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Maureen Ryan

Maureen Ryan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) Hemingway and Gellhorn is a gigantic missed opportunity, a jaw-droppingly trying waste of time. Don't let the fancy names in the cast fool you: This is a stupid, stupid movie.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
No Score Yet John Oliver: Terrifying Times (2008) "John Oliver: Terrifying Times..." should appeal to fans of his sardonic, intellectual brand of humor.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
No Score Yet Dane Cook: Vicious Circle (2006) This 90-minute film may go on a bit for casual Cook fans, but as the voice of the MySpace generation, the comic shines here.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
78% Recount (2008) Even when the complicated political and legal machinations are handled gracefully, Recount doesn't have time to give these people depth or render their unique situations with sufficient shadings of complexity.‐ Chicago Tribune
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) After being diverted by a whirling mass of glitter, leather, tattoos, disco moments, rock-star preening and heart-rending betrayal, yes, for a moment, I was there. And that was something.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
100% Psych: The Movie (2017) Psych: The Movie is exactly what I thought it would be. That is a good thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) Given that it offers no new insights on Madoff and underserves its stellar cast, it's hard to see the return on this particular investment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) It's worth seeing in order to witness Oprah Winfrey give one of the best performances of her career.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2017
86% To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sister (2017) Wainwright expertly explores the idea that while the expectations for Branwell just about crushed him, the fact that nothing was expected of his sisters goaded them into acts of creation that burn with a fire that readers can still sense today.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
No Score Yet The 2016 special, which was recorded in L.A., is the more generally taut and robust of the two hourlong specials.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
No Score Yet Time and again, Chappelle shows a willingness to dissect his own thinking, share his own foibles and be honest about his mistakes and doubts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2017
82% Unlocking the Cage (2016) For those less familiar with her life, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise should serve as a bracing introduction, and as an inducement to dive into her prose, poetry and speeches.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
100% The Witness for the Prosecution (2016) Director Julian Jarrold does a particularly fine job of creating the kind of atmosphere that mixes well-constructed anticipation with a certain strain of enjoyable dread, and in the leading role, Toby Jones is simply terrific.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
100% The Dresser (2015) The Dresser's humane wisdom is revealed in moving ways in the film's home stretch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
88% All the Way (2016) All the Way tries to delve into that period from the perspective of the D.C. wheeler-dealer at the very top of the power structure, but this historical exploration unfortunately only goes part of the way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
92% Grease: Live! (2016) Thanks to exceptional work from director Thomas Kail and several sterling supporting performances, much of Grease Live! was as sweet and tasty as a root beer float.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2016
68% A Very Murray Christmas (2015) If the weather outside is frightful (or even if it's tolerable), there are worse ways to spend a holiday-season hour than with Murray and his glamorous chums.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2015
86% 7 Days in Hell (2015) You'd have to search far and wide to find a program that hits its chosen target with such concentrated glee.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
94% The Normal Heart (2014) If you can get past the director's tics and tricks, there are some bravura scenes from Mantello, Roberts and Ruffalo that are worth the price of admission.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted May 27, 2014
95% An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) Once "An Adventure" picks up momentum in its second half, viewers will begin to see what lurked behind Hartnell's formidable exterior: A dedication to getting it right and a very British desire to carry on, no matter how sticky things got.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2013
No Score Yet It has the kind of premise we've seen many times before. Rarely, however, will you see such visual rigor, emotional intelligence and assured storytelling brought to a mystery tale told in this kind of world.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2013
93% Page Eight (2011) I'd happily watch this cast read the phone book, but fortunately the script by David Hare (who also directed) is intelligent, engaging and generally makes good use of this singular cast's talents.‐ Huffington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2012