Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) Benedetta Barzini may want to disappear, but her son will not let her. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) I responded strongly to the film's sense of scope and scale. The 'rhetoric' of Queen & Slim reverberates with anger and love and mourning. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 96% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) A character study of a fascinating news-junkie with a mission. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3.5/4 93% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy adds to the impression that LaBeouf is moving into very interesting territory as an actor, territory uniquely his own. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 67% Adopt a Highway (2019) Holding it all together is Hawke's performance, weighted down with the heaviness of injustice. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/4 80% Greener Grass (2019) Like all good satires, Greener Grass trucks in exaggeration. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1.5/4 4% Mary (2019) Mary's concept -- and it's a good one! -- doesn't blossom into the truly spooky, the truly eerie, even though it's given countless chances to do so. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/4 19% Semper Fi (2019) The interesting characters and all of their conflicts are all right there onscreen -- the cast is excellent -- but the 'prison break' is such a far-fetched idea it's difficult to invest in it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 93% Monos (2019) Monos is elevated into epic territory by the superb work of cinematographer Jasper Wolf. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/4 100% Chained for Life (2019) A meaningful, moving, and often quite funny interrogation of beauty in the movies. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/4 61% Satanic Panic (2019) It doesn't push any envelopes, and pushing envelopes is what it's all about. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The central relationship drives the film forward, but in its focus on 'whodunit and why,' Don't Let Go fails to pack the punch it should. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 96% Jawline (2019) Jawline works gently, slowly, presenting its subject and sub-culture with not just affection but sympathy, a sympathy very close to tenderness. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/4 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Blinded by the Light at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/4 80% Light of My life (2019) The pace sometimes drags, although I got drawn into the film's slow patient build. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
2.5/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) While The Nightingale is obviously a labor of -- if not love, then rage -- for Kent, it left me cold, even with the two wonderful performances at its center from Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 64% The Mountain (2019) The Mountain, with its long stretches of quiet, bleak subject matter, and Alverson's staunch refusal to let us in, or fill in the blanks, creates a genuinely unnerving mood. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 62% Lying and Stealing (2019) A mostly satisfying entry in the art heist genre. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Marianne and Leonard turns out to be a rather run-of-the-mill documentary about Cohen's journey, taking us down well-documented paths. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/4 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday wants to be a feel-good movie, and much of it did make me feel good. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/4 67% The Quiet One (2019) The Quiet One is Wyman's journey, and because of that the documentary is intimate and personal, but by the same token it is also highly selective in what it shows and acknowledges. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) The astonishing concert footage in Rolling Thunder Revue brings moonlight into the chamber. Crucially, Scorsese allows the performances to play out in full, with no interruptions or premature fade-outs. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/4 32% Being Frank (2019) The setup (script by Glen Lakin) is full of wacko screwball potential, some of which is mined, some of which misses the boat. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) An earnest and funny comedy, with very sharp teeth. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 73% The Perfection (2019) Your tolerance for this sort of thing may vary. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/4 61% Trial by Fire (2019) The film plods at points, trudging along, and there are a few misguided narrative 'devices' tacked on. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/4 51% Tolkien (2019) Tolkien approaches its subject with maybe a little bit too much reverence, but shows an interest in the development of Tolkien's ideas, his passion for philology (not the most cinematic of subjects), his love of myths and legends. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/4 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) The film does a great job of contextualizing the phenom of Dr. Ruth. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film itself gaslights us, and this is where Berlinger and Zac Efron-an inspired choice-are powerful co-creators. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/4 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) It's respectful, but it's also alive. It's serious, but it's also tongue-in-cheek. Olnek's approach gives Emily room to breathe. At last. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/4 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) The subject is so interesting, and the music played by these people is so gorgeous. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
0/4 20% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) The film is appalling from start to finish. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/4 52% Finding Steve McQueen (2019) Finding Steve McQueen could have used more of the galvanizing spirit of its patron saint, but there's also much to recommend here, in particular its light-hearted energy. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
1.5/4 85% Girl (2019) Even disregarding the controversy, Girl does not work, mainly because Dhont's focus is all wrong. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Gloria Bell is almost an exact recreation of the original ... but there's enough freshness in the approach that makes [the film] a unique experience, funny and a little bit messy. The mess feels real. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/4 70% Climax (2019) [Noe's] grandiose and more than a little bit mad. If you think too hard about what Climax means, the film deflates. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/4 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) The film is lighthearted but not frivolous, and the animation -- a mix of computer-generated and hand-drawn -- is so innovative and fun it's always a pleasure to look at the screen. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/4 63% St. Agatha (2019) St. Agatha may take too long to get going, but once the film is up and running it's perverse, overheated fun. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 83% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) (2019) The script is very sparse. It feels like an outline, a general idea rather than an actual filled-out story. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 71% The Invisibles (2019) A film like The Invisibles is part of bearing 'precise witness.' We clearly need reminders, and constant ones, of the end result of 'otherizing' an entire group of people. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/4 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) It is in the unspoken where The Heiresses is its most powerful. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 57% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not is definitely abstract and intellectualized ... but so much of the film left me cold, even bored. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/4 94% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Communion does not push for an emotional response from the audience. It doesn't have to. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/4 74% Destroyer (2018) This is a pretty rote story, and many of the plot points beggar belief, but Kusama's flourishes help somewhat to elevate the material into something more meditative, a character study of a woman in ruins. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2/4 55% Swimming with Men (2018) The ensemble work among the group of actors in Swimming With Men is very strong, with humorous asides, joshing, and banter that feels spontaneous (they are all very funny actors). But the film doesn't invest in them emotionally. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 61% Vox Lux (2018) The film is an onslaught, sometimes silly, sometimes profound, but always riveting and emotional, and dazzlingly sure of itself. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 44% Write When You Get Work (2018) There are some interesting things going on, and some insight into New York's economic hierarchy, but the film veers off into a hard-to-believe crime heist, and, ultimately, none of it really hangs together. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 73% The Long Dumb Road (2018) The film is built on the chemistry of Revolori and Mantzoukas. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is bad in the way a lot of biopics are bad: it's superficial, it avoids complexity, and the narrative has a connect-the-dots quality. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018