The Improper Bostonian

The Improper Bostonian is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Cassidy Olsen, Sean Burns
Rating Title/Year Author
The Monuments Men (2014) Sean Burns Clooney's lugubrious direction mimics the worst of those star-studded early-1960s epics, with lots of long dissolves and chunky inertia. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Labor Day (2013) Sean Burns So histrionically abysmal that it makes you realize how lazy and complacent most other movies are in their banal mediocrity. The atrociousness is thrilling. As I left the theater, I felt alive again. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Invisible Woman (2013) Sean Burns Far more attentive to visual storytelling than most actors who step behind the camera, Fiennes conveys shifting dynamics through his characters' positions within the frame. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
August: Osage County (2013) Sean Burns Every ill-considered editing choice here bears the sticky fingerprints of statuette-grubbing producer Harvey Weinstein, attempting to tame this rough material for mass consumption by Oscar voters. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Sean Burns My favorite movie in years. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Nebraska (2013) Sean Burns Everything about Nebraska feels secondhand. It's a gimmicky sitcom script gussied up with 'artful' affectations borrowed from the New Hollywood heyday of the early '70s. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
12 Years a Slave (2013) Sean Burns We've seen movies about the horrors of slavery before. This one is about the mechanics. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Captain Phillips (2013) Sean Burns This film sticks in your gut. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Enough Said (2013) Sean Burns It's a wonderful movie-funny, sad and wise about the crazy ways we torment ourselves in this thing called love. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Rush (2013) Sean Burns Thuddingly obvious and proud of it, Rush is a slick, breakneck entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Drinking Buddies (2013) Sean Burns This is a giant nothing. I can't think of a recent picture where I've seen less effort to enlighten or entertain. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Blue Jasmine (2013) Sean Burns Andrew Dice Clay holding his own against Cate Blanchett? Now I've seen it all. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The To Do List (2013) Sean Burns Despite the sometimes childish sight gags, what salvages the movie is a refreshingly adult attitude toward the messy matter of sexuality. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Heat (2013) Sean Burns For the first half hour I thought it was gearing up to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen, but eventually it grew on me. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Much Ado About Nothing (2012) Sean Burns It's a private party, for Whedon fans only. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Kings of Summer (2013) Sean Burns A slick piece of work that juts out at just enough odd angles to be idiosyncratic, but never alienating. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Iron Man 3 (2013) Sean Burns A smirky, sardonic sensibility smuggled in by Shane Black is almost enough to cure these summertime blues. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Something in the Air (2012) Sean Burns A film about fading out, about how youthful passions dissolve over time. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Disconnect (2012) Sean Burns Reefer Madness with smartphones. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Sean Burns Derek Cianfrance could probably be a great filmmaker if he wasn't trying so hard to be a Great Filmmaker EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
No (2012) Sean Burns The most cutting gag is just how much Saavedra's political ads resemble his recent campaign for a diet cola. And the punch line is that they work. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) Sean Burns When did John McClane become such a dick? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Warm Bodies (2013) Sean Burns I liked it better than Zombieland, if you're lookimg for something in a similar wheelhouse. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Amour (2012) Sean Burns It's a chilling, pitiless vision that offers no relief, just a portrait of decline. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Les Misérables (2012) Sean Burns Tom Hooper's direction is an aesthetic crime. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Sean Burns A tedious affair about a tedious affair. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Life of Pi (2012) Sean Burns You'll wish you could watch it with the sound turned off. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Lincoln (2012) Sean Burns Tasked with dramatizing some of the most significant moments of the 19th century, Spielberg shoots the picture as a bustling ensemble comedy. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Flight (2012) Sean Burns The best movies concerning addiction are about the characters and not the Problem. Flight is about the Problem. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Master (2012) Sean Burns It's a singular vision, and the movie haunts. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Arbitrage (2012) Sean Burns Aside from Gere's performance, there's really not much to see here. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Bachelorette (2012) Sean Burns This isn't Bridesmaids, it's HurlyBurly for women pushing 30. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
ParaNorman (2012) Sean Burns It's sort of like what The Goonies might've been, had The Goonies been beautifully animated and not terrible. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Killer Joe (2011) Sean Burns I'll never look at fried chicken the same way again. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Oslo, August 31st (2011) Sean Burns Devastating. And masterful. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
To Rome With Love (2012) Sean Burns Midnight in Paris was profound in a deceptively breezy way. To Rome With Love is just plain breezy, but I didn't mind. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Sean Burns There's an entire world out there that's about to end, and this movie zooms in on the two least interesting people in it. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
21 Jump Street (2012) Sean Burns Fast, funny and smarter than its dunce-cap demeanor lets on. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Friends With Kids (2011) Sean Burns Westfeldt has shackled herself to such a lame gimmick that there's scarcely room to breathe. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Rampart (2011) Sean Burns A terrible movie that only works on the rare occasions when Harrelson's searing performance is allowed to shine. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) Sean Burns Ghastly. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Sean Burns When everything is possible, nothing is amazing. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Young Adult (2011) Sean Burns Cody and Reitman seem mainly interested in scoring points off their characters and making cheap jokes at the expense of anybody who isn't lucky enough to be Diablo Cody or Jason Reitman. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Ides of March (2011) Sean Burns Why is this sleek, well-crafted movie almost impossble to get excited about? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Moneyball (2011) Sean Burns A movie about baseball that contains surprisingly little baseball, it's more like The Bad News Bears with an economics degree. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Bellflower (2011) Sean Burns Girls, be careful how you break up with a guy who owns his own flamethrower. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
The Help (2011) Sean Burns Is it really appropriate for us to all stand up and applaud this courageous, fictional white gIrl? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
30 Minutes or Less (2011) Sean Burns I guess it goes down easy enough, however bland and familiar. Kind of like a cheap pizza. Remember to tip your driver. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Friends With Benefits (2011) Sean Burns A sexy, funny and very familiar picture carried by an effervescent atmosphere and some phenomenal chemistry between these two stars. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Sean Burns Nowhere near as jaw-droppingly racist as the previous two installments. Is that damning with faint praise? EDIT
Posted May 12, 2015