Matt Soergel

Matt Soergel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Florida Times-Union
Critics' Group:
Florida Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
224

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 151 - 200 of 224
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/4 20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) (2008) " A stodgy but good-looking war film, with many stirring scenes of aerial combat." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 22, 2010
3/4 58% She's Out of My League (2010) " Hardly original, but it knows what works: Think of it as 'The Twentysomething (Almost) Virgin.' It even has an unfortunate male grooming scene similar to the chest-waxing in "Virgin," though this one focuses on an area a wee bit south of that." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 11, 2010
3/4 51% Alice in Wonderland (2010) " Impressive eye-candy, elaborate and gorgeously detailed in wall-to-wall CGI (the 3-D seems rather half-hearted though; this is one that won't suffer much in regular old 2-D)." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Mar 5, 2010
0.5/4 19% Cop Out (2010) " As rotten and laugh-free as the trailer. Just much, much, much longer." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 25, 2010
2/4 18% Valentine's Day (2010) " How obvious is 'Valentine's Day?' Well, just take the scene in which a teenage boy approaches his girlfriend's house to have sex for the first time in either of their lives. The song on the soundtrack at that time: Foreigner's 'Feels Like the First Time.'" — Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 14, 2010
8% Valentine (2001) Florida Times-Union
Posted Feb 12, 2010
3/4 56% Edge of Darkness (2010) " Mel Gibson looks battered and lined and tired ... but that serves him well in this brutal, paranoid thriller, a perfect role and strong comeback for the one-time mega-star." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 28, 2010
3/4 28% Extraordinary Measures (2010) " The film has the feel of real life to it as, without doing anything fancy, it plumbs the depths of a parent's love, a parent's desperate devotion." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 22, 2010
2/4 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " This vivid world created by 'The Book of Eli' quickly collapses, like a pile of dry sand. And as the film settles into increasingly unlikely action sequences and a standard-issue chase, the second half proves to be nowhere near as thrilling as the first." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 15, 2010
2.5/4 66% Youth in Revolt (2010) " It runs out of inspiration eventually. But not before a solid hour or so of consistently amusing absurdist humor that's way more off-kilter than is usual for a comedy about randy young men." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Jan 12, 2010
3/4 38% Swing Vote (2008) " People like to make fun of Kevin Costner, and sometimes he deserves it. But when he gets his laid-back, rascally mojo going, he can become a most agreeable screen companion for a couple of hours" — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1.5/4 55% Step Brothers (2008) " You know you're in trouble when the cleverest parts of your movie are the ironic T-shirts, worn unironically ... (but) a bonus is deserved by the person who dug up the Pablo Cruise shirt." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2.4/4 18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) " 70 percent action, 5 percent exposition and 24 percent forced banter ... that's just 1 percent left over for committee meetings and C-Span-worthy parliamentary maneuvering -- proceedings that have so fascinated George Lucas in the past." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3/4 78% Bustin' Down the Door (2008) " Almost all of the surfing footage is beautiful stuff, though you'll likely want to see even more." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2.5/4 48% Bottle Shock (2008) " With much loving, longing gazing at the Napa Valley landscape, it's awfully good-looking, if you can discount the high-waisted bell-bottoms and the homely yellow AMC Gremlin that wheezes into scenes every once in a while." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3/4 94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006) " This twisty yarn is meant to leave you as discombobulated as its hero, an innocent man on the run from cops, thugs and killers. Hitchcock would have liked seeing him squirm." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3/4 68% Pineapple Express (2008) " The movie runs red with both blood and cherry Slushies ... There's also more male affection on display here than, well, since 'Superbad' and that cowboy movie that people still complain to me about." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3/4 85% Ghost Town (2008) " The pudgy Brit looks right at home here on the big screen, starring in a romantic comedy in which we're asked to believe he might have a chance with Tea Leoni. And you know what? He makes us believe." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2.5/4 46% Sex Drive (2008) " It has its rewards, most notably a likable trio of teen characters - and a couple of wild-card sidekicks - who are given room to carve out personalities of their own." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1/4 35% Pride and Glory (2008) " No button remains unpushed, no shred of scenery remains unshredded and no F-bomb remains unuttered." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2/4 26% Eagle Eye (2008) " Everything's chopped up into those woozy, bite-size snippets of flashing lights and spinning tires, thrown into a blender and then regurgitated on screen." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2/4 54% Body of Lies (2008) " It doesn't help that those action scenes all blend together, relying overmuch on speeding convoys of big black SUVs and surveillance planes that can see you picking your nose from miles up." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3/4 64% Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) " Doesn't mess with a good thing. That means many prankish penguins, loony lemurs and that "move it, move it" song, all over again." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1.5/4 64% Quantum of Solace (2008) " Turns out to be almost as bad as its title." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3.5/4 49% Twilight (2008) " Romantic, smart, likable and often quite funny, without any tacked-on snarkiness or desperate hipness." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2/4 62% Valkyrie (2008) " Singer can only touch on the surface of each development. It would help if we could see the failure reflected in von Stauffenberg's one good eye, but Cruise, alas, can offer little help. He's just Tom Cruise in an eyepatch." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
4/4 98% The Wrestler (2008) " Whatever mistakes and indignities and turmoil led Mickey Rourke to where he is now, whatever demons have plagued him -- they all lead to the 1 hour and 55 minutes of magnificence that is his performance in' The Wrestler.'" — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
3.5/4 94% Milk (2008) " A lively biopic of slain gay politician Harvey Milk, one that mostly avoids the "this happened, then that happened" routineness of many of its ilk." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
2/4 12% Pink Panther 2 (2009) " Offers more of what was in the 2006 remake, which became a hit in spite of the chorus of film critics who pointed out that the movie was awful and then were roundly ignored by the public, which knows what it likes, thank you very much." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
4/4 91% Up in the Air (2009) " A comedy that's willing to be sad, a romance that's OK with ambiguity and a timely corporate satire with far more than slash-and-burn mockery on its mind." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1/4 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " Charmless and shapeless, larded down with nonsensical action scenes, witless repartee and a "plot" stitched together by a committee of writers who've watched "The Da Vinci Code" too many times." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 24, 2009
1.5/4 12% Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) " A fish-out-of-water comedy that flops around on the dock for a while before eventually, and mercifully, expiring." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 17, 2009
3/4 76% Invictus (2009) " When's the last time you saw a sports movie in which there wasn't a voiceover from some chatty announcer explaining every single play that's happening on the field?" — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 11, 2009
3/4 84% The Princess and the Frog (2009) " To generations raised on Disney movies, it's like coming home again." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Dec 11, 2009
1.5/4 5% Old Dogs (2009) " As if to compensate, "Old Dogs" continually cuts away from Williams' antics to "cute" reaction shots from an actual old dog. That's a really bad sign for a movie." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 25, 2009
3/4 75% The Road (2009) " There are still some things that magnificent prose can do that a movie, for all its stars and CGI, just can't. Director John Hillcoat's movie is, however, an admirable attempt." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 25, 2009
3/4 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) " Anderson regains much of the mojo that's been slipping away since "Royal Tenenbaums" and "Rushmore" (full disclosure: "Rushmore" is my favorite movie)." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 25, 2009
2.5/4 21% Planet 51 (2009) " It's good-spirited, and there are enough colorful characters to please its intended audience. Best of all is an Earth-built robot on wheels named Rover, who thinks it's a dog. He'll be a hit. If only the main characters were as interesting." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3.5/4 91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009) " Sidibe's on-screen transformation is utterly believable and almost magical ... It's like watching a tiny flower grow in the merest crack on a dead-end highway: It could get crushed any minute." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 20, 2009
3/4 66% The Blind Side (2009) " Bullock's the main reason to see the film: She's believably feisty and funny as an ex-college cheerleader turned into a strong-minded, NRA card-carrying Southern belle with whom you should not mess." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 20, 2009
2/4 28% The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) " A long, melodramatic slog, hardly scary at all and missing the offbeat touches and disorienting passion that made the first so surprisingly enjoyable." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 19, 2009
3/4 39% 2012 (2009) " Remarkably, "2012" doesn't even really try to be profound, which is a good thing. All it tries to do is what it knows how to do best: entertain. At that, it comes up a winner." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 12, 2009
2/4 54% Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) " Despite the obvious care given the story, at its heart it is a dry lump of coal. This "Christmas Carol" is curiously remote and cold." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Nov 6, 2009
4/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) " If you had time traveled in from, say, 2008, you could watch the entire movie and not know that Michael Jackson is now dead. That's how restrained this astonishingly entertaining concert film is." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 27, 2009
3/4 72% Where the Wild Things Are (2009) " Uneven ... Yet it has a beauty and integrity and wildness of its own - it's clear this is a film that just loves the book." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 19, 2009
3/4 80% It Might Get Loud (2009) " Watch the little admiring smiles that creep onto the faces of The Edge and White as Page turns his Les Paul to 11 and starts blasting out the riff from "Whole Lotta Love." They're big rock stars, but all of a sudden they're 14 again." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3.5/4 84% Whip It (2009) " There are no real villains here, just normal people making their way through life. And Bliss, while willful, is not horrible; she's just found something she needs to do, fishnets and all, and she's doing it." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3.5/4 90% Zombieland (2009) " Funny -- it turns out that when the zombie apocalypse is upon us, Escalades and Hummers will actually have a practical use." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Oct 1, 2009
3/4 79% Gran Torino (2009) " Take it for what it is: An old guy who gives himself one last juicy role as the flawed, haunted anti-hero, an old guy who's done this so often that he isn't above making himself look silly as well as heroic (he even croons the title song over the ending c" — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 18, 2009
4/4 94% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) " Features a striking hero named Jamal Malik, who is as intrepid, indomitable and pure of heart as an idealized medieval knight." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 18, 2009
3/4 59% The International (2009) " Think of it as the cinematic equivalent of a chunky paperback thriller that gets you through a week-long holiday." — Florida Times-Union
Posted Sep 18, 2009
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