Matt Prigge

Matt Prigge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Metro , Philadelphia Weekly , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Total Reviews:
290

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 26% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " It has the look and feel (it not the performances) of an old TV movie - it's one scene after another in a handful of rooms, plodding towards a foregone conclusion." — Metro
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 76% The Congress (2014) " If Folman's script is choppy - it doesn't help having Jon Hamm on retainer as a character who does nothing but explain a confusing world to [Robin] Wright/us - it is smoothed out, as much as it can be, by its star." — Metro
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3/5 61% Life Of Crime (2014) " It's funnier than it often lets on, and also more dangerous than it can seem, so when comedy and violence do break they hit all the harder. " — Metro
Posted Aug 27, 2014
1/5 36% The November Man (2014) " A thriller this frivolous should have nothing to do with the grim realities of war trauma and rape and the Hague, all of which shatter the movie's delicate dumbness." — Metro
Posted Aug 27, 2014
100% Ilo Ilo (2014) " Thankfully never sentimental, and wisely resisting an easy, happy ending, Ilo Ilo is a surprisingly satisfying import." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 37% If I Stay (2014) " [Chloe Grace Moretz's Mia] seems like Carrie without any hope of a looming body count." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " 'Love is Strange' has more in common with bad houseguest movies - like the Turkish film 'Distant,' if not 'Houseguest' - than 'Philadelphia' or 'Prick Up Your Ears.'" — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 8% Are You Here (2014) " In its final stretch this unfunny comedy with characters who go through routine changes starts getting weird, almost mysterious." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 89% To Be Takei (2014) " It swells the running time with lengthy hang-out scenes with he and Brad, joins him at the barber shop (twice!) and delves into a bizarre and misjudged block of character assassination against William Shatner." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 80% The One I Love (2014) " The key to 'Twilight Zone''s success is that the episodes don't waste time finding rational explanations for the cosmic thing that's happening. This one does." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " By trying to relive the glory days, 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' ruins what may have actually not been such a good time in the first place." — Metro
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 32% The Giver (2014) " Relentless, oppressive humorlessness...It can't even get much mileage out of having our earnest lead get schooled by The Dude." — Metro
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 91% Frank (2014) " Less quirky than deadpan and absurdist, even darker than it initially lets on." — Metro
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 40% Life After Beth (2014) " It's a film three or four (or five or six) more drafts away from being filmable." — Metro
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Then again, any film that has Terry Crews take a knee at the 20-minute mark can't be too likeable." — Metro
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/5 20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " This is a movie that casts both Arnett and Fichtner and doesn't even notice they look and very nearly sound alike." — Metro
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 95% The Dog (2014) " The film is loose and sloppy, sometimes overreaching, just like [John] Wojtowicz. " — Metro
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/5 —— Keep On Keepin' On (2014) " A dig through [Clark] Terry's 2011 autobiography would be more instructive, but this still does the trick." — Metro
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 46% About Alex (2014) " On "The Big Chill' knockoff scale, this ranks just above 'Peter's Friends,' which isn't saying very much." — Metro
Posted Aug 6, 2014
3/5 69% What If (2014) " The more it tries to be smart, the more disappointing it is whenever it scampers back to rom-com convention." — Metro
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2/5 66% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is so thin it could only be based on a true story. But it's not. It's from a novel seized upon by Oprah (of course)." — Metro
Posted Aug 6, 2014
4/5 89% Calvary (2014) " The way 'Calvary' bobs between serious and comedic - while always being prickly - mirrors how the film as a whole refuses to settle for anything." — Metro
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " This is still Marvel, and the filmmakers remain on a tight leash." — Metro
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 78% Get On Up (2014) " It will please no one, but at least it tried not to be dull." — Metro
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 65% Finding Fela! (2014) " At once a mess and a literal-minded take on an instinctive subject, one that summarizes rather than feels." — Metro
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 36% Child Of God (2014) " His handheld cameras dodge and weave, but that's all they do. Good handheld requires stealth craft; this is just someone flailing with a camera in their hands." — Metro
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/5 61% Hercules (2014) " [Dwayne Johnson gives] one of his least committed performances, only occasionally hinting at the wit and joy that marks even [Michael] Bay's 'Pain & Gain.'" — Metro
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/5 66% Lucy (2014) " If 'Lucy' is 'Limitless,' it's 'Limitless' with more than a dash of 'The Tree of Life," and even a bit of 'Under the Skin.'" — Metro
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/5 2% Getaway (2013) " It's mildly diverting, and it clearly hopes you won't point out if not its inconsistencies, then areas where it could have tried harder." — Metro
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/5 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " This is Le Carre's world: the one where everyone is only somewhat knowable, and probably to some degree dangerous." — Metro
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/5 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Allen hasn't put a ton of effort into 'Magic in the Moonlight,' but underestimate it and it will smack you upside the head." — Metro
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " The first went all the way with its critique of bloodlust, even denying viewers the chance to see all the baddies gorily vanquished. This one indulges that desire a little bit more." — Metro
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " There's a sadness to comedies like 'Date Night' and the new 'Sex Tape' - not just about how pathetically lazy they are, but in their subject matter as well." — Metro
Posted Jul 16, 2014
3/5 49% I Origins (2014) " Refreshing and in other ways deeply frustrating." — Metro
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " The best of [the gags] speak to a mordant anxiety. The jokes are toxically whimsical (as in a bit where Aidan sings a song about geometry to his kids) or weirdly ethnic in target." — Metro
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2/5 22% A Long Way Down (2014) " Largely stripped of their inner monologues, the same characters merely seem like they're stuck in a crass sitcom." — Metro
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 78% Land Ho! (2014) " Without making a meal out of it or getting remotely sentimental, 'Land Ho!' reminds one that people remain people till the day they die. " — Metro
Posted Jul 9, 2014
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " By the end so much has changed - a whole life seem to have been lived, and yet there's still so much left. " — Metro
Posted Jul 9, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " There are no bad guys, and if there are - like ticking time bomb chimp Koba (Toby Kebbell), who rocks a giant scar given to him by meddling scientists - they have their reasons too." — Metro
Posted Jul 9, 2014
0/5 8% America (2014) " Is Dinesh D'Souza stupid? This seems like kind of faux-innocent question the far-right columnist and polemicist poses all the time. But the answer honestly isn't clear." — Metro
Posted Jul 8, 2014
1/5 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " It's not [Joel McHale's] fault he looks like he's in an extended 'Community' parody, but he does. " — Metro
Posted Jul 2, 2014
4/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " You observe as a materialist - who fully expected to return to the nothing from which he came - grapples with the very real notion that his consciousness will soon disappear." — Metro
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " [Their break-up by a big move] sits in the back of the mind, hovering over the proceedings, which increasingly seem like a big distraction - one last score before they inevitably drift away from each other." — Metro
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 24% Tammy (2014) " [Susan] Sarandon doesn't tend to have fun in movies, yet her devil-may-care turn here gives 'Tammy' an alert, unpredictable energy." — Metro
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/5 77% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " At times 'Whitey' plays like David Fincher's 'Zodiac': a mass of dead ends and bureaucratic incompetence that makes you wonder how justice is ever achieved, if at all." — Metro
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 83% Begin Again (2014) " Earnest to a fault and afraid to say something that's actually honest. " — Metro
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " [Bong Joon-ho] lays out class sideways, one section at a time, so that by the time you get to the people lounging in Jacuzzis or clubbing, it's impossible to avoid outrage." — Metro
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/5 69% They Came Together (2014) " It's still pretty nuts; it's just never transcendent and sometimes downright familiar. But, as we said, funny's funny." — Metro
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/5 43% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) " Yves Saint Laurent changed the world; 'Yves Saint Laurent' simply follows procedure." — Metro
Posted Jun 26, 2014
2/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Parts of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' are watchable, even thrilling. But [Michael Bay's] supposed to be offensive, wretched, vulgar." — Metro
Posted Jun 26, 2014
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