Shirley Sealy

Shirley Sealy

Agrees with the Tomatometer 68% of the time.

Publications:
Film Journal International
Total Reviews:
192

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22% A Long Way Down (2014) " The plot of A Long Way Down is as awkward and annoying as they come, but some really good acting by the film's four major stars almost makes this one worth seeing. Almost." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2014
27% The Love Punch (2014) " Critics - and viewers - will either huffily reject all this nonsense out of hand, wondering how such intelligent, quick-witted performers...could stoop to this level of moviemaking. Or, they'll take a deep breath, relax, and go with it." — Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2014
14% Blended (2014) " Overall, Sandler's fans may be disappointed, for Blended could have been a lot funnier than it is. Maybe he's simply getting tired of the same old shtick -- for, truthfully, in this film Sandler looks tired." — Film Journal International
Posted May 22, 2014
84% Last Passenger (2014) " Altogether, this is a brilliantly done entry in the non-blockbuster suspense genre -- of which we haven't had enough lately." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 24, 2014
50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Let's also hope that Kristin Wiig gets back to what she does best. Ditto the other fine actors in this flat, essentially anti-movie movie." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " Le Week-end becomes a wacky battle of the sexes that's sometimes amusing but more often harrowing." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 13, 2014
8% Chlorine (2014) " An apt alternate title for this lightweight comedy/drama might be A Woodchuck in the Suburbs - for, like the slightly more serious The Wolf of Wall Street, it shows that no matter where they are, greed makes people do crazy things." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2014
8% Cavemen (2014) " It's truly a mystery as to how this movie got made -- and why anybody (excluding horny L.A. guys) would want to see it." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 5, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " For the truth is, despite all of its emotional excesses, Labor Day works -- thanks to director Reitman, who's fast becoming known as a "woman's director," and who elicits a deeply sincere and moving performance from Kate Winslet..." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 30, 2013
50% Five Dances (2013) " Anyone not associated with the world of modern dance and/or anyone not fixated on the bodies of agile young men will find little of interest in this slow, claustrophobic film " — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 14, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Any revulsion the viewer might feel toward Jon's solitary cyber-sex is counteracted by the sheer charm Gordon-Levitt exudes as Don Jon, and by the light touch he brings to his beautifully paced script." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) " Thanks to this wonderful film, we may now understand a little better what those girls are up against, and how even a modest step forward-like riding a bike-should be celebrated. " — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 10, 2013
63% Byzantium (2013) " Director Neil Jordan takes another look at vampires in this most original and beautiful-and adult-movie treatment of the genre to date." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 27, 2013
64% Unfinished Song (2013) " Unfinished Song may prove too twee, as the Brits say, for members of America's AARP set. On the other hand, they may want to see it just to find out what Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp have been up to lately." — Film Journal International
Posted Jun 21, 2013
25% Phantom (2013) " Even some faultless acting in the lead roles cannot redeem the preposterous goings-on in this throwback of a suspense thriller set aboard a Russian nuclear submarine at the height of the Cold War." — Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2013
27% Saving Lincoln (2013) " Film about Abraham Lincoln and his "best friend" and bodyguard is weakened by a bare-bones script, but greatly strengthened by the director's invention of a visual technique that even Steven Spielberg might envy." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 14, 2013
50% In Our Nature (2012) " Brian Savelson generally eschews emotional fireworks to create this small and intimate study of how difficult it is to repair broken relationships while trying to preserve those that look promising." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 6, 2012
20% My Uncle Rafael (2012) " For anyone who has the bad luck to see this vanity production, it will be remembered as one of the worst films of the year--if not the decade." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
70% Liberal Arts (2012) " From a morally dubious dramatic premise, Josh Radnor has not only created a wonderful and gently entertaining movie, he's also given this youth-obsessed world a strong argument for doing the right thing-i.e., acting like a grown-up." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 14, 2012
74% Hope Springs (2012) " A thoughtful yet funny movie about how difficult it is for a married couple to maintain a close and sexy bond over the long haul. The pitch-perfect chemistry of Streep and Jones makes it a must-see for anyone who's been in a relationship, or hopes to be." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 6, 2012
28% Crazy Eyes (2012) " The only audience likely to respond favorably to this vanity production about the slow, painful self-discovery of a rich, young Hollywood filmmaker would be other rich, young and screwed-up Hollywood filmmakers. But even they might be put off." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 5, 2012
18% For Greater Glory (2012) " Admirable but flawed attempt to enlighten and entertain film audiences by dramatizing an important but long-hidden 20th-century Mexican war. Succeeds as a history lesson, but fails rather glumly as entertaining and/or gripping cinema." — Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2012
97% Paul Williams Still Alive (2012) " Documentary begins with the wrong premise but still emerges as a disarming portrait of a gifted songwriter whose fame has diminished since his heyday." — Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2012
78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " A surprisingly witty and touching fable that gets its charm and considerable zest for life from what has to be the finest cast of actors in any movie this year." — Film Journal International
Posted May 2, 2012
94% Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) " A sweetly told documentary about a puppet-maker who is now one of the prime movers on "Sesame Street," the longest-running children's show in television." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 24, 2011
75% Blackthorn (2011) " The performances by Shepard and Rea make this a movie worth seeing--as does the opportunity to visually drink in the seldom-seen beauty and stark magnificence of Bolivia's high country." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 30, 2011
90% Journey From Zanskar (2011) " As moving and as visually spectacular as this documentary can be, it fails to find a dramatic high point, and in the end leaves its exotic subjects-and therefore the viewers-in something of a limbo." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 23, 2011
55% The Conspirator (2011) " Director Robert Redford takes a linear, no-nonsense approach in recreating the political and legal controversy surrounding the military trial of Mary Surratt...The result is a compelling historical drama with resonance in the here and now." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 14, 2011
19% Just Go with It (2011) " Attention boys and girls over 13! Adam Sandler's traveling moviemaking circus is rolling out yet another monster hit! Girls in bikinis! Smutty jokes and laughable freaks! Step right up, boys and girls!" — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 11, 2011
33% Every Day (2011) " Low-suds soap opera about the trendy "sandwich generation" travails of a hip, well-off New York family." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 18, 2011
55% Welcome to the Rileys (2010) " Sensitive performances by James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo--and a sensationally sleazy one by Kristen Stewart--are simply not enough to enliven this downer of a movie about profound grief and how it makes people behave in strange ways--very strange ways." — Film Journal International
Posted Oct 28, 2010
89% Waiting for Superman (2010) " Controversy is already swirling around this powerful and important documentary exposing the shocking state of America's educational system and vividly demonstrating how it is failing the nation and devastating the lives of individual families." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2010
36% Eat Pray Love (2010) " Despite splendid scenery and an appealing Julia Roberts, the film of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-seller about her year-long spiritual quest fails to capture the humor and uplift of the book." — Film Journal International
Posted Aug 17, 2010
45% Just Wright (2010) " Bland, predictable romantic vehicle for a miscast Queen Latifah." — Film Journal International
Posted May 13, 2010
31% Paper Man (2010) " ...with Paper Man they've dived with gleeful abandon into that big quirky pond, to sink or swim. Well, at least they don't drown" — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 22, 2010
20% The Last Song (2010) " The girls who've grown up adoring Miley Cyrus as TV's teenage Hannah Montana will undoubtedly flock to see their heroine in her first "adult" dramatic film." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 1, 2010
42% Turning Green (2005) " Sometimes sweet but invariably slight and old-fashioned coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Ireland." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 13, 2009
16% Crossing Over (2009) " In its intensely earnest and utterly relentless pursuit of the whole truth--and nothing but the truth--about the evils of immigration policy in the United States, Crossing Over sometimes borders on the ridiculous." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2009
71% The Great Buck Howard (2009) " An essentially lightweight tale about a showbiz has-been as seen through the starry eyes of a showbiz wannabe becomes a surprisingly entertaining vehicle for the heavyweight comedic talents of John Malkovich." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 23, 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey (2009) " A gentle, modern-day love story for those who believe it's never too late to find romance. Good idea, but even such consummate pros as Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson can't make it soar." — Film Journal International
Posted Dec 29, 2008
91% Transsiberian (2008) " Transsiberian is a cool movie--and not just because it takes place in the sub-zero terrain of Siberia." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 21, 2008
30% A Previous Engagement (2008) " There are a few laughs in A Previous Engagement, but not nearly enough." — Film Journal International
Posted May 9, 2008
84% Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) " Sarah Marshall is chock-a-block with scene-stealers." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 15, 2008
77% Body of War (2008) " Anti-war messages don't get any more powerful than this." — Film Journal International
Posted Apr 9, 2008
56% Charlie Bartlett (2007) " Let's get back to movies that make us laugh about teenage sex -- somehow they seem a lot healthier." — Film Journal International
Posted Feb 21, 2008
22% Mad Money (2008) " Mad Money> proves both fresh and funny and, in an odd way, uplifting in its moral ambiguity." — Film Journal International
Posted Jan 22, 2008
37% August Rush (2007) " Egregiously self-indulgent and mawkish fairy tale." — Film Journal International
Posted Nov 20, 2007
39% Feast of Love (2007) " One of those rare cinematic treats that, for most of us, will go down easily and leave us with a sweet, mellow aftertaste." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 25, 2007
10% The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2007) " Thanks to the lumbering pace of Auster's script and the lugubrious way he directs this ostensible romantic fantasy, Martin and his muse fail, miserably, to amuse." — Film Journal International
Posted Sep 7, 2007
7% License to Wed (2007) " The chief reason why nothing works here is that the actors, talented performers all, just don't seem to be in the same movie." — Film Journal International
Posted Jul 3, 2007
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