Clint O'Connor

Clint O'Connor
Tomatometer-approved critic

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
B- 69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) If you like your movies light and fluffy, or just want to gawk at a shirtless Liam Hemsworth, your yacht awaits. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) The family friendly film provides smiles for kids and enough pop culture references and inside jokes for adults to laugh along. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's not an impression; it's a rendering. And a good one. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
A 66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale is mind-blowingly amazing in the lead role. Let's give him the Oscar right now. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) The three leads are all splendid, especially Weisz. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
B+ 94% Wildlife (2018) In a film of stand-out performances, Mulligan's is the most fully realized, unspooling Jeanette's desperation and discovering suppressed, buried pieces of herself from moment to moment. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) It is well-acted, well-intentioned and heartfelt. But it can also be a slog with repetitive, paint-by-numbers scenes that rob the film of a compelling narrative arc. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Cooper deserves the accolades, but it's Gaga people will be talking about as they leave the theater. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/4 45% The Meg (2018) It does provide an entertaining ride for a few air-conditioned hours at the multiplex. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/4 93% Blindspotting (2018) Diggs' charisma goes a long way toward drawing the audience in. We're rooting for him to succeed. And yeah, his dopey friend, too. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham nicely captures the quirks and cadences of teen-speak. In that sense, Eighth Grade also serves as a nifty time capsule of 2018. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
2.5/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The character remains strong. The script, not so much. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2.5/4 88% Whitney (2018) Where Macdonald does succeed is through his amazing access to the principals in Houston's life. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) There is a live-action preamble attached to the film with Bird and the voice actors apologizing and explaining that these kinds of films take forever to make. We get it. No apology necessary. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
2.5/4 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 has more in common with the original Ocean's 11 from 1960... but it is fun to hang out and enjoy the star power for a few hours. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3.5/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The sequel is not a letdown. It may not be as refreshingly clever as the first Deadpool, but it certainly delivers in laughs and lunacy. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
2.5/4 85% Tully (2018) It's a compelling performance worthy of an Oscar nomination, but I'm afraid the film won't have enough juice to get [Theron] there. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/4 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) [Chris] Pratt jumps from blustery to goofy to vulnerable to insecure to funny with ease, as he trades barbs with Thor and his own sidekicks. Dude has charisma to spare. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3.5/4 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Clever, funny, sharply written and utterly ridiculous, it brims with the writer-director's signature deadpan humor and excruciating attention to detail. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
1.5/4 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Instead of a compelling narrative flow, [A Wrinkle in Time] comes at us in dribs and drabs, exchanging pacing and dramatic build-up for static set pieces. Characters get shortchanged. Just as they might become interesting, we cut away. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/4 84% Game Night (2018) It helps that [Jason] Bateman and [Rachel] McAdams are two of our most affable movie stars. They are both deft at delivering dry asides and getting caught up in the more manic moments. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 91% Phantom Thread (2018) In Phantom Thread, Anderson has the intriguing setting and characters but not much drama. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
2.5/4 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It is pleasant enough, as a character study of Elio, but it doesn't offer much in terms of dramatic payoff. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
4/4 88% The Post (2018) The Post deals with weighty issues about government cover-ups and freedom of the press. But don't be scared off if you're afraid it's one big history lesson. This drama from Steven Spielberg is also a lot of fun. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
4/4 89% I, Tonya (2018) In an excellent, Oscar-worthy performance, Margot Robbie steals the screen as Tonya. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
1/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Because Woody Allen makes a movie every year, some of them are bound to be clunkers. Wonder Wheel is one of the clunkiest. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3.5/4 91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand is in fine form as the foul-mouthed Mildred, ready to chew up anyone in her way. In a blink, Rockwell goes from over-the-top to subtle to hateful to sympathetic. Harrelson is also marvelous, hiding any personal pain and fears behind a smirk. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2.5/4 78% Last Flag Flying (2017) We know where the Last Flag Flying filmmakers want to take us emotionally, but their efforts veer toward the obvious and clunky. And despite some poignant moments, the characters don't always ring true. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/4 97% Coco (2017) Coco celebrates Mexico, its people and traditions, and flows easily between English and Spanish. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
2.5/4 84% Wonder (2017) Wonder is a sweet, heartfelt film that makes you feel good about the strong people who stand up to bullying, harassment and stupidity. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) A deflated Batman may have looked intriguing on the page. But on screen, he comes across as sleepy. Quick. To the Bat Cave. Fire up the Espresso machine, Alfred! - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3.5/4 86% My Friend Dahmer (2017) At the heart of My Friend Dahmer is a remarkable performance by Ross Lynch. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Fortunately, the charismatic Hemsworth is such good company, you're willing to play along and cruise past the roadblocks. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Director Denis Villeneuve and crew have lovingly embraced the weird, neo noir, sci-fi vibe of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner from 1982 and extended its bleak conception of the future to the mid-21st century. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/4 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) The actual tennis is the least important element of Battle of the Sexes. The film is much more interested in relationships and King's evolution. Its best moments come off the court, especially when King and company break off to form the WTA. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) While the film provides good, satirical fun, the animation does not seem as wondrous as the first film. But I'm also not 9. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
35% A Dog's Purpose (2017) Even though I possess the cynical, weary heart of a journalist, I thought it was a charming film filled with joyous moments. One that tugs at your heart and leaves a lump in your throat. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
2/4 69% mother! (2017) It was supposed to be an edgy, innovative, horror-mystery experience. Instead, it's a big pretentious pile of piffle. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
80% Chuck (2017) Chuck is an interesting character study, and thanks to Schreiber's self-deprecating narration and blunt confessionals, we feel for Wepner and his struggles. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) It's a powerful reminder of our ugly past and a hugely important topic, but it is not an especially captivating film. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) It's beautifully shot, with a panoramic depth and breadth of landscapes. It is also unrelenting. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Valerian is a rollicking sci-fi romp. Director Luc Besson transports us to the 28th century and a fantastical space-station city crammed with colorful creatures, ornery aliens, ominous robot-killers and glittering levels of visual treats. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
3/4 22% The Book of Henry (2017) The Book of Henry is a rare movie mix: A heart-tugging family drama that is also a thriller. Thanks to director Colin Trevorrow and writer Gregg Hurwitz, the two genres successfully co-exist to create a memorable and moving film experience. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Get ready for Gal Gadot to become etched in the pop culture pantheon of strong women who can kick some butt, slay a few stereotypes and own a movie. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Has any actor ever seemed as comfortable in a role as Johnny Depp channeling Capt. Jack Sparrow? I suppose it's the equivalent of us slapping on saggy sweat pants and a ratty T-shirt for some serious Sunday couch time. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2.5/4 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It's overwrought and overlong. Whereas the first Guardians soared, this one kind of lumbers toward the finish line. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
3.5/4 72% Beauty and the Beast (2017) I spent much of the film marveling at the amount of meticulous work that went into every set, every background, every costume. I wanted to hit pause so I could linger a bit on some of the more astonishing visual offerings. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) For all of its winning ways, Kong: Skull Island features some of the most empty, underwritten characters in memory. But you probably weren't expecting that anyway from this latest attempt to cash in on the legend of the giant gorilla. - Akron Beacon Journal EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
51% The World Is Not Enough (1999) What happens this time around? You know exactly what happens: Bond shoots people, has sex and saves the world. The beauty is, as with most Bond movies, it doesn't matter. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
A 92% Sicario (2015) Sicario grabs you in the opening frame, then refuses to let go. Director Denis Villeneuve and his sterling cast have created an unrelentingly intense crime thriller. - Cleveland Plain Dealer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2015