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
2/4 Like a Boss (2020) Sean P. Means There's a vast gulf between a funny movie and a movie with a lot of funny people in it, and within that gulf rests "Like a Boss," whose raunchy humor misses more than it hits. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 Underwater (2020) Sean P. Means The too-crazy part comes in the monster mash of a finale, which plays more like a video game's final boss battle than a sensible action ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Just Mercy (2019) Sean P. Means As good as the performances by Jordan and Foxx are, the eat-your-vegetables feel of the inspirational dialogue and change-the-world narrative hold the movie back. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/4 Cunningham (2019) Sean P. Means If Cunningham refused to describe the themes behind his art, how the hell does a filmmaker do the job? And how does an audience who isn't versed in dance history make sense of it all? EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 Varda by Agnès (2019) Sean P. Means If all my professors were as knowledgeable, as caring, and as fun as Agnès Varda, I wouldn't have skipped class so often. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 Les misérables (2019) Sean P. Means Victor Hugo would have no trouble recognizing the tensions between police and the people living in his old neighborhood. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
2.5/4 Dolittle (2020) Sean P. Means One can see the seams at every turn, along with the grinding labor it took to get this movie over the finish line. But even in its disheveled state, there are moments of charm and wit. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
1/4 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Sean P. Means As the movie devolves to an overblown ending, and a mid-credit scene suggesting a pre-planned sequel, the title "Bad Boys For Life" feels like a threat. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/4 63 Up (2019) Sean P. Means When I was 27, I arrogantly predicted the series would be over at "35 Up" - and I'd be happy to be wrong again. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2020
3.5/4 A Hidden Life (2019) Sean P. Means The bright line that connects everything in "A Hidden Life" is the connection between Franz and Fani, how their love and their shared belief in the righteousness of his stand support them in the worst of times. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Bombshell (2019) Sean P. Means Theron is a great actor, and her impersonation of Kelly's clipped cadences is spot on, but no performer alive could make an audience belief that the woman who declared on air that Santa Claus is a white man could be troubled by her conscience. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2.5/4 Spies in Disguise (2019) Sean P. Means "Spies in Disguise" has one cute idea - what if an international super-spy could become a pigeon - and can't quite find enough to do with that idea to fill a feature-length movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/4 Uncut Gems (2019) Sean P. Means Sandler is so good as Howard, this perpetual schemer and hustler, that it's unsettling. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/4 Little Women (2019) Sean P. Means What was a bold move, altering the narrative line of a classic, becomes a natural and obvious choice, because the approach breathes new life into Alcott's familiar high spots. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 Richard Jewell (2019) Sean P. Means With Eastwood and screenwriter Billy Ray, truth appears to be a zero-sum game - because to tell the "truth" about Jewell, these filmmakers smeared the reputation of a dead woman. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/4 The Two Popes (2019) Sean P. Means What's most compelling about "The Two Popes" is how Hopkins and Pryce approach their roles. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
1.5/4 Knives and Skin (2019) Sean P. Means "Knives and Skin" feels like the unwanted love child of David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson - a dozen different stylistic ideas going off in different directions, often canceling each other out. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 The Aeronauts (2019) Sean P. Means The narrative ride of "The Aeronauts" is bumpy at times, but Jones is a confident pilot who handles the story's emotional turbulence with ease. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3/4 Waves (2019) Sean P. Means Shults applies a lot of artifice to the Williams children's paired stories, like a new generation of Terence Malick's infuriatingly elliptical storytelling. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2019
3.5/4 Queen & Slim (2019) Sean P. Means Matsoukas and Waithe definitely know how to make thought-provoking, incendiary drama that isn't afraid to dig into the fault lines between the races to see what shakes out. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 Knives Out (2019) Sean P. Means The breakout is the Cuban-born Ana de Armas, who brings wit and fire to the role of Marta, the lamb in the den of vipers, and a character so refreshingly honest that lying makes her puke. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3.5/4 Marriage Story (2019) Sean P. Means [Baumbach's] most assured, emotionally mature and heartbreaking work to date, a tender yet lacerating drama of divorce and its aftermath. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
1.5/4 21 Bridges (2019) Sean P. Means There's a moment where a character walks in, and you'd half expect the character to say, "Hi, I'll be your dirty cop this evening. Have you had a chance to look at the menu?" Things are that obvious. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
3.5/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Sean P. Means If movies were automobiles, "Ford vs. Ferrari" would be an old-fashioned muscle car, a big piece of Detroit steel, gleaming on the surface but with plenty of horsepower where it counts. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 Charlie's Angels (2019) Sean P. Means Banks, directing only her second movie (she debuted well with "Pitch Perfect 2"), strikes the perfect balance of comedy, action and glitz, as the movie runs the Angels through their paces. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 The Cave (2019) Sean P. Means A stark reminder that leaders wage war, but people on the ground pay the price. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Sean P. Means The battle epic "The Warrior Queen of Jhansi," one of the few movies made in India to make the leap to mainstream American screens, is an audacious debut for director Swati Bhise, even if the results aren't always up to snuff. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 Fantastic Fungi (2019) Sean P. Means If [fungus] doesn't sound beautiful, you haven't reckoned with the amazing time-lapse photography director Louie Schwartzberg and his team has shot and collected here. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/4 Radioflash (2019) Sean P. Means The pacing feels sluggish in some places, and jumpy in others, which doesn't give Sharbino's Reese an honest chance to earn her action-hero conclusion. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
1/4 Playing With Fire (2019) Sean P. Means When Cena tries to be funny, it sticks out more than his bulging biceps. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Sean P. Means "Making Waves" is a great primer for the up-and-coming armchair film scholar, and you'll never listen to a movie the same way again. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Last Christmas (2019) Sean P. Means Clarke's bright smile and willingness to play the fool or the jerk will serve her well, in what could be a promising career as England's next rom-com icon. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 Dolor y gloria (2019) Sean P. Means No matter how close this story is to Almodóvar's own truth, he makes this story feel real, which maybe is all that matters. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 Doctor Sleep (2019) Sean P. Means Flanagan tries to serve two masters in "Doctor Sleep," to make a movie that's both a worthy successor to Kubrick's "The Shining" and a faithful adaptation of King's books.... [but] Flanagan can't square them. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Parasite (2019) Sean P. Means "Parasite" is entertaining and shocking, a thought=provoking examination of class differences that shifts effortlessly from comedy to social commentary to something approaching horror. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 Harriet (2019) Sean P. Means It was only a matter of time before Tony winner Cynthia Erivo found the starring movie role she deserved: Harriet Tubman. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sean P. Means Sure, the action sequences are ridiculously entertaining, but they're driving the story, rather than the other way around. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Sean P. Means Edward Norton, the director and screenwriter, is the best thing about "Motherless Brooklyn," a strange yet compelling noir drama. Now if only he could rein in his over-the-top star, Edward Norton. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 First Love (2019) Sean P. Means "First Love" is the sort of over-the-top action comedy where when someone mentions a contract killer named One-Armed Wang, you can bet the farm that a guy will eventually show up cocking his shotgun with his one good arm. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 Farmer of the Year (2018) Sean P. Means One may forgive the independent comedy-drama "Farmer of the Year" its many faults - it apparently never met a cliche it didn't like - because it's just so gosh-darn charming, as if "Minnesota nice" were bottled and poured into a projector. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/4 The Great Alaskan Race (2019) Sean P. Means Too often, "The Great Alaskan Race" is as much a slog as anything the sled dogs have to navigate. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 Paradise Hills (2019) Sean P. Means [The writers] steal from the best, with elements of Ira Levin's "The Stepford Wives" and Patrick McGoohan's surrealist '60s series "The Prisoner" at play here. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 Countdown (2019) Sean P. Means "Countdown" doesn't break new ground in PG-13 horror - but it's quick, efficient, and gets the job done. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Sean P. Means Murphy embraces Moore's foul-mouthed stage persona and his do-it-yourself optimism - in the vein of "Ed Wood" or "The Disaster Artist," but with an infectious joy that outdoes both of those movies. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 The Lighthouse (2019) Sean P. Means Eggers goes further, with cinematographer Jarin Blaschke shooting in black-and-white 35 millimeter film, in an almost square frame, to add to the claustrophobic atmosphere that seems to be driving both men insane. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 Becoming Nobody (2019) Sean P. Means It's all very deep, and one probably needs to be in the right frame of mind to take it all in. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/4 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Sean P. Means Hawley doesn't bring a lot of profound insight into the astronaut's breakdown. He instead clutters the screen with visual tricks, like constantly shifting the screen's aspect ratio. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 Gemini Man (2019) Sean P. Means Lee seems, like fellow director Robert Zemeckis, to embrace the high-tech aspects of filmmaking while neglecting the narrative problems. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/4 Aquarela (2018) Sean P. Means The footage often surprises, enough to make viewers jump upright in their seats. At other times, though, it's like an oversized screensaver, calming and hypnotic. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Sean P. Means Renée Zellweger, in the best performance of her career, gets a chance that Judy never got, to show what an older actress at the top of her game can do with a meaty role. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019