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 The Wedding Guest (2018) Sean P. Means The plot is a bit thin and lacking in big action moments. But the chemistry between the tightly wound Patel and the poker-faced Apte, a fast-rising Bollywood star, is electrifying, and one hopes they each have more opportunities to smolder on the screen. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 Us (2019) Sean P. Means Peele twists the screws expertly, sometimes goosing us with a solid jump-scare, sometimes relying on the slow burn to instill a sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/4 Woman at War (2018) Sean P. Means "Woman at War" rides on the shoulders of Geirharðsdóttir, and she carries the load effortlessly. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Sean P. Means Moore's gifts for burrowing into a character and making that character radiate from within are in full force in Chilean director Sebastián Leilo's "Gloria Bell," where Moore shines in spite of a meandering story. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3/4 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Sean P. Means Art nerds will get the most out of "Ruben Brandt, Collector," an adults-only animated thriller from Hungary whose visual imagination far outpaces its lackluster plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/4 Climax (2018) Sean P. Means Ultimately, Noé has the last laugh, by calling his movie "Climax" and failing to deliver one. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
1.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Sean P. Means "Wonder Park" is a colossal blunder that sparks no joy, and the worst part is that Nickelodeon is apparently developing it into a TV series. Again, pity the poor children. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/4 Five Feet Apart (2019) Sean P. Means [I]t's Richardson, with whom critics fell in love as the architecturally savvy teen in the indie darling "Columbus," who really shines as Stella, her smile and sass and vulnerability make this often manipulative melodrama feel like a breath of fresh air. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Sean P. Means For a franchise that has been so prolific and so popular over the decades, one might expect more screen adaptations. This new version points to a possible reason why: The stories are rather thin. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/4 Pájaros de verano (2018) Sean P. Means "Birds of Passage" boasts a talented ensemble, including some fascinating character actors - none more intriguing as José Vicente Cote as Peregnino, the craggy "word messenger" who acts as an envoy between the warring families. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2.5/4 The Kid (2019) Sean P. Means The problem with "The Kid" is that the relationship between Rio and Billy never feels authentic, kindred spirits in a cruel world, feels like a Screenwriting 101 exercise, rather than an organic part of the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 Everybody Knows (2018) Sean P. Means In this small town, it's assumed that everybody knows everyone else's secrets - but what's most compelling in Farhadi's story is how nobody knows what they'll do when things are at their worst. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 Greta (2018) Sean P. Means If only "Greta" was willing to be as boldly insane as its title character. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 A Tuba to Cuba (2018) Sean P. Means [W]hen the music is playing, breaking through language and cultural barriers like they were crepe paper, this movie swings joyously and exuberantly. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/4 Arctic (2018) Sean P. Means The snowbound drama "Arctic" is a grim and unadorned tale of survival, and a full dose of the acting mastery of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Sean P. Means A serviceable and audience-friendly bit of computer-animated storytelling, but whose craft and artistry are emotionally inert. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3.5/4 Never Look Away (2018) Sean P. Means The result for Donnersmarck is a full-bodied examination of the artist's process, and how everything in life is eventually fodder for the artist's work. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
3/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Sean P. Means As with the first movie, "Happy Death Day 2U" is held together - even in its more slapstick moments - by [Jessica] Rothe. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Sean P. Means "Isn't It Romantic" works with ruthless efficiency, getting Wilson and the cast through the story quickly, living out the same romantic-comedy tropes it mocks, and never dwelling on any humorous scenario too long. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 Capernaum (2018) Sean P. Means [A] gritty, uncompromising look at life on the mean streets of Beirut through the eyes of a child hardened by his experiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Sean P. Means What happens when a famously seat-of-the-pants director goes to work for a notoriously detail-oriented filmmaker? Unsurprisingly, in the case of "Alita: Battle Angel," a big mess, though an exhilarating one. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/4 Hail Satan? (2019) Sean P. Means The funny and fierce documentary "Hail Satan?" examines what happens when a satire of religion turns into a movement of its own. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 Tigerland (2019) Sean P. Means Together, the stories in "Tigerland" show not just the efforts to keep a beautiful animal alive, but demonstrate the power of individuals to change the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/4 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Sean P. Means With great sensitivity and an eye for touching moments, filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky again mines her family - and how it handles deafness. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/4 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Sean P. Means [A] captivating love-hate letter to the City by the Bay that comes straight from the heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4/4 Ms. Purple (2018) Sean P. Means Raw and rough but also delicately beautiful, director Justin Cohn's sophomore feature "Ms. Purple" is an eye-opening look into the culture of Los Angeles' Koreatown and a touching portrayal of grief in slow-motion. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/4 Imaginary Order (2019) Sean P. Means As suburban supermom meltdowns go... "Imaginary Order" goes deep, thanks to some smart and scary twists and a compelling performance by Wendi McLendon-Covey. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
2.5/4 Share (2019) Sean P. Means The high-school drama "Share," about a teen caught in a social-media nightmare, is a great idea hobbled by lackluster execution. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3.5/4 Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Sean P. Means [Berman's] exploration into Johnathan's soul and his own also goes down some dark allieys, and cuts to the heart (no pun intended) of what makes a documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 Destroyer (2018) Sean P. Means Nicole Kidman delivers another searing, persona-busting performance in the crime drama "Destroyer," but her work is a step above the garden-variety story it services. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 Cold War (2018) Sean P. Means It may be a "Cold War," but the actors' chemistry burns through the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 Honey Boy (2019) Sean P. Means To watch director Alma Har'el's drama "Honey Boy" is to witness an act of personal redemption for its star and screenwriter, Shia LaBeouf. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Sean P. Means [T]he result is like a Mike Wallace interview in reverse. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 American Factory (2019) Sean P. Means [A] fascinating as-it-happens look at a cross-cultural clash in the industrialized world. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 The Sound of Silence (2019) Sean P. Means There is no more frustrating sight at a film festival than a movie that squanders a good idea with a lot of pretentious moodiness - which "The Sound of Silence" has in abundance. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 Them That Follow (2019) Sean P. Means If only the plot of the Appalachia-based drama "Them That Follow" matched its atmosphere and its acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire (2019) Sean P. Means The documentary "Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire" feels like a missed opportunity, a movie that focuses on one aspect of the late author's work... that doesn't connect that work enough to his famous "Millennium" thrillers. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/4 Luce (2018) Sean P. Means The performances are solid, with Harrison particularly striking as the model student able to alter his personality to fit what those around him - teachers, classmates, parents - need him to be. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 Clemency (2018) Sean P. Means Sensitive and hard-hitting, writer-director Chinonye Chukwu's debut feature "Clemency" is a thoughtful examination of the death penalty in American prisons - seen from the viewpoint of the people who carry it out. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 Fighting With My Family (2019) Sean P. Means Writer-director Stephen Merchant, the co-creator of "The Office," has crafted a smart, funny, sharp and emotionally charged story about family ties, the business of sports entertainment, and an underdog tale of pushing through self-doubt. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/4 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2018) Sean P. Means The comedy "Brittany Runs a Marathon" deals with a lot of weighty subjects... but writer-director Paul Downs Colazzo and star Jillian Bell carry it effortlessly. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2/4 Big Time Adolescence (2018) Sean P. Means I enjoy Pete Davidson on "Saturday Night Live" as much as the next person, but the coarse coming-of-age comedy "Big Time Adolescence" is proof that Davidson's abrasive stoner persona is best consumed in small doses. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3.5/4 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Sean P. Means [T]he documentary "Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins" is the profile of her that we have needed. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 Pahokee (2019) Sean P. Means The notion that small-town life often revolves around the local high school, and in particular that school's football team, isn't a new revelation, but the absorbing documentary "Pahokee" captures that truism with a clear eye and stunning images. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Sean P. Means Merata Mita is a pioneer in film that most people outside New Zealand don't know, and... "Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen" goes a long way of correcting that blind spot and furthering her mission to bring different voices to movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 Bedlam (2019) Sean P. Means By turns harrowing and heartwarming, director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg's documentary "Bedlam" exposes deep flaws in the way America handles the mentally ill - mixing history, anecdote and personal survival story. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 Before You Know It (2019) Sean P. Means Utt and Tullock's script finds hilarious moments in Hannah and Jackie's infiltration of the soap-opera studio to meet Sherelle for the first time. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 Knock Down the House (2019) Sean P. Means Watching Ocasio-Cortez in the film, wrestling with doubts before she became a congressional media star and scourge of condescending conservatives, is quite delightful. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3.5/4 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Sean P. Means With Efron providing the shark's smile, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" becomes a cutting commentary on the slippery nature of evil. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/4 Midnight Family (2019) Sean P. Means Lorentzen serves as director, cinematographer and editor, and he deftly illustrates the hot pursuits and the down times the Ochoas face every night. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019