Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 93% Skater Girl (2021) A great movie about skateboarding ... it captures the iconoclastic freedom and rebellion skateboarding has so often represented. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/4 83% Caveat (2020) An impressive and often terrifying film. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
1.5/4 79% Oslo (2021) The film never shuffles off its theatrical roots ... there's an almost visceral feeling of how much better this probably worked onstage before a live audience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/4 90% The Dry (2021) Part of the joy of The Dry is watching this excellent cast in action. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
2/4 62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) It's been some years since Jolie did an action movie, and she carries the center of Those Who Wish Me Dead. Unfortunately, it's a film with no real center. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3.5/4 86% State Funeral (2019) A film like State Funeral is a warning. History has lessons for us about what does, and does not, work, in politics, in leadership, in culture itself. We would do well to listen. We would do well to watch. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3.5/4 77% The Water Man (2021) Children absorb everything, good and bad, all the stresses, heartbreak, anxiety of the adults around them. Children can handle the difficult things. Oyelowo knows this and respects it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
2.5/4 84% Tiny Tim: King for a Day (2021) The documentary makes a valiant (and not entirely successful) stab at contextualizing Tiny Tim. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3/4 84% Jakob's Wife (2021) An insightful and often very funny commentary on marriage and the limitations placed on women. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
2/4 21% Thunder Force (2021) With such powerhouses as McCarthy and Spencer at the helm, it's a surprise that so much of the film is inert, rote, conventional. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
2/4 26% The Unholy (2021) The Unholy is not designed to be deep, but since glimmers of depth are present, the lack of follow-up makes this a disappointing watch. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/4 92% Tina (2021) Rock and roll is not just a young person's game. Tina understands this deeply. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3.5/4 92% Rose Plays Julie (2021) Rose Plays Julie knows in its bones, and revels in the fact, that there is nothing so scrumptious, so heavenly, as a dish gone icy, icy cold. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/4 91% Center Stage (1992) A biopic like no other. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
3.5/4 92% Lucky (2020) Lucky has something to say, and Grant has thought very deeply about the subjects of violence against women and trauma, as well as gender-based assumptions about these things. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/4 69% Moxie (2021) Both an awkward act of nostalgia for '90s activism and an attempt to push the riot grrrl legacy into the future. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
2/4 37% Cherry (2021) Cherry comments on itself compulsively, and the results are mixed. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/4 29% Blithe Spirit (2021) Unfortunately, Coward is nowhere in sight in this new adaptation. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/4 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Comedy being what it is, your mileage may vary, but for me the pure candy-colored exuberant silliness of Barb and Star didn't just make me laugh. It provided solace, too. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
2/4 65% PVT CHAT (2021) There are flashes of interest, and even some welcome screwball elements, but PVT Chat doesn't coalesce in a meaningful way. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/4 87% The Dig (2021) Told with simplicity and grace, and a sensitivity to the pastoral Suffolk landscape of wide fields and wider skies, The Dig is often quite thrilling. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud comes with the stamp of its creator and shivers with fresh possibilities. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 85% Our Friend (2020) Our Friend is insightful on a lot of things nobody wants to talk about, like caregiver fatigue. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/4 93% Herself (2021) [Lloyd] is not afraid of reaching for big emotions, utilizing inspirational needle-drops and montages that show the house coming into existence. But there's something else going on here, something that makes all of this a deeper and more powerful story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/4 98% Assassins (2020) [White] deftly untangles the different webs of meaning and implication, political, social and otherwise, to draw us into Siti and Doan's worlds. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 75% Wander Darkly (2020) [A] beautiful film. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
3.5/4 89% Black Bear (2020) Black Bear is ambitious for itself in its many layers of meta, but the observational moments of behavior is where the film soars. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/4 90% My Psychedelic Love Story (2020) There's enough material here to fill an entire multi-part docu-series, but My Psychedelic Love Story is an intriguing and often-humorous look at these crazy events, anchored by Harcourt-Smith's presence. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/4 22% Last Call (2020) Last Call is a pretty grim watch. Not 'gorgeously grim.' Just grim, end-stop. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/4 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) A great movie about how a free and independent press holds power to account, and calls out hypocrisy and venality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 92% The Life Ahead (2020) Loren inhabits the role of Madame Rosa as if it was written for her. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/4 73% Jungleland (2020) Featuring three very strong central performances and eye-catching poetic visuals, Jungleland is more of a mood-piece than anything else, and on that level it works beautifully. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/4 48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) A confused movie. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/4 82% The Opening Act (2020) A very insightful insider-baseball look at the creative process. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1.5/4 39% Rebecca (2020) Treating Rebecca as a traditional period piece romance-melodrama doesn't go at all far enough. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3.5/4 72% A Call to Spy (2020) An engrossing and often thrilling spy drama, and a tribute to this courageous and diverse group of women. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2.5/4 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The provocative ideas are not given a chance to really take on a life of their own. Still, there's much here that is imaginative and fresh. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2.5/4 85% Misbehaviour (2020) The separate storylines help the film avoid the mistakes made in similar movies, particularly those dealing with feminist history. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/4 98% The Swerve (2020) Azura Skye's tremendous performance [is] as unblinkingly honest as anything Gena Rowlands has done. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
58% Infidel (2020) Aided by excellent performances across the board by its international cast, Infidel works best when it's an old-fashioned thriller. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
1.5/4 67% I Am Woman (2020) A frustratingly shallow approach to a singer who deserves better. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
1.5/4 74% The Argument (2020) There are some very funny bits here, but unfortunately the concept takes too long getting off the ground, leaving the first three-quarters of the movie floating in limbo, waiting for it to all make sense. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/4 59% Fatima (2020) Fatima is told simply but emotionally, prioritizing the sensorial reality of the children's world and the people inhabiting it. This devotion to the 'real' makes the holy vision palpable and plausible. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
2.5/4 65% Matthias & Maxime (2019) The way Dolan chooses to frame things, the visual choices he makes, the way he revels unashamed in the big-ness of the emotions, makes it an entertaining ride. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/4 60% Chemical Hearts (2020) There's much to be said for what Tanne has pulled off in Chemical Hearts, for his gentle and measured approach. You actually feel like you have been through something by the end. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
1.5/4 67% Spree (2020) An awkward and mostly unpleasant hybrid of social critique and horror-comedy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/4 84% I Used to Go Here (2020) I Used to Go Here features a very well-drawn character arc, thanks to Rey's script, but Jacobs fills it with heart and feeling. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/4 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow strikes a particularly haunting chord. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/4 93% Yes, God, Yes (2020) A sweet sincere film about a girl getting all twisted up because of the mixed messages passed down to her. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
2/4 74% Flannery (2020) There's a lot of interesting things here and yet Flannery feels incomplete, and -- worse -- a little bit scared to go in for a much deeper dive. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020