Spliced Personality

Spliced Personality is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Sean Burns
Rating Title/Year Author
The World to Come (2020) Sean Burns What stings you is Fastvold's abrupt editing style, slashing at the pastoral photography and presentational period specifics to render the story's emotional violence as a death of a thousand cuts. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Mass (2021) Sean Burns Insufferably impressed with its own cleverness, right down to the dumb double entendre title. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021) Sean Burns Sometimes you spend a movie wondering where the hell this is going and by the end it feels like you've glimpsed the secrets of the universe. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Sean Burns Schoenbrun's final scenes are shocking not just plot-wise, but more importantly for their compassion and humanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Sean Burns If you're not into this kind of thing I can't imagine a more excruciating evening. The rest of us will have a ball. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) Sean Burns Earthy and sensual in ways most contemporary independent films have forgotten how to be, it's a movie of good food, fine wines and languorous, lusty encounters in the late afternoons. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Land (2021) Sean Burns One of the least volatile movies ever made about loss, it's all quite calming and back in the '80s probably would have been a well-regarded CBS Movie of the Week. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
El Planeta (2021) Sean Burns Ulman's debut feature is the slyest I've seen in ages. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Passing (2021) Sean Burns Artful to a fault, the movie lies carefully arranged, as if under glass. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
On the Count of Three (2021) Sean Burns Shockingly raw performances, but the film feels like a first draft. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Cryptozoo (2021) Sean Burns Shaw's defiantly ugly aesthetic is backed by a bratty sense of humor and R-rated antics. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) Sean Burns It's genuinely, enormously inspirational to watch this ragtag band of beatniks and beardos turning sinister Madison Avenue techniques into instruments of learning. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
Strawberry Mansion (2021) Sean Burns Embracing the disruptions of dream logic, this endearingly screwy movie is also achingly sincere, with a tender, romantic streak. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) Sean Burns All the formal frou-frou by directors Lindström and Petri can't quite conceal that this is basically a more mannered episode of VH1's Where Are They Now? EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
The Pink Cloud (2021) Sean Burns Written in 2017 and shot in 2019, this eerily prescient picture previsualized our lives under lockdown with unsettling psychological acuity. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Sean Burns A powerful portrait of a political moment and one of the most rousing concert films you'll ever see. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Luzzu (2021) Sean Burns It's thoughtfully directed without being showy, the matter-of-fact presentation hammering home how such sad stories are everyday occurrences. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
CODA (2021) Sean Burns The movie piles on underdeveloped subplots and contrivances while the supporting cast and day players give performances so cartoonishly broad they can be seen from space. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
One for the Road (2021) Sean Burns This is very ardently a young man's picture, full of unreflective nostalgia and self-mythologizing grandeur. As an old fart, my heart went out to it. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Notturno (2020) Sean Burns It's lousy journalism and exceptional art, a collection of short, stunningly photographed anecdotes that become mosaic of day-to-day life amid the ruins. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2020
David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Sean Burns A rapturous movie experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
Hopper/Welles (2020) Sean Burns For a self-selecting few of us it's the movie event of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Sean Burns There's nobody who can shoot a train full of people staring at their smartphones quite like Jia. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Sean Burns Nobody ever gets angry. They don't say swears, get drunk or do anything that might disrupt this soothing appeal to socially conscious Whole Foods shoppers who will feel good rooting for a Disney movie about homelessness to win the Oscar. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Days (2020) Sean Burns I understand it's a big ask, but if you have the patience, unexpected emotional textures arise from the inertia. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
Isabella (2020) Sean Burns It starts to feel like the narrative gimmickry is intended not so much to deepen the story's themes but rather to obscure their insignificance. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Night of the Kings (2020) Sean Burns It has enough visual invention and poetry in its soul to counter the claustrophobia of films that take place behind bars. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Xiao Wu (1998) Sean Burns As will become his habit, Jia turns China's capitalist explosion into a reflection of the character's inner dislocation and finds strange solace in the cheesiest pop ballads imaginable. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
MLK/FBI (2020) Sean Burns Pollard jostles you around a little bit, with no trace of the PBS piety that can make these films feel like homework. It's urgent and electric. Especially now. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
Smooth Talk (1985) Sean Burns As Springsteen sang, 'the door's open but the ride, it ain't free.' EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) Sean Burns You think you have an idea of how hard this movie's gonna go, then it keeps going. And going. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Sean Burns At two-and-three-quarter hours, 'Dragged Across Concrete' is the slowest yet of Zahler's slow-burn splatter-fests, but there's scarcely a scuzz-bucket minute of it I'd trade for the world. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Starfish (2018) Sean Burns Like the indie rocker cousin to 'Annihilation,' it's a movie taking place inside the numbed fog of depression that externalizes its metaphors with genre tropes. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Sean Burns Shockingly short on memorable images, with most scenes composed in the banal shot-reverse-shot coverage familiar from episodic television. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Sean Burns Yet I couldn't help thinking that if he really loved his family so much he would've pulled out. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018) Sean Burns A film almost entirely devoid of personality. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Sean Burns I really hated watching this movie, and by that I mean I hated the physical act of looking at it and trying to follow the visual information as presented onscreen. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018) Sean Burns Straight-faced and seriously silly, this is by no means a great film -nor even a very good one- but it's got a nifty, nasty kick to it. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Sean Burns I'm not exactly sure what to make of this movie but I can't seem to shake it. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Sean Burns Jordan *hurts* in this movie. He aches in a way our bullet-proof, melancholy Prince could never begin to understand, lashing out at the very fantasy this comic book movie represents. This wonderfully messy film is actually angry at itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2018
Mom and Dad (2017) Sean Burns Mom Snd Dad really isn't much of a movie but it's a terrific delivery system for a bonkers Cage performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Sean Burns Here's the first 'Star Wars' movie since 'Empire' that you don't have to make excuses for enjoying. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Sean Burns Gilroy came up with a compelling character and a thematic journey, then didn't bother writing a story in which to frame them. It's like if the Lincoln Lawyer never got out of his car. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2017
Justice League (2017) Sean Burns You don't get points for being able to spot the difference between Snyder and Whedon shots, the overwrought, deep-shadowed splash-page compositions contrasted with garishly overlit three-camera sitcom blocking. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Sean Burns About as inventive and original as one of these things can probably get away with being, before it has to go back to being the same old s--t. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
Wonderstruck (2017) Sean Burns A visually rapturous puzzle without very many pieces. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2017
Only the Brave (2017) Sean Burns At every step the movie's a little deeper and more thoughtful than anticipated. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2017
Marshall (2017) Sean Burns It's like Beverly Hills Cop or a Lethal Weapon movie, and enjoyable enough to make me hope for a sequel in which Thurgood goes to Kansas. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2017
The Mountain Between Us (2017) Sean Burns Too fussy and dignified to embrace the material's romance novel absurdity. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Sean Burns A terrific-looking movie photographed with intelligence and written in crayon. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017