Matt Pais

Matt Pais

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Metromix.com , RedEye , The Cinema Source
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1865
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1865
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 76% Get On Up (2014) " Boseman's performance nearly makes up for the movie." — RedEye
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " With a tone that lands closer to clever than snarky, GOTG represents the rare comic-book movie that's enjoyable with or without sound." — RedEye
Posted Jul 30, 2014
2.5/4 90% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Contains a strong sense of how difficult/necessary it can be to watch and wait rather than act and arrest." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/4 19% Very Good Girls (2014) " The sort of narrow drama that acts as if there's only one guy who lives in New York and treats all creative pursuits as sacred and instantly moving." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 79% Happy Christmas (2014) " Sweet and funny and always rings true." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/4 47% I Origins (2014) " The overly hypothetical, weakly ambiguous I Origins gets tangled in scientific gobbledygook from which it never escapes, with no actual implications about identity." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 53% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " More proof Allen should prioritize quality over quantity." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
0.5/4 15% And So It Goes (2014) " Remarkably flavorless and tasteless, which should never be confused for being the same thing." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/4 61% Lucy (2014) " Operates at about 90 percent stupidity. " — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2.5/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " Actually not terrible." — RedEye
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2.5/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " It's easy to watch the film and recall similar moments in your own life. That's not enough; the film needs to inspire reflection, not just recollection." — RedEye
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1.5/4 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Would people really wait until the official start time to begin and lower their guns the moment it ends, like 'Top Chef' contestants being told to put down their utensils?" — RedEye
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3.5/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It pummels forward like the train on which the action is set, and you don't particularly want to reach the end." — RedEye
Posted Jul 6, 2014
3.5/4 97% Life Itself (2014) " Shows how with only two choices, it seems so easy for a movie to get a thumbs up, or for someone in pain to give one. It isn't." — RedEye
Posted Jul 6, 2014
2/4 49% Earth to Echo (2014) " Pretends its story about kids who stumble across an extraterrestrial who just wants to go home is as original as its poster of a finger pointing at an alien." — RedEye
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Your heart and feet won't be able to resist what might be called-despite the assumed objections of author Nick Hornby-a High Fidelity for the iPod generation." — RedEye
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 31% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " If this film documents startling events exactly as they happened, the "startling" part has been left out." — RedEye
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1.5/4 25% Tammy (2014) " The scariest movie of a week that also contains a film about demonic possession." — RedEye
Posted Jul 1, 2014
2/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " All that's left to blow up is Bay's contract, passing the reins to someone who realizes that noise and boredom aren't mutually exclusive." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 85% Korengal (2014) " Highly relevant leftovers." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Smart and necessary." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 91% The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014) " Will upset you. As it should." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1.5/4 24% Third Person (2014) " Emotional finger-painting." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 68% They Came Together (2014) " May as well have been called Wet Hot Met Sally." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 65% The Rover (2014) " A tense piece of narrative restraint that makes its bullets and death as scary as they should be." — RedEye
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2.5/4 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Reasonably entertaining; not that fun." — RedEye
Posted Jun 19, 2014
1.5/4 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Here's hoping TLAM 3, if there is one, remembers what the T stands for." — RedEye
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 84% Night Moves (2014) " A story that needs a lot more character development and a simple kick in the pants." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Could have been an extraordinary documentary. Instead, it's a good one packed with great stories." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
1.5/4 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " The attempt at lighthearted sweetness is just like the townspeople's imitation of cricket: They're playing, but they really don't know how." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 55% The Signal (2014) " Every bit of action is in service of the big moment meant to blow your mind. Alas, you touch your head and discover your mind remains intact, largely unstimulated." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " The animation simply rules. Elegant and detailed, the film soars and whooshes with the craft that all animated movies should have." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3.5/4 87% Obvious Child (2014) " I want to hug this movie." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Hill and Tatum remain a hilarious, unusually winning combination. They're two different flavors of nonsense, worth ordering twice." — RedEye
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 43% Words And Pictures (2014) " A low-stakes drama that shoots for intellectual flirting but mostly creates pretentious jibber-jabber." — RedEye
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Stays beautiful in movie form, though the filmmaking often fails to do it justice." — RedEye
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2.5/4 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " An entertaining version of a video store clerk making a love connection between the boxes for Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers." — RedEye
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " The filmmakers struggle to elevate the piece from '70s drive-in pulp to distinct, thematically rich art." — RedEye
Posted May 29, 2014
1/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " Makes no freakin' sense. None. Anyone who pays even mild attention to the story should be saying, "Huh?" and "Yikes" and "That doesn't work at all."" — RedEye
Posted May 29, 2014
1.5/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Too often, diarrhea-into-a-hat feels like a metaphor for what MacFarlane's doing with the movie." — RedEye
Posted May 29, 2014
1.5/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " One of the worst sins a documentary can commit is assessing a situation and saying, "If everyone could just stop caring about money, things would get so much better."" — RedEye
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 94% Ida (2014) " Turns what should have been a complex mystery into a simple question and answer." — RedEye
Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Movingly and not-always-convincingly recognizes well-explored truths about the land of opportunity, a melting pot where many have been cooked." — RedEye
Posted May 22, 2014
0/4 14% Blended (2014) " Sandler spits in your face and calls it a kiss." — RedEye
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " A double whammy for those suffering both superhero and time-travel fatigue. " — RedEye
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 31% God's Pocket (2014) " An offbeat movie still needs to find a rhythm." — RedEye
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 74% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Accepts that there are a wide spectrum of mistakes made during youth, and time does no favors." — RedEye
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 71% Palo Alto (2014) " There's authenticity as the teenagers feel tempted and/or trapped, and adults sometimes do more talking than listening." — RedEye
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " Rich and familiar, more likely to be returned to as comfort viewing than grumbled about for its shortcomings." — RedEye
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Can't hang with the pros." — RedEye
Posted May 15, 2014
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