Matthew Nestel

Matthew Nestel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine
Total Reviews:
106

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 90% Daylight (2011) " Daylight is a caper full of lechery and unforced twists with strong characters and no pretense. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2011
3/5 100% Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2011) " Ddon't let the tongue-tying title deter you: this doc's a grabber. Filmmaker Joseph Dorman strikes Aleichem's story with gusto. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2011
No Score Yet Vacation with Derek (2010) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2011
No Score Yet Mr. Wizard's World - Puzzles, Problems and Impossibilities (1986) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
4/5 95% The Arbor (2011) " The peanut gallery might say Clio Barnard's genre-bending The Arbor is a mixed-up moving target, but it's strikingly honed in on its subject: the lauded writer and loathed matriarch Andrea Dunbar. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 3, 2011
55% La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2011
3.5/5 80% Loveless (2011) " The clever windups and nimble writing put this romcom a nose ahead of the pack. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2011
No Score Yet Loveless: Complete (2009) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 8, 2011
2/5 55% Zenith (2011) " Zenith is a genre-bending experiment that needs an extended beta phase before going operational. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2011
2/5 33% Every Day (2011) " Auds will be wise to the contrived metaphors and realize there's not much going on below the surface except stock discourse. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 15, 2011
3.5/5 80% Beijing Taxi (2010) " Shadowing the ups and bunny-hill downs of three cabbies, Wang's documentary will entreat loads of audiences to get first hand-to-mouth evidence that a nation's prosperity doesn't turn every bean into magical stalk. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2010
3.5/5 71% Urville (2010) " Fuel for the imagination. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 21, 2010
3/5 38% Robert J. Lifton: Nazi Doctors (2010) " You learn a great deal about the thinker and storyteller in Lifton, but you'll learn so little when it comes to where he truly stands. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 22, 2010
3/5 91% Kings of Pastry (2010) " The work is a brutal rite of passage that will click with anybody who has put it all out there and lost once, twice or thrice. And still got up to face the music again. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2010
3/5 20% Clear Blue Tuesday (2010) " Though naive in execution, the story gingerly bypasses loaded drama to pluck bushels of hope from obvious blight. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2010
2/5 26% Finding Bliss (2009) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 31, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Long Knives Night Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 27, 2010
2.5/5 87% Neshoba (2010) " A misguided edit shortchanges audiences of what could have been a doc that capitalized on its exclusive sit-downs and reportage. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2010
3/5 20% Red Birds (2010) " You fly with these birds, nibble on berries and blossom and feed off of the each artist's incision. All of it inches closer to vivid listening and thinking " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 26, 2010
3/5 No Score Yet Long Knives Night/Reporting from a Rabbit Hutch (2010) " The film's screening is itself a victory; it's leaking sensitive material that the guard would wish censored. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 25, 2010
0.5/5 29% Pornography: A Thriller (2010) Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2010
3.5/5 89% It Came from Kuchar (2010) " Kuchar disciples will swarm after selling-out small movie houses to enjoy the loaded array of titillating clips and heavyweight filmmakers dishing catnip praise. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2010
3/5 88% Sun Behind the Clouds (2010) " The filmmakers do bang-up job expanding the frontline perspectives, aiming to subvert a ruling regime's course and expose its cloudy human rights record. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 2, 2010
1.5/5 30% Shutterbug (2010) " Its drowsy work and parlor tricks suck the life out of what's supposed to be a sleepless city " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2010
3/5 73% The Good Soldier (2009) " Their wars differ but their tales are eerily identical. Their material is arresting, with troves of detailed memories pouring out for the first time. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2009
3.5/5 88% Four Seasons Lodge (2008) " The collective's flame burns bright and disrupts the darkness of a time that too many would soon rather forget. Luckily, we still care to remember. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2009
3/5 69% Act of God (2009) " Interlaces spectacular visuals with meaty chatter by various luminaries and laymen talking about life after being struck by lightning. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 5, 2009
2/5 13% Labor Day (2009) " . No opinion seems to stray from the talking points. Everybody's giddy to stump. Everyday. This makes the film feel padded and rinsed. Is the director solely trying to please his subjects? " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 30, 2009
3/5 28% Adventures of Power (2009) " The playful plot with go-figure ending is bubbly, and the mechanics of the film are on-point for the most part. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
3/5 94% Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009) " Schulman's passion to be present in the here and now and "stop time" with his photographs is indicative of a mortal who has channeled the powers that be to make something that wasn't there before: Art in its greatest sense. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 9, 2009
1.5/5 No Score Yet Do Knot Disturb (2009) " Instead of casting the picture with two former Miss Universes, the filmmakers would have done well to punch-up a script and attend to the chintzy musical composition. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3.5/5 50% American Journey (2009) " The film's incredibly understated with its depiction of a tarnished land of the free and promises to captivate Europeans and venturesome Americans willing to subject themselves to a bruised utopia. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2009
3.5/5 92% In Search of Beethoven (2009) " A visual biography that employs scores of live performances reimagining the masterâ(TM)s infinite range -- from raging to ethereal. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2009
3/5 88% Gogol Bordello Non-Stop (2008) " Margarita Jimeno's documentary Gogol Bordello Non-Stop savors the early offerings of the band, gigging at Brighton Beach wedding parties and musing for second generation Russians to sold out phenomena tours across Europe. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2009
3.5/5 69% American Casino (2009) " The piece finds a balance between the tearjerkers caught in the crossfire and the reckless bidders who don't seem to feel troubled for the life of excess at the expense of others. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
4/5 100% Liverpool (2008) " There are no tears, no hugs-not even a gesture of goodbye. Like the weather, the emotions expressed between folks are bitingly cold. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2009
2/5 57% Sikandar (Foot Soldier) (2009) " Watching the piece is akin to seeing a good rehearsal shot by a competent technical crew. Nothing more. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2009
2.5/5 45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009) " Trimming the flashy CGI and giving attention to character and substance aren't failsafe tactics, but they're tactics that simply play better...And the final product will command a shelf life lasting longer than it takes to lick down a popsicle. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2009
4/5 83% Import/Export (2006) " Technically, the sedate yet stunning 35mm camera is there for the ride and somehow never imposes or dominates the content. And the result is a true triumph. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2009
2.5/5 63% Off Jackson Avenue (2009) " So pressed to push plot, the filmmaker deserts little (big) things, like location attributes and character quirks. Much of the fodder is slippery pastiche, winking flirtations at elders who do gangster capers better and bolder. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2009
3/5 67% DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation (2009) " Despite its verbose flaws, the work is a succinct sampling of performance-art-meets-multimedia. When the film is left to its own devices and giddied-up by the scratching and booming base there's genuine verve jumping off the screen. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2009
2.5/5 78% The End of the Line (2009) " The exercise feels mass-produced and makes you think some books shouldn't be adapted unless given a new and fervent second wind. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2009
4/5 86% The Windmill Movie (2009) " Maybe Edwards has some crazy intent to try and offer his reel to God himself and get a pass. Whatever the case, he leaves one heck of a masterpiece for us mortals. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 19, 2009
3/5 88% El Baño del Papa (The Pope's Toilet) (2007) " Despite the sensationalism of Holy Father's arrival, the subtext here is that there's a speck on the map whose poor are treated as well as a backed-up john. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2009
4/5 95% Munyurangabo (2009) " In order to survive, one can't hold onto innocence nor wash away the bloody, tattooed existence of the past. And even with this grim reality, there is some semblance of promise. Not everything corrupt stays that way. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 29, 2009
1/5 29% Offshore (2009) " What's cobbled together in Diane Cheklich's harebrained feature is a mishmash of desperate clichés and over-the-top depictions of Americans as vile, lazy recalcitrants who gleek racial epithets after each swig from a cheap beer or an oversized coffee mug. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 29, 2009
3.5/5 No Score Yet 99 (2009) " What makes 99 conquer its counterparts is the fairly strict attention to the time for which it was set (the '90s) and the subtle references. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 18, 2009
2/5 17% The Big Shot-Caller (2009) " This film, about a wallflower that finds himself through Salsa dancing, warrants a short-not a feature film. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 18, 2009
3.5/5 76% Objectified (2009) " This is an offering for those that can spot the beauty in objects from beamers to toilet bowl plungers. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
3/5 86% La Ventana (The Window) (2008) " In The Window a last hurrah presents itself without any big bangs or catharsis. " ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 8, 2009
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