Sean Means

Sean Means

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Sean Means's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 45% I Smile Back "A fearless dramatic performance by comedian Sarah Silverman can't save director Adam Salky's repetitive housewife-in-rehab drama I Smile Back. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3/4 89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Watching Tarantino pull out his filmmaking toys and play with each of them is a thrill. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2015
90% Bridesmaids (2011) "Wiig's characters may lose their lunch, but they never lose their heart. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2015
3.5/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "The science-fiction thriller Dawn of the Planet of the Apes creates a palpable atmosphere of existential dread. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) "There's half a great movie in Cartel Land, a gritty street-level documentary about vigilante action on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 15, 2015
3.5/4 No Score Yet Meru (2015) "The reason to watch, and to watch on as big a screen as possible, is the footage of the breathtaking climbing action. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet The Cokeville Miracle (2015) "Writer-director T.C. Christensen ("17 Miracles") paces the tension of the first half sharply and handles the spiritual message thoughtfully as the lawman wrestles with his faith through his investigation. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Bird, usually a master of pacing (exhibit A: "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"), here creates a laborious build-up to the action, and the exposition scenes stretch out with dull clichs. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "As disaster epics go, "San Andreas" works. ... It's not genius filmmaking, but it's undemandingly entertaining. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Cusack encapsulates the forced childlike behavior of Wilson under Landy's care. Dano, meanwhile, nails Wilson's boyish enthusiasm in the studio and captures the early strains on his psyche. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "Shaye brings warmth and depth to Elise, adding some humanity to the usual haunted-house terror. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/4 31% Entourage (2015) "Perhaps by counting the stars, audiences won't count the number of times they actually laugh during "Entourage" - though that number is far smaller. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3.5/4 95% Spy (2015) "Keeping a livewire like McCarthy on task isn't easy (even her husband, Ben Falcone, couldn't manage it in "Tammy"), but Feig shows he can get the best out of his star. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4/4 89% Dope (2015) "The result is a vital film that's by turns funny, tragic, exciting and thought-provoking. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 1, 2015
2.5/4 73% American Sniper (2015) "American Sniper may have been served better if Eastwood had let Cooper show more of the complexities of this real-life figure. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 29, 2015
3.5/4 88% Hot Girls Wanted "The searing documentary Hot Girls Wanted shines an uncomfortable spotlight on the internet porn industry, specifically the world of so-called "amateur" porn. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 29, 2015
3/4 81% Dior and I (2015) "As Tcheng gets his cameras into the day-to-day operations of the Dior atelier, the movie becomes a portrait of the process - the hierarchies and traditions that turn ideas into wearable art. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "[Ronit Elkabetz] brilliantly captures Viviane's mounting frustration and the sense of release in those moments when she just doesn't care anymore. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Mulligan breathes life into Bathsheba, in a performance that highlights the character's passion without treating her like a flighty, immature girl. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
2.5/4 61% Unfriended (2015) "The screengrab gimmick is smarter than the mundane pattern of screaming teens and gory deaths set up by the premise. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 91% Ex Machina (2015) " It's at once a thought-provoking drama and a pulse-quickening thriller. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
1.5/4 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "The story bounces through mood swings that Prozac couldn't cure, veering unsteadily from light comedy to dark drug-world violence to female-bonding pathos. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Whedon's dense script runs the risk of feeling bloated, but his deft handling of characters and pacing ensure that everybody is where they need to be, and the audience is always right there with them. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "An astonishing full-throttle action movie that proves Miller may have taught those other directors everything they know - but he didn't teach them everything he knows. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
3.5/4 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Banks has a sense of humor that runs toward the randomly offbeat - but she also lives and breathes the Bellas' ethos of female empowerment and fun. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 16, 2015
2/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Wan and Morgan, stuffing another plot into the main plot like a cinematic turducken, justify a series of jaw-dropping car stunts in settings such as Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
0/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Everything you need to know about the atrocious Australian crime thriller "Kill Me Times" can be summed up in a guitar riff. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/4 30% The Longest Ride (2015) "The only thing more grating than a Nicholas Sparks romance is two Nicholas Sparks romances bumping into each other. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 77% Danny Collins (2015) "Like its title character, the comedy-drama Danny Collins is a movie that starts out overbearing and over-the-top, but slowly grows on you with its quieter charms. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3/4 38% Freetown (2015) "Through the adventure, both powerful and funny, Batty and co-screenwriter Melissa Leilani Larson also create a deeply moving depiction of day-to-day missionary work. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 9, 2015
85% Wendy and Lucy (2008) "It's difficult to think of a movie more relevant to this moment in American life than Wendy and Lucy. It's also difficult to think of a movie that more movingly conveys the plight of people caught in such a fix. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2015
3/4 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) "Mostly it's a chance to hear some saucy senior citizens trade barbs, with the delightful dames, Dench and Smith, making the most of it. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2/4 56% Focus (2015) "The hole in the story is Smith, who holds onto his detached Will Smith screen persona too closely to make his portrayal on a con man convincing. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/4 60% Run All Night (2015) "There are a few odd left turns, such as the appearance of the rapper Common as a cool assassin, on the way to a lumbering and preordained conclusion. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/4 97% An Honest Liar (2015) "A clear-eyed but warm-hearted look at Randi's life and career, one where the subject's deepest secrets are ultimately laid out for all to see. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/4 96% Red Army (2015) "Through a treasure trove of archival footage and some revealing interviews, Polsky deftly depicts how the squad's fortunes paralleled those of the Soviet system. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/4 81% Human Capital (2015) ""Human Capital" manages to be deeply affecting, while also being sharply cynical. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
1.5/4 18% Do You Believe? (2015) "For most people it will stir a longing for the days when God had a better writing staff: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/4 17% The Gunman (2015) "A dark European thriller like "The Gunman" usually requires a star who exudes cool detachment, not a firebrand like Sean Penn, who gamely proceeds in spite of the obvious miscasting. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3.5/4 30% Insurgent (2015) "As the character embraces her new built-for-action pixie haircut (a holdover from Woodley's role as cancer patient Hazel in "The Fault in Our Stars"), Tris comes into her own as a hero who's both dynamic and sensitive. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 20, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) "This "Cinderella" won't make anyone forget the 1950 classic... But it works as a frothy, fun retelling, entertaining on its own merits. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "A heartbreaking and human-scaled musical romance that burns as brightly as its two stars, Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3.5/4 94% The King's Speech (2010) "The King's Speech is the kind of history lesson you wish you had gotten in school, an inspiring private story behind a public person that layers high-minded ideals and occasionally lowbrow humor. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Feb 20, 2015
4/4 97% The Artist (2011) "Since The Artist can't speak for itself, let me sing its praises instead. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Feb 17, 2015
98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "It's a small miracle that an animator as talented as Tomm Moore exists and can make small, heartfelt movies like Song of the Sea. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2.5/4 80% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The line between depicting horrific behavior and wallowing in it gets exceedingly blurry " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 30, 2015
3/4 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) "Ultimately, The Fault in Our Stars overcomes those faults because of Woodley, who uses her instincts and abundant talent to depict Hazel as a fully realized young woman who's more than just the sum of her symptoms. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 6, 2015
3/4 72% Interstellar (2014) "Nolan is one of the few directors with the ambition to tackle big topics -- like the fate of humanity or our need to explore -- and the artistic clout to bring that vision to a mass audience. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 6, 2015
92% Frank (2014) "Fassbender, his beautiful face hidden from view, gives a nuanced performance, relying on voice and body movement to convey Frank's mercurial moods. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
2/4 85% John Wick (2014) "The action mounted by Chad Stahelski, a veteran stunt coordinator making his directing debut, is unrelenting, ultraviolent and, after a while, as monotonous as Reeves' one-note performance. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
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