Matt Neal

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
The Standard
Total Reviews:
267

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 267
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " The performances and characters are the best thing about Bachelorette, which tries to walk a fine line between bawdy gross-out comedy and introspective "what have I done with my life?" drama for 30-somethings." — The Standard
Posted Nov 18, 2012
3/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " As enjoyable as this movie is, there are holes." — The Standard
Posted Nov 11, 2012
3/5 85% Bully (2012) " Bully is not perfect, but everyone should see it." — The Standard
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 67% Lawless (2012) " A powerful story that packs a punch (plus a few stabbings and shootings)." — The Standard
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2/5 20% That's My Boy (2012) " That's My Boy isn't as bad as expected. Don't get me wrong - it's a terrible movie - but it's occasionally funny in spite of itself." — The Standard
Posted Oct 10, 2012
4/5 93% Looper (2012) " You'll be unravelling its time travel machinations in your head as you walk from the cinema, but there are some scenes that will live much longer in the memory." — The Standard
Posted Sep 28, 2012
2/5 45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " Not a complete failure for the young ones who think the idea of a farting Frankenstein is funny, but more discerning audiences will find this vampiric comedy fangless." — The Standard
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 74% Rampart (2012) " IN case you needed it, this unsettling cop drama is further proof that Woody Harrelson is one of the most underrated actors going round." — The Standard
Posted Sep 14, 2012
3/5 79% Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) " Madagascar 3 works because it knows its strengths and hits them repeatedly by being loud, frantic and dazzling." — The Standard
Posted Sep 14, 2012
1/5 26% Kath & Kimderella (2012) " There has been some fear [Kath & Kim's] joke was getting old and those fears are fully realised in this painfully unfunny and labouriously tedious film." — The Standard
Posted Sep 6, 2012
2/5 25% Act of Valor (2012) " The SEALs should stick to saving the world, and the movie makers should look at the differences between a movie and a recruitment video." — The Standard
Posted Sep 4, 2012
3/5 65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " Yes, it's a joke, but it's an hilariously awesome one." — The Standard
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 30% Total Recall (2012) " It's difficult to review this film without comparing it to the 1990 original because it highlights what specifically is so wrong with this version." — The Standard
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3/5 55% The Bourne Legacy (2012) " It's as good a story as you can hope when you're trying to keep a franchise afloat without the main character, but it still feels a little underdone." — The Standard
Posted Aug 19, 2012
3/5 91% The Sapphires (2013) " Fittingly for a movie featuring lots of great soul music, The Sapphires is filled with soul and sings from the heart." — The Standard
Posted Aug 9, 2012
3/5 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " AL:VH is easy to dismiss and equally as easy to forget, but it does what it does well." — The Standard
Posted Aug 3, 2012
3/5 80% Magic Mike (2012) " Magic Mike is solid if slight, with some good laughs, interesting characters and career-best turns from Tatum and McConaughey." — The Standard
Posted Jul 26, 2012
3/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " It's not the ideal note to end on, but it's still in tune." — The Standard
Posted Jul 18, 2012
3/5 68% Ted (2012) " Funniest film of the year so far? Yes. Has it had much mainstream competition for that title? No." — The Standard
Posted Jul 12, 2012
4/5 73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Even though this reboot may be unnecessary, now I can't wait until The Amazing Spider-man 2." — The Standard
Posted Jul 5, 2012
2/5 37% Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) " It doesn't help that Manny, Diego and Sid are among the most boring characters to lead a franchise in recent times." — The Standard
Posted Jun 29, 2012
3/5 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " This gorgeous yet fractured fairytale has its flaws but is interesting enough and enjoyable enough to maintain your interest." — The Standard
Posted Jun 21, 2012
4/5 78% Brave (2012) " Not of the same calibre as Wall-E, Up or The Incredibles but it's stellar entertainment harking back to the classic Disney fairytales, while adding some interesting twists." — The Standard
Posted Jun 17, 2012
2/5 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " At best, Rock Of Ages is like many of those big rock anthems of the '80s - kind of fun, but lacking any real substance." — The Standard
Posted Jun 17, 2012
2/5 73% Prometheus (2012) " Questions go unanswered, shocking occurences go unquestioned, and supposedly intelligent people do stupid things." — The Standard
Posted Jun 7, 2012
2/5 22% What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) " Like childbirth, (it's) very messy and painful at times. But like raising children, there will be a few tears and a few laughs and somehow you'll get through it." — The Standard
Posted May 31, 2012
3/5 70% Men in Black III (2012) " Almost good enough to neuralyze your memories of MIB2." — The Standard
Posted May 24, 2012
3/5 57% The Dictator (2012) " As with any Cohen production, The Dictator is a hit-and-miss affair but thankfully there are more ticks in the former box than the latter." — The Standard
Posted May 17, 2012
4/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " With its hushed and methodical approach - similar to that of Smiley himself - the movie rolls on toward its big reveal with workmanlike exactitude." — The Standard
Posted May 16, 2012
3/5 37% Dark Shadows (2012) " This is not great by (Depp and Burton's) standards, but it's a stylish piece of warped fluff by anyone else's standards. " — The Standard
Posted May 11, 2012
1/5 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " What happens after that romantic rooftop marriage proposal that would ordinarily end a rom-com? Sadly the answer seems to be drab and not terribly interesting." — The Standard
Posted May 4, 2012
5/5 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " Five-star comic book gold; a fanboy's dreams turned into reality." — The Standard
Posted Apr 25, 2012
1/5 34% Battleship (2012) " Here it is - the first truly bad film of the year." — The Standard
Posted Apr 15, 2012
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " The Pirates! does feel a tad slight, but as with Arthur Christmas, Aardman have hit on a pleasant winner that appeals to all ages." — The Standard
Posted Apr 5, 2012
2/5 43% American Reunion (2012) " Does anyone really want another piece of Pie?" — The Standard
Posted Apr 5, 2012
3/5 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Not... a bad film, it's just that the predictability does lessen some of the impact in this violent teen-aimed franchise-starter." — The Standard
Posted Mar 22, 2012
5/5 98% The Artist (2011) " The Artist is a freakishly good one-off - I'd hate to call it a fluke, but it's unlikely someone could replicate this approach to such great effect in the near future." — The Standard
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/5 85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " If you're a fan of the original 21 Jump Street, prepare to have your memories desecrated. Everyone else, strap yourself in for some dumb explosive fun." — The Standard
Posted Mar 14, 2012
4/5 93% Drive (2011) " Drive is surprising in many ways, from its quietly spoken first act through its increasingly violent and unexpected trajectory." — The Standard
Posted Mar 14, 2012
3/5 51% John Carter (2012) " It overcomes the adversity of cliche by being exciting and mildly intelligent, with a sufficient amount of humour and heart." — The Standard
Posted Mar 7, 2012
3/5 28% Project X (2012) " Lively and gives you a sense of being at the party, but with no plot or character development. Fortunately it's the best party ever." — The Standard
Posted Mar 1, 2012
3/5 84% Contagion (2011) " If you're a hypochondriac or paranoid (or both), don't watch this film." — The Standard
Posted Feb 28, 2012
4/5 89% The Descendants (2011) " Payne manages to give the film a lightness that makes it uplifting or at the least fulfilling, rather than depressing." — The Standard
Posted Feb 23, 2012
4/5 94% Hugo (2011) " Hugo is far too charming, welcoming and beautiful to look at to be dismissed as one of those films that critics adore but audiences ignore." — The Standard
Posted Feb 23, 2012
2/5 26% This Means War (2012) " While it wants to be all things to all people by aiming for a heady mix of manly spy action and ladylike rom-com flourishes, it ends up being more of a misguided "bromance" with Reese Witherspoon as the MacGuffin." — The Standard
Posted Feb 16, 2012
3/5 59% Any Questions for Ben? " It's far from perfect, but it's damned funny." — The Standard
Posted Feb 9, 2012
3/5 53% Safe House (2012) " SAFE House is like your average brick garage - it's solid, sturdy and does the job, but ultimately it's nothing special." — The Standard
Posted Feb 9, 2012
4/5 85% Chronicle (2012) " ...Does to superhero movies what Cloverfield did to the massive-monster-smashes-city subgenre - finds a new and unique perspective in a well-worn formula." — The Standard
Posted Feb 2, 2012
3/5 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " A great performance can elevate a mediocre film, as is the case here - this is worth watching for Streep alone." — The Standard
Posted Jan 26, 2012
2/5 42% Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) " It's difficult to side with anyone or care much - one character dislocates his ankle and you'll merely shrug and say 'meh'." — The Standard
Posted Jan 18, 2012
4/5 96% The Muppets (2011) " MY inner child - the one who loved The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper - really wants to give this film five stars." — The Standard
Posted Jan 12, 2012
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