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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
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 89% 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
100% 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 94% 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
3/4 100% 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 58% 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 53% 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 94% 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 82% 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 84% 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 58% 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 97% 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 85% 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 67% 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 20% 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 77% 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 85% 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 77% 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
3/4 81% Chuck (2017) Chuck does nothing new, and it moves through boxing tropes like it's ticking off checkmarks, but there's an honesty to it, a fresh and messy one.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3.5/4 68% Take Me (2017) The fun of Take Me is watching these two actors go toe-to-toe in scene after scene. Healy knows that as a director. His approach is simple, unadorned, and gets the job done.‐
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/4 58% Small Crimes (2017) Small Crimes works in part but is strangely murky in others. There's a lot of dead air.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/4 90% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) This is deeply human filmmaking.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
2.5/4 89% 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 44% 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 61% 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 68% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) A very low-stakes fairy tale, wrapped in a strained garden metaphor.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3/4 72% 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 83% 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 98% 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 10% 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 86% 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 64% I Am Michael (2017) Kelly is finding his sea-legs as a director.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017