Matt Zoller Seitz

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Showing 51 - 100 of 427
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/4 64% The Cold Lands (2014) " As written and directed by Tom Gilroy, it consists entirely of discoveries." —
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3.5/4 78% 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 ..." —
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2.5/4 79% 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." —
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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 26, 2014
76% 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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 21, 2014
85% 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. " — New York Magazine/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." —
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." —
Posted Feb 7, 2014
2.5/4 32% 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." —
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. " — New York Magazine/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 ..." —
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." —
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). " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 17, 2014
84% 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... " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3/4 45% Raze (2014) " If "Raze" had been released in 1975, Quentin Tarantino would never shut up about it." —
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." —
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." —
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." —
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. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3.5/4 76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " One of the most entertaining films ever made about loathsome men." —
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." —
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." —
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. " — New York Magazine/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." — New York Magazine/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. " — New York Magazine/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, " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 53% 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." —
Posted Dec 4, 2013
93% Treme: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " The New Orleans drama Treme is a demanding and in some ways off-putting show, yet at the same time a warm and sweet one. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 2, 2013
84% Homeland: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " We've been misled quite a few times already, and the payoff was rarely worth the irritation of knowing that Homeland wasn't playing fair with us, much less thinking through the implications of what it was doing. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 2, 2013
3/4 48% Black Nativity (2013) " Earnest, square and proudly evangelical, "Black Nativity" is so unusual that its rough aspects are easy to forgive." —
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " For people won't have seen the original "Oldboy" or anything remotely like it, this will be a rare studio release that feels shocking and abrasive and perverse and in some way new." —
Posted Nov 27, 2013
72% Alpha House: Season 1 " Political comedies tend to work best when they're absurdist or much, much subtler. Alpha House falls somewhere in the middle and gets stranded there, though the company is so likable that it's a limbo you may not mind being stranded in. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 22, 2013
100% Southland: Season 5 (TV, 2013) " Southland prizes journalistic detail over verbal exposition and moldy cop-show tropes, and when it goes deep into a cinematic moment, it's dazzling. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 19, 2013
100% Southland: Season 4 (TV, 2012) " Watching Southland puts knots in my stomach, and I mean that as praise. It's the most engrossing cop series since season one of NBC'sHomicide, and maybe the most raggedy and real. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 19, 2013
69% Almost Human: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The show is derivative but passionate, verging on corny. It means what it's telling us and showing us, and there's a sense of curiosity and commitment in every frame. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3.5/4 86% At Berkeley (2013) " If you're willing to go where Wiseman takes you, and on his terms, it might feel like a late-career near-masterpiece." —
Posted Nov 14, 2013
3/4 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " It's warm, incisive but meandering and a bit lumpy at times. Your affection for it will probably depend on how much patience you have for films in that mode." —
Posted Nov 8, 2013
2.5/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " If you saw "The Hangover" and thought, "I would enjoy this film more if nothing of consequence happened, and it were clean enough to screen at a retirement home," then "Last Vegas" is custom made for your needs." —
Posted Nov 1, 2013
96% Boardwalk Empire: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Boardwalk Empire's fourth season may not be the show's most exciting, but it is in many ways its best. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 28, 2013
52% Dracula: Season 1 (TV, 2013-2014) " The show's big selling point is its continual sense of surprise-well, that and its production values. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3/4 49% Carrie (2013) " There's a lot to like in this remake. It's sincerely interested in exploring the pain that its characters suffer and inflict." —
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " A self-aware exploitation picture that winks as it picks your pocket." —
Posted Oct 11, 2013
3/4 56% Escape From Tomorrow (2013) " An act of cultural vandalism, the feature film equivalent of drawing genitals on cute storybook animals." —
Posted Oct 11, 2013
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