Matthew Nestel

Matthew Nestel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Boxoffice Magazine
Total Reviews:
106

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 106
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
3/5 65% Brothers at War (2009) " The thoughtful work walks a few paces in soldiers' boots." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 7, 2009
4/5 63% Eldorado (2009) " One could only hope to find such succulence in austerity. Credit the bold helmer and the lead actor Bouli Lanners for having the courage to put himself into the minefield of acting and directing. He is superb at both." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 1, 2009
3/5 89% Ice People (2008) " The payoff is relative and internal." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted May 1, 2009
4.5/5 92% Il Divo (2009) " The switchblade style of snappy scenes and quick cuts delivers juicy, visual delight." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2009
4/5 100% The Sky Turns (2011) " What's rendered here is a fleeting life where we're mere visitors with roots that come and go. The film is testament to this transient existence." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2009
3.5/5 45% The Education of Charlie Banks (2009) " The cast is superb in their performances." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Apr 1, 2009
4/5 96% Tulpan (2009) " In the attempt to follow a coming of age story about a boy's transition into manhood, a subliminal odyssey of the human spirit takes over." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
3.5/5 50% The Feature (2008) " A pixilated portrait of a life lived and captured unlike any other." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 30, 2009
3/5 56% Skills Like This (2007) " The writing is economically witty." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2009
3/5 90% Carmen and Geoffrey (2009) " There is much to applaud and ruminate over." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2009
2.5/5 20% Dog Eat Dog (2008) " It's not rattling the genre." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2009
3/5 89% Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (2008) " The film's a wicked batch of screwy logic but, even when tossed and shaken, all the moving pieces fall into place." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 20, 2009
2.5/5 76% Our City Dreams (2008) " The filmmaker accomplishes a strong connection with her subjects and trapezes New Yorkâ(TM)s persona nicely with its 16-millimeter cutaways and fun clips of the turning seasons." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 6, 2009
2.5/5 70% Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009) " Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 3, 2009
3.5/5 75% Luck by Chance (2009) " If anything, a film like this should compel us all to linger a little longer through the credits to acknowledge the no-name extra and the sandpaper-handed carpenters." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2009
4/5 50% Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms (2006) " With incredible self-restraint and tactical acumen, Dealing and Wheelingâ(TM)s Dutch director Sander Francken delicately throws salt on a gaping wound." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2009
3.5/5 80% Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007) " The realism of the cinematography, the pull-no-punches style in the scenes that depict Russia's military as a disenfranchised bunch of thugs and the gumption to toss it into one pot all deliver a robust recipe." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3/5 100% Toots (2008) " Toots is a euphoric rewind to a bygone era when the speakeasies and the saloon congregations drew a faithful patronage that rivaled the Catholic Church." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2008
2.5/5 —— Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (He Fengming) (2008) " Speaking to the camera, you watch this frail woman command authority and, at times, fear. Before your eyes, she's wrestling with demons." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Dec 5, 2008
4/5 93% The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008) " A lyrical prance through a most dreary period in time." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 21, 2008
2.5/5 47% The Beautiful Truth (2008) " The picture carries an element of nostalgia and yet thunders down too hard with a lot of one-sided perspectives." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2008
3/5 83% Call + Response (2008) " The piece is well-executed, and compiles some strong takes from folks that are calling out modern-day slavery and are determined to topple its infrastructure." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2008
2/5 —— Jesus Politics (2008) " Politicos may still need to purchase Jolt soda to stay tuned for all 90 minutes." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2008
3/5 89% Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback (2006) " The work is significant because it found gold tucked deep in a rusted drawer way in the back of an armory and manages through stock footage and stillsâ"even a few live performancesâ"to reprise the caliber of talent The Monks were, both onstage and on wa" — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2008
3/5 73% The Matador (2008) " The film does a fine job constructing a timeless piece of work with a sharp-bladed cleaver and steady hand." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2008
3.5/5 65% Zidane, un Portrait du 21e Siècle (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) (2006) " In moments of stillness, a composition of fast jukes and stutter-steps delight the eye. It's a lot of hurry-up and wait at first, but well worth it come the film's finish." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2008
4/5 59% Mary (2008) " Many Ferrara faithful fetching for something uncanny will line up and get what they bargained for." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2008
3/5 80% Fraude: México 2006 (Stolen) (2008) " If there was ever a visual indictment on the freedom-yanking powers that be, this doc might be it." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Oct 10, 2008
2.5/5Too tepid and too predictable of a picture to 30% Nights in Rodanthe (2008) " Too tepid and too predictable of a picture to simply sail away into the sunset." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2008
3/5 60% Quilombo Country " The storytelling is one that cannot be posed or mimicked." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 78% Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008) " Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 19, 2008
3.5/5 —— The Death of Andy Kaufman (2008) " A lo-fi whodunit that would make heyday Woodward and Bernstein doff their hats." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2008
3.5/5 100% Return to Gorée (Retour à Gorée) (2008) " The serious undertones of the film are very real and played out with rapture." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 3, 2008
3.5/5 86% Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume (Maria Bethania: Musica e Perfume) (2008) " No musical track is cut-off -- you get the entire cookie instead of a bunch of crumbs." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2008
2.5/5 63% Passing Poston (2008) " Leaning too heavily on archived newsreels, the film tries to establish a feeling that the propaganda mechanism justified the government's deplorable actions." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2008
.5/5 —— Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 (2008) " Much of the material is done in poor taste and reads as outright juvenile." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2008
3/5 89% Back to Normandy (2008) " The doc becomes an ode to the film the cast collectively made and iterates what power and range a camera can have in front as well as behind the scenes." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2008
3.5/5 100% The Order of Myths (2008) " The cast of characters trailed by the crew is a compelling batch." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2008
1.5/5 71% Disfigured (2008) " The film canâ(TM)t do the arithmetic right to get to a solution on how to tell a straight story without a bunch of forced tangents and gnarly knots that take too much work to sift through." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
1.5/5 —— The Legend of God's Gun (2008) " A feeble homage to the Spaghetti Western." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 72% A Man Named Pearl (2008) " Despite the kid-glove questioning, the film ends on an uplifting sentiment." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
3/5 87% Avant que j'Oublie (Before I Forget) (2008) " Not a lot of ground is covered, but that might just be the point. The end of days are near, and the film is the interim itself, watching a man wind down ever so slowly while trying for a few last gasps to stave it off." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
2.5/5 92% Refusenik (2008) " Neat and nice is good for textbook supplements, but aren't gonna cut it cinematically when the story itself is the only thing going." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 18, 2008
1/5 43% The Reflecting Pool (2009) " The effort is a noble one but letâ(TM)s let documentarians carry this crusade baton for now." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
4/5 81% Giorni e Nuvole (Days and Clouds) (2007) " Nothing is forced and the acting is just as sunny." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 11, 2008
3.5/5 88% Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008) " One sonorous waltz through an enchanted domain." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2008
3/5 83% Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World (2008) " In a sense, Jacobs is curating his own world with choice grabs that, when squished together, have a wounding effect: Each image is another bullet that's hit its target." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2008
3/4 100% Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (A Litle Love, a Little Magic) (2008) " All of the acting is pretty high school drama class...That being obvious, there are some technical leaps that make for fun cinema." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 30, 2008
4/5 100% Take Out (2004) " A day in the life that speaks to the unnamed and discounted that literally fuel the Western world." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2008
3.5/5 50% Wedding Director (Il Regista di Matrimoni) (2008) " All in all, the film will hold its own and become a standout for the sake that it boldly tried and succeeded." — Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Jun 6, 2008
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