Born in Levanger, he has an M.A. in English. He started working for the newspaper Vårt Land, where he remained from 1969 to 1978. He also worked freelance for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in the period 1975 to 1987. In 1978 he became the main film critic for the newspaper Aftenposten, where he has worked since. In 2008 he led the film critics' jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. Haddal has written books about the animator Ivo Caprino and the actress Liv Ullmann.
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