Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
A nationally recognized film critic, Sean's reviews have been published in print (The Washington Post, USA Today) and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, HollywoodNews.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).
Favorites:
Die Hard North By Northwest Singing in the Rain Back To The Future (trilogy) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid/The Sting Jaws/E.T./Jurassic Park Ferris Bueller's Day Off (hell, the entire Hughes cannon) Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Some Like It Hot Dancer in the Dark The Apartment/Sunset Blvd. Toy Story (I & II) The Philadelphia Story Garden State Fight Club/The People Vs. Larry Flynt/Rounders (the Norton trilogy) Shadow of a Doubt Swingers Anything by Lars von Trier
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Charlotte, NC, where Gwyneth Paltrow weighs 350 lbs.
Official Websites: filmcritic.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The colorful character quirks and unexpected plot twists add up to a highly-enjoyable evening at the theater. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is every bit the equal to Kramer vs. Kramer, which is the highest compliment I can pay it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ford v Ferrari thrills by simulating the record-breaking pace of the cars on the tracks, but really captivates because we care deeply about the men trying to make the victory happen. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Once an action hero Has Fallen, it's far more interesting when they struggle to get up, and that realization makes Angel a better-than-expected sequel. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) a beautiful and poignant snapshot of a bygone age, littered with gorgeous odes to the method of storytelling Tarantino has perfected over the years. It's Quentin's movie about movies, made as only Tarantino can. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men In Black International feels staid and flat, even as Hemsworth (doing his familiar "polished dunce" act) tries to inject levity opposite Thompson's patient rookie agent. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The overall execution is tepid and uninspired, putting this chapter below the level of chills we've come to expect from the better Conjuring movies. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
3.5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) A darker, more cynical and unnerving meditation that cuts a few story corners but takes surprising risks that improves on the ending of King's own book and will have loyal fans debating its impact. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) Eastwood shows that he's still capable of carrying a mildly compelling drama with moderate wrinkles, low stakes, but enough human drama to please his dedicated audience. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 65% Aquaman (2018) A fun, exciting, imaginative, occasionally silly but undoubtedly epic adventure that establishes an incredibly rich new cinematic world. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Be thankful Roma exists. It's a special masterpiece, from a special, masterful filmmaker. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) It's exhilarating watching a movie and realizing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the performances on display are locks for Oscar consideration. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) There's fun to be had in the gallows humor weaving throughout the short stories on display here. But in general, Buster Scruggs feels undercooked. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4.5/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) It's the shockingly twisted and unconventional places the storyteller goes from the jump that propels El Royale above the usual fray of Tarantino knockoffs to become, easily, one of the most enjoyable theatrical experiences of 2018. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4.5/5 80% 22 July (2018) Greengrass takes a measured approach to a horrific event, pulling no punches as he presents the tragedy, but carries viewers through the next stages where 22 July analyzes HOW these attacks continue to affect us. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Removing Spider-Man from the overall equation creates too many narrative potholes around which Venom fails to weave with any sort of grace or style. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 14% Life Itself (2018) The cast is on point -- particularly Oscar Isaac... and the witty, tender and curious structure of the narrative kept me engaged. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
74% Destroyer (2018) A compelling police procedural that borrows heavily from the drama without doing too much to rewrite the playbook. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) An exotic and entertaining crowd-pleaser, a romantic, beautiful, opulent and lively comedy that's formulaic but gifted with a light touch. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/5 62% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Its hyper-physical antics encase a welcome message about inclusion and acceptance that make this Vacation a worthy trip for families. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
4.5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Collette's performance should, and will, continue to push that conversation forward as she contends for -- and possibly receives -- Oscar glory by scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting audiences. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
4.5/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) Deadpool 2 is an outrageous, surprising, hysterical, emotional, vulgar, creative and uproarious summer blockbuster that fans of this genre -- and of comedy, in general -- will devour. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) On a second pass, the questionable was extremely overpowered by the bold and the courageous, and I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi through a different prism. I connected with it differently. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/5 52% Tomb Raider (2018) For all of its dedication to breathing life into the game, the movie Tomb Raider doesn't establish its own sense of adventure, or dial into a genuine rush or tingle that comes with watching an action movie. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
3.5/5 20% Mute (2018) Blade Runner's kinky cousin. ... What Mute lacks in originality, it makes up for in risky storytelling and unpredictably grimy plot decisions. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 85% Game Night (2018) Game Night throws darts at the board with unflinching consistency and lands maybe 75 percent of its punchlines. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
4/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) A very sensual story about how love and erotic passion can consume a person, particularly a budding teenager whose hormones encourage him (or her) to basically lust after anything in sight. Even a peach. Especially a peach. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman is better off when it's bombastically belting out memorable tunes and begging the audience to bop along in their seats. And that happens often. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
5/5 88% The Post (2018) The Post boasts a stunning ensemble of extraordinary character actors sinking their teeth into a riveting screenplay, all choreographed by a genius filmmaker who is firing on all possible cylinders. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
1.5/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is bad. It's bad in a way that you wonder after how anyone let it get this bad. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) I expect Jessica Rothe just stenciled her name alongside Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, and other big-time screen actresses who got an early break in a forgettable horror movie, but went on to bigger and better things. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is eye-opening, unconventional, sweet, scary, odd and heartbreaking. It's a fantastic movie, one I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4.5/5 90% Stronger (2017) An unforgettable portrayal of strength and perseverance in the aftermath of a national tragedy, Stronger is one of the best movies of the year. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is, at best, a light volley of banter and debate over important topics, rather than a hard-hitting expose with contemporary ties to ongoing gender discussions (which it easily could have been). - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
4.5/5 92% Good Time (2017) If the opening scene grabs you the way that it did me, you'll plug into this gross cesspool of crime, drugs, manipulation and horrible decisions, and you'll roller-coaster ride it to its bitter end. This one is a home run. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4.5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Spider-Man: Homecoming gets it right. It is my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
2.5/5 36% Snatched (2017) The tonal shifts derail Snatched, and make me wonder if this premise ever had a chance to get off the ground, no matter who starred in it. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Technically proficient but in desperate need of some personality. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) When Beauty and the Beast hits its rhythms, it really soars. However, when Beauty and the Beast missteps, the weight of the expectations created by the movie's spectacular predecessors can be felt. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
5/5 93% Logan (2017) By grounding the film's action, and painting on a relatively small-scale canvas, 'Logan' raises the bar on the types of stories you can tell with superheroes -- thereby redefining what the term Superhero Movie even means in the year 2017. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/5 11% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) There's still no real passion on screen, and no heat between the actors as they go through their perfunctory sex scenes. Dornan and Johnson conduct their lurid interactions with the carnal intensity of tax accountants diving into a stack of W2s. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 89% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The Lego Batman Movie is screamingly hilarious, ladling pop-culture references and comic-book punchlines with blistering speed and pinpoint accuracy. One joke, involving a pivotal scene from Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, made me cackle until I cried. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2017
3.5/5 77% Split (2017) The main reason anyone should check out Split is to marvel at McAvoy's breathtaking performance. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
1/5 19% The Bye Bye Man (2017) No matter how many films continue to screen in movie theaters this year, The Bye Bye Man will be remembered amongst the worst films of 2017. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures is exactly the type of movie that you think that it is. Only, it's better at being that type of movie than you probably expected. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
4/5 85% Lion (2016) Lion literally earns every heartstring tug with its impossible story of rediscovering ones childhood with the help of cutting-edge technology and good, old-fashioned resolve. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2016
5/5 91% La La Land (2016) A spectacular, breathtaking, pulse-racing work of pop art. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival deserves our attention for being one of the best-paced, expertly shot and awe-inspiring sci-fi dramas to arrive in theaters in quite some time. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
3/5 85% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge tells a story that's worth telling. That's important to emphasize, because the way that Gibson and his collaborators tell their story isn't always worthy. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Formulaic, predictable and lazy, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is exactly the type of clichéd genre movie the first Jack Reacher rebelled against. - CinemaBlend EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016