Sean Collier

Sean Collier
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
7/10 91% Fighting with My Family (2019) Most importantly, Fighting With My Family has Pugh, an uncommonly gifted actress who can sell every step of Paige's journey with wit and determination. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
8/10 88% Paddleton (2019) In Paddleton ... deep bonds can form without many words - and endure, and strengthen, in the face of incredible trials. It's a worthy reminder. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
6/10 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) It's a mess. It's also, again, just barely good. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/10 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita is saddled with a plot that falls somewhere between uninteresting and irritating, and the inescapable fact that we've seen it all before hangs over every frame. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
6/10 93% High Flying Bird (2019) This film feels like the middle two episodes of an interesting, if understated, season of a Netflix series ... Fortunately, the cast is strong enough to shoulder the picture. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
8/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) This couldn't work again, could it? Yes. Yes it can. So well, in fact, that The Lego Movie 2 actually corrects for the original film's only major flaw. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/10 14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) The best thing about An Acceptable Loss ... is Jamie Lee Curtis ... [it's] a thriller that doesn't quite thrill. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
6/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) I'm very glad that The Kid Who Would Be King, a perfectly pleasant (if flawed) fantasy flick, made it to the screen. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
7/10 77% Pledge (2019) As a video-nasty take on hazing gone to stunning extremes, this indie gem ... does pretty well for itself. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/10 37% Glass (2019) The relative success of Split seems to have given Shyamalan license to create another indulgent, sloppy tantrum of a film. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/10 40% The Upside (2019) Cranston and Hart ... do everything they can to find charm, but they're trying to make a pie from rotten fruit. The Upside never should've been made. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/10 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Leder approaches a quiet biography as though it's a disaster flick, complete with ... an overwrought focus on family dynamics as motivation. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
9/10 66% Vice (2018) Ultimately, McKay makes Dick Cheney something bordering on interesting - itself a staggering feat. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
10/10 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It does this film a disservice ... to break it into its constituent parts; it is a cohesive, full-sensory experience, like a strong gust of wind. It's perfect. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots has plenty to offer ... delivered by excellent performers. It's not without its weaknesses, but still packs a punch. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
6/10 65% Aquaman (2018) To use a cliche - because this movie loves them - it's just crazy enough to work. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
4/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It's a waste of a practically perfect character, even in its winning moments. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
6/10 60% Vox Lux (2018) I wouldn't call Vox Lux a bad movie by any stretch ... [even though it] ignores a promising premise and concludes in a pedestrian, if artful, way. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/10 26% Mortal Engines (2018) This tale ... is a homemade quilt of repurposed story beats. No character in this film will do something you haven't seen a very similar character do in the past. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
10/10 94% The Favourite (2018) Lanthimos ... creates [a] simmering mood of tension, jealousy and rage that layers itself over every scene like a fine dust. The Favourite is quietly perfect. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
9/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Spider-Verse feels like a comic book that has had its DNA reconstituted as a film ... I don't know how it was done. But it is wonderful to experience. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
6/10 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) There's a bit of the Van Gogh greatest hits here ... but director Julian Schnabel is far more concerned with trying to create a cinematic version of Van Gogh's mind. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/10 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) The Possession of Hannah Grace is another reminder ... that it takes more than Satan and a dream to make a decent film. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
7/10 84% Creed II (2018) A generation later, the partial sequel, partial reboot of the great boxing franchise is falling neatly in line with its legacy. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
7/10 80% Green Book (2018) Green Book is as much a serious statement on race relations as Shrek is a treatise on environmental preservation ... but what points it makes, it makes well enough. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
5/10 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald has an utter train wreck for a plot, jumping from thread to thread ... That's a shame, because there is plenty of good about the film. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
6/10 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Taken as a whole, it's not an unpleasant experience, but the tonal whiplash involved in watching it is stunning. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
8/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Melissa McCarthy has a shot at an Oscar nomination ... for her portrayal of disgraced writer Lee Israel. In a just world, Heller would land somewhere near the podium, too. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
7/10 81% Boy Erased (2018) Hedges is excellent; a standout in the class of gifted post-adolescent actors that has emerged in recent years, his appeal is effortless and his well of talent quite deep. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
8/10 63% Outlaw King (2018) Outlaw King rises above its brethren ... [Mackenzie] has proven adept at marrying quality and entertainment. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
10/10 65% Suspiria (2018) Luca Guadagnino ... has adapted the original work of giallo horror (by the similarly elegant Dario Argento) into a wholly original, stone-cold masterpiece. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
6/10 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) By the skin of his prosthetic teeth, however, Malek just manages to drag Bohemian Rhapsody into competence. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
7/10 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) David Lowery's film is a fitting, if lukewarm, curtain call -- a character study which finds sly ways to summate a career spent playing charming cads. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
9/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The 19th film in Marvel's ongoing series is, by a wide stretch, its most challenging. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/10 38% Life of the Party (2018) The script, however ... does them few favors; Life of the Party never finds conflict or drive. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
7/10 78% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) Those with a flair for the style will find plenty of dazzling art and touching sentiment here. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
7/10 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It may not be the godsend the original was, but the sequel holds up -- just well enough to virtually guarantee a third chapter. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/10 83% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) Not only is there not enough storytelling in A Man of His Word, but the film is also quick to shy away from controversy. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
6/10 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There are many enjoyable moments and sequences, a handful of surprising twists and revelations and a bevy of great performances. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
6/10 70% Adrift (2018) Woodley remains a compelling, raw and empathetic performer -- exactly the kind to wring intrigue out of Adrift. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
8/10 79% Halloween (2018) Curtis is fantastic, a credible and compelling evolution of the innocent she played 40 years ago, and Myers reminds why he is one of horror's most terrifying villains. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/10 87% Upgrade (2018) There's almost, but not quite, enough juice in the premise for a scifi thinker; there's almost, but not quite, enough oomph in the execution for a cheap actioner. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/10 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) You probably won't regret seeing Ocean's 8 -- because you won't have any feelings about it at all. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
8/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Won't You Be My Neighbor doesn't want you to understand Fred Rogers. Not quite. It wants you to wonder about him. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/10 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) There are no longer any ambitions beyond creature-feature thrills and popcorn fun. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
6/10 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) There's a sort of watchability to Day of the Soldado ... if you can avoid letting the omnipresent references to the real world drag you out of it. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
8/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) As was the case with 2015's Ant-Man, it's nice to see a Marvel movie with a self-contained plotline. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/10 54% The First Purge (2018) I remain bewildered as to why this alleged horror series keeps creating low-budget action flicks rather than focusing on the scares. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/10 30% The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (2018) It's just not funny. It's earnest and heartfelt, but the jokes miss or are omitted. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/10 46% Skyscraper (2018) This is a movie which prays the amount of twisted, flaming metal will cover the fact that none of the proceedings make even a lick of sense. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018