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Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Craig Mathieson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s):, The Age (Australia), The Sunday Age

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 17% Now Add Honey "A farcical comedy that is too often forced instead of funny. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2015
2.5/5 81% Man Up (2015) "Man Up is composed of scenes that tell us we're watching a romantic comedy: inopportune conversations, annoyed exchanges... embarrassing encounters, and speeches of romantic dedication made before a hushed crowd. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 11, 2015
4/5 82% Mistress America (2015) "Few directors are building a better body of work than Noah Baumbach, the New Yorker whose deft contemporary comedies are growing in snappy wit, barbed compassion and social critique. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 30, 2015
2.5/5 69% Crimson Peak (2015) "This impeccably crafted Gothic horror tale... doesn't quite come to fruition despite some vivid elements. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/5 59% Legend (2015) "It's a busy but not entirely satisfying film, thankfully elevated by Hardy's performance, which goes past the usual technical trickery to create the palpable feeling of a shared identity trying to separate. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/5 64% The Dressmaker "If Moorhouse's film sometimes falls out of step, then it at least has the self-belief to go out in a blaze of glory. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 21, 2015
3/5 66% Miss You Already (2015) "The worse things get for these two women, the closer they ultimately are, giving Miss You Already an authenticity beneath the attitude. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/5 74% Black Mass (2015) "Black Mass too often plays like a tribute to previous crime films, particularly Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, but while it cops the stylistic licks and the attitude, there's little of the telling detail or astute psychology. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 14, 2015
3/5 93% Skyfall (2012) "Curious but acceptable. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Martian (2015) "The Martian, true to itself, simply gets the job done. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
4/5 93% Sicario (2015) "The movie shows how you can rationalise the ends justifying the means, but you don't know where the ends will take you. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
2.5/5 26% Pan (2015) "Jackman's theatrical charm helps tie together the many influences, but it's hard to be inspired by that familiar trope of the fated boy prophesied to change everything. The movie takes seriously concepts thoroughly satirised by The Lego Movie. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 30, 2015
3/5 73% Everest (2015) "Shooting on location and in the Italian Alps, Kormakur emphasises the constant sloping height and tenuous links to safety. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 24, 2015
1.5/5 17% Pixels (2015) "Pixels' predecessors, such as Ghostbusters, had an irreverent disrespect for authority and a deadpan outlook, but few of the many elements here are developed beyond the rudimentary. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2015
2.5/5 66% Life (2015) "Pattinson, who has pushed himself into more demanding roles after his own teen idol phase in the Twilight franchise, is the best thing in this flawed, sometimes emotionally shapeless movie. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 16, 2015
3.5/5 88% Dope (2015) "The mood is restless, the tone is energetic, and influences are embraced and discarded quicker than you can say: "We Are the Best adolescent Pulp Fiction on the Go this year". " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2015
2.5/5 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "Aside from Vikander the period playfulness falls short. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 19, 2015
3.5/5 10% Fantastic Four (2015) "The final scenes are rushed, but the film never completely loses that sense of adolescent awe. The characters do become fantastic, but there's still something ordinary -- and very recognisable -- about them. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Aug 12, 2015
3/5 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) "The character, and the actor, need some variety, with Thor: The Dark World doing just enough to keep Marvel's increasingly unwieldy construction in motion before The Avengers' 2015 reunion. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/5 30% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) "Kick-Ass 2 has a twisted energy, and from the first scene, in which a caustic Mindy teaches Dave about the importance of a bulletproof vest, it tries everything it can think of. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 7, 2015
4/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "This dual take on Wilson's life doesn't just celebrate its subject, it understands him. As in one of his recording sessions, all the notes fit together. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jul 1, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "The most pleasurably complete Pixar film since 2004's The Incredibles, Inside Out delivers a witty and empathetic answer to the eternal lament of, "What is going on inside your head?" " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4.5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "A revved-up vision of gloriously twisted design, propulsive momentum and resonant mythmaking. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 20, 2015
3/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "What endures, however, is the pleasure of a Hollywood movie with a female focus: they not only dominate the cast, but also set the prevailing tone. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2015
4/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) "With telling performances, Ex Machina spans sci-fi philosophy and a romantic triangle, but ultimately it's a horror movie where the monsters are men. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 12, 2015
2.5/5 61% Unfriended (2015) "Unfriended starts to creak by the end, even as the tension is ratcheted up to a hysterical peak, but it's neither bloody nor charged by adrenalin. With the participants sitting at desks or on beds it has a curious inertia. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 87% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) "You can read this droll film as a fable, and that's probably better than as a picture of mental illness. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Everything [Whedon] did so well on the first meeting of these Marvel comic book creations he achieves once again, which makes for a movie both enjoyable and somewhat repetitive. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 28, 2015
4/5 83% While We're Young (2015) "Josh wants Jamie's life, Jamie wants Josh's status. Each generation suspects the next, but in their division Baumbach has made his most pleasing and accessible film yet. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3.5/5 81% Black Sea (2015) "Black Sea is another strongly made drama from British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald and, like The Last King of Scotland and State of Play, is about a protagonist in an untenable situation. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.5/5 96% It Follows (2015) "It's brilliant. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 80% Furious 7 (2015) "This is Wan's first major Hollywood production after more than a decade of profitable horror outings including Saw and Insidious, and it's disappointing that neither the gonzo gore of the former nor the calculating restraint of the latter register here. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3/5 85% Cinderella (2015) "Kenneth Branagh's lavish live-action telling of the folktale made familiar to many by Disney's 1950 animated feature film is a faithful take that derives pleasure in updating expectations and absolutely never dashing them. " ‐ Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Mar 23, 2015
4.5/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) "Crazy enough to entertain while illuminating the sad reality of never quite getting what you want. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2/5 31% Chappie (2015) "Chops together familiar ideas and design from many far better features. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 96% '71 (2015) "A deeply impressive thriller where the deeds are frightening yet the momentum is bracing. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4.5/5 91% Eastern Boys (2015) "[An] ambitious and often arresting French drama. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/5 51% The Interview (2014) "The Interview at its best is just intermittently amusing, with an obsession about the sanctity of bottoms. These boys need to stop clenching. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4/5 90% Wild (2014) "The film is frank but rarely simplistic and Vallee, who is becoming an important filmmaker, trusts the audience to do as Cheryl did and find the right path to follow. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 96% Argo (2012) "[An] exceedingly good period thriller. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "It is so fluent and so certain -- both in its humanism and its depiction of institutionalised savagery. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "The Imitation Game walks a fine line in making the familiar effective, also reflecting A Beautiful Mind at points. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 8, 2015
3/5 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "Penguins of Madagascar is so verbally dexterous - and the animation by contrast little more than bright and familiar - that this could well be an adult spoof hiding out in a flick supposedly made for primary school students. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/5 60% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "It's still hard to believe that the sturdy pleasures and arresting craft of Peter Jackson's first Middle-earth trilogy with The Lord of the Rings has been so thoroughly undone by the repetitive excess and clumsy additions of The Hobbit, his second one. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2015
B+ 92% Frank (2014) "It's heavier than a comedy about a gibberish-spewing guy in a giant head ought to be, but that's what makes it a thing of heartbreaking, oddball beauty. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 6, 2015
2.5/5 85% John Wick (2014) "In terms of plot and performance, John Wick is cleanly predictable, but the execution is impressive. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) "With a soundtrack of grinding frequencies and uneasy point-of-view camera shots, the everyday becomes otherworldly. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) "Hoop Dreams director Steve James mainly avoids eulogising [Ebert], instead painting a picture of man who loved the movies, but could be prickly and given to excess. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) "The Lego Movie is an intricate piece that delights in both celebrating and mocking movie archetypes, the commercialisation of childhood experience, and the authoritarian hands of parents. " ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2015
3/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) "Singer's direction is capable, with generally fulfilling use of 3-D technology and a thankfully dry sense of humour. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Jan 2, 2015
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