Sheila O'Malley Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sheila O'Malley

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) This is deeply human filmmaking.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2.5/4 92% Win It All (2017) For the high stakes involved, Win It All feels strictly low stakes.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
1.5/4 43% The Discovery (2017) The entire thing feels like it's happening underwater, sound distorted, movements impeded. A lot happens, but without any urgency inspiring it.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
2/4 58% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) [The Zookeeper's Wife] has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
1.5/4 71% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) A very low-stakes fairy tale, wrapped in a strained garden metaphor.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 73% Catfight (2017) Catfight is not the story of two gals who hate each other and then realize, over appletinis, how much they have in common. Tukel takes that tired cliché and blows it to smithereens.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
3/4 78% Kiki (2017) One thing Kiki does really well is show how these dance competitions are an organizational structure for kids who might otherwise slip through the cracks.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 69% American Fable (2017) American Fable is ambitious, maybe too much so sometimes, but there's an intense pleasure in the boldness of the film's style, its confidence in what it is about.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/4 97% Kedi (2017) Caring for one another and caring for animals may seem like a small thing, but Torun's affectionate portrait of these cats-and the people who love them-makes it seem like the most important thing in the world.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
2/4 9% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Fifty Shades Darker may wear leather and chains, but it's still a retro bore.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
3.5/4 85% Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017) A superb dance documentary in its almost single-minded focus on process.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
3/4 66% I Am Michael (2017) Kelly is finding his sea-legs as a director.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3.5/4 90% Ma (2017) A bold and unique film that has 'personal' written all over it. No one else could have made it.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/4 100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) A tender, human, and very, very funny portrait of Hollywood royalty.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
4/4 88% 20th Century Women (2017) The most pleasurable aspect of 20th Century Women (and it's pleasurable throughout) is that it allows itself to be messy.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
2.5/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) Berg and company have recreated familiar events in a gripping and immediate narrative.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2/4 39% All We Had (2016) With her well-meaning desire to create an inspirational story of survival and redemption, Holmes has kept the entire film extremely low-stakes.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
3.5/4 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Hansen-Løve's gift is in presenting this vast internal journey with elegance and clarity, resisting the urge for scenery-chewing catharsis.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2016
2.5/4 71% Miss Sloane (2016) The film is not so much tone-deaf as old-fashioned, emerging from a more innocent time (say, three weeks ago) when politics as usual actually had some meaning.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
3/4 91% Always Shine (2016) None of this would be possible without the extraordinary performances of these two actresses. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2016
2.5/4 83% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) It's a pleasure to look at the screen and to watch the artistry of the entire creative team. But there's a forbidding quality to the entire enterprise.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
4/4 90% Elle (2016) Watching Elle feels like climbing Mt. Everest without an oxygen tank. The air is dizzyingly clear up there. And dangerous, too.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
3/4 76% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
2.5/4 88% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/4 96% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/4 79% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/4 100% Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016) A powerful act of advocacy.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2016
3.5/4 84% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
2.5/4 15% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
94% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 71% White Girl (2016) Director Elizabeth Wood's style is immersive and raw, although to what end is not clear.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/4 83% 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. ‐
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
3/4 95% Spa Night (2016) Even with its flaws, Spa Night is an extremely personal film. We need more of those.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/4 44% Quitters (2016) A challenging and joyless experience.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/4 87% 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
1.5/4 83% 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
1.5/4 61% Carnage Park (2016) "Carnage Park" is an extremely empty experience.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
3.5/4 77% Wiener-Dog (2016) One of Solondz's sharpest visions of futility.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/4 96% Nuts! (2016) Lane has a gift for finding the unexpected in the familiar, the right narrative structure, however eccentric, to tell a story.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 33% Puerto Ricans In Paris (2016) It's charming. It's funny.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
3.5/4 98% The Fits (2016) "The Fits" is the kind of film that asks more questions than it answers. The questions have echoing resonance.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
3/4 90% Art Bastard (2016) Engaging and thought-provoking ...‐
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
3.5/4 89% The Lobster (2016) While extremely funny, it is a bitter and ruthless film. Lanthimos plays target practice and his aim is deadly.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | 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.‐
Read More | Posted May 4, 2016