Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam

Agrees with the Tomatometer 85% of the time.

Publications:
Austin American-Statesman
Total Reviews:
63

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 87% Obvious Child (2014) " The movie takes a refreshingly honest look at the nuances and realities of unplanned pregnancy in a way few recent movies have. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2014
B+ 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " It's poignant that Myers, a man of great fortune and no shortage of film ideas, would choose to make his first feature a paean to a friend and mentor whom many viewers may not even know. It is an act of class and kindness befitting the movie's subject. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B- 88% Chef (2014) " A slight but sweet film (part passion/part vanity project) that feels like it was tossed together in short order. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 22, 2014
4/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " [With] Blue Ruin, [director Jeremy Saulnier] muffles the humor with darkness and grounds the violence in a stumbling revenge fantasy enacted by a lost and fractured soul. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 24, 2014
3/5 92% Source Code (2011) " Jones proves with Source Code that he understands how to pace a traditional thriller, and Gyllenhaal's display of comedic chops, confident bravado and tender sympathies prove that the 30-year-old actor has arrived at leading-man status. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 23, 2014
B 65% Bad Words (2014) " Bateman knows how to play jerks as well or better than anyone. He's perfect at the center of this foul-mouthed, loose-limbed, often hilariously mean comedy. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " In a world lacking trust, every movement seems a threat, around every corner lurks betrayal. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 18, 2014
B 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " [This movie] is less about relationships, character development and moral questions about how far we'd go to make money, and more, as the title says, about cheap thrills. Cheap, bloody, disturbingly funny thrills. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 21, 2014
C 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " When Burgundy originally exclaimed "Great Odin's Raven," the novelty and absurdity of it caught us off guard. Now you can see the jokes coming from the end of the plush-carpeted hallways, and they land with a thud. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Dec 19, 2013
B 92% Nebraska (2013) " Rendered in wide black-and-white shots that make the Midwest feel vast, empty and timeless, "Nebraska" is suffused with a rich melancholy, a slow waltz to laconic Americana banjo and fiddle music. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Nov 26, 2013
C+ 23% Angels Sing (2013) " There's a sweet message about family and forgiveness at the heart of Angels Sing, but the tune is a bit stale. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B- 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Hanks spends much of the movie trying to keep his calm, a relatable civilian doing his best to weave his wobbly nerves into the façade of a Navy hero. But you can sense the fissures growing. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 10, 2013
A- 88% Let Me In (2010) " Reeves' fresh vision and utterly compelling storytelling more than justify the making of this American iteration that could very well make a surprise appearance on year-end lists the way its predecessor did. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 7, 2013
A 97% Gravity (2013) " Yes, director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is laden with ingenious special effects, but they make for a balletic visual experience that engulfs and transports the audience in a way that very few movies ever have. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Oct 3, 2013
A- 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " The movie has an authenticity and intensity that derives from excellent performances by its young cast and a script that never panders to its characters or the audience. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Sep 19, 2013
A- 80% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " After unspooling in the first two acts, the frayed story returns to a tight form as the suspense builds. What begins as a Malick-esque exploration of light and warmth moves into the dark recesses of cold loneliness and potential danger. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 22, 2013
A- 92% In a World... (2013) " It is a refreshing and unique film that marks the longtime romantic comedy side player as not only a leading lady but an impressive writing talent with a considerable future. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 22, 2013
55% Now, Forager (2012) " Now, Forager beautifully depicts the connection between nature and our plates and bleakly portrays how obsession and rigidity can slowly smother a relationship. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 20, 2013
B+ 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " It is an absurd and touching little film that has more heart than one would expect to find in such a slight body. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 16, 2013
A- 95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " The Act of Killing will mesmerize, confound and haunt you. From the opening scenes you'll wonder if what you're watching is real. And by the end you'll wish that it had all been a horrible fever dream. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
B+ 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " In recent years, Blanchett played Blanche DuBois on the stage, and her familiarity with the inner workings of a refined woman reduced to rubble shows in every scene. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C+ 68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium starts out hot with promise and tension but unravels into a sticky mess of blood-soaked melodrama and action conventions that seem beneath such a gifted filmmaker. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 8, 2013
A- 90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Over the past couple of years, the R-rated comedy genre seemed to stale a bit, suffering a slight affliction of monotony. Seems all it needed was a woman's touch. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Aug 2, 2013
C+ 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " The talented Gosling is relegated to little more than window dressing in this surrealist genre film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jul 18, 2013
A- 85% Dirty Wars (2013) " Filmmaker Richard Rowley's documentary Dirty Wars sounds the alarms, throws the lights on in the room and confronts audiences with the brutality of the conflicts in Afghanistan and elsewhere. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B+ 95% A Hijacking (2013) " The danger never reaches the level of chaos, but the subtext and metaphor in the slow-moving humanistic commentary on the motivations and byproducts of capitalism make for an intriguing film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B- 68% World War Z (2013) " An uneven thriller that blends sociopolitical commentary with flashy set pieces, tense moments of scientific sleuthing and a touch of heart. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 20, 2013
C 38% The Purge (2013) " The satirical social observations about class warfare and the elimination of poverty by killing the poor are really just an excuse to get the motley crew of sociopaths into the house. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jun 6, 2013
B+ 93% Frances Ha (2013) " The light Frances Ha provides skittish moments of heartbreak and confusion on the humorous path to adulthood, but it sends a comforting message that our fate may use the same language as our dreams even if it doesn't tell the same story. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 30, 2013
A 98% Before Midnight (2013) " It is a bold work that could come only from a strong trust and faith forged over time between the three collaborators. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted May 23, 2013
B+ 85% Graceland (2013) " It is one of the bleakest movies you'll see all year, but its dramatic contours mark Morales as a filmmaker with the ability to craft a tight and unnerving story. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A- 98% Mud (2013) " The movie, like adolescence, is a rich and emotional experience that jolts and jangles with a sense of wonder, mystery and discovery. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 77% It's a Disaster (2013) " Berger peppers the dialogue with enough clever lines and observational humor about the nature of relationships and human fallibility to make for an entertaining and darkly comic film. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 18, 2013
A- 45% To The Wonder (2013) " "To the Wonder" traces the purity and pains of romantic love, straying to encapsulate ideas of God and the power of surrendering to a higher power. It is sweet and tortured, startlingly clear and mystifying in its opaqueness. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 10, 2013
C+ 80% The Story Of Luke (2013) " The outsized nature of their insensitivities is meant to reinforce the pain and humiliation from Luke's perspective, but it makes for a movie with an uneven tone. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 4, 2013
B 68% Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013) " Somebody Up There Likes Me is a poignant and at times trying work of personal art that will likely mean different things to different people. Like its director, it seems to reflect more than it reveals. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Apr 4, 2013
B 68% Wrong (2013) " The story wanders at times and includes interludes that feel like non sequiturs even for a movie hinged on such absurdities, but Dupieux, with the help of Plotnick, has created a unique world of soft chaos and goofy humor. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 28, 2013
C+ 69% Stoker (2013) " The aesthetic accomplishments of the movie can't make up for the lack of a compelling narrative. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 22, 2013
B- 65% Spring Breakers (2013) " Korine gives Spring Breakers a remarkable energy but then trips it up with a repeated leit motif that feels inauthentic and overwrought. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Mar 22, 2013
B+ 81% Only The Young (2012) " Only the Young is an original and handsome work that belies the age of the two young filmmakers behind it. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 21, 2013
B 56% Snitch (2013) " Snitch makes entertaining work of entwining elements of family drama, raw action and a message movie without feeling trite or heavy-handed. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 21, 2013
A- 94% The King's Speech (2010) " It's refreshing to see a historical drama avoid grand gestures and sweeping melodrama in favor of smaller more intimate stories. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 16, 2013
4.5/5 No Score Yet Fourplay " "Fourplay" is crass, unapologetic, imaginative, challenging and, ultimately, comforting. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Feb 7, 2013
C+ 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) " The movie from director Fisher Stevens echoes much of the visual stylings of the pulpy noir of the 1990s set in Los Angeles, but the story, which lacks any adrenaline, ambles about, never quite hooking the audience. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 31, 2013
A 93% Amour (2012) " It is hard to recommend Amour. Austrian director Michael Haneke's film cannot justly be described as entertaining, and it will likely leave you sad and weary. But it is a film you must see. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 24, 2013
A 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " Despite knowing how the attack ends, the tight confines of the mission and the danger lurking behind every closed door make for a breathless cinematic experience. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 10, 2013
B+ 88% Django Unchained (2012) " Quentin Tarantino jumps back in his cinematic time-traveling machine and retreats to the past to rewrite history and exact some bloody revenge. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2013
3.5/5 87% Arbitrage (2012) " With his burrowed eyes, perfect hair and flawless wardrobe, Gere brims with a regal air and unsettling chilliness in his best role in more than a decade. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2013
A 85% The Master (2012) " The at-times-impenetrable film will require multiple viewings to fully appreciate the multitude of themes and subtext. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2013
B+ 90% Bernie (2012) " Bernie delivers an abundance of belly laughs, but at its center is a confounding act committed by a man too beloved to be hated and a community too passionate to think clearly. " ‐ Austin American-Statesman
Posted Jan 8, 2013
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