Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Publications: , The Age (Australia) , The Sunday Age
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " What's difficult to encapsulate is the vivid emotion that underpins this story, or the depths suggested by the close-ups of the remarkable Cotillard that explain her complex state as well as recalling the golden era of 1930s Hollywood cinematography. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 12, 2014
4/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " Virtually every shot feels like it adds to Reichardt's vision and it draws so tightly together that by the end, the only people left accessible to the likes of Josh are those in the watching audience. Night Moves makes you an accessory." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Sep 10, 2014
3.5/5 85% Predestination (2015) " Hawke and Snook anchor the knotty storyline and you eventually realise key lines have a double meaning, and that every occurrence fastidiously ties together." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/5 49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Magic in the Moonlight, an uninspiring yet familiar tale of faith, reason and romance, may well be one of the poorest pictures Woody Allen has conceived and released." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3.5/5 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " At 125 minutes, Bridesmaids is unusually long for what is supposedly a raunchy comedy, and that's because the story steadfastly builds characters instead of knocking them down." —
Posted Aug 24, 2014
1/5 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) " A failure so complete that it is infuriating as opposed to merely disappointing" —
Posted Aug 23, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The third instalment, directed by young Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes, is as creaky and rheumatic as some of its leads. What should be crazy, outlandish entertainment is instead banal and uninspiring." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The cast are clever at filling in the gaps the story has to carry, with the romantic attraction between Peter and Gamora, which begins with some hearty hand to hand combat, given more emotional weight than the dialogue allows for." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy foregoes full-tilt action for cosmic contemplation." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/5 66% Lucy (2014) " While the story is concisely and confidently told, there's something chilly about Lucy (and Johansson's) sudden goodbye to life as we know it." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3.5/5 94% These Final Hours " Zak Hilditch's tense apocalyptic drama These Final Hours gives a familiar concept a telling new location: Perth. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 4, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " The world has ended in film after film in recent years, but rarely has the aftermath been such impressive viewing." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 30, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " This terrific follow-up to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes bests what was a good film by matching clear, evocative themes to sublime digital effects." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 94% Good Vibrations " In the charming if somewhat predictable Good Vibrations, popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow profits by upending action film cliches." — The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 4, 2014
3/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " Thankfully more pleasing than patronising, Sunshine on Leith works because it's not universal; while tidied up, it's still peculiar to a place and people." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 19, 2014
2.5/5 54% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Gilliam is so busy shaping every visual element that his female lead has about as much depth as one of his clever props, like the musical pizza box or Tilda Swinton's online shrink." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2014
3.5/5 82% The Double (2014) " The Double turns out to be singularly impressive." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 12, 2014
3.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Nicholas Stoller's raucous comedy is a surprisingly smart tale of people doing dumb things, managing to underpin the revenge antics between two disparate households with a sense of the real world that's waiting for the smoke to clear." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 7, 2014
2/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " It's difficult not to query his [Turturro] intentions, as the 57-year-old, best known for playing eccentric or sometimes comically loopy characters for the likes of the Coen brothers, has made such a slight and increasingly unsatisfying movie. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " He [Marc Webb] tinkers at the edges and has some fun but there are parts of this film that are bizarrely perfunctory." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " A crisply shot, street-level feel for New York adds to the pleasing surface qualities the film ties together. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " His anti-Twilight filters various themes and ideas, but they never threaten to become a cohesive plot or offer resolution. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " This is full of the elements you expect to find in a Wes Anderson film. There are lovingly composed tableaus - each a marvel of production design - immaculately designed uniforms for both soldiers and hotel bellboys and a sighting of Bill Murray. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The plotting is purposeful and the writing tidy. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " Amid striking time-lapse sequences, the actor [Russell Crowe] provides a focus alongside the vast digital ark. If nothing else, this time they don't need a bigger boat." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2.5/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " What's in the foreground is Kevin Hart's boyish desires and Ice Cube's gruff response. They're the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of bickering. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " He's [Frost] hamstrung by a film that has a comedy's least desirable quality: predictability." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " The city's end is far quicker than the two days scientists believe was required, but patience is not a virtue in this film." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2.5/5 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney and Heslov fail to settle on a tone, or at least tie the contrasting moods together. There are daring feats and moments of tragic loss, bursts of sentiment and droll back and forth between Murray and Balaban's characters." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 11, 2014
3.5/5 99% Gloria (2014) " For each person who sees Gloria as someone else's mother or co-worker, she's quietly determined to be the centre of her own imperfect world." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 5, 2014
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " All is Lost makes the familiar strikingly new. The filmmaker and his star hold their nerve, refusing easy outs and making you look - and listen - carefully to a starkly pure piece of cinema." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Small in scale but just as intense, Lone Survivor's extended battle recalls the opening of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. like its hardy protagonists, is determined to get the job done. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3.5/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " The black humour here is strangely reassuring. And the cultural nostalgia, with nods to Bob Dylan and in particular Jean-Luc Godard, allows for a pleasing, if slight, conclusion." — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2.5/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " The Railway Man makes do with simple satisfaction." — The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 91% Mystery Road (2014) " A deeply satisfying and slow-burning modern-day western set in outback New South Wales, Ivan Sen's outstanding film Mystery Road bridges the current divide in Australian cinema with a prominent and precise work." — The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 17, 2013
5/10 51% This is 40 (2012) " In trying to please everyone he satisfies no one and, far from being brave, the fleeting concerns of This Is 40 are closer to cowardly. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Jan 16, 2013
5/10 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " Radnor's problem stems from his casting prowess: Jenkins, Janney and Olsen are all so pleasurably adept in their parts that the film's star suffers by comparison. Jesse needs more than Josh Radnor's glibness. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 12, 2012
6/10 74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) " Rise of the Guardians is both reasonably quirky and mildly serious. It wants children to believe there's more to animation than fast food tie-ins. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 12, 2012
5/10 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " Hopefully, this decent but uncomplicated movie isn't a final acting hurrah for Clint Eastwood. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Dec 7, 2012
6/10 92% Skyfall (2012) " Seen against the ineffectual backdrop of 2008's Quantum of Solace, this is a return to form but it doesn't exceed Craig's impressive debut as Bond in 2006's Casino Royale. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Nov 22, 2012
6/10 43% Two Little Boys " With a backdrop of natural wonders and a suitably ironic deployment of familiar Kiwi pop hits, Two Little Boys strikes a fair balance between the outlandish and the recognisable. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Nov 14, 2012
7/10 85% The Master (2012) " It drags a touch in the middle, and the final scene as epilogue - a Paul Thomas Anderson staple - is unduly perplexing, but the movie exerts an undeniable hold. It's difficult not to believe. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Nov 8, 2012
8/10 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Dominik's film is bleak but nonetheless perceptive and arresting. Crime still pays, just not like it used to. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " Marsh improves the movie from the page to the screen. What's shown is often more striking than what's said, but in the perpetual subterfuge of Shadow Dancer that can't fully distinguish a familiar plot from its numerous predecessors." —
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2.5/5 43% The Wedding Party (2013) " The Wedding Party may well have been a better film if the underdone premise of the fake wedding had been done away with altogether, because the movie is more interesting when it picks at the foibles and fears that gather around these couples." —
Posted Oct 12, 2012
5/10 21% Taken 2 (2012) " Unfortunately, most of the action is overzealously edited, to the point of incomprehensibility, but Neeson's purposefulness and menacing voice provide the framework for a performance. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/5 40% Mental (2013) " Mental's flaws are never fatal, and its commitment to an unhinged, sometimes episodic, contrast between the crass and the poignant is a welcome comeback from a filmmaker whose Hollywood sojourn became increasingly straitjacketed. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Oct 2, 2012
6/10 43% On the Road (2012) " While the film is lacking in connective tissue, Stewart and Hedlund go a long way to transcending the flaws. When they dance at one point, dusted with sweat and pleasure, On the Road truly moves. They're completely on the Beat." — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 94% Lore (2013) " It may have taken eight years, but Cate Shortland has tied the most personal of themes to a historic perspective and each manages to deepen and inform the other. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 20, 2012
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