Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A nationally recognized film critic, Sean's reviews have been published in print (The Washington Post, USA Today) and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, HollywoodNews.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).
Favorites:
Die Hard North By Northwest Singing in the Rain Back To The Future (trilogy) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid/The Sting Jaws/E.T./Jurassic Park Ferris Bueller's Day Off (hell, the entire Hughes cannon) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Some Like It Hot Dancer in the Dark The Apartment/Sunset Blvd. Toy Story (I & II) The Philadelphia Story Garden State Fight Club/The People Vs. Larry Flynt/Rounders (the Norton trilogy) Shadow of a Doubt Swingers Anything by Lars von Trier
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Charlotte, NC, where Gwyneth Paltrow weighs 350 lbs.
Official Websites: filmcritic.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/5 84% Freaky (2020) The horror comedy delivers exactly what you expected when you saw the trailer, and nothing more. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 69% The Glorias (2020) Covers 80 years of material, but nimbly dances through the key events that helped make Steinem exactly who she is today. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
5/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's slick, well-assembled Hollywood entertainment that should entertain as it educates, and hopefully infuriates, its audiences. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
1.5/5 33% The New Mutants (2020) It's a strange misfire, a dated and uninspiring comic book adaptation that feels like it was made in the early 1990s, not 2017. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3.5/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Face the Music needs a few minutes to find its proper groove, but the sequel eventually plays a tune that will make fans of the franchise happy they got the band back together. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
5/5 71% Tenet (2020) A hold-on-by-your-fingernails thrill ride with subtle touches of wit, romance, suspense, tragedy, determination and cinema-driven awe woven throughout it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 48% Unhinged (2020) Loud, dumb, and tense-as-hell, Unhinged is a jolt to the system that will clear the movie-theater doldrums created by the pandemic. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 60% Project Power (2020) It takes comic-book clichés and applies them to a gritty, sweaty cop thriller, giving its story a stylish coat of paint that results in a sleek, silly night at the movies. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) An intelligent and consistently funny crowd-pleaser with more than enough chemistry to satisfy hungry rom-com audiences. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/5 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Pete Davidson's personal tragedies provide most of the dramatic detours in King, making for a cathartic movie that might not be as funny as you'd expect. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) A surprising misfire by Sir Kenneth Branagh, one which I'm chalking up to the director of Hamlet, Henry V and multiple Agatha Christie adaptations being the wrong fit for this material. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
5/5 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) By exploring the pain of the past, Da 5 Bloods draws a thick, bold line to hurt that people still feel today. It's a compelling treasure hunt story, with an extremely powerful undercurrent that's provided by the history of our country. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3.5/5 41% Capone (2020) [T]he polar opposite of a conventional gangster picture, featuring an engrossing tour-de-force performance from Tom Hardy in the lead role. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3.5/5 67% Extraction (2020) With Extraction, one gets the sense that the Chris Hemsworth watched The Raid, or Keanu Reeves' John Wick series, and thought, "Why not me?" - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
2/5 30% Bloodshot (2020) No matter how interesting Bloodshot starts off being, the film eventually caves to a barrage of ludicrous plot turns that muddy almost every character motivation, as well as a series of terrible-looking CGI fights. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 38% Wendy (2020) When you approach a film with a loose grip, the ability to improvise means you can come up with something magical, which Wendy often does. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) The anticipated sequel punches hard, drives fast through stylish explosions, cracks sharper-than-expected jokes, and basically celebrates everything that worked about the first two Bad Boys movies. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The colorful character quirks and unexpected plot twists add up to a highly-enjoyable evening at the theater. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 94% Marriage Story (2019) Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is every bit the equal to Kramer vs. Kramer, which is the highest compliment I can pay it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari thrills by simulating the record-breaking pace of the cars on the tracks, but really captivates because we care deeply about the men trying to make the victory happen. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Once an action hero Has Fallen, it's far more interesting when they struggle to get up, and that realization makes Angel a better-than-expected sequel. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) a beautiful and poignant snapshot of a bygone age, littered with gorgeous odes to the method of storytelling Tarantino has perfected over the years. It's Quentin's movie about movies, made as only Tarantino can. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/5 22% Men in Black International (2019) Men In Black International feels staid and flat, even as Hemsworth (doing his familiar "polished dunce" act) tries to inject levity opposite Thompson's patient rookie agent. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 28% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The overall execution is tepid and uninspired, putting this chapter below the level of chills we've come to expect from the better Conjuring movies. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) A darker, more cynical and unnerving meditation that cuts a few story corners but takes surprising risks that improves on the ending of King's own book and will have loyal fans debating its impact. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood shows that he's still capable of carrying a mildly compelling drama with moderate wrinkles, low stakes, but enough human drama to please his dedicated audience. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) A fun, exciting, imaginative, occasionally silly but undoubtedly epic adventure that establishes an incredibly rich new cinematic world. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Be thankful Roma exists. It's a special masterpiece, from a special, masterful filmmaker. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 77% Green Book (2018) It's exhilarating watching a movie and realizing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the performances on display are locks for Oscar consideration. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 90% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) There's fun to be had in the gallows humor weaving throughout the short stories on display here. But in general, Buster Scruggs feels undercooked. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4.5/5 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's the shockingly twisted and unconventional places the storyteller goes from the jump that propels El Royale above the usual fray of Tarantino knockoffs to become, easily, one of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of 2018. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4.5/5 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass takes a measured approach to a horrific event, pulling no punches as he presents the tragedy, but carries viewers through the next stages where 22 July analyzes HOW these attacks continue to affect us. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 30% Venom (2018) Removing Spider-Man from the overall equation creates too many narrative potholes around which Venom fails to weave with any sort of grace or style. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 13% Life Itself (2018) The cast is on point -- particularly Oscar Isaac... and the witty, tender and curious structure of the narrative kept me engaged. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) A compelling police procedural that borrows heavily from the drama without doing too much to rewrite the playbook. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) An exotic and entertaining crowd-pleaser, a romantic, beautiful, opulent and lively comedy that's formulaic but gifted with a light touch. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/5 62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Its hyper-physical antics encase a welcome message about inclusion and acceptance that make this Vacation a worthy trip for families. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Collette's performance should, and will, continue to push that conversation forward as she contends for -- and possibly receives -- Oscar glory by scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting audiences. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4.5/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is an outrageous, surprising, hysterical, emotional, vulgar, creative and uproarious summer blockbuster that fans of this genre -- and of comedy, in general -- will devour. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
90% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) On a second pass, the questionable was extremely overpowered by the bold and the courageous, and I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi through a different prism. I connected with it differently. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) For all of its dedication to breathing life into the game, the movie Tomb Raider doesn't establish its own sense of adventure, or dial into a genuine rush or tingle that comes with watching an action movie. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 21% Mute (2018) Blade Runner's kinky cousin. ... What Mute lacks in originality, it makes up for in risky storytelling and unpredictably grimy plot decisions. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 85% Game Night (2018) Game Night throws darts at the board with unflinching consistency and lands maybe 75 percent of its punchlines. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 94% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A very sensual story about how love and erotic passion can consume a person, particularly a budding teenager whose hormones encourage him (or her) to basically lust after anything in sight. Even a peach. Especially a peach. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman is better off when it's bombastically belting out memorable tunes and begging the audience to bop along in their seats. And that happens often. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
5/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post boasts a stunning ensemble of extraordinary character actors sinking their teeth into a riveting screenplay, all choreographed by a genius filmmaker who is firing on all possible cylinders. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1.5/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is bad. It's bad in a way that you wonder after how anyone let it get this bad. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) I expect Jessica Rothe just stenciled her name alongside Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, and other big-time screen actresses who got an early break in a forgettable horror movie, but went on to bigger and better things. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is eye-opening, unconventional, sweet, scary, odd and heartbreaking. It's a fantastic movie, one I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4.5/5 90% Stronger (2017) An unforgettable portrayal of strength and perseverance in the aftermath of a national tragedy, Stronger is one of the best movies of the year. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017