Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 711 / 711

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It’s sweet and charming in a low key, comfortable way, but it is hardly a thrill ride. Review

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2020-04-02

2020

Szumowska strings together a dreamlike series of visions that horrify on a primal level, the imagery giving the film the feel of gruesome poetry more than narrative. Review

8.0

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2020-04-01

2020

Though the strength of the cultural context sometimes undercuts the spookiness of the ghost story being told, Under the Shadow builds a strong case for itself as a horror film. Review

8.0

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2020-03-21

2020

Not only is that an unusual topic for horror, it’s delivered with the kind of touching restraint that’s almost inconceivable in this genre. Review

7.0

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2020-03-20

2020

Run-ins with other survivors, both the good and the bad kind, are played in Carriers with a real mixture of terror and sympathy. It’s one of the many reasons that the film delivers a harder emotional punch than you might be expecting. Review

7.0

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2020-03-14

2020

The Hunt is a darkly comedic, socially savvy, equal opportunity skewering and it is a blast. Review

7.0

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2020-03-12

2020

Rather than a reimagining of Peter Pan, Wendy feels like a misguided reworking of Beasts of the Southern Wild, which did not need tampering of any kind. Review

6.0

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2020-03-10

2020

The film’s affable absurdity suits Forte and Ward makes a sweetly ideal foil for Higgins. Extra Ordinary casts a silly spell that leaves you smiling. Review

7.0

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2020-03-10

2020

For raw, sloppy honesty, you’re not likely to find a better candidate. Review

7.0

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2020-03-10

2020

The filmmaker’s vision and imagery come full circle with a bold conclusion worthy of Bennett’s performance. Review

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2020-03-10

2020

It garners an amused chuckle or too, maybe even a sniffle, but you’ll be hard pressed to remember anything about it besides those unicorns, and there was no real point to those. Review

6.0

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2020-03-05

2020

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is breathtakingly gorgeous. But, like Heloise’s portrait in the film, that’s not enough to make it a masterpiece. It’s the authenticity to the intimacy—perhaps partly born of the fact that Haenel and Sciamma are a real life couple—that’s inescapable, and it drives the piece. Review

9.0

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2020-03-04

2020

It’s a film that doesn’t want to give up on small town, low rent, hard work. But it’s also a film that’s bracingly clear-eyed about the reality that balances that optimism. The result is a memorably quiet eulogy. Review

7.0

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2020-02-28

2020

Disappearance at Clifton Hill is not a flawless film, but it is deceptively competent. It’s fun and clever. Middleton’s clear eyed yet delusional Nancy Drew never ceases to be appealing. Review

7.0

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2020-02-28

2020

While there’s not a lot to like about Stacey Menear’s script, the problem here—as with his 2016 effort that began this whole killer plaything saga—feels more like poor direction. Review

4.0

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2020-02-21

2020

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

6.0

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2020-02-20

2020

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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2020-02-19

2020

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

6.0

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2020-02-14

2020

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

6.0

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2020-01-31

2020

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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2020-01-29

2020

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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2020-01-29

2020

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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2020-01-28

2020

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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2020-01-22

2020

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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2020-01-22

2020

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