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:
1201
Location:
Charlotte, NC, where Gwyneth Paltrow weighs 350 lbs.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 1201
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 37% 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 clich├ęd nostalgia. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Apr 5, 2012
4/5 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " relentless... a pressure cooker of action movie endurance" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Mar 22, 2012
4/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Ross and crew succeed in converting Collins' best-selling text to the screen, and fans should reward their efforts. When it comes to The Hunger Games, the odds are ever in this film's favor. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 16, 2012
2/5 51% John Carter (2012) " Arid, barren Barsoom is a dull environment for a sci-fi blockbuster, and the consequences of the conflicts happening on screen are small. John Carter just never pulled me in." — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Mar 2, 2012
3.5/5 25% Act of Valor (2012) " It's the closest you can come to experiencing a military mission from the perspective of a Navy SEAL without actually enlisting. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/5 26% This Means War (2012) " A little bit of the frivolous helium McG injected into the goofy Angels series might have helped lift War off the ground, because this humorless bird rarely takes flight over its near-two-hour run. " — CinemaBlend.com
Posted Feb 14, 2012
2.5/4 29% The Vow (2012) " As the patient spouse, Tatum has to play frustrated, enamored, short-tempered, amused, and defeated. He's better at some than others, it's true, but he rarely looks lost on screen here." — Movies.com
Posted Feb 10, 2012
3/4 66% We Bought a Zoo (2011) " Crowe simply remembers how to make a sweet story. He allows his huge heart to prevail in a moving coda that, while manipulative, helped me buy into this sentimental tone poem to simple destiny. " — Movies.com
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " Brad Bird's Mission made me feel like a kid again." — Movies.com
Posted Feb 3, 2012
2.5/4 40% Red Tails (2012) " The film carries important messages about camaraderie, persistence, fortitude and courage in the face of nearly impossible obstacles." — Movies.com
Posted Feb 3, 2012
3/4 85% Chronicle (2012) " I'm poking fun at Trank's budget (or lack thereof), but I'm honestly impressed by what he and Landis are able to accomplish with what little money they must have had." — Movies.com
Posted Feb 3, 2012
4/5 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " Spielberg's first attempt at animation is stunning" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 24, 2011
2/4 12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) " "Chipwrecked" serves up more of the derivative chaos that floats this franchise's boat." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 16, 2011
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) " rockets forward in enthralling -- and ultimately exhausting -- fashion" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 15, 2011
3/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Yep, that's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."" — Hollywood News
Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 7% New Year's Eve (2011) " safe, palatable, homogenized entertainment" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Dec 8, 2011
3.5/4 79% Shame (2011) " It's rife with sexual tension, yet doesn't rush the dance, so to speak. McQueen and Fassbender share an intense collaboration marked by raw emotion and graphic sexuality." — Hollywood News
Posted Dec 2, 2011
5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " it just might be the best movie you'll see all year. " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Nov 23, 2011
4.5/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " for these talented collaborators, the time is now, and The Descendants is the pinnacle of their successes" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Nov 17, 2011
2.5/4 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " Hands its reigns over to Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon and, not coincidentally, produces the franchise's sturdiest installment." — Hollywood News
Posted Nov 17, 2011
1.5/4 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " Atkinson has amassed a loyal following who will no doubt support "English" in theaters. But most will leave disappointed, thinking, "Bean there, done that."" — Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2011
1.5/4 35% The Thing (2011) " Here's the thing about the new "The Thing." It isn't as satisfying as the old "The Thing." And it's nowhere near as enthralling as the vintage "Thing," which inspired every other "Thing" to follow." — Washington Post
Posted Oct 14, 2011
2.5/4 82% Dolphin Tale (2011) " A heartwarmingly hokey and accessible production." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3.5/4 93% Drive (2011) " This genre film does what it does so well, and with such impressive directorial finesse, you won't mind stepping into the criminal muck and covering yourself in the blood and filth of some ice-cold thieves." — Hollywood News
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/4 93% 50/50 (2011) " Takes what I believe is one of the most realistic approaches to cancer and cancer treatment you'll see on screen, but remembers to treat its potentially delicate subject matter with a blunt sense of humor. " — Hollywood News
Posted Sep 11, 2011
3/4 94% Moneyball (2011) " "As is the case with most memorable sports films, Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" engages, amuses and educates us with moments that happen off the field of play, rather than with what happens on it."" — Hollywood News
Posted Sep 9, 2011
3/4 83% Warrior (2011) " "Soul of a lion." I jotted that down. For with "Warrior," it seems to apply." — Reelrave
Posted Sep 8, 2011
2/4 14% Seven Days In Utopia (2011) " Russell's spoon-feeding of motivational nuggets turns to full-blown shoveling in the film's final minutes..." — Washington Post
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3/4 72% Fright Night (2011) " It improves on the premise it has been handed, producing a modernized version of a decades-old story that's superior to its predecessor in virtually every aspect." — Washington Post
Posted Aug 19, 2011
1/4 22% The Smurfs (2011) " I wouldn't smurf Gosnell's 'The Smurfs' on my smurfiest enemy." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 29, 2011
2.5/5 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " Favreau delivers on the promise of Cowboys & Aliens by delivering cowboys and aliens, but for the first time in his 10-year directing career, there isn't a lot waiting for us beyond the filmmaker's basic plot summary" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/4 79% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) " Instead of mailing in a half-hearted origin story ... Joe Johnston went ahead and turned his Captain America film into a rousing period thriller that expands on the Marvel mythology while also working as a standalone summer blockbuster." — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 22, 2011
2.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " Casting carries "Zookeeper" over its roughest patches. The vocal guest stars are inspired." — Washington Post
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/5 38% Monte Carlo (2011) " a zany mistaken-identity comedy modeled after the amateurish body-swapping comedies of the 1980s" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2/5 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " pat and condescending" — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jul 1, 2011
2/5 39% Cars 2 (2011) " heartless, convoluted, and boring " — Filmcritic.com
Posted Jun 23, 2011
2.5/4 26% Green Lantern (2011) " While Campbell's film is handcuffed by the formula assigned to every single superhero origin story to date, "Green Lantern" constructs some elaborately fantastic universes for the intergalactic portion of its story." — Hollywood News
Posted Jun 17, 2011
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