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
Publications: Grantland, The Ringer

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
84% Waves (2019) Waves is the kind of movie that punches you in the gut, and then slashes your Achilles as you reach for your stomach. Then, as you fall, it catches you in its arms. It is relentless but never exploitative. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) At its outset, Endgame is a dour bit of rockism-a testament to the power of earnest storytelling. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
83% Magnolia (1999) The sprawling, messy, brilliant, exhausting, miraculous Magnolia-Paul Thomas Anderson's third film-is a mosaic of Los Angeles at the turn of the century. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
75% Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Eyes Wide Shut reveals new truths with each viewing. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
81% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) Bigger, Longer & Uncut looks crude but is magnificently constructed, a true homage to Vincente Minnelli and Robert Wise's finest work. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood himself is winning in The Mule, smiling a lot more than usual, his trademark scowl registering at a minimum; he's rascally almost. He doesn't transform, but he's different. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
23% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) ...one of the most unwatchable movies from a major studio this decade. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) It's an unusually raw and upsetting movie made with grace and a seeming ease, across several years. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
93% First Reformed (2018) Schrader's portrait of a pastor coming unglued from his faith and corporeal reality features one of the great performances of the century in Ethan Hawke's forlorn Reverend Ernst Toller. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) It's an odd, intoxicating film with a score that will invade your bloodstream, a breathtaking third act, and a puzzle-box ending that rewards multiple viewings. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Roma is arguably the most ambitious and thrilling movie of the year - maybe of the decade, or at least since Cuarón last made a movie, 2013's Gravity. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
98% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
96% It Follows (2015) A quiet but tremulous vision of teenage physical discomfort and emotional distress. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
85% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
78% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
48% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
50% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
97% Ringu (Ring) (1998) Nakata's patient, slithering movie has many imitators, but no equals. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
67% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
59% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
74% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
96% The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Harrowing, tense, and unforgettable... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
52% Pet Sematary (1989) Pet Sematary kicked off something new: the modest, micro, highly enjoyable King adaptation. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
86% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
95% Re-Animator (1985) What comes out the other side is pure, disreputable zombie fun. - The Ringer EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
80% Videodrome (1983) It's hard to overstate how premonitory David Cronenberg's masterpiece turned out to be. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
85% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018