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 Boogie (2021) Sean P. Means Takahashi, in his first movie, is a true find - whose swagger and underlying insecurities provide "Boogie" with some genuine emotion within the standard underdog story. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/4 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Sean P. Means Awkwafina gives the most energetically creative animation performance in a Disney movie since Robin Williams played the genie in "Aladdin." EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/4 The Vigil (2019) Sean P. Means Thomas steeps the film in the folklore and rituals of Orthodox Judaism, and uses that authenticity to make the scares somehow meaningful. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
3.5/4 Night of the Kings (2020) Sean P. Means The story flows and moves to the rhythm produced by the inmates' chanting and dancing, and it's not long until the audience is feeling that rhythm, as well. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
2.5/4 Tom & Jerry (2021) Sean P. Means "Tom & Jerry" isn't a masterpiece, but it generates more laughs than you'd expect. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
2/4 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) Sean P. Means The computer-generated animation gives an unsettling, claymation-like look to characters who were more charming in the flat, simple two-dimensional line animation of the series and first movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
3/4 Ordinary Love (2019) Sean P. Means "Ordinary Love" bears, in many ways, the most accurate movie title of all time - because it gently and precisely chronicles a year of crisis in the life of a most ordinary married couple. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2021
3.5/4 Test Pattern (2021) Sean P. Means Renesha's resignation seems to be the point, as [writer-director Shatara Michelle] Ford makes us bear silent witness to Renesha being victimized a second time by an unfeeling system. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/4 Blithe Spirit (2020) Sean P. Means Coward's storyline feels painfully dated, and the efforts by the new writers to goose things up with references to the pre-war equivalent of Viagra seem to go in the wrong direction entirely. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
1.5/4 Silk Road (2021) Sean P. Means What's missing is any thoughtful examination of why [Silk Road founder Ross] Ulbricht would do all this, other than some self-serving narration about personal liberty that sounds like the most boring manifesto ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/4 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Sean P. Means Where will Barb and Star go next? Zanzibar? Madagascar? Back to the U.S.S.R.? Wherever they go, we will follow them. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3/4 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Sean P. Means All the delight taken from "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things" is from the chemistry between the two leads, which is considerable. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3.5/4 The Mauritanian (2021) Sean P. Means [Rahim's] take on the character is carefully ambiguous, so the audience isn't sure for a long time whether Salahi is an innocent man caught in hell or a cagey terrorist sympathizer manipulating this situation for his own gain. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
3.5/4 Ailey (2021) Sean P. Means Not only did Wignot get access to the company's archives, she also brings her camera into its rehearsal space, following the troupe in the act of creation. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Try Harder! (2021) Sean P. Means Lum's film makes a strong argument that a school like Lowell, by being so laser-focused on college admissions, denies their kids the thing some colleges want most: A well-rounded life. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Passing (2021) Sean P. Means Hall puts much care and detail into every shot, but her biggest coup is pairing Thompson and Negga, who embody the two sides of the racial divide and the psychological push-and-pull that both bonds and separates the characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Superior (2021) Sean P. Means Vassilopoulos has a keen sense of pacing, switching from the comedic to the frightening with expert timing. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Superior (2015) Sean P. Means Vassilopoulos has a keen sense of pacing, switching from the comedic to the frightening with expert timing. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Sean P. Means The strength of the film is Moreno herself, who in her 80s is still the attention seeker and truth teller she says she's been since she was a little girl. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 At the Ready (2021) Sean P. Means "At the Ready" shows that opinions about the law, police and immigration aren't cut and dried along the border, and the conversations make for an intriguing movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Sean P. Means Beckwith creates some quietly funny scenes between Helms and Harrison, as they navigate Matt's involvement in the pregnancy and how close Anna allows herself to get to Matt. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Mayday (2021) Sean P. Means Cinorre takes this surreal story into a lot of directions, crossing from war picture to revenge fantasy, with a musical dream sequence thrown in because, well, why not? Not everything here works, but even the less-successful moments have some bite. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Land (2021) Sean P. Means For "Land," her first feature as a director, Robin Wright displays all the qualities she has as an actor: Elegance, natural beauty and a core of strength beneath a delicate surface. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/4 Jockey (2021) Sean P. Means Collins embodies the bone-weary struggles of an aging athlete, when there's more track behind him than in front, in a performance that is spare and graceful. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 The Blazing World (2021) Sean P. Means Young creates some arresting images of the warped unreality Margaret traverses. She also makes the most out of limited resources. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Rebel Hearts (2021) Sean P. Means Kos takes great pains in "Rebel Hearts" to be fair to the nuns and the archdiocese, though even recent representatives of the church in Los Angeles acknowledge now that [Cardinal] McIntyre might have been too strict. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/4 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Sean P. Means King packs a lot into his movie - history, allegory, romance, suspense - and does so with an adrenaline-pumping pace, cinematographer Sean Bobbitt's strong visuals and a production and costume design that bring the swinging '60s to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Life in a Day 2020 (2021) Sean P. Means A fascinating lap around the Earth that captures so much of what makes humans wonderful. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/4 Wild Indian (2021) Sean P. Means Director-writer Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. creates a spare storyline that serves as a clothesline onto which he hangs his observations about modern Native Americans, those who stay on the reservation and those who flee from it. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Cusp (2021) Sean P. Means "Cusp" is really a hangout movie, where you observe along with the filmmakers the ways these girls rely on each other because there's nothing and no one else they can count on. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 The World to Come (2020) Sean P. Means Director Mona Fastvold builds unbearable tension in the unspoken thoughts Abigail directs toward Tallie and the slight glances Tallie returns in Abigail's direction. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 All Light, Everywhere (2021) Sean P. Means Anthony deconstructs the documentary form as he constructs his arguments, creating a film that's as intellectually challenging as it is visually striking. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3.5/4 Users (2021) Sean P. Means The planet is at a breaking point, Almada suggests, and her kids are in the generation that will pay the price. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/4 I Blame Society (2020) Sean P. Means At the risk of sounding like the shallow Hollywood "suits" that Horvat skewers, "I Blame Society" is interesting and shows a lot of potential - but it didn't grab me. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Sean P. Means "Pieces of a Woman" starts with one of the most harrowing scenes in recent memory. ... But it's all downhill after that, an average marital melodrama that can't match that opening. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Herself (2020) Sean P. Means Dunne, in writing herself a plum role, gives "Herself" a warm glow generated from an emotional melodrama that's never pandering and always true to its heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 One Night in Miami (2020) Sean P. Means I am convinced that Regina King can do anything. Appoint her Attorney General. Let her quarterback the Jets. Put her on "The Masked Singer." Whatever it is, she can do it, and brilliantly. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2/4 Outside the Wire (2021) Sean P. Means [Mackie's character] never read Asimov's First Law of Robotics ... and certainly never read my First Law of Action Movies: Don't be boring. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/4 The Marksman (2021) Sean P. Means Despite its head-fake toward current-events relevance, "The Marksman" is a serviceable road thriller that demonstrates that Liam Neeson is slowly, inexorably, morphing into Clint Eastwood. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 No Man's Land (2021) Sean P. Means The Allyns have a lot working for them: A strong cast, a good sense of storytelling, and an eye for rugged landscapes. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
1.5/4 The Little Things (2021) Sean P. Means On a scale of one to "Se7en," "The Little Things" barely rates a three. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/4 Saint Maud (2019) Sean P. Means Glass' pace is brisk, but leaving enough time for Clark to put her stamp on this tricky role. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 In the Same Breath (2021) Sean P. Means A chilling and necessary look at how the Chinese government buried its botched response to the coronavirus under a mountain of propaganda. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Coda (2020) Sean P. Means [Emilia Jones] captures Ruby's love for music and for her family, even when the burden of being its only hearing member grows wearying. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/4 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Sean P. Means Put "Summer of Soul" on a double-bill with "Woodstock," and see which one is the nostalgia trip and which one is relevant to what's happening now. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 Homeroom (2021) Sean P. Means [Director Peter Nicks] lets his subjects do the talking, and provides enough room for their stories to play out naturally and eloquently. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 I Was a Simple Man (2021) Sean P. Means Yogi lets us appreciate the beauty of Hawai'i and the literally haunted mood it casts over Masao's final days and his eventual peace. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2/4 John and the Hole (2020) Sean P. Means If you can imagine "Home Alone" remade as a pretentious art-house movie where Macaulay Culkin is playing both Kevin and the Wet Bandits simultaneously. you get a sense of what's happening in "John and the Hole." EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 On the Count of Three (2021) Sean P. Means Director-actor Jerrod Carmichael's high-wire act of a movie "On the Count of Three" is a breathtaking example of what might be a new genre: The action buddy dramedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
1/4 Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Sean P. Means The key problem is that Shanley's attempts to adapt the theatrical rhythms of his stage work to the screen fall flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020