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Sean Fennessey

Sean Fennessey
Sean Fennessey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Grantland, The Ringer

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
89% First Man (2018) It's a fascinating contrast of forms-a physically overwhelming, tension-filled film surrounding a quiet, withdrawn performance. It is both an act of faithful restraint -and an unusual risk.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) A Star Is Born is the living embodiment of going for it, one of the least humble, least self-conscious, least self-aware movies in recent memory-and maybe one of the best. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
99% Get Out (2017) Get Out didn't solve problems, but it gave an idea pictures-representation of a kind. What more could you ask from a movie?‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
88% Don't Breathe (2016) Sometimes a low-rent, disgusting, irredeemable movie is just what the world needs. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
91% The Witch (2016) Robert Eggers's queasy folktale of a banished clan of pious farmers questions both the virtue of a God-fearing life and insists upon the evil in the mundane.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
97% It Follows (2015) A quiet but tremulous vision of teenage physical discomfort and emotional distress.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% The Conjuring (2013) There's nothing terribly new about Australian director James Wan's sixth film-it's just a testament to good scares.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) The Cabin in the Woods is a love letter and warning to the genre: evolve or die. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
77% You're Next (2013) Adam Wingard's nasty, scrupulously violent home-invasion film is like if the killers from The Strangers went people-hunting after a screening of Cannibal Holocaust.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
85% Black Swan (2010) It's a sensory overload-loud, furious, and rapturous. It remains the best, most visceral work from virtually every single person involved in the production.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) The premise is old-fashioned-a gypsy curse haunts a young woman-but the execution is glorious, as funny and cockeyed as it is gasp-inducing. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
45% The Strangers (2008) Sometimes evil happens without explanation. Rarely is it shown in such plain, quiet, horrifying fashion. Don't watch this alone.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
83% Paranormal Activity (2009) Truly a genre re-defining moment, the found-footage phenomenon Paranormal Activity is dollar-for-dollar one of the most financially successful movies ever made.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
93% The Host (2007) The Host filled a crucial hole in our horror life: a big, hulking, unstoppable force that we accidentally created and can't control.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
85% The Descent (2006) An all-female cast, a claustrophobic cave setting draped in red light, and an anarchic, vicious fight to the death...need I say more about one of the most physically taxing movies of the century?‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
49% Saw (2004) Never terribly clever, but always intestinally challenging, this successful and discomfiting collection of films shows art in extremis-a real-time effort to take mainstream entertainment to its most brutal end point.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
40% High Tension (Switchblade Romance) (2005) High Tension is all kinds of wrong-narratively, corporeally, politically. But it also knows what it's doing-it's an arterial spray of expression, a celluloid dare to take it to the next level.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
87% 28 Days Later (2003) The vanished London society that Cillian Murphy wakes up to at the start of this movie is one of the most brilliantly staged horror movie openings ever, and the survivalist battle that closes it caps a powerful story of disease paranoia. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
49% Trouble Every Day (Gargoyle) (2001) Spare and unwilling to overstate its point. Its style is European in all the ways that are often lazily deemed pretentious. But rarely are those pretenses so perfectly horrific.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
68% American Psycho (2000) I've always found Mary Harron's vision of Bret Easton Ellis's arch satire of '80s greed, excess, and grooming to be a lot funnier than its reputation.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) There was a considerable number of people who went to go see The Blair Witch Project believing it was a documentary. That's how uncommercialized found footage was as a conceit, and how elegantly crafted this movie is.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
97% Ringu (Ring) (1998) Nakata's patient, slithering movie has many imitators, but no equals.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
66% Funny Games (1998) Haneke's films are famously pessimistic, blackhearted affairs that peel back the thin veneer of politesse hiding human monstrosity. This isn't his best movie, but it is his most viscerally frightening.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
79% Scream (1996) A massive disturbance in the atmosphere. Not every movie can do what Scream did-verbalize tropes, subverting them while paying homage...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
81% Seven (Se7en) (1995) The stormy, sooty, blackened unnamed city in David Fincher's murder mystery feels a little like hell-infested with cretins, sinners, and pretty boys with a death wish-and that sure makes me think Se7en is one of the foremost horror movies of modern times.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
54% In the Mouth of Madness (1995) [The] movie has a lot to say about the dangers of cultural obsession and what happens when you give yourself over to the creators you idolize.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% Cronos (1994) Cronos, the crafty debut of a young Mexican filmmaker named Guillermo del Toro, emerged as a warning shot. His tale of vampirism and immortality is half horror, half historical fable-like all the best del Toro work to come.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
71% Candyman (1992) Candyman is a slave story told under the guise of a slasher film. Its legacy is waning, but it remains one of the most impressive-that Philip Glass score!-and gazeworthy movies of its kind.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
95% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Harrowing, tense, and unforgettable...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
89% Misery (1990) There's no evil, no zombies, no cursed MacGuffins, no serial killers-just a deranged lonely person and a self-regarding jerk. Together, they make terror.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
48% Pet Sematary (1989) Pet Sematary kicked off something new: the modest, micro, highly enjoyable King adaptation.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
84% They Live (1988) Carpenter always has his mind on some greater force when he's making a movie, but the paranoia and brute rage conveyed by (of all people) Rowdy Roddy Piper in this action-sci-fi-horror hybrid has made it one of those "what did he know?" classics...‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
98% Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) Evil Dead II is one of the strangest, funniest movies ever made-a Donald Duck cartoon set in a haunted cabin. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
92% The Fly (1986) Jeff Goldblum as the titular Brundlefly supplies Cronenberg's insectoid creature with madness, vulnerability, and intelligence. Together, they make a monster masterpiece.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
95% Re-Animator (1985) What comes out the other side is pure, disreputable zombie fun.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
94% A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) What makes the movie work is so simple and economical-you snooze, you die. I've always admired its simplicity.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
79% Videodrome (1983) It's hard to overstate how premonitory David Cronenberg's masterpiece turned out to be.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% Poltergeist (1982) A slick, entertaining ghost story and a stomach-turning gore-fest in equal measure, the balance of Spielberg and Hooper's creative impulses blending together.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
88% An American Werewolf in London (1981) It feels increasingly like a symbol of traveler abroad alienation-what trying to live in a place that isn't home can feel like: confusing, rageful, even physically debilitating.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% The Shining (1980) It is technically magnificent and eerily tense, like waiting for an ocean of blood to pour from an elevator shaft. The Krzysztof Penderecki score is deeply unnerving.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
97% Alien (1979) Scream all you want-Alien is eternal.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
79% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) It is an unsparing, funny, deeply committed political act releasing six weeks before the midterm elections. It is also a return to form for Moore‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
22% The Happytime Murders (2018) [It] blends the ethic and figures of the Muppets with the comic imagination of a depraved teenager forced to watch Ted on loop. But The Happytime Murders is not even Ted-not close, really. ‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) The one true value of Deadpool is his eagerness-and Reynolds's chatty, hyena-like motormouth is a perfect vessel-to say it all...the truth is that a lot of this winky, nudgy movie is fun if you can see beyond its evident end times subtext.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Like A Quiet Place itself, seeing the movie in a theater is a collective, quiet act, without distraction.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) These are small choices, but important ones. The kind that make us care. The kind that make us ask, Who hurt you? Kylo Ren may be a boy at heart, but he's a villain in full.‐ The Ringer
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017