Steven Sheehan

Steven Sheehan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Digital Fix

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/10 88% News of the World (2020) There's nothing to take away beyond stating the obvious that America's racist foundations continue to thrive and that Tom Hanks is a nice guy. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
8/10 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) It's thanks to Boseman, Davis and the rest of the cast that this transitions so well from the stage, despite it lacking real cinematic spark. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
5/10 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mostly, Another Round is just boring. The comedy fails to raise any laughs and the dramatic elements simply roll by without much spark. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
9/10 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) This is one for the adults as much as the kids and will bring a touch of magic into your home for 100 delightful minutes. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
8/10 97% Farewell Amor (2020) Msangi's debut showing her to be an accomplished filmmaker, setting the stage to tell more affecting and humane stories in years to come. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
7/10 100% Cocoon (Kokon) (2020) While there's nothing daringly new about Krippendorff's depiction, importantly it always feels honest. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
8/10 95% County Lines (2019) Blake's impressive and sobering debut displays an inherent understanding of how a cycle of hurt and missing identity can be corrupted at a young and vulnerable age. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
8/10 100% Finding Jack Charlton (2020) The documentary is a poignant trip down memory lane, recalling how a blunt Englishman was accepted by the Irish at the height of The Troubles. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
6/10 97% Sound of Metal (2020) The journey Ruben takes from recovering addict to a man at peace with himself largely fails to convince, the gaps in the storytelling too obvious to pick apart. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
8/10 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) In the hands of almost anyone else it wouldn't make any sense at all, but Andersson allows us to see through the madness - on and off-screen. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
8/10 100% His House (2020) Weekes had already made a name for himself at industry level, but His House introduces his talent to a wider audience with assured composure. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
8/10 91% African Apocalypse (2020) Despite the horrific nature of the stories being told it should never be forgotten that this is a tiny part of the atrocities carried out by colonialists. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
7/10 77% One Man and His Shoes (2020) In only 90 minutes Bamiro makes his points with real clarity, pinpointing the good and bad of Jordan's sneaker empire. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
6/10 100% Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (2021) There are millions of stories waiting to be told in Lagos alone and the it's high time they are afforded the opportunity to be heard on a grander stage. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
7/10 100% The Salt in Our Waters (2020) Sumit's strength at this stage of his career clearly lies in exhibiting the details of people's lives and their everyday existence. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
8/10 100% Being a Human Person (2021) Real or not, given the stage of his career, Being a Human Person still manages to reflect on the difficulties of transitioning from a life of creativity into one more docile. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
10/10 98% Time (2020) Bradley develops a level of emotional investment in 80 minutes that many films twice the length struggle to achieve, and like her subjects utilises every moment of time to make it count. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
7/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) A little long and baggy in places, but Radha is a star in the making and it will be interesting to see where she goes next. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
7/10 82% Herb Alpert is... (2020) Profiling an artist like Herb Alpert doesn't require the reinvention of the documentary wheel and Scheinfeld moves through his career in traditional form. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
6/10 82% The Wanting Mare (2020) Although there isn't enough meat on the bone to capitalise on the eye-catching digital world-building, it does feel like the work of a director who is only just getting started. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
7/10 100% White Riot (2019) Shah documents an important part of modern British history and lessons that are now in danger of being forgotten at our peril. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 89% The Nest (2020) While Durkin's name may not resonate immediately given the length of time between his two releases, The Nest demonstrates he has lost none of his filmmaking prowess. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
6/10 100% Real (2020) While the story being told isn't done effectively enough to leave a lasting mark post-credits, nonetheless, there's no denying it has a heartfelt earnestness that shines through. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
8/10 96% Mr. SOUL! (2020) Mr. SOUL! recalls a remarkable show that has sadly been forgotten in the sands of time. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/10 92% The Garden Left Behind (2020) The Garden Left Behind seems to want it both ways and succeeds in achieving neither, in-turn compromising its own message. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
8/10 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The inner-scream, almost nihilistic, ruminations will resonate in the most uncomfortable way possible. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
6/10 95% Palm Springs (2020) A nice twist to the time loop comedy that has some good gags, but underdeveloped writing leaves the two leads unable to find that all-important connection to click things into place. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
9/10 92% Relic (2020) Rarely will you see such an intimate and personal culmination to genre storytelling as the one crafted by James in her debut. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
7/10 93% Bad Education (2019) Finley employs a similar sense of verve and style seen in his debut, keeping a tight rein on camera movement and embellishing the visuals with small flourishes that ingratiate us into the increasingly icky interior of these people's lives. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
9/10 99% On the Record (2020) A documentary that unpacks a lot in only 90 minutes, with the sad reality that this is only the tip of the iceberg both inside and outside of the music industry. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
10/10 100% The Hard Stop (2015) George Amponsah's film highlights the abuse and racism suffered by the Black community at the hands of the police for the past seven decades. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
6/10 90% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) You can see many of the ingredients are there to transform it into something more memorable, yet it never quite comes together. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
10/10 No Score Yet Injustice (2001) You can only watch in admiration at the drive and energy reserves they possess in the face of such blatant racism and neglect, their desire to uncover the truth stronger than the arrogance being offered in return. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
8/10 93% Babyteeth (2020) A beautifully human drama that will fill your mouth with laughter and swamp your eyes with tears. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
8/10 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley adds to the mystery of Jackson's life rather than unravelling it, making it all the more beguiling in the process. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
5/10 95% Lucky Grandma (2020) Mixing themes of old age, family support, independence, loneliness and more into a pot already more than half full with a crime caper doesn't allow room for much of it to breathe. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/10 40% Capone (2020) If Tom Hardy wearing a nappy, chewing on a carrot stem and firing a gold-plated tommy gun is not the defining image of 2020, we need to be shown what is. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
6/10 99% Driveways (2020) Driveways may not linger in your mind beyond the final credits but nonetheless it's a warm and friendly affair that offers a pleasant diversion from the norm. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
8/10 92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant is a must see, not just because it relates to the behaviour of everyone within the workplace, but because it does so without the need to preach. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
6/10 94% Beastie Boys Story (2020) Fans and those familiar with the group will enjoy the film, although the stale presentation and lack of context means it lacks an edge. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
8/10 90% Moffie (2019) Hermanus' film is a tough and visceral experience in the main, putting you firmly inside the combat boots of a teenage boy being dragged back into an antiquated version of what it means to be a 'man'. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
8/10 100% Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (2019) Brief and a little stale in terms of presentation, but it offers some insight into the mystery of D'Angelo and the difficulties facing musicians in the spotlight. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
7/10 100% Still Bill (2010) Like the man himself, Still Bill is an unfussy portrait, showing a self-taught artist grateful to have made the most of his abilities. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
6/10 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Eliza Hittman's feels similar to her previous films - which is both a good and bad thing overall. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
7/10 87% Swallow (2020) There's a moral complexity to Mirabella-Davis' film that is suggested at rather than explored, which is unfortunate, as deeper down in the weeds there is a lot more to untangle. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
8/10 93% And Then We Danced (2020) An honestly told story about identity, self-discovery and sexual awakening, led by a naturally warm lead performance. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
7/10 94% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) While it doesn't reveal much insight into the man himself, Bogdanovich's love for Keaton shines through beyond its standardised format. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
8/10 91% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) Even in a region known as the land of the thousand rivers, dousing the flames of a troubled soul doesn't prove easy. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2020
8/10 98% Vitalina Varela (2020) Pedro Costa leads his audience through seven shades of hell with a quietly intense journey into grief, faith and memory. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
6/10 91% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) There's more than enough in the film to enjoy, but it's hard not to be frustrated that its full potential is never realised. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020