Maria Sciullo

Maria Sciullo
Maria Sciullo's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Publications: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a loving tribute to the essence of Fred Rogers. Coupled with Neville's documentary, it underscores the notion that in ugly times, a legacy of kindness and understanding can indeed be stronger than hate. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There is no way this film should work. But it does, and it's brilliant in introducing groan-worthy puns and quips that soften you up before the genuine blows that come later. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 69% Joker (2019) There's much to commend in Phoenix's performance, and the screenplay by Phillips and Scott Silver allows ample room for Arthur's inner fantasy life. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) When Zellweger's Judy finally sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," it's not just Dorothy's "I want" song from "The Wizard of Oz," it's a completely heartbreaking performance. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) "The Goldfinch" is a crazy quilt of scenes that faithfully tells Tartt's story. But while the book unfolds in first-person, mostly linear fashion, the screenplay by Peter Straughan might baffle anyone unfamiliar with the novel. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2.5/4 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) The shifting tone and certain absurdities of plot can't be forgiven (including a Microsoft exec's wife working on a MacBook). - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) "Toy Story 4" moves along briskly for 100 minutes, with the level of animation excellence you'd expect from Pixar. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4.5/5 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Almost everything in the film is gorgeously rendered: the colors, the costumes, the lovingly retro animation, Emily Blunt's cheeky eye rolls."Mary Poppins Returns" in some ways surpasses the original classic, and that's saying something. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This animated gem is what we hope for when we go to the movies. It's fun and smart and manages to balance the usual Marvel Universe superhero angst against a silly sensibility. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
87% First Man (2018) It's at its strongest when illuminating the wonders of rockets, modules, science and math. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The terrors of Eighth Grade are completely relatable. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
87% Grey Gardens (2009) Michael Sucsy directs an HBO version that takes a little of this, a little of that, in building toward a (sort-of) happy ending that's hard to swallow. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3.5/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 seems less exotic and, understandably, less "new" than the 2004 film. It's more Mr. Mom meets Wonder Woman. Yet it's as emotionally fulfilling and definitely a top 10 Pixar production. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2.5/4 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Although it strongly embraces a sense of fun and derring-do...Depth of emotion is not its strong suit. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/4 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) There is a thrilling space opera somewhere in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, if only it could rise above the echoes of its original mythology. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3/4 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) "The Disaster Artist," James Franco's charming love letter to one of the most fabulously awful movies ever, earns "Hi Marks," indeed. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
3/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The look of Blade Runner 2049 tops the dark chaos of Blade Runner. Roger Deakins' cinematography and Dennis Gassner's production design are beyond stunning. It's hard to imagine anyone topping them for the Oscar. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
2.5/4 67% The Visit (2015) The Visit doesn't quite deliver a roundhouse punch. Unlike [M. Night] Shyamalan's early successes, there is no satisfying connection of emotions and events at the end. But it's scary and funny enough, and certainly well-made, to recommend. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/4 85% Trainwreck (2015) Trainwreck comes close to running off the rails only in the final act, when fantastical events occur. Even so, viewers can enjoy a great ride. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3/4 86% It (2017) It's scary and funny but by the time all is said and done, It falls short of being a classic. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's a lavish and entertaining enough retelling of the "tale as old as time." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3.5/4 96% Moana (2016) She's no official princess, but the girl can hold a tiara to Disney's legacy any day. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
2/4 22% American Pastoral (2016) The book is dense and by turns unwieldy and lovely and troubled. Streamlined into a screenplay by John Romano ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), the narrative loses much of the complexity, and the resulting film borders on family melodrama. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
3/4 98% Don't Think Twice (2016) Don't Think Twice, written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, is full of cringe-worthy, oh-no moments. But beyond its subject, jealousy, desperation and sadness run neck-and-neck with the funny stuff. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Bubblier than a prosecco cocktail, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a fake cinematic documentary that (mostly) pulls off a tough feat: it lampoons music genres that are insanely over-the-top. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
47% Whitney (2015) With so much of this family's lives on display, including that of the couple's only child, Bobbi Kristina, it's hard to really buy into the story writer Shem Bitterman is selling. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
52% Flowers in the Attic (2014) This is material that screams for a campy touch, but director Deborah Chow and teleplay writer Kayla Alpert tell the tale with mostly straight faces. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2014
No Score Yet Lovestruck: The Musical (2013) Bubbly as a diet soda and about as substantial, ABC Family's Lovestruck: The Musical offers up a pleasant little diversion for a spring evening. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2013