Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 59% Trial by Fire (2019) The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative 'devices' tacked on. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 50% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien approaches its subject with maybe a little bit too much reverence, but shows an interest in the development of Tolkien's ideas, his passion for philology (not the most cinematic of subjects), his love of myths and legends. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The film does a great job of contextualizing the phenom of Dr. Ruth. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film itself gaslights us, and this is where Berlinger and Zac Efron-an inspired choice-are powerful co-creators. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) It's respectful, but it's also alive. It's serious, but it's also tongue-in-cheek. Olnek's approach gives Emily room to breathe. At last. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) The subject is so interesting, and the music played by these people is so gorgeous. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
0/4 13% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) The film is appalling from start to finish. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 50% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Finding Steve McQueen could have used more of the galvanizing spirit of its patron saint, but there's also much to recommend here, in particular its light-hearted energy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 84% Girl (2018) Even disregarding the controversy, Girl does not work, mainly because Dhont's focus is all wrong. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell is almost an exact recreation of the original ... but there's enough freshness in the approach that makes [the film] a unique experience, funny and a little bit messy. The mess feels real. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 71% Climax (2019) [Noe's] grandiose and more than a little bit mad. If you think too hard about what Climax means, the film deflates. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/4 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) The film is lighthearted but not frivolous, and the animation -- a mix of computer-generated and hand-drawn -- is so innovative and fun it's always a pleasure to look at the screen. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 64% St. Agatha (2019) St. Agatha may take too long to get going, but once the film is up and running it's perverse, overheated fun. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 81% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) The script is very sparse. It feels like an outline, a general idea rather than an actual filled-out story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 69% The Invisibles (2019) A film like The Invisibles is part of bearing 'precise witness.' We clearly need reminders, and constant ones, of the end result of 'otherizing' an entire group of people. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/4 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) It is in the unspoken where The Heiresses is its most powerful. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 58% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not is definitely abstract and intellectualized ... but so much of the film left me cold, even bored. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/4 94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Communion does not push for an emotional response from the audience. It doesn't have to. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/4 73% Destroyer (2018) This is a pretty rote story, and many of the plot points beggar belief, but Kusama's flourishes help somewhat to elevate the material into something more meditative, a character study of a woman in ruins. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2/4 55% Swimming with Men (2018) The ensemble work among the group of actors in Swimming With Men is very strong, with humorous asides, joshing, and banter that feels spontaneous (they are all very funny actors). But the film doesn't invest in them emotionally. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) The film is an onslaught, sometimes silly, sometimes profound, but always riveting and emotional, and dazzlingly sure of itself. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 44% Write When You Get Work (2018) There are some interesting things going on, and some insight into New York's economic hierarchy, but the film veers off into a hard-to-believe crime heist, and, ultimately, none of it really hangs together. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 76% The Long Dumb Road (2018) The film is built on the chemistry of Revolori and Mantzoukas. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 90% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is bad in the way a lot of biopics are bad: it's superficial, it avoids complexity, and the narrative has a connect-the-dots quality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/4 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A great film, engrossing, suspenseful, and strange. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 80% Mid90s (2018) The film's rough edges sometimes feel like a first draft. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 90% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 71% The Happy Prince (2018) What [Everett] brings to the table--as a director, writer, and actor --is his intuitive 'take' on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) Hahn is one of the best actresses working today, and it's a thrill to see her at the center of a film, jagged with heartbreak, rage, hormones. This is a role worthy of her tremendous gifts. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 88% All About Nina (2018) It's messy and raw and true. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 71% Nappily Ever After (2018) Nappily Ever After is as much a polemic as it is anything else. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/4 66% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie is at war with its own impulses. You can sense there's a sexy overheated melodrama in there, yearning to burst free of its corset. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) What a relief to watch a film unafraid of letting its hair down. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 100% City of Joy (2018) A powerful act of bearing witness. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 38% Blue Iguana (2018) Rockwell and Fox are very funny and very strange together. You get weirdly invested in them. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 91% We the Animals (2018) Any potential sentimentality is obliterated by the film's tone and by the performances. It works best when it's most impressionistic. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/4 50% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) It's not clear where Gutierrez's interest lies, why this story matters to him, what he's trying to say. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 75% Cocote (2018) A challenging piece of art, but the challenges yield great rewards. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
1.5/4 43% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Hot Summer Nights stumbles, grasping for meaning and mood, relying heavily on one of the more insistent soundtracks in recent memory. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is so grounded in the reality of middle school it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) The film is beautiful in spots, and features a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, but unfortunately it has only a hazy idea of what it wants to be about. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) An immensely moving portrait of a father and daughter who love each other, and who can't bear to be apart. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 77% The King (2018) So vast it often strains to make connections, but its form-an intricate intersecting montage, a flashcard bombardment of images and clips-keeps the film chugging along, just like Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
3.5/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) McKay's control of tone and rhythm is in high gear, creating a work both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) It's refreshing to watch a film that doesn't feel obligated to go for the brass ring (of emotion, or social commentary, or even plot). - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 70% Adrift (2018) It's not just a story of an incredible feat of survival. It's also a love story, presented with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 99% The Tale (2018) The film is one long interrogation, not only from Jennifer the character's standpoint, but from a directorial standpoint. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
1.5/4 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The movie is fairly faithful to the book (except for a couple of awful invented scenes at the end), and yet so much is lost in the transfer. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 91% Beast (2018) An extremely strong first feature from Pearce, and Buckley is riveting. You can't look away. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018