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:
1801
Location:
Chicago

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 87% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Uses immortal blood-suckers as the setup for a darkly comic, sad and romantic story of life's disappointments and redemptions." — RedEye
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 68% The Railway Man (2014) " Makes note only of the suffering endured by white faces-despite the participation and death of thousands of Asian railway workers." — RedEye
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2/4 55% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Fumbles for um-when-in-doubt-just-believe answers instead of following through on the hard questions." — RedEye
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3.5/4 80% Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014) " It has the tender, unexpected devastation of poetry." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " Achieves sustained unease throughout." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 56% Dom Hemingway (2014) " The question, then, is whether the actor's embrace of both Dom's hungry hedonism and contrived sentimentality is enough to compensate for feeling like Dom Hemingway is a movie that never actually starts. Answer: No." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 84% Joe (2014) " At a certain point, the backcountry stories become a blur. In its own, rugged landscape, though, each film carves itself into the tree." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 85% Under the Skin (2014) " Plunges sci-fi into narrative limbo and visual liquidity." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 55% Cuban Fury (2014) " If your movie doesn't believe the guy should get the girl, the audience won't either." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/4 63% Draft Day (2014) " Disturbingly predictable and as detached from reality as the overrated Moneyball." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
1.5/4 72% Oculus (2014) " Sometimes unintentionally funny but never scary." — RedEye
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " Will knock your socks into next week." — RedEye
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/4 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Sets up a premise, pops in a couple of sweet moments and hits cruise control. It's never as cute as it wants to be." — RedEye
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1.5/4 20% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Reduces multiple personality disorder to haunted memories and melodramatic flashbacks with limited insight about the reality of this true story and its long-term effects." — RedEye
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 61% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " It's hard not to be intrigued by this depiction of the constant war between mind and body, and a society that's uneasy when the body wins." — RedEye
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " His straightforward, human determination made 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger the best of the Avengers origin stories. The Winter Soldier, the best Marvel sequel, shows the guy's still got it." — RedEye
Posted Apr 3, 2014
1/4 77% Noah (2014) " Uh, no." — RedEye
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Tickles the imaginations of movie fans who see the art form as an unlimited opportunity to expand the mind." — RedEye
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 41% Cesar Chavez (2014) " This is a message film about an important subject-but it forgets to be both informative and watchable." — RedEye
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 56% Breathe In (2014) " The choices and heartache all unfold exactly as everyone knows they will, with choice delivered as a luxury that committed adults don't always have. You don't say!" — RedEye
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 91% Le Week-End (2014) " If a movie flirts with brave insight and settles for sweet comfort, that's still plenty nice." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 68% Love & Air Sex (2014) " The people acting out sex look like geniuses compared to the ones talking about it." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1.5/4 73% Enemy (2014) " A practical joke posing as a brain teaser." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 63% Bad Words (2014) " Though first-time writer Andrew Dodge's script goes to some extreme places, Bateman keeps the comedy restrained and the tone focused." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Extremely frank about sexual discovery." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The good Muppet caper." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " For the first time since YA adaptations became the new blockbusters, we have a movie in which the most important stars do exactly what they're supposed to." — RedEye
Posted Mar 20, 2014
2/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " Middling mystery less mind-tickling than Non-Stop. That movie goes from kind of fun to really bad. Veronica Mars is so average it may as well never have existed at all." — RedEye
Posted Mar 13, 2014
4/4 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson shows the value of a filmmaker working at the full, precise capacity of a master chef. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the movie that earns him his third Michelin star." — RedEye
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/4 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Leading roles don't grow on trees. If they did, Aaron Paul's first big-screen starring performance would chop down that tree, throw it in the ocean and set the ocean on fire." — RedEye
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3.5/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " She's an original straight-shooter, and the doc's not far from a bull's-eye." — RedEye
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 52% Adult World (2014) " A fittingly rough zoom on the transitional period between dreams and reality, seen through a girl who says she 'can't be a wunderkind past 22' and mostly means it." — RedEye
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/4 10% The Bag Man (2014) " Just Fleabag: The Movie, forcing you to watch this drivel instead of free HBO." — RedEye
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " I'm surprised the filmmakers didn't kick caution in the you-know-what and call the movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Butts." — RedEye
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Hopefully fans of sword-and-sandal epics want more than fourth-rate battles and speeches, followed by more battles and then more speeches." — RedEye
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 89% Omar (2014) " Turns a story of resisting military occupation into a politically one-sided, contrived reminder about the risks of irresponsible love triangles." — RedEye
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/4 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " A staggeringly ironic case of misinformed blanket judgment about a man who did the exact same thing." — RedEye
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " The shallow, casual explanation of motive is patently offensive and a sharp dip for a film that generally hovers around obnoxious disposability." — RedEye
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " If you're going to try to make a statement with a PG-13-rated Liam Neeson thriller, just make the statement, "Don't [bleep] with Liam Neeson, chump."" — RedEye
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 24% Pompeii (2014) " Sadly, among these traditional names there's no one called Tedious, who would best understand the DOA drama of all this petty jealousy and puppy love." — RedEye
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/4 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " The motivations may be questionable, but desire has a way of clouding even the clearest heads." — RedEye
Posted Feb 19, 2014
3/4 100% The Girls in the Band (2013) " Undeniably achieves its primary purpose of making viewers walk out of the theater knowing a lot more about the subject than when they entered." — RedEye
Posted Feb 19, 2014
2.5/4 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Astonishing beauty, considerable boredom." — RedEye
Posted Feb 19, 2014
2/4 45% In Secret (2014) " A relationship that tumbles into chaos and a movie that follows suit." — RedEye
Posted Feb 19, 2014
2.5/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Can a movie be both fascinating and extremely boring?" — RedEye
Posted Feb 13, 2014
0.5/4 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Hilariously terrible in any season." — RedEye
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1.5/4 15% Endless Love (2014) " More like swoonless." — RedEye
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " A pretty, mildly sympathetic ear instead of a valuable mouthpiece." — RedEye
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 48% RoboCop (2014) " An action movie in search of more than a body count. Leave your bloodlust at home. And when you get there, throw it in the garbage disposal." — RedEye
Posted Feb 11, 2014
0.5/4 10% Vampire Academy (2014) " If I laughed once more, I would have laughed once." — RedEye
Posted Feb 7, 2014
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