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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, Film Comment Magazine, New York Times,, The Dissolve

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 91% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is filled with humor-in its characters, dialogue, and situations-but it doesn't sacrifice emotional depth. The two work in tandem.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.5/4 48% Souvenir (2018) The presence of Huppert makes Souvenir well worth a look.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/4 27% Irreplaceable You (2018) The film itself seems to be in denial about its own story.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/4 71% Permission (2018) What is most unexpected about Permission is its sense of poignancy and tenderness. In its own way, it's quite heartbreaking.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/4 13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) They're actually ... a boring couple, truth be told.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/4 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio approaches this material with sensitivity and empathy. There's restraint in his style, eloquent as it is.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
1/4 30% The Clapper (2018) If it's supposed to be a comedy, it's not funny. If it's supposed to be a satire, it doesn't know what it's satirizing.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 84% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The animators invoke worlds upon worlds in Mary and the Witch's Flower.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
3/4 92% Saturday Church (2018) A sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/4 81% Blame (2018) Blame crackles with fires within fires.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
1.5/4 51% Downsizing (2017) Very quickly devolves into a bland story about a nondescript khaki-wearing guy who learns to care about the less-fortunate.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3.5/4 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) An unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/4 38% Permanent (2017) Permanent feels like a short film stretched to feature length. It never quite rises above the level of its premise.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4/4 100% Quest (2017) [An] extraordinary documentary.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) In a corporate-run franchise-driven industry, del Toro's movies are refreshingly personal. All of this is true of The Shape of Water, but still, something's off.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
98% The Last Laugh (2017) In its own way, "The Last Laugh" is a celebration of Jewish humor, not just its importance as a survival technique, but also just how much it has shaped our culture. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/4 100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) The premise of Mr. Roosevelt is pretty slight, but it's filled with funny performances and biting snippets of social commentary.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 92% Thelma (2017) The dread in Thelma is not so easy to pin down, coming as it does almost totally through Trier's choice of visuals.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) [Gerwig's] first solo flight as a director and writer is beautifully confident in its rhythm and mood, the script whip-sawing from humor to earnest emotion to raw pain and back.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 92% Princess Cyd (2017) Its leisurely quality-its disinterest in "pumping" things up, its focus on the small yet vivid spaces of listening, understanding, struggle, identity-is its greatest asset.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) A nuanced and sensitive exploration of the many ways rape affects a person's life, even as she tries like hell to get back to normal.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 62% Maya Dardel (2017) The film has much to recommend it, in particular its lack of sentimentality about suicide, art, womanhood.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 78% Thy Father's Chair (2017) [A] gentle and emotionally stressful documentary.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 98% Dina (2017) There are some extremely dark moments in Dina, and these are even more powerful because of Santini and Sickles' humanistic approach. Their care for Dina and Scott is clear in every frame.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/4 92% Barracuda (2017) A sometimes-riveting 'take' on the unexpected uninvited guest plot-line, grounded to the earth by the phenomenal performances of Allison Tolman and Sophie Reid.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 92% Super Dark Times (2017) A genre film that has things to say about the world in which we live, its emptiness and the chasm between cause and effect.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
1/4 56% Bobbi Jene (2017) It doesn't know what it wants to be, or what story it wants to tell.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/4 100% Strong Island (2017) There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 90% Rat Film (2017) Rat Film is an odd and captivating experience, and its fluid style is its most distinguishing characteristic.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 93% School Life (2017) A rambunctious collage of a self-contained self-sustaining world, with its own rules of play and concerns.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2.5/4 31% A Boy Called Po (2017) A Boy Called Po is clearly a personal project for everyone involved (many of them have autistic children themselves), and it mostly does what it set out to do.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
3.5/4 85% Beach Rats (2017) A potent blend of eroticism, pent-up feelings and good old-fashioned appreciation of beauty.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
3/4 83% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) When Polina stays focused on dance, it soars. When it strays into the personal life of its lead, it moves almost compulsively into cliche.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
2/4 56% Lemon (2017) [Lemon] has some legitimately peculiar traits, and moments that flash with true absurdity. But there's a flatness in the end-result. The quirky is utterly predictable.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
3.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) A daring comedy with a very sharp bite.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
3.5/4 98% Columbus (2017) The depth of emotion the film stirred up surprised me. I got so involved in these two people's lives. I cared about them. I liked eavesdropping on their conversations.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3/4 86% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) In some cases you might think, 'I've seen this all before.' Yes. You have. But not with a leading lady like Jessica Williams. She's something else entirely.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
3.5/4 100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) Laudenbach's style is haunting. Some of his artwork stops you in your tracks. What he does best is create a palpable sense of dread without pushing, without tilting into melodrama.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
2.5/4 68% To the Bone (2017) There are aspects of this approach that are refreshing. Noxon clearly knows the territory. But the end result is confusing and unfocused.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/4 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) The message is clearly more important than how it is told.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/4 23% Austin Found (2017) Austin Found features a great ensemble cast, but never manages to explore unique territory.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/4 78% The Little Hours (2017) A riotous medieval-era sex romp played with lunatic conviction by a great cast.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3.5/4 78% The Beguiled (2017) The kind of movie that lingers on in your head, just like the best fairy tales do.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
1.5/4 68% The Journey (2017) The real-life version of how these two mortal enemies became so close that they were referred to in the press as 'The Chuckle Brothers' is way more interesting than the 'imagined' version presented in the film.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/4 84% Megan Leavey (2017) The emotion in Megan Leavey is not forced. It flows, up and down the leash, just like it's supposed to.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 86% Band Aid (2017) Lister-Jones is the very definition of a 'phenom' and if the film sometimes falls back on cliché, there's enough charm and interest here--particularly in the chemistry between the two leads--to keep it afloat.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/4 96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) While the mood is that of a gentle and affectionate comedy, the film makes some extremely sharp points about fanaticism, sexism masked as holiness, and tolerance among the faithful.‐
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/4 71% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2017) These are all fascinating concepts, but The Commune isn't all that interested in exploring them.‐
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3.5/4 78% Manifesto (2017) Blanchett delivering these intimidating texts, and completely changing the internal context from which each text emerges, is so breathlessly inventive that it's nothing less than totally entertaining.‐
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) The Wedding Plan, with its beautiful flow between comedy and sentiment, celebrates the pursuit of love, its absurdity, intensity, and power.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017