Craig Mathieson

Craig Mathieson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 98% 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 82% 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 81% 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 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 91% Eastern Boys (2015) "[An] ambitious and often arresting French drama. " ‐ The Age (Australia)
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/5 52% 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 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 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 27% 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 61% 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 71% 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 94% 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 77% 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
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