Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
A nationally recognized film critic, Sean's reviews have been published in print (The Washington Post, USA Today) and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, HollywoodNews.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).
Favorites:
Die Hard North By Northwest Singing in the Rain Back To The Future (trilogy) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid/The Sting Jaws/E.T./Jurassic Park Ferris Bueller's Day Off (hell, the entire Hughes cannon) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Some Like It Hot Dancer in the Dark The Apartment/Sunset Blvd. Toy Story (I & II) The Philadelphia Story Garden State Fight Club/The People Vs. Larry Flynt/Rounders (the Norton trilogy) Shadow of a Doubt Swingers Anything by Lars von Trier
Publications:
Charlotte Weekly , CinemaBlend.com , Citysearch , Eclipse Magazine , Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , Flipside Movie Emporium , Hollywood News , Movies.com , MovieWeb , Reel.com , Reelrave , Washington Post
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1187
Location:
Charlotte, NC, where Gwyneth Paltrow weighs 350 lbs.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
1/5 51% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " No matter your religious preferences, you'll find it tedious and pandering - unless you worship at the altar of boredom. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 71% Oculus (2014) " The power of Oculus lies in its female leads - three generations of red-headed ladies who each bring fiery passion to this slow-burning, demonic-possession story." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " Exactly the type of large-scale, ambitious, challenging, flawed, provocative and button-pushing type of cinematic experience we should hope to get when a strong-willed auteur like Aronofsky is given an exceedingly large budget. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3.5/5 40% Divergent (2014) " A worthy introduction to a familiar yet still extraordinary universe that hedges its risks to reach a teenage demographic but still teases more than enough potential." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " This is Bateman at his "Batemaniest." " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3.5/5 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " A triumph for the show's rabid fan base, a fun excursion for relative newcomers, and tangible proof that, sometimes, deceased shows deserve new life. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " I can't think of the last time I've had as much fun with a kinetic, confident time-travel comedy. Probably the original Bill & Ted. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " The movie is the textbook definition of "preaching to the choir," [going] through the holy motions and playing it incredibly safe. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Every generation deserves its own Say Anything, it's own Some Kind of Wonderful. Every generation, however, isn't lucky enough to have its own John Hughes, or its own Cameron Crowe." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Hysterical, inventive, emotional, imaginative and eye-poppingly busy ... an absolute home run. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 3, 2014
3/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " To nitpick the details means that you'll overlook (and miss out on) some poetic observations about family, the father figure, small-town dynamics and the natural force of the human touch. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3/5 56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " A solid-enough foundation has been laid, and pieces exist to keep Paramount and Pine in the Jack Ryan business for the immediate future. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " A hard-hitting, bloody account of a failed combat mission, giving enough time to the man who survived, as well as to the men we lost. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 8, 2014
1/5 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Scrapes the bottom of the franchise's barrel, begging found-footage audiences for a few extra dollars as it drives the final nail into the coffin of a series that should have died years ago. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/5 18% Open Grave (2014) " Open Grave ends up merging Agatha Christie with 'The Last of Us,' with varying degrees of success." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 2, 2014
2/5 30% Grudge Match (2013) " Let's refer to Grudge Match as Grumpy Old Boxers, or Rocky 57. Because that's what it aspires to be. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " If Ferrell and McKay reach into their comedic bag and pull out something funny, it goes into The Legend Continues ... and the sequel's that much better because of its delicately-balanced unpredictability. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1/4 19% Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2013) " Bah humbug." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 13, 2013
2/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Martin Scorsese has his Goodfellas. David O. Russell answers with his Mediocre-fellas. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 92% Philomena (2013) " My mom and her friends are going to adore Philomena. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Arealistic, honest, uncomfortable, funny, sexy and smart conversation between long-time friends reuniting after years apart for a weekend-long holiday gathering." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 13, 2013
3/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Alternately silly and spectacular, fun yet frivolous - a placeholder in an evolving superhero story that will continue to be told in subsequent Marvel movies." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " There are good things in The Counselor, but The Counselor is not a good film." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Despite its faults, Escape Plan whips up enough nostalgic fun from two hard-hitting action heroes who haven't completely forgotten how to hammer an audience with gratuitous thrills." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 —— The Stream (2013) " At the end of the day, the movie's limitations keep its aspirations in check. It's safe for everyone, but inspirational for only a few." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 17, 2013
4/5 49% Parkland (2013) " Parkland's an experiment in historical regeneration, but one that so accurately stages the shock of a senseless tragedy that it earns a look." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Don Jon has attitude, conveyed as much through the solid performances as it is through the director's unflinching approach to some complicated subjects." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Oct 2, 2013
2.5/4 91% The Trials Of Muhammad Ali (2013) " Balanced. It shows us just enough of Ali in his prime so that we understand how much he lost when he refused to serve in Vietnam. " — Washington Post
Posted Sep 27, 2013
1.5/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Kids will chuckle, for sure. But parents who were pleasantly surprised by the original film's intelligence will miss Lord and Miller's guiding hands, as what once felt so funny now leaves a stale taste." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 26, 2013
5/5 97% Gravity (2013) " A thrilling ride, a tremendous accomplishment for one of the most gifted filmmakers working today, and an absolute must-see movie, on the biggest screen possible." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 80% Generation Iron (2013) " "Iron" opens a window to an exclusive club and gives valuable insight into a small, dedicated and proudly unique community." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " Everything about Benson Lee's predictable dance flick "Battle of the Year" strikes me as old." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Easy answers are hard to come by, but that ambiguity elevates Prisoners to a place most other genre exercises rarely achieve ... or even aspire. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " "Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 5, 2013
1/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " I'm still not sure how this graduated to theatrical release. At best, it's a failed pilot for another teen-centric primetime soap on The CW." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 22, 2013
2/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " Screenwriters Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy swipe plot twists from the film adaptations of best-selling author John Grisham's novels." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3.5/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " If subsequent Percy movies can rise to the level of Sea of Monsters, I predict smooth sailing for this enjoyable YA fantasy series." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2/4 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " I found "The Smurfs 2" to be more enjoyable and far less obnoxious than [the original]. This, of course, is like saying having a cavity filled is preferable to a root canal, but in the dog days of the summer blockbuster season, beggars can't be smurfers." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " After a lackluster start, V/H/S/2 shifts into a higher gear -- and vastly improves over its 2012 predecessor." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " A handsomely photographed but sloppily plotted homage to the classic serial hero that also acts as a cinematic cousin to the Caribbean franchise." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2/4 23% Vehicle 19 (2013) " A lean, low-budget and claustrophobic mistaken-identity thriller that's so stripped-down, it's nearly nonexistent." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 14, 2013
0/4 —— Lost And Found In Armenia (2013) " A broad, silly, dated and insensitive mistake of a movie." — Washington Post
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1.5/5 38% The Purge (2013) " A despicable, ugly and valueless exercise in hate, that purges all potential out of its interesting, original concept. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/5 34% The Internship (2013) " It shouldn't be viewed as The Wedding Crashers 2, as that will only raise expectations and create disappointment. But it works as a different, mainstream comedy." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jun 7, 2013
3/5 11% After Earth (2013) " It's an admirable YA adventure, a moderately engaging piece of sci-fi storytelling, a return to respectability for Shyamalan and a welcome departure for an aging Will Smith. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 30, 2013
3/5 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Iron Man 3 is neither turgid nor zippy. It soars at times, and dawdles in places. " — Film Racket
Posted May 1, 2013
1.5/4 45% Filly Brown (2013) " A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3.5/5 49% Pain & Gain (2013) " Bay's trademark theatrical flourishes and grandiloquent effects work don't overwhelm the engrossing story or some noteworthy performances. And for Bay, that's saying a lot." — Film Racket
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3.5/5 65% Starbuck (2013) " It's a far-fetched premise, though one that's brought down to Earth by Scott's emotionally upbeat writing, his brisk direction, and Huard's nimble, large-hearted performance." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 22, 2013
3/4 45% Home Run (2013) " The strongest scenes take place in dingy hotel rooms, on a deserted farm or in the rehab sessions. It's during these moments that "Home Run" swings for the fences, and often connects." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 19, 2013
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