Shirley Sealy

Shirley Sealy
Shirley Sealy's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Journal International

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
82% Ben is Back (2018) This wow of a holiday film plays heavily on one of the most agonizing family and/or social problems in America today. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
54% Book Club (2018) While the four leading ladies can easily prove they've still got it, this movie does not render elder hotness into an award-worthy rom-com. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
77% The Escape (2018) Only a brave filmmaker-and even braver actors-would attempt to tackle one of the most vexing questions of contemporary life: Why is "having it all" not quite enough? - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
95% Outside In (2018) Both Duplass and Dever handle their roles with exceptional sensitivity, but it is Edie Falco who goes through the biggest character growth and transformation. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
20% Furlough (2018) A bit of a mish-mash. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
48% Souvenir (2018) The only compelling thing about Souvenir is the the opportunity it provides to see Isabelle Huppert. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet The Music of Silence (2018) Even the true fan will become bored. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
24% The Clapper (2018) There's zero real humor in The Clapper-at least not the kind we've come to expect from its stars. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
73% Abe & Phil's Last Poker Game (2018) Focuses too obsessively on one particular male malady. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) Riveting. Breathless. Intellectually exhilarating. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) In addition to being terribly funny, Mr. Roosevelt feels totally now. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
85% Wonder (2017) [An] entertaining and only slightly preachy movie [...] about which it's almost impossible to say a negative word. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Victoria & Abdul does not-and cannot-sustain the buoyant humor that begins Frears' film. But no matter that it ends in tears, because for a while we've had a wonderful glimpse of what it must have been like for a queen who had everything. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
52% The Glass Castle (2017) One of the best memoir-to-movie efforts we've seen in a long while. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2017
87% Megan Leavey (2017) Audibly groans under the weight of its feminist good intentions. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
90% Their Finest (2017) Part drama, part comedy, part tragic love story and a whole lot of World War II nostalgia, in the end Their Finest subliminally makes two strong statements. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
39% The Last Word (2017) At age 82, [Shirley MacLaine] can still chew up the scenery to create yet another gloriously memorable screen character. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
89% 20th Century Women (2017) Annette Bening is nothing short of superb. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
85% I Am Bolt (2016) This energetic documentary takes an adoring look at Olympic sprinting champion Usain Bolt. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
85% Lion (2016) Lion is one of those rare films which effortlessly manages to put us inside the heads of protagonists and make us believe that their reality is our reality too. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
No Score Yet Don't Look Down (2016) The makers of Don't Look Down must be commended for reminding us what real adventure looks like. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Most movie audiences need a little zing in our love stories; we like to see lovers who make frequent eye contact and who sometimes act as if they truly love each other. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
100% A Stray (2016) A truly empathetic look at the immigrant experience in today's jittery American "homeland." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
73% Blinky Bill The Movie (2016) The thing that makes us sit up and take notice here is the sheer Aussie-ness of the characters, as well as the strange and wondrous depiction of the Australian outback. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) A brave young girl from an aristocratic Russian family leads an adventurous trek to the North Pole in this visually fascinating and often exciting animated feature. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) In the end, the obvious weaknesses in Queen of Katwe's script hardly matter, as most viewers will realize that they've discovered something new and worthwhile-a place and a people they've never before seen or acknowledged. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The overt tearjerking smacks of barefaced manipulation, and in the end it gets really, really annoying. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
88% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) This gentle and touching movie is a lot more fun than it may sound-thanks to Streep at her zany best and her surprisingly good, manly-man co-star, Hugh Grant. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
17% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) A teeth-jarring, clanging mishmash of a movie. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
71% Café Society (2016) Definitely among the most enjoyable-to-watch movies [Woody Allen] has turned out in years. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
72% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) A predictable plot and a somewhat reticent directorial style work together to diminish the thrills in this new post-Cold War thriller from John le Carré. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2016
6% Mother's Day (2016) Perhaps it's time for Mr. Marshall to retire the idea of holiday movies. Or perhaps it's simply time to retire? - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Elvis & Nixon has lost some of its power to fascinate and amuse. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
28% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) This may have been fun in 2002-but in 2016, not so much. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
No Score Yet All Roads Lead to Rome (2008) They just don't make this kind of romantic trifle anymore-and for good reason. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
48% The 33 (2015) The 33 tells an impossible story that happened to be real [...] Unfortunately, the film-although well-intended-somehow dilutes and weakens that memory. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
93% 99 Homes (2015) [Packs] a powerful emotional wallop, making it a truly effective parable for our times. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
76% People Places Things (2015) None of the plot twists here seem forced or false, and all the characters exhibit an easy humor and gentle acceptance of life as it unfolds with all its crazy kinks. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2015
62% Samba (2015) The film does a splendid job of seriously revealing the kind of injustices done to undocumented "aliens." - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
84% Results (2015) Pearce is the only actor [...] who seems fairly confident in what he's doing, and he's the only one who comes close to creating an appealing character. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) I'll See You in My Dreams is that rare slice-of-life movie that doesn't strike a false note anywhere. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
36% Misery Loves Comedy (2014) Might have been a better movie if [director Kevin Pollak had] rejected some of the five-dozen funny (or not) people who volunteered. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2015
31% The Longest Ride (2015) [Nicholas Sparks'] stories can provoke any one of us, curmudgeon or no, to shed a tear or two over the impossible dream of living in one of his fairytale universes. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
9% The Cobbler (2015) Yet another misguided and insensitive Adam Sandler movie. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2015
65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) [Maggie Smith's Muriel] stands out as the point-of-view emotional heart of this surprisingly poignant sequel. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2015
33% Love, Rosie (2015) There's not one clever or original plot device in Love, Rosie, and not one believable character or line of dialogue. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2015
60% Three Night Stand (2015) Sam Huntington excels as the hapless, puppy-dog kind of guy who, despite the odds, continues to believe in romance and happy-ever-after endings. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2015
28% Annie (2014) This new adaptation of Annie is just too glossy and slick. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2014
67% The Barefoot Artist (2014) There's some powerful material in The Barefoot Artist, but we're presented with only a cursory and unsatisfactory glimpse of it. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2014
100% Flamenco, Flamenco (2010) [In Flamenco, Flamenco, we see] the terrible beauty of the body's ability to transmit raw emotion through rhythm, the ability of the voice to express joy or grief. - Film Journal International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014