Matt Zoller Seitz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , New York Press , New York Times , Newark Star-Ledger , RogerEbert.com , Salon.com , Vulture
Total Reviews:
393

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— The Boondocks: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " It's a zombie show, like the Dan Harmon-less fourth season of Community. Something's off. You can't figure out exactly what, but you can feel it. " — Vulture
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.5/4 18% Transcendence (2014) " It's fine to want to explore and just sort of kick ideas around. Too often, though, the movie doesn't feel ambiguous or complicated, merely muddled and wishy-washy." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— The Address (2014) " The movie feels too long, padded even, but its relaxed vibe and non-cloying tone are a tonic. " — Vulture
Posted Apr 16, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The last half-hour of the 90-minute pilot is the strongest section, because it develops a tone that could be described as Coen-esque, but does so organically, in a way that assures you that it will become its own thing. " — Vulture
Posted Apr 15, 2014
3/4 70% A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power And Jayson Blair At The New York Times (2014) " "A Fragile Trust" lays it all out, sometimes in manipulative ways, but always with clarity, so that you understand what happened and how it happened." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 11, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The show has nothing to teach us. It's just being honest about the truths people discover and then disregard, and the lies they tell themselves, as history moves around them. They're doing the best they can. " — Vulture
Posted Apr 11, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Along with Hannibal, this is the most joyous, at times exhilarating nightmare on TV. " — Vulture
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/4 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Johansson has to be at once achingly specific and so general that you can hang all manner of symbols on her. Somehow she pulls it off." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Apr 4, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " The show's version of machismo is hilarious, and feels new. Silicon Valley captures the pack-wolf preening of guys whose muscles are located mostly above their necklines. " — Vulture
Posted Mar 31, 2014
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Surviving Jack [is] a series that's not as impressive as its lead actor's performance. " — Vulture
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) " This is the Book of Genesis after a page one rewrite." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/4 90% It Felt Like Love (2014) " "It Felt Like Love" doesn't just unreel before your eyes, it weighs on you." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 27, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If you stand back and look at it in the context of the rest of television, what's onscreen is remarkable: a realistic friendship between two realistic women existing in something resembling the real world. " — Vulture
Posted Mar 19, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The problem isn't the actors, but the vibe of the storytelling which serves up "characters" who are really the sum total of their résumés and plot functions. They have no inner lives... no eccentricities. And for that reason, they all seem dispensable. " — Vulture
Posted Mar 18, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " I find myself strangely drawn to Believe, not so much because I want to find out what happens next, but because I'm curious to see how the writers can pad this thing out over a period of months without seeming desperate and ridiculous. " — Vulture
Posted Mar 18, 2014
3.5/4 60% The Cold Lands (2014) " As written and directed by Tom Gilroy, it consists entirely of discoveries." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " All in all the movie delivers what you expect but not in the way that you expect it, which makes it work as both a long-delayed fourth chapter in Veronica's story and a rare big-screen version of a TV show ..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " It's better than OK, and a few elements sing; but overall it frustrates. Its delights come from its willingness to depart from formula, but formula still rules it." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Mar 7, 2014
100% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The show's greatest asset is its mastery of tone, a quality most shows don't have the time or inclination to get right. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 28, 2014
65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's not an engrossing, defiantly noncommercial "nothing happens" show on the order of Sundance's Rectify - which I loved, by the way - but it's committed to showing you things in its own way and at its own pace. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 28, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " It's these deeper questions that give the action and melodrama a bit of existential heft, and redirect our vicarious enjoyment away from fantasy and back towards reality. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 26, 2014
77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The problem isn't that Will is in some general sense unlikable, it's that About a Boy rigs the show so that you have no choice but to think of him as a liberating life force who's adorable and ultimately admirable. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 21, 2014
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Some details are handled so awkwardly that they feel like attempts to explain away production or casting issues. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 21, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Just when you think the Underwoods can be written off as comic strip political cousins of the Macbeths, they do or say something that's genuinely moving, and that makes you realize they have hearts after all. " — Vulture
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3.5/4 53% Jimmy P. (2014) " The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/4 88% A Field in England (2014) " This is a deeply, at times exclusively visceral movie. It aims to wring out, mind-eff and visually beat up its viewers, and perhaps cast a malevolent spell in the process." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " It's the kind of film that you'll stumble across on TV, watch for a few minutes thinking, "This is all right, I don't know why everybody was so hard on it," then change the channel." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Feb 7, 2014
66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This show is being likened to one of Fox's biggest recent hits, House, but the comparison doesn't fit because whatever his flaws as a man, House was great at his job. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2.5/4 77% Enemies Closer (2014) " Van Damme's English is less intelligible than usual, and his line readings are sluggish in places. Improbably enough, this adds to the performance ..." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 24, 2014
2/4 25% 24 Exposures (2014) " Is Swanberg pre-empting complaints about his methods by making a film about an artist who is, if not a killer, then at least creepy and unreflective? Maybe, maybe not. But the question will only interest people who follow Swanberg's career." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 24, 2014
95% Broad City: Season 1 " If Broad City were more sure of its mission, its tone, or both, it could turn into a genuinely impressive show. As is, though, there's an anything-for-a-laugh sensibility (again, characteristic of many shows created by sketch comedians). " — Vulture
Posted Jan 22, 2014
89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Better yet, the major characters have a core of mystery that prevents them from being written off as mere types. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 17, 2014
47% Flowers in the Attic (2014) " All the actors are spot-on, even ones who have just a few scenes. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 17, 2014
87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Every cut, music cue, and bit of dialogue-as-voice-over contributes to the sense that the show has a grand design, or is at the very least commenting on our need to believe that all things happen for a reason... " — Vulture
Posted Jan 13, 2014
89% Girls: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Girls is well aware of the conundrum Hannah and Adam and other characters are trapped in - we're all trapped in it, to some degree - and it has sense enough to let us figure this, and a lot of other things, out for ourselves. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 13, 2014
85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a high jinks-heavy but psychology-driven show that wants to please a general audience while also seeming halfway credible to viewers who've served in the armed forces or know somebody who has. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 13, 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " The program is trapped in some sort of creative limbo between surreal send-up and deadpan re-creation; it needed to be a lot more aggressively weird or much subtler and quieter. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 47% Raze (2014) " If "Raze" had been released in 1975, Quentin Tarantino would never shut up about it." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 50% Divorce Corp. (2014) " If this movie were a person, it would be the kind of person you'd avoid because you fear he might explode one day and you'd rather not be there when it happens." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2.5/4 50% Beyond Outrage (2014) " An intelligently composed, crisply edited, sometimes amusing but otherwise unremarkable cross/double cross gangster picture." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2.5/4 55% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " "Interior. Leather Bar" is ultimately more an idea for movie than a movie, the rap sessions ramble, and it feels half-baked by the time it gets to its climactic twist, which isn't as clever as it thinks." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Jan 3, 2014
92% Community: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " Throughout, there's a sense that [it] is building, or rebuilding, toward something big and bold-that what you're seeing is not so much a revamp as a restoration. Few live-action sitcoms are so aware of their artificiality and yet so singularly alive. " — Vulture
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " One of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " "The Selfish Giant" is easy to admire but difficult to recommend, because the truths it tells about friendship, poverty and desperation are presented without flinching." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " It only sometimes builds to the peaks of lunacy that you want and need from this sort of picture." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 18, 2013
43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " Zip. Nada. Ladies and gentlemen, I didn't laugh once. And as anybody who's ever read me knows, when it comes to dumb humor, I'm a cheap date. " — Vulture
Posted Dec 17, 2013
100% Six By Sondheim " Six by Sondheim's awareness of its own design is unobtrusively embedded beneath every moment of the film, like a refrain buried so deep in a musical's score that the ear doesn't register it until the final curtain." — Vulture
Posted Dec 9, 2013
61% Bonnie & Clyde: Season 1 " This miniseries has no real point of view of its main characters - no sense of who they were beyond their most basic plot functions, much less what values they expressed or opposed. " — Vulture
Posted Dec 9, 2013
65% Mob City: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " But even when the momentum flags or the rhythm seems slightly off, the show's sheer gorgeousness is compelling, and it's clear that Darabont has a vision for this thing, " — Vulture
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " For long stretches it just doesn't seem to have any idea what, exactly, it wants to say, or be." — RogerEbert.com
Posted Dec 4, 2013
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