Sean Means

Sean Means

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Salt Lake Tribune
Total Reviews:
2135
Total QuickRatings:
4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Most fascinating is watching the cast's two old pros, Jackson and Redford, spark in surprising ways." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " There is no ... introspection in Rumsfeld - only the same snarky double-talk that he displayed during his tenure in the George W. Bush administration." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 91% Le Week-End (2014) " Michell lets Meg and Nick's problems - and their underlying affection - unfold naturally, gracefully, over the eventful weekend. He also harks back to the French New Wave to embody the couple's youthful ambitions and their nostalgia for an earlier Paris." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " The action is just as bloody and bruising as the first movie's fights, and Uwais (one of the film's fight choreographers) shows the stuff to become a major international action star." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/4 72% Oculus (2014) " Flanagan sets the rules for this supernatural setting only to break them, turning what could have been terrifying into something merely annoying." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2/4 48% Rio 2 (2014) " Like a taxidermist's turkey: overstuffed and lifeless." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 63% Draft Day (2014) " Costner's bravura performance during the draft itself, improvising deals on the fly, is more exciting than anything you'll see on a football field." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/4 93% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " The rock documentary Mistaken for Strangers is light on music, but it is an absorbing inside look at fame and sibling rivalry." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " The biblical epic Noah achieves something unique, almost a miracle, as director Darren Aronofsky deftly mixes epic scope and human-sized scale to interpret a classic story in a way that will anger all sides." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 77% Infinitely Polar Bear " Mark Ruffalo gives an astonishing and heartfelt performance as a father suffering from manic-depression in writer-director Maya Forbes' autobiographical drama." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " A buddy-cop movie on steroids, 2 Guns fires off smart-alecky one-liners and bullets at equal rates -- as the stars make a convoluted and overwritten script work." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2/4 91% The Sapphires (2013) " A heavy-handed anti-racism message isn't easier to take when played to a Motown beat, though the Australian comedy-drama The Sapphires acts otherwise." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 98% 56 Up (2013) " Apted, now 72, has said he'll keep calling on his subjects every seven years until he or they are dead. Whether the subjects show up or not, I for one will be in line when 63 Up comes around." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 1, 2014
4/4 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " In a film brimming with great performances -- including Fassbender as the ruthless Epps, and Nyong'o's star-making work as the tormented Patsey -- Ejiofor's portrayal of Northup shines." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 31, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " It's a toss-up which genre more needs the adrenaline boost Warm Bodies provides: the zombie movie or the romantic comedy." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Dallas Buyers Club is predictably heart-warming, often slipping into forced sappiness. Thankfully, McConaughey and Leto are willing to labor to earn the audience's tears honestly." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 31, 2013
3.5/4 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " The resulting portrait, of a marriage enduring through change, is funny and touching." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 30, 2013
3/4 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Stiller's visualizations of Walter's daydreams are clever and hilarious, and there's an amusing running gag involving Walter's eHarmony account manager (Patton Oswalt)." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Scorsese moves through this cavalcade of bad behavior like a kid in a candy store." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/4 92% Philomena (2013) " Dame Judi Dench gives a warm and compelling performance in Philomena, a fact-based drama of maternal love and eternal regrets." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2013
3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Not only a riveting drama about quiet heroism, but an eye-opening look at a clash of cultures." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 22, 2013
4/4 97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity is, in the end, a perfect melding of the technological and the emotional." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/4 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Once the action picks up, Thor: The Dark World will satisfy Marvel fans and casual viewers alike." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3.5/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Sharp as a flaming arrow and as explosive as when one hits a powderkeg, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the rousing, thought-provoking action epic the first movie failed to be." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/4 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " The horror thriller We Are What We Are earns its chills gradually, turning the knob on our nerves so imperceptibly that you may not notice until, by the bloody conclusion, you're prying your fingernails from the armrests." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/4 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " The witty and fast-paced animated Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a lot more than leftovers." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton wrings some effective drama from the group home's day-to-day routine. But it's Larson who shines as the caring but emotionally bruised Grace." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/4 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Probably the most horrifying and, at the same time, compelling movie you're likely to see this year. It's difficult to endure, yet impossible not to watch." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell generate some cool scares and clever comic relief from Elise's junior colleagues, but a viewing of the first movie would benefit newbies." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/4 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Rookie director Stuart Blumberg overloads on movie references as he walks these characters predictably through their relationship problems, and you can set your watch to the inevitable relapse." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3/4 82% Prisoners (2013) " Villeneuve sets a dark, foreboding tone, aided by evocative cinematography by the great Roger A. Deakins, which holds the movie together even when the plot goes a bit loopy in the finale. " — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 76% Concussion (2013) " The slick look (by production designer Lisa Myers and art director Kevin P. O'Donnell) highlights the split between Abby's suburban oppression and her urban freedom." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 18, 2013
4/4 92% In a World... (2013) " Bell's script deftly dovetails Carol's professional angst with her daddy-daughter dilemma and her clumsy attempts at romance. Her dialogue is bouncy and funny, yet grounded in the characters' neurotic normalness." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 18% The Ultimate Life (2013) " The inspirational drama "The Ultimate Life" wears its heart on its sleeve so earnestly that it's easy to forgive the movie's heavy moralizing." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
3/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Writer-director David Gordon Green... lets the fractured friendship between Alvin and Lance make its own circuitous path, finding little gems along the way." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
1/4 34% Hell Baby (2013) " The jaw drops at the drought of laughs in the horror spoof "Hell Baby," especially considering the massive amount of comic talent in front of and behind the cameras." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " Only the brightest colors of the Crayola box are used, whether to sketch out the characters' motivations or illuminate the cartoony visual effects." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2/4 26% Planes (2013) " At the end of "Planes," you may wonder why it wasn't released straight to DVD, which is how I'd bet the promised sequel "Planes: Fire & Rescue" will be seen." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 47% We're The Millers (2013) " Then there's the idea of the primped and plastic Aniston playing a stripper, perhaps the least realistic portrayal of a sex worker since Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman."" — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Fans will eat this stuff up with a spoon, while any stray nonfans will likely spend the movie gauging the bubblegum tunes and matching faces to names. (By the end, I could finally tell bandmates Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson apart.)" — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
2.5/4 58% Riddick (2013) " So disconnected from its previous installments - the 2000 survival thriller "Pitch Black" and the 2004 fantasy "The Chronicles of Riddick" - that maybe they should have started from scratch." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Sep 10, 2013
3.5/4 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Together, Teller and Woodley have a chemistry that Hollywood would bottle if it could." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3.5/4 30% Austenland (2013) " Hess, making her directing debut and co-writing with Utah author Shannon Hale to adapt Hale's comic novel, manages to hit a sweet spot between Miss Austen's wry observations and "Napoleon Dynamite's" blissful wackiness." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
4/4 98% Blackfish (2013) " It's a riveting tale that will make you rethink where humans and orcas fall in the natural food chain and the corporate one." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Allen includes some nicely offbeat casting choices ... but mostly he gives the floor to Blanchett, who captures Jasmine's Xanax-popping neuroses with flinty brilliance." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3/4 74% You're Next (2013) " [The filmmakers] parcel out the gross-out moments carefully at first, building up the bump-in-the-night surprises without drenching the whole enterprise in fake blood. " — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
1.5/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " In the end, this 'City of Bones' is all gnawed-over scraps from other, better movies." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3.5/4 89% The World's End (2013) " Pegg is at his manic best here, presenting Gary's arrested adolescence as a badge of honor, while also hiding a sad secret that explains his fierce determination to finish the pub crawl even as the robots turn lethal." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3/4 93% The Hunt (2013) " Mikkelsen (now freaking out Americans as the title character of NBC's "Hannibal") gives the persecuted Lucas a gravity and an intensity that make for compelling viewing." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 16, 2013
3.5/4 95% A Hijacking (2013) " As immediate and as hard-hitting as a punch in the gut, sucking you into a tension-filled situation in the corporate offices and on the high seas." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 16, 2013
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