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
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 (2016) 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
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Sean Burns A cautious work of corporate bet-hedging and product integration. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2017
mother! (2017) Sean Burns Brilliantly crafted, perversely hilarious and also something of a chore. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
Home Again (2017) Sean Burns The characters all feel one draft away from being distinctive, and while we're at it the set decoration could use some touching up. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
It (2017) Sean Burns At its best It feels like an R-rated version of The Goonies, if The Goonies wasn't one of the worst movies ever made. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
Tulip Fever (2017) Sean Burns Director Chadwick brings a stodgy, Oscar-bait sensibility that's firmly at odds with the pulpy, bodice-ripping plot mechanics. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Sean Burns It's deflating to watch a film start out wanting to the be The King Of Comedy and settle for Single White Female. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2017
Detroit (2017) Sean Burns Yes, the movie's harrowing middle hour is almost too excruciating to endure. It upsets viewers and sends them streaming for the exits because it's supposed to. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) Sean Burns Neither the catastrophic disaster fanboy circles would have you believe nor particularly any good. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
Person to Person (2014) Sean Burns I watched it in the morning and liked it just fine. By dinner time I had forgotten I'd seen a movie that day. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Sean Burns Personally I found it all a bit distasteful and more than a little unpleasant. Cool shout-outs to "Schindler's List" though, bro. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Sean Burns An exercise in diminishment. Feels like like one of the smallest and most inconsequential Marvel films yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2017
Inconceivable (2017) Sean Burns Gina Gershon has the dirtiest smirk in movies and hardly ever gets a chance to use it. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2017
Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017) Sean Burns You leave with a lot of questions, first and foremost being: Bruce Willis woke up for this? EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2017
The Mummy (2017) Sean Burns Some movies feel like they're made by a committee, The Mummy feels like it was made by a conference call during which nobody was listening to one another. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Sean Burns It's two-thirds of a terrific picture, and I'm hard pressed to think of a recent movie I was enjoying so much that s**t the bed quite as spectacularly as this one does. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2017
Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016) Sean Burns A solid debut made with warmth and a cozy charm. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017) Sean Burns It's a movie obsessed with authorship, chock full of revisions and refinements as directed by a legendary tinkerer who never does know when to leave well enough alone. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2017
David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) Sean Burns A welcome reminder that the most exciting works of art can come from somewhere elusive and instinctual, or they may just be about what it's like to live in Philadelphia. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
Dayveon (2017) Sean Burns Abbasi transplants hood movie tropes to the Deep South, infusing the bucolic settings with junkyard lyricism. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
The Bleeder (2016) Sean Burns A slick, entertainingly silly movie that owes more to "Goon" than "Raging Bull." EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
Band Aid (2017) Sean Burns A tart comedy until Lister-Jones veers into kitchen sink melodrama, dropping the jokes almost altogether and tying it all up with homilies so pat they play like parody. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2017
Beach Rats (2017) Sean Burns Hittman's superlatively subjective camera sexualizes everything in its path, damp with a New York summer's cruel humidity and a hazy, exhausted torpor. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Dina (2017) Sean Burns That the movie is so funny without ever being funny at these people's expense is something very special indeed. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
For Ahkeem (2017) Sean Burns There's some footage that feels suspiciously finessed for storytelling purposes, but whenever Daje's onscreen it's impossible not to be moved. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Maineland (2017) Sean Burns It's sadly telling that after spending a semester in America the kids all go home fat. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape (2016) Sean Burns What emerges is a not uninteresting notion of the hissy format democratizing music culture, allowing fans to actively program their own albums instead of passively accepting whatever the record company provided. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
The Hero (2017) Sean Burns Haley strains too hard for profundity at times, but Elliott's pitch-perfect performance is one for the books EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016) Sean Burns James has always been a filmmaker fascinated by community, and Abacus doubles as an engrossing glimpse inside cloistered Chinatown customs and an immigrant population looking out for one another because it's infuriatingly obvious that nobody else will. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Sylvio (2017) Sean Burns Sylvio has stray moments of beauty that border on the sublime. There's a yearning to the hairy guy's amazingly uneventful puppet shows, a dream of sophistication that transcends his animal brutishness. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Sean Burns More of the same feels like less. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2017
Tramps (2016) Sean Burns There's a sense of generosity flowing through Adam Leon's films that reminds me of the best Jonathan Demme movies. The kindness is restorative. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2017