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
3/4 80% 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 62% 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 92% 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 7% 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 66% 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 28% 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 78% 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 50% 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 19% 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 16% 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 31% 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 84% 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 77% 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
86% Chef (2014) "With his "passion project" comedy Chef, Jon Favreau reminds us why we liked him in the first place. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
98% Citizenfour (2014) "Citizenfour doesn't paint Snowden as a hero, but Poitras' insightful examination of his motives and personality is gripping. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) "If you're not already a fan of Australian-born rocker Nick Cave, the hyper-stylized documentary 20,000 Days on Earth will make you one -- and increase your knowledge of and appreciation for the artistic process at work. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3/4 79% The Theory of Everything (2014) "It's the sort of slightly dry, just-the-facts storytelling you might think a scientist would endorse. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
35./4 92% Pride (2014) "The script's many small moments are catnip for the cast. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "Watching "A Most Wanted Man" now, knowing that it's the last time we'll see Hoffman explore such an imperfect soul, just makes the experience that much more engrossing. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 96% Ida (2014) "The lead actresses bring power and pain to their roles. Kulesza captures the bitterness of Wanda's life as a cynical Communist apparatchik, while Trzebuchowska gives quiet grace and strength to Anna. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 74% Godzilla (2014) "Edwards exercises a sure hand marshalling the special effects needed to make Gojira's brawls realistic. He also pivots smoothly from the skyscraper-size action to the human drama at the monsters' feet. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) "There's an eerie brilliance and a haunting beauty to "Under the Skin," writer-director Jonathan Glazer's beyond-strange exploration of what it means to be human - seen from an outside perspective. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 5, 2015
89% The Imitation Game (2014) "It has flashes of brilliance, but can't sustain that greatness through its air of self-importance. It seems so bent on being a great movie that it falls short of being a good one. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2015
95% Nightcrawler (2014) "As its title implies, writer-director Dan Gilroy's L.A. noir drama Nightcrawler will get under your skin with its profile of a go-getter whose ambition and amorality know no bounds. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 4, 2015
98% The Babadook (2014) "The Australian thriller The Babadook is one of the most terrifying horror movies this year, because it roots its shocks in the most primal of emotions: mother love. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 3, 2015
93% Birdman (2014) "[Keaton gives] a take-no-prisoners performance that's as fearless, as exhilaratingly insane, as the movie that barely contains it. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) "The result is as offbeat as any of Anderson's films, but more heartfelt than most. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg deftly move between future and past, presenting the parallel storylines coherently and gracefully. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/4 98% Boyhood (2014) "It's a journey, seldom seen on film, that will fascinate and move you with every step. " ‐ Salt Lake Tribune
Posted Jan 2, 2015
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