Sean Burns

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Since 1999 Sean Burns has been Philadelphia Weekly's lead film critic, and also currently writes for The Improper Bostonian. His work has previously appeared in The Boston Metro, Matinee Magazine, The Nashville Scene, Time Out New York and The House Next Door. Burns was a recurring guest on the late David Brudnoy's WBZ 1030 AM Radio Show, and in 2002 received an award for Excellence in Criticism from the Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been called "jocular but serious, more like a 1940s daily reporter pounding out columns on a manual typewriter than a typical 21st century navel-gazing film critic." Burns has also been told that he "smokes too much and drives like an old lady." He and his cat live in Stoneham, MA.
Publications:
Philadelphia Weekly
Total Reviews:
765

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 765
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
83% Avatar (2009) " The movie looks like the kind of gaudy, 1970s airbrush painting you'd see on a van owned by your stoner friend who goes to too many Rush concerts." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
76% Invictus (2009) " Freeman's Mandela is deeply flawed, single-minded when it comes to his job, and has a way with one-liners. In short, he's an Eastwood hero." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
85% Me and Orson Welles (2009) " The only problem is the me." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
91% Up in the Air (2009) " One of the things that makes George Clooney a great movie star is that he's always letting us know just how much fun he's having being George Clooney." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) " A tragedy replayed as farce, and probably the funniest film I've seen all year." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
75% The Road (2009) " It's just a slow wander through wreckage, waiting for bad stuff to get worse." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
90% The Messenger (2009) " The first warning bell sounds when Woody boasts of his AA membership, as I don't believe anybody has ever seen Harrelson stay sober for an entire movie... or even an afternoon." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
66% The Blind Side (2009) " It pushed my outrage buttons like no movie since those Ghetto-bots in Transformers 2 admitted they didn't know how to read." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
39% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) " Everywhere this poor lady tries to go, there's always a guy or two loudly performing a David Foster Wallace monologue within earshot." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
45% The Box (2009) " Kelly stretches a perfectly good 22-minute television episode out to two hours with an insane barrage of red herrings and metaphysical sci-fi mumbo-jumbo" — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) " Strained and uncomfortably buffonish. Everybody (except Clooney) is mugging when they should've just tried acting. Real satire draws blood. This one nudges you in the ribs." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " It's a goddamn American tragedy. Let the poor sick bastard rest in peace." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2010
48% Antichrist (2009) " Provocative, sloppy and intellectually retarded -- the entire picture feels like it's sprung forth from Von Trier's Id without a second thought as to the consequences." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
20% Amelia (2009) " Eventually I just wanted her to crash the damn plane so I could go home already." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
73% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " What stays with you is the sadness. There's an almost unbearable undertow of melancholy in director Spike Jonze's awkward, arty adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 1963 picture book." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
94% An Education (2009) " Tenderly looks back upon statutory rape as a rite of passage, and it's a testament to fine performances that the film only feels icky in retrospect." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
89% A Serious Man (2009) " Grappling with massive cosmic mysteries on a deceptively mundane stage, it's a film about the silence of God, seething with profound existential panic... viewed through the hilariously cracked prism of everyday suburban minutiae." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
71% The Boys Are Back (2009) " Even a corrosive influence like yours truly finds something a bit hinky about the motto 'Just Say Yes.' At least when applied to raising children." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
58% The Invention of Lying (2009) " All the dazzling, limitless comedic potential here, and we're stuck waiting for the hot younger girl to wise up and learn to love the homely guy who wrote the movie?" — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2009
75% Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) " Of course Moore's angry. I don't know anybody who isn't. But what about the movie?" — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2009
90% Zombieland (2009) " It has a lot more in common with Little Miss Sunshine than just Abigail Breslin." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2009
68% Paris (2008) " Were it possible for The City of Light to see Nashville or Manhattan, it would probably want to sue for defamation." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2009
87% Amreeka (2009) " As much as I enjoyed spending time with these characters, it's hard not to bristle at the overall After-School Special vibe." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 29, 2009
79% The Informant! (2009) " The sublime Damon has a ridiculous moustache, a bad toupee and carries himself with the supreme confidence of a man who has no idea he's acting like an imbecile." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 15, 2009
85% Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) " Hustling like a blockbuster action flick, it's a crash course in domestic terrorism as rock n' roll adrenaline rush." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 8, 2009
89% World's Greatest Dad (2009) " Brilliantly cynical in dealing with grief as a fashion statement... exposing the vanity of mourning in public and our often absurd sanctification of the dead." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 3, 2009
20% H2: Halloween II (2009) " Zombie's rowdy redneck phantasmagorias and weird swoons of empathy can't disguise that there's nowhere left for the story to go." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Sep 3, 2009
71% Husbands (1970) " Cassavetes' most dangerous and unfiltered expression of masculine anxiety -- a raw, deliberately off-putting masterpiece." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2009
74% Cold Souls (2009) " A dreary-looking, glacially paced collection of missed opportunities." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 25, 2009
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " As is often the case with Tarantino's post-1990's output, great scenes are adrift in an undisciplined sea of ugly-spirited, juvenile self-indulgence." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 18, 2009
90% District 9 (2009) " After you've watched a doomed alien race become obsessed with cat food and Nigerian prostitutes, gunfights don't seem all that impressive anymore." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 18, 2009
35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) " A slightly more pleasurable experience than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But then again, so is a prolapsed colon." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 11, 2009
75% Julie & Julia (2009) " Streep nimbly apes that famous warbly voice and bemused laugh, clomping around the set like a delightful giantess." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 6, 2009
68% Funny People (2009) " Bitterly clear-eyed about the consequences of Apatowian perpetual adolescence, it's a dark movie that comes from somewhere deeply personal." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Aug 6, 2009
85% Soul Power (2009) " A footnote to a masterpiece." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 28, 2009
86% 500 Days of Summer (2009) " The movie keeps leaning toward some awful truths, only to sheepishly retreat into the safe comedy of fakey shopworn devices." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009) " For all intents and purposes an uncredited remake of As Good As It Gets, which was kind of a crap flick to begin with..." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) " All setup and no payoff, it serves mainly as logistical scaffolding to reposition the characters and strum up some backstory, stalling for time before the final chapter." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
68% Brüno (2009) " I don't think Cohen's targets are even being particularly homophobic, they'd just prefer if this crazed, half-naked circus freak would just put his penis away and stop invading their personal space" — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
89% Séraphine (2009) " Here's one that feels like homework." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
71% Tetro (2009) " A dazzling mess... it throbs with an excess of emotion and idealistic, cuckoo daring." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
68% Public Enemies (2009) " A wonky art-house curio disguised as a summer blockbuster... it's also one hell of a Western." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
89% Moon (2009) " There's a marvelous sense of isolation in the picture's cold, aloof setting and classical, still frames." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) " You asked for this, America." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
49% Whatever Works (2009) " David's human sandpaper delivery gives a full, deep voice to Allen's reckless misanthropy." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
50% Chéri (2009) " What a drag it is getting old." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jul 25, 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) " Foolishly attempts to update the 1974 classic by cranking the volume and inflating the Noo Yawk attitude to a cartoonish level of macho posturing." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jun 9, 2009
52% Easy Virtue (2009) " Presumably the first Noël Coward adaptation feature a Billy Ocean song." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2009
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) " Not a movie likely to be enjoyed by cat lovers..." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Jun 3, 2009
73% Rudo y Cursi (2009) " The air of jaunty vivaciousness is promising, but nothing sticks." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted May 27, 2009
66% The Brothers Bloom (2009) " Unfortunately, writer-director Rian Johnson is suffering from a fatal case of 'the cutes.'" — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted May 19, 2009
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