Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 85% 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 82% 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 72% 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 30% Chappie (2015) " Chops together familiar ideas and design from many far better features. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
4/5 97% '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 90% Eastern Boys (2015) " [An] ambitious and often arresting French drama. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/5 53% 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 89% 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 71% 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 61% 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. " ‐ sbs.com.au
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
4/5 98% Mr. Turner (2014) " The film itself is rich with spirit and possessed of a dry humour, if not overly concerned about representing the world as Turner saw it. Spall makes a man who tried to give little away hugely expressive. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 24, 2014
2.5/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " Most of the accidents that befall the Cooper clan are annoying or embarrassing and even a car accident is more about cosmetic damage to the vehicle than a passenger actually being harmed. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 10, 2014
2.5/5 74% The Congress (2014) " Folman makes one phantasmagorical leap after another, adding a live-action coda, but the visual freedom doesn't expand the story, it abandons it. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 10, 2014
2.5/5 28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " What's absent is something fresh that illuminates Scott's technique anew. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2014
4.5/5 95% Nightcrawler (2014) " The film crackles with fetid electricity amid a strange nocturnal beauty. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
2/5 31% Men, Women & Children (2014) " In its bid to make an important statement, [Reitman's] new movie skims the surface of the subject and flirts with cliche. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 26, 2014
3/5 62% Maps to the Stars (2015) " A scabrous journey through Hollywood's malignant mindset that starts with narcissism and ends with death rituals. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 21, 2014
3/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Some of what ensues in a galaxy far, far away is gripping, but other sequences are prosaic. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 89% The Drop (2014) " The Drop stays impressively tight: a handful of lives in the balance and a 2am deadline make for an arresting conclusion. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3.5/5 93% In Bloom (2014) " There are moments that are powerful to Ekvtimishvili that are more likely merely glancing to the audience, but the unadorned performances and air of unease combine for a film rich in social realism. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 12, 2014
3/5 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Michael Cuesta's movie, notable for a fine lead performance by Jeremy Renner as Webb, is capable and suggestive but it never attains definitive proof. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2.5/5 41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Once the many plot points have been ratcheted up, the solutions begin. Characters keep meeting in pairs, with Judd tentatively romancing former acquaintance Penny (Rose Byrne), for dialogue that states the obvious and leads to a rapprochement. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3/5 77% Fury (2014) " It may be the most capably directed of Ayer's five feature films, and has a shuddering physicality, but it's also the most predictable. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 29, 2014
3.5/5 92% Force Majeure (2014) " His [Ostlund] only failing is following an ending that shows Tomas' risky desperation to make amends with a coda that evens up the couple's ledger. It's the one contrived moment in an otherwise impressive film. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
2.5/5 47% The Judge (2014) " The Judge is concerned with stern, vague emotion that is not remotely resonant. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3.5/5 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Some may find [it] an ugly film, but it keeps coming back to the humanity, of these characters, and the idea of how people can go astray when they're trying to hold on to it. There's no easy pleasure to succumb to, but the movie is genuinely satisfying. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 15, 2014
3.5/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) " A comedy alternately caustic and sweet. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 10, 2014
2.5/5 61% The Equalizer (2014) " [A] zesty, committed action thriller. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Oct 2, 2014
3/5 66% The Girlfriend Experience (2009) " This brisk study of commercial culture is nonetheless intriguing. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 1, 2014
3.5/5 74% Margaret (2011) " It has failings, but they're not fundamental, and if anything they speak to just how much Lonergan tried to coerce into a single story. He was aiming for ecstatic transcendence. " ‐ sbs.com.au
Posted Sep 29, 2014
4/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Full of adolescent energy -- vibrant, untethered, and kind of bonkers -- the new movie from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is a gentler version of childhood than he's recently favoured. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/5 81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " The psychological menace is combined with Dolan's sometimes florid aesthetic to fascinating effect, signalling that he's well aware of the need to not repeat himself. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/5 93% The Infinite Man " Hugh Sullivan's terrific Australian time-travel comedy is an inventive and dryly hilarious depiction of how the obsession with perfection can only lead to defeat. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Failure has rarely been told with such entertaining dedication. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
1/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Familiar actors come and bloodily go, generally failing to make sense of reductive roles. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
3.5/5 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " The bond between siblings is made very real by Wiig and Hader, who make that old line about laughing until you cry genuinely believable. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Sep 22, 2014
4/5 88% 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 85% 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
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