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
95% Soul (2020) As per the Pixar mandate, there are laughs and plucked heartstrings, but Soul is after something deeper-an unusually curious examination of why we are the way we are... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Nomadland, with its nods to Terrence Malick, transcendental masters, and the overwhelming splendor of the natural world, feels like a movie out of time and right on time. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Portraits of youthful confusion and fear. Eliza Hittman, who specializes in an intimate, almost procedural approach to emotional disorientation, made a road movie about a young Pennsylvania woman - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
95% Palm Springs (2020) Watch [Palm Springs] when you're down and need to climb back up - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Lee captures Byrne and his team of musicians, dancers, and vocalists as they bend, wobble, and declaim collectively. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
100% City Hall (2020) Wiseman's patient epic (run time: 272 minutes) of local government shows nearly every nook and cranny of the Boston political machine-including the dullest and most mundane aspects in all of their banality. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
94% Boys State (2020) Their casting is remarkable, editing energizing, and conclusions authentically scary. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
83% Mank (2020) It's his most modest yet ambitious work in years-not so much an ode to classic moviemakers as it is a lye burn on its black-and-white majesty, and a political screed to boot. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
70% Tenet (2020) Tenet asks for patience as it winds forward and backward through its narrative accordion structure...savor, even [its] flaws. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
57% The Hunt (2020) There's a movie about how divided we are out there somewhere, without the fear of reprisal and the bothsidesism that softens The Hunt's brute force, less interested in self-scolding than in making something authentically brazen. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) This movie is scary and funny and utterly beguiling. If you haven't seen it, you must. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% The Irishman (2019) This is a new and perhaps final journey for Scorsese, about not just mortality but the enormity of regret. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) ...there's something more elusive here-the faint feeling of almost that lingers as the credits roll. It's a ... sweetness, not angry or vindictive. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
95% Little Women (2019) The film's lushness-in its costumes, camera work, and rambunctious physicality-confirms Gerwig as one of the most exciting filmmakers of her generation. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson's formalist homage-deconstruction of Agatha Christie whodunits has a tone unlike anything I've seen lately: wry, zesty, and relentless. - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) But beyond the high-gore kills and self-hating political circumspection, Midsommar is a movie about ignoring what's right in front of you... - The Ringer EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
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
80% 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
88% 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
95% 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
95% It Follows (2015) A quiet but tremulous vision of teenage physical discomfort and emotional distress. - The Ringer EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
92% 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
79% 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
86% 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
50% 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
41% 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
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 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
70% 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
86% 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
69% 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