Sean Collier

Sean Collier
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The scope and breadth of the choreography and the inventiveness of the set pieces are remarkable. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
7/10 96% Hail Satan? (2019) The members of the Temple are remarkably eager to tell you who they are and what they believe ... By the time the credits roll, you'll be siding with the Satanists. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
7/10 69% Wine Country (2019) The lineup of comedy talent in Wine Country is impeccable. You're gonna laugh. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
6/10 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's inessential, but you won't be sorry you saw it. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/10 32% Poms (2019) Keaton ... lends real pathos, giving Poms an emotional final act I wasn't expecting. It's just not funny. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
6/10 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) It does seem more like an attempt to cash in on the resurgence of interest in Bundy than a film that demanded to be made, but it'll do for a lazy afternoon stream. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The film ... is perhaps a bit too long, but careful, thoughtful and remarkably detailed. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
9/10 84% Her Smell (2019) It's a testament both to the character and Moss's uppercut of a performance that I desperately wanted more of this story, even as it reached a fine conclusion. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/10 30% UglyDolls (2019) The problem ... is everything in the movie that isn't a song. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
8/10 81% Long Shot (2019) Shelve your skepticism at another beauty-and-the-geek tale: These two will sell you on themselves. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
8/10 100% This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) (2019) Don't mistake it for a bleak history lesson, though; this is grounded madness, like Eraserhead rendered in felt. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The sheer force of the film ... is enough to make traditional complaints moot. Against significant odds, it's a fitting culmination to the biggest movie series in history. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
9/10 84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 is just plain fun, a technicolor jukebox of a good time. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
7/10 87% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) This is old-fashioned, silver-screen entertainment, and it's refreshing to watch. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/10 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) La Llorana is a chain of jump scares and nothing more. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
4/10 15% Hellboy (2019) Unfortunately, those images (and a strong lead performance) are all the new Hellboy has to offer. Beyond the surface, it's a mess. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
6/10 24% The Silence (2019) Because The Silence sticks to the creature-feature plot structure established by The X-Files, I enjoyed it well enough. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
7/10 88% To Dust (2019) Shawn Snyder exhibits a restraint that matches Broderick's ... he shows immense promise with his debut feature. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
8/10 71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Talladega Nights holds up well, thanks to a clearly improv-first on-set culture. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) The latest version of Pet Semetary, a movie with strong muscles but weak bones, looks best when not compared to its precursors. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
7/10 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) You could make the argument that The Best of Enemies is a good film. But ... in dramatizing the story of Atwater and Ellis, the tale inevitably becomes a tired one. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/10 28% The Aftermath (2019) The Aftermath has a few stray observations about life in the wake of war ... in the same way that cheap lo mein has a few stray shrimp scattered among the noodles. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
7/10 100% Okko's Inn (2019) This film does not quite achieve the magic of the best Studio Ghibli masterpieces, but bears a similar easy - and very watchable - charm. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
7/10 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen has plenty of fat that might've been trimmed ... On the strength of solid direction and fine performances, however, it's an easy winner. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
5/10 47% Dumbo (2019) [There's] a lot of sizzle, undoubtedly, but the result is without flavor. The plot ... ambles along without drive. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/10 18% Invasion U.S.A. (1985) There are some sufficiently large explosions and acceptable preposterous setups, but ... I'm not sure Invasion U.S.A. is worth tracking down. - Box Office Prophets EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/10 39% The Dirt (2019) The Dirt contains workmanlike recreations of rock-star excess and little substance. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/10 36% Out of Blue (2019) It makes for a more thoughtful experience than the average Law & Order episode, to be sure. The film also overreaches, though, winding up a bit disappointing. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
9/10 94% Us (2019) Like its predecessor, it's a nightmare - and essential viewing. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
7/10 71% Triple Frontier (2019) It's an easily watchable picture, though, particularly with Isaac - who has ascended from quite-good to excellent in recent years - in the lead. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1/10 54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Let's not waste time: This movie is a disaster ... It has nothing at all to say about anything. It is an exercise in unadulterated misery. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 89% Who Will Write Our History (2019) In Roberta Grossman's film, the story weaves from narration to newsreel footage to performance seamlessly and believably. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet The Unorthodox (2018) It's an easy film to admire. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
8/10 78% Captain Marvel (2019) An eminently fun and thoroughly enjoyable picture that ... establishes Captain Marvel, in the supremely qualified hands of Larson, as an Avenger nonpareil. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
6/10 59% Greta (2019) Greta, a good-not-great pseudo-horror ... insists on dragging its wild lead and suitably outlandish premise back toward the middle of the road. - Pittsburgh Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
7/10 92% 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 92% 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 60% 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 92% 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 85% 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 75% 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 38% 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 67% 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 95% 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 63% 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