Matthew Sorrento

Matthew Sorrento

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Bright Lights Film Journal , Film International , Film Threat , IdentityTheory , PopMatters , Senses of Cinema
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
251

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
10/10 99% Boyhood (2014) " Linklater uses life itself to his advantage by finding a clever way to capture its scope. " — Film International
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/10 83% The Double (2014) " An oddity, for sure: with established performers in a neophyte work, it's odd for all the wrong reasons." — Film International
Posted Jun 19, 2014
8/10 62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " Beginning as a rather conventional documentary ... [the film] soon finds a matter-of-fact style that nicely reflects its subject." — Film International
Posted Jun 19, 2014
9/10 100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin) (1958) " Mifune shines and invigorates what remains secondary Kurosawa (less rewarding than Throne), but a solid primal adventure in its own right." — Film International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
10/10 98% Kumonosu Jô (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth) (1957) " Kurosawa grounds this downward spiral through the presence of Toshiro Mifune, who personalizes the Macbeth role while making it greater than his historical moment." — Film International
Posted Apr 10, 2014
10/10 —— The Hatchet Man (1932) " A variation of the hitman role to serve the studio's taste for gangsters ... Robinson sticks to his own persona and thus embraces realism over caricature." — Film International
Posted Feb 6, 2014
10/10 —— Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) " (Robinson's Dr. Ehrlich) accumulates knowledge much like an investigator, for him an oppositional role he'd later take for Wilder in Double Indemnity." — Film International
Posted Jan 30, 2014
9/10 93% All Is Lost (2013) " (Redford) is quite effective in the film's slower moments, while thoroughly rattled when reacting to the elements." — Film International
Posted Jan 14, 2014
10/10 93% La Bête Humaine (Judas Was a Woman)(The Human Beast) (1938) " Renoir returns to the réelle du train with little comfort for his 'human beast.'" — Senses of Cinema
Posted Dec 18, 2013
10/10 90% Seconds (1966) " [C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold. " — Film International
Posted Dec 2, 2013
2/10 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " (Spurlock) has occupied both sides of manufacturing, first as the engine of expose, and now as a wide-eyed, willing participant." — Film International
Posted Sep 2, 2013
10/10 95% Island of Lost Souls (The Island of Dr. Moreau) (1933) " The film precedes the articulated mind and language of Boris Karloff's creature in Bride of Frankenstein; the beasts' killing of their mad creator also anticipates the monster's destruction of Dr. Pretorius." — Film International
Posted Aug 9, 2013
8/10 92% Things to Come (1936) " As troublesome as Wells' philosophy may be, especially his faith in technocracy, Things certainly helped urge the medium into a new era - another Nation's Birth of artistry, and ignorance." — Film International
Posted Aug 9, 2013
10/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " In recent interviews, Woody admits that he continues making films out of guilt ... Let's rejoice that his guilt results in such palpable emotions for us all." — Film International
Posted Aug 9, 2013
10/10 100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) " Cut out as a comic relief, [Margaret O'Brien's] Tootie becomes an integral aspect of the film's psychology, as the repressed middle-class anger rearing, if innocently. (PopMatters Essential Film Performances 2013: Musical/Comedy)" — PopMatters
Posted Aug 7, 2013
6/10 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " del Toro playing it safe but with ease." — Film International
Posted Jul 10, 2013
9/10 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " Arendt is so measured and elegant that the filmmaking seems effortless." — Film International
Posted Jul 7, 2013
7/10 100% Rewind This! (2013) " Like any pop cultural tradition, the videotape has its diehards, who are the diverting guests in Josh Johnson's new documentary." — Film International
Posted Jun 16, 2013
2/10 55% Man of Steel (2013) " Mantra 2: Zack Snyder should take his title too literally and pack his film with imagery of steel - Krypton could be called Planet Metallica." — Film International
Posted Jun 14, 2013
8/10 90% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " Offers us a peek into a fervent force of creativity - as with many great artists, it's one of which we have limited understanding though all the more appreciation. " — Film International
Posted Jun 9, 2013
8/10 66% The Iceman (2013) " [Shannon] almost convinces us that the Iceman's humanity was real." — Film International
Posted May 20, 2013
9/10 100% Ministry of Fear (1944) " Adept at using cinema for art and entertainment since his early career, Lang treats this Graham Greene "entertainment" in modest, yet effective fashion." — Film International
Posted Apr 14, 2013
8/10 79% 42 (2013) " [Writer-director Brian] Helgeland shapes Jackie into a tested and proven American archetype: the strong, silent type." — Film International
Posted Apr 14, 2013
10/10 100% Laura (2005) " Preminger deals in facades, with how perception cheats us, right down to the ideal image of Laura as a portrait. (Cinémathèque Annotations on Film)" — Senses of Cinema
Posted Mar 21, 2013
7.5/10 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Viewers complaining about the cartoonish portrayal and wanting Curtis Hanson's Oscar winner again need to consider the source, and remember that - Paul Muni, anyone? - the former rules." — Film International
Posted Jan 12, 2013
2/10 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Like Babel stretched through time, though its character connections are merely assumed." — Film International
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 84% Eating Raoul (1982) " Nicely lays out capitalism on the chopping block. In an obsessively consumptive culture like America's, the only way for a common couple to strive is through killing, then consuming. " — Film Threat
Posted Nov 26, 2012
5/10 71% The Game (1997) " [N]ifty filmic style and crackpot sensibility." — Film International
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/5 59% Red Hook Summer (2012) " Seems to be little but demands much more. " — Film Threat
Posted Sep 1, 2012
5/10 68% Ted (2012) " A lot of comic effort is smothered in conventional wrapping." — Film International
Posted Aug 23, 2012
10/10 78% Killer Joe (2012) " A family (dis)member(ed) ... with a wink from an eye more bloodshot than smirking." — Film International
Posted Aug 5, 2012
10/10 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959) " (Stewart's character) finishes the film an enigma, possibly the good go-getter of Capra but too much of a shadow." — Film International
Posted Jun 8, 2012
3.5/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " Sometimes the truth isn't so fresh, but it's all we have. " — Film Threat
Posted May 21, 2012
9/10 100% World on a Wire (2011) " Fassbinder could take on any style and make it his own. " — IdentityTheory
Posted May 20, 2012
2.5/5 50% Good for Nothing (2012) " In a film working off tradition, Good for Nothing moves to uncertain genre territory." — Film Threat
Posted Apr 10, 2012
7/10 100% Tokyo Drifter (1966) " A style that works only with a sure hand." — IdentityTheory
Posted Apr 5, 2012
9/10 100% Branded to Kill (1967) " The images remain so strong that we wonder whether the overall films began as mental images, unearthed from an artist's psyche to help construct probing popular entertainment. " — IdentityTheory
Posted Apr 5, 2012
7/10 74% Rampart (2012) " Like the myth of the American West in a related genre, Dave reflects on an ideal past that never really was." — Film International
Posted Mar 5, 2012
5/10 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " [F]eels like sleeptime indigestion finally cooling off." — Film International
Posted Mar 3, 2012
10/10 100% Scarface (1932) " [The police chief] endorses the myth of the west while conceiving the urban gangster as a rat-like menace." — IdentityTheory
Posted Feb 3, 2012
10/10 89% The Descendants (2011) " Clooney takes up the archetypal role of unofficial investigator, with a younger sidekick in tow. Though the film offers a fine portrait of character growth, it's allotted by the crime-themed structure of the avenger film." — Film International
Posted Jan 25, 2012
2/5 56% In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) " In spite of its purported intent -- to vividly portray criminal warfare -- [Jolie's] new film bleeds with the delight of capturing violence for its own sake. " — Film Threat
Posted Jan 10, 2012
3/5 98% The Artist (2011) " In the more eye-pleasing The Artist, the plot eventually comes too close to its inspiration, though its early moments were headed for mastery - and transformation - of style." — Film Threat
Posted Dec 23, 2011
4/10 68% Black Death (2011) " A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen. " — IdentityTheory
Posted Dec 18, 2011
10/10 94% Win Win (2011) " In Tom McCarthy's Win Win sports may seem to be the means for drama. But when considering the importance of wrestling to the characters, the sport shapes character and narrative." — Film International
Posted Dec 11, 2011
6/10 67% Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011) " Phil's journey to health, with the help of Cross, transforms a lacking showpiece into a powerful tale of will and mentorship." — IdentityTheory
Posted Dec 3, 2011
4/5 81% The Skin I Live In (2011) " Skin satisfies even next to [Almodóvar's] masterpieces ... In the latter films he uses sensationalism to arrive at meditations on passion and humanity's search for it. Yet, his films that approach the territory are always a delight." — Film Threat
Posted Nov 20, 2011
5/10 40% The Great Outdoors (1988) " At the onset it seems that Candy, as in Uncle, plays the lower class half. Yet, by [Outdoors'] end we learn that the in-law is actually broke, essentially Cousin Eddie in disguise." — IdentityTheory
Posted Nov 7, 2011
8/10 68% The Bad Seed (1956) " The 'secret' villain is the missing father - or we should say, the mother for trying to child-rear by herself ... The bad seed is dead - but single parents, be warned." — Film Threat
Posted Oct 31, 2011
9/10 85% Cul-de-Sac (1966) " Polanski tributes the [gangster-invasion film] by adding his own conceit: when there's no community worth salvaging, a threat will leave all involved floating, sans shoreline." — Film International
Posted Oct 27, 2011
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