Sean Burns

Sean Burns
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A marvel of concision. The story skips like a stone across time, to devastating effect.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) A collection of jagged, fleeting moments and atmospheric longueurs adding up to something far greater than the sum of its parts.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
10% Replicas (2019) It lands firmly on the 'Johnny Mnemonic' end of the Keanu sci-fi spectrum.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
71% Destroyer (2018) To be honest I found it all a bit silly and way overdone, wallowing in over-deliberate grotesquerie as some misguided mark of integrity. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
94% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) A lot of it could pass for a documentary, until upon reflection you realize how carefully Esparza's set up his story beats.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
64% Vice (2018) The movie presents common knowledge with gasps of shock and awe. It's like getting a breathless lecture on something you lived through from someone who just learned about it yesterday.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It's an achingly beautiful film, and so terribly sad. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
66% The Mule (2018) Always a more thoughtful filmmaker than his often boneheaded public statements would lead you to believe, Eastwood fashions the picture into a sneaky examination of white privilege. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
79% Ben is Back (2018) Julia Roberts tells people off the way Steve McQueen drives or Al Pacino yells. Nobody does it better.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
80% Batman Returns (1992) A perfect Christmas movie for people who hate the holidays, and exactly the kind of film that modern studio executives are paid a small fortune to make sure you will never see the likes of again.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
59% Vox Lux (2018) Often horrifically funny and excitingly unencumbered by questions of good taste. This movie is kind of an a-hole and I think I love it.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) A madcap, laugh-a-minute sprint with a wild visual style calling out just how unimaginative contemporary studio animation has become. It's really something.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) There are certainly worse ways to spend an afternoon than watching a bunch of brilliant artists talk about their favorite Bergman pictures.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
76% Five Fingers for Marseilles (2018) A craggy, gutbucket epic full of slightly silly, mythopoetic grandeur and a tart taste of regional politics. It's amazing how well some tropes travel.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
96% Roma (2018) After a while the self-conscious virtuosity becomes overbearing. It feels like taking an aircraft carrier to go around the corner to CVS.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Basically the opposite of the Mister Rogers movie in that you spend two hours with one of the worst human beings to ever walk the planet but in the end feel a little bit better because at least he's dead.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
88% What They Had (2018) It was a stroke of genius casting the rough-edged Shannon as Forster's son. These two are both seemingly incapable of false moments onscreen and have similarly hardened hides.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) About an hour in things begin to unravel, undercutting the audience's assumptions and steadily accumulating great weight and moral severity. By the time it ended I was a wreck.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
82% Wonder Boys (2000) This is probably my favorite comedy of the past twenty years.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) An astonishment even wilder and more rewardingly confounding than its fabled reputation. I watched this movie twice the day it premiered and haven't shut up about it since.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) There's a searching quality to Schnabel's biopics, as if we're watching him try to learn a few tricks from these artists he so admires.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) Pretty much the movie everyone was afraid "Creed" was going to be.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) These punchy little tales veer from slapstick to tragedy, all working in service of the Coens' fatalistic, class-clown philosophy, according to which life might be just a cruel, cosmic joke but it's a pretty good one sometimes.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) If not the worst movie of the year then at least the most inessential and out of touch.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
0% Speed Kills (2018) In any other year, Speed Kills would easily be the most laughably incompetent gangster movie starring John Travolta. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) Another movie that purports to explore racism in America while coddling fragile white viewers at the expense of its characters of color. It'll probably win Best Picture.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
80% Boy Erased (2018) It's like leafing through a catalog of the most hackneyed shots imaginable.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
84% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) It's not Wiseman's style to overtly editorialize, but the film's frequent visits to a local cemetery draw a line under what's already obvious: This place is dying.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) The movie is logy and feels interminable. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
90% Museum (Museo) (2018) A slippery meditation on questions of ownership, heritage and history as plunder. It's also very funny.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
93% Wanda (1971) To watch 'Wanda' today is to be knocked over anew by the film's unsettled emotional terrain, which slips and shifts beneath your feet from scene to scene.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) Wispy and underwhelming.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) It only took them forty years to finally make a decent 'Halloween' sequel.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) A gentle caper comedy full of wistful, wrinkly smiles and a sweetly elegiac tone.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Rosencrantz & Gulidenstern Go West.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
88% First Man (2018) This dour, unpleasant film wallows in a masochistic self-abnegation similar to the director's 2014 music school psychodrama 'Whiplash,' except banging on astrophysics instead of drums.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is the kind of movie everybody says they don't make anymore.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
54% The Bookshop (2018) A reminder that not every novel needs to be a movie. In fact, most of them probably shouldn't. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) One of the year's very best films. A blast of absurdist outrage that's seriously funny until all of the sudden it's not anymore.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
95% Blaze (2018) A richly ambivalent film about artistic expression as its own reward and the bad romance of our most destructive impulses.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Funny how it took Eli Roth, of all people, to make the best Robert Zemeckis movie in ages.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) It's a one-note movie and that note is room tone.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
32% The Predator (2018) The movie ultimately gets by on attitude, with Black's brash, wiseacre sensibility brightening up the mandatory franchise maintenance.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
86% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Fragmented, occasionally frustrating and ultimately ecstatic.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Not funny enough to pass as satire yet too snarky to provide any genuine chills, the movie exists in a half-kidding limbo, with none of the performers on the same page. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
84% The Wife (2018) A tangy little bit of literary score-settling, taking the piss out of mid-century macho myths of what a Great American Writer was supposed to be. ‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
48% Destination Wedding (2018) The nasty quips and sour asides are suffused with a sunny glow. Ugly-spirited zingers end up tossed aside with wry, rumpled smiles.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
92% Mandy (2018) The movie isn't just set in 1983, it feels like a memory of something you might have watched that year on late night cable after your parents fell asleep.‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) So quick bright things come to confusion. ‐ The ARTery
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) Works better than it probably should thanks the canny casting of Hawke, deftly employing the star's generational baggage to portray a scruffy '90s icon gone to seed.‐ New England Movies Weekly
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018