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

Showing 51 - 100 of 1187
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
2/4 50% Not Today (2013) " Jon Van Dyke's "Not Today" doesn't qualify as a good movie, but it's built on an admirable foundation of good intentions. " — Washington Post
Posted Apr 12, 2013
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " A bold, imaginative, poetic and, admittedly, frustrating piece of filmmaking that's always engaging and frequently beautiful. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 5, 2013
4/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) " "Jurassic Park" was impressive in 1993. Twenty years later, it's flawless." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 4, 2013
4.5/5 68% Stoker (2013) " The first unquestionably outstanding film of 2013." — Film Racket
Posted Apr 3, 2013
3.5/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " Fires on all cylinders when it drops all pretense and allows its talented cast to simply belt out a series of pure, unfiltered slices of ear candy. " — Film Racket
Posted Apr 3, 2013
3/4 75% Murph: The Protector (2013) " By celebrating an actual American hero, "Murph" reminds audiences that bells and whistles, budgets and effects aren't necessary so long as filmmakers have human stories of bravery and valor to tell." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 22, 2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Because it mirrors Die Hard instead of desperately trying to one-up the first masterpiece, it succeeds as being the most entertaining Die Hard sequel we've seen in years." — Movies.com
Posted Mar 21, 2013
2.5/5 70% The Croods (2013) " Its sentimental messages are garbled by its noisy, repetitive action sequences." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 21, 2013
3.5/5 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " If we're being honest, Korine's Spring Breakers is a better movie-going experience than it is an actual movie." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 19, 2013
2.5/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " A decent comedy about dueling magicians that - ironically - says interesting things about pushing the envelope to entertain the audience ... then stops short of pushing the envelope itself. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 15, 2013
1/4 16% The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) " Without spoiling anything, I will say that The Last Exorcism Part II ends on an open note that teases a legitimately engaging setup for a potential third movie. But really, the producers of this series should quit while they're behind." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 1, 2013
1.5/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Yippee Ki-Yuck." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 14, 2013
2.5/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " Identity Thief could be mistaken for the latest Todd Phillips comedy. Whether that's an endorsement or a warning depends on your tastes. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2.5/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters packs one out-of-left-field surprise, but it arrives during the opening credits, and the delicious twists dissipate as the film trudges along. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jan 25, 2013
2/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " Takes the universal milestone of turning a certain age and narrows it down through specific observations that only speak to affluent, SoCal suburbanites who own their own companies, have a foothold in the entertainment industry and fart in bed. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Dec 21, 2012
2/5 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the best Twilight movie ever made. That doesn't mean it's good." — Movies.com
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2.5/5 90% Lincoln (2012) " Plays like a two-hour speech, a solemn slog to a foregone conclusion, a dreary march to the inevitable. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Nov 9, 2012
3/4 77% The Bay (2012) " A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist. " — Washington Post
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2/4 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) " For the most part, "Boom" lazily follows Adam Sandler's proven recipe for box-office success." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 94% The House I Live In (2012) " An absorbing, disturbing sit." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " Shines a welcome spotlight on science and knowledge, with a whip-smart, lonely hero who just wants his canine best friend to stick around a while longer." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 9, 2012
3.5/4 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " It will become one of those movies this generation turns to when it wants to say, "This is how it was for us, and this is how we survived it." For teenagers - and those of us who were teenagers once - it's truly remarkable." — Movies.com
Posted Oct 9, 2012
1.5/4 55% V/H/S (2012) " "V/H/S" probably sounded great in the pitch meeting, but it loses all luster through some shoddy execution." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/4 33% Butter (2012) " We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 5, 2012
2.5/5 33% Won't Back Down (2012) " It's the cast that rescues Won't Back Down from TV-movie-of-the-week-dom. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3.5/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " The clichés surrounding Tartakovsky's classic creature characters provide an endless well of comedic inspiration." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Sep 26, 2012
3/4 78% Dredd (2012) " This, finally, is the Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 21, 2012
3/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " While it's easy to admire the film's massive scope - and the adroit method in which the film is presented - it's hard not to notice that, for all its big ideas, the film's more intimate and small than you might expect. " — Movies.com
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " A striking, bold, brash, passionate and provocative adaptation that breathes fire into a Russian classic. It's a must-see." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) " Not since Jaws has the sound of ocean water heard on a movie screen been so terrifying. " — Movies.com
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/4 85% The Master (2012) " It's an actor's showcase that's impeccably shot and beautifully projected on 70mm. It's a film student's dream, an audience's challenge, and a worthy addition to PTA's formidable canon on the flaws of mankind. " — Movies.com
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) " By the end, "Rust" cast a spell over me, but man, did it take nearly the entire length of the film for me to figure out what it was trying to do." — Hollywood News
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3.5/4 93% Amour (2012) " The unflinching "Amour" captures a loving couple's last days with documentary-worthy realism, nailing the frustrations, struggles and small joys that often come with the caretaking of a loved one." — Hollywood News
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2.5/4 93% Looper (2012) " "Looper" successfully closes its loop. For some, that will be enough. But the screenplay takes a few shortcuts to reach its destination, hiding behind the truth that when the future is unpredictable, present day is allowed to be vague." — Movies.com
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 84% Sleepwalk With Me (2012) " It's far too similar to every other star-is-born sob story the entertainment industry churns out with ease. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 24, 2012
2.5/4 20% Thunderstruck (2012) " Sells itself on durable messages about strong work ethic, the importance of community relations and playing to one's individual potential." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 24, 2012
2/5 61% The Awakening (2012) " Exquisite production design and admirable performances can't overcome the lackluster scares." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 22, 2012
3/4 87% ParaNorman (2012) " A colorfully macabre stop-motion animation comedy that embraces the sociopolitical allegories of George A. Romero's zombie pictures and reworks them into a feature-length episode of "Scooby-Doo."" — Washington Post
Posted Aug 17, 2012
4/5 89% Compliance (2012) " It's all but guaranteed we'll each arrive at different breaking points while watching Zobel's pressure-cooker of a movie. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Aug 16, 2012
3/4 51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 3, 2012
2/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " "Step Up: You've Seen All This Before" would be more accurate, but Summit Entertainment's marketing department knows that wouldn't help sell tickets." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) " It's never quite sure what do with its sci-fi premise, so it winds up doing very little at all. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/4 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " Logic may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 13, 2012
4/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " A fresh perspective. It's another artist taking a stab at a classic character. And I adore it. There are subtle creative differences, but the joy comes in absorbing the nuances of this alternate Spider-Man universe." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Jun 27, 2012
2.5/5 34% Battleship (2012) " The whole movie feels like Roland Emmerich's sperm and Michael Bay's sperm fertilized an egg Tony Scott cryogenically froze back in 1986, producing a "baby" with qualities of all of its "birth" fathers." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 18, 2012
3/5 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) " When it works, it's because genuinely funny people are elevating tempered material." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 17, 2012
2/4 38% Dark Shadows (2012) " A colorful yet empty Big Top to house yet another collection of circus oddities that are presided over by one of Depp's traditional ringleaders." — Movies.com
Posted May 10, 2012
3/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " Goldthwait aims at a lot of easy targets. But he knocks them down without breaking much of a sweat, like a grown man punching bullies on the elementary school playground. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted May 10, 2012
1.5/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) " Even by Stooges standards, it's overly juvenile and totally dumb." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " Lazy, stupid, recycled, immature, predictable, unfunny ... a pathetic attempt by a dead franchise to scrape the bottom of an already filthy barrel and squeeze a few more dollars from audience members seeking clichéd nostalgia. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 5, 2012
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