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:
1880
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 50 of 1880
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 91% Frank (2014) " Ping-pongs between amusing and tiresome." — RedEye
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " The acting is effortless, with even small characters portrayed very clearly. There is feeling throughout the movie, however muted. " — RedEye
Posted Aug 28, 2014
2.5/4 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Sin City may be warped and a little stale, but it remains a familiar, semi-intriguing place where love and desire can make a fool of almost anyone." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
0.5/4 39% If I Stay (2014) " Cello pudding." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/4 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) " I like where When the Game Stands Tall goes, though I don't like all of how it gets there. Clear eyes, full hearts, narrow victory." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 85% The Trip To Italy (2014) " While Rick Steves possesses an extensive amount of useful information, he may have some competition if Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon ever start compiling travel guides." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3.5/4 79% The One I Love (2014) " The first movie in a while I didn't want to stop thinking about, and couldn't if I tried." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 8% Are You Here (2014) " Like Zach Braff's take on Our Idiot Brother, with loud metaphors and bits of You, Me and Dupree." — RedEye
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/4 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Why aren't the Expendables movies being released directly to gyms?" — RedEye
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1/4 71% Dinosaur 13 (2014) " The kind of movie you watch for five minutes at a museum and walk away. Ross Geller would love it." — RedEye
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1.5/4 32% The Giver (2014) " Reaches ponderous and hits cruise control." — RedEye
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 21% Let's Be Cops (2014) " Would be a fine Redbox pick if your top three choices are out." — RedEye
Posted Aug 13, 2014
1/4 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Even worse than 2007's all-animated TMNT, putting this century one crappy Ninja Turtles-related movie ahead of the last one." — RedEye
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 89% Calvary (2014) " While Gleeson always cuts a large figure, here he's a captivating, simmering pot, a priest who shows his kind are people too." — RedEye
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " Potent and very messy." — RedEye
Posted Aug 7, 2014
2.5/4 78% 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 91% 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 17% 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 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " Sweet and funny and always rings true." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1.5/4 49% 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 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " More proof Allen should prioritize quality over quantity." — RedEye
Posted Jul 24, 2014
0.5/4 18% 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 65% 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 48% 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 83% 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 28% 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 24% 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 92% 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 69% They Came Together (2014) " May as well have been called Wet Hot Met Sally." — RedEye
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 66% 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 53% 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 85% 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 60% 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 89% 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 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " A low-stakes drama that shoots for intellectual flirting but mostly creates pretentious jibber-jabber." — RedEye
Posted Jun 5, 2014
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