Sean Collier

Sean Collier
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 39% Downhill (2020) Perhaps those coming to Downhill with fresh eyes will feel differently; I think, however, the ending reduces the film from a quiet success to a middling effort. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
8/10 94% Speed (1994) The chemistry between Bullock and Reeves is great ... More importantly, however, Speed knows and embraces its own silliness - without sacrificing the stakes. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
8/10 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The result is a slapstick firework display of pleasantly cartoonish mayhem. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
9/10 70% Horse Girl (2020) Sarah is intriguing, sympathetic and likable, thanks to Brie's excellent performance. In her capable hands, Sarah is a frantic, vibrant eruption of pained, complex life. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 73% The Gentlemen (2020) Your mileage may vary. If the trailer excites you, you'll probably have an okay time. The Gentlemen won't, however, gain Ritchie any new devotees. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
5/10 85% Color Out of Space (2020) I would not actually call Color Out of Space a good movie ... I have to softly recommend it, yet, on the basis of, well, pure wackiness. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/10 29% Maximum Risk (1996) There's plenty of spectacle in Maximum Risk ... There's also a lot of nonsense, a convoluted plot and very little in the way of intrigue. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2020
7/10 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) To make an understatement: Bad Boys For Life is a surprising movie. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/10 15% Dolittle (2020) I thought Dolittle would be awful. Instead, it's merely forgettable. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/10 20% Like a Boss (2020) If one were to find oneself on a particularly long international flight, Like a Boss could fill up 83 minutes between trips to the bathroom. That's about it. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
10/10 89% 1917 (2020) This is a movie one does not watch so much as witness. It simply must be seen. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/10 20% The Grudge (2020) Ju-On was quite good, if not excellent; the 2004 Grudge was enjoyable, if not quite good. This latest version is not enjoyable, and only fleetingly good. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/10 79% While You Were Sleeping (1995) I don't buy it, and it's the kind of plot that genuinely leaves me cold. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2019
9/10 95% Little Women (2019) Until now, [Gerwig] was a promising and skillful director; with Little Women, she has clearly become a master. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
8/10 92% Uncut Gems (2019) The headline ... is Sandler. It's not just that the role is great for him; he's great for it, adding humor, desperation and charm in deft fashion. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
8/10 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) It's Blue Sky's strongest effort to date, by turns slapstick spoof and affirming message movie. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
7/10 70% Bombshell (2019) For [its] faults ... it is a gripping and sturdy document depicting how workplace sexual harassment is born and protected. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
9/10 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) If it is indeed the last word on the characters and settings that have spanned 40 years of movies, it is a handsome and bittersweet ending. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
8/10 94% Finding Dory (2016) While it lacks the tight narrative structure of Pixar's most ambitious efforts, it is a beautiful, charming and funny film. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell is nothing but the salty and hateful ranting of a bitter misanthrope. Avoid it at all costs. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/10 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) There are a handful of jokes that hit, though most are second-tier shenanigans reminiscent of the first film. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
7/10 89% The Two Popes (2019) When it's a two-hander showcasing masterful performances and remarkable settings, The Two Popes is at its best. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
89% Dark Waters (2019) Dark Waters has its share of narrative problems ... The truth is the thing, though, and it's loud. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
10/10 95% Marriage Story (2019) This is the first movie in years that made me bury my face in my hands; I was reeling with sorrow ... Yet I left the theater not only affirmed, but emboldened. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
7/10 81% The Report (2019) Like the report itself, it's interesting and important ... and I'm not sure how many people are actually going to care enough to sit through the whole thing. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
8/10 77% Frozen II (2019) In its more artful moments ... the film delivers imagery as memorable as any in the Disney canon. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
10/10 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) It is an excellent, inspiring and moving film - one that defies any critical distance or detachment. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
9/10 96% The Irishman (2019) Scorsese's longest, most expensive and most ambitious film ... stands as part of the mob pantheon simply by virtue of its existence. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
6/10 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels is a pleasant, crowd-pleasing night at the multiplex and nothing more - because it doesn't try to be. How refreshing. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
5/10 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The film dramatically overstays its welcome. It achieves in 150 minutes what could've been handled in 90. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
7/10 69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The Hunger Games films are worth revisiting; they're Y.A. dystopia done right, balancing fantastic and realistic elements well. They're also full of excellent performers. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
6/10 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) For a few moments, Doctor Sleep captures the magic it's so hungry for. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/10 21% Playing with Fire (2019) Key adds as many laughs as he can ... but you can only do so much with a film that wraps a major set piece around a baby pooping in a gas mask. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) Believe me: You have no idea. You think you have an idea, but the truth ... wow. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
9/10 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Yes, viewers will have divergent opinions on the propriety of this project. To be sure, though, it's funny, smart and sometimes moving. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
8/10 73% Harriet (2019) It works well enough as a movie, but is far better as a reminder and a tribute. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
8/10 68% Child's Play (1988) When the doll begins not just talking - with the excellent, near-iconic voice of Brad Dourif in his mouth - but sneering, snarling and stabbing, it's an excellent reveal. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
6/10 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Whatever the merits and flaws of Dolemite Is My Name, it brought that Eddie Murphy back. Beyond that, the film is a serviceable, occasionally funny biopic. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
8/10 90% The Lighthouse (2019) It is scary, sure, but not in any of the ways you think of as enjoyable; it's troubling, dark and unsettling. In other words, it's very good. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/10 26% Halloween (2007) It's not thrilling enough for horror hounds, not entertaining enough for casual audiences, not smart enough for franchise fans and not good enough for anyone. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Well this isn't any good. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
8/10 100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Patton is as compelling as his story; he's a natural, charismatic presence on screen, either as himself or as a character. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
6/10 68% Joker (2019) It's less a film than a showcase for the performance; as that, at least, it's pretty good. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
7/10 37% In the Tall Grass (2019) With In the Tall Grass, [Natali] keeps an occasionally careening train on the rails amidst a lot of circuitous plotting - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
6/10 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It's an impressive and affecting work. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
8/10 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger, however, is so utterly remarkable - moving, entertaining, furious, captivating ... Give her the Oscar. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/10 81% Abominable (2019) The plot is rote ... and even the adorable yeti at the heart of the film is just a slight tweak on Toothless, the central lizard from the Train Your Dragon franchise. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
6/10 74% Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Aukerman and company - and again, Lapkus is probably the MVP - do a solid job making a regular movie out of a web series. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
7/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Downton Abbey feels ... like a condensed season of TV; there isn't really one thing that this film is about so much as there are innumerable small arcs. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
10/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is not the first film to take a sledgehammer to the hero's journey, but few have delivered that beating with such virtuosic splendor. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019