Sherilyn Connelly

Sherilyn Connelly
Sherilyn Connelly's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Village Voice SF Weekly
Publications: Village Voice, SF Weekly

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) Though Toy Story 4 is as funny and action-packed and as effective a tearjerker as is to be expected from this series, what's truly remarkable is Bo's evolution. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
82% American Woman (2019) A film like this lives or dies by how it regards its characters, and American Woman wisely never judges Debra, no matter the choices she makes. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
68% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The life of baseball player turned government spook Moe Berg would seem contrived if it hadn't actually happened in, y'know, real life. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
78% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) With its brisk, 95-minute running time, it's necessarily a CliffNotes take on the event, and Goodman's emphasis is the not-unremarkable fact that the ginormous, rain-soaked cluster--- was pulled off without any deaths or outbreaks of violence. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
83% Nureyev (2018) Not unlike the man himself, Nureyev is overflowing with style... But what matters is the story, and Nureyev tells a good one. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
89% Non-Fiction (2019) Your mileage may vary depending on how invested you are in the future of publishing, but for those interested in such things, Non-Fiction feels very real. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) If Kenneth Branagh's early pictures... were about one-upping Laurence Olivier, then Branagh's new Bard biopic All Is True is a love letter to their fellow Shakespeare acolyte, Orson Welles... Branagh is serving two masters, and does both proud. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
86% We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019) Passon creates a very strong sense of mid-20th-century New England. And if the story's eventual tragedies feel inevitable, it's because we have always lived with them. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) The White Crow is engaging enough to overcome the stumbles in how its story is told. The climactic defection scene is a nailbiter, and Fiennes evokes what feels like an authentic Tati-era Paris. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth never comes across as hagiographic because it never feels like there's much dirt on her in the first place, and she certainly had some good ideas that never caught on... - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
45% Clara (2019) The film Clara has lots of fascinating real-life science, and there are plenty of delicious astronomical visuals. But the character of Clara herself comes across as a bit too much of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
76% Family (2019) Family manages to be about the destructiveness of strict gender roles and the need to let children explore beyond them without making it seem like a pathology to be pitied, or damage to be fixed. These days, that's still an achievement. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) After the experimental historical documentaries Nuts! and Our Nixon, Penny Lane's more straightforward Hail Satan? is about events from the 2010s, but is no less informed by that hypocrisy. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Olnek's film is photographed with the bright key lighting traditionally associated with comedies, and at times feels like a series of workshopped sketches. This is not a bad thing. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) The true heart of the film is the romance between Norma and Joseph, and its greatest revelation is Röhrig's performance... He finally gets to play a romance, and it's lovely. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) Gerard's fully committed lead performance makes it believable, and you can't go wrong with a well-executed "there's something out there in the dark" story. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
61% The Public (2019) The somewhat overwritten picture moves at a swift pace, and cinematographer Juan Miguel Azpiroz makes the most of the built-in vanishing points of library stacks, but The Public's thesis is unclear. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
70% The Invisibles (2019) There's an interesting idea at the heart of The Invisibles, but the way it's constructed makes it hard to see. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
98% 3 Faces (2019) As tends to be the case with Panahi's work in exile, 3 Faces is about heavy things but never forgets to be funny, and it's one of the best films of 2019. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
100% The Juniper Tree (1990) Shot in glorious black-and-white in unforgiving terrain, The Juniper Tree is a mood piece first and foremost, with a sense of natural mysticism not unlike a Peter Weir film. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
77% Lost & Found (2019) Anthology films are a tricky proposition, but Liam O Mochain's charming Lost & Found gets the trick right. Perhaps because it's written and directed by one person, it feels organic in a way so many portmanteaus do not. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Jia Zhang-Ke is fond of using geological processes as a metaphor for inexorable change, but unfortunately his pacing gets downright glacial at times, especially in the third-act dialogue scenes. But the purity of his vision cannot be denied. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Veteran director Johnson knows to prioritize his characters instead of his own cleverness, while Enzo's motivating anger about bad men like Nixon reaching the highest levels of power without being punished for their crimes has a resonance today. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
31% Mapplethorpe (2019) The full-adult-life arc is increasingly unfashionable in biopics, with reason: Many elements in Mapplethorpe feel glossed over, particularly Robert's lifelong friendship with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón). - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Though there's plenty of punching and brrap-brrap-pew-pew, the true emotional core is her friendship with Rambeau, and if Captain Marvel inspires just one girl to become a USAF pilot, it'll all have been worth it. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
81% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) A cavalcade of art and film references that are beautifully animated and reward eagle-eyed observation, but references alone do not a compelling story make. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
88% To Dust (2019) Broderick being well-cast as the sad sack who just wants to get stoned and listen to Jethro Tull at the end of the day is no surprise, but it's Röhrig who owns To Dust, an early contender for one of the best films of 2019. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
40% Who Killed Cock Robin (2017) The great irony is that while Wang finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and those are never a bad thing, in the end "Who Killed Cock Robin?" proves to be a big ol' shaggy-dog story. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
76% Holiday (2018) Isabella Eklöf's Holiday is beautifully shot, carefully considered, and very, very rough. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
89% Arctic (2019) That they're on the bottom of Maslow's pyramid and desperately trying not to fall off is all the dramatic tension necessary... Arctic doesn't break new ground, but it charts its own path quite well. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) The sort of movie that puts its subtext right there on the top, but that's OK because the top is very lovely. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
14% An Acceptable Loss (2019) Takes place in an archaic universe in which the revelation of government wrongdoing is somehow important, and much of the drama comes from whether or not this supposed bombshell will be made public. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) British comedies tend to get dark in a way that mainstream American comedies rarely do, and while Adult Life Skills occasionally feints in that direction, it retains a core of sweetness, and it's whimsical without also being twee. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) This picture feels like a film out of time, shot in glorious black-and-white with a steady camera and careful compositions. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
20% The Aspern Papers (2019) The Aspern Papers has a very stylized, theatrical feel, with Rhys Meyers in particular projecting to the cheap seats. That's not a bad thing, and real-life mother and daughter Redgrave and Richardson also have an understandably believable chemistry. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Stan & Ollie opens with the most welcome trope of old-timey movie biopics: the unbroken dolly shot through a bustling studio backlot. It's all gravy after that. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
100% The World Before Your Feet (2018) A portrait of New York's many secrets and of white male privilege... It doesn't make The World Before Your Feet less enjoyable, but it's a reminder that world isn't equally before everyone's feet. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Fun and uplifting and dazzling, but always keeps its emotions and its visual effects grounded. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) The Quake was not submitted to the Oscars, but for big dumb entertainment that has a veneer of respectability because it's subtitled, it deserves your vote. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A small but vital part of the story of how our country got to this particular circle of Hell. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
97% People's Republic of Desire (2018) Markedly depressing... The competition is ultimately the same bread and circuses humans have engaged in since boredom was invented. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) More and more about acknowledging that Bergman wasn't a great person... which Searching basically shrugs off because artists, right? - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) Ultimately less about the unfinished 1990s film and more about the man who kept it from fruition. Thankfully, that makes it no less welcome an addition to the canon. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Although there are families the film regularly checks in on, the impressionistic, often visually stunning Hale is more about the county's textures and atmospheres. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
73% Chef Flynn (2018) It's somewhat difficult in 2018 to find rooting interest in the story of a straight white male born into a wealthy household who manages to achieve his dream at an early age. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Indeed, The Great Buster: A Celebration is at its best when it's just Bogdanovich pointing out all the great stuff in Keaton's movies, particularly Buster's mid-'20s peak with Steamboat Bill, Jr. and the stone-cold classic The General. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Location is everything: As Alienated Young Man dramas go, Lee Chang-dong's Burning might not work quite as well as it does if not for where much of it is set. It's also a meditation on perception, spiritual longing, and the nature of reality. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) As the saying goes, there's not as much there there, and it's almost aggressively apolitical. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Filmmaker (2018) The Filmmaker confounds... expectations, while remaining a love letter to San Francisco. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
89% In Search of Greatness (2018) An interesting look at what makes certain athletes so darn good. - SF Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018