Matthew Kassel

Matthew Kassel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
New York Observer
Total Reviews:
22

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 22 of 22
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 62% May In The Summer (2014) " As much as May in the Summer is a comedy-May and her mischievous sisters may remind you of The Three Stooges-it is also an intimate and demystifying look at life in Amman, where the movie was actually filmed. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/4 97% Love Is Strange (2014) " Mr. Sachs thankfully shirks the schtick, settling instead on a more mellow and meandering narrative, with pockets of humor and heartbreak, giving Love Is Strange its casual, welcoming feel. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2014
1/4 81% The One I Love (2014) " Atonal and aimless, it zigzags clumsily from mood to mood, without any clear direction. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " The result is delectable, in spite of Mr. Coogan's self-conscious misgivings-meta-commentary on the film itself, one imagines-about repeating the trip. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 42% Life After Beth (2014) " Even if Life After Beth is a unique entry in the zombie canon, it still registers as overkill. One gets the sense that Mr. Baena should have let this one die. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 86% Night Moves (2014) " Ms. Reichardt does a stand-up job building suspense, with pockets of action here and there ... " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 28, 2014
2/4 48% Maleficent (2014) " Robert Stromberg's visually stunning if narratively predictable debut feature. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 28, 2014
2.5/4 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " If the film feels a bit clunky at times, it rarely slips into cliché. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 28, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " It has a seedy underbelly that will appeal to hard-core Mickle fans; it's more deranged than it initially seems. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 21, 2014
3/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Predictable as it is lovely, with disappointments, regrets and resolutions all thrown into the mix of an uplifting tale. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 21, 2014
1/4 10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " Mr. Williams' performance is so grating that you may find yourself more infuriated than amused. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 21, 2014
3/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " Godzilla is loud and grandiose at times, but it's also an elegant, understated and welcome approach to the kaiju genre. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Neither Ewa nor Bruno has much depth and often come off as stock characters in a movie with little new to offer about the immigrant experience. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 67% A Short History Of Decay (2014) " Modest but winsome. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted May 14, 2014
3/4 83% Blue Caprice (2013) " The most frightening monster movie of the year. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Sep 4, 2013
2.5/4 32% A Teacher (2013) " If the title is vague, so is the script, which, at times seems to mistake ambiguity for complexity. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Sep 4, 2013
1/4 59% The Frozen Ground (2013) " A vague and forgettable crime thriller that would have benefited from more character development or at least a grounding of the narrative in one central protagonist. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 21, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 strikes a delicate balance between emotional turbulence and artful understatement. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 20, 2013
2/4 68% Elysium (2013) " Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2013
2.5/4 89% You Will Be My Son (2013) " A kind of parable that is as much an effective portrait of intergenerational struggle as it is a slick psychological thriller with Shakespearian shadings. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2013
3/4 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " If Ain't Them Bodies Saints seems insubstantial in structure, it may be because Mr. Lowery has chosen to focus on appearance over plot, which doesn't mean the movie is less effective as a result. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2013
2.5/4 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " Mr. Green has managed to turn a story about two road workers doing road work into something compelling. " ‐ New York Observer
Posted Aug 14, 2013
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