Sean P. Means

Sean P. Means
Tomatometer-approved critic
Official Websites: sltrib.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/4 23% Playing with Fire (2019) When Cena tries to be funny, it sticks out more than his bulging biceps. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 98% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) "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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 48% Last Christmas (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) No matter how close this story is to Almodóvar's own truth, he makes this story feel real, which maybe is all that matters. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) "Parasite" is entertaining and shocking, a thought=provoking examination of class differences that shifts effortlessly from comedy to social commentary to something approaching horror. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 73% Harriet (2019) It was only a matter of time before Tony winner Cynthia Erivo found the starring movie role she deserved: Harriet Tubman. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sure, the action sequences are ridiculously entertaining, but they're driving the story, rather than the other way around. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Farmer of the Year (2018) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/4 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi takes the old line that "history doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes," and suggests that sometimes history is a profane limerick. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/4 13% The Great Alaskan Race (2019) Too often, "The Great Alaskan Race" is as much a slog as anything the sled dogs have to navigate. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 62% Paradise Hills (2019) [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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/4 25% Countdown (2019) "Countdown" doesn't break new ground in PG-13 horror - but it's quick, efficient, and gets the job done. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 92% The Lighthouse (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
2.5/4 55% Becoming Nobody (2019) It's all very deep, and one probably needs to be in the right frame of mind to take it all in. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) For older kids, and grown-ups who like their fantasy on a grand scale, this sometimes grim fairy tale is a deliciously dark ride. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/4 23% Lucy in the Sky (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2.5/4 26% Gemini Man (2019) Lee seems, like fellow director Robert Zemeckis, to embrace the high-tech aspects of filmmaking while neglecting the narrative problems. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
2/4 69% Joker (2019) This "Joker" doesn't care about the violence it perpetuates, but wants credit for pretending to care. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 88% Aquarela (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 83% Judy (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) In a cast with talents like Anna Kendrick and Denis O'Hare, the newcomer Marchánt Davis is a true discovery. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Joanna Froggatt owns the movie as Anna Bates, maid and confidante to Mary and Edith, and stealth commander of the backstairs. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/4 88% Freaks (2019) [The filmmakers] capture fear of the unknown, through the allegory of super-powered people, more succinctly and effectively than most of the "X-Men" franchise ever could. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 82% Official Secrets (2019) Knightley holds our attention throughout "Official Secrets," capturing Katherine's optimism that she can stop the war, her anger that she was naive for thinking she could, and her resolution to reveal the truth no matter the cost. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The focus is on her music, her versatility, and her devotion both to her two families - her biological one, and the musicians who she knew, performed with and influenced. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3.5/4 88% Hustlers (2019) Besides doing her own stripper-pole acrobatics, Lopez digs into the character's greed, revenge and heartbreak to give perhaps the performance of her career. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Out of Liberty (2019) It's Wade's steely performance as Tillery, a man torn between what's expected and what's right, that gives "Out of Liberty" its backbone - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
1.5/4 24% The Goldfinch (2019) "The Goldfinch" could be the best-pedigreed train wreck in years. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
1.5/4 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Even by the dumbed-down standards of this bombastic franchise, "Angel Has Fallen" is particularly loud and stupid, an action movie that wants to have its Deep State and eat it, too. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) Wang draws out painful details from her interview subjects, as they talk about their complicity and their tacit approval of the One-Child Policy. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) Hard to sit through and harder to forget, "The Nightingale" is a brutal and poetic tale of revenge and hardship in 19th century Australia. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's a good yarn Brügger relays ..., full of political intrigue and outlandish characters. Too bad he tells it in such a way that we're in doubt about its truthfulness. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) "Ready or Not" wouldn't work if Weaving wasn't so charming, and smart, as the tenacious heroine. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) [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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 79% Good Boys (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/4 46% Ode to Joy (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
1/4 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Where's a good slingshot to knock me out and erase my memory of seeing "The Angry Birds Movie 2"? - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/4 59% Brian Banks (2019) Shadyac lets Hodge down, creating a waxwork monument to perseverance rather than a fully realized character. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/4 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The teens are a perfect fit for a movie that serves up the right level of frights for the slumber-party set. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) This weird concoction somehow works, thanks in no small part to the acting chops of Shia LaBeouf and the charm of newcomer Zack Gottsagen. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 22% The Kitchen (2019) McCarthy and Haddish, both better known for their comedic skills, are rock solid doing drama. They manage to keep pace with Moss. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) 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. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3.5/4 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) The focus here, fittingly, is on Morrison's work and its place in the literary firmament. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The movie stops the story dead with a couple of big-name comic cameos (who will remain unnamed) that go on uncomfortably long. - Salt Lake Tribune EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3.5/4 94% Shadow (2019) If you want to see a movie that stretches the visual and emotional boundaries of action films, "Shadow" is not to be missed. - The Movie Cricket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019