Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Film4 , Flicks.co.nz , Little White Lies , Total Film
Total Reviews:
275

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 53% I Origins (2014) " Arresting, ambitious and a bit of an acquired taste, Cahill's extraordinary second feature bursts with big, bold ideas. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 28, 2014
3/5 66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there's something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 15, 2014
3/5 85% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " It's not without its moments, but more comic dexterity and less brute force would have made a less choppy watch. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 8, 2014
4/5 94% The Guest (2014) " Cool as you like one second, camp as Christmas the next, this entertainingly overpumped action-horror will have genre fans (and their mums) grinning from ear to ear. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Sep 1, 2014
4/5 91% Mystery Road (2014) " Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 25, 2014
3/5 64% WolfCop " Anyone expecting The Howling or An American Werewolf In London will be disappointed, but stick it on afterwards and you'll definitely stay awake till the end. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 80% Faults (2015) " Crisply shot and expertly played, the film is essentially a two-hander built on shifting sands of trust and unease. " ‐ The List
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/5 95% Two Days, One Night " Belgium's best-kept secrets are breaking through without selling out, and their unshowily inspiring domestic drama reminds us you don't need to go to war - or prison - to earn redemption. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/5 81% Bad Turn Worse (2013) " Though its influences (Badlands, early Coens) are writ large, and the denouement disappoints, the performances convince, the dialogue captivates and the sense of backwater boredom is overpowering. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 86% Joe (2014) " Green's soul-baring Southern noir has much to say about those who speak with their fists and is a masterwork of threatening melancholy. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 21, 2014
4/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " More sugar-rush than Sugarman, but Gordon's extraordinary life just outside the spotlight is a whirlwind of charm and chutzpah. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 58% Keeping Rosy " An old-fashioned, quietly coiled thriller of things that could happen. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Extraordinary in form, 'ordinary' in content, Boyhood is ambitious, intimate and unforgettable. It might just be the apex of Linklater's life's work. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jul 10, 2014
5/5 89% Calvary (2014) " When it's over, you'll find a contemplative hush has descended on the audience: a cinema turned, briefly, into a church. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " Mickle and Damici deliver a tense redneck noir with a twist - and a few issues - but it's more like a promising placeholder than the masterpiece they're capable of. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4/5 82% Miss Violence " [A] chillingly controlled family drama ... " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 16, 2014
4/5 94% Good Vibrations " An extraordinary labour of love about an even more extraordinary labour of love. " ‐ Flicks.co.nz
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 79% 112 Weddings " Often, the litany of divorce and disappointments feels like we're trespassing on a couples' therapy session, less Don't Tell The Bride, more Don't Remind Her. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 35% Knocked for Six (Save Your Legs) " It's amiably played, with Bollywood and dysentery jokes mostly hitting the mark. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 9, 2014
4/5 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " A tour-de-force of twisted brilliance. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/5 62% The Sacrament (2014) " The performances are excellent, the atmosphere tense, but West is too caught up in the facts to enlighten us further. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Jun 2, 2014
2/5 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " One of the dangers of going for intimate is ending up inward-looking. Such is the problem facing writer/director Lynn Shelton's modest dramedy. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 13, 2014
3/5 58% Before the Winter Chill (2014) " Elegant if frosty, and just a touch too long in the tooth. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Consistently, sometimes epically, funny. " ‐ Total Film
Posted May 5, 2014
4/5 88% Willow Creek (2014) " Though it feels improvised, this is a well-honed work, with details laughed off in the daylight becoming spookily significant once darkness falls. " ‐ The List
Posted Apr 29, 2014
3/5 74% Informant (2013) " Though there are exciting sequences, the roles are underwritten, the dubbing's disastrous and the tension lessens even as the net tightens. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 85% 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 67% 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 89% 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 47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " 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 82% 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 79% 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 78% 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 81% Salvo (2014) " An exercise in muddy, moody subjectivity. " ‐ Total Film
Posted Mar 17, 2014
1/5 17% Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) " 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 89% 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 51% 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 93% 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 14% 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
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