Sean Gandert

Sean Gandert

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Sean Gandert's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Paste Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.0/10 63%

8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

"The film also fails to take into account the many other factors in play during the 2008 election, narrowing events down to one all-encompassing Mormon-based explanation. 8 means well, but is too blinded by its own biases to do its cause justice." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2010
42/100 86%

The Square (2010)

"The movie's protagonists (and all of its supporting characters) are reprehensible people, and Roberts' performance is fascinatingly uncharismatic, extinguishing any possibility of sympathy for his character even when the film gradually reveals his town to" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 26, 2010
79/100 91%

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

"Though slow at times, The Secret in Their Eyes recaptures the greatness of its genre, and does so without mimicking or replicating its predecessors." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
53/100 81%

City Island (2010)

"City Island offers few surprises and is content to leave audiences with a tidy, unquestioning view of traditional family values." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2010
71/100 86%

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

"Although The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo doesn't overcome all of its genre's clichés (particularly in the unnecessary romance between its leads) it still shakes off most of the cobwebs that have for years been creeping into detective films." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2010
68/100 91%

Fish Tank (2010)

"The film's moments of clunkiness are worth overlooking given its strength when Fish Tank stops trying to deliver a message and instead listens to its characters." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2010
71/100 No Score Yet


"The show was still finding its tone when it was cut, and never had the chance to grab even a cult following. For such a talented cast and crew working around such a unique premise, it's unfortunate%u2014more because of what could've been than what was." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 8, 2010
95/95 93%

The General (1927)

"he General is the highlight of his career's tragicomic performances, featuring not just the awe-inspiring stunts that were his bread and butter, but also a level of fluidity only he and Chaplin attained at the top of their games." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 28, 2009
39/100 68%

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

"The only person left surprised as the credits roll and Lee rides off into the sunset with the man of her dreams is Lee herself. The rest of us could've left halfway through and told you that's exactly how the film would end." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 30, 2009
40/100 70%

Chelsea on the Rocks (2009)

"In need of a re-edit like few other films, Chelsea on the Rocks isn't so much bad as it is disappointing." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2009
80/100 No Score Yet


"After 100 episodes, The Office is just as willing to try new things and buck formulas as it was four years ago." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2009
85/100 92%

Ponyo (2009)

"Sometimes it's enough to just sit back and let a beautiful work of animation wash over you, letting the troubles of the world slide past as the pictures take you out of this world. Ponyo is just that sort of film." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 14, 2009
73/100 94%

In the Loop (2009)

"Despite the movie's serious implications and overall cynicism, In the Loop feels light and natural, interweaving many subplots and a large cast with deftness reminiscent of Robert Altman." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2009
73/100 No Score Yet


"The show doesn't end up as the classic it seems like it should've been, but comedy nerds won't be too disappointed." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2009
23/100 18%

Love N' Dancing (2008)

"The bottom line is that a few pretty dances aren't enough substance to make for a fulfilling, or even moderately entertaining movie when the rest of the material is so weak." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2009
80/100 66%

The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

"What it is, though, is a defiantly independent work that deftly addresses the darker elements of the nation and humanity without quite giving up hope." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 22, 2009
66/100 96%

Revanche (2009)

"There are periods of time when Revanche's audience could be forgiven for falling asleep, but at other moments it captures harrowing feelings of guilt, betrayal and anger better than nearly anything else out there." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 15, 2009
81/100 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"Trek fan or not, only a person who hates action movies entirely could hate Star Trek." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
84/100 96%

Fados (2009)

"Fados isn't just a director's look at one genre of music, it's a celebration of the special relationship between music, dance and film." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2009
40/100 35%

The Edge of Love (2008)

"the film ends with a muddle; several stories have been shown onscreen but none of them have really said anything." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2009
60/100 60%

Phoebe in Wonderland (2009)

"Visuals aside, what drags Phoebe in Wonderland along is Fanning's performance, but the rest of the film never rises up to the level of her simple moments counting steps or explaining that she has to wash her hands a certain number of times." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2009
84/100 82%

Two Lovers (2008)

" Two Lovers isn't a particularly grand gesture, but in the tradition of John Cassavetes and Woody Allen, its stakes are personal yet universally human." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2009
68/100 33%

The Objective (2008)

"Even with its uber-clichéd last five minutes, The Objective may be one of the smartest horror movies this year." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 4, 2009
42/100 58%

Taken (2009)

"The fights are occasionally very cool, but it's far easier to find another decent action movie to watch than it is to sit through one couched in such lazy, bigoted storytelling." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2009
39/100 50%

Donkey Punch (2008)

"With its awful ending, the whole film ends up as embarrassing as telling someone what it is you've just watched." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2009
41/100 51%

Notorious (2009)

"Notorious sticks pretty well to the actual events of Biggie's life, at least the famous ones, but it has little to say about the man that's not available on his Wikipedia entry." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 16, 2009
67/10 63%

Marley & Me (2008)

"It dips a little too deeply into unnecessary sentimentality and ends on a gimmicky note, but all of its faults don't detract from a whole that's deeply concerned with its characters." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2009
91/100 79%

Gran Torino (2009)

"With Gran Torino, Eastwood puts out a brilliant work that balances all of these issues beautifully without coming to terms with any of them or giving easy answers." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2008
47/100 46%

Yes Man (2008)

"The saving grace that it's actually watchable and funny at times doesn't make its premise any less ridiculous or its execution less formulaic, it just means it's not a complete waste of time" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 16, 2008
68/100 25%

Nobel Son (2008)

"Its 110 minutes are a totally disposable piece of fluff, but perhaps more importantly, also a whole lot of fun." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2008
14/100 27%

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

"one of the few non-direct-to-DVD films being produced these days that is laughably awful." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2008
34/100 93%

The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)

""Somewhere within the countless hours of footage shot for the project is a truly stunning movie that sheds light on America's imperialism. Sadly, it's not there on the screen."" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Dec 2, 2008
95/100 No Score Yet


"Instead of trying for clever twists on [a high-school drama], Freaks focused on human interaction and, above all, character." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2008
41/100 63%

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008)

"the Hollywood melodrama is grating enough that it may be worth skipping altogether." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2008
46/100 35%

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

"for all its mish-mash of genres and ideas, it's mostly just a confusing musical." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2008
76/100 78%

Role Models (2008)

"What it is, though, is well acted, well written and extremely polished. Most important of all, it's really funny." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2008
43/100 74%

Splinter (2008)

"Fans hoping for a substantial work are left with no real statement or vision, while horror aficionados have already seen this film a dozen times before." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Nov 6, 2008
74/100 73%

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

" It's probably not the most frightening film of the year, but that's because its monsters hit you in the head rather than the heart." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2008
60/100 91%

Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains (2008)

"Once again, the specifics of Uruguayan Air Flight 571 are told well, but a real understanding of what survivors went through is still out of reach." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2008
45/100 52%

Breakfast with Scot (2007)

"The film's reliance on an otherwise clichéd plotline cuts out a lot of its fangs, giving it an ending that feels good but doesn't really deal with the issues at hand" ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2008
38/100 59%

W. (2008)

"W.'s issue isn't its political statements; it's that there isn't a satisfactory film there to back them up." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2008
37/100 37%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"Bridges, Pegg and even love-interest-by-numbers Kirsten Dunst do a fine job, but the material they're working with just isn't there." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2008
59/100 43%

Blindness (2008)

"It's the striking contrast between the visuals and the filmmaking that makes Blindness such an odd feature." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2008
26/100 28%

Slacker Uprising (2008)

"Slacker Uprising feels more like a commercial for its maker than any sort of artistic endeavor, and because of the election's outcome, its release is more than a little baffling." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2008
34/100 34%

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

"The combination of Lee's concerns for his characters' depictions with Disney's concerns for mass-market appeal ends up pleasing no one." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2008
54/100 19%

Righteous Kill (2008)

"Ultimately, almost everything in the film has been done better before. But it still hits enough of the right notes, and even when they're phoning things in, De Niro and Pacino are still better than most other actors." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2008
19/100 9%

Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007)

"The film is a reminder why romantic comedies have died off so much in recent years." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2008
52/100 41%

The Longshots (2008)

"It's a by-the-numbers Hollywood movie, but a surprisingly competent one." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2008
74/100 56%

Sukiyaki Western Django (2008)

"It's a perfect execution of its genres and offers enough of a gimmick to maintain interest. Unfortunately, Sukiyaki never rises above its roots and, strangely enough, doesn't actually offer up anything new." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Sep 2, 2008
62/100 64%

Traitor (2008)

"Cheadle's performance alone can't save the feature from falling into ridiculousness, but he is able to pull things back up. When he does so, the result is, for a few moments, as thoughtful as the rest of the film could have been." ‐ Paste Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2008