Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
sbs.com.au , The Age (Australia) , The Sunday Age
Total Reviews:
100

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 91% 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% 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 83% 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 52% 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 85% Mystery Road " 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." — sbs.com.au
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." — sbs.com.au
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
2/5 47% Bait (2012) " Bait 3D needs to put aside the forced poignancy and attain full great bad movie status. Or at least let the sharks eat more characters. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Beasts of the Southern Wild is raucous and deliberately affecting - the talent lies in making that transformation appear offhand and improvised, as if it's unfolding on the spot. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2.5/5 49% Hit & Run (2012) " In Hit & Run the talk is better than the torque. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Sep 6, 2012
1.5/5 26% Kath & Kimderella " The show's creators have attempted to make a stand-alone movie moderately distinct from the small-screen episodes. It's a welcome idea but unfortunately the execution is so deeply flawed that the film suffers mightily. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 30, 2012
94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) " Moonrise Kingdom, which the director wrote with regular collaborator Roman Coppola, feels like his most emotionally honest work since his 1998 breakthrough, Rushmore. " — The Sunday Age
Posted Aug 30, 2012
1/5 86% Careless Love " Careless Love leaves you wincing at its numerous shortcomings. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted May 16, 2012
3/5 72% Wish You Were Here (2013) " The underdone ending is what prevents a good film being a great one. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 26, 2012
4/5 79% The Deep Blue Sea (2012) " The plot is formulaic; the power lies elsewhere. " — The Age (Australia)
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 80% Goodbye First Love (2012) " The film is quiet and accumulative, staying with its subject through emotional outpourings and everyday transactions; the audience is embedded. " — Sydney Morning Herald
Posted Apr 4, 2012
4.5/5 98% This Is Not a Film (2012) " It's hard to think of a more powerfully uplifting and resonant finale in a film released this year. The title's black satire becomes superfluous, with This is Not a Film revealed as the most heartfelt act of defiance." — sbs.com.au
Posted Nov 10, 2011
3.5/5 100% Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard " Autoluminescent has an unspoken sense that he was an uncertain proposition for those close to him. Whether that is compelling or cautionary may depend on if you're one of the true believers." — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 27, 2011
3.5/5 84% Contagion (2011) " The film wraps up tightly and somewhat too quickly, but it's a delight to experience Soderbergh at the top of his game. " — sbs.com.au
Posted Oct 20, 2011
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