Sean Means

Sean Means

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film.com , Salt Lake Tribune
Total Reviews:
2166
Total QuickRatings:
4

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 62% Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014) " Writer-director Carter Smith sets a brooding, chilly atmosphere, but he also writes opaquely vague dialogue and includes in a subplot involving Adam's mother (Liv Tyler) that goes nowhere." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 26, 2014
4/4 98% A Summer's Tale (2014) " This one perfectly captures the promise of summer love, of flings that may not lead anywhere and probably weren't supposed to, practiced by young people who believe everything good lies ahead of them." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2.5/4 61% Hercules (2014) " It's Dwayne Johnson, the artist formerly known as "The Rock," playing Hercules, the strongman demigod of Greek legend. Movies don't come any more basic, and straight-forward, than that." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 65% Lucy (2014) " Those expecting a straight-ahead action movie in Luc Besson's "Lucy" may find this sci-fi head-scratcher a little crazy - but I don't think it's crazy enough." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 65% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " A good example, to borrow a foodie analogy, of a good chef turning mundane ingredients into a tasty dish." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 32% The Giver (2014) " A solid thriller brimming with interesting ideas -- and only feels derivative because other titles have gotten to the screen first." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " Even more tortured is the way the movie drops in its "protect the planet" talking points while also delivering an inspirational "live for today" homily - two messages inherently opposed to each other." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The wild card is Gibson, who reminds us that he's always magnetic onscreen, no matter what you might think of him as a human being." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 21% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Jokes are mostly absent, and what few exist dive into the deep end of the bad-taste pool. Johnson and Wayans, whatever comic chemistry they have on TV, are hard-pressed to fill the void." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Director James Gunn tosses together a dizzying blend of superhero bravado, outer-space adventure and off-the-wall comedy that introduces the strangest and most enjoyable bunch of rogues ever to inhabit the same spaceship." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " The self-consciously stylized "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is so driven to capture its peculiar visual aesthetic that it obliterates everything else - character, narrative, emotion and logic - to achieve it." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " A ridiculously plotted and distressingly violent action movie that never makes the case for its own existence." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " Too often, the story falls prey to strained melodrama, such as when a star running back (Alexander Ludwig) confronts his trophy-seeking father (Clancy Brown)." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 38% If I Stay (2014) " [The] script by Shauna Cross ("Whip It") ... leans too heavily on sentimentalism and thick slabs of cliché-filled narration." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1/4 0% Persecuted (2014) " Lusko's leaden dialogue and heavy-handed symbolism is as unintentionally comical as the miscasting of Fox News host Gretchen Carlson as a journalist." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 21, 2014
1/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " When a horror movie insists in the opening frames that it's "based on" or "inspired by" a true story, the movie that follows is more likely to be idiotic." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
4/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " "Snowpiercer" delivers tension, and surprises in ways that belie the conventional wisdom that blockbuster action movies must be brainless, soulless enterprises." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
2.5/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " The boys' charm and camaraderie make the movie's more formulaic moments go down easier." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
3/4 24% Tammy (2014) " [McCarthy has] layers, some grit under the jokey façade, and a determination to find -- or, if necessary, create -- the roles that bring out those different shades." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
1.5/4 8% America (2014) " The ways D'Souza appropriates famous figures and misreads history (slavery wasn't so bad, because all civilizations did it, he argues at one point) are ludicrous." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jul 3, 2014
55% The Signal (2014) " A fascinating head-scratcher, where the audience's bewilderment is equal parts clever scripting and random weirdness." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jun 13, 2014
2.5/4 27% Farmland (2014) " The farmers interviewed in "Farmland" seem sincere, but the industry's backing raises some troubling credibility questions." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/4 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The sexuality that builds tension early ends up being ultimately a distraction." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2/4 55% Breathe In (2014) " [Doremus] telegraphs the film's intentions early and builds at a ponderous, self-important pace toward a trite, unsatisfying finish." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
2/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " You could set your watch to the action beats, except you'd keep checking to see if your watch stopped, because the dialogue scenes between the explosions are so sluggishly paced." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
3.5/4 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " A thriller that feels natural and improvisational, even when you know it's so tightly plotted it will make you drive your fingernails into the armrests." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted May 2, 2014
3/4 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Firth is especially good, showing Eric as he battles to put aside his rage to find forgiveness for his haunted ex-tormenter." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 86% Joe (2014) " Director-writer David Gordon Green's quietly intense character study is a movie that reminds us that Nicolas Cage can still be a great actor when he wants to be." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3.5/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The most enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking to come along in ages. It's even better because it's about a movie that never was." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/4 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Walker is charismatic, as always, and this movie just reminds us why we'll miss him." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
1.5/4 24% The Other Woman (2014) " There's only one thing I can say to the scattershot, scatterbrained comedy "The Other Woman": This isn't working out, and I need to start seeing other movies." — Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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 84% 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 89% 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 79% 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 74% 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 62% 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 91% 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 93% 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 50% 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
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