Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Sheila O'Malley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Sun-Times,, The Dissolve

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 78%

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

"In a Valley of Violence does not take itself too seriously (a great asset), but it also takes itself just seriously enough that it's not empty snarky parody." ‐
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Christine (2016)

"There are questions of exploitation that nag throughout, as well as a queasy feeling that we the audience are participating in exploiting this troubled woman all over again." ‐
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 95%

Little Sister (2016)

"A quiet and gentle film, emotional but not manipulatively sentimental, sad but not nihilistic, Marilyn Manson epigram and Goth-font chapter markers notwithstanding." ‐
Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/4 98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"There is no escape, for characters or audience. Under the Shadow is unnerving in the extreme." ‐
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 85%

Audrie & Daisy (2016)

"Audrie & Daisy is a stark portrait of a problem which is not in any way local, aberrant, or random. The problem is systemic." ‐
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 100%

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016)

"A powerful act of advocacy." ‐
Posted Sep 15, 2016
3.5/4 83%

Kicks (2016)

"Kicks is not without its flaws, but even the flaws show Tipping's willingness to take risks, to go for the big gesture and to go for it honestly. " ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2.5/4 13%

The Wild Life (2016)

"There's always a lot to look at. The script is so-so, but the total lack of snark and cynicism in the film is refreshing." ‐
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Among the Believers (2016)

"Trivedi and Naqvi put together this multi-tentacled story using a daunting variety of footage, news reports and archival film mixed with interviews. It paints an extremely grim picture." ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 69%

White Girl (2016)

"Director Elizabeth Wood's style is immersive and raw, although to what end is not clear." ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 84%

In Order of Disappearance (2016)

"The killings are creative and brutal, but eventually the whole structure of it becomes an empty, slick exercise in style. " ‐
Posted Aug 25, 2016
3/4 94%

Spa Night (2016)

"Even with its flaws, Spa Night is an extremely personal film. We need more of those." ‐
Posted Aug 19, 2016
4/4 73%

Disorder (Maryland) (2016)

"Disorder is tense and scary, beautiful to look at and even more gorgeous to hear. In the end, it is also extremely moving. That's the most thrilling part of all." ‐
Posted Aug 12, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"Little Men is extremely powerful in its own right, with its devotion to its characters' differing perspectives so refreshing in an increasingly black-and-white world." ‐
Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/4 44%

Quitters (2016)

"A challenging and joyless experience." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3.5/4 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"Don't Think Twice is hilarious, yes, but it's also thoughtful and sad and sweet. Birbiglia knows how to communicate those things, too." ‐
Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 86%

Phantom Boy (2016)

"The film can be smothered by the obligations of its plot, but it's still beautiful and original, extremely funny, and sometimes very moving." ‐
Posted Jul 14, 2016
1.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Captain Fantastic treats the situation (and Ben) so uncritically and so sympathetically that there is a total disconnect between what is actually onscreen and what Ross thinks is onscreen." ‐
Posted Jul 8, 2016
3.5/4 94%

Life, Animated (2016)

""Life, Animated" is powerful and emotional, without being manipulative. It is deeply inspiring, without trying to be." ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2016
1.5/4 56%

Carnage Park (2016)

""Carnage Park" is an extremely empty experience." ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/4 76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"One of Solondz's sharpest visions of futility." ‐
Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 95%

Nuts! (2016)

"Lane has a gift for finding the unexpected in the familiar, the right narrative structure, however eccentric, to tell a story." ‐
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 35%

Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016)

"It's charming. It's funny." ‐
Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 97%

The Fits (2016)

""The Fits" is the kind of film that asks more questions than it answers. The questions have echoing resonance." ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 90%

Art Bastard (2016)

"Engaging and thought-provoking ..." ‐
Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"While extremely funny, it is a bitter and ruthless film. Lanthimos plays target practice and his aim is deadly." ‐
Posted May 13, 2016
3/4 89%

Dheepan (2016)

""Dheepan" is finely-drawn, beautifully shot and acted, featuring complex characters doing their best in no-win situations." ‐
Posted May 6, 2016
3.5/4 70%

Sin Alas (2015)

""Sin Alas" is emotional and dense, thought-provoking and intelligent, and it's all held together by music, Lima's poem, colors, sounds." ‐
Posted May 3, 2016
3/4 81%

Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

"What does all of this add up to? Damned if I know. But it's fun to see a film that plays by its own rules to such a degree that any comparison to anything else falls apart." ‐
Posted Apr 22, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"Carney has a humorous and loving eye for detail, an intuitive ear for dialogue, and the film is extremely personal in a way that is universal." ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2016
1.5/4 9%

God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

""God's Not Dead 2" is filled with a sense of paranoiac persecution and seething resentment towards secular public schools, the ACLU, government interference and those who don't care for "Duck Dynasty."" ‐
Posted Apr 1, 2016
3.5/4 97%

The Dark Horse (2016)

"It's a feel-good story with the potential to make you feel great." ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Fastball (2016)

"If you are not familiar with this level of baseball nerdiness, then Fastball will be a revelation, and hopefully an entertaining one. If you are familiar, then Fastball will satisfy on a deep and extremely specific level." ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3.5/4 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"Linklater approaches all of this with affection, and even kindness-one of his distinguishing characteristics. "Everybody Wants Some!!" is a corrective to the tired, false "dumb jock" stereotype." ‐
Posted Mar 31, 2016
3/4 88%

Born To Be Blue (2016)

""Born To Be Blue" has many of the elements familiar to music biopics, but it's trying to do something different. It doesn't always succeed, but the attempt is a welcome change." ‐
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Krisha (2016)

"The film feels like a blazing catharsis for all involved." ‐
Posted Mar 18, 2016
2.5/4 27%

The Perfect Match (2016)

"There is a welcome (and surprising) layer of complexity running through the film that makes it a little bit more than your standard fare. The likable and funny ensemble helps too." ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2016
2.5/4 96%

Marguerite (2016)

"If someone had said to Marguerite early on, "Listen. You can't sing," would it have made a difference? Would she have been happy? But Marguerite is undeniably happy when she sings. It's an ethical quandary, one the film has a lot of fun exploring." ‐
Posted Mar 10, 2016
4/4 97%

Cemetery of Splendor (2016)

"Within its structure lies multiple intersecting and contradicting arcs of meaning, none of which cancel each other out but instead create a vast pool of associations." ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Gored (2015)

"Trivedi and Naqvi put together this multi-tentacled story using a daunting variety of footage, news reports and archival film mixed with interviews. It paints an extremely grim picture." ‐
Posted Mar 1, 2016
1.5/4 64%

Rolling Papers (2016)

"Dickman's film reeks of pot smoke and un-seriousness." ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 69%

Tumbledown (2016)

"Hall and Sudeikis circle around one another warily, erupting into defensiveness, shutting each other out, then letting each other back in. There's a rhythm to it. Mewshaw helps sustain that rhythm." ‐
Posted Feb 5, 2016
1.5/4 16%

The 5th Wave (2016)

"When a book is adapted for the screen, there are reasons why some tangential plot points need to go. But Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, the screenwriting team who adapted Yancey's book, have destroyed the book's rich texture." ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Naz & Maalik (2016)

"There are some very good individual sequences, and Naz and Maalik's romance is vulnerable and touching, but the film doesn't hang together." ‐
Posted Jan 21, 2016
2.5/4 16%

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

"In general, "Alvin" is funny and, sometimes, a little bit sweet." ‐
Posted Dec 18, 2015
3/4 100%

Night Owls (2015)

"Actors Adam Pally and Rosa Salazar, who carry the entire film, are not just game for this kind of material, they feel born to it. Their dynamic sparks all over the place." ‐
Posted Dec 4, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Christmas, Again (2015)

"The most striking thing about it is its evocation of an extremely specific mood. Once we settle into it, and it happens early, everything else becomes possible." ‐
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/4 94%

Carol (2015)

"Blanchett is a naturally theatrical actress, unafraid of being "dramatic." Because of this, she sometimes seems out of place in a realistic context. But "Carol" plays to her strengths." ‐
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/4 67%

Sweet Micky For President (2015)

""Sweet Micky for President" shows Mantell's steep learning-curve about political realities as well as his growing sense of confidence and commitment. It's inspiring." ‐
Posted Nov 13, 2015
3.5/4 96%

Spotlight (2015)

""Spotlight" is the kind of movie where a scene showing a group of reporters huddled over church directories, taking notes in silence, becomes a gripping sequence." ‐
Posted Nov 4, 2015
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