Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 920 / 920

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No. Math and science can help with a lot of things, but grief is grief and it just needs to be accepted. This trickery to overcome it is a cheat, as is the film’s ending, not to mention that roller coaster bear moment. Good lord, I wonder how this got made. Review

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2019-03-15

2019

David Gallego’s cinematography renders an absurdly beautiful desolation, colors splashing and popping against bleached sandy neutrals. Naturalistic performances from the entire cast aid in the film’s authentic feeling, but the poetry of the directors’ use of long shots and the singing voiceover give Birds of Passage the tone of folklore. Review

8.0

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2019-03-14

2019

Cronin’s subtext never threatens his story, but instead informs the dread and guilt that pervade every scene. Performances are quite solid and the way folklore – in tale and in song – is woven through the story creates a hypnotic effect. Review

7.0

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2019-03-06

2019

Well, par for the course with this film. It opens strong, develops well and relies on Huppert’s supernatural presence to create palpable tension before going entirely off the rails. Review

4.0

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2019-02-28

2019

While Fighting with My Family manages to sidestep or subvert a lot of genre clichés, it hardly breaks new ground. Instead, Merchant elevates the familiar with a more authentic feeling backstory and a winning cast. Review

7.0

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2019-02-22

2019

In recreating a series of increasingly more unfortunate events, Åkerlund never manages to shed new light on the crimes at hand. And maybe he can’t—maybe that’s the point. Review

6.0

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2019-02-22

2019

There is nothing especially groundbreaking or memorable, however, about the film. There is nothing inferior about it, either. It pushes some boundaries in terms of content as well as movie experience and it entertains from start to finish. It’s Hunger Games with a more likable protagonist, Ready Player One with a plot. Review

6.0

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2019-02-15

2019

The point is, if you are in the mood for some genre bending SciFi fun, you won’t find it here. Review

3.0

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2019-02-13

2019

Yes, much of the charm of the original has worn thin. To make up for it, the sequel relies too heavily on pop culture references... Review

6.0

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2019-02-08

2019

The bigger problem is the leaden pacing and lack of action. McCarthy may be going for an atmospheric dread, but the result feels stagnant and drowsy. Review

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2019-02-08

2019

Plenty of peculiar turns and quirky moments between odd characters elevate this one above your garden variety Neeson thriller. It offers a mildly entertaining time... Review

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2019-02-08

2019

It’s not a film that will satisfy a lot of viewers, it’s more of a fascinating and forgettable sketch. Review

7.0

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2019-01-31

2019

The fact that this immersion pulls you 100 years into the past is beyond impressive, but the real achievement is in the intimacy and human connection it engenders. Review

10

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2019-01-31

2019

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

9.0

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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

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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

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