else, one offering layer upon provocative, messy layer and Abbasi feels no compulsion to tidy up. Instead, he leaves you with a lot to think through thanks to one unyieldingly original film. Review

8.0

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2018-11-15

2018

A satisfying Good V Evil film that benefits from layers, Overlord reminds us repeatedly that it is possible to retain your humanity, even in the face of inhuman evil. Plus, Nazi zombies, which is never not awesome! Review

7.0

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2018-11-09

2018

The story of Lee Israel offers a weirdly optimistic if cautionary tale for misfit women. It’s also a great reminder that Melissa McCarthy can really act. Review

8.0

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2018-11-08

2018

As well and as wildly as the movie-making satire plays, at the heart of this film is humiliation on exhibition. Hero worship is hollow, commerce is still king and a man who can’t pay can’t play. Review

7.0

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2018-11-01

2018

There are lovely moments peppered through this visually elegant picture, but there is no passion, no danger and no excitement. Review

5.0

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2018-10-31

2018

It’s a performance simultaneously full of life and of death. You see the enormous loss, but more than that, the deflating ugliness of this world etched on Everett’s face, echoing in his every gesture. Review

7.0

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2018-10-30

2018

Occasionally skirts mawkishness, but what YA film doesn’t? In truth, Lange doesn’t run from the baggage associated with his chosen genres. He embraces it, forgives it, makes something powerful out of it. Review

7.0

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2018-10-28

2018

Director Donovan Marsh’s film is not unwatchable. It’s shallowly packaged derivative entertainment, boasting passable water scenes and hand-to-hand action choreography that’s entirely adequate. Review

5.0

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2018-10-26

2018

The result is a respectful, fun and creepy experience meant to be shared with a crowd. Review

7.0

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2018-10-18

2018

Equally on-target is the tension about sharing holidays with politically opposed loved ones, as well as the image of our irrevocably altered news consumption. But beyond that, The Oath doesn’t offer a lot of insight. Review

6.0

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2018-10-17

2018

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