Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Metro , Philadelphia Weekly , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Total Reviews:
195

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 53% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Its debate style could be called 'the argument through victimization': It wants you to side with [its lead] not because he has the better case, but because everyone else are jerks." — Metro
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " [Eventually] we're reminded of the Costner of old: not the one who thought of himself as a savior in bloated adventures and epics, but the cocksure badass of his early comedies, like "Bull Durham" (though "Draft Day" is nowhere near as good)." — Metro
Posted Apr 10, 2014
5/5 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " It only makes sense that the warmest film Jarmusch has ever made is about cold-blooded killers." — Metro
Posted Apr 9, 2014
2/5 47% Rio 2 (2014) " Adults, with children or not, assume these monstrosities will placate them a little bit, namely with jokes that may or may not go over the heads of their pint-sized demographic. Every now and then 'Rio 2' remembers to do this." — Metro
Posted Apr 9, 2014
2/5 53% Cuban Fury (2014) " Playing puppydog-ish for the first time, he brings an air of dignity and relaxation to a movie that, were he not in it, would have only nice music, a few sharp supporting turns and one gut-busting goof on the 'you took my breath away' cliche going for it." — Metro
Posted Apr 9, 2014
4/5 84% Joe (2014) " [Nicolas] Cage balances moments of grace with classic Nic Cage freak outs." — Metro
Posted Apr 7, 2014
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) " 'Under the Skin' sometimes feels like it should be more elusive, but the moment you try and lock it down it slips away from you, going off into weirder territory. " — Metro
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 83% The Unknown Known (2014) " If Morris always knew that he'd never break Rummy, even when using his critically acclaimed enhanced interrogation tactics, what would the result - namely 'The Unknown Known' - prove exactly? " — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 83% Rob the Mob (2014) " The whole of 'Rob the Mob' fits [director Raymond] De Fellita's sensibility, which is big and warm and welcoming. " — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 86% Alan Partridge (2014) " If it gets anyone to plow through the extensive, even better Partridge back catalogue, then it did its noble job." — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Dom could be a TV character, and the film about him essentially plays like two episodes smashed together, ending on what's either a semi-conclusion or a cliffhanger, depending on how you see the world." — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Apart from slipping in a Danny Pudi cameo, [directors Anthony and Joe Russo] keep things funny and character driven. They even file gratuitous shout-outs to Marvin Gaye's 'Trouble Man' soundtrack." — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
4/5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " It winds up suggesting that the best way to take in a Lars Von Trier film is to never take it too seriously." — Metro
Posted Apr 2, 2014
99% Metropolis (1927) " Metropolis remains the benchmark of agenda-driven extravaganzas, stirring and fun in the right spots." — Philadelphia Weekly
Posted Apr 1, 2014
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " The rock monsters are both silly and endearing, which also describes 'Noah,' but only to a point." — Metro
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 93% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " Despite some tight editing - Matt [Berningers]'s wife, Carin Besser, billed as co-editor, is clearly responsible for its quicksilver pace - it never quite shakes off its shaggy quality. That's a good thing." — Metro
Posted Mar 26, 2014
3/5 97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " It's hand-drawn, in squiggly, imperfect lines on white backgrounds that aren't always completely filled in. This makes it look like an old children's book tucked away in a box in your parents' basement." — Metro
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " [Director Diego] Luna and [writer Keir] Pearson never find a way in, meaning you'll have to support the film because it's the right thing to do, not because it's an emboldening work." — Metro
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2/5 80% The Raid 2 (2014) " This time, [lead Iko Uwais] goes deep undercover to infiltrate a crime family for reasons laboriously explained in one of many tedious expository scenes in between fits of borderline nauseating ultraviolence." — Metro
Posted Mar 24, 2014
3/5 47% Blood Ties (2014) " This is a deeply flawed, easy-to-write-off movie. But one day in the future it might even be viewed as very good." — Metro
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " [The similar] 'Omar,' a recent Oscar nominee, is better directed, with assured long takes by an established talent, Hany Abu-Assad ('Paradise Now'). 'Bethlehem' has the better, cleaner script, and the best performance of the two." — Metro
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 95% Particle Fever (2014) " We see science, and scientists - excitable, anxious, adorably nerdy scientists - freaking out as they're about to fire up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the largest machines ever built by man." — Metro
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " 'Jodorowsky's Dune' is, in a sense, activist filmmaking, trying to resurrect this film, even as an animated project, or at least get the storyboard book published." — Metro
Posted Mar 20, 2014
4/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " It joins films like 'The Act of Killing' and 'Manakamana,' which find ingenious ways to get around both a lack of traditional documentary material and certain tropes (talking heads, dry exposition) that have soured into unimaginative cliches." — Metro
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " It's 'Help!' to the first one's 'A Hard Day's Night' - a freewheeling block of inventive nonsense that will go underrated and undervalued." — Metro
Posted Mar 19, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Even at its most debased (in this volume, that is), it's the opposite of most art house shtupping, which tends to be depicted as what characters do instead of shooting eachother repeatedly in the face." — Metro
Posted Mar 19, 2014
3/5 91% Le Week-End (2014) " For all its honesty, 'Le Week-end' still feels in spots lazy. As with 'Venus,' Kureishi doesn't try to transcend all cliches and sentimentality. " — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 84% Teenage (2014) " Presentation is key and the use of a shifting gallery of eternal youths, dryly recited by people well outside of their teens, combined with the score and bygone images, create a haunting, ghostlike quality." — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 45% The Art of the Steal (2014) " In many ways, "The Art of the Steal" is an ideal Kurt Russell vehicle: silly, energetic yet capable of delivering the basic goods." — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 73% Enemy (2014) " Where ['Prisoners'] got worse as it got sillier, 'Enemy' gets better when [director Denis] Villeneuve starts having fun." — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 63% Bad Words (2014) " But as a director [Bateman] can't find a tone that doesn't wobble between dry humor and over-seriousness, all before arriving at the obligatory change of heart it seemed too cool to have at all." — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
2/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " It can't just put lead Aaron Paul behind the wheel. He has to lose a brother, be framed for a federal crime, serve time, then be on the wrong coast where a hotly anticipated [...] competition is taking place." — Metro
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 91% Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014) " [As Le Clercq falls to polio, director Nancy] Buirski digs up footage from the past of people encased in iron lungs or floating in nebulous wonderlands - outside-the-box visual cues that turn the film momentarily phantasmagoric." — Metro
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 92% Journey To The West (2014) " Even merely very good Stephen Chow makes you realize how little joy emanates from most of Hollywood's outsized blockbusters." — Metro
Posted Mar 6, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Watched once, it's the most entertaining movie in theaters. Revisited, it's the saddest. " — Metro
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/5 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " If you ever thought that semi-sincere message-mongering has destroyed many a family picture, the wasted potential of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' will make you want to build your own time machine and do it right before the sequels screw it up as well." — Metro
Posted Mar 5, 2014
3/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Wide-eyed and hammy, [Eva Green]'s Artemesia lusts for blood the way nymphomaniacs do sex. She makes out with a freshly dislodged head, howls orgasmically as she hacks limbs and snarls her way through lines like, "You fight better than you f-."" — Metro
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2/5 34% Odd Thomas (2014) " [Stephen] Sommers might be the worst director working who's not Uwe Boll, who at least has accidental charm." — Metro
Posted Mar 1, 2014
2/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " Much of it feels like 'Nation's Pride,' the Nazi propaganda pastiche screened during the climax of 'Inglourious Basterds.'" — Metro
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1/5 22% Son Of God (2014) " 'Son of God' almost entirely ignores [Christ's social justice work]. Its Jesus does little but look hot and perform magic." — Metro
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " A thriller frontperson hasn't been this enjoyably, hilariously bad at their job since Denzel Washington in 'Out of Time.'" — Metro
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2/5 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Both an illness subplot and family affairs serve to bog down what seemed a peppy fogey fighting romp." — Metro
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 95% Child's Pose (2014) " What starts off as broad melodrama becomes, for lack of a better term, more 'real.'" — Metro
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " 'Shoot Me' paints a loving but prickly and honest portrait of someone who's never been less than honest, if sometimes to a fault." — Metro
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 89% Omar (2014) " [Hany-Abu] Assad is getting better as a director, too. He handles scenes with a relatively light touch, and a foot chase has a certain action movie craft to it." — Metro
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 24% Pompeii (2014) " [Paul W.S. Anderson] needs heroes with personality and swagger, like his wife and frequent star Milla Jovovich. He gets [Kit] Harington, who is granite rock - good with a sword, okay with a badass bellow, listless at anything else." — Metro
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/5 45% In Secret (2014) " 'In Secret' whittles [Emile Zola's novel] down to the bone, keeping only period garb, admittedly beautiful musty lighting and, in the case of three of its leads, fake British accents." — Metro
Posted Feb 19, 2014
4/5 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " It's the rare delightful, soothing film about war, not to mention one that runs through regrets and an understanding of one's mortality and imperfections." — Metro
Posted Feb 19, 2014
3/5 70% About Last Night (2014) " Hijinks remain, although having Danny hit up Halloween dressed as Ike Turner - opposite Debbie's Tina - is a special kind of miscalculation." — Metro
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/5 53% Jimmy P. (2014) " It's mysteriously interesting, almost a Rorschach Test, with little details sprinkled throughout that we may or may not catch. It's open to your interpretation." — Metro
Posted Feb 13, 2014
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