Sean P. Means

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 93% 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 44% 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 94% 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
3/4 82% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Art nerds will get the most out of "Ruben Brandt, Collector," an adults-only animated thriller from Hungary whose visual imagination far outpaces its lackluster plot. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 71% Climax (2019) Ultimately, Noé has the last laugh, by calling his movie "Climax" and failing to deliver one. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 29% Wonder Park (2019) "Wonder Park" is a colossal blunder that sparks no joy, and the worst part is that Nickelodeon is apparently developing it into a TV series. Again, pity the poor children. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 52% Five Feet Apart (2019) [I]t's Richardson, with whom critics fell in love as the architecturally savvy teen in the indie darling "Columbus," who really shines as Stella, her smile and sass and vulnerability make this often manipulative melodrama feel like a breath of fresh air. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 70% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) For a franchise that has been so prolific and so popular over the decades, one might expect more screen adaptations. This new version points to a possible reason why: The stories are rather thin. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) "Birds of Passage" boasts a talented ensemble, including some fascinating character actors - none more intriguing as José Vicente Cote as Peregnino, the craggy "word messenger" who acts as an envoy between the warring families. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 42% The Kid (2019) The problem with "The Kid" is that the relationship between Rio and Billy never feels authentic, kindred spirits in a cruel world, feels like a Screenwriting 101 exercise, rather than an organic part of the story. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 77% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) In this small town, it's assumed that everybody knows everyone else's secrets - but what's most compelling in Farhadi's story is how nobody knows what they'll do when things are at their worst. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) It's always tricky introducing a new character, especially the most powerful one in the Marvel Comics roster - and Boden and Fleck, and Larson, do it with high energy, good humor and intelligence. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/4 55% Greta (2019) If only "Greta" was willing to be as boldly insane as its title character. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 100% A Tuba to Cuba (2019) [W]hen the music is playing, breaking through language and cultural barriers like they were crepe paper, this movie swings joyously and exuberantly. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) The snowbound drama "Arctic" is a grim and unadorned tale of survival, and a full dose of the acting mastery of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) A serviceable and audience-friendly bit of computer-animated storytelling, but whose craft and artistry are emotionally inert. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/4 76% Never Look Away (2019) The result for Donnersmarck is a full-bodied examination of the artist's process, and how everything in life is eventually fodder for the artist's work. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) As with the first movie, "Happy Death Day 2U" is held together - even in its more slapstick moments - by [Jessica] Rothe. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" works with ruthless efficiency, getting Wilson and the cast through the story quickly, living out the same romantic-comedy tropes it mocks, and never dwelling on any humorous scenario too long. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 89% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) [A] gritty, uncompromising look at life on the mean streets of Beirut through the eyes of a child hardened by his experiences. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) What happens when a famously seat-of-the-pants director goes to work for a notoriously detail-oriented filmmaker? Unsurprisingly, in the case of "Alita: Battle Angel," a big mess, though an exhilarating one. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 93% Hail Satan? (2019) The funny and fierce documentary "Hail Satan?" examines what happens when a satire of religion turns into a movement of its own. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 100% Tigerland (2019) Together, the stories in "Tigerland" show not just the efforts to keep a beautiful animal alive, but demonstrate the power of individuals to change the world. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) With great sensitivity and an eye for touching moments, filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky again mines her family - and how it handles deafness. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/4 88% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) [A] captivating love-hate letter to the City by the Bay that comes straight from the heart. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/4 100% Ms. Purple (2018) Raw and rough but also delicately beautiful, director Justin Cohn's sophomore feature "Ms. Purple" is an eye-opening look into the culture of Los Angeles' Koreatown and a touching portrayal of grief in slow-motion. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 75% Imaginary Order (2019) As suburban supermom meltdowns go... "Imaginary Order" goes deep, thanks to some smart and scary twists and a compelling performance by Wendi McLendon-Covey. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/4 78% Share (2019) The high-school drama "Share," about a teen caught in a social-media nightmare, is a great idea hobbled by lackluster execution. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 90% Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) [Berman's] exploration into Johnathan's soul and his own also goes down some dark allieys, and cuts to the heart (no pun intended) of what makes a documentary. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 73% Destroyer (2018) Nicole Kidman delivers another searing, persona-busting performance in the crime drama "Destroyer," but her work is a step above the garden-variety story it services. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) It may be a "Cold War," but the actors' chemistry burns through the screen. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 100% Honey Boy (2019) To watch director Alma Har'el's drama "Honey Boy" is to witness an act of personal redemption for its star and screenwriter, Shia LaBeouf. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 100% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) [T]he result is like a Mike Wallace interview in reverse. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 88% American Factory (2019) [A] fascinating as-it-happens look at a cross-cultural clash in the industrialized world. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) There is no more frustrating sight at a film festival than a movie that squanders a good idea with a lot of pretentious moodiness - which "The Sound of Silence" has in abundance. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 68% Them That Follow (2019) If only the plot of the Appalachia-based drama "Them That Follow" matched its atmosphere and its acting. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 85% Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) The documentary "Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire" feels like a missed opportunity, a movie that focuses on one aspect of the late author's work... that doesn't connect that work enough to his famous "Millennium" thrillers. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 93% Luce (2019) The performances are solid, with Harrison particularly striking as the model student able to alter his personality to fit what those around him - teachers, classmates, parents - need him to be. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 100% Clemency (2019) Sensitive and hard-hitting, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu's debut feature "Clemency" is a thoughtful examination of the death penalty in American prisons - seen from the viewpoint of the people who carry it out. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Writer-director Stephen Merchant, the co-creator of "The Office," has crafted a smart, funny, sharp and emotionally charged story about family ties, the business of sports entertainment, and an underdog tale of pushing through self-doubt. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/4 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The comedy "Brittany Runs a Marathon" deals with a lot of weighty subjects... but writer-director Paul Downs Colazzo and star Jillian Bell carry it effortlessly. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) I enjoy Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live" as much as the next person, but the coarse coming-of-age comedy "Big Time Adolescence" is proof that Davidson's abrasive stoner persona is best consumed in small doses. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/4 100% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) [T]he documentary "Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins" is the profile of her that we have needed. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 100% Pahokee (2019) The notion that small-town life often revolves around the local high school, and in particular that school's football team, isn't a new revelation, but the absorbing documentary "Pahokee" captures that truism with a clear eye and stunning images. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 86% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Merata Mita is a pioneer in film that most people outside New Zealand don't know, and... "Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen" goes a long way of correcting that blind spot and furthering her mission to bring different voices to movies. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 100% Bedlam (2019) By turns harrowing and heartwarming, director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg's documentary "Bedlam" exposes deep flaws in the way America handles the mentally ill - mixing history, anecdote and personal survival story. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 90% Before You Know It (2019) Utt and Tullock's script finds hilarious moments in Hannah and Jackie's infiltration of the soap-opera studio to meet Sherelle for the first time. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Watching Ocasio-Cortez in the film, wrestling with doubts before she became a congressional media star and scourge of condescending conservatives, is quite delightful. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019