Matt Soergel

Matt Soergel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Florida Times-Union
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
206

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 58% Blast from the Past (1999) " In Blast From the Past, Brendan Fraser certainly fits in the title role. He's a blast -- goofy, wide-eyed and romantic, continuing his impeccable streak of making OK movies (including this one) far more watchable than they should be." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 21, 2014
1.5/4 6% The Perfect Man (2005) " It all drags on at a leaden pace, broken up occasionally by a musical montage." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2.5/4 80% The Boxer (1997) " We never figure out, though, what drives Day-Lewis' Danny. We just take it on faith that he's stubborn and sick of violence. The filmmakers don't help much, offering just a twist on the star-crossed lovers story, mixed with standard boxing melodrama." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 14, 2013
4/4 93% Looper (2012) " Mind-bending science-fiction and proud of it, not just a Western set in outer space or a monster movie set on an alien planet. It's worth seeing twice. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 28, 2012
3/4 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " Starts off charmingly then gets even better, especially as it ventures into darker, more unsettling territory that is terra incognito for 99.9 percent of movie romances." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 17, 2012
2/4 68% Ted (2012) " A pot-smoking, womanizing, wisecracking, profanity-spewing teddy bear is, as you might figure, good for a lot of laughs. Trouble is, the rest of 'Ted' is pretty listless. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 28, 2012
3/4 41% Rock of Ages (2012) " If you've ever wanted to see a partially clothed, fully comical sex scene set to Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is,' well, this is where you go. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 14, 2012
2.5/4 58% Hysteria (2012) " Has enough energy to tickle the fancy of any Anglophile. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 14, 2012
3/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " Appropriately grim ... The movie is the rare one that uses its many digital effects for good instead of nonsense. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 31, 2012
3.5/4 78% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) " It's quickly going to become the new favorite movie of flocks of moviegoers whose hearts don't necessarily race at the sight of superheroes in spandex, killer space aliens, randy teenagers or serial killers." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 25, 2012
2.5/4 34% Battleship (2012) " Big goofy summertime entertainment, quick on its feet and just as quick to poke fun at itself." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 18, 2012
2/4 38% Dark Shadows (2012) " It has not a clue what to do once it's set everything in motion. Too bad. It could have been a rollicking good time." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 11, 2012
2.5/4 92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " It's at its most lively late in the game, when Hulk finally makes an appearance and gets his simple orders: 'Smash.' Good old Hulk ... Yet the movie's a surprisingly perfunctory affair. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 4, 2012
2.5/4 63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " Some sharp, honest observations on life and relationships that are usually glossed over by romantic comedies. Some of it works. Some of it falls flat. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 26, 2012
3/4 92% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " The less you know, the more you'll enjoy it, and we're not going to spoil it for you. That's what the Internet's for." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/4 43% American Reunion (2012) " Some decent laughs. but most of the movie's forced and awkward. Tara Reid and Mena Suvari, in particular, look as if they'd rather be anywhere else. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Apr 5, 2012
2/4 51% John Carter (2012) " There's a lot of coming and going in 'John Carter,' and most of the time I wasn't exactly sure where they're coming from or going to. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2/4 28% Project X (2012) " Can't really think of more to do than have a big party, so there are lots of grinding dances, DJs, boozing, drugs, making out and topless women in the swimming pool. Every once in a while someone throws up." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 2, 2012
—— The Locator 2: Braxton Returns (2009) Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 21, 2012
2.5/4 53% Safe House (2012) " A neck-snapping, bullet-thumping yarn with Denzel Washington cruising in his super-cool, unflappable, bad-to-the-bone mode; we've seen it before but, hey, why mess with what's working? " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 10, 2012
2.5/4 32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " A breezy enough diversion with a couple of plot twists, some heist shenanigans, a hissable villain and much cheerfully gratuitous cheesecake." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 27, 2012
4/4 98% The Artist (2011) " Imaginative, gorgeous, witty and even kind of sexy. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 20, 2012
3.5/4 46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2012) " If you care to join him on that adventure, you'll likely find it incredibly affecting, a multi-hankie story, expertly made. If you don't? You'll resist the film's manipulations (and don't all films manipulate?), perhaps quite vocally." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2/4 51% The Iron Lady (2012) " Wastes an extraordinary Meryl Streep performance as the filmmakers muck about in maudlin meanderings that probably would have earned them a severe tongue-lashing from the film's formidable subject. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 20, 2012
2/4 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) " Some great performances, style to spare, a sense of moody menace ... Sad to say, then, that it's virtually impenetrable, and possibly downright boring. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 9, 2012
3.5/4 77% War Horse (2011) " It could have been told in the '30s or '40s, it's so earnest and square. I mean that in a good way." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 23, 2011
2.5/4 75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " It's exhausting and at least 10 minutes too long ... But Spielberg is able to keep you hooked with his intricately constructed chase scenes, which mesh well with the boyish aplomb of its eager young hero. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3/4 84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " He says he had a fling with her and, while I don't necessarily doubt his story, it's not as interesting as the tricky relationship between Olivier and Monroe. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 23, 2011
3/4 86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) " Elegantly, confidently made, though it's so similar to the Swedish movie it does seem kind of beside the point. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 22, 2011
3/4 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) " A huge improvement over the first one, and not just because it has things the 2009 hit didn't bother with - such as a memorable villain, a decent plot and an ending that doesn't seem made up as it goes along. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 15, 2011
3/4 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " An implacably creepy little thriller." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2.5/4 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Moments of wild inspiration and dry wit help to compensate for the forgettable title character. All the fun is happening around him, resulting in a story that goes from antic to blah and back again." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 22, 2011
4/4 94% Hugo (2011) " One of the rare films where 3D is worth the money and those ugly glasses. However, that's far from the only thing to recommend about his family-friendly - heck, human-friendly - story. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2/4 43% J. Edgar (2011) " It's so careful that it rarely rises above bland, even though its central figure is anything but. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 12, 2011
68% Tower Heist (2011) " It just wants to entertain as many people as possible, and it does just that fine." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 4, 2011
80% Fun (1994) Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 14, 2011
4/4 93% 50/50 (2011) " If you want to draw some life lessons from it all, go ahead: That's your choice, and it's easy to do. But '50/50' isn't going to beat you about the head with it. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 30, 2011
3.5/4 94% Moneyball (2011) " A smart, subtle and quotable tale that's happy to take that familiar formula and give it frequent, unsentimental, but still satisfying, tweaks." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 23, 2011
3.5/4 93% Drive (2011) " There were moments in 'Drive' that wrapped me up more fully than any movie I've seen in perhaps two or three years. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 16, 2011
2.5/4 84% Contagion (2011) " Contagion keeps us at a distance: Rarely has the death of millions seemed so inconsequential." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 9, 2011
3/4 77% The Debt (2011) " It gets great use out of its mid-'60s East Berlin setting, with its paranoia and cold streets and dinky little cars. That's always great stuff." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 2, 2011
3.5/4 76% The Help (2011) " Satisfying entertainment that's going to seem like heaven to those who have had their fill of cowboys, aliens and superheroes. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 10, 2011
1.5/4 44% Cowboys & Aliens (2011) " It has eight separate screenwriting credits split among six different people, who between them create one halfway decent joke. Brutal math, that. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3.5/4 87% Submarine (2011) " Oliver will remind you more than a little of Max Fischer in "Rushmore," not to mention Holden Caulfield and every bright, alienated teenage boy in pop culture. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " It's really refreshing to see the funny side of sex so cheerily presented; I'd recommend you keep an ear out for the digging-to-China joke. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 21, 2011
4/4 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011) " What a way to go out." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 13, 2011
3/4 35% Larry Crowne (2011) " It's so square, so sunny, that it feels blissfully out of step. Think of it as comfort food for these troubling times. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 30, 2011
2/4 36% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) " There are obviously so many people working so hard for so many jaw-dropping moments that you wonder why no one thought to capture some of the original's charm. Who would complain? " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 28, 2011
3/4 39% Cars 2 (2011) " It's Mater to the rescue every time the plot bogs down." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 24, 2011
3.5/4 60% The Beaver (2011) " They seem like a real family, beaver puppet and all. And 'The Beaver' gives them the dignity they deserve in their troubled times. " — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2011
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