Movie reviews of Hope Madden

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

Number of movie reviews: 775 / 775

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The filmmaker and his game lead challenge expectations both in theme and in genre, and while their gamble doesn’t entirely pay off, it’s often riveting stuff. Review

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2021-12-02

2021

If you’re longing for a film about women and the historical, hysterical afflictions they faced because they were women, but you really miss seeing these lessons from a leeringly male perspective, I have a hard time imagining a film that better suits your mood than Benedetta. Review

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2021-12-01

2021

The FX are not as impressive as the performances, unfortunately, but the creature itself is creepy as hell. Review

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2021-11-30

2021

Random scenes of exposition are wedged in periodically where none is needed, while other information remains weirdly—though sometimes intriguingly—vague. But certain scenes are brilliant, charged with emotion and brutality, and sometimes tenderness. Review

6.0

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2021-11-23

2021

John Leguizamo and Maria Cecilia Botero join Beatriz in a voice cast that brims with pathos, love and energy, just like the family they depict. Review

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2021-11-22

2021

Though the film is overlong and perhaps slightly too wrapped up in Weide himself, it warmly and bittersweetly answers one of life’s most relatable questions. Review

7.0

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2021-11-18

2021

It is less poetic and self-indulgent than Tommaso or Siberia, less sensible than his earlier work, and less compelling than a lot of what he’s done. And the explosions look ridiculous. And yet, there is nothing quite like an Abel Ferrara film. Review

6.0

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2021-11-17

2021

Not every performance is as strong, but West evokes such a poignant and dreamlike atmosphere that minor acting hiccups can be overlooked. Review

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2021-11-10

2021

A meticulously crafted, deeply felt gem of a film. Review

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2021-11-08

2021

Hackl’s clearly working on a shoestring here, and though the film sometimes shows a lack of funds, on the whole, it’s competently made. The humor Hackl, Gibson and Eastwood mine from Christopher Borrelli’s script delivers Dangerous’s saving grace. Review

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2021-11-03

2021

Verbeek lenses a gorgeous late-night cityscape — never sinister, never forbidding, just pretty and mainly empty. Like his film. Review

4.0

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2021-11-02

2021

Outrage roils beneath the surface of this film so loudly that it almost drowns out the actual plot, which is fine. The mystery itself, convoluted as it is, mainly allows Cummings and McCabe opportunities for inspired, seethingly comical hijinks. Review

8.0

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2021-11-02

2021

There’s nothing showy about Ezwan’s feature debut. Instead, a raw but graceful understatement balances something supernatural with something profoundly earthly to deliver blood, dread and fear. Review

7.0

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2021-10-29

2021

The film suffers from a lack of imagination. Cooper and team lead us through a dour metaphor full of familiar genre tropes and leave us with a brutal, great-looking, well-acted lecture. Review

6.0

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2021-10-29

2021

The full stash runs two and a half hours and might have played better as a short series. It’s a long commitment, and every film has weak spots, which makes the time really feel like a commitment. Review

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2021-10-27

2021

But Sharpe’s vision is not sharp enough, and he ties up Wain’s frantic and messy life with far too much tidiness, a cinematic shortcut that doesn’t suit the film or the subject. Too much effort goes into wrestling Wain’s madness into a coherent, cinema-friendly plotline and it feels like the artist is being cheated once again. Review

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2021-10-21

2021

It’s a lot of very attractive waiting for something to happen, which is maybe the best Dune synopsis I can think of. Review

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2021-10-20

2021

Bergman Island tells you a lot but leaves it to you to decide what it’s saying. Whatever tale you decipher, your time on the island is well spent. Review

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2021-10-14

2021

While several scenes in and of themselves stand out spectacularly, and the weaving together of the various images creates a strange and intoxicating flavor, the underlying story is just too slight and the metaphors somewhat tortured. Review

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2021-10-14

2021

Lamb is an absolutely gorgeous, entirely unusual and expertly crafted gem of a film. You should see it. Review

8.0

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2021-10-06

2021

The result is a mish-mash of messy, frenetic fun with a higher body count than you might expect. Review

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2021-09-30

2021

With characters to root for, violence to spare, and a healthy acceptance of chaos, Bingo Hell is pretty fun. Review

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2021-09-30

2021

Performances are exceptional, loose ends are welcome, but with little in the way of visual panache and lots in the way of discomfort, not everyone will stick it out. Review

7.0

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2021-09-28

2021

It’s a lovely film. It looks great, performances are solid in a very mellow way, and the resolution feels like a long-coming hug from a buddy. It’s nice. Review

7.0

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2021-09-24

2021

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