Michael McNeely

Michael McNeely
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Deaf-blind accessibility and entertainment critic who is passionate about accessible and inclusive entertainment.
Publications: That Shelf, theBUZZ

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Flavio Alves' The Garden Left Behind is a quiet, powerful film that will make you fall in love with its protagonist, Tina Carerra - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
67% 37 Seconds (2019) A person with a disability is given agency in a movie, and we see how she can manifest the kind of life for herself that she wants. It's about time. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
91% Sound of Metal (2019) In a powerful story of a musician losing his hearing, Riz Ahmed turns in a spectacular performance that overcame my fears of disability appropriation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
100% Two of Us (Deux) (2019) Two of U is a highlight of the most epic of love stories: the kind that wasnt and isnt recognized. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet My Life as a Comedian (En komikers uppväxt) (2019) The child actors deserve kudos and deliver performances that shouldn't be missed. They master the heavy material by playing a wide gamut of emotions. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
94% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Bartosz Bielenia's central performance as Daniel is worth the price of admission. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
60% The Antenna (Bina) (2019) Orçun Behram's Turkish horror film, The Antenna, doesn't live up to its promising logline. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
100% Canary (Kanarie) (2018) Every once in a while comes a film that is filled with so much joy, human connection, and emotional turmoil, you know that as long as it sticks the landing, it is a masterpiece. - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet Out On Stage (2018) Comedy often comes from a source of pain. If you cannot laugh about it, then most likely you'll cry - and who says you can't do both? - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Pickup Game (2019) As a film critic, I am obligated to tell you if the film is good, and this is certainly well-done. The subject matter, however, is seedy and misogynistic as all he**. - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% Well Groomed (2019) Enjoyable learning experience about this community and seeing the passion of the artists, however, the film was a bit too long and unstructured. - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
95% Buddy (2019) This film resonates due to a beating heart at its centre, and due to an acknowledgment that we all need a helping paw every now and then. - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
No Score Yet When We Walk (2019) An honest, no-holds barred look into a life of someone acquiring a life-altering disability and having to make do with the circumstances before him. - theBUZZ EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
92% Spettacolo (2017) Inspiring film about small town villagers working towards a common artistic vision, but an unfortunately rushed climax and a missed opportunity to memorialize their performances. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
60% La fille de Brest (2016) Great story, but an unfortunately long, winding runtime. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
85% Mimosas (2017) The Moroccan landscapes are sure to impress, particularly on the big screen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) The times in which emotion breaks through (as it certainly did in 4 months) are the times you should be sure you are paying attention. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Don't miss this film, and if you're not already familiar with the play within the film, this is a great excuse to correct that. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
99% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Things to Come tries too hard to be accessible and high-brow at the same time. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Long Excuses (The Long Excuse) (2016) Motoki should be commended for playing such a duplicitous and two-faced character. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
80% Gaza Surf Club (2016) It's when the two worlds - Ibrahim's and Sabah's - collide that the film seems to whisper in your ear of an urgent and necessary change that needs to happen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) In the case of The Unknown Girl, it's as if we're interning for Dr. Jenny Davin. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
83% Nocturama (2017) The fragmented nature of the film, and the way it is filmed (as if it is a suspenseful episode of 24) gets tiring, and the tension deflates like a balloon when nothing seems to happen. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet Boundaries (Pays) (2016) Boundaries is undoubtedly a metaphor. The mileage of the metaphor may vary with each audience member, depending on their interest and knowledge of Canadian politics and environmental issues. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
75% The Oath (2016) The speed of the film is exhilarating. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
73% Nelly (2018) It is an exceptional film that reads as poetry and taps into the desperation and loss we all feel at some point. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
72% Headshot (2017) Unfortunately suffers from a lack of clarity and originality that was present in The Raid. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
100% Layla M. (2016) The brilliance of this film and El Koussour's performance is that Layla's M.'s indoctrination to being a wife of a Jihadist is logical, and even relatable. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
100% Mister Universo (2016) The surprise about this film is that everyone has a talent, and yet, are very modest about it. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
64% Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) (2016) Pyromaniac is a character study worth losing yourself in. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
83% Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy (2016) Watching this film is not easy, nor should it be. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
92% Raw (2017) This is sweet, disgusting revenge. Watch people squirm if you can't watch the movie. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
82% Ma' Rosa (2016) For a two-hour run time and with all the hype surrounding it, I was expecting more. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Mali Blues (2017) While a bit long and unfocused in scope, it is well worth getting to know Diawara and company, even if just to see passion doing its magic. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
60% Home (2016) The handheld shooting style and relatively loose plot lend themselves to an authentic lived experience that will make you sympathize with these teens as they grow up far too fast. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
38% Orphan (Orpheline) (2016) Yes, the deaf-blind critic just said the best part of the film were two types of sounds that probably lasted a minute combined. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
43% Anatomy of Violence (2016) I just feel that this film would be better served - as we know that Mehta is capable of doing - as a narrative film instead of an acting exercise. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
96% Sami Blood (2017) Thankfully, this film stands out for all the right reasons. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
77% Jesus (2017) Fernando Guzzoni's film is unnecessarily exploitative at worst and middling at best. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Net (2016) An interesting development in Ki-Duk's career. He's no longer using violence or sexuality to shock or to traumatize viewers as he did with Pieta and Moebius. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
85% Zoology (Zoologiya) (2016) Even when the film deals with the fetishization of the other, it's another way in which it's seriously engaging in social commentary. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
88% Apprentice (2017) I must give kudos to the set, which rivals - in terms of usefulness and scope - the abandoned department store in Nocturama and the mountains in Mimosas. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
86% The Giant (Jätten) (2016) Although sometimes dealing in the disability tropes of this subgenre, The Giant stomps new ground in that it encourages us to actively take on the disability perspective of its protagonist. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet Forever Pure (2016) This film deserves to be mounted on an even larger scale. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) I'd like to give a special note to the profound Prakash who warrants a pause after each philosophical statement that he utters, just so you can really meditate on what the heck he just said. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Marija (2016) Running a little long, I almost lost my ability to relate to Marija when she's mired in a police investigation. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
78% Boys in the Trees (2016) I haven't even addressed the visuals, which do rank up there with the finest of Jackson and Del Toro's work. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Creepy suffers from an inconsistent tone and unbelievable plot developments. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
75% The Lure (2016) All skin and glitter, with no substance, much like its protagonists. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
50% Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will) (2014) The film shines with regards to the gonzo showpieces. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019