Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: sltrib.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 79% Photograph (2019) "Photograph" has a plot out of an old screwball comedy, but is handled so seriously and so gently that it practically evaporates as you watch it. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 67% The White Crow (2019) Ivenko gives a rugged performance as the mercurial Nureyev, whose emotions are never so direct as when he's expressing them through his dancing. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 90% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) There is a hint of the infomercial in Chester's film, a sales pitch not just for Apricot Lane's farmers market stall but the biodiversity that is the farm's reason for existence. That's OK, though. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 97% Booksmart (2019) Wilde can set up a joke better than most directors, while also capturing the rhythms of high-school life and understanding the yearning souls of these smart, sweet, nerdy girls. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/4 57% Aladdin (2019) What a different, livelier movie this would be if Smith got jiggy with ['A Friend Like Me'], and applied some "Fresh Prince" rap stylings. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) To the extent "The Sun Is Also a Star" works, it's due to the lived-in but passionate chemistry between its stars. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The fights here don't have the same out-of-the-box charm of the original - you only get to make a first impression once - they are brimming with eye-popping spectacle. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Olnek's use of humor is key, because it helps flesh out a fuller portrait of Emily Dickinson, and offers stark relief to the cruel, bigoted suppression of her sexual identity after her death. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) A dramatically inert message movie that will move neither the heart nor the needle in America's debate over government sanctioned killing. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 89% Sauvage / Wild (2019) What French director-writer Camille Vidal-Naquet reveals in her well-constructed but grim debut, "Sauvage / Wild," is how tedious the job is. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) For the hordes of Pokémon fans... the action-adventure movie is catnip. For those of us in the middle, who picked up Pokémon through contact with kids who consume it like air, it's a passably fun if frenetic send-up of detective noir. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 15% The Hustle (2019) Together, Hathaway and Wilson make a surprisingly good comic team... Together, they make "The Hustle" a remake that does its original (or originals) proud. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 50% Tolkien (2019) There are moments of elf magic in "Tolkien," when this stodgy biographical drama of the author J.R.R. Tolkien seems about to burst free of its genre limitations to become as soaring as Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" - until it seems to lose its nerve. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Love and determination are a dynamic combination, and no more so than in Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke's slow-burn gangster drama "Ash Is Purest White." - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 29% Red Joan (2019) By the end, the movie is so embellished with movie clichés that it resembles the true story less than it does every other movie that's come before. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/4 29% UglyDolls (2019) The jumbled storytelling, frenetic animation, monotonous songs and overtalented voice cast make "UglyDolls" one of the most head-scratching animated movies in a long time. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 81% Long Shot (2019) It's that equality, the give and take between the poised Theron and the frumpy Rogen, that makes "Long Shot" pay off. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) "Ask Dr. Ruth" shows Ruth Westheimer has a few faults... but overall presents a portrait of a feisty, fun-loving woman who survived the worst in life and came out perpetually chipper and life-affirming. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3.5/4 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) "Sunset" takes Jakub's Írisz on a dangerous ride, and the audience hangs on for the thrills. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/4 84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) His cast, led by Paradis and Moran's white-hot intensity, are game for anything Gonzalez throws at them, and the result is a crazy, captivating mess. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
2.5/4 75% Family (2019) There's a touch of irony behind the generic title "Family," but not enough to make up for the cookie-cutter plotting of this scattershot comedy. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/4 65% Peterloo (2019) The narrative messiness becomes the point of "Peterloo," showing how the sweep of history catches everyone, commoner or monarch, in the crush of progress. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/4 85% Her Smell (2019) Whether screaming at her bandmates' betrayal or tenderly trying to reconnect with her daughter, Moss makes every moment authentic and heartbreaking. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/4 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) "Avengers: Endgame" delivers everything Marvel fans will enjoy and not much that they expect. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/4 72% Teen Spirit (2019) It's Fanning's music that gives "Teen Spirit" its intense fire. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/4 96% Little Woods (2019) [Thompson and James'] performances, melded to DaCosta's spare, economical writing and sharp direction, make "Little Woods" a memorable drama. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 99% Amazing Grace (2019) "Amazing Grace" serves as a testament to the power of Aretha Franklin's talent, the strength of her faith, and the love of the community who supported her. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 83% High Life (2019) What's far more interesting in "High Life" is Pattinson's quietly intense portrayal of Monte, wading through the insanity around him to find an island of peace and redemption as Willow's guardian. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/4 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Alas, screenwriters Mikky Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis can't make the story add up to more than the sum of its shocks. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/4 91% Disneynature: Penguins (2019) [A] perfectly packaged nature documentary for human chicks to digest. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3.5/4 95% Transit (2019) The juxtaposition of the past and the present keeps us constantly off balance, and make "Transit" a ride to remember. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/4 93% Diane (2019) "Diane" is Place's movie, and she pours everything into it, creating a wistful, humorous and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of thwarted dreams and fading realities. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 80% The Wind (2019) Tammi stages moments of terror that are effectively chilling, small moments that deploy the tiny budget to maximum chills. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 45% Mary Magdalene (2019) In the movie's slower passages - and there are a few of those - it's Mara's performance that carries "Mary Magdalene" through. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/4 61% The Public (2019) The gentle humor and simple humanity of Estevez's script helps the audience digest the messages within "The Public," to engender sympathy for our nation's homeless and sing the praises of libraries. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) As a movie watcher, and a viewer of my fair share of horror films, I will say that the latest adaptation of King's creepiest misspelling delivers more dread than scares. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 66% Storm Boy (2019) The result is a narrative that is at once rustically nostalgic and refreshingly modern, nicely pitched at younger viewers without talking down to them. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2.5/4 52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) [N]o matter how hard Nguyen and the cast tries in "The Hummingbird Project," there's little a filmmaker can do to make computer screens and digging cable worth watching for two hours. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5/4 31% Mapplethorpe (2019) [A] dry retelling of the artist's life with much of the passion kept at bay. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
1.5/4 53% The Best of Enemies (2019) Aside from Henson's performance, the only thing to look forward to about this movie is what reaction Spike Lee will have to it. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 42% Faster (2010) The result is a mishmash of bloody action and talky exposition... - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3.5/4 94% The Mustang (2019) As beautiful as the horses it features, and as uncompromising as the broken men it depicts, "The Mustang" is a modern tale that celebrates and then deconstructs the old ideas of the West. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) There are enough thrills, and moments of human kindness, throughout "Hotel Mumbai" to make the trip worth it. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 28% The Aftermath (2019) "The Aftermath" ultimately rides on a single question - which man will she pick? - so it's not breaking new dramatic ground. It plays its game within the lines, and plays it quite well. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) "Dumbo" gets airborne, but it's another bumpy flight for a director whose reach so often extends his grasp. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3.5/4 90% Shazam! (2019) This superhero has great power, and great responsibility, but "Shazam!" wears it lightly and humorously. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/4 42% The Wedding Guest (2019) The plot is a bit thin and lacking in big action moments. But the chemistry between the tightly wound Patel and the poker-faced Apte, a fast-rising Bollywood star, is electrifying, and one hopes they each have more opportunities to smolder on the screen. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 94% Us (2019) Peele twists the screws expertly, sometimes goosing us with a solid jump-scare, sometimes relying on the slow burn to instill a sense of dread. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) "Woman at War" rides on the shoulders of Geirharðsdóttir, and she carries the load effortlessly. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore's gifts for burrowing into a character and making that character radiate from within are in full force in Chilean director Sebastián Leilo's "Gloria Bell," where Moore shines in spite of a meandering story. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019