Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Flicks.co.nz , Little White Lies , Total Film
Total Reviews:
249

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Neither a romance, nor a horror, although it has glowing moments of both, it's a rich, witty mood piece you just have to sink into." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 70% Magic Magic (2013) " It ebbs away at the climax, but there's 45 minutes where it sings loud and strange." — Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2014
4/5 93% Locke (2014) " As engrossing as any thriller, this quietly shattering character study, like Locke himself, achieves exactly what it sets out to, with the minimum of fuss." — Total Film
Posted Apr 14, 2014
3/5 48% L'├ętrange couleur des larmes de ton corps (The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) " A love letter to the giallo genre spelled out in cut-up ransom-note writing - striking, but impossible to read." — Total Film
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " There's nothing genteel - or veiled - about documentary-maker turned writer/director Clio Barnard's powerful portrait of austerity England." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 88% The Double (2014) " Ayoade's difficult second film shows the directorial skill - and daring - of a major player, even if it can't quite escape being swallowed by its influences." — Total Film
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) " If it sounds a bit ponderous, well, maybe it is, but it's also smart, warm-hearted and sumptuously shot." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " Pretty but, ultimately, flat." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 27, 2014
4/5 77% The Borderlands (2014) " A convincing British found-footage horror that actually has some good performances and genuine scares." — Total Film
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 80% The Machine (2014) " Despite some striking imagery and sterling FX work, Welsh writer/director Caradog W James' expert use of limited resources doesn't stretch as far as the subtlety-averse script." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/5 82% Salvo " An exercise in muddy, moody subjectivity." — Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
1/5 —— Ironclad: Battle for Blood " What should have been a quick, exciting medieval skirmish starts to feel like the 100 Years War." — Total Film
Posted Mar 10, 2014
5/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " The Polleys are so charming and down-to-earth, and their pain so tangible, it's an absolute heart-breaker." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 91% Le Week-End (2014) " "I'm amazed at how mediocre I've turned out to be," says Broadbent, one of My Beautiful Laundrette writer Hanif Kureishi's many memorable lines." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " A superb grief-soaked horror set in a desperated, godless universe, WAWWA is unnverving and moving in equal measures, easily eclipsing the original." — Total Film
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " We (and he) know he's screwed. The tension comes from establishing just how badly." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " Cuban Fury trips light-footedly between adorable date flick and amusing six-pack movie, not just pulling off an array of difficult moves, but making them look effortless." — Total Film
Posted Feb 10, 2014
4/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " If not wholly convincing as an 'issues' movie, this memoir is a triumph as an actors' showcase; with McConaughey and Leto giving the performances of their careers." — Total Film
Posted Feb 3, 2014
4/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It may well be the greatest film ever made about slavery, but that says more about the movie world than the work itself." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jan 30, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Though brilliantly written (by Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter), acted and directed, Wolf is dangerously overlong." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 77% How To Make Money Selling Drugs (2013) " Though over-emphatic, it benefits from great access to concerned celebs, ex-addicts and former dealers, most of whom found addiction at the end of the rainbow." — Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2013
1/5 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " "I will search for you through 1,000 worlds and 10,000 lifetimes!" Reeves promises his beloved. Anyone who sits all the way through this glossy folly will know exactly how that feels." — Total Film
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 92% Philomena (2013) " A fuddy-duddy, buddy-buddy flick that makes up in sweetness what it lacks in surprise." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4/5 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " We've seen this story many times, but what marks Big Bad Wolves out from the pack is the filmmakers' extraordinary mastery of tone." — Total Film
Posted Dec 4, 2013
2/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Although Franco's clearly enjoying himself, and Statham smashes faces with finesse, two warring films emerge, neither of them particularly convincing." — Total Film
Posted Dec 2, 2013
3/5 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Though awkwardly assembled, with an overemphatic voiceover, it's chilling stuff." — Total Film
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/5 85% Santa sangre (Holy Blood) (1990) " The most accessible film by Mexican avant-garde auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky, his horror head-scratcher divides its time between the sanitarium and the circus." — Total Film
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/5 63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " The final act's too cocky by half, but otherwise this is canny, characterful stuff." — Total Film
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Perfectly serviceable - if far from subtle, like reading a Wikipedia page on CAPS LOCK." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Nov 14, 2013
4/5 87% In Fear (2014) " Most writer-directors don't know how to start a film like this, let alone finish it, and as a portrait of two people hopelessly lost and horribly scared it's a haunting watch." — The List
Posted Nov 12, 2013
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Smart, witty and more than a little melancholy, Don Jon is a fist-pumping success." — Total Film
Posted Nov 11, 2013
4/5 70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " Slicker than the original without the sudden lurches in quality, this second shaky-cam horror anthology still has a standout sequence by which all the others must be judged." — Total Film
Posted Oct 18, 2013
3/5 69% About Time (2013) " It's basically 'Life Actually', with some very sloppy writing." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " There's nothing glaringly wrong with it, but it's so glossily mediocre that it's impossible to recommend to anyone not contemplating a lengthy plane journey." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Like a meal made entirely of chillies, Machete Mk II is spicy to start with, then unpleasant, then numbing - before it all starts to repeat." — Total Film
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 96% The Birds (1963) " Though it lacks the psychological depth of Hitchcock's greatest works, it's characterised by a nightmarish simplicity." — Total Film
Posted Oct 6, 2013
98% Eyes Without a Face (1962) " Awesome for its time, but a little awkward today, this straight-talking shocker deserves regard rather than reverence." — Film4
Posted Oct 6, 2013
4/5 95% Behind the Candelabra (2013) " Douglas made his name playing powerful, morally questionable men, and this is a clever addition to the canon." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/5 94% Blancanieves (2013) " Suitably dark for a film with barely concealed undercurrents of child abuse and necrophilia. Fans of Mirror Mirror need not apply." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Sep 22, 2013
4/5 100% Metro Manila (2013) " A moving morality tale set in a world rarely seen in western cinema, Metro Manila is an underdog drama that feels as authentic as it is original." — Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2013
3/5 65% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) " Massively unlikely, but compelling to the last, it makes a decent fist of conveying the strength of internet attachments, even if filtering the unfolding drama through endless computer screens becomes a well-worn device." — Total Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
2/5 30% Hammer Of The Gods (2013) " Imagine TV's The Vikings with a twist and you won't be disappointed, but the biggest heroics on show here are in the budget-stretching department." — Total Film
Posted Aug 28, 2013
4/5 74% You're Next (2013) " Funny and tense, rather than hilarious and terrifying, You're Next doesn't rip up the rulebook but it's definitely read it." — Total Film
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3/5 53% Devil's Pass (2013) " Sometimes bad, never boring and, at the last, completely bonkers, it's proof at least that you can freeze cheese." — Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2013
4/5 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Even if you don't know what's going on, you rarely doubt that Carruth knows exactly what he's doing." — Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The likes of In Search Of A Midnight Kiss and Annie Hall have told their stories with much more wit and charm." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Aug 15, 2013
4/5 54% Breathe In (2014) " It may not sound much, but it's a rare drama confident enough to offer a portrait of normality, then let things elegantly unravel." — Total Film
Posted Jul 9, 2013
3/5 48% Black Rock (2013) " This isn't quite the distaff Deliverance promised, but it's a credible indie thriller with characters worth caring about." — Total Film
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 55% The Look of Love (2013) " Raymond is an unrepentant, if awkward, ladies' man, and Coogan plays him to foot-in-mouth perfection." — Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 30, 2013
1/5 21% The Seasoning House (2013) " A horror film of two halves: the first squalid and hard to stomach, the second surreal and hard to take seriously." — Total Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
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