The Movie Cricket

The Movie Cricket 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 P. Means
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Ready or Not (2019) Sean P. Means "Ready or Not" wouldn't work if Weaving wasn't so charming, and smart, as the tenacious heroine. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/4 Blinded by the Light (2019) Sean P. Means [Kalra] is as authentic and earnest a movie teen as ever populated a John Hughes movie, and he makes us feel the yearning he channels in every Springsteen song. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 Good Boys (2019) Sean P. Means The gags - including a real ball gag - are hilarious, as the kids try to act like they understand the sexual content they encounter when they try to cross over into grown-up territory. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 Ode to Joy (2019) Sean P. Means Freeman and Baccarin have little chemistry, even when their characters are trying to generate some, and Lacy is too convincing at being a shallow jerk to make his role any fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/4 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Sean P. Means Where's a good slingshot to knock me out and erase my memory of seeing "The Angry Birds Movie 2"? EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/4 Brian Banks (2018) Sean P. Means Shadyac lets Hodge down, creating a waxwork monument to perseverance rather than a fully realized character. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Sean P. Means Nothing will deny the four-hankie waterworks Stein's story sets out for us - but Costner's gruff, no-nonsense narration comes close to cutting through the manipulations. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Sean P. Means The teens are a perfect fit for a movie that serves up the right level of frights for the slumber-party set. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 The Kitchen (2019) Sean P. Means McCarthy and Haddish, both better known for their comedic skills, are rock solid doing drama. They manage to keep pace with Moss. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Sean P. Means Thankfully, the powers that be picked director James Bobin... to bring Nickelodeon's plucky bilingual adventurer Dora the Explorer into her teen years with the right mix of earnest naivete and knowing irony. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Sean P. Means The focus here, fittingly, is on Morrison's work and its place in the literary firmament. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 Shadow (2018) Sean P. Means If you want to see a movie that stretches the visual and emotional boundaries of action films, "Shadow" is not to be missed. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/4 Sword of Trust (2019) Sean P. Means Shelton's ace-in-the-hole is Maron, who invests plenty of pathos in Mel's backstory ... for a performance that's wry, sardonic and quietly heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Sean P. Means Stearns has created a grittier, less internalized version of "Fight Club" - a red-knuckled examination of masculinity taken to its toxic extremes. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
2/4 Stockholm (2018) Sean P. Means Hawke and Rapace (the original Lisbeth Salander) manage some chemistry in their scenes together, when not being held hostage to the creaky plot mechanics. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/4 Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018) Sean P. Means There's no doubt Hamilton has a fascinating story to tell, but this movie shies away from telling the most important parts. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/4 La chute de l'empire Américain (2018) Sean P. Means Arcand's message is as blatant as his heist plot is subtle, and perhaps that's the point. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
2.5/4 Stuber (2019) Sean P. Means Every time critics are ready to declare the hyper-violent buddy-cop movie is dead, along comes a movie like "Stuber" to show the genre is still alive, though just barely. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3.5/4 Midsommar (2019) Sean P. Means Pugh goes beyond scream-queen expectations as Dani, as her vulnerability turns into a type of armor, her personal pain transmuted to a dance of death. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/4 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Sean P. Means The problem... is that [the movie] never shows us any reason why Jakob Dylan's presence shouldn't be considered a legacy hire. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/4 Yesterday (2019) Sean P. Means Even Ed Sheeran is more appealing than [Himesh Patel], and he's a Hobbit. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 Ophelia (2018) Sean P. Means The liberties taken with Shakespeare's story are fascinating, as the women become chess players rather than pawns, even if the rewritten storyline doesn't hold together. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/4 Pavarotti (2019) Sean P. Means What's most compelling in "Pavarotti" isn't the backstory, but the clips of the singer deploying that amazing voice. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/4 Hampstead (2017) Sean P. Means Predictable even by romantic-comedy standards, but the charms of mismatched but oddly compatible stars Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson are not to be dismissed. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/4 American Woman (2018) Sean P. Means It's a gutsy, commanding performance that we all knew Miller was capable of doing, and makes "American Woman" an intense and gratifying experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/4 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Sean P. Means Appropriately for Jarmusch, these aren't fast zombies - more like laconic zombies, moving only as fast as the humor requires. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 Shaft (2019) Sean P. Means It's difficult to decide what to make of John Shaft's retrograde, pre-woke persona. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 Late Night (2019) Sean P. Means Thompson gives the best performance she's had in years, furthering the message that all a talented woman needs to succeed in entertainment is the room to run. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 Men in Black: International (2019) Sean P. Means Serious question: Has there ever been a "Men in Black" movie that wasn't vaguely disappointing? EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/4 The Souvenir (2019) Sean P. Means [Honor Swinton Byrne] has a more down-to-earth beauty than her ethereal mom, and she employs it here to give Julie both warmth and intelligence as she navigates her way through a tempestuous love affair. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/4 Fast Color (2018) Sean P. Means One of those small, mighty movies that can easily slip under the radar in a busy season of blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Sean P. Means TV would be a better fit for these characters, one that doesn't raise the high expectations of a theatrical feature. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 All Is True (2018) Sean P. Means "All Is True" works best in small moments, often when Branagh is parrying with great actors, like Dench ... or Ian McKellen. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (2019) Sean P. Means "Loopers" will appeal to those who love chasing that dimpled little ball around, but may leave the rest of us in the rough. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Sean P. Means Based on the evidence of this 12th movie, it's time to give the mutants a rest. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/4 Rocketman (2019) Sean P. Means "Rocketman" feels, in part, like Fletcher's effort to prove what he could do with a musical biography from scratch. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2019
3.5/4 Double Lives (2018) Sean P. Means The rich veins of conversation in "Non-Fiction" are a delight, as if the audience is invited to a dinner party with some smart, funny and thoughtful intellects. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 Photograph (2019) Sean P. Means "Photograph" has a plot out of an old screwball comedy, but is handled so seriously and so gently that it practically evaporates as you watch it. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 The White Crow (2018) Sean P. Means Ivenko gives a rugged performance as the mercurial Nureyev, whose emotions are never so direct as when he's expressing them through his dancing. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Sean P. Means There is a hint of the infomercial in Chester's film, a sales pitch not just for Apricot Lane's farmers market stall but the biodiversity that is the farm's reason for existence. That's OK, though. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/4 Booksmart (2019) Sean P. Means Wilde can set up a joke better than most directors, while also capturing the rhythms of high-school life and understanding the yearning souls of these smart, sweet, nerdy girls. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/4 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Sean P. Means To the extent "The Sun Is Also a Star" works, it's due to the lived-in but passionate chemistry between its stars. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sean P. Means The fights here don't have the same out-of-the-box charm of the original - you only get to make a first impression once - they are brimming with eye-popping spectacle. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3.5/4 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Sean P. Means Olnek's use of humor is key, because it helps flesh out a fuller portrait of Emily Dickinson, and offers stark relief to the cruel, bigoted suppression of her sexual identity after her death. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/4 Trial by Fire (2018) Sean P. Means A dramatically inert message movie that will move neither the heart nor the needle in America's debate over government sanctioned killing. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2.5/4 Sauvage (2018) Sean P. Means What French director-writer Camille Vidal-Naquet reveals in her well-constructed but grim debut, "Sauvage / Wild," is how tedious the job is. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/4 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Sean P. Means For the hordes of Pokémon fans... the action-adventure movie is catnip. For those of us in the middle, who picked up Pokémon through contact with kids who consume it like air, it's a passably fun if frenetic send-up of detective noir. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 The Hustle (2019) Sean P. Means Together, Hathaway and Wilson make a surprisingly good comic team... Together, they make "The Hustle" a remake that does its original (or originals) proud. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
2.5/4 Tolkien (2019) Sean P. Means There are moments of elf magic in "Tolkien," when this stodgy biographical drama of the author J.R.R. Tolkien seems about to burst free of its genre limitations to become as soaring as Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" - until it seems to lose its nerve. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/4 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Sean P. Means Love and determination are a dynamic combination, and no more so than in Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke's slow-burn gangster drama "Ash Is Purest White." EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019