Matt Soergel

Matt Soergel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Florida Times-Union
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Florida Film Critics Circle
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
27% Lost in Space (1998) " It's too long and a bit clunky, the special effects sometimes slip, and the plot seems at times to be made up as it went along. But Lost in Space remains appealing, with a great robot, a genuine sense of adventure and a good bit of ambition." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3.5/4 92% Insomnia (2002) " Insomnia proves that Memento wasn't a fluke: Nolan is a major talent with many more good films ahead of him." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 25, 2014
97% Chicken Run (2000) " Like Wallace & Gromit, it's a paean to British eccentricity, equal parts cluelessness and hopefulness, full of English slang and dry Brit humor." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 24, 2014
4/4 93% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " This is Spielberg's way of showing that these warriors were ordinary men -- men who, if they survived, became the grandfathers and great-grandfathers who, these days, pass largely unnoticed through life." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 19, 2014
4/4 94% The Truman Show (1998) " Under a cheerfully sunny sky that only heightens the paranoia, it's brilliant in conception and execution, with dozens of bright touches -- verbal jokes, visual jokes, spooky looks." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3.5/4 97% The Iron Giant (1999) " This is sharp, sophisticated stuff, appreciated on different levels by both parents and children, and even those who are neither. The film has impish humor, great adventure and more than a few thrills." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 12, 2014
1/4 8% Summer Catch (2001) " Big chunks of plot seem to be missing, as if left on the editing-room floor so that director Mike Tollin, in his feature debut, can get to yet another inspiring speech." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Aug 8, 2014
10% Woo (1998) " Pinkett Smith does just fine. She's sexy, funny and ironic and carries Woo as it ambles all over a Brooklyn night that's one long party." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 26, 2014
3/4 72% The Ring (2002) " The Ring, an elegantly creepy film set in a perpetual Seattle rainstorm, is interested more in eerie, unnerving thrills than bloodletting." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 25, 2014
1/4 5% The Avengers (1998) " The Avengers is so bad it even elicits a horrible -- even embarrassing -- performance from Sean Connery." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jul 8, 2014
1/4 6% Gigli (2003) " The two stars may be in love in real life, but they've managed to keep that chemistry well-hidden on screen." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
9% Catwoman (2004) " Catwoman is worse than bad -- it's boring. So boring it's not even laughable." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
0.5/4 3% Battlefield Earth (2000) " There are many things to make fun of here." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
17% Wild Wild West (1999) " For pure summer escapism, you could do far worse." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 17, 2014
2.5/4 39% Armageddon (1998) " It's such a thrill ride, in fact, that after its 2 1/2 hours of thrills, you're likely to feel more pummeled than entertained, which is just the point." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 6, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) " It doesn't let up for a second, cramming James Ellroy's sprawling novel into a mere 98 minutes. That's both good and bad. The good? It's an exhilarating, breakneck ride. The bad? It's over far too soon." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jun 4, 2014
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) " This movie doesn't even try to be for everyone, but it will pierce some of you right in the heart. Give it a shot." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 30, 2014
3/4 65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " It's a sweet, slight romantic comedy with appealing stars and a happy ending -- unless you're a fan of, you know, that other team." — Florida Times-Union
Posted May 7, 2014
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 37% 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
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